switch cities : Prints For Queensland Floods Appeal

A group of photographers have donated prints to the switch cities project, to help raise funds for the Queensland flood relief. They raised over $2800 for Hope For Haiti and hope to raise more again. My “Pretty Things” print is in the gallery available to purchase and there are other beautiful images from photographers around Australia and the globe who have also donated prints. All proceeds go the QLD Flood Relief and each print is priced in $US. Please buy some pretty art for your walls and help us make a little difference :)

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holga + adventures


2010 has been a good year full of travel and adventures to far away lands. My holga always comes on my adventures with me. I dont shoot with it all that often as I prefer shooting with my medium format gear, but sometimes when the weight of my gear gets to much, I go out and explore with my trusty old light as a feather holga. Its always a nice surprise getting these films developed as I normally forget what is on each roll and normally have multiple trips appear on one roll. These images were spread over three rolls of film and include Venice, Berlin, Rome, London, Vancouver, Kalgoorlie and Exmouth.

2011 is going to be another year full of travel. I am wanting to shoot a lot more beloved work this year so I am putting these dates out there in the universe and see what happens :) If you are interested in a beloved shoot (or wedding or mentor session) in any of these locations, please get in contact with me!

Sydney // 27th Dec – 30th Dec 2010
Melbourne // 30th Dec – 4th Jan 2011
Brisbane // 4th Jan- 7th Jan 2011
Canberra // 7th Jan – 14th Jan 2011
Melbourne // 14th Jan – 21st Jan 2011
Los Angeles / San Diego / Vegas // February 2011
Los Angeles // Apr 2011
USA / Canada // Jul – Aug 2011
Margaret River Region // Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec 2011
Melbourne // January 2012 onwards +++

and a wee announcement… I am moving to Melbourne at the end of 2011. I am now accepting Melbourne (and east coast) wedding commissions from January 2012 onwards :)

Nikky + Danilo









Nikky and Danilo, how I love these two. Nobody in the church knew it was pouring with rain outside during the ceremony. Nikky and Danilo were the first to exit the church, I opened the doors for them and they were greeted with the rain storm. Instead of freaking out, they just laughed and laughed and laughed. It was my favorite part of their wedding day. I think it shows the type of people they are. ♥♥♥. We were lucky to dodge the rain most of the afternoon, running undercover and into the Moores Building when it got a bit crazy outside. Just as we were finishing up shooting in Fremantle, we had to run like mad to the cars, I got absolutely drenched, head to toe. I loved it.

los angeles


polaroids from los angeles. november 2010.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago,
turned around backwards so the windshield shows.
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse.
Still, it’s so much clearer.
I forgot my shirt at the water’s edge.
The moon is low tonight.

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night.
I’m not sure all these people understand.
It’s not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
of recklessness and water.
They cannot see me naked.
These things, they go away,
replaced by everyday.

Nightswimming, remembering that night.
September’s coming soon.
I’m pining for the moon.
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?
That bright, tight forever drum
could not describe nightswimming.

You, I thought I knew you.
You I cannot judge.
You, I thought you knew me,
this one laughing quietly underneath my breath.
Nightswimming.

The photograph reflects,
every streetlight a reminder.
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night, deserves a quiet night.

Nightswimming by R.E.M

The Invitation

polaroids from my week in los angeles, november 2010.

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation

ursi + michel . switzerland . beloved






















I photographed this beloved session of Ursi and Michel (plus their dogs miro and sheela) when I was traveling through Europe in July. These four live in Switzerland and contacted me for a beloved portrait shoot when they heard I was coming through their beautiful country. Michael and I spent a few days with them at their house, they drove us all up and down the mountains in Switzerland showing us what their beautiful country is all about. We had a barbecue picnic on the side of a little creek which was one of my favorite parts of our whole trip. Ursi and Michel are such warm hearted, generous, beautiful people. This beloved shoot was taken over two days. It was such an honor and pleasure to meet, spend time with and to photograph them. ♥

adventures ahead


film shots from italy. venice + amalfi. july 2010. { The one of me taken by Michael }

Wedding season started this week and I am so excited about all the amazing people I get to work and spend time with over the next 8 months. Over the next 6 months I am doing a crazy amount of travel. 3 trips to the USA included. crazy! I love going to explore new places and could not be more excited about the adventures that lie ahead of me in the next few months. If you are interested in a beloved portrait shoot, wedding photography or a mentor session in any of these locations, please get in contact with me :)

31 Oct – 7 Nov ~ Los Angeles
9 – 11 Nov ~ Canberra
4 – 6 Dec ~ Margaret River
11 – 14 Dec ~ Albany
27 – 30 Dec ~ Sydney
30 Dec – 1 Jan ~ Melbourne
14 – 21 Jan ~ Melbourne
13 Feb – 1 Mar ~ Los Angeles / Vegas
4 – 5 Mar ~ Margaret River
3 – 8 Apr ~ Los Angeles
15 – 18 Apr ~ Margaret River

my sweet disposition

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

 

my sweet disposition from cartwheels & pinwheels on Vimeo.

This is just a little video ive made from the random moments I collected while I was roaming around Europe in July. Before I went away, I knew I wanted to do something creatively that did not involve just picture taking. I wanted to see and experience this trip differently. I stumbled across a little teeny tiny camera called the zumi that takes the most horrendous stills but I really like how it captures video, giving it a very super 8 kind of look. Before I went away I knew the song was going to be the soundtrack. The song speaks to me. When I first heard Sweet Disposition by the Temper Trap, goosebumps covered my arms. Ive only just tried finding the meaning of the song and found this quote, “When we’re young, we act first and think later. But as adults, we rationalize everything. Basically, the song is about capturing the innocence of youth.” (in Nylon, Nov 09). Gosh. It was the whole reason why I went away, just to stop and to just enjoy what is right in front of me.

{sweet disposition by the temper trap}

Sweet disposition
Never too soon
Oh, reckless abandon
Like no one’s watching you

A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A moment, a love
A dream aloud

So stay there
Because I’ll be coming over
And while our blood’s still young
It’s so young
It runs
And we won’t stop until it’s over
Won’t stop to surrender

Songs of desperation
I played them for you
A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs
A moment, a love
A dream, aloud
A moment, a love
A dream aloud

my girl gwendoline

Model : Danielle Howson
Makeup : Holly Eden
Label : My Girl Gwendoline

My sister, Renee Blake, is a designer and has her own fashion label, My Girl Gwendoline. She is moving to Melbourne next week to explore bigger and better things for her career and I am sad to see her go as I now have no sisters left in Perth to dine, wine and go op shopping with. However her moving to Melbourne means a couch to sleep on so more trips to Melbourne are in the works! Hoorah! Im in Melbourne for New Years and then back again a fortnight later for the FIND workshop with Jonathan Canlas, so if anybody wants to book in a beloved shoot please get in contact with me :)

Renee and I got together recently to photograph her latest Spring / Summer collection. We trekked to a beautiful old quarry hiding in the bush I had found a few weeks earlier.