Friday, April 17, 2015

Documenting home rituals

This week we were able to take some time off and I took advantage of this to execute an idea that has been tickling my brain for the last year or so.
In my attempt to capture as many memories as I can for our family, I've been wanting to document some family rituals or traditions, such as those that happen in the kitchen.

In our new home we have an 'open plan' space, and the kitchen is at the heart of this space. This is also true for past generations, and in our families, our mothers have been at the centre of these spaces.
So this week I documented the ritual of making gnocchi!. I filmed and photographed the making of this wonderful dish.

Our daughter (who gave me this idea) joined in and it was great to see her connecting with her grandmother and doing what she could around the kitchen. The end-result was a beautiful slideshow piece with photos and video, oh, and beautiful home-made gnocchi :).
Here are some of the images of the event.

Photography by Dream a little portrait

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Creating virtual identities

Head-shot photography is something that's been at the back of my mind; an interest I've wanted to explore. In the last couple of weeks I've been experimenting with some head-shot photography, and I've enjoyed the experience :).

In this digital age we all seem to need a digital 'shop-front'; every time I look for someone to come a do a job at my house, a product or a shop, I google. I also google the business names, etc to see if they have a website, to see examples of their work.
So I think it's becoming important to present a good image of yourself; to along with the body of work we do.

My setup is quite simple: large glass double-doors let the light in, and I use polystyrene sheets that act as v-flats. One side is white, the other beige. I'd like to get black ones in the future as I think they would look great. I am making notes on the things I need to work/ improve on.
Here are some of my favourite shots so far :).

Headshots by Dream a little portrait

Headshots by Dream a little portrait

Headshots by Dream a little portrait

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A break after a hectic beginning of the year

Due to the Sampson Flat fire we had to postpone a trip we had booked to Kangaroo Island. We managed to re-book everything and re-schedule our leave, and off we went!
We had never been to this wonderful place and everyone we spoke to told us it was going to be fantastic. The island didn't disappoint :).

I'm not a food critic, but I must say some of the food we tried was amazing and of the best quality.
The people were friendly and helpful. We went on a couple of tours and they were not at all monotonous and full of great information.
Traveling with a 5 year old meant you had to choose activities that appealed to her and with the required facilities! and we no problems with that and she enjoyed every minute of it :).

These are the places we visited, together with a little slideshow to show off the beauty of this beautiful place in our beautiful State of South Australia!

* Zest & Thyme - make awesome bruschettas!
* Seal Bay - Recommend the Twilight tour if you can afford it. Worth every cent!
* Parndana Wildlife Park - Kids get to feed Kangaroos and Wallabies
* Marron Cafe - Beautiful service and food. Prepare to be tempted by the Marron lobster!
* Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action - try the Quadbikes! :)
* Cliffords Honey Farm - lovely honey you won't find anywhere else in the world!
* Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch - another MUST
* Island Beehive at Kingscote - another MUST if you have a sweet tooth :D

We can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make good art

 
"When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too." - Neil Gaiman

This quote by Neil Gaiman has resonated with me, time and time again this past week.
A lot of people in Adelaide are now counting their losses due to the terrible bushfire in the Adelaide Hills. We never thought we would be caught up in such a thing as we only ever think of these disasters happening in the hills or out in country areas. But a lot of us live near vegetation and in our case, where the suburb meets the outskirts of the hills, we had visited the area where the fire started just a week ago! And here we were, evacuating our home.

We managed to collect the important documents we could think of, data, cameras and computers. We left in the middle of the night, and it was a surreal experience to watch people leave. It was like peak hour, with some people just trying to get pictures of the glow you could see at the back of the suburb.
Overnight as we waited for news, all sorts of things went through my head. I was checking my tweeter feed for any (bad) news, but that never came. The next day we were able to go back home and everything was intact, with just the smokey air.

I had booked a shoot for the next day, but I managed to reschedule it for the following day (Sunday). We went to a park in town and we made it for early morning. The temperature had dropped and the park was cool and peaceful. I watched the family I was photographing and they reminded me of my own. I felt nothing but gratitude for having passed this hurdle; all we lost was a bit of sleep.
I'm now working on a series of mini photo shoots, with the proceeds going to the bushfire relief effort.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Nine months in the making - part 11

Over a year ago, I embarked in a photography project in which I wanted to document a baby's first year through photography. So I wrote a post in our local community on google plus.
Shahy and Haythem responded and the rest is history. :)

Their beautiful baby girl Haya turned one today and I was fortunate to be on holidays, so we spent a relaxing afternoon at a beautiful park.
It was the last shoot for the project and the year, so I would like to thank Shahy and Haythem for being part of the project. May you continue to enjoy this beautiful journey that is parenthood :)

Amazing what can be achieved when you dare greatly. - ("Daring greatly" by Brené Brown)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Beyond the alphabet

Jump! - Copyright Maria Mastrogiuseppe

You are on your way
To a future
That although unknown
Is full of dreams
And hope

The pieces of a puzzle
Are scattered
Still being made
They will come together
In chunks, step by step

There are gaps
Many gaps
In your learning
But you have arrived
And you are showing up

We'll be there for you
In good and bad
Both must co-exist
But you will find your way
Just like we did

© Maria Mastrogiuseppe - 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Christmas Shoot

Wishing everyone a safe and happy festive season.
Below is a small compilation of my recent Christmas shoot.
We all need a Silent Night.

xx