beach baby … [photo of the day]

Michelle and I are busy getting ready for our 2-week holiday in the USA (we leave on Saturday!), so today’s post is brought to you by our sand-loving son. Incidentally, there were fewer smiles during the sand removal process 😉

Yes, it’s Wednesday, and no, this isn’t a workshop wednesday post. Sorry about that, but if you’re keen to learn more about photography, a few places remain in our February photography course! There’s even a $55 early registration discount if you book in by midnight on Friday 🙂 All the details are here.

While I’ve got your attention, most of our time in the US will be spent with Bobby and Lindsay Earle and their new son Clive. I’ve mentioned them here before. Anyway, Bobby’s latest blog post is about a modern-day Martin Luther King, and is worth a read. Click here for it.

Ok, here are the photos you’ve probably already skipped to! Bella was running around like the puppy she still is, but paused for a second to check on Josiah. Awww 😉

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19 January 2011 - 8.55pm

deevar - a man of true grit – tho a little on the small side yet! Lovely photos.

the peacock family … [portraits]

Way back in Christmas 2009, we ran a competition. The prize was a portrait session, anywhere in Australia, and to win, you had to warm our hearts with your story.

One of the winners was the Peacock family, who live near Toowoomba in Queensland.

Since 2006, Sharron has been battling with thyroid cancer, lupus, deep vein thrombosis, melanoma and a bunch of related health problems. Even now, she faces ever-changing treatments with uncertain side-effects, pain, immobility and many other struggles.

Together with their 3 children, Sharron and Josh have faced these constant setbacks with courage and grace that is difficult to imagine. And I haven’t even mentioned their temporary homelessness in 2009!

Luckily, they were spared the worst of the flood that just hit Toowoomba, but it still made a mess of their house.

The hits just keep on coming, it seems 🙁

It was an honour to meet the Peacock family in May last year. We took these photos around their home. I have a sneaking suspicion that not even a flood could wash those smiles away! 🙂

Thanks for letting me visit, guys. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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30 October 2012 - 3.05pm

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oh hi there, 2011

I don’t care what they say, time is speeding up. There’s no way it’s supposed to be 2011, much less halfway through the first month of 2011. Where did 2010 go?!

Anyway, like it nor not, 2010 is behind us, and another 365 (well, 348) days of as-yet-unknown challenges, opportunities and merriment lie ahead. My resolution for 2011? Not to wake up in December wondering where the year went!

Last year was huge for us, both personally and professionally, and 2011 is shaping up to be even bigger. We don’t have any start-of-year announcements to make, except that we’ll be continuing to grow, improve and learn this year. Oh, and we’ll be getting a lot more photos up on the blog, too 😉

But first, we’d like to say a MASSIVE “thank you” to everyone who helped us have an awesome 2010. Here’s to being able to look back on an even better 2011!

Of course, it’s been a rotten start to the year for millions of people, especially those devastated by La Niña floods in Queensland, Victoria, Sri Lanka, Brazil and elsewhere. Our prayers are with you all, that you’ll be able to heal quickly and draw strength from those things that can’t be washed away. We hope that your 2011 will somehow end a lot better than you can imagine right now, and we promise we’ll do what we can to help make that happen.

Finally, to pretty up the post, here’s a dodgy family self-portrait for you to laugh at. We might have to practise these 😉

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PS: If you want to see more of Michelle and Josiah, check out our Tumblr sites: mine is here, and Michelle’s is here. 🙂

PPS: If you’re waiting on an email from me, I’ll be catching up on my inbox today and tomorrow. Sorry about the delay.

christmas gift inspiration #3

Last-minute gift shopping is the best. Especially when you can do it online, or find other ways to avoid those Big Nasty Shopping Centres. 😉

So, here are two final gift ideas for you. One is from us, one is not. Both can be purchased at the last minute, without leaving your house/office/internet cafe.

Please read to the end. There’s a killer twist.

Portrait gift certificate: pay $110, get $350

It’s pretty simple, really. Give us $110 (the price of a portrait session) and we’ll give you a very pretty gift certificate (embossed and everything) for $350. Your recipient will be able to book a portrait session anytime in the first half of 2011, and have their first $240 of prints covered!

Order by 10.00am tomorrow (Thursday) to have your gift certificate posted out in time for Christmas (free Express Post shipping), or call us to arrange a pick up until midday Friday.

Click here for details or to place your order.

RSPCA Guardian Angelship

We love animals. If you do too, please consider gifting a fellow pet-lover with RSPCA Guardian Angel status this Christmas. Here’s the spiel:

Sadly, Christmas is a time of particular need for the RSPCA. Every year, thousands of animals turn to the RSPCA for help and hundreds still remain in desperate need of financial support so they can find new homes.

You can make a real difference. In making a one off donation or a gift donation for a friend, you will join others in becoming a Guardian Angel to one lucky animal this New Year. Help us through this crisis and donate now to become a Guardian Angel.

Click here to donate.

The twist

Here’s the twist: if you spend $100 or more on an RSPCA Guardian Angelship AND buy a portrait gift certificate from us, we’ll add a further $240 to your gift certificate. Just forward your receipt from the RSPCA to us at, and we’ll turn your $350 gift certificate into a $590 gift certificate. That’s how much we want you to donate to the RSPCA 🙂

And because a post about the RSPCA wouldn’t be complete without a pet photo, meet Hippie Dog:

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christmas gift inspiration #2

Running out of ideas for Christmas presents?

Me too, and I haven’t even started shopping yet.

Here’s one for the coffee lover in your life, courtesy of Coffee on Crown, the coffee shop we share a building with (unfortunately for my waistline :P).

They’re offering two gift packs for Christmas. The first one ($25) contains 250g fresh roasted coffee beans, 100g chocolate coated coffee beans, a gingerbread man, and a free coffee token.

The second pack ($15) is for the chocolate lover! It contains 100g chocolate powder, 100g white chocolate powder, 100g fresh roasted coffee beans, and a free coffee token.

Both packs come in a Christmas stocking handmade from recycled burlap coffee sacks. How cool do they look?

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For information on how to find Coffee on Crown, check out their website. They’re open Monday to Saturday until 3pm 🙂

(Incidentally, Coffee on Crown’s coffee is quite possibly the best in Newcastle. It’s so good I don’t need sugar in it. For reals.)