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Celebrating Spirit [canberra portrait photographer]

Gosh I love photography

…I mean I just love it, you know what I mean? No? Oh…well maybe I’d better explain…it’s just an amazing medium to work in, to record the exactness of what you see, but also the exactness of what you feel, and to put it into a rectangular, two dimensional space…and when it works, it’s like some kind of magic….you wouldn’t change a thing…it’s just…perfect.

At a deep level I truly believe that every person has a beautiful spirit.  Life can be bruising, at times difficult, challenging, and even devastating.  At those trying times, way, deep down, there’s a little voice that can still say, you can do it!.  I think that voice gets a little buried during teenage years, and understandably so.  There are lots of changes going on, and a person can become a tad self conscious.  But even so, even in those years I believe there is a beautiful spirit within every one of us, and to get down to that purity and simplicity, and to capture that in a photograph, is my mission.

Ella is a beautiful, softly spoken girl

She’s just twelve, but really carries herself with a grace and wisdom beyond her years.  For her photography session she knew what she wanted to wear, she’s very particular about her clothing, the elements, and what they say about her.  I was hoping for the lovely old family dog to come along, but no, she said, he’ll put fur on my coat, I don’t want the dog there…fair enough.  She picked Reconciliation Place for her pictures, there’s a nice balance there between the clean lines and nature, a bit of yin and yang at once. But also it’s a special place that honours our native peoples and, being in the prominent place that it is in Canberra, makes a clear statement to the visitor about the intended future vision for Australians to be a more respectful and harmonious nation. I thought that it was pretty cool, that this venue was right for her.

My plan for Ella was to really try to capture a sense of the cusp in her life, she’s young, but about to become all grown up.  I wanted to capture the carefree fun that 12 year olds are about, but also get that sense of what’s to come with her, the grown up side that’s about to emerge.

She’s just a lovely girl, and I hope you enjoy getting to know her sweet spirit. Thank you Ella, for being brave.


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Robyn Geering - September 11, 2010 - 9:41 pm

hooley dooley, 12, wow. I think about my beautiful girl that is just about to turn 12. Such an amazing age.

These beautiful Beth

Beth Jennings - September 12, 2010 - 12:45 pm

thanks Robyn, well I don’t have kids but I can only imagine how scary it is to see you kids grow up before your eyes. A friend of mine was telling me about how her sweet 12 year old boy now has stinky arm pits! She’s like, oh god, it’s starting…! No going back! It’s a precious age.

Julian Beattie - September 16, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Totally in love with the toning on these! Ah! Gorgeous.

Beth Jennings - September 17, 2010 - 11:11 am

thanks Julian, what sort of work do you do? Are you a photographer? I’m happy to know that my tones have inspired you!! cheers!

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