Working in the snippets of time - Family lifestyle photography - Albury-Wodonga

I read a blog post once - I think it was written by photographer Dana Pugh, about working from home with young kids and all that it entails. It talked about working in ‘snippets of time’. The more I do this job, the more I realise that is exactly what it is.

Snippets of time.

I do bits and pieces of work between getting up and having breakfast, between getting my daughter dressed for school and getting her on the bus, as I steal a quiet moment while my other daughter is distracted with something else but me, when I stick a movie on to entertain the kids so I can get 45 minutes of editing done, and sometimes midway through cooking dinner I’ll find myself sitting at my computer to quickly send an email. I’m lucky enough to have 2 full days (well, 6 hours each day) when my youngest is at preschool - these days are absolute bliss - and it’s amazes me some days just how much work I can get done during these 6 hours. And my second biggest chunk of uninterrupted time is after the kids have gone to bed. A lot of my previous families can probably attest to the fact that they have received their gallery link emailed to them late at night.

This is in no way a whinge. I absolutely love what I do. I chose not return to work after I had my eldest. I chose to stay home and be with her. I chose to stay home and while I was there, may as well have another kid to add to the mix. Then after 4 years at home my business slowly grew shape and form, and it was a conscious decision to not return back to my old life in an office job, and try to make a go of working on my own business from home. This suited me perfectly, I had 2 young kids at home and what better way then to be able to work around them. Except that as the business grew and my kids grew it was no longer really possible to just work during nap times - especially as my kids dropped their day naps at the ripe old age of 2.

Which leads me to working in the snippets of time. Often I’ll open up my email only to find a half written email to a client, which I clearly got distracted - likely by one of my kids and completely forgotten that I hadn’t hit ‘send’, or in this case, I logged into the backend of my website to write a blog, and found these photos which I had uploaded 3 months ago and never ended up actually writing the blog… So here it is. Finally. 3 months later…

And would you believe that I’m writing this while my youngest is at her gymnastics class - and I find myself with a whole hour of an uninterrupted snippet of time, with my laptop on my lap I sit here tapping away.

My brain is like an internet browser with 1000 tabs open part way through all the things I need to doing, and usually get distracted or interrupted before they get closed. Thanks some good systems in place, thankfully I don’t have to rely on my brain to actually remember all these 1000 things I have to do.

I’m going to leave you with these gorgeous photos, taken last Spring at Black Barn Farm of Jade and her family. This was such a fun shoot, with one of the most genuine families I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with. Incidentally - keep an eye on their socials - they will be opening up their apple orchard for pick-your-own pesticide free at Stanley starting mid February 2019

Horses, horses and horses - Jodie tackles 1000km solo ride - Albury-Wodonga photographer

This is Jodie. She’s tough, determined and about to tackle a mammoth effort on her own.

On Saturday 3rd November she’s heading off on a 1000km ride from Healesville to just north of Canberra, solo with only her horses for company. Initially planning on riding the 5500km all the way to Cooktown in FNQ, her plans were thwarted by the current drought in NSW. Undeterred, she's still heading off as planned, but only going to complete the first 1000km, once completed she’ll plan her next strategy…

She’s doing it to raise awareness and bring about discussions around mental health. Jodie has experienced first hand the awful effects of what happens when mental health goes untreated, unnoticed and undiscussed. She sadly has lost 2 people close to her within the last few years, and so rather than sit around and dwell about it, she’s decided to get out of her office chair, onto the backs on these magnificent beasts and do what she does best. Ride and talk.

And in preparing for her ride, she’s experienced set back after set back and overcome each one with grace and determination that won’t stop her achieving what she’s set out to achieve.

You can follow her ride over on Instagram , Facebook or website under the name Green, Gold and Blues

The Real Florist - behind the scenes - Albury photographer

Ever wondered what it's like running a business from home with small kids?

It's tough.

Really tough.

There's never down time. You never get to switch off. When you're not parenting, you're working, and when you're not working you're parenting. And often you're doing both at once. There is ALWAYS something to be done. Invoicing. Washing dishes. Making lunches. Replying to emails. Putting kids to bed. Ordering supplies. Changing nappies. The late, late nights just trying to get some work done after the kids are FINALLY asleep. And I think we'll all admit - a little too much telly time for the kids some days. But you know what? Our kids also get to see us working our butts off to see us doing something that we love, achieve our own dreams, making our own money, pay our own taxes and save our own super!

I was once told that it was a really brave thing that I did when I started my business. My response? I didn't think it was brave. And if I had known how hard and relentless it really was I possibly wouldn't have done it. But I'm so glad I did. As tough as it is, it is also SO rewarding. I started with my head in the sand a little, and didn't know what I was getting myself in for and that truthfully for me was the best way. Each time you hit a hurdle, you work on that one hurdle until you've overcome it, and push towards the next one. There's always going to be a next one. Each one gives you chance to learn something more about business or yourself.

And in terms of self employed ladies. This one is one of the hardest working ladies I've met. This is Renee from The Real Florist. And she's kick a*se!! If you want some gorgeous blooms look no further than her.