14km hike to Triund, India. Creating my own mix of sunset and sunrise, permission to create my own canvass. Well that was a hike to end all hikes for me, going from nothing due to my ankle injury 7 weeks earlier, My guide decided to add 2kms to my hike without my knowledge, not impressed, barely giving me time to rest, i felt like a mule, only thing missing was a slap on the arse, 8 kms up, easy, moderate to you have got to be kidding me, but hey it took me 5 hours but I did it, he was only giving me about 15 minutes to enjoy the view to then make our way back down, one I know i wasn’t physically capable, two, Im not leaving after a hike like that, not really prepared I chose to stay over night, so as you can image it was a little cold once the sun went down. I really didn’t need a guide but thought it might be the safer option, meh i could have done it on my own. I rarely take tours but sometimes it’s insisted, I only had come in the night before, not much sleep made a snap decision in 15 minutes to take off. Im glad i did as it took me nearly 3 and a half hours to get down 6kms, the terrain is rough and sometimes slippery. If the guide didn’t carry my gear no doubt it would have taken longer and i may have pushed him over the edge, he kept yelling at me, ‘you must make life hard” I so was going to bitch slap him lol well his boot camp style was rough but I did it with minimal stops and a shit load of water, bastard! So bitching over, it was absolutely amazing to face the mountain, watch the sun go down and rise again, sleeping 3 metres from the edge…..freezing!!!! To his defence he did help me on the way down. my hips were about ready to pop, thank God, I made it just in time. You can purchase your copy here or contact me directly.
Well I finally made it! on my second attempt to get to Bhutan, the happiest place on earth! before I share some of my photos with you I would like to introduce you to Lebu, my driver and Tenzin my guide from Illuminating Tours. I was greeted at the airport with a smile and a scarf placed around my neck with “welcome to Bhutan. When I got in the car Lebu was ready, I looked over and said hello and noticed his sexy socks and his Gho hitched up, holding back my smile and laughing eyes behind my sunnies. Instantly the image of a hitchhiker came to mind, I think my silly grin lasted for an hour. Off we went through Paro on the way to Thimphu with as many stops as I wanted to photograph, enjoying the quirky signs along the way, Im so glad they laughed along with me, i would really love to meet the author! By day three I felt comfortable enough to ask for a little fun shots, they laughed and were quick to participate!!!! So we pulled up laughing so much it was hard to keep the camera steady, Lebu was a little more confident but it didn’t take long before Tenzin overcame his humble shy manner. Lebu showing him how its done by hitching up Tenzin Gho further, well you can image how the rest of the trip went, lots of laughter, chatting and very chilled, with as much or little information I asked about. I was asked many times to let them know if i needed anything, I said “actually Lebu can you blow away that one cloud from that peak?! so while we waited, i remembered I had my cheap arse travel reflector from China and thought we could fill time with a portrait shoot. By day 5 Lebu asked for another hitchhiking shot and some fun ones with signs we all laughed at. With only 700,000 people the roads were mostly quiet and when we did cross paths with others they were all so respectful to each other, making me feel safe on those winding roads, with spectacular view, people smiling, one man smiled bright as he walked up the road with a pick on his shoulder chatting to his friends. Everything was organised for me by Illuminating tours, the hotels were all fantastic in great locations. Lebu and Tenzin made the 5 day journey absolutely fantastic as I always say it’s the people that make a country more beautiful and the experience much more memorable, Thank you guys, i had a great time, a thank you to Namgay and Deborah for making my trip to Bhutan so easy and enjoyable. Did i think Bhutan was the happiest place on earth? well happiness can mean different things to different people, I felt a sense of serenity, calm and contentment surrounded by beautiful landscapes and smiling people, and that is my place of happiness, simple, going with the flow and in the moment. The people were so hospitable and very friendly, mostly with a trade mark of rosy cheeks. I was honoured to be asked if I was interested in coming back and running a photography workshop/tour with these guys, ummmm, Yes!!!!! I laughed and joked, painting many billboard images and calling it “The Sexy Socks Tours” they ladies will flock from far and wide!!!!!
Lebu not only a safe driver but a model/photography assistant 🙂 Thanks for taking care of me guys.
3 Silvers and a huge smile.
Just one of the “little sisters” I met while photographing for Alongsiders in Visakhapatnam, India.
Just as cute as a button. A full day with 20 big brothers and sisters and 20 little brothers and sisters, ending our day down the beach. huge smiles, lots of fun and laughter……
There is something so calming about watching monks meditate, you can almost meditate with them for a distance, A monk enjoying the sunset in Bagan, Myanmar.
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You are never too young to have your “corporate” headshot. A fun shoot this afternoon, the aim was a 3 different looks and they all look fantastic, a great head start knowing the importance of a professional headshot. First impressions are so important and I know that any employer will instantly see that he is a winner. This young man works a part time job while finishing off school, next year he plans to start his study in the world of media. With this in mind a little more fine art editing for his final image and this is my personal favourite, simple and classy with a little edge. I have no doubt this confident young man will do well, all the very best to you in your future. Are you you in year 12? getting ready for the work force? Contact me about student discounts and lets discuss your needs.
One of my mottos in life has been, if it’s not fun or at least interesting I’m not doing it!
In my 20’s someone once said “life is just one big party for you, do you think maybe it’s time to be a little more responsible? and take life seriously” Mind you this was before kids working up to 65 hours a weeks, so I burnt the candle at both ends, we are young, we are immortal remember? So I thought maybe I should quieten down a little, let me tell you how depressed I got, my joy for life was leaving me, that was the worst 3 weeks of my life and I never listened to anyones opinion again. Live life, laugh, do what makes you happy keeping in mind not to hurt others in the process, you get one shot as far as I know make it awesome. A smile suites me way better than a serious look.
A big thank you to my friend and fellow photographer for not only having fun during his shoot but allowing me to share these with you. I especially love duck face! 50% of his sitting were all along the lines of this! And this is why I love my job, I can adapt to all kinds of crazy and “normal” and somewhat in between. Happy Days
On Friday night I was out with a few tog buddies for a little street photography and catch up, it has been so long inbetween, it’s been ages between Street photography well in Melbourne anyway, if you you didn’t know I start with street photography and was out every weekend for two years, here I learnt what I love about portraits today, expressions, gestures , our little quirks, slight movements make all the difference, it made me brave take away my shyness approach people, these days I have no problem in stopping someone and asking if I can take their portrait, my heart smile when I think about my journey making the destination no big deal, don’t be surprised if I stop you in the streets 😊 #streetphotography #artist #lovemyjob #lovemyart #loveoneanother #bliss this gorgeous lady walked straight past me, a cool chilled walk and I thought how funky and confident is she?! Love #delight your #heart #mind and #soul #minimalist
You are never too young to have your “corporate” portrait. A fun shoot this afternoon, the aim was a 3 different looks and they are all look fantastic, a great head start knowing the importance of a professional headshot.First impressions are so important and I know that any employer with instantly see that he is a winner. This young man works a part time job while finishing off school, next year he plans to start his study in the world of media. With this in mind a little more fine art editing for his final image and this is my personal favourite, simple and classy with a little edge. I have no doubt this confident young man will do well, all the very best to you in your future.