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Happy birthday

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
New Olympus OM Dee-ee
Happy birthday to me.

 

Image from Techspot, where you can read a review, if you like.

Does anyone know how to create an emoticon with a grin the size of the Cheshire Cat’s?

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Just in case anyone’s reading…

Just because it’s that time of year (Ho! Ho! H0!) and just in case anyone’s actually reading (hint, hint, hint)…. these are the ones I reckon would be my preference:

I did a post on them a while back. They have some great colours to choose from. The Kelly Moore bags look good, too.

But actually, a new camera bag is pretty far down on my list of gear to buy for my business. So many other things to covet!

(Photo from the Jo Totes website.)

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These look pretty good…

Has anyone found the perfect camera bag? Don’t think I have yet. They can be great for protecting gear, but too bulky and difficult to manage. Or just plain ugly. Sometimes they’re pretty, but not great at protecting your gear. Or great to carry while you shoot, but not big enough to hold everything you need to carry…. (which is a lot more than just camera gear!). Could this be the answer?Tote & Shoot image

 

It’s the “Tote and Shoot” from shootsac. Check ’em out if you’re in the market for a new camera bag…. or perhaps looking for a Christmas gift for the photographer in your life. (Hint, hint!) Though I reckon you’d probably need to own a shootsac to put inside one of these babies, just to make sure your gear was really protected properly. (I must admit, my current camera bag certainly gives GREAT protection for my camera gear…. and in the end, that’s more important than the look of the bag. Way more. $$$$ more, really!)

Love,

Jen.

PS: Picture from the Tote and Shoot by shootsac website.

 

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Look what just arrived! {vividity, Sydney child and family photographer}

I love this job! It’s like being Santa. I get to deliver beautiful goodies like this:

And here are some of the layouts inside:

I had the opportunity to photograph this baptism a while ago, but I’ve held off on blogging about the shoot until I had delivered the album. Can’t spoil the fun for my clients! I’m thrilled to bits with how this turned out. Such a great quality album, all hand stitched, and they did a fabulous job with printing the cover. So lovely! I can’t wait to do some more of these. Such a great way to display your images and be able to pass them on to your kids when they’re all grown up.

Apologies for the blur over the name on the cover. I promise all my clients that I won’t use their names (unless they ask me to!)…. I guess it’s just in-grained after years in the academic world where research participants’ names were protected more than Fort Knox. I don’t mention my own family members’ names here, either. I know it’s pretty much the done thing amongst photographers and other blog authors to talk about their children and call them by name. And I understand the warm-fuzzy feeling that’s generated for readers by sharing that level of detail. I feel like I really know some of the authors of blogs I stalk… er… read, because I am privy to all sorts of details about their lives. But I just can’t bring myself to do the same. I don’t know what my children and husband will be doing years from now. Imagine if my daughter one day becomes Prime Minister. (Good Lord! Imagine!) She probably wouldn’t want photos of her in the nicky-noo plastered all over the cover of Woman’s Day! So, I choose not to identify her by name here. You’ll see my children and husband called all sorts of things on this blog, but never by their names.

What do you think about that? I’d be interested to know how you (other blog authors) handle this decision, and why you choose to do what you do. And I’d love to hear from my readers and clients what they think about the lack of names here.

Have a happy day!

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Cute little cubeo

Two of these arrived in the post yesterday for my kids. They come from a little business in Western Australia called Organise Easy. I bought them as a kind of back to school treat. Can’t remember how I found out about them, but something about them came across my ‘virtual desk’ a while back. Probably from someone’s blog somewhere. So, thank you Someone, whoever you are!

These little cuties are great! You customise them for each day of the week with the re-usable stickers,

 

…put them on your child’s bag and — hey presto! — getting ready for school in the morning is suddenly fun!

Miss Vividity got ready for school in record time today. Let’s see if this cute little organisation tool means she gets ready for school on time every day. (Am I chasing a pipe dream?)

love, Jen.

Oh. P.S.: All images in this post are from Organise Easy, and are used with permission.

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What a cool idea! {How to display photos}

Check out this way of displaying photos:

Or if you want to get a little bit fancy:

They’re vinyl wall decals! Aren’t they cool? You can get them from Simple Shapes on Etsy. (All images in this post from Simple Shapes.)

Now, as a photographer, I think this is a really really bad idea, because you should be buying great big canvas prints and framed custom artwork. From me, of course! But aren’t these a great idea if you’re renting, or just want to have a changing display of family snaps in your kids’ rooms, or if you live in a student dorm or somewhere like that where you’re not allowed to actually put hooks in the walls? They’d make a great present for a teenage child who’s moving out of home to start uni or something, don’t you think?

And I’m quite taken with this idea, too: A dry erase wall decal!

But could you just imagine trying to teach the three-year-old that it’s OK to write on this bit of wall, but not that bit of wall over there? Aaaaagh!

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Is it selfish to have a wishlist?

Well, it probably is selfish to have a wish list. And I’m going to start one anyway. It’s really just a way to¬† help out my husband/kids/brothers/friends when it comes time for birthday or Christmas gift-buying. I’m thoughtful like that.

So, to kick it off, here’s a photo of a beautiful vintage Yashica camera I found on etsy at callrw’s shop. Isn’t it just gorgeous? I’d love to display it at home, and wouldn’t it make a great prop?

(Images from callrw’s shop.)

There are loads of beautiful vintage cameras to be found on etsy, and no doubt on ebay and other online shopping sites, too. I mentioned this one to Mr Vividity, and he placed a call to his folks. As it turns out, they have half a dozen or so vintage cameras tucked away in their cupboards. Veritable treasure trove, their place! Looks like I might have picked a starting wish that’s easily granted!

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