Robuck Photography as a business, has been something that has kept me going for the last 5 years while I was completing a very intense double post-graduate degree. Some of you may not know that I have also been training as a psychologist and completed a PhD researching anxiety. Photography has always been my creative outlet, my connection to families and people that are in a happy point in their lives (a stark contrast to my clinical work at times) and a way to connect to some of the purest emotions - LOVE and JOY.
Over the last couple of months, I have been finding it harder and harder to juggle the demands related to working clinically, working as a photographer, working at the university and also finding the time to be with my family, especially my beautiful little girl. The increasing demands of splitting myself in multiple directions is starting to impact on my own health and happiness. As the saying goes, something's got to give...
So it is with a great heaviness, that for this moment in time I will be putting my camera down (for a little) while I rest, recoup and reenergise. I need to learn how to love the craft of photography again, in a a more personal and engaging way. To be able to pick up my camera as a stress-relief, rather than causing stress or anxiety caused by my own perfectionistic tendencies and a need to deliver perfect images for others to love. I need to claim my nights back away from a computer screen not editing images, and learn how to be still. To be okay with just being, and not doing.
I have loved every moment sharing intimate moments and making special memories with families, couples and many gorgeous children, some whom I knew already and some whom I had the pleasure of meeting over the last couple of years. For some families, I have even had the absolute privilege of watching children grow, watching families expand and documenting these changes again and again. These moments I will cherish.
This is not a permanent goodbye, rather a small interlude, a little hiatus. I will be back, brighter, energised and with more creative flare, I just don't know exactly when.
For now, I want to leave you all with some of my favourite captured moments from the last nine months.
I know Mel through my other profession as a PhD student. We have known each other for the better part of five years. So when she asked if I would be willing to photograph her wedding I couldn't say no. A vintage inspired intimate affair, the hair, make-up and style exuded elegance from yesteryear which was only enhanced by the glorious richness of the leather bound books lining the walls of the State Library where the ceremony was held. If you haven't been, the Shakespeare room in the library is just something else, add it to your bucket list. The tone of the afternoon was set by a hilarious bunch of bridesmaids and groomsmen, with laughter a constant song. Impeccable timing and skilful writing from Tami Sussman the wedding celebrant further enhanced the relaxed and fun vibe. The reception was then held under the exposed beams in the New York loft inspired venue of Riley Street Garage with excellent food, jokes abound from the MCs (a dashing brother duo) and lots of crazy dancing. Finishing off the night were the beautiful and delicious cakes made by the bride herself the days before the wedding. Congratulations to the wonderful couple, wishing you every happiness.
Over the last couple of months I have been really slack with keeping my website/social media up to date with recent photoshoots. I guess its a combination of having so many wonderful families and people to photograph and also completing my masters/PhD simultaneously. As a result rather than me trying to do a whole bunch of back posts I have decided to compile a 'best of' gallery which includes maternity, newborn and family photoshoots.
It is called a miracle for a reason, the creation of life is not easy. The process of getting pregnant, let alone staying pregnant, and then the birth process itself is filled with trials and tribulations that for each and every beautiful baby born it truly is a miracle. For this couple it had its own set of challenges but the birth process was one of the most magical things I have ever been witness to. This series is my first 'Delivery Series' in which I document the journey into parenthood and the first breath of life. Welcome to the world little one. X
I'm ending off this year with an absolute bang - a story of love, an anniversary picnic celebration with a surprise proposal. The man of the minute had called me a few days before swearing me into the bonds of secrecy to help photograph when he got down on one knee and asked the girl of his dreams to spend her life with him. What an honour! Hiding amongst the trees so that I wouldn't be seen, to capture the raw emotion, the tears, the joy, the love was amazing. Mazal Tov B & A, wishing you a lifetime of happiness!
Relax & Explore
Grab a cuppa and spend some time looking through what Robuck Photography has been up to - bumps, bubs, bubbles, budding romances...