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My time [part one] // Canberra portrait photographer

Seeing as the beach is Toby’s favourite thing in the world, it’s pretty much compulsory for each family holiday we take to include at least one. So this year we took ourselves to QLD (Glasshouse Mountains/Sunshine Coast) and Byron Bay. Before Toby, hubby and I used to love active travel; lots of exploring, all day walks or hikes, and copious amounts of food along the way. Quite apart from the fact that Toby isn’t ready for any walking that goes for more than an hour, he is a pretty typical five year old boy when it comes to food. In other words, our perfect holiday is not to be for a while yet, and compromise is necessary. So for this one, we incorporated two massive days at Australia Zoo and Seaworld, hoping that Toby wouldn’t notice how many cafes and restaurants we went to on all the other days. We also managed to strike a pretty cool, and surprisingly successful deal with him: he could have as many of his favourite treats (icecream, milkshakes, chocolate, chips) as he wanted, just so long as he tried a bit of every single thing that both of us ate for our entire trip.

The weather was not particularly kind to us, in fact Seaworld was a complete washout (not that Toby cared), but we still had a really fantastic week. These photos are a combination of iPhone (and not just the small square ones either) and my regular camera gear.

Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie KolenbergHeartstory by Katie KolenbergHeartstory by Katie Kolenberg

Byron Bay was as superb as I remembered it from a trip there with my best friend when I was 19. We spent most of our time there relaxing, with plenty of hours on the beach. It was way too cold for me to go near the water, but Toby had no qualms.

Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg

The skies in Byron had me captivated from day one. It seemed that every day, no matter which direction I looked and what the weather was doing, I was met with a completely unique and spectacular  cloud formation. I took more photos of the sky than anything else throughout our trip.

Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg
Heartstory by Katie Kolenberg

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Renee Bell - beautiful Katie :)

rowe - such beautiful images… what a gorgeous holiday you had sweetheart!

Jodie - I love these photos!! I feel as if I was there with you!! All so beautifully captured. What a wonderful mix of food and activities and animals and adventure and relaxing… In fact, CAN I come with you next time????!!!!!

Jess - Gorgeous Katie, absolutely love that last one of Toby and the reflection in the big orange mirror – glad you had a perfect holiday in my part of the world xxxx

Kirstie - So beautiful, Katie xx

Christine - beautiful! what an awesome holiday… love love love. :)

Tracy - Now I have travel envy….Just awesome!

El - Love KK! What an awesome family holiday, one Toby will remember for sure. I adore the 1st main image. I would like a copy for my wall please. xoxo

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