Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Engaged | Jess & Tim

I haven't shared much of my professional work on here for a while but this was a shoot I was proud of and needed to share with you all.

This past year has been amazing for me professionally. While I haven't been booking jobs left right and centre, or making millions of dollars, I have been laying down the foundations for where my business needs to be and 2015 is looking up for Samantha Heather Photography!

I've only had this business for just over a year and already I have met some of the most beautiful and wonderful people. I can't wait to see where the new year will take me.

The shoot above is with the lovely Jess and Tim whose wedding I am capturing in February. These two were the best to work with. I never directed them once. I just let them immerse themselves with each other's love and I captured the moments that followed.

It was a beautiful day and one I am not likely to forget.


P.s. The Fabrik Giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Jane Y from Always with Yoo. You will contacted shortly in regards to redeeming your prize.
Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Weekend peace

We napped in the afternoon to recover from the night before.

A night of partying with best friends,

Drinking tequila,

Getting lost in photobooths,

Dancing to Outkast,

and playing Supersmash Bros till 3am.

We napped and it was well appreciated.

We awoke to a setting sun. The wind was getting cooler, also calming down from the weekend that was, and we accepted that things were good. We dressed, me in flare pants and he in a patterned shirt, and headed out again to spend a night with friends.

We walked into a home that felt like a dream. Live folk music was playing on the back of an old-school Dodge, there were little kittens running around, every man sported a beard that put Stephen's to shame, there were photographers (!) and dancers and banjo players and suddenly I felt my 'cool' meter drop to -5.

We sat and watched and let the music flood our souls. The acoustic rhythms of the guitar, the deep strumming of the double bass, the melodic tunes of the clarinet; this was the music I was born to surround myself with. He drummed his palms onto my legs and I tapped my feet to the beats that engulfed us and I felt at peace with the weekend,

which was a beautiful feeling feeling indeed.


Note: The Fabrik Kimono Giveaway ends at 12am 17th December. Head on over to this link to enter before it closes! 

Friday, 12 December 2014


(a completely random and irrelevant image of eggs...just because)

If someone gave me a dollar for every time I changed my blog layout I would be a millionaire right now. Honest.

I'm a restless soul.

And sometimes I fear it is for the worst.

You see I am always changing my mind on things. I get bored quickly. I am always moving and if I'm sitting still I tend to itch and twitch, always restless.
I never seem completely satisfied.

I think there's a big problem in this though.

You see if I am never completely satisfied then I am always going to be wanting more from the life I am living. I am always striving for more, and while there is benefit in this, I can't help but wonder if this goal is one I can achieve?

Sadly, I don't think so because being unable to be satisfied means I will never actually reach an end stage to a particular goal. I will never be satisfied with where I end up.

But I'm not alone. I think this notion is very common among people my age. We have this idea that as soon as we finish school everything will be better, but then we realise this exactly true so we set ourselves another goal. We think, well then maybe as soon as we finish university everything will be better. But again, we finish our studies and we realise the burden of responsibility is upon us and we start to notice this trend, that as time goes on life gets harder. But we continue with our dreaming and hope that once we find a boyfriend, or we get married, or we have kids, things will get better.

"Things will get better when...."

Truth is it doesn't get better when you have that kind of mindset.

The truth is, life doesn't just 'get better' when you have more money, or a husband, or a 'thigh gap' or your own home. And while these things may certainly help in some situations, it's our mindset that, I believe, is the answer to our satisfaction.

I read this quote today from an article on this same idea that said:

"If you can’t be happy where you are, with what you have, you never will"

And it is so true. Why should the pursuit of happiness be a pursuit at all? Why can't we just be happy now? Why do we have to keep striving towards this unattainable goal? Telling people they will one day be happy if they have x, y and z is giving people a false hope. We should telling people they can be happy today because they already have h, i and j or even p, q and r. We should be able to be happy with what we have.

And I say 'should' because this idea ain't easy. Just this week I had a big cry to Stephen because I felt unhappy with where my life was going, where we were going and that I didn't know where I was supposed to be. He told me to look back on my year and count my blessings and see how much I have achieved and how much I have right in this moment.

I felt like a bit of a fool after that.

I guess I'm saying, it's not wrong to strive for more, in fact I think it's healthy but if you're striving for more because you are hoping things will get just 'get better' when you reach your destination, then maybe you need to reevaluate.

When was the last time you felt truly satisfied?

** Edit: I just noticed my scrolling sidebar goes all out of wack on mobile devices. I will try and fix this as soon as I can. Anyone got any idea why this is happening? Help a sister out! **