Happy New Year! 🎉 We’re well into the evening of the first day of January, here in Australia, so I’m taking the opportunity to wish you all a WONDERFUL 2020. I hope it brings you happiness, health and whatever else you may wish for!
I spent much of last night getting my plans in place, writing out my goals for this year. I’m feeling more focused than I have in… ever. I’ll be holding on to that feeling as long as I can.
I want 2020 to be a Big Year for me. I have high hopes and right now I’m full of determination to make it happen.
So, 2020, you’re on notice. I’m coming for you.
What are you hoping to achieve/do this year?
I had originally planned to recount my Thursday outings on Friday however was thrown for a loop when, on Thursday night, I heard of the tragic and unexpected passing of a fellow Australian photographer, Dale Sharpe of DKPhotography.
Dale was an inspiration to many, including myself. Sadly, I never had the chance to meet him in person but I interacted with him several times on Instagram and Facebook and he only ever had nice things to say about my own photos.
Not only were his images out of this world incredible, but he had a joy and passion for his work and his life (his fiancé Karlie and gorgeous baby girl Mia) that was evident in the videos and instastories he posted. From everything I’ve seen and read, he was incredibly kind and giving to other photographers, encouraging, humble and his enthusiasm was infectious. Seeing the tributes flowing in has only cemented that he was indeed loved by many all around the world.
Dale’s passing has left a huge hole in the photography community. While I didn’t know Dale personally, his death has hit me hard. My heart is completely broken for Karlie and Mia and the rest of Dale’s family. I can only hope that the outpouring of love and support from so many who held Dale in such high esteem helps them during this incredibly tough time.
As Dale passed away while overseas (he was in the United States, chasing and photographing storms – one of his passions), his family needs to bring him home to be laid to rest on the Gold Coast. A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds. If you can help, please do. (You can click the text link or click the screenshot to be taken direct to the campaign.)
Dale, thank you for being such an inspiration. You are missed more than you will ever know. I hope you’re forever capturing amazing skies, mate.
Hold your loved ones a little closer, everyone. And live your life to the fullest. ❤️
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Some changes were made to how I wanted this website to work. I didn’t want it to be just a photography shop/portfolio… I miss having somewhere to post my stories. Travel, whale watching… and whatever else happens to pop into my head.
So. A decision was made to scrap the old stuff and start with a clean slate.
Now I just have to figure out how to work this layout properly… 😬