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The Speakeasy Club | Bowral, NSW

Last night I was asked along to photograph the The Speakeasy Club, at the gorgeous Onesta Cucina in the heart of Bowral, to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I will happily admit I had NO idea what I was walking in to! I had been battling Pharyngitis all week and had lost track of all time and space. I knew I had a gig on Friday night, and left it at that. It was a mad end of week rush around, school pickup, an impromptu Friday afternoon cheese and wine date with my favourite school mums, and the usual rush around to coordinate work schedules with my forever traveling husband who was landing later than planned from his Brisbane trip. A few phone calls later, and the boys were being driven out to Sutton Forest to have dinner with my little sis and her fiance, and I was on my way home to get my head around the evenings shoot. 

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Jess and Beau's Wedding | The Briars, Bowral

I love weddings, REALLY love weddings, and always feel so special being asked to photograph such a significant day in a couples lives. In our home, our wedding album is not wrapped in delicate paper and put somewhere 'safe' from little sticky fingers. It is left on our coffee table, and is often found half open on our sofa, dinning table, kids beds etc. The boys love to flick through it, and have made up an entire story from start to finish that they tweak each time they look through it. I won't lie, I feel like the memory of my wedding is much more 'front of mind' because I can't escape the imagery of the day. Our photographer from all those years ago was my inspiration to start my own business. We engaged him just as he was packing up his day job and throwing it all in to start a full time gig photographing people. I thought that was sooo brave! I still follow his work now, and he continues to be absolutely spectacular ... understated, but incredibly talented. I often think back to our wedding day and can't see him in any of my memories. I loved that he managed to be present for every amazing moment, but didn't play a staring role on the day. Fast forward several years, and I have followed in his early footsteps, thrown in my corporate gig, and starting to find my way in this profession full time. I hope that my clients also don't remember me on their special day ... that is my true measure of success!

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The Car Wash...

It's been a little over a year since we made the move from Sydney to beautiful Bowral in the Southern highlands of NSW. It took us years to pluck up the courage, and always had great reasons to stay where we were. One Friday afternoon, when picking up the kids from preschool, they begged to go visit one of those carwashes where you drive in and wash the car yourself. They loved hearing the loud noises of the high pressure water, and being momentarily blinded by the thick white soap suds. To be truthful, the car was long over due for a wash, so I was easily worn down. There was one a few suburbs away, so at 3.30 we started off for what should have been a lovely afternoon. An hour and 45min later, we were still on route ... for whatever reason there had been yet another incident on the one and only road we needed to travel on, and traffic was at a standstill. The boys fell asleep, so tired that when we eventually arrived at the car wash, they slept through the vacuuming under their feet, the loud water beating down on the car, and the stop start as we made our way through the now peak hour traffic all the way home ... a mere 5kms away.

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Christmas (and all that food!!) | Bowral

My favourite time of the year is finally here, and boy is it awesome! I love the buzz of the silly season, the manic house cleaning, the endless list of social engagements (most of which belong to my two little boys!), spending time with all the family, and the food, oh the wonderful food! I also love that that these special celebrations spark a lot of deep discussions with Otu on our childhoods, traditions, and the legacy we wish to pass on to our kids. After all these years, we are still discovering new things about each other, or maybe we are just gaining new perspective. Either way, I like thinking about how the past impacts the future and being aware of what special traditions we wish our little boys to take with them on their journey through life. Otu grew up with his mum making gorgeous little Christmas sweets, which she still makes for our boys each and every year. She even brings them frozen with her on the plane when she comes to Sydney (knowing full well that as soon as she arrives in Bowral, there's not a minute spare for baking!). I make the boys wait till I have my coffee before opening any gifts, a tradition passed down from my dad ... who doesn't do anything without a cup of coffee and his breakfast! I heard the boys wake up at 5 this morning and sit around the tree, guessing what's in each box and getting more and more excited as they patiently waited till i finally got up at 7! It's always a good thing to practice patience and delayed gratification, even on Christmas morning!

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Street Feast | The Mill, Bowral

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, than at the Street Feast Markets, held in the outdoor space at The Mill. Felt a huge sense of de-ja-vu given I was there only the night before capturing a Christmas Party - but such a different vibe today! There was loads of amazing food ... dumplings to rival our Chatswood experience from what feels like a life time ago, gourmet hot dogs, Italian salamis and smallgoods (OMG the Salami with Truffle ... yumm!!), and my own mum and dad had been asked at the last minute to go down there with their charcoal grill to cook up some super yummy greek chicken kebabs! The live music was awesome, the kids ran around and danced and played, and the beer and wine was plentiful. And the dogs!... cute doggo's everywhere! I even met #georgethecountryexplorer and am now following him on Instagram!

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