The Grounds of Alexandria

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Grounds of Alexandria



The Grounds of Alexandria







The Grounds of Alexandria is quickly becoming an institution. It was 11.10 on a week day and we could barely get through the door. It’s a very different spot with lots of little areas for you to huddle and hide. The place is quite delightful with gardens packed with wooden tables and seating, a chicken coop and resident pig.

You can order take away and sit in the beautiful gardens but we wanted to check out the indoors, so we waited for a table inside. It was jam-packed and we missed the breakfast menu, so we opted for an early lunch which starts at 12. I ordered the burger and oh my, I do declare it’s the best burger I’ve had in quite some time. The coffee was pretty damn good (I’ve tasted it before at a little cafe that carries their coffee in Miranda) and I want to go back to try out one of the snags at the sausage sizzle.

The design of the place is an indie photographer’s paradise and I enjoyed myself immensely. You must check it out!

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New Beginnings

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

For my birthday this year, Sean gave me a talisman pendant from local Vancouver designers, Pyrrha. He chose it without any prompting from me and out of all the symbols on offer, he chose one that represents ‘new beginnings’. At that stage in the year, we had not decided to move back to Australia, but somewhere the stars aligned and here we are again on a new beginning wading our way through the next stage of our life.

We’ve only been back in Australia for a fortnight and already so much has happened. Life is fast paced in Sydney and at present, I’m struggling to keep up. I know things will settle down soon and I look forward to the moment that we are completely unpacked and settled again.

I’m soaking up the family and friend time as much as I can and wishing the sun to continue to shine. We’ve spent time by the beach, been to our favourite dessert place and had lattes a plenty! I’ve got big plans for another summer here in the Southern Hemisphere filled with pool parties, picnics and Polaroids.

Speaking of Polaroids, Jen and I are pleased to announce that there are now a few spaces left in the 2nd week of our Instant Love retreat in Marrakech! We are keeping places open until October 22! If you’ve been thinking about your own new beginning and have wanderlust and the want to learn about instant film and the wonders of Morocco, now is your chance. Come spend a week with us in the beautiful Peacock Pavilions! It’s going to be an amazing time and I’m already getting excited about it! Check out our lovely website here for all the information. It’s going to be awesome!

Images shot on a Polaroid 180 Land camera using Fuji instant peel apart film.

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Once More

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

There is so very much I could say and tell you about. My life has done a 360 in the last few months and as I’ve been trying to process it and organise for it, there has been little time for keeping up with my usual routines.

And of course, the decision that we have made is once again turning our normal routines upside down for a brand, new start. After much deliberation, the Canadian and I have decided to move back to Australia. We don’t know if this is the right choice, but for now, at this point in time, it is the right one for us. It’s going to take lots of re-imagining and finding our way in the waters of a different kind of life again but I know that our adventurous hearts will guide us through.

We love and will miss the beautiful village life we’ve made here in Vancouver. I know I will certainly miss seeing those snow capped mountains each morning as I looked out our window. I will miss the ease and the stress-free day to day living a smaller city brings and hope that readjusting to the bigness of Sydney will be a fun change, rather than a troublesome one.

As I think of our new life, I have been imagining us close to the sea, taking daily walks by the beach. Fingers crossed that an apartment will be waiting for us when we are ready to find it in just the right place. I, of course, am overjoyed at being able to spend real time with my family and friends again and cannot wait to reconnect with them all. I’m already planning our Christmas gatherings. As excited as I am, we will leave here with heavy hearts, knowing that we once again have to say goodbye to people whom we love and to a place that will always be our home.

These images were all taken around Vancouver with my Polaroid 180 Land Camera and Fuji film.

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Wandering Neighbourhoods: Cronulla

Monday, October 31, 2011

I’m kicking this week off with a Wandering Neighbourhoods of Sydney. While in the homeland, I spent a lot of time staring out at the ocean and soaking up all those blues. Cronulla is Sydney’s southern most beach and it was walking along the esplanade here that I had my “I grew up in an amazing country” moment.

It wasn’t warm enough to tempt my toes closer to the ocean, but brunch overlooking the water was just what I needed. Lattes, good food, warm, blue skies, the sound of the ocean, crystal waves and family time – the only thing missing was my Sean.

Sydney, you truly are beautiful.

All images were shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.

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Home And The Rest Of The World

Monday, October 24, 2011

It’s been a roller coaster of a month for little old me. My time in Sydney was full of happiness, excitement, rest, anguish, stress, sadness, and joy. Living abroad is such a mad mix of emotions both while you are away from home and when you return. You always feel a little on the outside of both worlds – never feeling like you completely belong in your new land and the same time feeling disconnected from the home you grew up in. This life you lead is often hard to describe to others.

Despite the disconnectedness and the not so great things that happened on my trip home, I spent many joyous days soaking up my beloved Australian light and feeling the sand beneath my toes at the beach. I reveled in the bliss that is spending quality family time and devoted many mornings and afternoons to sipping my cherished Sydney coffees with friends old and new. I lapped up my favourite shopping haunts and ventured to many new ones.

I think my most favourite moment was my second morning in Sydney. I walked along the esplanade with my mumma in the glorious sunshine, the light was sparkling on the beautiful blue ocean and bouncing over the sand so perfectly white. Mum asked me if I missed the city…I looked out and said, “that right there is what I miss.” I think she looked at it with almost glazed eyes, as she sees it on a regular basis. I told her that we Australians have no idea how lucky we really are. You don’t know until you leave. And I’m quite certain the same thing happened to the Canadian when he lived in Sydney. His homecomings would include looking at those snow-capped mountains and thinking the exact same thing. He hasn’t told me in so many words, but I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s thinking when he sits atop Whistler Mountain on his snowboard.

Clearly, these are first world problems and ours could be far greater…either way, we will be alright.

p.s. Swing back here tomorrow to hear about my give away!

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A Beach Somewhere In Sydney

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hello from down under,

After the plane ride from hell, getting over the jet lag has been tough, but I am starting to feel more like myself again and venturing out and about in Sydney.

I walked along the seaside path with my mum on a gorgeous sunny day and told her how I’ve come to realise how lucky Australians are to have such a gorgeous backyard. The light so bright and shimmering across the ocean as the waves lapped onto the white sands of the beach…it felt great to be home.

We stopped in to a beach-side cafe for breakfast and watched the surfers and swimmers wander by. I could have stayed there all day.

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Australia Bound

Monday, September 19, 2011

I’m not quite ready for summer to end, so I’m heading to Sydney where spring is in full swing and 25 degree days have already arrived.

See you on the other side!

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The Course is Here!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shoot By Design: Refining Your Photography Style is finally here. I’ve been working away at a course for photographers who want to discover their own signature style.

I will teach you what I know about shooting with purpose, shooting with passion and about working towards a style that makes my photos ‘me’. I will tell you my story telling secrets, how I find inspiration and how I deal with the emotional side of being an artist.

Along with the Shoot By Design blog, there is a brand spanking new private forum that I hope to open up to lots of students in the future, but this first group of students will be the founding members. Mocking Bird is all about sharing, inspiration, learning and community and I hope that this course is the first step in a new era of this blog/site. I really hope that I can share what I know with all the students but also help to build some new friendships and collaborative relationships.

There has already been a great response so far today and I can’t wait to get to know all the lovely people who have already signed up. Spaces are limited. Register here now!

In other news….

~ Polaroid Notes are now in stock at Chronicle Books and Amazon. If anyone out there sees them in stores, please let me know. If you do pick up a set, I’d love to know what you think! The girls and I are super excited to see them out in the world.

~ I am taking a small trip home to Australia in September and will be available for portrait sessions (kids, couples, families) while I am there. I am also available for small, intimate weddings. I’m currently working on my website but you can contact me for my info and rates package. I’ll be in Sydney in September and October, 2011. More on that in the coming weeks.


~ A new month means a new theme for the Twelve Photography Project. The theme for August is: Portrait. The colour inspiration is: “Black and White”. Check out the flickr group for more infomation.

I hope you’re enjoying this sunshine as much as I am! Summer seems to have finally arrived in Vancouver and I plan on spending many hours out in it. I even spent some time at the beach this weekend. It’s not the kind of “beach day” that I am used to, but relaxing just the same. Our favourite discovery this summer has been Nimby Burger down at Kits Beach. A Nimby burger, the beach and a summer evening sounds pretty awesome to me. What have you been up to?

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