An Interview with Ellen - "The Stylist Mama"

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I recently had the absolute pleasure in taking Ellen and Sophie's portraits.  The moment Ellen stepped out of the car we hit it off, chatted all afternoon with no awkward silences.  It was like we'd known each other for years.  She's such a cool, down to earth, interesting and honest human being.  I HAD to interview her and share her with you.  She is a Mummy Blogger based in Brisbane but thats not all, hope you enjoy her interview.  Bx

So you are a mum, what's it like?

{E} Oh man. Hard to explain haha! Motherhood is so different to how I imagined it. Everything I was ready for- never happened, and things that I never thought of- happen daily. The early days are tiring but quiet, and the toddler days are a little more lively, and a whole lot louder! 

I love it though, and kind of forget what life was like beforehand, however…. When 7pm comes around, the silence… is GOLDEN.

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Tell me about blogging, how did it all start?

{E} I started blogging as a way to keep a bit of a memory of my motherhood journey, and also to connect with likeminded people who had similar stories to share- there was only so many minor milestones like “today she smiled for the 23rd time” that my partner could handle before the eye rolls started. I felt like I needed women in my life who I could celebrate these little milestones with, and ask for advice or direction if I ever needed it. So many of my friends were still in “career” mode so I didn’t have too many friends to call upon, so blogging became a bit of an outlet for me, especially when you suffer major FOMO like me!

These days the blog has totally transformed into a little less of the mummy stuff, and a lot more of the topics that I love writing about- like fashion, beauty and hair!

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What has been the best experience about blogging?

{E} Defiantly the opportunities I have been able to pursue! I’ve met some incredible women who have become wonderful friends, and been able to attend and contribute to some really special events!

Who was Ellen before Sophie came along?

{E} Ellen was a bad ass… Jokes! I was a hairdresser! I grew up in sunny Noosa, and managed a salon there for 8 years, before moving to Brisbane to further my career. Sophie was a little surprise baby, so that changed my career path big time, however I am now doing lots of freelance hair for weddings, events, and fashion editorials!

How important are family photos to you?

{E} SO IMPORTANT! It’s really amazing how the weeks/ months go by before you realise (as a mother) that you maybe don’t have any (!!) photos of you and your children to hold on too and cherish! I am always behind the camera, and catching little moments with Sophie, but to actually BE in the photos with her- is priceless.

How did you feel about the process of our photoshoot?

{E} Amazing! You were so easy going and fun to work with- no pressure or stress at all, which makes the photos look so relaxed and beautiful!

Did you go into the photoshoot with any insecurities?

{E}I sure did! For starters, who knows how a toddler is going to behave for a stranger?! I’m also a little conscious of actually being in photos, I tend to get someone to take 5+ for me to pick one that looks flattering, but Britt was honestly, the easiest and most relaxed person I have ever worked with. She knew what angles worked, and kept Sophie entertained and calm throughout the entire afternoon- no tears or tantrums! I was so so happy!

Would you have your photos taken by a professional again?

{E} Absolutely! I think everyone needs to do it at least once (or every year if you can) To be able to freeze time, and hold onto these precious photos is so exciting, and to be able to show Sophie how sweet she was as a toddler, is so lovely!

Brisbane Kids are the best kinda kids!

Remi and Hugo what good sports you are.

It was one of those shoots that everything that could go wrong did.....  I woke up off, had the "i got a cold coming on" feeling, not in the mood for anything that doesn't involve a bed.  (Pull yourself together Britt!) Then driving to the shoot there was an accident on the highway so we totally missed sunset (throwing mental tantrum in my head) and then once we arrived to our pretty destination the sun disappeared ..... we had 10 minutes of light if that.  The kids were a bit crazy from being stuck in the car for so long so when they finally got out they were like little tornados! ha.  

But it doesn't matter, these things happen and you can't stress about it you just have to go with it and do your best.  

I absolutely LOVE this shot of little Remi dancing like a crazy person showing me her contemporary ballet moves... haha.  I actually think this shot was worth all the drama!

Moral of the story.... expect the unexpected and smile through it all..... :)

Bx

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Brotherly Love {Brisbane Photographer}

Im not a sentimental person at all.  But there is something about photographs that can give me a lump in the throat, sometimes I get a bit teary while I am going through my images after a shoot... I know i'm a complete sook!  Its that lovely feeling that you have created something that is like an heirloom for this beautiful family.  Its so special.

This images is of Sebi and Luca, it was a completely natural moment, i didn't tell them to put their arms around each other.   Special moment that Im so glad I caught.  You have to be quick with kids..... understatement of the year. haha

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What camera do I take on holiday?....

"WANDERLUST"
(n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world

Slow down, look around.  The view isn't the only thing worth documenting.

Slow down, look around.  The view isn't the only thing worth documenting.

Keep your camera ready and with you at all times.

Keep your camera ready and with you at all times.

If you are like me you have a strong case of the Wanderlusts and there is NO cure.  All you can do is dream of your next holiday, save your pennies and actually print photos of your previous holidays, hang them on the wall and appreciate them!!!!  

Someone asked me a question today and it was "what camera/s do I use on holiday"  and at first I didn't know how to reply as it really does depend on the kind of holiday I am going on.  But then I started reflecting on my absolute favourite images that I treasure from past holidays.  Why do I treasure them?  What camera did I take? What did I like about that camera?  hmmmm

This is where Tuscany comes into the picture.  I have to say I could fill my house with the images I took of Tuscany.  Why?  Well it was a bunch of stuff really.  The holiday was with close friends, we had the best time, the place is paradise seriously, paradise and I took a no fuss 35mm film camera with me.  It was a little semi automatic Contax.  

Some of the images I got back were miss I have to be honest but the ones I hit were AMAZING and atmospheric and glorious and there was no editing!!!!! WIN WIN

  I hang them all around my house and even in my kitchen.  

Backlit sunflowers is always a good idea

Backlit sunflowers is always a good idea

Its not that I don't like my digital camera but taking it on a long international holiday is just too difficult - I can't relax and concentrate on being on holiday, I'm too worried about my camera either killing my shoulder or getting damaged. 

I also get stuck in this weird "I have to take a photo of everything because I can" headspace and I miss out really on the experience. (And walk into a lot of poles or do that really embarrassing half trip thingy which is WAY more embarrassing than actually tripping... and you know what I'm talking about...)

So film slows me rights down.....  I have to think about every shot I take because...  1) you just can't rush it, exposures have to be spot on.  2) It costs $$$ every time I press that shutter.

The bonus about this is...... I only take a photo if the light is exactly right and it means something, every shot has a purpose and a memory attached to it. 

 

I like that.  Its not about showing every single moment with my camera pressed to my face and missing out on living those moments to the full, its about capturing a feeling or amazing light hitting a leaf or even a vintage clothes line :).

Yes I took a photo of a clothes line, look at it, its magnificent!  

The memories are in the sometimes quirky details...

The memories are in the sometimes quirky details...

Tuscany = paradise

Tuscany = paradise

When you get back from holiday guess what?! You have the pleasure of waiting for that film to come back and you get to relive your holiday all over again!!!  Its the BEST I totally recommend it.  

 I am by no way a camera guru.  I have just found what works for me by googling the hell out of topics such as "what is the best 35mm film camera to take on holiday" etc etc haha. I also have a fabulous Canon 1V that I adore and take away with me too but she's a biggin so be prepared to have some physio when you get back.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions and I will by all means try and help if i can.

Hope you have enjoyed this chat about holiday and film cameras.  And if you are a fellow "wanderluster-er" I feel your pain!

Ciao

Bx

Family made in heaven {Brisbane Family Photographer}

The perfect client... does it exist?  YES IT DOES.  These guys were perfection from start to finish.  Simmone and I worked along with eachother to make their afternoon perfect.  We spoke about clothes, hair and makeup, where to meet, what time, what to expect and how to get the most out of their time with me.  You can see from the images that everything fell together beautifully but these things don't happen by chance.  It takes planning and effort but its so worth it!  These images will be treasured for a life time and i'll be proud of them for about the same amount of time. :)

What a stupidly gorgeous family they are.  In love with these 5.

Lots of love from me.  Hope this isn't the last time we meet.

Bx

Pre-Wedding Shoot {Brisbane}

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Kimmy & Patrick few all the way from Hong Kong to have their wedding portraits done together.  This is my first Pre-Wedding Shoot experience and I absolutely loved it!  1.5hrs in the gorgeous Brisbane sunshine, natural surroundings and a stunning couple.... more please?  Bx

Family Love {Brisbane Family Photography}

Beautiful little Auty caught in the natural light of Brisbane.  Love this little one so much, such attitude and spunk!  But she looks so angelic here :)

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Baby Michael {Brisbane Family Photographer}

Oh man do I get to photograph the cutest kids ever?! Yes i do!  

little Michael was a dream and i loved hanging out with his parents too.  Get in touch if you would like some natural portraits of your family in the Brisbane area. 

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Britt and her family..... {Brisbane}

EVERYONE should have a family photo!  Even the photographer....

It's why I love what I do so much.  In this day and age photography is about camera phones and well camera phones.  When was the last time you got all dressed up and got some really beautiful photos of your family and then got them printed and hung on the wall?  

It's so important to capture these beautiful moments during our life and I don't mean selfies (although they have their place and so does snap chat thank you).  

Do I love my photo being taken?  Nope.  Not even a little bit, I absolutely HATE it with a passion but I know the value and I know its priceless to my family and my husband.  For the photoshoot we let go of our insecurities for 1 hour for our loved ones so that we can capture our love and cherish it for a very long time.  

So here is my family (the girls) from the left my niece Ishtar, my darling sis Jasmine, my little niece Athena, my awesome Mumma Marilyn and goofy old me..... x  

{Thanks Granty for the image you did GOOD!!!}

Caitlin & Dexter (Family Photographer Brisbane)

Be still my beating heart.....

Caitlin sharing a moment with her little Dexter.  Dexter on the other hand couldn't stop checking out my camera! haha.  Those eyes .....  

Mother and Son.  Photography by Britt Spring - Family Photographer Brisbane Australia

Mother and Son.  Photography by Britt Spring - Family Photographer Brisbane Australia

Mark & Bek {Mapleton Queensland}

Its wedding season here in Queensland and boy has it been a good one.  This is my second last wedding for 2016 and Mark and Bek did not disappoint.  More to come soon!

Ben & Kara {New Farm Brisbane}

Ben & Kara got hitched at New Farm, Brisbane.  

A little sneak peek of their amazing connection.  What a beautiful day this was.

Mother & Daughter Session {Brisbane Family Photographer}

It is the BIGGEST privilege to photograph people in this way.  I love the relationships mothers have with their children and this is the type of photography I want to do a lot more of in the future.  In a relaxed setting in a gorgeous sunlit location.  I am honestly so lucky to have this job. x

Beautifully engaged.... {Brisbane Photographer}

Let us love, since that is all our hearts were made for......
— St Therese de Lisieux

We met in the beautiful fields of Nudgee Beach, they said they were nervous I said don't worry Im nervous too.  Lets just hang out and take some photos and get to know each other.  So we did and they are some of my favourite engagement images i have ever taken.  Thank you Ben & Kara you two are super special and i can't wait for your wedding!!!! Bx 

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