Fashions in the field…

It’s no secert that I’m a huge fan of tillytom clothes for little people. And with my daughter basically living in Anna’s gorgeous handmade outifts, I get plenty of comments from people wanting to know where I got her clothes. Which sowed the seeds of an idea, and which I can finally share with you.

tillytom is coming to the New England/Northwest!! Anna and I have teamed up for the inaugural tillytom/Rachel Meszaros Photography Trunk Show. If you have a little cutie, and love handmade clothes, this is perfect for you. If you have yet to discover the loveliness that is tillytom, I encourage you to click on the link above, check out the shop, and then come back and get involved.

So what is a Trunk Show and how does it all work? The trunk show is a collaborative event, where you end up with beautiful clothes and beautiful photos. To get involved, you need to book in with me before September 13, and pay your $15 booking fee. Once all the bookings are confirmed, you are emailed a one-time discount code to go shopping in the tillytom store for your favourite outfit, which you can purchase at 15% off. On the day of the trunk show, your bring along your little person in their new outfit, we shoot a mini-session, and a week or so later, you have a gallery to choose your photos from, with your booking fee being applied in full toward your order.

And even more exciting, is Anna has told me she may even be able to open up a couple of rare-as-hens-teeth custom order spots for the show! With custom orders, and a stunning new collection just having been released for girls and boys, there is sure to be something to suit everyone.

To get involved, simply shoot me an email at rachel@rachelmeszaros.com.au, or call me on 0404 009 468 to reserve you place. Booking fees are due by the September 13 close date, and the mini-sessions will be held one day during the September/October NSW school holidays in Inverell. Session numbers are limited, so it is definately first in best dressed!

If you have any questions, please get in touch!

To see more of the new tillytom collection, and to keep in the loop with new releases, be sure to check our the Facebook page. You can also find Rachel Meszaros Photography on Facebook for exclusive session previews and all the latest happenings.

I like big butts and I can not lie…

Big round cloth butts that is! To me, there is nothing cuter than a tiny babe with a cloth covered bottom. I’ve been a modern cloth nappy fan since our first son was born, and three children later, my stash has grown quite comprehesively!

One of my more recent stash additions is BubbaButts all-in-two snap in nappies. As well as being cute and good for the environment, these nappies also equal a lower carbon footprint for me, as they are made right here in Inverell! When Kristy first approached me about some promo shots, we were kicking around a few ideas for the shoot, and Kristy suggested a custom nappy. Which may just be the cutest butt I have ever seen…

And it even has a matching pinny!

The shoot also saw the launch of BubbaButts newest range, the SnazziButt…

And of course, we had a FunkiButt and a BareButt nappy to round out the range…

For more information on BubbaButts, head over to the Facebook page for all the latest news. You can also find BubbaButts at the Little Gems Baby and Childrens Markets in Inverell on August 13, and at the Armidale Baby Expo on September 17.

High Horses…

Having a bit of sticky beak at other stallholders at the upcoming Armidale Baby Expo (more on that later!), I came across the gorgeous handcrafted hobby horses made by Guyra-based business, Calamity Bolt. I was instantly in love. The beautiful details, the old-fashioned simplicity, I knew I wanted one. But when I got in touch with owner and artisan, Elke, it seemed that due to a few since-resolved supplier issues, she wouldn’t be able to make enough stock for the expo.

Which got me thinking. Clickity-click went the little cogs in my mind, and soon enough, a short little email was sent, and soon blossomed in vibrant reality. Two of the “stud” horses appeared on my front verandah for a holiday and a play, and playing we have been!

These images are from the first of two completed shoots I’ve done, and I have another one or two planned. They’ll be featuring on a new product I’ll be debuting at the Armidale Baby Expo. A new product, some beautiful images with a beautiful prop, and some exposure for Calamity Bolt, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it sounds like a win-win to me!

Inverell and Guyra childrens photographer

You can find Calamity Bolt on Facebook, and see what’s in stock in the MadeIt store. For more info on the Armidale Baby Expo, being held in Armidale on September 17, 2011, your can visit their Facebook page as well.

I will be very sad to see these little chaps go home, I definately need to get one for my little people. Do you love hobby horses too?

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Wear shoes that can handle cow poo, I was told. Having never been to a cattle sale, I was willing to trust Margaret’s judgement. And boy was she right! When I arrived in Armidale to photograph the first of two sales for Armitage & Buckley Stock & Station Agents, it was a miserable, drizzly, overcast day. Thankfully the saleyards are undercover, but enough moisture seeped in, to mingle with what you’d expect from two sale days in a row, to make the sturdy shoes a necessity. The downside of the roof meant the noise of the fretting weaners was echoing and amplified to a deafening roar. The difference on the second day was remarkable, with older, calmer cattle, and a beautiful, almost-hot day.

 

I was also surprised to discover the many different personalities of the beasts. Some pens didn’t want to know about me, and would turn away, despite the workings of the stockmen, while others seemed to almost pose for me! And so, I would like to introduce you to some of the more co-operative characters I met.

 

 

summerblossom concept shoot

A while back, I submitted a couple of concepts to a competition run by Summerblossom Handmade Accessories via their Facebook page. I was thrilled when a little email popped up informing me I’d been selected as one of the ten finalists.

After much postie-stalking, a gorgeous little package arrived in my mailbox. I slowly unwrapped the tissue paper, and there in my hand were two beautiful (and beautifully made) Summerblossom hair pins.

The last details pulled together, Steph and I headed out to our location, and we had a blast shooting some images for the competition. I hope you like these images as much as I do, and if you feel so inclined, I’d appreciate any “likes” or comments on my photo over at Summerblossom’s facbeook page – you can find my photo here.

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Something new…

I’m back on the blogging bandwagon after my break with something exciting to share with you…

Gift cards!

Birthday cards are now in stock at Swaddle, Inverell’s newest baby & children’s store. Baby cards are soon to follow. I’m so excited! Make sure you head down and see Abby, and take a look.

I love a sunburnt country.

On a searing summer day, with an orange haze hovering in the sky, I slowly prepared for the afternoon’s session. An early morning phone call had brought the news that a bushfire had passed within around 5km of our location, and our subject had been out all night fighting the fire.

Text messages back and forth, a constant eye on the RFS website, and by 2pm, we decided we would go ahead. I jumped in the car, and headed for Bingara. The haze from the smoke hung low and heavy over the mountains. The further I drove from Inverell, the heavier the smoke got. I drove past scorched earth, covered with nothing but ash and blackened trees. Reaching my destination, I realised it was merely the colour that changed – from scorched earth covered in nothing but dust and a few spindles of dried grass. Like many areas in rural NSW, the drought is clinging on tenaciously around the Northern New England region, sucking any and all moisture from the ground.

As the heat beat down upon as, we blitzed through the shoot, creating images destined to become stock images in a commercial photo library, before dashing back to the shelter of the farmhouse, and a very cold glass of water. Never have I been so glad for air-conditioning, as I packed my bags and turned the car towards home.

This is the outlook from the farm where we were shooting between Bingara and Warialda.

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And this landscape is a more personal image, shot closer to Delungra. This is an image for me, and my mum, shot very near the property she grew up on. It is alot more heavily processed than most of my images, but isn’t that what personal shots are all about?rmp-b2