Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Stuff & Things | Life

It's Monday afternoon and I'm sitting here, feeling all sorry for myself because I was hoping to avoid going to the Carols night at Punky's school because it's hot, I'm tired, and the last thing I feel like doing is sitting in the sun on the school oval by myself with two kids. Dave is on night shift and I had planned on having a night doing nothing but binging Downton Abbey on Netflix, but alas. She came home from school all excited to go and begged me to please, please take her, so what can I say? How can I refuse her?

In the grand scheme of life it's not a big deal, and there are certainly worse things in the world, I know. For instance, facing the prospect of your kid being in hospital over Christmas.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Shooting through 2017 {November} | 52 week project

Today I'm over at Westmead Kids hospital filming for something a little special that is going on over there. I'm not sure if I can say much more than that at this stage but keep your eyes peeled on social media, coz you know I'll share the end result when it's ready.

We're at the pointy end of the year now and the weeks are just flying by. It's less than 3 weeks till Christmas now and I'm starting to feel the pressure of making sure I've got everything on my lists bought & prepared. This week I'll be finishing off the gifts for Punky's Kindy teacher and Zee's preschool teachers. If you have any suggestions for fabulous things that won't break the bank I am all ears!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Six {A Birthday Letter to Punky} | Life

My Dearest Punky,

Last Thursday you turned six! SIX!!! I swear, some days it feels like you were only born yesterday. Yet there you are, seeming to morph into a young lady before my very eyes.

This last year has been an interesting one. You started big school, and to say I'm so proud of you and the way you've handled such a big transition would be an understatement. My heart just about bursts with pride when I see how far you've come.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

They paved paradise {to build a bunch of houses} | Life

On Sunday we took the girls for a walk & bike ride. It's been a little while since we've done this, as the weather hasn't been great and we've had a bit on lately. Sunday however, the weather was lovely, the sun was shining and the breeze was still nice & cool, perfect walking/biking weather.

So we chucked the bikes & the girls in the car and drove down the road to the track for some family time. We're really lucky to have a nice long, flat walking track 2 minutes from our house, that has a mostly smooth path that's perfect for young bike-riders, and lots of green grass, trees, marshes & shady spots for exploring & resting along the way.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Engaging stories | Life

I am so close to finishing editing the wedding I shot at the end of October I can almost taste it! Editing is one of the fun parts of being a photographer, but even when you love it, when you're working on such a big job you really need to take a break and step away from it so you can come back with fresh eyes.

I'm really looking forward to putting together the slideshow when I'm done so I can show you guys how gorgeous this couple were, so loved up and FUN! Working on all of these wedding photos has had me thinking back to my own wedding and I thought I'd share a few of my favourite photos from the day, as well as my engagement story with you today.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

National Adoption Awareness Week { #aHomeForEveryChild } | Life

Here's a staggering fact for you...
"30,000 children in Australia are in need of a permanent home{1}."

And another one...
"Internationally, there are an estimated 13 million orphans who have lost both parents{2}, and an estimated 8 million children who are growing up in institutions around the world{3}."

Those are some pretty staggering numbers. And yet, in 2016 only 278 adoptions took place.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Shooting through 2017 {October} | #52weekproject

I remember back at tafe in 2015 saying to someone that there was no way I was ever going to shoot weddings. I simply couldn't imagine anything more stressful. Fast forward two years and here I am, having just spent the weekend shooting my 5th wedding.

I honestly thought it was something I just wouldn't do, and yet now that I've started, I find I love it! They're so much fun! I thrive under the pressure, and nothing beats getting to hang out with fun couples on one of the biggest days of their lives.