As a freelancer, some days I work in an office and some days I work from home. While this can be annoying at times when I’m craving stability, one of the awesome bonuses of this is that on those days I’m working from home, I can really work wherever I feel like! Yesterday was one of those days. I had quite a bit of work to do but the sun was shining and I didn’t feel like working indoors. But I didn’t have to because of the awesome Fed Sq, right in the heart of Melbourne. I worked in the square for a lot of the day, soaking up the sunshine on deckchairs and then spent the rest of the day (when I needed a powerpoint) at the Time Out Cafe. I even ran into some friends who I used to work with at Melbourne Writers Festival, which was lovely. You can spot their yellow sings in some of the photos below. So all in all, a good day was had because I got all my work done and got to see the sun!
ANZAC Day, April 25, is an important day in Australian and New Zealand history. It is the day we remember our fallen troops and those continue on. It is the day, 99 years ago, we commemorate the first day of the Gallipoli Campaign, where we lost countless men. It is the day we celebrate those who are still here while mourn those who cannot.
ANZAC day starts with a dawn service, to remember those fallen in the quietest moment of the day and then there is a beautiful parade after through the city, honouring those who are still here and those who walk in the memory of others. It is this event that I attended this year.
My great-grandfather Stanley fought in the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I and my great-grandfather Hedley was a surgeon, commander of a field ambulance unit, in Malaya before the British surrendered to the Japanese and he was taken as a POW in Singapore in World War II. He was then the commanding medical officer of the Changi Prison Hospital, before returning home after the Japanese surrender in 1945.
It is those two that I remembered yesterday. I feel honoured to be a part of their families and honouring them is important to me. These photos are a small way I can help honour and celebrate others.
Lest we forget.
Rachel // Flower Sister 1
Rebecca // Flower Sister 2
Rachel // Blue Fairy
Ari // Badass Pixie
Karrin // BBGurl
Mel // My partner-in-glitter-crime
Jess // Queen
Alice // Beautiful smile
Mel // M for Melody
Rachel // The Red Rachel
Me // Sneaking a self-portait into the series
Monica // The Festival Birthday Girl
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to go to Monica’s Festival themed 21st. It was an amazing evening filled with glitter, yummy noms, amazing boogies, tasty bevs, cute cupcakes, lots and lots of rhinestones and many flowers! It was also an amazing opportunity to take beautiful portraits of my soccer friends. They all looked so beautiful that I couldn’t resist taking everyone’s portraits. These girls are all wonderful and it was so much fun to spend the weekend with them – especially walking back to the campsite at midnight in the pitch black! Thanks girls for being such lovely subjects – you all looked gorgeous!
I’ve shared so far the moving pictures and the video of the night, but now to some stillness. Photos are my natural medium and I love mixing it up with the gifs and videos, but stills are where I feel most comfortable. The night was a visual smorgasbord of images and every where I turned was something new to capture. My highlights were Purple Rain (click here to read more about this experience), Wonderland (here), The Vortex (here), Molecular Kaledioscope (here), I Could Have Danced All Night (here) and Bells, Bells, Bells (here).
This is part 1 of the Stills Collection.