Monday Musings

It feels like we have not been out exploring in ages, there has been so much on, workshops, studio shoots and getting the studio ready for renovations, we have not been anywhere since our trip to Ballarat a few weeks ago; wow has it really been that long? But that will all change this weekend, it’s our last long weekend until September, so we are making the most of it. We are heading back up Warburton way (yes back up towards snow region), it has been very cold, with rain and fog and snow! It is most likely going to be very, very cold, and we will also be shooting at night (Yikes!), but that should also give us a chance to explore this region, we have only briefly visited before.

I did something new on the weekend, I did a family photoshoot, which has twins with varying degrees of disability. I have no specialised training for working with these kids, but it was an old family friend, how can I say no? It was challenging, but rewarding and hopefully they will be happy with the photos. I was so excited about some of the photos I got with the kids, they actually engaged, and in 2 shots a smile! One little girl, Jordan is deaf, mute, has severe epilepsy, cerebral palsy and is autistic; to get her looking at the camera and smiling…..wooooohooooo I was so happy! Out of respect for the family I will not post them here. Have any of you worked with disabled children (or even adults) before? What challenges did you encounter? It was exhausting and at times frustrating, but to see the photos…..it was all worth it.

Then I did Baby Grace’s 1st Birthday cake smash……..remember Baby Grace? I did her newborn, 3, 6 and 9 month shoots….this has been a wonderful experience to watch this bundle of pure joy grow. She is such a delightful child…….will that change between 1 – 2 or beyond? I hope not. Happy 1st Birthday Sweet heart!

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Yesterday I went to a costume clearance sale…….oh dear, I got up to no good there, spent too much (probably) but got some fabulous costumes for future shoots! Then we spent the rest of yesterday clearing out the last of the studio, this morning demolition begins and hopefully by the end of the week it will start to resemble a working studio again. Then the fun (or nightmare) begins, painting and setting everything back up, sorting out where everything goes, arranging backdrop runners and props, costumes and still life bits and pieces as well. Deep Breath! ~ I will need a few of those, but it is very exciting. This may be time consuming, and with going away this weekend, possibly bad timing. Oh Well, I have currently closed the studio until further notice, so I can take my time and not rush. Will have to get some pics when it’s finished.

Here’s hoping you all have a great week…

-Julz