Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Redefining beauty and a few stills

This past week has been a real whirlwind for me and some turmoil has arisen in my heart.

I am very lucky to have a beautiful family to keep me afloat and to bring the important joys in my life to the forefront of my mind.

I have just finished reading Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson from the Nienie Dialogues and it has really go me thinking. After a plane crash where 85% of her body was severely burnt, she was able to find her beauty again.

I started thinking the other day how we define ourselves as beautiful. How many times in our lives have we defined our worth and beauty by our outer beauty and forgotten all of the other talents and inner beauty that we possess. How quickly we forget the beauty in raising loved children, finding and honing new-found talents, and being a empathetic and loyal friend.

I am guilty of this almost everyday and yesterday as i sat deep in thought it came to me. I am slowly finding my own beauty through the lens of my camera. I am finding a new sense of self worth and beauty in capturing beautiful images.

The images I take are always taken with one aim in mind, emotion. Whether it is the joy in a belly laugh or an embrace or two souls who are in love, I aim to capture that emotion. Hearing words of gratitude from my clients as to how those images bring them great joy and allows them to see what what was right in front of them warms my heart and brings me a new self worth.

With that in mind, here are the last of the Adelaide photos in a few stills

1) An orange or mandarin tree in my parents back yard
2) My Dad making his 4 layer Orange cake, topped with mango and coulis, an artist in every sense of the word.
3) This little piano bunny has been on top of our piano since I can remember and brings back happy feelings.
4) AMEN!
5) He's into cutlery
6) Getting pensive
7) Lasagne face
8) Upon the coffee table

Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Old Family: Adelaide Family Photographer

So on the very last day I was in Adelaide I was able to squish in a family session with my sister Erin and her hubby, Rory along with their new baby Hunter.

Erin and Rory were seriously made for each other. Their love for each other and their new bubs is tangible as they have both wanted a family for some time. After a long day of work Rory comes home and heads straight to Hunter and holds him for as long as he is allowed before a feed or sleep interrupts it.

As hunter was only a month old she wanted to capture some of that new baby freshness.

CAUTION: Photos may make you clucky ... don't say I didn't warn you!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Exciting times ahead!!!

Hey guys!!!
Exciting times... I just registered my first domain name! I have tried to redirect from my old URL but for some reason it hasn't happened yet. So don't worry I'll get there!

My new URL is ...



also... in case you didn't happen to notice ... I have a logo too!! So much going on over in these parts!

sorry this blog is a mess right now! I am currently trying to make it look prettier and more functional but I am a techno-unco so please bear with me while I sort out the kinks.

Also if you'd like to follow me on Facebook you can do that just over here or if you want to get in contact with me then drop us a line at info@ellenarthurphotography.com, I'd love to hear from you :)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Oakes Family: Adelaide Family Photographer

This week in Adelaide has been so inspiring and joyful!

I have loved spending time with family and friends yet missed my family back in Sydney equally as I see the love between other people and their families, lucky I brought my little Noah otherwise I might have been a mess.

I was lucky enough to be flown down to Adelaide by my cousin Ingrid who wanted me to take photos of her little clan.

The day before her shoot I had put up the photos on my blog of  the session with my sister Kate and her insanely cute kids and so the morning that I turned up to Ingrid's house she was so nervous that she and her family were not photogenic enough. 

I assured her that it was definitely not true and that even with the most unwilling child that I was there to catch the glimpses of love and fun that comes from the love that they all share and not from manufactured poses.

As I sat down with her the other night and showed her the finished images of her family, she wept. I was so touched and humbled to be able to give her something that touched her so deeply and reaffirmed to her the love that was present in her home..

She then continued to gush at how beautiful her children were and what a great father that Neil is to them. A look of pride filled her countenance.

This people, is why I take photos ...