Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Starry Nights

The Milky Way
Star Movement over 15-20min
A plane got into the middle of my shot. Incredible!

I spent the last 3 days in the beautiful island state of Tasmania. We stayed on a friend's farm, surrounded by nothing but fields and misty mountains. At night, the sky illuminated and we would huddle together in the freezing temperatures to watch the shooting stars and satellites travel above us.

These photos aren't perfect. I still need to play around with the settings to get a sharper image but regardless, they mean so much to me.

They represent a wonderful weekend. They represent a universe that I do not know. They make me feel small, but in the best way possible. 

There are millions upon millions of stars and galaxies in our skies that we cannot see, and sometimes our lack of vision leads us to believe we are the centre of our own world and the universe revolves around us.

But boy is that such a foolish way to think! Looking up at a starry sky you start to realise that we are far from being at the centre. Our Earth isn't even close, nor is our Sun. The universe expands out to infinite lengths and we are a tiny spec of a spec in that big open space.

We are small and tiny but yet our importance is great. Our tiny spec witnesses love and trust and beauty. We are a civilisation that is flawed yet we are so beautiful and for some reason, in this vast universe of ours, we exist.

The glory of God is present in these photos. You can see it, and even if you can't that's okay. I just hope you can see how beautiful our universe is and I hope it reminds you how small yet incredibly important we are.

What a beautiful reminder to go into this week with.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Dark Shades and Pale Greys

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's families of flight MH17.

Tragedy has struck again in the world and it pains my heart.

I don't get why bad things happen. I mean I know they're inevitable, but sometimes I still question why?

It makes me appreciate the life I have, the life I should value more.

I don't have many words today, but I have a whole bunch of prayer to say and love to share with the people around me, the people I still have.

Please share some love today, even if it is only a little.

Life is fleeting after all.

I'm off on a little adventure this weekend. I will be back on Tuesday to hopefully share it all with you. For now, I'll leave you with some links for your Friday:
  • So I changed my layout a little. Do you like it? I'm open to suggestions. I also refreshed my twitter account, follow me - @sammheather
  • Also, I really want a cape. I am a little obsessed. How slick is this one!
  • Um...this wedding. Wow wow.
  • Can you spot me in this video? I want to go back to that night
  • Speaking of video, I've been into watching short films lately. Here are two I watched this week
    • This is a little depressing but I thought it raised great conversation about the nature of some relationships - See it here
    • This one is also about relationships but a little more amusing - See it here
  • I'll be top knotting it this weekend, will you?
  • Why aren't apps like this available in Android? I seriously need to update to iPhone.
  • Listening to this beauty at the moment. It's calming my soul.
  • I just want to run away and live here for a little bit. Is that too much to ask? Oh the joys and perils of wanderlust
What are your plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Family | The Halls'

We're halfway through the week and I'm super excited to share this family session with you. These were taken a few weeks ago in a sunny park in Rozelle, and boy it was lovely.

My business is slowly growing and it makes me so excited and proud, but you know what is even greater? The smiling faces of my clients. There's no greater feeling.

To see more from this session, click here.

Or if you're interested in booking a session with me or buying a voucher for a friend/family member, please send me an email over at samanthaheatherphotography(at)gmail(dot)com. I would love to work with you :)

I hope you're all having a wonderful week. What have you been up to?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Only in Australia

^ I spy a baby koala.
Only in Australia do we:
  • Ride Kangaroos to school, work and social events
  • Keep crocodiles in our swimming pools and wrestle with them for fun
  • Cook shrimp on the barbie every night for dinner
  • Drink fosters beer
  • Finish off our shrimp with some nice Vegemite on toast for dessert
  • Have Koala bears instead of Teddy Bears
  • Speak Australian, not English
  • Have blonde hair, tanned skin and always wearing singlets, shorts and thongs (flip flops)

Sound familiar? I hate to break it to you, but the list above is indeed a lie* 

We, Australians, are not all the stereotypes the world makes us out to be. Some of us are, sure, but most of us are just your average joe blows. 

I am proud to be that average joe blow Aussie though. There is something about this country that blows me away. 

Walking through Symbio Wildlife Park yesterday made me realise how wonderful Australian wildlife is. Our national creatures are so unique and bizarre and it makes you wonder what God was thinking when he created these adorable creatures. And while not all the animals in the park were Australian, I enjoyed immersing myself in the small animal kingdom they had on display. Being able to walk up to some of the animals, hug them and feed them was a beautiful thing. It really makes you appreciate the natural world.

Sometimes I wonder though, what would happen if the roles were switched? What would happen if we were the creatures in the zoos and the other animals came to see us? What would they say? Would they be proud to call us their national animal? Would they pay money to protect us from becoming endangered?

I'm not sure if the answer is clear. What do you think?


* Here is a true fact for you: Wearing overalls will make you look 10 years younger!