Monday, December 19, 2016

The year of change: 2016.

I never wanted to be one of those people who said “the year has gone by so fast!”, because well, of course it does, and it will do so every year. But the more time passes, the more I become startled by how much I seem to do within a year (which becomes all the more apparent every time I look back).

This year was the year of transition. That was always clear to me. I just had no idea how much change I was actually in for. There was even change within the change.

Let's recap. In November last year, I was travelling through Tasmania with Martin. In December, we flew to Canada, celebrating the New Year amongst the snow and helping my little brother get settled into Montréal. After falling in love with Canada, and feeling the need for a change for many months last year, we decided: 2017 would be the year we would move overseas together.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

At Home With: Sophia Mary Mac.

An afternoon at home with Brisbane designer & illustrator, Sophia Mary Mac. Sophia's stunning space is in a beautiful two-storey Queenslander (that's a type of home here in Australia, for those not-in-the-know) and is worthy of some serious envy. I could barely tear myself away. We caught up over leftovers, drawing and shooting.

This will be part of an on-going body of work, a side project I've been meaning to embark on for some time. It doesn't currently have a name or a definition—I'm letting the idea form fully by doing the work and seeing where it takes me. To be honest, part of my hesitation in starting this was that many other photographers are already doing work like this rather brilliantly—but I recently had to remind someone else that they are completely allowed to take up space in the industry, even if they're doing what's already been done. Now I'm trying to take my own advice.

I love getting to know other creatives, and nothing piques my curiosity more than the spaces in which they work. I hope to continue this work not just in Australia, but around the world, starting with Canada next year—so if you happen to be reading this and you are a Canadian-based creative who would love to open your space up to me, my camera, and good conversation (or you know someone who is), I'd love to get to know you. Email me:

More with Sophia below.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Yoga with Lucy on the Sunshine Coast.

A few weekends ago I got the opportunity to reconnect with Lucy, who up until last year, I hadn't seen since high school. We've kept in touch since then, bonding over yoga, creativity, art and travel. Lucy also graduated from yoga teacher training last year, completing her certification in India, which is as authentic a yoga experience as you can get (a lot of yoga history is based in India & Nepal). Funny how life has a way of bringing certain people back to you, at very particular times.

Lucy and her partner Stu also spent a majority of the last year or so travelling, leaving their jobs in pursuit of a different path and spending time in places like Canada, USA & Europe (you can have a look at some of their adventures on their blog). Stories like theirs make me excited for my own adventures in Canada, and all the different paths we can take from that point forward. They've since settled in Queensland once again, slowing down before their next big adventure, whatever or wherever that may be.

Lucy teaches at Zenko Yoga on the Sunshine Coast. If you're based in the area, be sure to try one of their classes!

More yoga photography with Lucy below.

Friday, September 16, 2016

CreativeMornings Instagram Feature.

Earlier this week I got featured on the global CreativeMornings Instagram (see here). I decided to share my answers to all the interview questions here. I talk a little bit about what being a photographer means to me, and the leap into full-time freelancing. Have a read below!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hand-lettering with Leona Fietz.

I'm so lucky to be surrounded by an incredible, supportive and talented community of self-starters in Brisbane. My friend Leona is just one of these amazing people. These are some photos I took at her latest Hand-lettering Basics workshop, which runs monthly at Workshop Brisbane (usually around the same time as my Photography Basics workshop!). Keep an eye on the Workshop website or her Instagram for details.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bondi with Sam.

Some highlights from a little shoot I did in Bondi with my friend Samantha Toong.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sydney, August 2016.

Last week I was in Sydney once more. I helped my sister move house, met up with friends, and did a lot of shooting, both for work and for pleasure. Since I've transitioned to full-time freelancing, I've fallen in love with photography again. I've never hated photography, but something feels different now. Sure, being in a different city helps with that excitement and novelty, but I've been to Sydney many times before and it wasn't until this year that I've really felt that spark for photography return. I'm excited about where my photography is taking me—I'm not sure where exactly that is, and I can't really describe it or put a name to it, I just know it's taking me somewhere. I love that I'm exploring within my photography again, and these days instead of only ever taking the camera out to shoot for clients or for “work”, I have it with me more often and it's reminded me how I came to be here in the first place. This is how my relationship with photography began: snapping things that pique my interest, even if those things may seem totally mundane to others. It's nice to be back here, to feel giddy like how I did when all this started.

The cute little lady in the photos below is my talented friend and fellow Brisbane lens wrangler, Annie, who happened to be in Sydney at the same time I did and spent lots of time adventuring and photo-ing with me.

Places featured in the photos below: Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst; Bondi Beach; Bills, DarlinghurstRoyal Botanic GardensSydney Opera HouseKürtősh, DarlinghurstBills, Surry HillsCitta Design, Surry Hills.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Jessica Cruickshank.

While I was in Sydney last week I photographed the cute face and cute space of my friend, letterer & illustrator Jess Cruickshank. Jess and I met on Twitter about five years ago. Since then she's moved from Brisbane to Sydney, gotten married (to another awesome person, Tim), and left her full-time role at an ad agency to do this whole lettering thing solo—and what an incredible decision that was, because every year she produces something that makes me want to weep. I find her work beautiful because it is well-executed, colourful and detailed. I love seeing her trial new techniques and perform little personal experiments that she shares on Snapchat/Instagram—it gives you an insight not only into her process and personal development, but also the amount of effort that goes into making those beautiful, finished pieces.

Here's a little peek at where the magic happens. To see more of Jess' work, follow her on Instagram or Snapchat (@jess__cruicky).

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Gold Coast Wedding: Rach & James.

In May, my friends Racheal (not a typo!) & James got married by the sea. Despite it already being May, Queensland was determined not to give us autumn, and it was a perfectly warm day for a beach wedding.

Racheal & James met at their best friends' wedding in England, where they promptly fell in love four years ago. After the wedding, Racheal returned to Australia, and James immediately bought a ticket to visit her here. They talked every day for 6 months until his visit, during which they spent Christmas with each other. He went back to England, and they did the long distance thing until Racheal followed, moving to England for 2 years to be with him. James asked Racheal to marry him at the top of the Eiffel Tower (the video of which I've watched at least 6 times, each time no less sweet than the last), and after a lot of “what? Oh my God, what?” from Rach, she said yes. Fast forward 9 long, painful months and plenty of paperwork later, his visa to live in Australia was approved, and here we are today.

James & Racheal are both really goofy, kind and sincere. I knew their wedding was going to be silly and fun and all the things that they are. Racheal has always made me laugh, always wears the truest smile on her face, and even when the unfortunate happens (like both of their cars breaking down in the same week before the wedding), that same smile and positive attitude still hangs around.

To see someone I've been friends with since 2008 on the happiest day of her life, marry the love of her life, and be given the opportunity to capture it? There is no greater joy or honour. I struggled to choose my favourite photos to share in this post. The selection below is extremely conservative; just a tiny grain in all that happened that day (I have decided not to include photos from the reception).

Many thanks to my good friend Jason de Plater for second shooting this wedding with me. I'm so grateful to have had your keen eye, experience and passion for photography by my side on the day. It wouldn't have been the same without you!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Oh, Canada.

Oh, Canada. The land of “sorry”, Justin Trudeau, maple syrup, ice hockey and fresh alpine air. Home to some of the world's cleanest and greenest cities, and soon, home to us, because next year, Martin & I are waving goodbye to the Land Down Under and saying hello to the Great White North.

We’ll be in Australia until January, but the next few months will fly! Come November, I will be strictly limiting my intake of new freelance work to maximise time with family & friends. Workshops will still be running through December, but I have very few weekend shooting spots left between now and then, so if you wanted to shoot together, now is the time—message me asap to organise. You can write to me at: