Sunday, 17 May 2015

Earlier this year, I was gifted a new Olympus OM-D Camera from Mr B for my birthday. A new series of film SLR camera .... not an SLR but a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It was very tempting to continue to take photos using the auto functions and to be snap happy.  It was time to take my business and product photography to the next level.... 

So last month I ventured off on a road trip 2.5 hours from Sydney to attend Local is Lovely Harvest Pracshop. A 2 day food styling & photography workshop hosted by food writer & farmer Sophie Hansen and artist mum Annie Herron, on their family property Kimbri - Rydal, NSW.

We were inspired and guided by the talented food photographer Luisa Brimble and food stylist Stephanie Stamatis.

We did leave it to the last minute to book so we weren't able to take avantage of the accommodation onsite but did stay at the gorgeous Rose Cottage, Rydal only 7 minutes drive.  Rose Cottage is the oldest remaining cottage in Ryal c1860, and has been loveling restored. The package also included gourmet dinner and breakfast. Very spoilt.

It was nice to exchange the fast paced city for the country setting at Kimbri Farm.  The smell of the open fire and the crisp autumn mornings were a nice reminder of country life. 

The course was based around food styling however there were so many photo opportunities everywhere you looked. Plenty of tips and tricks also shared by Luisa and Stephanie throughout the weekend. There was only plenty of home cooked food to photograph and taste.

In addition to the new skills learnt, it was also great to connect with so many talented and inspiring people. 

Jodie x 

{Kimbri} Local Is Lovely Harvest Pracshop
{Kimbri Studio}

{Kimbri Studio} Great Autumn day
{Styling} Produce & Props - Our Coolamon Garden Carrier looks great in shot
{Food Styling} Autumn Harvest
{Food Styling} Coffee Time
{Food Styling} Afternoon Tea - Freshly Baked Apple Pie
{Styling props}
{Food Styling} Preparation
{Fresh Local Produce} Supplied by Dougal
{Food Styling} Sunday Picnic
{Day 2} Afternoon Tea - Fresh Ginger Cake
{Food Styling}
{Sunrise} Morning shoot & breakfast

{Winter Essentials} Handmade 'Akuna' Wood Carrier by Fairweather Design

{Kimbri} Plenty of props ... cute caravan
{Accomodation} Rose Cottage, Rydal
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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

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I had always wanted to live in the country and in 2010, we purchased our first rural property in the Lower Hunter, NSW.... it was the best decision that we ever made.

An Australiana inspired timber slab constructed home set amongst 20 acres and blessed with an amazing meandering creek line. It inspired us to name our property, 'Akuna' .. traditional aboriginal name for running waters. The previous owners, at the age of 60, built the home and regenerated the land by planting over 4,000 native plants. We benefited from their 12 years of hard work and love. We continued to be amazed by the native flora and fauna on the property. We also loved the regular visits from native wildlife, especially the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos. 

What started as a weekender quickly became a place that we wanted to call home. It was nice to escape the fast paced world to enjoy the simple things in life. We found it extremely difficult to leave each week at the end of the 4 days.

Our time at Akuna has opened our eyes to a whole new world and to what is possible once you let go of your fears. It also provided an environment to create my own range of Australian Made products.

In 2014, we sadly sold 'Akuna' to allow us to be in a financial position to exchange our corporate lives with the possibility of starting our own businesses. So far so good. I'm so pleased that we took that step and now enjoy a balance of consultancy and creative work.

We do miss 'Akuna' but life is a journey and this is our next chapter. 

I was gifted a new Olympus camera by Mr B at the beginning of the year for my birthday. 

It's time to put my camera to good use, so today I take the next step in starting a journal #ayearbeindthelens  ... 

Jodie x

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