I'm nearly 1!

Hi, I'm only two weeks off from turning 1! We had to cancel our first photo session due to a large, blue bump on my forehead, because I fell and hit my head on the stall. I can actually stand on my own now! On this particular day of our photo session, it was so dark and miserable outside. Instead of canceling again due to the lack of natural light; Julie made a makeshift studio and placed me next to her large window and set-up one of those big flashes for a little fill-in light. I felt rather special!

Julie had to be really patient, because all I wanted to do was to take off this silly cow hat, but the adults thought it was cute! I also kept crawling away and laughing, as I knew I was suppose to stay in one area. There was a cat in the apartment, but she was hiding under the sofa all the time I was visiting. I think I was too active...I must have been, because my mummy was exhausted when we arrived home!

You may like to take a look at Helene's pictures too

..for more pictures of our session

roasted tomato and basil soup



During my early autumn visit to Melbourne last year, I stopped for a soup at "In a rush" that is located in the grungy looking but hip centre place. I chose the tomato and basil soup which I found quite filling, and which seemed a hint of smoky flavour to it.

With my soup recipe here, I have tried to reinvent this tomato and basil soup by roasting my roma tomatoes to achieve the same smoky flavour, and I am happy to say that I was successful with my result!




Centre Place and its surrounding alleys are brightly lit with stenciled graffiti walls,and street art which frames tiny,crowded European inspired coffee shops. I must say that it must be one of the most populated eating areas in Melbourne,if not the most photographed area...as you can see in the attached gallery of pictures below.  I now understand why the Melbourne tourism board promotes Melbourne city as having many little hidden treaures to explore! 

...for the recipe and a view of Centre Place.

22 January, 2012


Little Helene was 12 days old on this day when she posed in front of my camera. Our session was to be scheduled in the LightGiants studio for a family portrait, but due to an illness we decided to resort to the family's living room and we made a makeshift studio. We had little sunlight as a result of our dark, stormy day.

 Helene's mum had a particular pose in mind due to dad being at home at the time, so I popped up my favourite piece of black velvet as a background. Patience is a virtue when doing a baby shoot, by the means of mopping up a little wet accident—poor daddy's arm!

...Helene's photo session