So, I haven’t posted for a while… This year has been crazy busy starting with a trip back home in January (we went to visit family in Russia where it was -38C for over a week), then some renovation projects, change of jobs, trip to the Snowy Mountains… and before I knew it it was December the year was nearly over.

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start training- but it was really hard to find time or motivation. And then I joined Beam and a few people from work went to F45, which was conveniently located in Forestville (like 5 minutes from home). I’ve been training for over 3 months now and even though I don’t go everyday, I try to go at least 3-4 days a week which is a huge step up for me from zero exercise.

When Danielle asked in the members group for photographers recommendation, I didn’t think twice. I’ve never done gym photography before, but I love challenges – and there were quite a few with poor lighting and people moving very fast. Here are some of the photos I took- I still can’t decide if I like colour or b&w more- what do you reckon?

Every spring the City of Sydney gets snuggled under a blanket of purple blooms. The peak season of November is one of the most stunning times of the year in Australia with Sydney and the whole New South Wales awash with jacaranda blooms. According to Wikipedia this amazing tree is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and the Bahamas. It has been planted widely in Asia, especially in Nepal. Jacaranda mimosifolia is quite common in Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia, and has been introduced to most tropical and subtropical regions to the extent that it has entered the popular culture.

Despite the fact that you can find Jacaranda trees in almost every street in November, it’s not easy to find a good location for a photo shoot. In most cases the flowers of this tree hang high above the ground and it’s hard to combine portraits and the flowers in the same shot. Get in touch if you would like to find out where are the best places for a family photo shoot in Sydney:)