May, Photo-A-Day Project | Brisbane Family Photographer

On a whim, I decided to load a roll of black and white film (Acros 100) into my grandad's old Pentax K1000 and work on a photo-a-day project for the month of May of life at our home.  What I didn't account for were the winter daylight hours - or lack thereof!  So while I love the film stock, it wasn't the best choice for indoor work with very limited light, or artificial light, so I rated it at 200 ISO and had it pushed once in processing - for those film users following along ;-) 

The results aren't breathtaking, there are a lot where I would have liked to have made different choices, but they are exactly what our life looked like ... some days the thought would hit that we all wouldn't be home before dark that night so I'd run for the camera to snap whatever was happening right then before we had to all dash out of the house for the day.  I didn't take a photo on all 31 days either, there are three days when I forgot to take a photo, which is disappointing, but sometimes the chaos of our day won. 

What they are to me though, is precious.  I tried to remain mindful of the tiny little habits the children have that I wanted to have documented that aren't usually the 'pretty' things that I seek out.  So there are photos here of teeth brushing, getting dressed, tv watching, crushed ice munching, lots of exhausted afternoons, weekend chores, meal time, craft time, dinosaur everything - and for the last day of May when I completely forgot the project, bedtime, which usually looks like this - one in our bed and one on a mattress on the floor! 

I'll print this little project into a small photo book, and I'm already thinking about doing the same project as we head back into summer at the end of the year. 

How are you going with your photo projects this year?  I'd love to hearxx

A Day Out at the Farm

About a month ago, we took the kids out to Serendipity Farm in gorgeous Upper Brookfield.  These little day trips are the kind of thing we want to do more of with our kiddies - pack up the car and head out to discover some lovely little gem in Brisbane, just like this. 

Serendipity is a not-for-profit rescue centre for farm animals, such as a herd of hungry, outgoing goats, sheep, alpaca, pigs, ponies, chickens, ducks and gorgeous Lagertha the camel.  What a gorgeous lady she is.  The kids loved feeding her carrots (though one was considerably more keen than the other ;-) and each time we went off for a walk around the farm, we'd find ourselves back with Lagertha. 

There is no entry fee to visit Serendipity, but cash donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of food for the animals - we took a bag of carrots and quickly made friends with the goats!  The farm is open Sundays from 10-2, pending weather, and some school holidays.  They also operate a mobile animal farm - check out their Facebook page, HERE for more information and to enquire about visiting the centre.

Film nerd note ... on a day out like this I'd usually rely on my iPhone for photos, but I had been keen to test Kodak's Ektar in the full midday sun, and this seemed like the perfection opportunity.  I'm super happy with the results, and will be keeping a stock of it on hand in future.

Nikon F4  |  35mm Kodak Ektar

Close Your Eyes and Make a Wish

Today marks a great, wonderful change in our lives. I'm considering these next weeks as a gift, an opportunity to make dreams a reality and change the life of our little family in the most important of ways. Slowing down our busy days, keeping mama at home more often, and a happier, more easy going mama and wife because of it all is good news for everyone ;)

I am so energised and bursting at the seams to get going today, to move towards choosing joy, to make great, positive changes happen and to find our happy little groove together. 

Close your eyes and make a wish .... 

"You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself." - Glenda, Wizard of Oz

I. Love. Winter.

If I were a season, or if I could live all my days in just one season, it'd be winter. I'm a home body, so it's definitely the bunkering down and snuggling up of winter that has me hooked. Admittedly, Brisbane's winter is a mild, short one so perhaps that helps my love affair along some.

We make the most of it though, pulling out beanies and scarfs and boots. Handknits and flannel sheets. And mama makes the most of it by loading some pretty film in my camera and following my kiddies around in the morning sun. Photographing my children on film always makes me so pleased when I choose it over my iPhone or DSLR. 

Here's a sneaky little Winter Mini Sessions offer for you, or for you and a friend. x