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.
A few months back I had a blast photographing this wonderful couple for a father's day photoshoot. Between then and now, a proposal at the Great Wall of China happened and these two love birds asked me to capture their day celebrating their engagement with friends and family at Manly's Beachside Dojo. Drinks flowed, laughter was in abundance and the joy for the couple of the moment was tangible. Wishing these two every happiness. Enjoy x
I was the Matron of Honour this weekend for a beautiful wedding at Belgenny Farm in Camden for such an amazing couple that I adore. While I wasn't the photographer for the night, I couldn't help myself when I had the chance to take a few pictures. It was such a fun event with games, bubbles and even a final group sing-along before the bride and groom bid the guest adieu and drove off into the starry starry night. Wishing this gorgeous couple a life-time of happiness.
Sometimes I get to just play with my camera, and this was one night I did. Lasers are seriously cool, that is all I need to say.
A traditional Jewish celebration marking the change from child to adulthood, the bar mitzvah party is a lot of fun to celebrate this milestone event. Thanks Maddie for letting me capture the night for you.
Yesterday I had the privilege of photographing three very brave ladies shaving off their gorgeous locks to raise money for a wonderful cause, a training school in Kenya for underprivileged women. Watch as these three transform into beautiful bald ladies. To find out more information about the training school, what the charity does and to make a donation (should you wish) head to http://gennarosityabroad.org
Genna, Steffi and Gabby you are incredible young women!
Gennarosity Abroad is an incredible charity that has been started by a wonderful lady named Genna Radnan. Last night was the official launch of her training school in Kenya that teaches women sewing skills, literacy skills, financial literacy and health. At the hip venue of Cork & Screw in Darlinghurst, drinks flowed and money was raised for this incredible cause. For more info about the charity head to gennarosityabroad.org
The eerie red skies from the recent bush fires in NSW made for some really beautiful images. The James Craig is the largest functioning tall ship in Australia with a steel hull. The corporate event was a success and a nice alternative to a traditional christmas party.
Relax & Explore
Grab a cuppa and spend some time looking through what Robuck Photography has been up to - bumps, bubs, bubbles, budding romances...