Sunday, January 27, 2013


 "A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Our local pool, her idea of heaven.

When I miss working or the toddler tantrums start to do my head in, we head to our local pool.

 Swimming in cool water with a smiling girl in my arms and gum trees overhead makes for an excellent "reset" button.  


I am truly enjoying having a look at all the beautiful images of everyone's 52 projects. Wish I had more time to comment and view all of them. Go here to see the links - there are some beautiful portraits.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Typing in the title for the 52 project certainly makes you aware of time passing.

 "A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Every night she likes to run around outside, burning off the last of her energy for the day. 

These photos are quite deceiving. They give off an aura of a calm little girl but my shutter speed was set fast trying to capture all her running, rolling and jumping.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A note to David Koch about breastfeeding

Dear Mr Koch,

You are a bit like my dad. When I had my girl and began breastfeeding, he would avert his eyes or leave the room. When I spoke to him about it, he explained that he didn't want me to feel uncomfortable. 

We talked.

 My dad is very pro-breastfeeding and he understood from our discussion that I felt that what I was doing was very natural and that I wasn't in any way embarrassed.  I have breastfed in front of my dad numerous times since with no awkwardness and no further misunderstanding.

I think my dad is a bit like you. He would prefer a "discreet" method of breastfeeding in public. Although my dad has always strongly encouraged my convictions of feminism and equality (and indeed nurtured them), he is also a little old-fashioned in some matters.

As I explained to my dad, what I would like to explain to you is that to ask women to be discreet about breastfeeding makes me feel that what I am doing should be hidden and this leads onto feeling that something is wrong with breastfeeding. 

My girl didn't like a muslin or anything else placed over her when feeding.  Many mothers have other children that they need to keep an eye on while still feeding their baby.  There are many and varied reasons as to why covering up when breastfeeding is not an option or a need.

 I never experienced negative comments or glares and never a complaint. I would have been completely mortified had anyone complained about me breastfeeding my child on the beach or in the shopping centre or in a cafe. 

And then I would inform them of my civil rights.

Breastfeeding is natural. It should be normal.  I would really like for people who have a problem with women breastfeeding in public or think they should be "discreet" to examine as to how they have arrived at that opinion.  Was it your parents opinion?  Do breasts simply function as sexual parts of the body? Is there something distasteful when a baby is being breastfed (do you feel put off your food that someone might breastfeed near you in cafe/ restaurant)?

Mr Koch, as a person with a public voice, please think about the messages you are contributing to in our society.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Just scooting in at the last minute to make deadline for our second week.

Nothing makes her more happy than a playground

This portrait is part of Che & Fidel’s ’52′ project.  Hopefully I'll work out how to link up. 


A bit late but I'm doing this for a while, maybe even the whole 52 weeks.

They have a gorgeous relationship.  They loved spending all day, every day together during the holidays.