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Friday
Sep302016

A wall of shoes - Interiors in Neutral Bay

Libby Sullivan of 2000ft DESIGN has an amazing way of transforming 3-dimensional spaces. With clients that love their homes and want to respect heritage and family connections, Libby takes the time to learn about her clients and their families and design spaces that are light, modern and yet timeless.

I have worked with her for a number of years now and I love getting to step into each new creation.This latest project in Neutral Bay is in one of the original houses of the area. The tenants lived in the house for years and when the opportunity to buy it came up, it was theirs. Over time they are lovingly restoring and transforming old and run down areas into new functional spaces for their family.

Falling down addition turned ensuite and wall of shoes? Crumbling verandah come butler pantry - yes please!

Check out the results of phase one of the project, I can't wait to see the results of phase two!

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Monday
Aug012016

A stroll through Wentworth Falls village

The Blue Mountains are vast, and dotted along the Pacific Highway as you cross the mountains, are small villages, each with it's own character. One village many people love to stop in is Wentworth Falls.

Populated by many of the Blue Mountains' more artistic community - 'Wenty' as it is affectionately called - has everything one could possibly need to stock up for a weekend away, without heading into a major town centre. With charm, cheese and wine available, this little village is a delight. Check out my short video of my walk around on a grey drizzly day - perfect for cafe hopping and a spot of shopping!

 

 

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Thursday
Jul072016

Video for NPWS - Bushtrackers

Some of the strongest memories of mine don't have a particular experience associated with them. They seem to be smells, feelings, moments of light shining through trees, and the sounds of birds in the air.

Recently I had the opportunity to give my skills to share with the younger generations. The Bushtrackers program is an amazing program led by passionate members of the Blue Mountains community and the NPWS staff in the Blue Mountains. I photographed students from various schools in the Blue Mountains while they were on excursions through different areas of bushland learning about the natural environment, through an immersive and sensory experience.

I was delighted to combine my own photos with those of volunteers for the worldwide conference at which the Bushtrackers team were invited to present their project.

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Thursday
Feb252016

A walk with an artist

Recently I have been working with a number of creative clients, which has been incredibly satisfying. Freedom Wilson of Laughing Bird Designs is the founder of the Blue Mountains design blog The Cloudscape, a creative online presence that thas been sharing the stories of amazing and diverse creative people of the mountains for the last 5 years. But Freedom's main creative outlet is illustration and screen printing. Creating detailed illustrations of the Australian Bush, Freedom screenprints her artworks onto various homewares made from Russian linen, and wearable art is formed. From aprons and skirts, to tea towels and market bags, Freedom's products are both durable and desirable! Taking her inspiration from the bushland of the Blue Mountains, Freedom felt it would be fitting to do our first collaborative shoot among the trees. So we took a bushwalk in Blackheath and what we saw, heard and created are pretty special. Take a look:


The song of birds in the trees, the smell of eucalypts after rain, and the light dancing through leaves as they sway in the breeze - all inspire Freedom as she creates her designs for her homewares line. Freedom initially creates detailed illustrations using ink on paper, and transfers these artworks onto Russian linen by screen printing by hand. With so much love and skill going into these products they sometimes feel too good to use - hence why many are framed on the wall, or sent overseas as gifts. 

It was truly energising to immerse ourselves in the bush before creating these photos for the Laughing Bird Studio website. We connected with the source, and created our images interacting with that original inspiration which felt 'just right'. 

Wednesday
Oct292014

A little cottage in the mountains...

After capturing a gorgeous little cottage in Blackheath called Chadwynd, I teamed up with the talented Mr K of Well Optimised, and created a little promo video for them. They loved the video and while they were offering the gorgeous little cottage for holiday makers, we had them at the top of the Google search rankings which was quite nice!

I have people asking me all the time if I create videos of their pictures, so I felt it was time to share just a tiny snippet of the things we can do. Soon I will also be incorporating a more photo-fusion style of portfolio for creative professionals from the Blue Mountains, so I will share one of those soon too. Get in touch if you have something in mind that you would like to create.

Wednesday
Oct292014

How Time Flies...

Well, there has certainly been a bit of a hiatus on my blog, however I am happy to say I am returning slowly to the world of sharing my projects, passion and commissions again. Our quiet patch was in fact very productive as we made an amazing little person called Amelia-Jane who has just turned one year old.I thought I would share a photo taken of our little brood in autumn this year by our dear friend Sophie on a quick visit to the Blue Mountains.

 

Our little family feels complete. Our full family photo session can be seen over on the blog at Kisschasey Photography and I recommend you check it out!

Monday
Apr152013

Inspired by Nature - Sculpture at Scenic World

The joy of immersing yourself in the natural world at the same time as being immersed in a world of art and sculpture is not one to be missed. While Sculpture by the Sea draws thousands of visitors to the seaside to amble and soak in art mixed with a salty breeze, Scenic World in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, have successfully created an exhibition that has artwork placed amidst a mountains rainforest valley teeming with life - from towering eucalypts to fairytale fungi and giant green ferns.

Sea Pod by Stephen Short 2012

Although the major drawcard for artists is the $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award, there are other factors attracting artists to enter the competition. Many artists are inspired by the beauty & fragility of the natural world, and the boardwalk along the floor of the Jamison Valley provides a unique format, a wilderness gallery, in which to showcase their works.

Bronze Wombat by Ole Nielson 2012

The exhibition boasts sculptures by 35 artists, ranging from the Blue Mountains to Ireland, and a comprehensive exhibition program filled with free evening lectures, artist talks, guided tours and ‘Sculpture for Small People’.

As a visitor to the exhibition I found myself not simply looking left & right as I wandered down the boardwalk but meandering, pausing, seeking.

I'm Still Here by Heidi Kenyon 2012

The wonder of where and what would be the next artwork to be spotted was a constant buzz, fed by discoveries like finding myself looking up into the treetops to find Heidi Kenyon’s delicately created ‘I’m Still Here’ leafworks seemingly floating mid-fall to the forest floor. Or stepping into Cassandra Scott-Finn's endless, psychedelic tardis looming ominously amongst the treetops, reflecting my image yet allowing refracted images of the outside in. She is most certainly an artist to keep an eye on as her first exhibited sculpture had thousands mesmerised and enthralled in 2012.

Infinity? by Cassandra Scott-Finn 2012

Now there's no need to trek to the seaside to rejuvenate one’s artistic being; head instead to this ancient valley in the mountains and discover sculpture in a whole new light.

For more details on this year’s progamme head to the Scenic World website.

Sculpture at Scenic World is in its second year, with the exhibition running from 24th April - 19th May 2013.

 

Wednesday
Oct122011

Winners & Losers. | Blue Mountains Photographer  |

This Friday night I'm losing. I don't get to take my Dad to dinner for his birthday. However, I do get a night off to take my hubby to a black tie dinner, eat delicious food, listen to great music... and I might just end being a winner - of the Blue Mountains Business Awards People's Choice Award for the region.

As a relatively new photographer in the Blue Mountains I am already feeling like a winner - to be up against some of the regions most established and experienced businesses. And I have you to thank. Each and every client from Sydney to Blackheath and beyond, that took a couple of minutes to cast your vote - Thankyou.

I am confident in saying that I put my heart, energy and experience into every single commission I get, and am my harshest critic. I always strive to do better, do it quicker. Today I am going to let myself have a quiet little celebration and go easy on myself. To take a moment at what has already been achieved in such a short time, and look with happy anticipation to what can be achieved in the future.

I am pretty chuffed to see I made it in the paper last week too :)

So in celebration I am going to share a little something that came in my inbox last week. From the lovely Tracy who's wedding I photographed recently (did I mention her fabulous husband Steve organised the whole things from Afghanistan?!? Awesome groom indeed).

'Ann,

WOW! You are such a talented photographer.  The wedding pictures are BEAUTIFUL.  Steve did an EXCELLENT job finding you :) And you really captured our day just the way we dreamt it would turn out.  We could not have captured it properly without you.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart :)'

 

Thank you Tracy - the pleasure was mine.

See a sneak peek from Tracy & Steve's Mountaintop Wedding here:

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Wednesday
Apr202011

Get on Yer Bike! | Blue Mountains Photographer |

Looking at this bike makes me think of revolutionaries riding through mountaintops with the wind in their hair and making change in the world. Restored with all of the original parts and techniques, I just find it wonderful that Trevor took the time to share his passion with others, and took his motor-bike to the Jazz in the Mall in Leura, during the Roaring 20s Festival.

I think a shared interest may very well be one of the integral ingredients to a long and happy marriage... for keeping the dream alive and for still wanting to ride off into the sunset together..

Tuesday
Apr192011

A Lazy Sunday Drive | Blue Mountains Photographer |

I love meeting creative people who are passionate about what they do. I also LOVE all things vintage. Needless to say, attending the inaugural Roaring 20s Festival in the Blue Mountains, and being invited to photograph a number of events had me tickled pink.

This lovely lady was at the Jazz in the Mall event during the Roaring 20s Festival and had her 1926 Jewett on display. I was impressed by the fact that she made is clear it was hers, not her husbands - he owned the motor-bike - and that it had been lovingly restored with all the original motor bits and pieces of the era. It came as a surprise to me that many vintage cars have a vintage shell and a modified modern engine inside. Kathleen's Jewett was indeed the real deal.For those who want to see the bike, that will be in another post...