bec… 24 weeks

there are some times in life when time just seems to stand still and you find yourself feeling as though you are actually taking the time to look at what is happening around you, and absorb what’s going on, rather than just being carried along with it, at what seems to be an all too familiar frenetic pace… last weekend we had one of those days. bec has been owed, for some time now (by me) a day of all things retro and vintage. a day to shop, wander, eat, relax, and connect. so on the weekend, with neither of our usual ‘energy factories’ in tow, we took some time out. we headed up to a favourite little novocastrian spot that we love, with the express intention of finding some great cafe fare, browsing shops for as long as was deemed necessary, maintaining un-interupted adult style conversation, and swimming in the sea. what resulted was a blissful day that seemed like it would never end… just what was needed to remind us that no matter how busy life may seem, no matter how carried away we can become with the day to day… it doesn’t take much to slow down a notch and relish in life’s experiences.

(note: bec is now 24 weeks pregnant with our third child… experiences as described above may well be few and far between from this point forward!)

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looking back… 2012

when I set out to grow this little business about a year ago, I never thought I would experience what I have so far. this year, I have been privileged to be able to spend time with some incredible people and share so many special moments… both to them, and I. I’ve shot some beautiful weddings and some incredible families. I’ve also shared some special news and special times from within my own little family… what I have taken away from this year though, is the relationships that I’ve formed, the stories that I have been able to be a part of, and in turn, been able to share. 2013 is going to be a fantastic year… with more stories to tell, weddings to experience and early on, a brand new website to share with you… I’m super excited about what’s ahead. I hope that you and your families have had a wonderful christmas and that you have a truly wonderful new year. you may have seen some of these special moments already throughout the year… but in looking back, here are some that I have found particularly special… families, weddings, babies, pregnancy, kids, mums, dads, husbands and wives…

life.

photographed.

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bec… 20 weeks

half way! sometime towards the end of the coming twenty weeks, bec will bring our third little blessing into the world and life will change, once again. I must say that I am truly enjoying quietly watching bec, addie & spencer see bec’s tummy grow (that bump is surely coming along now) and watching as the kids slowly begin to realise that there really is a brand new baby brother or sister growing in there that they we will all be able to meet… pretty soon! around here, summer has arrived with winter like temperatures, clouds, rain… and in our house, two sick little kids and a sick pregnant lady. earlier in the week though, we grabbed a bit of time and wandered down the road where we admired the sea and explored some of its shore… collected, ran, jumped, got our feet wet, created drawings on rocks and breathed in the sea air (spence may have spent considerable time in awe of a concrete truck as well)…

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the pogmore family…

a bit over a moth ago now, I shared with you some of the time I spent with sherridan, scott & willow, as they welcomed their new twin daughters (and twin sisters in willow’s case) into the world. a couple of weeks ago, I spent some more time with these guys, now settling in to their new life at home. I know sherridan & scott are sleep deprived. you could never tell. I know that they are feeling busy and tired. you could never tell. what you could tell… is how much they completely & utterly adore myla indigo & macy jade. I don’t know how they do it… but they truly make it look easy! they do what parents do. they do what family does. they love and support each other and their three beautiful little girls. they’ve got such a story to tell… and three adorable little girls to tell it about. but seriously… how they make it look so easy (and I know it’s not)… I’ll never know!

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bec… 16 weeks

there are so many places just around the corner from home that hold a special place and a special piece of the story of my life so far. the last time that I had some photos taken in this special little pocket of coast, was with bec, over ten years ago… when we had some of our wedding photos taken. recently, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary and I took a look back at some of those photos. I looked like… and felt like… just a kid (I was I suppose)! this week, bec, addie, spence & I took a little walk down there so that I could take some pics of bec… our third bub on board, at sixteen weeks. as we wandered around, I looked at our little family, what we have created over the past years, what we are creating now, and I imagined… coming back here again, in the next few years, looking back at these pictures, this little part of our story and hearing addie, spence and our next little blessing telling me how ‘back then’ they look like ‘little kids’… it is always so nice when you can take a minute, get a bit still, and have a think about where you are in your story… right now. what it looks like, how it makes you feel. here’s a little look at bec… feeling great, looking beautiful as ever, getting her energy back, excitement building… and our little kidlets. exploring, running, being near the sea… being our little story.

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sarah humphreys… hello

each time that I am asked, each time that I allowed… to tell someones story, to document a time that means a great deal to someone… I feel more and more privileged. I feel a great sense of responsibility when someone asks me to see, and then to capture, memories for them to cherish, on their behalf. so when sarah humphreys asked me to come along to the rhythm hut and document her releasing her brand new album ‘hello’, I couldn’t believe it. I have been a fan of sarah’s music, her honest and inspired lyricism… her story telling, for such a long time. so I was absolutely honoured to spend some time capturing an afternoon and an evening… sarah, jude, paul, just hanging out, setting up, sound-checking, relaxing, writing a set list, and then… doing what sarah does. sharing, singing, playing… telling some of her story… to some of her many, many dedicated fans and followers… of which, I, definitely, am one.

sarah’s new album ‘hello’ is, simply… wonderful. if you haven’t yet had a listen… do so over here.

no doubt, if you’re a central coast local and you haven’t already bought tickets to see sarah (along with the supremely talented mike mccarthy) play at the glass onion society tomorrow (yes tomorrow) night… you’ll be doing that right now!

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ben & belinda… married

being asked to tell the story of ben & belinda’s wedding day, was for me, a humbling experience. ben is my brother in law and this was a family wedding in which everyone was involved. my wife bec was one of belinda’s bridesmaids and our two little kiddies were (obviously I’ll be biased here) the cutest flower girl and page boy there has ever been.

ben & belinda had picked a place extremely special to them both, a place where they love to spend time and where memories have been forged. they were set to be married perched atop sydney harbour in an intimate garden overlooking the harbour from mosman. the weather, however, had other ideas. as you will see, the day before was spectacular and sydney harbour seriously showed itself off. but we knew what had been predicted. still, hoping for the best, the plans continued as they had been laid out. even on the morning of the wedding, there was still hope that the weather would hold, however, as winds increased to 100km per hour and cyclonic like conditions set in, at the last minute, the ceremony was moved and unfortunately, delayed… we rang guests, spread the word and waited until we could bunker down inside the gunners barracks, where the reception was to be held.

one thing that was planned, however, never changed. ben & belinda… in a place they loved, surrounded by people they loved… were married. everything that seemed so important, faded away and friends and family surrounded ben & belinda and shared in their joy. plans changed, locations changed… the weather was so incredibly brutal, that even when we tried to step outside to take a few portraits in the fading winter light, we were close to literally being blown away!

and in the midst of a storm like no other… we celebrated love, we partied… and we shared in ben & belinda’s day… a day we will all remember, we will all cherish. I am so thankful that I can share the story of ben & belinda’s wedding with you. the weather (as brutal as it was), was still completely overshadowed by their story, by their love… not the other way around.

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