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The Greatest Gift

A Week ago I embarked on my final week of Beloved homework and begun a new chapter in my photography work. Over the past six weeks and even earlier I have learned that Beloved is not something you DO, It is something you ARE. It’s a technique yes, but it teaches so much more than any other photographic class you will EVER be apart of.

Jesh De Rox is the masterful photographer, artist and all round amazing human being behind Beloved. His determination to produce real, emotive, truthful imagery every session began this journey and I’m fairly certain in a short portion of time this is going to be a mainstream technique.
It has taught me to look at myself SO much and work on my worth to help encourage those around me. I love that he encourages you to see beauty in the every day and every being, It’s just a natural place for me to feel at home.

As part of my Beloved ‘homework’ the final week we were asked to photograph our own Beloved Experience. Kirsty and Angelo answered my request for couples in a heartbeat.

Kirsty and I have known each other for over 7 years she was my manager at a bar I worked at during university. When I met her she was always serious, cranky but a hell of a lot of fun to be around once she let you past the facade.
The bar men would try to out do each other to annoy her week in week out and it soon became a ‘must do’ shift on a Saturday night with the Ranch Family just to see what would happen next. I was never any use past 2am (past my bedtime) but Kirsty always kept me laughing and working through past 5am most Sunday mornings.
We developed a really close friendship over the course of the Ranch being open and she has continued to be a huge part of my life. With university and children we haven’t caught up for sometime and this was a PERFECT time to reconnect in the best way.
Angelo and Kirsty’s relationship is only a few years old and while I hadn’t been able to really get to know him in the past, last weekend gave me a beautiful insight into what they share.

I have NEVER seen Kirsty SO happy. Ever.

She struggled to keep a serious face when Angelo would tease or banter with her and not a moment later she was in hysterical laughter and not able to breathe from the giggles. I must admit I was doubled over a couple of times in laughter as well from just experiencing being around them.

Looking past the laughter, you can really see the bond they have developed and just how much passion and love lies behind it. They are gentle, loving and beautifully incapable of finishing a sentence when the other is there.

I was witness to two gorgeous human beings at their best and I can’t thank you enough for letting me be apart of this beautiful photography experience.

XXX Jules

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Quilt Sensation

Before I get started it is important to under stand two things:

Quilting:

“Quilting is a sewing method done to join two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material. A quilter is the name given to someone who works at quilting. Quilting can be done by hand, by sewing machine, or by a specialist longarm quilting system.” Wikipedia

Lucy:

“The type of person who completes you. She is absolutely beautiful and the guy that is with her is the luckiest guy in the world. They will be in love forever. Also likes red, piano and can sing amazingly.”

Right, now we have those two VERY important quotes out-of-the-way it is time to tell you about the Lucy I know and treasure as a friend. I met her a number of years ago through friends of ours and her husbands brother…Kept up with that? Both of our husbands are serving military men and with the too and fro-ing of defence life we finally both landed in the same place, Canberra.

Lucy has given me many opportunities to capture her beautiful family and more recently her amazing quilt work. It is unlike any quilting you’ve seen traditionally and that’s what I love about it. She is a master artist in the skill of needles and threads.

Her blog is such a great spot to read about what she is working on and it captures the details she is creating as she goes. I really appreciate that being obsessed with how things go together from a very young age- there were many toy fatalities in my house once I worked out how to use a screw driver.

I digress…

This gorgeous quilt is about to take a road trip to Sydney to enter into a quilting competition for under 35’s. I’d like to think she has a shot at number one but being biased and not seeing the competition I can only speculate. So, Lucy… in my eyes…you win 🙂