my approach to life is about real, raw, less fluff, less stuff, more moments and memories AND trusting my own inner voice to guide me to where i need to be.

  THIS COULD NOT BE MORE TRUE OF MY HEAD FIRST, ALL CARDS DOWN, LEAP OF FAITH JOURNEY TO MY BEAUTIFUL BELOVED ISLAND HOME, THE OVERHAUL OF MY BUSINESS, AND THE FRESH APPROACH TO MY PHOTOGRAPHY THAT ENSUED.  YOU SEE, SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, NECK DEEP IN THE BEAUTY AND TURMOIL THAT IS SINGLE MOTHERHOOD AND HAVING TO BE A GROWN UP, I STRAYED A LITTLE OFF THE PATH I HAD LAID OUT FOR MYSELF, AND SO I SET OFF IN THE PURSUIT OF HAYLEY.

I FORGOT JUST HOW MUCH OF MY SOUL AND PERSONAL JOURNEY RELIES ON BEING CREATIVE, OF HOW MUCH I NEED TO FEEL THE EARTH BENEATH MY BARE FEET, HOW MY FINGERS NEED TO TRACE PATTERNS IN THE SAND, AND HOW MUCH MY MOMENTS TRULY MEAN TO ME. YOU SEE, I DRAW IT ALL IN, ALL OF IT, THOSE TINY DETAILS IN INTERACTIONS AND MOMENTS AND NATURE AND LIFE, I SEE IT ALL.  BUT FOR A TINY WHILE, I FORGOT THAT. 

SO, CAME A DAY WHEN I REALISED IT WAS TIME TO FIND MY OWN WAY AGAIN, TO SET OUT ON A PATH THAT I CHOSE, THAT LED HOME, THAT LED TO ME, AND WHEN I HEARD A LITTLE WHISPER THAT SENT ME GOOGLING THE WORDS "PHILLIP ISLAND", WITHIN TWO WEEKS I HAD PACKED MY SON INTO OUR LITTLE RAV4 WHICH WAS FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH EVERYTHING WE NEEDED FOR THE 1800KM JOURNEY AND THE NEW LIFE AHEAD - OUR CLOTHES, MY CAMERA, SOME LEGO AND OUR CHRISTMAS TREE.  WE SET OFF ON THE FABULOUS JOURNEY HOME TO A PLACE WE HAD NEVER BEEN.  EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ADVENTURE WAS EXACTLY THE WAY I INTEND TO LIVE MY LIFE, REAL, AUTHENTIC AND UNAFRAID.

I HAD RENTED A FULLY FURNISHED APARTMENT, AND ON A WING AND A PRAYER I HAD SOLD THINGS, DONATED THINGS, AND SIMPLY LET GO OF MY ATTACHMENT TO THINGS ALL TOGETHER.

NO FLUFF. NO FRILLS. JUST US.

WE ARRIVED TO OUR NEW ISLAND HOME ON THE BEAUTIFUL FORESHORE, WHERE A REAL LIFE DOLPHIN ACTUALLY LEAPS INTO THE AIR RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW WHILST I SIP COFFEE AND WORK ON MY LAPTOP, (SOMEBODY PINCH ME!) WHERE I HAVE FOUND MORE PASSION THAN I EVER KNEW EXISTED, WHERE I SPEND MY DAYS BAREFOOT IN THE SAND, CHASING SUNSETS, INHALING EVERY INCH OF THIS PLACE THAT WE ARE BLESSED TO CALL HOME AND FINALLY BEING ME,

and in turn, silently guiding my son to follow his own dreams... to never stay rooted, to always chase what makes his heart swell and live an authentic, magic filled life

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HERE IN THIS INCREDIBLY MAGICAL, HEALING ISLAND, WE HAVE FOUND OUR HOME, SURROUNDED BY SALTY AIR AND SEA, BEAUTIFUL SOULS, FREE SPIRITS, WILDLIFE AND KINDNESS IN ABUNDANCE, AND WITH THAT HAS COME A REFRESHED OUTLOOK ON ALL IT IS I WANT WITHIN MY OWN LIFE, AND EVERYTHING I WANT TO CAPTURE ABOUT YOURS.  

YOU SEE, THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS, MOMENTS. MOMENTS OF CHANGE AND FEELING AND BEAUTIFUL PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS. 

IN BEING TRUE TO ME, I DECIDED I JUST DON'T WANT TO CAPTURE THINGS THAT AREN'T REAL ANY MORE. NO FLUFF.  NO FRILLS.  I DO NOT WANT YOU TO LOOK INTO MY LENS AND SMILE, I DO NOT WANT TO PUT YOUR BRAND NEW BABY IN A BASKET AND POSE HER, I WANT YOU TO HOLD HER AND INHALE HER, I WANT YOU TO PLAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND HOLD YOUR LOVER AND SQUEAL AND LAUGH AND SIMPLY BE. 

I WANT TO CAPTURE THE WAY IT FEELS TO YOU TO HAVE YOUR BABY IN YOUR ARMS, THE DETAILS YOU PAINSTAKINGLY PERFECTED IN THE NURSERY - OR NOT, THE WAY YOUR BABY WRAPS THEIR TINY FINGERS AROUND YOURS, THE WAY YOU JUST BE, IN YOUR SPACE. I WANT YOUR ALL OR NOTHING REAL LIFE, HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE MOMENTS AND EMOTION, THE REAL DEAL. I WANT TO CAPTURE YOU AS YOU ARE, HERE TODAY. BECAUSE, MOMENTS ARE FLEETING, THEY DISAPPEAR OH SO FAST AND I WANT TO SAVE THOSE MEMORIES FOR YOU SO YOU CAN REVISIT THEM FOR YEARS TO COME AND FEEL EXACTLY WHAT YOU FELT RIGHT THEN.
BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I LOVE AND MOST OF ALL, IT'S WHO I AM