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Challenges and being vulnerable | Abu Dhabi Photographer

I’ve always been one who doesn’t take the path of least resistance – I’ve always pushed myself to keep learning, to keep being an observer, to stay true and authentic, but to grow and be open to change and new experiences – I try to do this in life, and in photography… but often this leaves me vulnerable… to go against the grain is to open yourself up to criticism, to people who won’t understand what you do, who just don’t see it… and that’s fine, there will always be people who don’t see how I see…. isn’t this the greatest gift of the human race? That we are different? That makes us challenge our own thinking…

I recently signed up to do a film course – by which I mean, taking photos with film – yes, that old fashioned, pre-digital age stuff. I knew what I needed was to slow down, to be more deliberate with my photos. I already shoot film from time to time, but not properly, not with any real care and attention and  I learned the theory of photography by studying film waaay back but can’t say I retained anything so really it was like starting anew. Not only did that make me vulnerable – I mean what if I totally sucked at this and could only do photography because I can check each picture is OK on the back of the camera? I KNEW that wasn’t the case – I don’t chimp much, I’ve never been an overshooter because I understand composition, exposure and lighting, and I’ve always been an under-editer, again, because I understand those basic principles and use just 1 action on 95% of my images.  But hell, you never know…

But add into that the fact that sitting on my desk was a camera that hadn’t been used in almost 30 years… it belonged to my wonderful Grandfather who passed away 28 years ago last month, and then passed to my mother, before being claimed as mine… but it’s old, and replacement batteries are impossible to get, meaning no internal light meter and no auto focussing, and heck, it might not even work at all because who knew what it’s guts would be like! So I took the challenge head on, and downloaded a light metre app to my iPhone and went out and shot.. and these are some favourites that I got…And so yes, they’re imperfect, and I have more to learn, but they’re me, and my Indy, they’re singular moments of time rather than just one of a series of shots trying and trying again to get the perfect one. I accept them, and actually, I like them, they’re us, being ourselves, challenging ourselves, being authentic, being vulnerable… and you know what… even if I never shoot another roll of film again – I rose to my own challenge, and yet I also let myself be true to me…. and that feels just so right… Kirsty xx

PS I like to think my Grandfather would be happy to see his great-granddaughter dancing around for his camera in the way his granddaughter did before her too:D

  • Alysha - These pictures are beyond gorgeous. They speak the language of decades; perfectly aged yet still so modern. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing them with us all <3

  • Kate - These just have that classic film look, but the whole beautiful, real, Kirsty feel about them. I love that you pushed yourself and did this – I want to see more now – please take more.

  • alpana - gorgeous, Kirsty! And so much more special to create these memories with your grandfather’s camera.

  • Kylie D - These are all just perfect – because they are raw, they are your vision and you and your beautiful gal just hanging out. what more could anyone want? I know I would like to see more please…..kx

  • Lena - Kirsty – love this post!! I think all of us feel a bit vulnerable sometimes (although you definitely don’t have a reason to!) and it is such a inspiration to see you push past those vilnerabities and with such amazing result. Love these images and how happy Indy is! Xoxo!

  • Summer - In love. Film scares me for those same reasons Kirsty. And light meter ap? I’m going to look for it right now. These are awesome and the fact that they were taken with your grandfathers camera makes them even more awesome.

  • Jill - Hey there Kirsty! you’ve discovered the magic of film! ah, I can’t wait to see where this takes you. beautiful treasures you got there.

  • Sheye Rosemeyer - Gorgeous Kirsty. So much inspiration right here..love what you do.
    Sheye xo

  • Janine - This fits you so perfectly. I hope you make this a regular habit. And you know how much I adore your little muse. Jx

  • Mum - your Grandad would have been so proud of you.They are so sharp and real Indy looks as if she could step out of the page. You must do more ,you have such a talent

  • Shamma - this is amazing, i was wondering can people book photoshoots with you? and how much would it cost for pictures taken?

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Project 10 – June 2013 | Abu Dhabi Lifestyle Photographer

Project 10 time again – 10 photos throughout one day day…

I’ve been totally inspired by a project some of my photographer friends have been doing called “Kids were here” (See Summer and Ginger‘s take on this). It’s a project that documents the little ways our kids make their presence felt – I think we Mums can all relate – one day after the girls had gone to school I wandered around our apartment and photographed the little pieces of them they’d left behind… the dirty towels, the lined up toys, the love notes, the stickers on walls they shouldn’t be… the little things can can drive us crazy, or we can see them expressing themselves and becoming the little people we love to see blossom…. here’s a small collection of the things I found on just that one day…

A love note left on my desk <3

Evidence of the previous days paintingHome made ant curtain clipA whole new land to have adventures in….A yoyo, a cup, lipbalm, a pencil sharpener and the TV remote – doesn’t everyone have these things lined up handy on the arm of their sofa?The current reading list…One single sticker and shadows (living room wall!)Piano playing hedgehoglined up waiting for her returnThe poor boy fairy needed a rest – slap bang in the middle of their bedroom floor!

These are such little treasures – sure, when I say “tidy your animals” I don’t mean put them in a line across your bed, but these are the little things my kids do – the little things that show they were here, that show their creativity and them expressing themselves:D

Next time I think I’ll document the series of mini-messes the kids leave over a month, not just a day…  Now head on over to see my friend Nancy of Nancy Lary Studios and see what they’ve been up to this month… until next time, Kirsty xx

  • alpana - so lovely to have a glimpse into your kids’ world! I miss seeing their adorable faces but this is the next best thing:-) Their reading reminds me of what I used to read as a kid – Famous Five and Secret Seven. They aren’t as popular in the US but I got R a few books when I went to India last!

  • robyn oakenfold - how wonderful are these. your simple daily items really makes me so very happy… it is a quiet glimpse into your days. but i agree with alpana… i miss your sweet girls. oh and i must look up some of those books for my girls.

  • Summer - Umm yeah, we all have lipgloss, pink cups and pencil sharpeners all lined up on our couches. Ha. Love every one Kirsty. I’m convinced these kinds of photos will open the memory floodgates in a different way than any others we take. You amaze me. Xo

Letter to my Daughters, May 2013

I can’t believe we’ve been doing this project over a year now – I honestly can’t imagine not doing it now – it’s something I treasure so much. Now please head on over to visit the wonderful friend I am so thankful to for believing in me and asking me to be a part of this, Amy of Amy Lucy Photography, Minneapolis – she also has two beautiful little girls too and always has the most wonderful messages for them…

until next month, Kirsty xx

PS Pictures taken in the Dordogne, France, Summer 2012 – a summer of tree climbing was so good for the soul

  • jess - love this kirsty…such wise words that we often overlook in our busy lives. and these images? perfection. xo

  • Wendy laurel - I love these photos!! The tree and the girls and their outfits. Beautiful.

  • courtney - oh kirsty! i love the images + your wise words. love.

  • Janine - Trees are amazing and another thing we sometimes take for granted. Great post, Kirsty. I agree wholeheartedly with your wise words. X

  • Emma Wood - Your letters are always so beautiful and so very close to my heart. Your girls so often remind me of my own and I see and feel the love that you have for them in every word and image. <3

  • julia - I am completely crazy about these images, Kirsty!! So beautiful and so full of the essence of childhood. It really is all about the little things, isn’t it <3

  • Nai Nai and Ye Ye - We take your wise words to our own hearts, and remember our grandgirls climbing trees in the Dordogne and AD, and making scones where/whenever we meet. All luv. NN +YY

  • Kylie d - You amaze me every month with your beautiful words and of course fabulous images. Your girls are very lucky to have you as their Mamma. Kx

  • carie - i love following your blog. please, please!! Where are these incredible rompers from??? this post truly captures discovery in childhood.

  • Kirsty - Carrie, thank you, and they’re from The Measure

  • Ginger Unzueta - I love this Kirsty ..of course the pictures are beautiful filled with gorgeous light, but your words. Such wonderful reminders to share with our children. We try to share this and root it in ours as well. That every day together is a gift . What we have is lovely and we are blessed and grateful to God but truly what we are most grateful for is the simple things. The love that is all around us through any type of say we have that and that is golden. Love your family so much!

  • Katie Ebenezer - Simply gorgeous :)

  • amy grace - kirsty, you are giving them a map. a wise, honest, carefully drawn map. and teaching them that feelings go with it, and that they are their own sources. you pictures…off the charts gorgeous. tree climbing is an obsession in my house. and we live somewhere in which there is a shortage :) this tree, their wide open, joyful faces, illustrate the very thing you are telling them. i love your pictures. they make me feel happy. from this far away. happy and free. but kirsty, you are the best mother. i always leave with that knowledge. xoxo

  • Debbie Wibowo - Oh be still my heart! Absolutely ADORE the pics, Kirsty. They are just sooo cute and scream a fun-filled childhood. I also agree with what you wrote in the letters. Beautiful things come in small packages…xoxo

  • shalonda - KIRSTY!!!! oh how these images just capture the magic of childhood…and are a beautiful depiction of your words…it IS the little things that make the biggest impact! xoxo sweet friend

  • Sara T - I love the color and light in these. Those outfits are so darn cute. What is more quintessential than capturing your girls climbing trees? I love your words and the talks you have about being happy, keeping happiness and that it comes from within. Always adore their sweet faces and your letters of endearment. XOXO

Project 10 – May 2013 | Abu Dhabi Lifestyle Photographer

I always ponder about what to photograph for my Project 10 – sometimes it’s a scramble at the last minute, or pulling something together from a day over the previous month – sometimes it’s more deliberate, sometimes it’s the every day moments, and sometimes it’s a big day or a special event for us… this month I actually documented over 24 hours rather than 1 day. Indy had a Superhero day at school – anyone that knows her will not be surprised to hear that she decided she was going to be “Rainbow Girl”! I listened to her over the course of 10 days pulling her ideas together and deciding how she’d work things – we discussed various options such as a hat or hairband or rainbow bobbles… she chose a crown.. and as I listened to her enthusiasm, imagination and creativity pour out, I knew this would be a great thing to have a collection of photographs of…

And so, on Wednesday this week the process started… with the painting and decorating of the crown… including multicoloured glitter, of course… rainbow nails, putting a rainbow ribbon through a red dress up cape we have… I especially loved that she pulled it all together using things we already had at home

Superhero day arrived on Thursday and after breakfast the final touches were added – the rainbow tattoo, the rainbow hair – her favourite rainbow Courtneycourtney dress

Big sister also had a dressup day – Animal Day “quack quack” and she helped with the crowning of Rainbow Girl!And off we set to school…….As luck would have it I found this perfect little necklace as I was out running some errands later in the day – the final finishing touch for my little rainbow girl when she got home from school

Honestly, I was so thrilled to see her ideas come together and I’m so glad I picked this day to document – I know I’m supposed to be in a picture, but believe me when I say I was there every step of the way – especially when it come to clearing rainbow glitter off the kitchen floor strangely enough!!!! Now head on over to my friend Efi of Studio 8 photos in Greece and see what she captured this month….

Until next month, Kirsty xx

  • efi panagoula - colorful Kirsty as always!!! love the superwoman / rainbow girl!!

  • alpana - your photos always make me smile, Kirsty! Your girls are just so gorgeous. One can never have enough rainbow anything!

  • Nancy - LOVE the rainbow girl idea! I think my youngest thinks “rainbow” is an actual color ;) My fave is the shot of her dashing to school. Awesome!!

  • gorete ferreira - You are creating such sweet memories! I think your ladies would get along great with my girls:)

  • Sarah - Awwwww, how perfect is she? Love her creativity and attention to detail and how perfectly HER it is <3

  • Kylie D - Rainbow girl – you will indeed go far in this world… I have no doubt of that – your spirit is always captured so beautifully by your Mumma. Kx

  • amy grace - i feel like this month embodies all the color and independence and tenderness that is your life with your girls…you always reach me. you, my dear, are the rainbow. xoxo

  • Sarah - Beautiful story and images. Indy’s spirit shining through – gorgeous!

  • Kati - LOVE IT!! Rainbow Girl…how clever is she? You’re such a wonderful mom! xxx

  • rowe - such a perfect thing to document and the images tell the story perfectly! i adore the ones of the rainbow hair, her little rainbow nails and the super cool tattoo! the last one is so beautiful… gorgeous 10 on 10, as usual!

  • Lynet Witty - AKkk! I die of how cuteness she is! I love this! The chalk colored hair! Rainbow necklace! And that foto with her cape flying–great captures!

Flower Girls | Abu Dhabi Children’s Photographer

Is anyone else cold? I was sitting at my desk feeling unseasonably cold while editing this morning, which is ridiculous given we live in one of the hottest countries on earth, and it’s APRIL!!! what I needed was some nice warm pictures to make me feel happy and sunny…. so here goes…..

Last summer my girls and my brother’s girls were flower girls at our cousins wedding in the South of France. To ease the photography pressure on me on the day I did a little pre-wedding shoot with the 4 girls together… the light was beautiful – so different to our Abu Dhabi light – I couldn’t get enough of it!!! The four of them are so sweet together….I also shot all the girls individually in their flower girl dresses – and in 2′s – so there are a lot of photos:)The 2 oldest girls sharing a laughTo practice for all that confetti throwing we tried it out with some random grass and flowersAnd at the end I let them pull their scariest faces ever – I still think they’re pretty cute looking;)

It was SO sweet seeing the 4 cousins together – as my brother lives in very chilly Aberdeen and I’m clearly a big wimp in the cold we don’t see so much of each other, so spending a week together and seeing the girls play and giggle and hug and build bonds was heart warming – not to mention the Grandparents got a lovely album of their 4 favourite girls for Christmas:)

Now, I really must start trying to blog a bit more often – especially if it helps me to stay warm!!

Until next time, Kirsty xx

  • Sarah - They are GORGEOUS!!!! And what a beautiful setting and stunning light – they must have just looked perfect as flower girls together. Love seeing little snippets of your travels too – so different from AD.

  • Kate - How gorgeous and colourful and full of fun they are. This is surely how childhood should be? A little whimsy, a little fun, a lot of love…

  • Kati - Such Fun! Love the light and those smiles! xx

Letters to my Daughters, April 2013 | Abu Dhabi Lifestyle Photographer

Now please head over to see what the wonderful Julia of Julia Stotlar Photography is sharing with her beautiful daughter Wren….

until next month, Kirsty xx

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  • jess - love this! such great advice and words for living. i’m sure their laughter will drown out those old ladies any day :).

  • Amy Lucy - Kirsty, every time I visit your blog my face lights up with a giant smile. Your images capture the joy and freedom and light that is childhood. Your words are so true, and ones that we should all take to heart. Next time it rains here, I’m taking my kids out to jump in puddles. xoxo

  • amy grace - kirsty…first of all, i was making sounds when i looked at these pictures. ohhs and ahhhs like crazy. because oh, the joy you capture. it’s as if you have a magic wand and are able to transform a scene into the way we feel it move. stunning and epic and wonderful pictures. “that day it rained”, and then your honest kind of humor. and the words – i read this twice, the second time to soak up the advice for myself. it was so relevant to me too, at thirty five, after some things that left me feeling shaken. you are such a pleasure to know. and these girls are as beautiful and alive and LUCKY as their mama. xoxo

  • summer - AHHHH…the joy of the simple things…in love here! And YES dirt washes off…these are the carefree and glorious things childhood memories are made of! Your kids will have more of these kinds of memories than most Kirsty! They are so blessed. And the negatives that happen to all of us are the things that help us to grow and enjoy life ironically…it’s one of the VERY most important lessons to be learned if you want to be happy in my opinion! Just love every word and image!

  • shalonda - OMG kirsty your ps was so wonderfully perfect i laughed out loud and signed all at the same time. WOW so simply perfect. and holy wow i adored that last images when you posted it to Facebook but the others…they take my breath away. you are incredible my friend

  • julia - Oh Kirsty, these images make me SO HAPPY!! I feel as if I can hear them splashing and laughing, and it makes my heart soar. Your letter resonates with me as well – such wonderful advice for your sweet girls…splash away!

  • Emma Wood - Kirsty, you amaze me more the more I know you. Your images are so special. I’ve felt a connection to them ever since I first ‘met’ you and now that I’ve really met you I think they are even more beautiful to me then ever. You have the ability to take ordinary moments and make them little works of art and your words to your sweet girls are so tender and precious. I’m really really looking forward to our next meeting. <3

  • Rashmi - Kirsty, your two beautiful girls, they are a rainbow of life colours.. i always feel so JOYFUL when I see their photographs. It makes sense though, they have a mother who shines such a strong light on them, showing them the way and that light is refracted by the prism that is life, in turn showing is the beautiful rainbow of colours that is your girls. <3

  • Debbie W - I love you, Kirsty for letting your daughters play in the puddle! :) I so completely agree with you. Sometimes we are so afraid of doing things that other people put label on, that it takes away the real fun in live! And I so agree with you about growing from the negatives. I tell that to Jo too, but you said it more beautifully. And I so adore those pics, Kirsty! The jump in the puddle, emptying the rainboots…such a perfect childhood. xoxo

  • Kati - This project is amazing and your girls will cherish your words. xx

Project 10 April 2013 | the view from a train in India!

It’s Project 10 time already!!! Eeek!! We’ve only been back from our Spring Break travels a few days and I’ve hardly picked up the big girl camera since getting home so I delved into our holiday snaps for this edition – it was hard to know which day to pick – should it be one where we visited amazing Rajasthani Palaces? or when we went to Holi (ruled that out cos I just took far too many pictures!!) or maybe on our travels? Much as sightseeing is fun, the travel part is also fun so I decided on a day when we were travelling between places by train…. I have probably mentioned before but I am a huge train fan (geek??) I absolutely love to travel by train and I’m trying to infuse that into the girls too – with varying degrees of success!!

Down at the station, early in the morning…..

You can see another of my favourite train pics over hereFinally on the train!Scenes from the train….Her hair was still coloured from Holi (because my little rainbow girl refused to let us wash the rainbows out of her hair!!!!)counting the cows she saw on the rail side on her fingers:DRainbow bangles, and a rainbow unicorn tattoo – SO my Indy!!!!Time to start monkeying around and climbing up the bunks!They’re smiling because there’s a mirror behind my head – that’s what they’re looking at!!!the chai wallaand we arrived at our next destination – tired and weary, but serenaded by a gorgeous sunset…

I hope I’ll find time to edit and share some more India pictures soon – Now please do head on over to see my lovely friend Kati of Kathryn Rose Images in the States and see what she’s been up to this month….. until May…. Kirsty xx

  • storyboxart - I adore these, Kirsty! It brings back some childhood memories of riding trains, sleeping in the bunks, drinking chai, spotting monkeys on rides… And your girls are just so gorgeous!

  • Sarah - In LOVE with these images!!! The girls are always gorgeous but I love that you showed some of India too without glossing it up – just fascinating

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  • Summer Murdock - Kirsty, I cannot even tell you how looking at your images makes me want to pack up all four kids and go get on an airplane and travel the world. Pangs of jealousy here because I know it will not happen in my near future. Too many amazing images to pick a fav but I really love the one if your daughters pig tail blowing in the wind…I want to be one of your daughters..is adoption out of the question?

  • robyn oakenfold - i just love these, and makes me want to travel the world with my family. i am very envious of all you and your girls get to see. it is such a wonderful gift you are giving them. and let me know if you are ever planning a trip to Canada ;)

  • Kati - WOW! To walk in your shoes. sigh…I wanna take that train ride! xx

  • gorete - Kristy, these are amazing and your girls are just darling. So beautiful!

  • el - Just beautiful. What an amazing adventure!!! Lucky ducks!!! xo

  • Rowe - Your photos make me want to visit India so badly… I adore the last photo if the girls in the golden glow of the afternoon light! Pink piggy tails is a pretty close 2nd!

  • Life with Kaishon - Wow. What a fantastic trip. I love the sights you shared from just this one day. I love traveling with children : ).

  • lena - Loved the images! And you are right – they did make me homesick for India:)

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  • Debbie W - I feel like I am there taking the trip with you! Love all the details shots. The train looks like a fun train. Love Indy’s colorful bangles, and the pic where wind blowing her hair is just lovely! They are so lucky to be able to explore the world.

  • efi panagoula - thank god you exist..! i travel every time i see your pics…!

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