My daughter and I

Precious Gift

© Sherri Lawrence
When times seem too hard to bear and I feel like giving up
I vision your beautiful face, the twinkle of your eyes and things of such
The bond we created from my womb to the day you were born
Is a mother and daughter bind that can never be torn
With the strength and guidance of God and the blessings he pours down from above
I want to be the best mom I can be to you and embrace you with all my love
You are as precious as a flower and as gorgeous as a rose
You have been specially made to the very tip of your nose
You are as sweet as honey; such an innocent young child
You are brighter than any star in the sky every time you smile
I want you to be proud of who you are and strive to be the best
Put forth your efforts to achieve your goals and let God do the rest
I will always be your mother first, but I’m also your friend
Your are the most precious gift, that I’ve ever been given
With All My Love,
Mommy

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Hidden treasure in Victoria

Here we are again, Melbourne … Both the beautiful city and the nearby panoramic costal views always makes me want to return.  My best friend and I recently took our daughters on a road trip to Apollo Bay. We hired a car and drove along the coast, visited some wineries and stopped in small towns along the Great Ocean Road. We stayed in Apollo Bay for a couple of nights at Chris’s Beacon Point Villa. The trip was a great experience. It was my first time to drive along the coast with its winding roads. At one point, close to midnight with the sea on the road side (which we couldn’t see but could certainly hear) I was quite anxious as we did not know the area well (and had no GPS signal at all!).  I had to slow down when we saw a Koala crossing carrying her baby on the back, very cute!  Too bad it was far too dark to take a photo – I wouldn’t have  dared to stop anyway. We had a wonderful week together.  Not only did I get to  spend quality time with my best friend but our daughters renewed their friendship too. Here are the photos I took during our road trip.

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I could not hide my excitement when I met Ira and Rena for this glamour shoot. Especially when I met Ira – it was like meeting an old friend as we both so interested in fashion. As you may know, Ira is a well known Indonesian model.  I still remember her face being on the cover of a teenage magazine (MODE). I was also surprised with Rena as she had lots of ideas for shots.  Although she is not a model, her expressions really did indicate that she has that talent. Here’s the photographs…..

Effortlessly Simple

I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Nino Riphat, the wife of the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu.  Ibu Riphat invited me to her house after her husband officially presented his Credentials. She showed me around the preparations including the table settings for formal receptions.  As you can see here, all the plates have the emblem of the Republic of Indonesia. I wonder what Indonesian dishes they serve at those formal dinners. Humm … I am sure its something delicious!
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Cairns, Queensland

I feel so excited every time I go on holiday, who doesn’t? I imagine going to a place with coral reefs, white sandy beaches and swimming in the ocean.  All sounds very relaxing but where to go?  Then we thought about Cairns, it is a lovely city, a small town in fact.  There we discovered so many beautiful things. Not just some the beaches, but nice restaurants along Esplanade, a nice public pool in the city where people can swim (for free) anytime (see picture below no 2).  The apartment that we stayed in (www.harbourlights.com) was perfectly located for walking to restaurants, cafes and shops. We were lucky enough to get a room facing the harbour, so when the nightfall came we saw the boats lit up. Simply gorgeous!  On the Sunday morning we took a stroll around Port Douglas market before heading up to Mossman Gorge so the kids could swim in the river. Throughout the  week in Cairns the weather was wonderful.  We could have asked for a better break.

Harbour at night time

Palm Cove is only 25 minutes north of Cairns Tropical North Queensland Australia and 45 minutes south of Port Douglas Queensland Australia. The pristine beaches and Palm tree lined paths are used by joggers, walkers and cyclists and netted life guard patrol swimming enclosures offer safe access to the sea all year round. The Palm cove jetty is one of the regions most popular fishing spots where anglers regularly catch species such as mackerel, Giant Trevally or “G.T’s” and shark.

Green Island

Green Island is a coral cay 27 km (17 mi) offshore from Cairns, Queensland located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine World Heritage Area. The island is surrounded by coral reef and protected in the Green Island National Park. Most visitors come for the day.

Mosman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is located in the southern part of Daintree National Park, 80 kilometres north of the regional town of Cairns and about five kilometres from the cane-farming town of Mossman.

Under the sea

Our holiday destination this time was Cairns. These photos were taken when we snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef. For me this was my second try at snorkelling.  My first experience was in Hawaii.  It was great!  Well, to be honest I am a bit scared of seeing what happens under the sea, I am scared that I might see a shark or some other unexpected thing.  But sometimes (most of the time, I guess) there is no choice – as I have a teenage girl who seems to be scarred of nothing. So when she asked me to snorkel with her, I had to go. Then I thought positively about it and that motivated me to move out of my comfort zone. I took all these underwater photos using my new underwater camera, a Canon Power Shot D20. I am quite happy with this new camera. I bought it the day before I snorkelled and used it in the automatic mode. So far, the result are OK. I even took a short movie down there too.


Touch of Indonesia

This is the first time I had an opportunity to professionally photograph food.  Indo Cafe is a cafe and catering service that specialises in Indonesian food in Canberra (www.indocafe.com.au).  I accepted this project as a challenge as I have always been attracted to the art of food, especially Indonesian cuisine as it is universally known for its uniqueness, colour, presentation and of course wonderful taste. Here Yetty Daly’s (the owner of Indo Cafe) traditional dishes have a modern twist.  I have also tried to capture the ‘kitchen behind the dishes’ as Indo Cafe hosted for a dinner.

What makes life real simple

Something a little personal from me today. Like many photographers, I sometimes struggle to find the time to take photos of my family – especially with my daughter’s weekend activities and my busy husband’s travel schedule. The only real chance I have is when we go on holiday, but that doesn’t happen too often.  But today we took our dog for walk, she was off the leash and ran everywhere.  She looked like the happiest dog in the world.  I know that a bright sunny day is not great for taking photos, but who cares. It was just a relaxing Saturday morning and I finally had few great shots of my family and a wonderfully refreshing walk.


Melbourne

I recently visited Melbourne to attend L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week with my girl friend. Whether you go for a long or short trip it seems that Melbourne has so much to offer. We took an early flight from Canberra so that we would have time to explore around the city and window shop (of course!).  I agree with those that choose Melbourne as their favourite destination.  For me,  it was impossible not to fall in love with the place. For someone like me who likes taking photograph, it is difficult to stop shooting everywhere as there are so many interesting buildings, and so many great restaurants!  My girl friend and I had a nice brekkie in Little Collins Street which reminded me of Paris with its little cafes and shops. When I go to places like Melbourne, New York or Paris, I prefer to walk or use public transport.  In Melbourne the public transport is convenient for tourists and you can even rent a bike. Last but not least, of course I can’t forget to mention that we attended Melbourne fashion week – it was the best experience. I had the opportunity to see the collections of some Australian designers such as Carla Zampatti (my fav designer) – her collection is always classic and chic.