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Instagram: 2014 so far.

OK so…. it has been a while again. I promise that I have a whole pile of valid excuses… as well as being SUPER busy with the whole photography thing, I also planned a ridiculous 30th celebration, moved house, and finished my thesis. so my spare time around editing and shooting has been pretty full! But things are starting to wind down now, and we’re almost up to date with editing – so i am hoping that I will get back into the swing of things over the next couple of months! I have lots to share… some snaps from my 30th, my new house, some more op shopping finds, and, of course, my cats. But in the meantime, I’ll catch you up via instagram photos that I have taken over the last few months :)

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1. autumn and floral shoes (from ASOS) | 2. my mums pretty abyssinian cat | 3. midland railway workshops | 4. some crafting for my 30th | 5. free goodies from a shoot with Bahen and co | 6. making friends with sheepies | 7. an old school room at Alverstoke Farm | 8. the husby in Yallingup | 9. a floral crown by Fox & Rabbit and my Archer boy | 10. sneaky peek of a fun shoot with Stacey Clark for Hooray | 11. our new house! | 12. aaaand my new office | 13. fog in the morning | 14. a pretty prize from K gets organised | 15. an impromptu trip to Melbourne | 16. some cat themed purchases. | 17. how I let everyone know that I am now officially a doctor… | 18. my fave engaged human in a salvage yard

You can find more of my instagram photos here xx

Learning to knit.

So I mentioned a while back that I had begun learning to knit. Glenn and I had been in a Spotlight for some paint, and thought: let’s buy some needles and some wool! We can just learn off youtube, right? How hard could it be..? Glenn threw a few tantrums and gave up pretty quickly… and while I stuck with it, I felt like I wasn’t really getting anywhere. So after knitting for a couple of weeks, I had hit a wall, and my half knitted laptop case (read: rectangle) is gathering dust in my cupboard.

I still had a real desire to knit, though, so Glenn signed us both up to knitting classes at Studio Bomba. And it couldn’t have been more perfect – a real beginners class, an intimate group with a very understanding teacher (!) who could give one-on-one advice and tips. I had so much fun! We’ve got some homework to do for the next week before our next class – so I’m pretty excited to share my cushion creation next week :) For now, though, here are a few photos of my (and Glenn’s) humble beginnings!
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Studio Bomba run heaps of fun workshops (you may have seen my post about the flower crown workshop I did a while back) – you can find more out about them here.

Distraction and motivation.

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I would love to say that the reasons for my lack of posting here lately are due to so many distractions – that because we have been so busy with weddings, I haven’t had time to post. And we have been busy – we have one or two weddings every weekend until mid May, at least one of which is usually a 2 hour drive away – not to mention portrait shoots (4 this week!), meetings, magazine shoots, and hours in front of the computer editing. (Who said the life of a wedding photographer was glamorous?!) I would also love to say that as Glenn has been getting really into film lately, we’ve not had time to get all of the film developed that documents our everyday adventures.

But these excuses don’t really cut the mustard. I mean, even on the days I am cooped up in the house, I could still post about my office space, my cats, my new purchases…. and we still go out enough that I should be taking photos for myself, with my digital camera, specifically for the blog. So many wedding photographers say that you need to keep up your own personal photography projects in order to maintain that love of shooting that keeps your wedding photography creative. So really, I can’t use the excuse that I’m too busy shooting weddings – I should always be shooting for myself as well.

No, the real reason for my lack of posting is just a lack of motivation. I’ve been posting once or twice a week for about 9 months now, and I’ve hit a bit of a wall. Not in terms of ideas, as I still keep a journal to note down ideas that pop into my head from time to time… but I’ve ran out of the motivation to actually take the photos, and then sit down and pull them into a blog post. I guess because I sit in front of a computer editing most days, when I have free time, I want to be as far away from a computer as possible. (Though, to be fair, my eyes are still glued to the TV. My recent addiction: Veronica Mars.) So it comes back to motivation for posting and maintaining posts.

Yesterday, I had a nice little surprise that I am hoping will help me to kick start my motivation. I was listed by new blogger Fiddle and Spoon as a blogger to keep an eye on, alongside some wonderful bloggers – I could barely believe it! I mean, I have read everywhere that you should blog for yourself, and not for followers. That to maintain motivation (!) you need to blog about what makes you happy, rather than what you think other people want to see. And that if you do gain a following, it will take time. So that’s what I have been doing… but losing my own motivation for what I want to do is what has made this hard. And I think, no-one would notice if I was one of the many bloggers who just dropped off the face of the internet earth. But now that I know that there may be people watching, even enjoying, well… I’m going to keep at it. So even if there are only a few of you out there reading this – thank you!! Your support means a lot to me :)

So here’s to more blogging! I’ll be taking more photos, and we’re also getting a heap of film developed soon. In the meantime, here are some film photos we took with Glenn’s new medium format camera on Archer’s birthday!

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ellery-jayne - Hello! It’s Ellery (the maid of honour from Emily & Jason’s wedding this June) – I’ve just stumbled upon your blog and it is so lovely ♡♡♡ Look forward to seeing more posts !

Secondhand Floral - Thanks Ellery! As you may have noticed, I’m still struggling with motivation for the blog :) Your blog is lovely! Japan would be such an amazing place to photograph! xxx