My Preschool has Wheels

Earlier this year I was contacted by Kylie Hill, a preschool teacher with the Northern Roads Activity Van, asking if I would be interested in doing the photography for a book she wanted to publish. Of course, any project involving the word 'book' immediately has my attention, often regardless of the subject matter which, in this case was preschool children. Not having photographed children before, I quickly dismissed the old saying "never work with animals or children" that obviously came to mind and said 'Yes, absolutely".

What followed was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had, both professionally and personally. I spent a entire day photographing at each of the five locations, Gum Flat, Bukkulla, Delungra, Gilgai and Wallangra, trying to 'blend in' with children aged 3-5 years old. The 'blending in' bit took a while with curious eyes looking my way with every press of the shutter. Not to mention the occasional unreserved "take my photo" and "is it me?" attention. 

I have to sincerely thank all the teachers, Debbie Wilson, Michelle Campbell, Jodi Knowlton and Kylie for their assistance and patience on the photography days. And of course very special thanks to Kylie, who made my job easy by collaborating with me every step of the way, especially on image selection and layout.

The book can be viewed online here and the 'real thing' is available to purchase from the Inverell District Family Services office, ph: 02 6722 4038. The cost is $10 which is donated to Ovarian Cancer research in memory of teacher Sue Sharpe, as well as Bowel Cancer research in support of a very special Mum who currently uses the Northern Roads Activity Van services.

Portraits of Eloise

Eloise, another talented dancer visited my studio recently for a portrait session. She has won the lead role in her next ballet, an amazing achievement and well deserved after many years of hard work. Head shots were required for her CV and dance school submissions, so we created images to convey her beautiful natural smile and personality. Wishing her all the best and looking forward to hearing about her future dancing successes.

Inverell Artisans for New England Home & Lifestyle Magazine

When I found out I was photographing three Inverell artisans for the Autumn 2016 edition of the New England Home & Lifestyle magazine, I have to say I was super excited. Having a strong appreciation for handmade products, this was one of my ideal jobs.

The Jeweller, Baker and Candlestick-Maker. Casey Lea from Pop Design uses clay as a creative medium to sculpt her simple, but striking jewellery and key rings. Chris Wellard from Wellard's Artisan Bakehouse uses the slow bread making process for his delicious sourdough bread and products. And Bec Devlin from Fig + Elm creates amazing fragrant soy candles. 

The love and attention these artisans apply to their craftsmanship is evident in their products. All being sold locally, you can find Wellard's Artisan Bakehouse products at Funki Munki and both Pop Design and Fig + Elm products at me & mr jones.

Grab a copy of the Autumn 2016 edition of the New England Home & Lifestyle magazine to read about their stories, it's out now!