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What I enjoy most about photoshoots is that it takes me out of the mundane repetitive routine of every other day; it’s like a mini adventure even if I’m in a place I’ve been a thousand times. I’m looking at it differently, processing the environment differently, looking in a new way. The key to really feeling alive is to break routine every now and then with something different. Sharlie helped me to break routine on a Sunny afternoon in September 2015.

Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography

Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography

Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Sharlie - Sabrina Wong Photography
Model & Wardrobe: Sharlie
Photography: Sabrina Wong

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So I’ve been telling people that I took a creative “gap year” this year. Sophie wrote an amazing article about taking a gap year in the magazine, but I didn’t know how talk about it at the beginning of the year, after finishing up my contract mid-January. If anyone asked me about it, I felt this wave of negative emotion washing over me. I put up a cheerful front, making it sound like it was deliberate decision to pursue other interests. Most days, that’s what I told myself what I was doing. I had grand plans to build online courses to teach people things and build my photography business – I had the craziest mind map drawn out with all my ideas. The truth is, I was totally burned out. I needed a break from working in a challenging field where we are expected to know all the answers. Sometimes the pressure I put on myself was greater than that of others.

So, by choice, I was without work because I knew I needed to recharge. It wasn’t exactly the refreshing break I’d imagined to start with. I would lie on the couch with my cats, fall asleep watching trashy shows like Judge Judy, and put any plans off for the ever-present “tomorrow”. It wasn’t helping me get out of my funk. I needed to get a job. Funnily enough, the very thing I was avoiding for that first two months was work and when I started to work again, that is when I really started to get back to my normal self. I found something great which was a little lower pressure, casual and much shorter hours. Now, after six months of part-time work, a three week holiday to Japan(I still need to blog about this!), a truly inspiring photography workshop, lots of mindfulness, and starting on fraction of the creative projects I had been imagining: it has all come together and I am finally now feeling a renewed sense of wellness and hope.

This photo set that I’ve created with Skye sums up the journey I’ve had this year; I’ve explored new ways of living, had moments of self-doubt and disappointment as well as moments of joy, happiness and pure contentment. I’m slowly figuring out how to balance work, life and everything else. Skye suggested I call this photoset “Miranda”, after the character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which is also fitting, given that one of the characters conjures up a storm.

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong
Miranda // Sabatomic // Photography by Sabrina Wong

Model & Clothing: Skye
Photography: Sabrina Wong
Gear: Lensbaby Composer Pro + Edge 80
Location: Cottesloe Beach, Perth WA

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as we enjoyed making them!

– Sabrina

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  • October 3, 2015 - 4:17 am

    Jessica - What a beautiful photos you took. The beach is so lovely. Skye is so beautiful. I love her dress. Your photos certainly have a very bright mood and I love it. So much purity and light.

    Surely you will find a good job Sabrina. You’ll see better days so don’t give up!! Everyone are preoccupied at times, but this kind of feelings won’t last long. Yours won’t last long either!! Good luck Sabrina. I’m sure you will be happy again!!

  • October 3, 2015 - 9:34 am

    Sab - Thanks for dropping by and your kind comments Jessica! I’ve got a great job now and I am happy now, in case that’s not clear from the post :)

  • October 7, 2015 - 10:50 pm

    Shy Anon - Glad to hear you are doing better! The thing about being in a slump as an artist is that usually the only way to get out of it is to keep working, which is very hard when you just aren’t feeling it. Sometimes breaks can be helpful when you feel burnt out, but I think the best kind of break is one where you’re trying new things. This photo set is lovely. Skye is beautiful as always and it’s nice to see she’s still around even if she doesn’t blog anymore.

I did some study outside in the garden today because Perth is enjoying some lovely weather, despite it being the middle of winter! I supervised Jaska and Sefi in the backyard on their harnesses and could not resist getting some photographs of them. They’re indoor pets that are allowed outside under supervision with their harnesses on. They really love going outdoors but also seem happy enough to come back in, after a few hours of good bird watching.

Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com

Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com
Pet photography perth | Sabatomic.com

I really enjoy photographing cats, they’re often so poised and are richly expressive if you learn their language. It’s all in the muscles of the face, ears and tail. I could photograph cats all day, but alas, I have study to get back to.

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