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.
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.
This is a very special shoot, one that was so wonderfully uplifting to do. These two lovely women are expecting a little one all of their own. What a lucky little person to have two mums that already love them so much. Being able to document the love, joy and care between these two was inspiring. Love is love. I'm so excited to continue documenting this journey for them.
I'm also trailing this new slideshow style blog. Let me know what you think...Enjoy!
In the last few months I have had the most magical experience watching my own little cherub grow. Entering motherhood has provided me with a newfound joy and also appreciation for photographs of both mums-to-be and newborns. During the journey of pregnancy and early days of newborns there is so much change that if you blink you miss it. These photos are from the first photoshoots I have done after my maternity leave. For one family it is their first bub, and for the other it is their second. Being able to help capture these beautiful moments in time for these families is such a privilege. Enjoy xx
I can't think of a better to way to spend a long weekend than getting to share the excitement of a new mother and father to be. Dana and Dylan are expecting their first bundle of joy in the next couple of weeks and I got to capture part of their journey. There is nothing more beautiful than a round belly and a father's smile. Enjoy!
There is something to be said about the baby glow, not just for mum-to-be but for dad-to-be as well. This gorgeous couple have just welcomed their son Ollie into the world, and I thought its about time that I put this up for everyone to see. Congrats to both mum and dad on your little bundle of joy.
Relax & Explore
Grab a cuppa and spend some time looking through what Robuck Photography has been up to - bumps, bubs, bubbles, budding romances...