Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

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.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Whirlwind {of weekends & work} | Life

As we approach the end of October I can't help but feel like I need to brace myself for the oncoming storm which is the holiday season. It's only a month until Punky turns 6, a birthday closely followed by 3 more, and then Christmas. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. On the one hand, I love all the social occasions and time spent with friends & family, on the other hand, the stress of coordinating it all and making sure I don't forget something important can be huge!

This year the whirlwind of the end of the year has started early. Last Thursday to be exact.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Taking Stock {October 2017} | Life

I had grand plans to write a post about something important & amazing, and then I found my old laptop. The one I play Sims 3 on. Cue the weekend being taken up by animated people who don't speak english and need a lot of looking after. It was like having babies again!

As a consequence, all ideas for blogging have promptly fled my head as I dream about setting up sequences of activities and google how to reset my sim when their legs have mysteriously fallen through the grass and can't move. And did I mention Woohoo-ing? Well there was woohoo-ing too.

If the previous paragraph makes no sense to you then you've probably had a way more productive 72 hours than I have!

To compensate for my descent in to Sim madness I thought I might dust off the old Taking Stock list from Pip at Meet me at Mike's and take the easy way out of my lack of post inspiration. So here goes...

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Shooting through 2017 {September} | 52 week project

I feel like I say this every month (probably because I do!) but man, where has this year gone! My mind just cannot compute the fact that it's October. Probably because we were away cruising on the Carnival Spirit for 2 weeks in September, I feel like September didn't really happen. It's like holiday time exists in its own magical dimension and time in the outside world ceases to exist while you're within that dimension. And so it is with a shock when you leave that magical dimension and rejoin the outside the world, time seems to have jumped forward.

Aside from our holiday, September was a big month for another reason, and that was because the girls got their first real haircuts (fringe trims by Dad do not count!). I thought at first there would be resistance to this but they were surprisingly keen for it, and I gotta say, particularly in Zee's case, I wish we'd done it sooner. The bob is beyond cute on her!

As you can you imagine, half of the photos in this post will be from our holiday, seeing as we did spend two weeks out of the four cruising. Before I get into the photos though, I just wanted to share a little for those with an interest in photography. Feel free to skip to the pretty pictures if reading technical stuff about photography isn't your thing!