“When you spend so much time in a negative head space, you outwardly research and glean examples of why something is 100% truth. When you’re in a positive mindset, the same is true, however it’s not detrimental to your own self. Your beliefs are an equation of
It has been a long time coming, but I’m finally starting to feel a really strong shift in my home life and work life. I finally feel worthy of making something of myself and not have external negatives put me down anymore.
Music has been and still is a massive contributor to my world and I’ve started listening to “My music” again. The sort that soothes my heart and ignites my soul. Some of it admittedly is purely for the grooving around the office with, however most of it keeps me sane and focused.
I met the gorgeous Hope Copeland a few months ago and I believe she was made to cross my path to kick me in the butt and also to show me how to be me again. She has changed my perspective on my relationships, my friendships and most of all my business.
After redesigning my website over the past month or so, I have been critically looking at all of my work but for once really really looking. Yeah I can take a nice picture, but technically is it right? Is it in focus to my standard? Is the colour right? Are there things sticking out of people’s heads? (You’d laugh how many objects I found coming out of people’s noses and ears!)
The new site is about to be launched… Ok scary as this sounds I just got an email to say WE ARE LIVE! WOO!!!! So….. New site IS launched and I can’t wait for people’s feedback!
I am going to aim more towards portraits and family-ness and lean a little more away from weddings. I ADORE both but I feel I get more out of my portraits. My heart is ALWAYS there and they thrill me. I love the spirit of the human race at all times, not just on a wedding day.
After getting a few besties to check out my site and give me feedback, one stuck and resonated with me. He has always sat well in my world, always gave me the truth and often when I didn’t want to hear it. He is an old-fashioned romantic, pen to paper, quiet sort of guy who through meeting him three or four times we have become incredibly close.
His words were in regards to the ABOUT JULIE section of the new site. He said:
“I like it, it’s a little marketingy but it’s good…
I don’t know… Talk like it’s you… You are fun and infectious, sexy and goofy…write like you talk”
According to my dad that is the international language of mumble and stumble, but I understood what he meant and loved that he somehow could see that’s where I wanted to go but thought I should follow the bell curve and be professional. I can be both right? Did I mention he’s an amazing writer? Go check him out here.
So… Thank you to everyone who put their time aside for me to tell me what needed tweaked and taken out. It means SO much to have such close and honourable people in my life. Thank you especially to my clients who put their trust in me to capture their moments.
I can’t wait to work with more of you and other of you again and again. XXX
When Tash and I met I was slightly worse for wear with sea sickness aboard Young Endeavour. It is a training ship for the youth of Australia and quite the experience.
Not knowing anyone else on the ship her bubbly personality soon captured my vomit stricken belly and had me laughing. I’m not even sure the precise moment we met, I just know I have never looked back.
Little did anyone know to begin with, my future husband (boyfriend at that time) was aslo on our cruise as a ‘prospective Young Endeavour Leader’ with Navy. He had been asking Tash if I was ok and trying to find out how I was without asking me haha. Knowing full well I was annoyed with him for making his way on board my cruise. That’s another story.
She spoke a little about ‘Wita’ back home, a lot about her netball and horse and then a little more about her ‘Wita’.
When she asked me to photograph her day with Jerome (Wita) needless to say I was elated. Spending a whole weekend with them all was something NOT to be missed. Having met up the year before in Tasmania for another wedding i had finally had the chance to meet her Wita. He was an amazing, quiet guy who balanced her perfectly.
Her gorgeous parents let me stay with them at their farm and her dad had me out on the quad bike the day before the wedding to move fences and check the cows. An amazing experience in itself PLUS I was able to learn to ride a manual quad bike. I didnt do too badly but dad was most patient with me.
The day of the wedding rolled around and we woke early to the start of a fabulous day.
Tash went down to her horse and fed it whilst her bridesmaid started making lunches for the location photographs.
There was SO much happening with dad writing his speech and being proof read by Tash’s sister, make up to be done, hair to put up and iPod’s to fill with music for the reception… Tash is brilliant at last minute tasks.
Just as the morning was kicking into fifth gear, a groomsman appeared with a gift for Tash. Little did she know at our location scouting the morning before, Wita had been planning what to get her. His choice was beautiful. A hand written card for her accompanied by a gorgeous jewellery box with jewellery inside.
As Tash headed off to get into her gown, her flowers arrived and soon she came through the door for the first time for her family to see. As her old Holden’s arrived it was time to leave the family home and head to the Church in Westbury.
There is SO much to write and share this is the end of part one….