Archives: February 2013
Nepal. Life lived out in the street. Families perched on their front step, eating meals and sharing laughs, soaking up the warmth of the sun to ease the chill of winter. Prayer flags, a gentle reminder of the spiritual dimensions to life. Women wearing the favourite color – red. Standing around delicious “Chia” or chai tea stalls and catch ups with friends. A sense of community built around shared joys and hardship, life endings and beginnings and journeys. Rugged natural beauty, narrow roads winding through snow capped mountain ranges.
Nepal. Emerging from a decade of conflict, this country has made encouraging progress in addressing it’s development challenges. Though Kathmandu is a bubble of tourist induced wealth and services, outside urban areas, the story is markedly different. Around 60% of the population still live on 1.25 per day. Access to safe water and sanitation is an enormous challenge without easy answers. Many areas are food insecure and cannot produce enough food for their family for the year. Women’s rights, capacities and empowerment is needed.*
I loved visiting this beautiful country. I was so encouraged by the time spent with many organisations that are working so wholeheartedly and with such dedication and personal sacrifice to address such challenges. At the community level there are beautiful glimmers of hope, and examples of groups working for change in their community, thinking not only of their own needs but of the needs of others. Their stories inspire and challenge me. I hope I will come back some day – Kelly.
Where possible, photos were taken with permission.
*statistics from http://www.ophi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Nepal1.pdf?cda6c1
Relaxed. Friendly. Fun. This was a special family portrait session bringing together family members from three generations. Grandparents, parents and kids all bundled into their cars and tumbled out again into a local park in Carnegie, to make the most of the beautiful summery weather. The afternoon light was stunning, as were the shady trees we retreated under. It’s lovely seeing families enjoy being together, and we do our best to keep our photo sessions as relaxed as possible. We’re really pleased with these images, and can’t help but smile back in response to such infectious grins! We hope that these photos will bring happy memories for many years to come for this family!
About an hours drive from Aukland, in Muriwai, there is a spectacular Gannat Colony. It was beautifully sunny until a sudden downpour of drenching rain hit the coast line (and us!). We soon dried out with the heavy winds as the sun reappeared!
It was an amazing sight to see hundreds of gannets swooping through the sky on the air currents, ducking and weaving. In situations like this where there are lots of fast moving subjects, the focusing ability and fast lenses make getting the shot much easier, but it was certainly a challenge to capture their grace and agility.
At this spot, each year around 1,200 pairs of gannets nest here between August and March. Each pair lays just one egg and the parents take turns watching over their precious nest. As the chicks mature, they begin to exercise their wings in preparation for a single shot jump off the cliff. Once airborne, the young gannets leave the colony and cross the Tasman Sea all the way to Australia. Years later they return to the same place to nest again.
We had a fun time photographing little Austen and his folks on this beautifully sunny day, which was relaxed and with plenty of laughs. We started in Springthorpe Gardens, Murrumbeena taking advantage of the beautiful backdrop of autumn coloured leaves, and then headed back to their family home to warm up and take a few more!
If you’re interested in capturing some special moments with your family, contact us to book in your session!
This weekend we caught up with Kate and Andy, who introduced us to their new little son, Henry, who is 14 days old and born on New Years Eve.
Henry was a pleasure to photograph and apart from five minutes of sleepy introductions, he was very wide-eyed and alert!
We really enjoyed this shoot, it was lovely to catch up with friends, the light was soft, the colors rich, and of course, the little one was just perfect.
Here is a sneak peek …
Kelly Anthony Photography are offering ‘Mini Portrait Sessions’ in February!
Our mini sessions are fun photo shoots of around 20 minutes for individuals, couples and families of up to five people. This is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine while updating your family album. Sessions will be held on Saturday the 11th and 18th of February at Canterbury Gardens or a park close to your home.
For your session fee of $50, you will receive full access to your private online gallery which will showcase 10-15 edited images. Images and prints can be ordered from your online gallery. This will be ready for viewing within two weeks of your session. A range of other beautiful quality products can also be purchased through the website including enlargements and canvas prints.
A limited number of mini sessions are available for booking so to secure your booking, contact us:
Phone: 0479 025 639
Session fee is payable upon booking
*Please note that because newborns and babies (under 6 months) need extra time and special care to ensure great photos, we won’t be offering short sessions for this age group. Details for our newborn and baby session can be found on our website.
Last weekend had beautifully sunny skies and was warm.
I enjoyed meeting Garry and Atsuko and their niece Rui for a Saturday morning photo shoot in Melbourne. I should also introduce the other important member of their family. Trooper, their Labrador is Garry’s guide dog. He is an integral part of Garry’s life – increasing mobility and independence. They make a great team. Trooper was particularly photogenic and even looked directly at the camera when called by name!
After taking some photos at and around their home, we took advantage of the sunny weather and walked down to the local shops in Hawthorn, where the family regularly go for fresh fruit, vegetables and meat.
Here is a glimpse of our day together!
Went for a short stroll around Melbourne one evening after work with my camera. Here are a couple of shots with the same building, a multi-storey car park, but from a few different perspectives.
According to Wikipedia the earliest multi-storey car park was built at 215 West Washington Street, Chicago in 1918.
On the way home on the train, the man sitting opposite me was reading the newspaper …