Captured by Kirri: Blog en-us (C) Captured by Kirri (Captured by Kirri) Thu, 05 May 2022 03:43:00 GMT Thu, 05 May 2022 03:43:00 GMT Captured by Kirri: Blog 120 80 Nurragingy Reserve Nurragingy Reserve in Doonside is a very cool location with lots to offer.  I have photographed a few weddings at this location. It has changed over the last few years.  It now has themed garden areas, such as the Chinese Garden, New Zealand, Americas.  Lots of different looks.  There is a large duck pond so bring duck food (remember though, apparently not bread! lol).  There is also a blacksmiths hutt for black and white photography, but when I visited it was all taped off.  There is also a water play area for those hotter days.  This park looks amazing at sunrise and sunset, and gets some really pretty autumn colour.  It was just starting to turn when I visited, so in a few weeks it will be stunning!

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National Museum of Australia, Canberra I took my kids and father to Canberra to attend the Dawn Service on Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial.  I have three family members on the memorial wall which was very emotional when I found them with my kids when we visited a few years ago.  I have never attended a Dawn Service before and felt if I was going to do it, do it right!  I love Canberra.  I love the symmetry, the attractions and the fun you can have as a family.  There is always so much to do.  One of the things we did during our visit was visit the National Museum of Canberra.  They had an architectural tour of the building which went through the design elements, the meanings, the controversy of the design by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan, it was so fascinating!  I loved it. It was the highlight of the trip for me.  My eldest daughter is interested in design as well so I thought it was a great thing to do.  While we were going around, I of course had my camera and was snapping away.  Even without knowing the meanings, it is a very funky building to view.  There are a lot of weddings that have their location photos there, and I can see why!  So many colours, shapes, textures, I just loved it.  If you are in Canberra, and want to organise a family shoot with a difference, I would love to use this location!  As well as the Lake.

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Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens, Blue Mountains I have always heard about the Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens, and wanted to visit, but whenever I was in the Blue Mountains, it was always passing through, on my way to Orange mostly.  The Blue Mountains does autumn colouring sooo well, so I thought I would use the opportunity to go in Autumn to have a look at the mountains to find a great location for family portraits, and have a look at the Botanical Gardens.  The gardens had limited colour on the day I visited (Mid-late April) but it was still pretty. I think I would use it when not looking for autumn colour, and just family shoots, but there is undoubtedly some autumn colour there, as you can see.  The view is absolutely stunning from the top (look at the end)!  I think it is Wisteria which would be stunning in spring!!

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The Strand Arcade I had seen images of The Strand Arcade on Pinterest, and I was very curious to find this little gem. It is like a mini version of the QVB (Queen Victoria Building).  It is very oldy-worldly with gorgeous older fixtures and fittings. There was even a shoe shining man there - although I did have to laugh that one of the oldest professions then got out a modern payment system!  The Arcade has gorgeous stairs and walkways that would make for really cute family and couple photography spots.  This would be an add-on location with the CBD, the GPO or Wynyard Station.  Its very cool though!  What do you think?

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Sydney CBD It is amazing how you can live in a city but never really "see" it!  You go through a place focused on your destination, or the person you are walking with, and never look around, never look up, and never really notice how cool your city actually is!  Well, that is what happened with me in the Sydney CBD.  I worked here for months (back in 1998) and come in regularly, but don't look at through the lens (pardon the pun) of a location for family or couple photography.  Not the main CBD anyway.  We only ventured through a few blocks, but found some really cool places.  Everyone knows some of the regulars, Angel Place with the bird cages etc, but you can find all sorts of other cool spots that would be great for urban photography.  Have a look around and see if there is somewhere you think you can see your family standing!

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GPO Sydney When I ventured into the city to take some photos of the GPO, I was drawn there by the columns, the architecture, and the playing of the light coming in through these columns.  However, as I was wandering around, I discovered a door way, that when I went through it, I found a secret gem.  My heart just sang!!  Through these doors I found amazing stair cases with a lot of the period features of the original GPO.  But, I then found so much more.  There is an atrium that has amazing light and beautiful walkways and features.  Even an old bright red post box!  Still in use I might add!  I also found there is a cafe and the Fullerton Hotel in this atrium, and those spots have the most beautiful architecture and textures through it. Every turn and additional step was filled with "wow" and awe!! Such a grand and hidden treasure!  I am so glad I went venturing (to be honest, I probably wouldn't have if I didn't have my bestie with me!) as I could never have imaging the gem we found.  Remember though, this is just one block in an amazing business district that is so close to our door!  Come and explore with me.  It's so much fun!

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Wynyard Station I had seen photos of Wynyard Train Station with the old escalators hanging on the roof and wanted to go for a long time!!  This this was the week I finally went!  It is very cool!  I love how they have used the old tracks as an art installation near the new tracks they replaced.  However, the whole station itself is very cool and full of amazing leading lines, tunnels and escalators.  But near one of the exits, there is also an amazing wall of screens with a moving artwork of figures.  I did a slow exposure at both locations to show the movement of the people as an addition to the artwork already there.  The best thing about this location, is not only is it an amazing urban location for family photography, but it is so close to so many other amazing spots in the Sydney City area.  The GPO, Martin Place, Angel Place, The Ivy, and the Fullerton Hotel behind the GPO.  Please see my other blog posts on these locations.  Wynyard Station would work for both families and couple photography!

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Art Gallery of NSW I had to visit the Art Gallery of NSW to help my niece with her school assignment.  So, I dragged my children along!!  But I thought it would also be a great opportunity to do a location scout! The Art Gallery of NSW is known for its amazing columns at the front.  Unfortunately, they are doing building works, so I couldn't get the usual shot of it.  But I was surprised to find the inside was just as interesting as the outside.  The rooms have lots of gorgeous collections in them, but they also have interesting lighting, as well as colours, and the interaction with the artwork can make for amazing portraits.  In paricular, there were a couple of hallways that would be amazing, as well as a room with a large curved screen projecting amazing graphics that would make for stunning silhouette shots!  Even the staircases and escalators can be the scene for a great shot.  But on the outside, there is also some interesting places.  There is a bridge, but also an amazing coloured wall which would be a gorgeous backdrop! Also beautiful trees lining lovely paths.  This would be a great location for couples or families. If you are an arty/creative family, this would be a great location for your portraits.

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Cockatoo Island Well ... to say I enjoyed Cockatoo Island would be an understatement!  I have wanted to go for a while, and finally all the stars aligned for me to get there.  You do need to take a ferry from Woolwich Wharf (and if you know me, I don't do boats ... but I will for a photo) to get to the Island.  The island was much bigger than I expected, and it has two levels.  Both of them are gorgeous with different things to offer.  There are many buildings to wander around, and as a photographer, what I was taken by was the different textures.  So many places I could see me placing couples, families, or even just a woman who wants some gorgeous photos of herself.  There was an abundance of sandstone, wood, tin, brick, you name it!  I loved the shadows the light made coming in through the windows (the arches reminded me a little of Play School).  There are cafes there so you can grab food and really make a day of it.  There are tunnels that go through the island (they were closed when I visited), and even walkways to see the Convict Silo cut into the stone.  There is an amazing view at the top of the Bridge, as well as a stunning homestead. There is also the spots where they used to put convicts in solitary confinement (that was creepy). Please please please contact me if you are interested in doing a shoot here.  You won't regret it!  You can see there are so many photos here, because everywhere I looked there was another amazing spot I could photograph!  And yes, lots of amazing doors, arches, walkways ... have I sold you on this location yet?

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Parramatta Park Parramatta Park is a lovely location, with so many different areas.  There is the Rose Garden, the Diary, the Wisteria Garden, the bridge area, and the other many open areas throughout the park.  You can only drive one way through the park, and I think the loop is around 5 km!  When I visited, it was the first clear day after about 4 weeks of solid rain, so the grounds were quite overgrown. It is also a time of year where everything is green, but I like it when it has a bit more colour.  The Wisteria Garden is full of blossom trees and I have done several shoots there in September and it is spectacular!  Well worth the trip!  I am going to run blossom mini sessions in September at this location!  It does go a nice colour in Autumn as well.  I have also done photos for weddings at the Diary, which has beautiful Jacaranda's which is stunning in November.  I will do mini sessions then too! I have added a few of these examples.  Here are some of the spots within the park. Which is your favourite?

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Hanging my children's pictures You may have read my blog about decorating my bedroom with images I took whilst I was on overseas trips.  I have now finally done photos of my children around the house.  I am so excited!

I am the second child (of 2).  There are literally thousands of  photos of my older sister when she was a baby.  Every milestone was a brand new experience for my parents.  They were so excited to finally have a baby, and they recorded everything she did.  When I came along 3 years later, it was a bit of "seen that before".  My parents adored me as much as they did my sister, I have no doubt about that.  But with a toddler around and this was second time around, they weren't as good as recording my milestone events.  I have very few photos of me and my dad when I was a baby, mainly because he was taking them!

My children have all had lots of photos taken of them. My youngest, who is 6 years younger than her next older sibling, had 3 different professional photo shoots at the studio in my house when she was born.  We have probably more photos of her than the others.  But ... I never printed them out!  What a horrible parent!  I have a few standing frames around the place of my kids as babies, but only a couple are of my youngest.  

My other big issue is that I am now divorced from their father.  So, any photos that had the full family in it, I don't really want to have up anymore.  However, I don't want the kids to be looking around and it be blatantly obvious that their father is not in the photos anymore.  So, I made the decision to put photos of only them up.  Not me and them, only them.  I have a photo shoot booked for me and the kids and I have in mind a big pano to go above my bed in my bedroom, but that is my bedroom.  I want their living area to be about them.

I planned every set, and have deliberately put them in sets. I have sets of single images of the kids (and the same number of photos of each child so it is even!) and then sets of the 3 kids together.  I have also picked images from the last 4 years (since we separated).  On each of the frames, I have written the year and the location of the photos.

The kids feel it is a bit excessive.  But you know what, they will know that they are the focus of everything I do.  I set this house up, for them. I work hard to provide, for them.  I want to be a good example, to them.  They will never question how much I love them, or support them.  (Please don't think I am saying they question that at their fathers', far from it, they are incredibly lucky children to have both households adore them). My kids are lucky that they have a photographer for a mother, they will never be short of amazing photos of themselves. There were so many amazing ones to choose from. I picked some from my new studio (and new business I am launching) and some from our adventures together.

Print out your children's pictures.  It doesn't have to be expensive, or as deliberate as mine.  It can be polaroids that hang from a string!  But have something up of your children.  It makes them feel like they belong.


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Social Hideout Parramatta I have seen images of the Social Hideout online and wanted to go and check it out.  There are two locations for the funky space, Parramatta and Waterloo.  Today, I visited the Parramatta venue.  Waterloo looks pretty epic, but didn't have the spare time to go all the way in.  This is a really cute location that would be amazing for a couple.  Their food is funky looking as well, so I ordered a drink (that I would never drink) just to see what it looked like.  Its pretty cute! There are LOTS of flowers there, which make for a pretty girly background.  This would also suit a mother-daughter shoot, or a girlfriends shoot.  There were some girls there dressed in bright pink and it fitted in so beautifully!  Because I love lots of bright colours, I would really love to do a shoot here, so if you are keen, let me know!  There are some cool spots around the cafe to get a few other looks as well.  They may not look much to you, but as a photographer, I know that when I put people in the locations, I can make it look amazing!!!  

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Holroyd Brickworks I had been wanting to visit the Holroyd Brickworks for ages.  My GPS took me to its location, which turned out to be apartments!  I was very disappointed.  So, I headed to Holroyd Gardens and sitting in the car park tried to figure out where it was.  I should have just gotten out of my car, as that is when I saw the chimneys from the Brickworks and realised how close it was!!  So, off I went. The day I went it had been so wet, but the universe must have known I was a little excited as not only did the rain stop, but he sun came out!  I was so excited to see this cool location.  I really can't wait to do a family photoshoot there, or a couple photoshoot. I noticed the two big archways have large spotlights pointed at them.  I feel that it might be a cool night time location if anyone is up for it!!  There are lots of cool textures in this location as well as a pier-like installation.  Have a look around. If you can see yourself in the photos, contact me for a shoot!

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Holroyd Gardens I had been searching online for the Merrylands Garden and found the Holroyd Gardens!  The day I visited we had had a LOT of rain in the previous day or 2, so it was a bit soggy.  The park is quite pretty, but the nicest part, which was the Rotunda (which you can get married in I understand) was closed. Still a lovely venue for some family photos though.

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Merrylands Central Gardens and Reserve I have done a shoot at Merrylands Park before, but it was a while ago.  So I thought I'd have a little look.  I didn't pick the best day to visit.  We had had over 90 mm of rain in the day and a half previous and I was going in between showers.  It did rain on me as I was walking around, so it was very dark and dull the day I visited.  That didn't help the scenery!!  There are cool water spouts with cute bridges and stepping stones crossing over the little creeks flowing to the main waterway area.  Here are the scenery options for Merrylands Central Gardens & Reserve.

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Hanging Frames You know how they say plumbers have the worst plumbing at home? Well, photographers often don't have great photos of their kids or if they do, they never get around to putting any up!  This is me.  I preach to people all the time about hanging photos, that if you have an image and it isn't in print, does it even exist?  We know that digital formats are changing so fast that what we have today will be obsolete in a few years. But I don't practice what I preach!!

I come from a photographic family.  My father won awards at the local camera club, and my mother had a business restoring photos.  I grew up with a dark room in the house and spent many hours in there with  my mum.  They value photos.  We had professional shoots every couple of years, and we have photos hanging around the house of these (as embarrassed as I am of them!).

Don't get me wrong, I have photos up.  They are in small frames, on a table, or acrylic blocks sitting next to my TV. They are of my children.  I got a little rack thing a few years ago and I printed some photos from my phone and pegged them to the rack, again of my kids.  When my mum passed away in November 2020, I added to it, photos from my sister's wedding with my sister, mum and dad.  So precious. 

I have lots of walls, but I haven't hung anything "special" up.  Is it because I can't decide what to put up?  Maybe.  Do I worry about updating it in the future? That may be it too.

This year, for my birthday I decided to fix this.  I asked for frames for my birthday. I was going to do my room and my kids rooms, but it became a big project, and I decided to start on my room.  I have been overseas with my Dad in 2017 and 2019, and have some images I just love.  So I decided to make my room about those. I make books of my trips last lockdown.  But this was time to take it up a notch.  I have written on each print where it was taken, and what year. 

I am going to print photos of my kids and put them in their rumpus room, and I will put photos of them up in their rooms, but I needed somewhere to start.  And I love it!!

You will notice there is nothing above my bed.  I have booked my own photoshoot for me and my kids in April, and I waiting for a photo of me and my kids, as a panoramic that I can hang there, pride of place.  But, this is what I have done so far.

Here are my family photos from when I was a kid, still hanging on the walls:

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This is the photos I have around the place of my kids.

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Here are the books I did of my trips with my Dad.

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Here is what I now have hanging up in my room.  I just love it!

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(Captured by Kirri) dad decorate with art family family photos hang it up hanging photos kids mum photo albums photo displays photobook practice what you preach professional photo shoots sister travel photos Wed, 23 Feb 2022 02:06:07 GMT
Mt Annan Botanic Gardens This week on my location scout, I was on my way to Kiama to meet a friend, so I looked for a location in South-West Sydney.  I found the Botanic Gardens in Mt Annan.  I have done a family photo shoot there before, but it was a few years ago so I thought I'd take another look.  There are lots of cool nooks and crannies for taking gorgeous photos!  There is a bit of walking involved though, but there are paths so Ok for prams. There weren't too many pretty flowers out when I visited, but when they are out it would be stunning.  Before you get to the main garden, there is a building which I think is the plant clinic.  It has some cool mirrored ceilings which would make for some interesting images.  Have a look around at some of the lovely spots.


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Auburn Botanic Gardens I had seen lots of images online for Auburn Botanic Gardens, especially during Cherry Blossom times!  So I've wanted to visit for some time.  So this week, I finally made it.  And it was worth it!  Really lovely gardens.  Lots of water and waterfalls which is very calming and relaxing.  There is something about moving water that is soothing, whether its a river flowing, a waterfall, or the waves crashing at a beach.  And you don't have to be in the water to feel the relax.  The gardens are lovely to walk around and look at, but they are also a beautiful visual experience as well.  So, of course, an amazing place to do some family portraits.  As we went on a week day, it was nice and quiet.  I would think weekends are very busy, so if you can manage to wrangle your family during the week, I think it would be well worth doing so for a bit of freedom at the gardens.  There are lots of stunning spots for photo shoots, and lots of cool places for kids to explore and have fun.  Stepping stones, stairways, and of course the amazing wildlife.  We saw a water dragon and peacocks!  I would LOVE to do some family portraits here so please get in touch if you are interested.

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Lisgar Gardens My location scouting this week took me to Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby.  When I got there, I remembered I actually photogaphed a wedding there several years ago!  The gardens are a very quiet, calming place.  You travel down a lot of stairs (so this location is NOT for those with mobility issues) and are just welcomed with paths that are lined with beautiful flowers and the sounds of the water feature.  There are lots of paths to walking tracks through the bush but there is also an indoor pond with gorgeous coloured fish.  Lots of lovely bridges to take photos on and beautiful big grassy areas.  There is also a large gazebo where I photographed the wedding ceremony all those years ago.  There are water dragons which I saw on my way back up the stairs as well, which kids would love to look out for!  There is also a little table and chairs so you can bring a picnic with you too and have a lovely day out with your family.

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Hornby Lighthouse I had seen photos of Hornby Lighthouse and tried to find it a few years ago, but my GPS didn't take me to the right spot. So I did a little more research and figured out how to get there.  What I didn't expect to find, was such stunning views on the way. I took my niece and nephew with me, as well as my father, and it was a stunning day (maybe a degree or two too hot, but we can't have everything).  From the beach, it is about a 900 metre walk to the actual lighthouse.  There are quite a few stairs and uneven ground, so it is NOT suitable for anyone with mobility issues. The first beach you come to is Camp Cove Beach.  It is really lovely, with a great outlook.  That alone would be a great shooting location.  We headed along the South Head Heritage Trail and came across Lady Bay Beach.  Umm ... tip for young players ... this is a nudist beach!  There were lots of "don't take photos" and "just keep looking ahead" to my young nephew!  I do think my poor niece was ... not prepared, lets put it that way (yes, had to explain it to her mother!).  So, we kept walking and past the lightkeeper's house, and there was the gorgeous red and white lighthouse, which has I think one of the best views in Sydney!  An amazing view to North Head and Manly, with views of the bridge and the city on the way.  The other thing we found were bunkers and remnants of old cannons which the kids thought were very cool.  Would be a fantastic day out for a family to have a photoshoot and picnic at this stunning location.  The walk is a little strenuous at times, so slightly cooler weather such as Spring or Autumn would be ideal.  If you are after something a little different, call me to book in your shoot!

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Barangaroo Today I went for an explore around Barangaroo.  My father has been saying for a couple of years now he wanted to go and see the area, so we headed in together.  It poured on the way in, almost to the point we nearly turned around and went home!  It was just sprinkling when we got there, and almost chilly!  But we walked the full length of Barangaroo, all the way to the rocks, where we grabbed some lunch, and by then, the sun came out!  The images of the HUGE Crown Tower are much more interesting with a bit of sun and blue sky - not that Sydney has seen much of that in the last few weeks.  There are some really cool spots to take urban family photos.  There is a lovely mix of wood and sandstone along the edge of the water, with lovely architecture surrounding it.  I always thought Melbourne won the award for interesting buildings, and Sydney was pretty boring in comparison.  But, Barangaroo certainly offers some funky options.  Let me know if you are interested in some family photos!  There may be a bit of walking involved.

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(Captured by Kirri) architecture barangaroo crown casino family photography funky location sydney tower urban Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:56:28 GMT
Bicentennial Park My photo challenge this week was "Sunrise" ... hmmm ... not my forte - getting up early.  Especially when I knew there was not going to be a sunrise - the sun would come up, but there wouldn't be a "Sunrise" - we have had far too much rain in Sydney/NSW this year to hope for a sunrise.  But, I found a location that wasn't too far from home that might offer a good opportunity. I had wanted to visit and photograph the shipwreck SS Ayrfield for a while. And to discover it was actually in Homebush was a bonus!  So ... off I trotted this morning to find the wreck and photograph it at sunrise.  There was no sun, but I was surprised to find how cool the wreck was!!  So, in true "Photography location scouting" tradition, I had a wander around and found some cool spots around it.  Nice spots for walking family photos.  I had found last night there is place called "Brick Pit" just around the corner from here, which has an elevated circular walkway which looked pretty cool, so I thought while I was there, I would check it out.  It is literally 3 minutes drives from the shipwreck. Its VERY high!!  But really cool.  Again, I could see kids walking shots there.  I also found just on the outside of it, an awesome path with amazing trees either side.  Looking at the area, Bicentennial Park is about a 5 minute drive from that location, so off I went to have a sticky beak. I had been here before, but hadn't really viewed it from a "photographer's" point of view before. I think I brought my kids here to play once. There are some nice spots!  Would be even nicer if the sun came out ... which of course it did when I was driving home. Typical!! lol  Have a little look around.  If you like it, it would be a great place for family photos.

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(Captured by Kirri) bicentennial park brick pit family photos homebush location olympic park photography sydney Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:57:45 GMT
Green Square I have decided to give myself a bit more structure and fun in 2022.  So, I have decided to make my Thursdays a day for learning, adventure and fun.  I have found a photography challenge I want to do each week.  However, I also realised there are so many amazing locations in this beautiful city of Sydney that I haven't explored ... and they could make for some great photography locations.  So each Thursday, I am going to push myself with this challenge and also to find a new place to explore.  When I was making the list of options for the locations, I found the Rainbow Room at Green Square Library.  Google it, its amazing!!  So, I though what a perfect way to start!  So, I headed off, camera in hand last Thursday into the Green Square Library.  I was amazed at how anxious I was, realising how much I stick to the safety of what I know. That is when I realised this is exactly what I should be doing. I'm quite timid and shy (when I don't have a camera in my hands) but I like pushing myself because on the other side of that anxiety is where amazing things happen.  So, I found the library.  Ventured in.  A lady explained there is the library section, a lovely garden, and on the other side of that, a tower with the Rainbow Room and if you go to the top there is a view of the area.  I was allowed to take photos, but not of people and especially not kids.  No problem.  So ... down the stairs I trotted. When I went into the library, it is so funky, I just loved it!  It was bright, colourful, visually interesting, and so welcoming.  I headed for the tower .. CLOSED.  NOOOOOO!!!!!!  Today was not my day to see it.  I have to admit, I was gutted.  I went back outside to try and get a glimpse, and while my eyes could see it (and it is amazing, even from a crap vantage point), my camera could not (hence no photos of it).  Sad panda. :(  But ... the library building itself is really cool.  A triangle, then the circle garden, then the tall tower.  I then had a little look around, and what I found was awesome.  Every turn I made, there was another funky spot.  There was murals with mirrors and 3D art, there were alleyways with plants, there were alleyways with garage doors (if you know me well, you know how much I love a funky door), there were fantastic textured coloured walls, there were stunning cafes ... and then ... the architecture of the apartment buildings were so spectacular!  It really is a photograhper's paradise!  Every turn I could see where I would pose couples, families and even corporate clients.  So, if you have thought about a funky urban photoshoot, please let me know and we can go here.  I would love to show you around!!

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(Captured by Kirri) architecture artwork books cafe funky green square green square library library location murals photographer photoshoot rainbow sydney urban Wed, 12 Jan 2022 02:44:35 GMT
Melissa Recently I did a weekend of glamour shoots in Orange.  Melissa was the first cab off the rank!  Melissa came to the shoot wanting a confidence boost.  She was so gorgeous, it was hard for me to see why she needed a confidence boost as she is an amazing woman!  Well, I hope these images give you the boost you feel you need Melissa!  You are just gorgeous!!!  Enjoy.

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(Captured by Kirri) B&W beauty curls Gems Gems Beauty glamour gorgeous hair LBD little black dress makeup Melissa Orange tattoos Wed, 12 Jan 2022 00:31:04 GMT
I'm back! But ... Where have I been? I’m Back!  But where have I been?

You may have noticed I have been absent from Facebook and Instagram for about 2 years.  Or, you may not have noticed, but now that I have pointed it out, you are like, “oh yeah!”.

Well, briefly, here is what has been going on.

I separated from my husband in March 2019, after nearly 22 years of marriage and 3 kids.  At the time, I had my business and a one day a week part time job, just to keep some regular money coming in.

I have a very low risk personality, so this wasn’t enough for me to survive on.  So I got another part time job with a photography studio.  In July of 2019 I was offered a full time role at the studio.  This also coincided with me living on my own for the first time in my life.  So, I took the position for the stability I felt I needed. I knew it would be the end of my business as I couldn’t physically do both.  So, my business has taken a back seat as I always throw myself 150% into everything I do.

I have been very busy while working for this studio, even though we were effectively closed for a few months when Covid hit.

Working with other photographers is amazing, as you learn not only different shooting styles (and of course tips), but you also learn how another studio runs its photography business.  I have learnt so much and I am so grateful for my time there.

While there, I was also busy with my camera with over 190 shoots.  Here is what I have been doing:

1 x Christening

3 x studio shoots including a cake smash

13 x families with dogs

15 x corporate shoots

60 x outdoor family shoots

100 x newborn shoots

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I was also honoured to be a part of the “Dogs of the East” project.  In was a project in conjunction with Fortis Developments, MM  PHOTOS and Dogue where on one day, Michael (MM PHOTOS) and I photographed around 130 dogs over a 5 hour period.  It was manic!  There were the organisers, event planners, groomers, us, and of course all the owners and dogs! I photographed the white dogs on a grey background, and Michael photographed every other coloured dog on a white background.  Michael photographed more dogs on the day, but we were both absolutely flat out for the whole time.  This project has been made into a book and I am so proud to have been part of it.

As I said, I have learnt a lot from the studio and so grateful for the opportunity, stability and support.

It did allow me time to reflect and think about the photography I really love doing, and that is outdoor family shoots in beautiful sun.  So, that is what I want to focus on.

It is time for me to move on, and get back to being me, and doing the photography I love to do. So, I am back!!  So as soon as restrictions ease, I will be back in full swing and I can’t wait to see you all and how your families and have grown, and meet some new families.

(Captured by Kirri) cake smash christening corporate dog family hills newborn outdoor photographer photos studio sun sydney Sat, 31 Jul 2021 06:10:30 GMT
Baby Morgan When I first became interested in photography, I photographed mainly weddings, pregnancy and newborns.  I loved the moments where people's lives change.  My first full time photography job was photographing newborns, as in 2 day olds, in hospital.  I would photograph up to 8 newborns a day!  I loved it. I have photographed over 3000 newborns, in hospitals, in studio and in home.

I have slowed down on the newborns lately, but I still love the cuddles, and capturing all their little details.  There is a very rare baby that I can't settle.  I have lots of tricks up my sleeve!!!  Here are some shots from a shoot I did with Baby Morgan!  How adorable is he!!!

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(Captured by Kirri) baby boy details family hills newborn photographer precious props settling sydney Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:36:55 GMT
Lucas' Christening I love doing shoots for families, especially at family functions!  It's a great time to have a photographer not only capture all the precious moments, but also to get shots with all the family you don't often get to see!!!

But, one of the things I love about them is taking photos of all the styling for the function.  This christening was for an amazing stylist, who decided to get some help with this one!  So, to showcase how they put it all together, here are some of the shots.  I love getting all the little details.  People put so much effort into the setups, and after everyone has eaten everything, photos are all we have left!!

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(Captured by Kirri) baby backdrops balloons biscuits blue cake candles chocolate christening dessert eclairs events family flowers gold lollipops macrons outfit props styling sydney toddler Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:18:25 GMT
Melbourne August2018 My children have never been on a plane.  I've never been in a position to be able to take them all anywhere.  So, I decided that I would take them individually, making a special trip for each child.  Just some mummy-child alone time.  My first trip was to Melbourne in August 2018 with my daughter, Mia.  She is 11, and my middle child.  I wanted to make it special so I searched in Pinterest for all the cool places and one by one, we explored and found them.  Her first experience on a plane was pretty good, and while she was nervous, she was amazing.  She just did some amazing drawings on the plane.  She was lots of fun to travel with.  In our exploration of this beautiful city of Melbourne, we explored using trams and walking.  She did get annoyed with me taking lots of photos, but that is what travelling with a photographer is all about! So, here are some of my photos from my Melbourne trip with my girl.  I think one of the most memorable things we did was go to Philip Island to see the penguins.  Of course, you are not allowed to take photos there, so I took the opportunity to 100% be in the moment.

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(Captured by Kirri) brighton beach huts daughter docklands easey's cafe collingwood family federation square hills hosier lane luna park melbourne photographer st kilda pier webb bridge Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:39:20 GMT
Brisbane I went to Brisbane recently for work, but then having not really been to Brisbane before, then had the amazing experience of spending a day with photography tour guides (Curious Engine Photography Experience) who showed us around the town.  It was a great day, Brisbane certainly is visually very cool!  So, here are some of the shots I got on the day.

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(Captured by Kirri) architecture brisbane buildings curious engine photography tours hills landscapes photographer sights tour Mon, 03 Sep 2018 01:50:42 GMT
Joya's Cake Smash So, what happens when you mix 3 gorgeous girls, stunning outfits, pretty hair, headbands, balloons, cake and a bath?  A stunning photo shoot!!  Joya is turning 1 and Mum wanted some shots to show off at her first birthday party.  So, with the help of Kayter Co, this gorgeous setup was created and fun was had.  Here is a sample of what we got on the day.  I hope you like it!

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(Captured by Kirri) 1st birthday balloons bath baulkham hills bunting cake cake smash girls headbands mess park roses roxborough park rose garden sisters yum Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:55:12 GMT
Tim and Jordan got Engaged A few months back, I received an email from Tim asking if I would be interested in photographing his proposal to his girlfriend, Jordan.  Interested??? "Of course!" I replied!  So, over the next few months, there were several emails back and forth between Tim and myself, going over locations, good setup positions at the location, where he needs to stand, where I can hide, timing and rainy weather back up plan.  Then ... the day arrived.  I got nervous texts from him during the day ... the last one being, "Leaving restaurant in 5.  See you soon!  Please don't reply".  Up to this point, I hadn't met Tim, but I felt like I had.  I was so excited and anxious for him.  I was literally hiding in the bushes.  I have photographed proposals before, 20 of them in fact.  And each one, those moments before they arrive are the most nerve wrecking.  When they finally arrive, it is so exciting.  I am literally about to watch their lives change!  The bended knee, the tears, the shock, the squeal!  It is so fantastic.  For Tim and Jordan, they also got to share it with their family.  When the question had been asked, I got to text Jordan's mum to say it was all good for them to come out!  Both families appeared and there were more tears, more shock and more squeals.  It was such a lovely moment. I then followed Tim and Jordan as they went for their first walk around this amazing property as an engaged couple.  The sky was pretty awesome that night. So, here are the photos of their proposal.  It is such a lovely story.

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(Captured by Kirri) burnham grove estate camden couple engaged engagement ring fairy lights family hills in love love photographer proposal sydney wedding Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:14:25 GMT
Jess and Charbel Jess contacted me wanting a shoot just before her wedding to Charbel so they could have a nice photo to show at their reception.  We did the shoot at the Grounds of Alexandria.  To say that this is one of my favourite shoots EVER would be an understatement.  You can see how much they love each other, how comfortable they are around each other and how much fun we had.  I think my heart sang a little every time I clicked the shutter because I knew I had captured something AMAZING.  And to top it off, Jess was wearing the most fantastic red stilettoes!  I loved them!  So sparkly!  Have a look through the images, I dare you to pick a favourite, because I can't!!


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(Captured by Kirri) amazing cart checkers coffee couple dancing engaged fairy lights fountain fun grounds of alexandria happy hills hugs in love kiss laughter love neon photographer pre-wedding red shoes stilettos sydney ute walking Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:19:10 GMT
Doors of the World When I was overseas last year with my Dad, I became quite obsessed with doors/windows/arches.  I noticed how different they are to the boring ones we have in Australia.  We don't make a feature of them here.  But in Europe, they do, and they are stunning. I took my first "door" photo in Crail, a tiny fishing village in Scotland.  And then it started.  I began taking photos of all sorts of doors, windows, arches, stairs, stairways, details of building, everything that caught my eye.  The doors were so ornate, strong, imposing.  The windows seemed to cheery with their window boxes and flowers. The colours were just fantastic!  It got to the point that when we were looking through all the photos I processed from the trip (over 1300 of them), my family would yell out ... "Another door!" when they saw another photo.  I think they are really cool.  So, here are my "door" photos. I hope you like them as much as I do. I just wish I had started taking them earlier to have a complete collection.

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(Captured by Kirri) arches cesky kromlov changi crail czech details doors dunvegan edinburg europe hills luss photographer pittenweem prague rydal scotland st andrews st monans stairs stairway stirling sydney travel windows Mon, 15 Jan 2018 01:43:11 GMT
Cake Smash Today I was honoured to take photos of a cake smash for some clients I have done several shoots for previously.  It is always so fantastic to see my clients' families grow and add new family members.  So, today was their second cake smash session!  We had so much fun, there was lots of bubbles, cream, and laughter, as well as a smashed cake!!  

I hope you enjoy the photos.  If you would like to have a cake smash session, then please contact me on 0419 006 267.


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(Captured by Kirri) 1st birthday bath tub birthday brothers bubbles cake cake smash candle cream dad daddy family father hills mother mum mummy party photographer son sons sydney toddler Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:16:56 GMT
Baby Marco I did some photos for Baby Marco - he was a very big bub, but oh my!!  How gorgeous is he!!!  He has a spunky big brother too and his parents are so lovely.  I had a wonderful time with their family, and so honoured to capture these photos for them.  And yes, I had a concert at the end of the shoot! :)

If you would like some newborn photos, please call me on 0419 006 267.

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Couple sunrise shoot The day after Valentine's day, I did a shoot for a gorgeous couple who wanted to celebrate their time in Australia before they moved back to Ireland.  Unfortunately, the sun just did not want to play that morning!  However, we got some gorgeous photos at their favourite beach, Bronte!  All the best for your move back to Ireland, Lisa and Dermott!  Enjoy your photos.

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Julian's Newborn Shoot I did some photos for the gorgeous little Julian this week.  He had a gorgeous older brother as well, and we had lots of fun together.  Here is a sneak peek of their gallery!  If you would like some newborn photos, please call me on 0419 006 267. Mohandas-237Mohandas-237

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Family shoot Early in January, I did a photoshoot for a family that was very dear to me.  This family is at the beginning of their cancer journey, with the mum, Michelle being diagnosed just before Christmas with Breast Cancer.  I had done some maternity photos for Mich when she was expecting her third child, and she really wanted some nice photos to put on her wall to give her inspiration.  So, we went to their favourite beach, North Curl Curl at sunrise.  The morning was delightful, and the beach had gorgeous colours, and was relatively empty.  So, we had an absolute ball, and followed it up with breakfast at Dee Why.  What a magnificent way to spent the morning.  If you are thinking of a shoot like this, then sunrise cannot be beaten.  There are so many gorgeous beaches in Sydney to choose from as well!  It has taken me a while to process these images, simply because there were so many gorgeous ones, I couldn't limit them!  So, here are your images Mich, I hope you find some here to hang on your wall and help you through your journey.  You are so full of strength and determination.  I will do as many shoots as you need to help you through, and am always a phone call away for a chat!!! 

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(Captured by Kirri) North Curl Curl battle beach breast cancer cancer daughters family hills husband inspiration journey morning motivation photographer son sun sun flare sunrise wife Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:23:41 GMT
Venus Hearts Isaiah I attended a charity function recently run by Venus Hearts Isaiah.  Venus is a very talented fashion designer.  She was running a charity event for Oasis Youth Support Network for students who had graduated under difficult circumstances.  She also had some of her garments and accessories available for sale!  So, we had some fun and did a bit of a fashion show!  Here are some images from the event.  If you have an event that you would like photographed, please call me on 0419 006 267.

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