I stood on the sidewalk, hands clasped tightly around the straps of my backpack, it’s build seemingly oversized for my tiny frame and shifted my weight excitedly from the tips of my toes to the balls of my heels as my mother pulled up to the curb of the road.
Once I was securely buckled in, she smiled and asked, “How was your first day of school?”
“It was fun!” I replied, fidgeting with energy, “What am I going to do tomorrow?”
“You go back to school,” my mother chuckled, as we pulled away from the building, “you stay in school until you have learnt lots of things and are ready to be a grown up.”
I stopped wiggling and starred mortified at her, “But……but….” I stammered with confusion, “but I did go to school, so why aren’t I grown up now?”
She gave me a knowingly smile and her blue eyes twinkled as most mothers do when they know you all too well, “You will be one day sweetie, but you’re not quite grown up just yet.”
All I ever wanted to be when I was younger, was ‘all grown up’. The older I get, the better understanding I have for what that actually means. Being a grown up is knowing what you love. For me, that is photography. Time passes us by all too quickly, but with a camera, we can keep it and hold onto it forever. I recently pulled my favorite book, The Phantom Tollbooth, from my bookshelf and noticed that the sun had bleached an outline of it’s pages upon the wood of the shelf. Within that moment, I saw just how much time passes without you even realizing it. It’s been quite some time since Simmone von Sydney Photography was a presence on the big virtual world known as the internet. I stepped away from my own personal work and photographing weddings under this business to focus on working with other photographers in the hopes of bettering my own craft.
For the past few years I have been fortunate enough to work for a variety of different studios and have expanded on my own skills, to make me a better artist. I’ve always been afraid to use that title when referring to my own work, because I held artists on a pedestal and saw them as masters of their craft, but today I use the term proudly. I am so excited to share my work with you and meet new clients to work with.
To all my past clients, you have fueled my love for photography and I am so blessed to have been a part of your wedding day. As a special thank you to you all, I would like to offer a photoshoot free of charge. Let’s catch up, grab a coffee, and make some beautiful art together. Life is what you make it. I make photographs that capture memories, and I can’t wait to capture yours.