Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Lasts {that you don't know are lasts} | Life

I remember the last time I saw my Grandma alive. She'd been very sick in the ICU for the previous two weeks, suffering from a golden staph infection that was causing other complications. She was already fighting leaukemia, and as any kind of infection can be extremely serious for someone undergoing cancer treatment, we knew this was probably a fight she wasn't going to win.

Still, we kept up hope, but when they moved her to the palliative care ward we all knew it was only a matter of time. I remember that Saturday afternoon. She was lying in the bed and Mum was sitting beside her, holding her hand. She hadn't been conscious for most of the last two weeks, and I remember when it was time to leave I didn't want to say goodbye.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Shooting through 2017 {June} | #52weekproject

What a month June was! We had so much happening, from kitchen renovations to my birthday to the end of term 2, it's been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. It also hasn't helped that the last week I've been quite unwell and so didn't really have any energy to do all the little things that still need doing in the kitchen, but I'm sure we'll get there eventually.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

How to transform your kitchen {in just 4 days!} | Life

If you've come here looking for tips on how to really transform your kitchen you might be a little disappointed, I'm sorry! Much like my post back in 2014 about our bathroom renovation, the title of this post is more tongue-in-cheek than anything else. Because honestly, even after the last week, I still would have no idea how to renovate a kitchen, I was mostly just a very grateful observer who moved things about when asked and vacuumed up some dust!

The real hard work was done by Dave and his parents. Seriously, between the 3 of them (and my sister-in-law, who not only designed & project-managed but donated the kitchen!) they managed to demolish the old kitchen and install the new one in 4 days. Less really, if you consider that the 4th day was the day the bench was installed, and that was done by a professional!

But let me start at the beginning...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Visual Love Letters {in photos + film} | Life

As you all probably know very well by now, I take a lot of photos of my girls. A large section of those photos form a project that I do each year, called a 52 week project. Basically the idea is I take a portrait a week of each of the girls separately, as well as one of them together. At the end of every year I then compile those images in to a photobook to have printed and keep on my shelf.

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!