My friends and I like to play dress up.
With gas masks.
.... So this happened.
I have a new addiction. Apparently it's a popular addiction? But it's new to me.
Recently I've been struggling with challenging myself to be inspired. I've gotten used to the daily grind, and submit to it's boring-ness every day. I've been craving something GOOD. something MORE. something INSPIRING.
I've finally found somewhere to collect and store my trinkets of inspiration.
This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship and (what I deem to be) a healthy addition.
. NEW ZEALAND .
Josiah and I extended our 2 hour layover in Auckland to a 4 day layover in Wellington :)
So we got to stay with my friend Travis (who I haven't seen since my YWAM DTS in Northern Ireland 4 years ago), and go cafe hopping with his friends. I love Wellington, and would go back in a heartbeat.
. AUSTRALIA .
Josiah's sister and her family (husband and 3 adorable boys) live in Corrimal, Australia. So we decided that it was high time to go visit :)
We got to visit the Blue Mountains:
Take the train to Sydney:
Go on on Sydney Harbor Cruise:
Visit the Symbio Wildlife Park:
And see some magnificent views :
[most all these photographs are available for purchase, signed limited prints. inquire further for details :)]
If you know anything about me, it is that I have had a vampire-obsession since the ripe old age of 16. Another little factoid about me is that one of the things I love most is playing dress-up. I've found that it is crucial to my life and career to continue taking crazy dramatic and fun photos just for the heck of it. Soooooooo.... that's just what these are!!! And instead of using a self-timer and tripod this year, my husband volunteered (got drafted...?) to play photographer (a job he does quite well, if I do say so). So these are the work of the great Josiah Leader.... edited by yours truly :)
And I shot these ones.....
My darling Emily
shot these ones of me... yes, I am in fact on the OTHER side of a camera.
Josiah and I finally got a day to ourselves today (this last month has not been very kind to our time together... or lack thereof). So we got bundled up, got some Starbucks, and headed to the pumpkin patch (lot?).
Josiah busted out a "Jack" pumpkin and mine was originally going to be a vampire, but could also very possibly be the Cheshire Cat..... so I call it my "Vampire Cheshire Cat" :)