A trip in the Country

When I find myself getting burnt out or just need to grab a fresh perspective on something, I grab my camera, phone and car keys and just head out for a drive, Destination unknown, time is not an issue, just me, my camera and my thoughts.

Sometime back when feeling this way, I took a drive into the country, in the North Coast of NSW I came across this small village not too far away from Lismore called “Bexhill”, this small village has a population of less than 500 people.  It might be small but is home to something very special.

When driving through the town I saw a sign directing me to Inspiration Point and the Open Air Cathedral, just perfect for a day like today when needing a place to be still.  I had to go and check it out.

On entering and walking up the pathway I was greeted with signs that told me a little of the history and purpose, they confirm this is a place of worship and is to be respected.  At the top of the archway mounted on some timber is a beautiful verse that I just had to stop and read, it certainly set the tone.

You are warmly greeted when you enter

You are warmly greeted when you enter

Walking further through the path I felt warm, comfortable and welcome to this area, the benches invite you to sit down, whether for a minute or an hour, you sit and take in the incredible view.  I am surrounded by nature, love and peace.  When ready to leave I feel the weight of the world off my shoulders, it is certainly an experience to remember.

Open Air Cathedral and View at Bexhill

Open Air Cathedral and View at Bexhill

Open Air Cathedral at Bexhill

Open Air Cathedral at Bexhill

When I arrived home feeling refreshed I had to jump onto google and find out more.  “The Open Air Cathedral has been maintained by the Christian Church for over 50 years and is a perfect place for either an outdoor wedding or a quiet spot to sit and reflect.” “The Cathedral overlooks the Corndale Valley with views of the Nightcap National Park in the distance.” Yes I was right, a great find and a very special place.  If you are interested in more details please check out their website.

Until next week.

Kassy

 

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Couple In Love

Recently I was privileged to photograph a lovely young couple, Dean and Storm.

The photography session was held on a beautiful property in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The rustic country sheds and old cattle yards made a perfect backdrop for our session. I was so grateful to photograph this couple, they clearly adore each other and I loved capturing how they whispered sweetly into each others ear. Love is beautiful, Dean and Storm you are a beautiful couple.

Here are some of my favourite shots from their session

So unaware of the camera cause so much in Love

So unaware of the camera cause so much in Love

 

Beautiful Couple  Dean and Storm

Beautiful Couple
Dean and Storm

 

Couldn't resist getting a photo of Storm in this location

Couldn’t resist getting a photo of Storm in this location

 

Storm loved Dean in a  casual pose up against this gate

Storm loved Dean in a casual pose up against this gate

 

This was my favourite image of the day, I chose to spotlight the couple using one speedlight

This was my favourite image of the day, I chose to spotlight the couple using one speedlight

Thank you so much Dean and Storm for allowing me in to photograph you both, I wish you many more happy years together.

Until next week.

Kassy 🙂

Pregnant – Vintage and Beautiful

I met Meg at a creative photo shoot around 12 months ago, Meg was one of four female models that day.   Meg and I found a connection during that shoot and have become friends.

It was on a  busy day at a recent shoot that Meg, who was our makeup artist for the day, asked me to take some pregnancy photos of her.  We had a beautiful location in the country and Meg was just glowing, nearing the end of her second trimester so of course I said yes.

I chose to do these photos vintage style as it really suits Meg, here are a few of my favourites from our impromptu session.

Mother Nature combined with a New Life

Mother Nature combined with a New Life

 

Motherhood Hello Beautiful Baby

Motherhood
Hello Beautiful Baby

 

Model, Motherhood and Nature

Model, Motherhood and Nature

 

Glowing Meg

Glowing Meg

Meg and I will be doing a full pregnancy shoot when the time is right and with photos like these I can’t wait for our next shoot.

I wish Meg all the best for the impending arrival of her little one.

Until next week.

Kassy

Travelling around the Countryside

Last month I caught up with a wonderful friend and photographer buddy while she was visiting Australia from her island home, Cocos (Keeling) Island.

After a coffee we decided to grab our camera’s and head west into the country and to look for interesting and/or historic things to photograph. Our first pit stop was at the town of Canungra, as we wandered through town we found a small quaint historic church. On closer investigation it was disappointing, photographically, the stained glass windows of the church has been altered and now have perspex secured to the outside of each of the windows – a sad sign of the times we now live in.

A Sign a the times Perspex over the window

A Sign a the times
Perspex over the window

A little deflated this early in our adventure with nothing else catching our eye and with the weather threatening rain, we decided to grab some lunch at the Canungra Pub.

The clouds cleared and we decided to keep heading west towards Beaudesert. We are looking, searching, wanting to capture the afternoon light streaming through the dark clouds.

Driving along, my job is to be the lookout, after all Karen is driving and needs to watch the road so it is up to me to find what we are looking for as we drive along the windy roads through all these wonderful country scenes. I see a beautiful patch of light and we stop on the side of the road in order to capture the streams of light across the country landscape.

See the Light

See the Light

At this stop we take the opportunity to look around, check the scene from all perspectives and photograph many things that catch our eye.

There is always something to photograph

There is always something to photograph

 

Finding the light even though barb wire

Finding the light even though barb wire

Back in the car continuing our adventure we have times where the gray clouds are working against us but other times where the light is just right. During the month of July I was doing a photo a day project (APAD) and I had a preconceived idea for today’s photo, I needed to find a bare boned, dead tree. I didn’t think it would be too difficult to find the type of tree I was after out here but it still has to be that perfect tree to fulfill the brief.

Of course it’s while we’re travelling around 80k per hour with cars and trucks behind us that I shout to Karen “oh my goodness there is my tree, quick stop!”. Karen laughs, it was simply not possible to stop at that moment. We find a place to turn not to far up the road and back we come parking the car in a safe spot on this busy country highway and walk the rest of the way down to the tree.

My Tree - Quick Stop!

My Tree – Quick Stop!

The gods were on our side and by the time we got down there the light was just perfect and that shot that was in my head become a reality.

My tree shot comes to life

My tree shot comes to life

What a perfect end to our adventure. Great photos, great company and learning that if patient the light will shine and so will your photos.

Patience rewards you with light

Patience rewards you with light

 

A great end to a great day

A great end to a great day

Enjoy your week.

Kassy