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Often as a parent we take photos of our children thinking we are being ‘in the moment’ trying to capture candid expressions,documenting our life with them,yet many times when we later look at the photos that were taken there is an awkward or forced smile, or worse (no photos because they ran and hid away from the camera)!

How do you get your children to relax and show their most natural expressions in front of the camera?
Birthday girl Ellie_01

Having worked with many children and families over the last 10 – 12 years as well as taken dozens of photos of my own children,I have found the best way to achieve this is to connect and engage with them on their level.

I find this to be one of the most fun parts of my job and have had a lot of laughs along the way as a result…

Here are a few quick tips:

1) Ask them silly questions that will get them laughing!

2) Make sure they don’t say ‘Cheese’ or ‘I bought a Jeep!’

3) Ask them questions about their day and what lights them up!

Genuine interest will show genuine connection…

Most of all, have fun and don’t rush.

If you have any questions for me…leave a comment or contact me directly.


Even though I do love my mac computers and devices there are some things that I simply don’t like and one of them is relying on iphoto to download and organise my photos!

Here are the steps I use to move photos from my phone to my computer using PREVIEWPreview_icon (1)

1/ Connect your iphone to your mac computer via the supplied USB cable

2/ Open “Preview” application which comes with all mac computers (search for it in your applications folder if unsure)Preview_icon (1)

3/ Go to Menu bar and click on ‘File’ then scroll down until you come to ‘import from YOUR NAME’s iphone’
import from iphone

4/ A window will open up with all the photos that are stored on your phone, make a decision to select your photos or import all:import photos

5/ Click on ‘Import’ or ‘Import All’ and the next window will appear allowing you to choose where to store the photos on your computer. This step is where you take charge of how you create your own folders and where you store your photos (on your computer, to an external hard drive to a remote location)…saving your files

6/ This will take a few seconds or a few minutes depending on how many photos you are working with. Preview will then open up a preview page when finished to show you all the photos you have downloaded, from here I recommend that you make a second back up to another location for safe keeping.files importing

One way to really get to know your region or to enjoy a place you are visiting is to venture out onto the walking trails.
There is no better place to start in the Bass Coast region of Victoria than the walk named after the one of the early european explorers of the area;
The George Bass Coastal Walk.

More details are found at the link below:

George Bass Coastal Walk

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Last week I was helping my 8 year old son with a crossword puzzle and one of the questions was: What is a baby horse called?
We tried fitting the word FOAL into the spot but the only one that worked was COLT….hmm, I was pretty sure this was the correct answer but only if you knew the baby horse was a boy!

Little did I know that while we discussed the correct answer a serendipitous event was unfolding only a few kilometres away!

As fate would have it, the next day during a chance meeting I was asked if I liked horses, when I answered ‘yes’ enthusiastically, I was lead to a paddock where a little foal had been born only a few hours prior! I later found out that this little foal was indeed a COLT!!

After seeing this little guy on his first day of life, I asked if I could come back a few days later to take some photos.

Respectfully I stayed at a distance and kept very quiet while I managed to capture a few little moments of this colt’s life….what struck me other than how darn cute he was, was how tired yet stoic and calm the mum was!I hope she gets a chance to lie down with her little colt!


  • Jeanette - Beautiful photos Sue- you really need to do more “horsing around”- you are great at it! Xx JeanetteReplyCancel

Every day is a new day, every moment is a new moment…embracing this philosophy in life has helped me to get past the mistakes I make, the hiccups in life, the road blocks and plan changes that happen when you least expect them.

Yesterday (like many days) as I contemplated sharing a new blog post I had written, I was once again frozen still by the thought that perhaps I needed to be a better writer, photographer, film maker, business owner etc etc (the list could be endless)….before I hit the “publish” button on any of my ramblings…

The most refreshing thought accompanying this was that I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was not alone.

I sighed a big sigh, started editing photos instead and decided to listen to one of Chase Jarvis’s many amazing interviews. I chose to listen to his interview with Brene Brown and as fate would have it, the universe had pointed me in the right direction and I was hearing precisely what I needed to hear!

There were many incredible quotes that came out of that interview, the one that resonated with me the most in regards to writing and posting blogs right now was this one:

“There is no creativity without vulnerability”

Brene Brown has stepped up and shown her vulnerable side through Ted Talks, online courses, books and many speaking engagements. From her many years of intense research she is prepared to discuss her findings and put a mirror up to the world to help us all live a more wholehearted life…

I have seen her speak on TEDtalks. I have participated in her e-course (thanks to a lovely friend who asked me to join her) AND I have read her books “The Gifts of Imperfection” and” Daring Greatly”…it touched nerves,made me think about who I really am and how I respond to my world.

Brene Brown: Daring Greatly

Brene Brown: Daring Greatly

After listening to this long form interview (be prepared, make yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable and take it all in),this time around what struck me the most was just how many of us are constantly dancing the crazy dance between creativity and vulnerability every single day.

Here is a little video I created a year ago whilst we were in the midst of Brene’s “Gifts of Imperfection” course…I was nervous about sharing it the first time as I could see all the imperfections…but my mantra soon became “It’s perfectly imperfect, just get it out there and share!”…

This time and from now on, regardless of whether I think it is good enough or not I am going to hit “publish” and share with whoever wishes to see what I have to share and encourage others to go out and dare greatly!


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