design aglowing

29 01 2009


the new issue of the wonderful web photography and design magazine, design aglow is out now.  i was interviewed for an article on commercial photography for this focus on branching out!  the entire issue is just gorgeous and there are some invaluable tips about marketing and networking in addition to the inspirational images from all 11 featured photographers.  jamie, the writer who interviewed me, did an amazing job of garnering information over the phone as i hid from all 3 of my children.  i got a chance to talk about the ad campaign that i shot for the little gym and even shared some SOOC shots (all the little gym shots are SOOC and i am feeling a wee bit nakey) as that is how they were required to be submitted to the agency.  one of the things i wanted to convey about commercial photography is that you have to do what the company has hired you to do even if it is a little out of your comfort zone.  it also highlights how you need to be able to get pretty good images SOOC since that is what people are going to see.  since i am still waiting for the tear sheets, i will post some of the ways i have seen some of the images used so far.


gemma is featured in what seems to be the majority of pieces i have been told about.  i have gotten so many emails from people saying they have seen her, but only a few sent copies of the mailers.  if anyone has a good shot of the posters of her in the stores or of the multiple direct mail pieces that have been sent out, please send me an email!  i would love to get some copies for the blog.

here is one flyer next to a christmas card of his kids that a flickr contact sent to me via email from his iphone!  (thank you eric – i blurred out your girls’ names just in case)


and another one from a flickr friend (thanks angie!)


i have shared quite a bit in the article and if you are looking to get more information or work on anything in your photography, i am now offering photography consultations.  i will be doing them online using skype/email/and even over the phone so that anyone anywhere can take advantage of this opportunity.  i also offer now, one on one photo tutoring sessions in melbourne.  think of them as your own personal workshop where you get to learn just what you get to learn.  online or in person!  please email me ( for more information or check out sesame ellis for more details.


ode to a girl and a girl and a boy

27 01 2009


how did you kids pick me as your mother?  you must have known that i needed you in my life.

my boy, you are so quick to share your smile.  i think i need to record your laugh because i am convinced it could cure the worst depression.  while your twin sister is doing the infant river dance and scooting around the floor on her back, you are happy to do nothing (although we have caught you rolling all over your crib, so we know you can do it).  in fact, you don’t even turn your head when you plant your face on the floor refusing to partake in tummy time.  you are such a funny gentle boy.  however,  i don’t actually find it all that funny that you started saying “dadda” today.  clear as day.  “dadda” while i changed your really poopy diaper.  “dadda” in little breaks during nursing this morning.  “dadda” as i played with you and fed you sweet potato and apple in the evening.  “dadda” when i walked in your room after your nap.

i got my revenge though.  as you were saying “dadda”, i dressed you like a silly tv character and took your photo.  you want to learn how to say “mommy” now?


oh my litttle clover.  i found out today what is crankier than the chicken…  the chicken with a fever.  i really hope that you are just cutting that matching tooth on the bottom because if anyone does not need to have more problems, it is you.  you are tough though.  feisty and wiry and funny as heck.  you scream and you screech and you say “psthhhssssthhhhhh” and you grab every toy and binkie from your brother.  you don’t need them, you just can get them, so you do.  you will be out of your crib early, i can tell.  i put you down and before i leave the room, you are to the opposite end wedged in the corner hatching your plan to escape.  i hope i am smart enough to keep up with your curiosity as you grow.  i could never imagine having a child like you and now, i can’t imagine life without a child like you.

tomorrow, my big girl starts school.  again.  when we moved here almost a year ago (where has that time gone?), gemma started a lovely school.  one of the many changes for her in 2008.  she is starting a new school tomorrow.  i am so proud of her and her strength.  so i will take photos of the new (cute!) uniform and i will tell you that it will all be great and i will wave and hug and turn to go and i will cry while i walk home.  you will do fantastic, i will be fine.  gemma, as much as we drive each other crazy spending every day together, i will miss you like mad and will be counting the hours until 3 when i can see that smile of yours.  i will be practicing my new “buddhism lite” skills and let my attachments go…i will live in the moment.  one thing though, did you have to break my heart today and say “zeh-brah” instead of “zee-bra”?  really?  like it was no big deal.  just like that.  you have an accent.  now i can add you to the list of people here i misunderstand on a daily basis.

isn’t it amazing how everyones kids are perfect for them?

a few i never shared from (way) back in december…how the 2 months of summer break have flown by.



“that mom”

22 01 2009

today, i took gemma out for a movie date.  we saw Bolt and we had one of the best days…we danced in the mall to silly music not giving a darn what other people thought.


she delighted in “paying” for the popcorn and drinks.  i delighted in watching her.


she sat on my lap for the whole show.  i hugged her and we laughed and it was just as it is supposed to be.


later in the evening, back at home, i let the cleaning and feeding of all three kids get the better of me and i got upset at a little (ok, a lot) of spilled (ok, dumped) baby food.  i heard gemma say to clover, who was still laughing and finger painting with her apples, “no clovey, this isn’t a happy thing.  you should not have done that.”  i actually felt my heart breaking.  i wanted to go and dump apples on all of us and scream, “yes clovey and gemma and kieran, this IS a happy thing.  babies are supposed to dump food and we should all just step back and laugh together.  mommy was just being an idiot, human, but an idiot human.”

it was that moment and i decided i don’t want to be “that mom.”  ever again.  i was just upset because i wanted the situation to be something other than it was.  i did not want clover to be covered in apples.  i did not want the floor or highchair to be covered in apples.  i actually did not want the window to be covered in apples either, but they all were.  the one thing i could change was my attitude.

i learned a lesson today.

one of those things

14 01 2009

that never changes…bathing babies in sinks is a crowd pleaser.

sink bath

here goes the post that reads:

i can’t believe how big the babies are getting.  well, no one can call clover big.  at only 12 1/2 pounds, she is in the bottom 3% of 6 month old babies.


but, sitting in the sink for a bath, grabbing at the falling water and splashing their little mitts…i was in awe of the time passing and the people emerging.


and she ran

8 01 2009

kite running

it was beautiful to watch.

she usually is my porcupine, but here…here, she is my butterfly.

{commercial kid photography & private portrait commissions / melbourne, australia}

i swear i heard my camera say “not her again”

6 01 2009

it really is time for me to get back to work.  while i rarely (fine) never put my camera down, i am aching to take photos.

let me explain.

i am ready to get back to work.  i think both gemma and my camera will appreciate some new faces in front of my lens.  it is exciting to begin building my business here and i am looking forward to meeting new people.  this past year has been one where i decided to focus on growing my family and embracing the changes that brought us to australia.  after 13 years in business in los angeles, i could do nothing but trust that my work could  follow me across the world and find a new home here.  it has been and continues to be an exciting and beautiful time which i will keep blogging through my (almost) daily photos here and on flickr.   the best part is that with the support of my family here,  i am once again able to do what i love to do.  i have big plans for 2009 (including private consultations for photographers, special sessions with another photographer in march, new actions and more)…those details will be coming.  watch the blog and flickr for the new webpage with all the information!

so without further ado or whatnot, i am now booking sessions.  there are limited spots, so please email for details.

to get things rolling…a few aussies who are not related to me!



{commercial kid photography & private portrait commissions – melbourne, australia}