Things have been a little quiet for me recently and the last few months I have been a little unwell thus adding a few small challenges to the general flow of life.
This has, however, given me an opportunity to reflect on simple things in life and focus on the value of what is truly important. I have found myself appreciating the things around me just as they are and finding simple happiness in things that are so easily glossed over and ignored.
My grandmother's roses planted in our garden are ever-blooming and they have done so consistently for the last 30 odd years. We walk past them every morning on the way to school, occasionally with a comment that another one has flowered, but rarely with a true appreciation of their naturally exquisite beauty and elegant sophistication.
I took some time out yesterday to stop and smell the roses; to slow down for a moment and find a quiet space in my mind to appreciate something simple and exquisite. .
Taking the time and care to consciously notice that this bloom of beauty holds so much of the perfection that I frustratingly chase every day of my life created a sense of harmony for me. Even with it's tiny perfect flaws it is a picture of tranquility and completeness.
Every detail perfectly captured on Olympus AU & NZ EM1 Mark II with Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 lens.
1 4817 May, 2019
This is a bit of a secret; .
I used to draw, A LOT, but it’s been a few years, maybe 25 yrs now since I picked up a pencil to create something purposeful. It was always something that gave me great happiness, but life gets in the way and now my priorities are our three boys and their needs, alongside the elusive dance of making ends meet, the simple joys I loved are put on the back-burner for a more ‘convenient’ time; much like the tomorrow that never actually comes. .
We were up at Ettalong taking our boys for a bike ride during the school holidays just gone, it’s a beautiful part of the Central Coast and a home for many pelicans. Pelicans have always amused me with their comedic stance and clumsy boldness and after seeing them on our ride I had a desperate need to illustrate one. .
So after our ride, while the boys went to find an ice-cream shop, I pulled out my camera and photographed a handsome ‘local’, dressed smartly in neat black and white, as he waited, watching for fish, poised and ready to dive in and catch dinner for the evening. .
And here he is, in pencil on paper. After 20+ years my illustration drought has been broken and I feel like I’ve re-ignited a part of me that was long lost many moons ago. .
OK, we’ll trip over the washing I should have been folding instead of drawing, but that wouldn’t have brought quite the same little essence of happiness to my existence this evening. .
As a mum, I feel guilty I was ‘indulging’ in something for me but it’s quite nice to feel I’ve accomplished something! .
So, amazing Mums, because you all do an amazing job and we need to remember we are enough, just as we are, what are your secret talents that have been long forgotten since parenthood became the priority? ❤️
1 491 May, 2019
You might remember my Facebook post from a few weeks ago about making 100's of origami butterflies telling the heartbreaking story of a beautiful family expecting their second baby? .
Well, here is one special capture from that shoot. Their beautiful little boy is surrounded with a small collection of those rainbow-coloured origami butterflies representing the rainbows that appear everywhere for this family, reminding them of their little angel, this tiny boy's big sister. ❤️
The white butterfly resting near his heart represents his angel sister. There is great significance with this one white butterfly as at his sister's funeral, when the butterflies were released, one butterfly lingered and stayed with the family, giving them a feeling of strength and calm; a reassurance their little angel is at peace. .
When I placed the white butterfly on this beautiful boy to take this photograph, we felt he knew it represented his angel sister so perfectly and he smiled the most divine little smile, melting our hearts right in that moment.
So, so precious ❤️
If you haven’t seen the video mentioned at the start, you find it pinned to the top of www.facebook.com/naomireiterphotography
3 6014 April, 2019
I spent last weekend in the company of some amazingly talented photographers at the Kayell Australia Canson Weekend Away in Kiama, NSW.
The purpose of this incredible opportunity is to learn something new and be inspired to continue our creative journeys with a wonderful group of like-minded creatives. A huge thank you to Robert Gatto and the Kayell team for making this possible, it was absolutely awesome!!
Thank you also to Peter Eastway and Karen Alsop for sharing your knowledge and journeys. You both delivered very inspiring talks and it was fantastic to see how you have both successfully carved your photographic careers in two very different genres.
We all made some wonderful new friendships with a top group of professional photographers from all over Australia. Some of us were very new to the landscape photography genre and others were very experienced but we all had a fabulous time and learnt so much.
Having never successfully photographed a landscape this was a massive learning curve. I'm not convinced I make a landscape photographer, but I had so much fun!
What an opportunity!
0 452 April, 2019
A photo brings us so much joy, a fondness and as a family, creates a sense of belonging. Realising these feelings in printed artwork brings it all together and creates such happiness.
Delivering a beautiful framed collection to a family is one of the most rewarding things of being a photographer. They will enjoy and cherish these special memories for their lifetimes and more. They will reflect on these memories with their family and be amazed at the changes and growth of their babies that happens in the blink of an eye.
The most beautiful part of delivering this gorgeous collection was receiving a 'testimonial' from their bubbly 5 year old daughter... 😍
Which family memories would you love to see on your walls?
It's a bird...
It's a plane...
No, It's Supergirl...!!
...and her dog, SuperSuki, speeding through the clouds, high above the city skyline and performing feats of parachuting prowess!!
They are an inseparable team with superpowers that will blow your mind. They scour the skies, and with their keen eyesight the keep watch on the streets below... looking for animals that need rescuing and re-uniting puppies with their lost children.
Their favourite snacks are strawberry cupcakes with pink icing. Supergirl also loves grapes and her gorgeous Great Dane, SuperSuki replenishes her energy with a delicious bone and chicken soup!
They are a friendship force to be reckoned with :) .
Who knows where their next adventure will be...we shall have to wait and see!