A few scenes around the beautiful city of Melbourne (my new home!)
Just a few shots from the Melbourne Museum. We learned about the history of Melbourne, and then we went to the Human Body exhibit, the Wild animal hall, and the Darwin to DNA exhibit. I predict many more visits to this museum in the future!
We rented a campervan to travel from Brisbane to Sydney. It was a week of camping and exploring the coast in the best way possible! We actually went up north to Noosa and Sunshine Coast before heading south. We saw so many beautiful places. I can’t wait to go on another road trip in the same style!
Most of our days here have consisted of walking around and exploring. Some of it planned, some of it completely spontaneous. Either way, this city has not disappointed!
Here are some of the sights in and around Brisbane.
Shelby is about to graduate from Sam Houston State University with a degree in journalism! We took pictures all over campus. She brought all of the school papers she was published in (very impressive!). She dreams of one day moving to New York and writing for a magazine.
Good luck, Shelby! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
At the latest Pixel Party at HMNS, I photographed the new exhibit Out of the Amazon: Life on the River. It turned in to a study of feathers.
So. Many. Feathers.
In case you haven’t noticed already, my approach to portrait/family photography is a little bit different. I like to let kids be kids, and capture their real personalities. This is Isabelle, who recently turned 4! We did some typical posed shots first, but then we let her do her thing. And these are the pictures that I really love.
Sweet, crazy girl… keep being you 🙂
taken at Spring Creek Greenway
Well, 2014 has been absolutely amazing for me. I started my business, started volunteering my time and talents to Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue, became a member of an amazing organization called HeartsSpeak, saw one of my photographs in print, worked with some amazing kids and their families, shot my first wedding, and photographed my first newborn. I wrote down some goals a year ago, and I have accomplished almost all of them! I learned so much, and recently realized what direction I want my photography to go. 2015 will bring some changes and hopefully more exciting things!
Thanks so much to everyone who supports me and believes in me. Happy New Year!! My wish for you is to live fully; see all the places, meet all the people, try all the things, and do what you LOVE because that is where you find happiness 🙂
^^And look at this sweet picture my husband took of me on Christmas day!! So proud 🙂
christina hardcastle photography
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! So it was fitting that my foster girl Kimmy got adopted last week 🙂 She’s probably at least 10 years old, and blind, and the sweetest thing ever. I’m so glad she has a warm lap to curl up on. Her new family is already spoiling her so much!
These are some pictures I took while I fostered her.
For this trip, we skipped the zoo and went to the Koala Park Sanctuary. Absolutely the best decision of the trip; we got to pet koalas, kangaroos, see an entire sheep sheared, and all kinds of things, and it wasn’t crowded at all. It’s family owned and you can tell they really care about the animals. This little guy took the food right out of our hands, and got a little greedy…
Some of the view from Westfield Tower in Sydney. Totally worth the price to get up there.
A train in Sydney leaving the station.
We did the Bondi coastal walk at night (I recommend bringing a flashlight).
In Bondi, we rented a second-floor apartment. This cat belonged to the people living in the unit below us. She was always perched outside greeting us when we got home. She looks kind of rude in these pictures but really she was so sweet.
Sunset on Bondi Beach, taken from Sam Fiszman Park.
We spent a day hiking in the Blue Mountains. We went on the National Pass trail. Beautiful, but the never-ending stairs at the end are killer.
I recently took a trip to Sydney, Australia. These were taken on two mornings at Bondi Beach.
More Australia photos to come!