Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Library Adventures {Our Favourite Books | June 2017} | Reading

We've been spending quite a bit of time at the library lately, the girls have been thrilled to be able to borrow so many new books every couple of weeks, and it's become a bit of a highlight for both them and me. It thrills me to see them love books and reading so much and I am so happy to be raising two little bookworms.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Long Weekends {and why I love them again} | Life

There is something so nice about a long weekend. Especially now that Punky is at school, I was positively giddy with the prospect of 3 whole days of not making lunches and washing uniforms. For so many years weekends just meant the same old thing, they were no different to every other day of the week. Now that the girls are a little older and Punky is at school, I have a new-found appreciation of the humble weekend.

Friday nights have become my favourite again, we take them easy, there is no bedtime to stick to or lunches to make, we can read as many books as we want without having to worry about the time (which is a very good thing now that we can't get away with anything less than 3 books before bed each night!).

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Shooting through 2017 {May} | #52weekproject

May, beautiful May, how I am going to miss you! Just like April, I think May is also one of my favourite months, it's just so pretty! Not only do we really start to see that autumn colour in the leaves & the light, but it's also the month that Vivid kicks off in Sydney and it's a photographer's delight! That image up there (a double exposure taken at The Rocks) is one I took last week when I went in to the city with some Tafe friends to celebrate Ian's birthday (he's the model in my picture) and shoot the lights. The best thing about going out with other photographers is that they don't mind being your model, and it doesn't matter to them if you stand in the same spot for 20 minutes trying to experiment or perfect the shot because they are doing the same thing!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Bloggy Birthdays {and people who just won't go away} | Blogging

Eight years ago on a Thursday night, I decided for some unknown reason to start a blog. Ok, maybe not for an unknown reason if you read my first post (you really should, it's only a few paragraphs long and it doesn't even have any pictures!!!), but for reasons that are very different now, I opened up a blogger account, named my blog A Study in Contradictions and chose what I thought was a really beautiful layout and colour scheme for my maiden voyage in to the world of internet writing.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Books that should be TV shows | Entertainment

As many of you know, I'm an avid bookworm. Aside from photography (and of course my family) books and reading are my other great passion in life. Reading for me is as necessary as breathing and taking photos. I have to read every day or I go a little crazy. It's why, when I first started working, I looked for jobs that had to do with books. I ended up selling & marketing books, which is not a bad career when you've been known to blow three quarters of your pay check in a bookshop less than 24 hours after it's hit your bank account!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Getting in the picture {family photography with Katherine Millard} | Life


A few weeks ago, on a sunny Saturday morning, the girls and I met up with my sister and nephew T-Bear at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. It was an absolutely beautiful autumn day, not too hot, not too cold and not too windy. The sky was as blue as can be and we had a very good reason for being there.

After walking through the park to the restaurant in the middle and availing ourselves of the facilities, I saw a lady walking towards me smiling. This was Katherine. Our reason for being at the Gardens.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

It's time {for another Tosser Trophy} | Laughs

What a week it's been for Tossers. Actually, considering how long it has been since I last awarded a Tosser Trophy (2 years 8 months to be more exact) it's been quite the time. I feel like there are at least 20 blog posts I could write to hand out Tosser Trophys to the many people who have surely earned them since September 2014. But honestly, I think I'm coming down with a cold so I'll content myself with just handing out 3 this week. I'm sure you'll all join with me in giving these people your best half-hearted golf claps.