Portrait photoshoot with Makalita - sneak peek.

I'm sick and in bed but I couldn't wait to share with you a small sneak peak of my portrait photoshoot with Makalita. It was a great to test out the 24-70 lens.

Let me start by saying not only does Makalita have this radiating natural beauty but she happens to be one of the nicest people I've met. She was so calm and collected and I was probably driving her crazy.

The shoot was in the city which is a little out of my comfort zone, I don't normally like shooting in the city where there are a billion people staring at what I'm doing. Am I even holding this camera right?
Makalita had her lovely boyfriend with her, he was so patient, bless him. The rain was enough to distract me and that was a huge challenge in every way. Oh so much to be learned.

You might recognise these white bricks from previous post. Love the texture.

More to share later.

Farrah x

Hangin out with 24-70

Today - hang outs with the husband and the 24-70 lens in the beautiful Melbourne city.

Melbourne is beautiful. Even if it was supposed to be sunny all day but ended up being overcast. It's amazing what you can find in the little laneways and hidden cafe's and boutique stores. I'm not brave enough to go on my own on some of the mysterious laneways where it's a little secluded, that's what husbands are for! My personal security guard.

Played with a little composition. Thank you to the hub for taking a few photos of me, he was very patient with my instructions.

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!


 x Farrah

Light muses

Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the past few days.

Something exciting happened last week.

I received the most surprising phone call from a customer I helped three years ago. Yes, a long time ago. I was a student working in a photography lab and I helped her with some post-production work, colour corrections and restoration of images that were going to be published in a book.

She was certainly one of my favourite customers; a local Melbourne artist and a former president of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.

I gave her my number because I wanted to see the outcome of her project. She was publishing a book which included a collaboration of her own paintings and poems from a local poet. She met the poet by chance and they began sharing their work. They soon realised that their paintings and poems corresponded with one other immensely. Almost as if the poems were describing the paintings. Quite amazing since they both have different life paths, generations and disciplines.

I graduated and I found another job so I left and never saw her again. Three years have passed. I got married, I moved out, I changed jobs and honestly during those three years I always wondered about her. At the time we developed a nice friendship, she'd tell me about her grown up children and I'd tell her about my wedding plans (she even bought me an engagement gift).

So as you can imagine when I received her call I was really quite surprised. I couldn't believe she still had my number. We had a long chat of catching up, she asked me about my married life and what I've been up to. Then she told about the progress of her book and that it's finally published. She wanted to send me a copy because she felt that I was an important part of the project. She praised me and repeatedly said how pleased she was with all the images of her paintings.

How fabulous is she? I feel so overwhelmed by her kindness, I love that she thought of me and she maintained her promise to call me after all these years. Her appreciation of my work blew-me-away and it was such an encouragement. It makes me think twice about how I appreciate others.When was the last time I went out of my way to show my appreciation for someone who has helped me?

A simple thank you is never too late!

I received her book a few days ago; light muses.

X Farrah

Mamiya M645 with Kodak portra 400 120

Happy Friday!

I've been experimenting with medium format cameras. Dare I say, I enjoy using film more than digital. I love the feeling of waiting for a film to be processed. Waiting to see if I've over/under exposed or if the camera actually works. Plus, I find film produces better images.

I'm in love with this Mamiya. Ah, every time I say Mamiya, I feel the need to burst out in Mama Mia - Abba song.

Apart from not having a light meter, it's a great camera and I enjoy using the waistline view finder as it helps me experiment with different angles I would have never tried if I was using my usual SLR.

This is the first film I've processed with the mamiya, not so bad.

That's me in the scarf :)

xx Farrah


i tend to take a lot of self portraits to practice, i don't mind it but i prefer to be behind the camera so i'm definitely looking forward to a few photoshoots coming up where i'm not the main subject.

i've been playing with reflections lately, they are fun especially on glass sliding doors...in the kitchen. classy huh?

whatever happened to my grammar today? ohh it's midnight sorry.


Manna on the Mount

A few months ago I was given the opportunity to take photos for a friend's 21st. I had a lovely time and it was great getting to know her friends and family. This lovely friend of mine surprised me with a gift voucher at a beautiful hidden b&b called Manna on the Mount.

Manna on the Mount is a not-for-profit retreat accommodation for married couples. A place of peace and quiet and a chance for couples to spend quality time to communicate and relax without all the distractions of life. I love the idea behind it, what an amazing ministry.

Wayne and I had a great time of relaxation, prayer and reflection. I highly recommend Manna on the Mount, Lesley was a great host and everything was perfect. The cottage has an interior of a French Provincial style so of course I went crazy clicking away and taking photos of every detail.

As we arrived we found afternoon tea set up on the dining room table and a generous breakfast hamper included in the fridge, too good.

To avoid any disappointments please note that the Manna is not available for holiday or emergency accommodation.

Visit their website: www.mannaonthemount.com.au


It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for a few months. Family reunions, many tears, joy and endless chatter and laughter. After years of separation due to the war in Iraq, my mother's side of the family are reunited again.
I captured as much as I could, I wasn't camera focused and I didn't take great shots I guess it was a little distracting. Do I take a picture or do I run up to my aunty and give her a hug?

I definitely feel blessed to no longer be living in a war zone country, my thoughts are with other families who have lost or have been separated from their loved ones.

I love the last photo, it captures two sets of emotions. My mother with her big smile and my uncle tearing up in the background. It really is one of the best feelings in the world.