Stacey and Felix

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog, South Coast Wedding | No Comments

I’m running out of words to describe these days. Not due to lack of meaning. But because it all sounds cliche. Beautiful people, perfect days, hearts open, arms outstretched.

One thing I can tell you without a doubt about this day. Is that there is something special and unique sharing a day with a collection of people who have devoted themselves to creative arts.

I feel that is a beautiful, difficult and healthy life devotion, or submission rather. And these people always seem content with who they are and certain of who they love. The way they plan their Weddings and the tribe they surround themselves with seem like such a natural expression of their authentic selves.

I pondered a while ago – is a Wedding a slight show, an extension of our ego, a facade? This day reminded me that no, they are an opportunity to creatively celebrate your selves and your love. And that expression just seems to be a little more fluid for these naturally brave, creative souls.

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K Y M + S A R A H

Kym and Sarah.

I realised later that I finished this edit on international women’s day. To all the women who are growing families or empires – together, with men or solo… power to you sister. I hope you do it with as much laughter as these two. And to the babe soon to arrive into this happy fold, well played, you’re one lucky soul.

Our One

These last weeks have held some of the hardest moments I have ever faced.

Convinced by a google search and a GP suggesting we should prepare for a long road ahead. I was wholeheartedly certain that our child was to be diagnosed with a specific chronic illness.  Some of the fear was just my own, some of it was from the doctor and some was from the bullshit information online.

In the long days between the discovery of some telltale marks on our toddler and the final moment where we went into the specialist’s office to walk our green mile and receive the verdict, I failed as a mother. Our families stepped in to pick me up from my inconsolable mess and cared for my child when I faltered.

My husband forced me to swim and we spoke of the beautiful almost two healthy years we have been blessed with while the sun set and I didn’t care if sharks took us, we didn’t notice an anniversary pass, he kissed my hand while I sobbed at 2am and again at 4am it could have been the same night or different nights, it was sleepless, restless repetition of one word over and over in my head.

I knew my daughter could not be fooled by our fake smiles but the sensitive little soul broke my heart when she said “what’s wrong mummy… I’m sorry mummy”.

And then yesterday, just before walking into the paediatrician’s appointment to learn what our future held, I sat in the grass, felt the sun and the breeze and made peace with whatever the outcome would be. I surrendered completely to what the universe would hold for us and felt the fear wash away from me. I knew whatever the outcome was, we would be ok and would walk our journey together. In that half hour, I became the mother I wanted to be.

In what was the sweetest moment of my life, our daughter was given the all clear. No further tests needed, she didn’t qualify for the illness on any level. Sobbing and tears, absolute shock, so many questions, so much fresh air.

Now, I am overwhelmed by sadness for the many parents who have tasted those same initial fears of any sickness in a child and then had their hearts ripped out with a positive result or the prolonged pain of more testing needed. And though I’m still waking in the night thinking “she’s sick, she’s going to be sick” I am able to wait for that wave of relief to swallow me again and again as logic kicks in and my anxiety flows away. It isn’t lost on me how lucky we are, how sweet every breath is, how privileged we are to be able to look at our child and just think “beautiful, healthy baby”, no fear, no worry, no sickness.

The good I can take from this is that I have learnt more in this short time than any year or decade of my life previously. The illness we were confronted with has a side effect of possible ‘disfigurements’. Faced with such a possibility for my child, shook me to my core and made me see a superficiality in myself. Did I really think it wasn’t ok to look different? Did I really think we should want our children to look a certain way or at least look ‘normal’. But my most brutal lesson is that there is only one thing I need to teach my child- self love.

I want her to know that normal is a fallacy. We’re all flawed, all beauty is imperfect. In others and in yourself.

This lesson for me is too great to ignore and I feel that something needs to be born in this momentum. So here’s what I’m giving back: If you know a child or young person who does not see their own beauty and needs to, or has been bullied about the way they look, or thinks they don’t look ‘normal’ enough…. email me. I want to photograph these children and teens, in their homes at my own expense in the most beautiful, imperfect, real way I can. And then share these images (if you agree), to spread the word about what really is beauty.

Pretty soon, my photography will no longer be petal photography. It is just me. So it will be my name. Starting by loving myself.

Kiri + Steve

Kiri + Steve

We had exactly 18 minutes for the photoshoot this day. It rained for each and every one of those minutes. And some of the images from those minutes are now amongst my all time faves.

I’m also just putting it out there that surely not very many could rock a black Wedding gown with leather detail and a black lace cape. But when your bride is basically a rockstar and style kweeeen, well…. you make your 18 minutes count.

I hope you two legends love these images as much as I do. x

OLIVE & CO
Baby Lola – South Coast Family Photography

Baby Lola – South Coast Family Photography

I met these two when I photographed their Wedding 2 years ago. Perhaps it was our love (or obsession, call it what you will) of dogs, or perhaps it was our fondness of inappropriate jokes… and airborne cakes… either way, I’m so happy to today call this beautiful lady a friend as we venture on the journey of mama-hood together. Their tiny friend, Baby Lola is quite obviously and ridiculously the most beautiful being to ever grace this universe, (for reals) so this family session was no hard task.

As Petal Photography grows – in the evolving rather than expanding sense, this is the direction I would like to take my work. As much as I would always love to photograph Weddings, I’m so fascinated with capturing people in their day to day lives. I’m genuinely excited to see how my work might develop with this new intrigue, a tiny spark (that was born when my daughter Daisy was) to explore the relationships people have and the littlest of moments in their lives. As this is somewhat new territory, or at least not my comfort zone, I really hope you like these images.

 

A South Coast Country Wedding

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blog, South Coast Wedding | No Comments
Amy and Ragnar
2 people meeting against the odds, both freakishly good at being awesome. Getting married in a way that reflects only them. Not tradition or expectation.
And one day that was beyond great in its love and uniqueness.
I think I cried more in this ceremony than any other, and that was in the Icelandic parts. Sometimes it’s just hard not to get caught up in the beauty of it all.
Venue: Bhundoo Bush Cottages
Flowers: Wabi by Kyla Stone

Baby

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

One year ago today we welcomed one sweet little flower into our lives. We soon learned she was more of a wildflower… and then, actually we realised we were raising a wildebeest-bulldozer hybrid.

What a journey it has been. What a responsibility it is to nurture and shape a person. And who knew we could love someone so much. She is so small and yet she has shifted our world immeasurably.

Here are some photos of our journey so far with the tiny, beautiful, wild one.

Bawley Point – Trash The Dress Shoot

Any bride who is willing to get out in the rain, let their dress drag on the ground or get their feet in the water is a legend in my book. I guess this makes Katy a… super-legend?!

Katy and Luke jumped off a really high jetty- the Bawley Point Gantry for their ‘trash the dress shoot’ the day after their Wedding last week- and I got to have a swim while working so I think we’re all winners.

Pretty much in awe of this awesome force.