Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Patience.

I have had loves that makes me forget about my flaws momentarily. You float up in a cloud of newly found self confidence, but only until the novelty wears off. Sometimes painfully quickly.

I've never found a love that wouldn't be what it was without my flaws. A love that is for me. A love that extends to my messy hair, and the roundness of my face. A love that senses my awkward moments, and is the only thing that soothes them.
A love that can be absent and present all at once. There is plenty of room for this one, and yet it remains humble.

Love, What a word though.
It is so many things. I often think I maybe love too much and that is my biggest flaw, I'm somehow too soft and vulnerable. But what I've learnt is that love is rather hard to define. And when you think you get it, love breaks the boundaries you've set for it.

I love photography and I love my friends. They are so vastly different things that both bring me a fundamental happiness in life.

For the first time in my young years of loving, I've found patient love. Or maybe it found me. Love that doesn't need to be owned or pursued, labeled or had. It's just love. It's as little and as big as catching someone smile.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Easy.

Sometimes I honestly wonder how I got so lucky. I tried to think of something I could say about the day I spent with one of my best friends today, being tourist in our own city, and all I could come up with was how easy it is to be with Tess. When it seems so hard to navigate through what it means to be a young adult, aspiring photographer and generally a bit of a hot mess, it is just so refreshing to have friends that make everything feel easy.

Dearest Tess,
The dip is symbolic of our bodies as canvases.
Love Meg.

Do follow @tigardiner on instagram if you're feeling fancy!
"I believe like I used to."

Friday, 10 October 2014

One Story #10 - Talisbury

Taken years ago, but one of my favourites. One of the first days I did not give a f**k, and was just happy.
About Rebecca
Country: Australia
Blog: Talisbury
Meaning behind your blog name: ‘Talisbury’ is a word I made up – ‘ talis’ comes from the word talisman, which is a magical charm that protects against evil, or in a more ‘realistic’ thought, negativity. I slapped on ‘bury’ at the end of it because I kind of liked how Mulberry and Burberry sound, but Talisberry seemed wrong, so I changed it to ‘bury’… Is that a lame story?

Why you started blogging: I started blogging at about 12 or 13 years old. My sister had a blog and she was always messing around with the layouts and design. Because I’m a younger sister, obviously I had to copy everything she did. I made my own blog and completely fell in love with it, which isn’t something I usually do – I usually hate everything. But blogging felt natural and comfortable. I loved, and still love, every aspect of it. Taking photos, writing and publishing a blog post gets my heart in all kinds of jitters. I love it. I’ve deleted and created many blogs since then, but this one I’ve had for a couple of years now, I think. I had a bit of a dry spell for about a year, but I’m back!

Random fact about me: I have an obsessive personality. If I find the anything even slightly interesting or appealing, I scour the internet to learn everything and know everything about the topic or person. I tell everyone about it and don’t stop talking about it for weeks, until I find something new. It usually drives the people around me crazy, and some have even admitted to not even pay attention to what I’m saying anymore, hahaha. I don’t mind – I’m sure if the roles were reversed, I would do the exact same.
Rebecca's One Story
This photo is one of, if not, my favourite I’ve ever taken. I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to photography or Photoshop or anything! This is a completely unedited photo on all the automatic settings taken on my DSLR from my flight from New York back home. To a photographer or an editor, this may not seem like much, but to me, it’s everything.

Coming home on this flight, I was crying. Bawling almost. It was a mixture of sadness for having to leave the United States, and a happiness for witnessing the true beauty of life. I remember exactly how my heart felt at the time, but I can’t do the feeling justice with words. It was knotted, racing, pumping, full, whole, tight… Nope. I just can’t do it justice.

Just a bit of back story about me, things haven’t always been easy for me. Even today, I’m a mess at the best of times, but all of a sudden, life made sense to me. It’s been almost a year, and I still can’t put it into words. I’ll tell you this – my brain is a mess. My thoughts are zig-zagged and criss-crossed, post-it notes everywhere and you have to really know me to understand what I’m talking about half the time; but in that moment, I felt like for once I could breathe. Like I understood what it means to truly live, how to be happy, the meaning of life… Ever since then, I’ve got my own personal answers to life’s profound questions, and I’ve been on the quest to incorporate those thoughts into my life ever since. I’ve never been happier.
Hi guys, 
My absolute apologies to Rebecca and you all for taking so long to post this. Those of you who know me, know I've been a bit all over the place lately. But I could not be happier to have Rebecca on the blog as a blogger that I personally admire quite a bit. So I hope you all enjoy!
If you, yes you, would like to contribute in the future, please don't hesitate to get in touch, I would like to give the series a well needed revival after my neglect! xx

Friday, 3 October 2014

Rhythms made of Spring.

We don't have much of a backyard here in Melbourne. For a girl who grew up in the country on 15 acres, it can be a little confronting being about to see into your next door neighbours yard. 
But this morning, the weather was beautiful, and I found a space for me. 

I've been thinking a lot about control. For someone who loves the idea of everything happening for a reason, I sure do like to have control. At the same time I rejoice in those small moments of coincidence that I feel like something or someone else was responsible for. 

I realised this morning, that if I could control things the way I wish I could, I would have made spring come long ago, and I would have exhausted the warm breeze before this day. So maybe I wouldn't have appreciated them properly today. 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Good things are worth talking about!

Hello dearies,

Let me tell you a story.
Nay, a life lesson.

When good stuff happens to you, appreciate it. Hold on to it for when things go wrong, say the boy you like breaks your heart or you lose your job and life is seeming pretty dull.

When I had a bit ailing me in my life in the last year, I turned to a very wise woman to guide me through being young, clueless and anxious. And she asked me about the things I wanted to achieve. I told her I had a plan, I made that poster, you know the one?
And she asked me "will you be happy when you do all those things?"
And I was like, well yeah! I will be happy if I can get all of that done! Graduate? Travel? Work for myself? Buy all those lenses? I would be crazy happy! But not until I had done all those things?

She said to me, "I want you to be happy while are doing all of that or otherwise you won't be happy when you're finished, be happy now."

So lets talk about all the things making me happy right now. And I'll let you in on a secret, I am stupid happy right now. Like I haven't been this happy since I was 15, said things like "rawr I'm a dinosaur," consumed too much sugar, wore overall shorts and had a completely real (stuffed) turtle called Urtle.
I actually looked like this:
No judgement.

But I'm really happy and I want to remember the reasons I am so happy, and although my mother asked me if I am on drugs earlier, I assure you, I am just happy because:

- I talked to Rachel tonight, and she may be in Perth but she is the perfect person tell about everything. She is subjective and wise beyond her years. And kind of just really cool? Like who is that cool at 15-nearly-16? We made plans for me to take her out on her 18th birthday. And I am just super happy to have her.
- I snapchatted with Emma in New Zealand and like just being able to send her a little video of myself and to see her, it's super exciting to know that I will go to NZ and see her one day. And an ocean isn't much separating us at all in this crazy old world.
- Spotify does the best mood playlists and at the moment I am listening to one full of happy songs. Would recommend/10.
- I got offered an exciting thing today in my life (I'll probs write about this more when it happens) and found out that the dates work for me to do both that and go to my Aunt's book launch in Sydney next month! And I'll get to do fun things with family, plus I don't think I've ever really properly been to Sydney.
- House hunting! *squeals*
- Because there are really nice people in the world and sometimes they compliment me on things that I put a lot of effort into. And having someone telling you they love your work is kind of amazing and has been happening more often to me lately, and it's so life affirming to know I'm on the right path for right now.
- And because I've realised that everything I need to be successful is within me, I'm not going to find it in anyone else's companionship. I've been feeling a lot more confident lately, which to be honest, is a huge achievement for me.
- I got a really cute outfit the other day for $10 and it makes me feel summery and happy :)
- I've finally figured out that I'm going to get to do all the things I want to do in my life, and at the times I'm meant to do them.

Most of all because people are always doing things, there are adorable babies, and puppies, and people falling in love, silliness, good songs to listen to, amazing places to visit, light to capture and a life to live *aww*

What's making you happy these days blogging friends? 

Much love,
Meg x

Psst! My photography page on Facebook is about to hit 100 followers, which is obviously lame as, but it would make me super happy if you checked out because I've only really shared it with Facebook friends so far :)

Click here to give it a look!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Science Ball - Life in Photos

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
-Edmund Lee

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Fashion Shoot!

Hey guys!
Melbourne has really turned on the beautiful weather this week so it was the perfect chance to help out Priscilla with a fashion shoot she needed to do for her portfolio as a stylist.
We had a lovely morning photographing the beautiful Prue, another girl we went to school with :)
I'm super happy with how these shots turned out, enjoy!
x

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