I describe myself as: quiet, creative, funny, anal, an eternal optimist..
I take pictures because: I see in frames so it just makes sense to me. My whole life, I've never been a big talker and photos say so much.. without saying anything at all.
My ultimate weekend would entail: pretty much being alone. An entire weekend by myself. Lush hotel, eating out, ALONE, coffee stops, movie, theatre show, massage, aimless wandering.. time to do whatever I please; no agenda - ALONE. Imagine not having anyone need or WANT you for a whole 48 hours?! That's just crazytown. Can you tell I don't spend much time ALONE?!
I am in love with: this new piece of art I recently bought. A beautifully simple painting of a striking Chinese woman with the most perfect bob and fiery orange lipstick. I love her. Unhealthily so, I believe. I searched and searched for something - not knowing what, but knowing I would KNOW when I found it - you know?! I stopped looking because I couldn't find anything.. then of course, she appeared.
I once met: John Mayer's band (circa 2003/4). He's my one true music love and if I was forced to choose one artist to listen to for the rest of my life, it would be him. My sister and I have been to all his Aussie concerts, bar one. The first one we went to was at The Palais in St Kilda. Incredible acoustics, beautifully intimate. This was before he made it really big. The band were in charge of selling the merchandise - that's how NOT big he was then. We were chatting and laughing with the guys selling the t-shirts about how bad the sizing was for women, how we would need to wash the shirts in hot water and shrink them in the dryer if they were to ever resemble a remotely flattering shape on a woman. We were invited back to the after party.. instantly thinking stranger danger.. couple of guys to trying to ride the coat tales of Johnny and pick up a few women along the way. Then we get into our seats, the show starts, and the guys we were talking to not ten minutes earlier are the drummer and the base player.. so yeah, we went to the after party thinking MAYBE we'd see John. And I'd die a very happy woman. But it wasn't to be. Apparently he wasn't an after party kinda guy - clearly hadn't hit his drinking/womanising phase yet. But I was standing right next to the phone that rang with him on the other end of the line. My big claim to fame..
The most amazing meal I ever ate was: I think I have to go with (many) a good old margarita pizza in Venice. Summer, travelling with my girlfriend, strolling the cobbled laneways, footloose and fancy free!
I am at my best when: I feel in control of all that I am responsible for. The list is long and more often than not it totally owns me, but that's just life as a mother of three. Nearing eight years of motherhood, I have learnt to accept that that level of control varies greatly from day to day.
Back in my day: we rode our bikes everywhere, spent hours jumping on the trampoline, knew our milkman by name (Max the Milky who gifted us special flavoured milk when it was our birthdays!), walked to the corner shop alone and brought home a swag of lollies for just 20 cents!
I am forever: picking up trains, reheating tea and coffee, buying giant tubs of Jalna yoghurt, begging children to get dressed/brush teeth/put shoes on(!), wishing I had more hours in the day.. (Oh my god this is me EXACTLY! *b)
My dream super-hero power is: to be able to multiply myself and/or have a fast forward button. Really to do all the boring stuff like cook dinner, clean bathrooms, hang washing, listen to readers, sweep the floor... all at the same time - fast!
I’m so proud of: my kids, of course - I'm very blessed. And my husband, because he helped me make them. He's pretty wonderful at plenty of other stuff too; I'm a lucky girl. I'm proud of myself too. I found my feet a bit late, with my photography and choosing to pursue something I both loved and happened to be pretty good at. I love that I get to do all the mum stuff and be here for my kids 100%, and then do my work on top. It's bloody exhausting right now but so rewarding too. Life is big and scary and uncertain, and we're making big plans together to shake it up and not just dream of something more, but actually DO IT!
To be entirely honest: I'm quite obsessed with underwater photography at the moment and I'm crazy excited to be shooting my first destination wedding next year!