Pronunciation Manual

Pronunciation Manual is the latest hit in the Thorson household. Caleb discovered these last week and since then we have spent most of our spare time in stitches watching them on YouTube. I'm pretty sure you will either really enjoy them or think we're super weird for liking them so much.


Michelle & Piero Engagement

Firstly I want to begin by saying that I had a really hard time choosing what images to share with you from this shoot, there were just so many good ones! Yes, some of that is because of my sweet skills...but mostly it comes down to two things: Michelle and Piero putting lots of time and effort into planning this shoot and the fact that they are both really, really photogenic. Let's not lie to ourselves, the camera just loves some people (I am not one of those people).

Obviously this was not shot in Canberra. Michelle and Piero live in Sydney and so I travelled up in December to shoot their engagement session at Redleaf Pool in Double Bay. We had such a fun time and I'm super pumped to shoot their wedding later this year!

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Thorson Photography Magazine

So this year instead of giving out postcards or some other kind of pamphlet, we have made the first annual Thorson Photography Magazine! It's pretty exciting to see my images in print (even if I'm the one doing the printing). In the magazine there are features on a few different couples from 2011, with a short blurb sharing a little bit about their weddings. So if you are coming to any of the wedding fairs this year make sure that you visit me and pick one up....they are free!


A Quote.

I've noticed a lot of photographers and creative people in general seem to like quotes. Whether it be on Twitter or on their Facebook, quotes are a regularly posted and they usually include something about 'working for your dreams'.

Now I'm not trying to bash quotes or the people who love them, instead I thought I would jump on the 'quote bandwagon' and find some quotes I actually like. Because most of the time the quotes I come across seem little to mushy for this practical girl. I discovered this excellent quote whilst putting together my latest brochure (which I will share with you tomorrow).

"No husband of mine will say, "I could have been a drummer, but I had to think about the wife and kids. You know how it is." Nobody supports me at the expense of his own adventure." - Maxine Hong Kingston, Asian American author and sage

Also I'm really excited to share this engagement shoot with you next week.

Instagram to the max!

I'm running out of instagram titles for each of these be prepared, they might start getting weirder and weirder! Once again I hope you are enjoying my amazing phone photography skills.




So it's here, my last day of working at Ted's camera store. It will be an easy day, no customers, no uniform...just counting for stocktake. I've been working towards this for almost 5 years and it's hard to believe at the end of today I'll be a fulltime photographer...or in some photographers eyes 'a real photographer'. Yep, that has been said to me "you're only a real photographer if you're fulltime" and I say to that "what a load of crap".

I'm so thankful for my time working in a job that isn't my dream, it makes working from home now all the sweeter. I hear other photographers complaining about all the work they have to do and sometimes they seem to forget what an amazing job they have! Spend a week in retail and then see if you're still complaining about working from home. I'm so excited about getting time to exercise, keep my house clean, cook better and to have a little free time!

This is a little shout out to all the photographers who aren't fulltime. Those who stay up to the early hours of the morning editing, or barely have a social life because they have to balance two jobs! Just because your partner doesn't have a high paying job to support you in the early stages of you business or you need that little extra cash to make the mortgage payments...doesn't mean you are any less of a photographer. It's not like tonight as I finish work I'll suddenly become a better photographer because I'm fulltime. Take everything you can from working two jobs...for example time management (I got really good at this) and people skills (sometimes staying home in your pjs can make you a little slack in this area). I used to be embarrassed about working at Ted's, like it's uniform was a huge sign saying "Amanda's not a good enough photographer to work for herself". But now I don't care what people think, for these last few months I've worn my uniform with pride, taken crap from other photographers (customers in store) and become more and more thankful for all the things Ted's has taught me.

Here is a photo that my second shooter Tuli took of me at last weeks wedding. Note: I'm not grumpy in this photo, it's just my thinking face. Also notice my very dorky but practical double strap...doesn't it make me look like a 'real photographer'?


The Scorpio Races

Over the weekend I just finish reading The Scorpio Races, it was so good. It's a fantasy novel based loosely on the Celtic water horses and I was so disappointed when I finally finished it...just because I wished it was longer! I recommend it to anyone who likes an exciting adventure story.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live.
Others die. -  Amazon


I haven't seen a movie that I've loved, I mean really loved in ages...but that all changed on Wednesday night. Caleb and I sat down and rented a movie from our apple TV (the american store) 50/50. This is unfortunate for  Australians because 50/50 won't be released in our cinemas until March. But trust me it's worth the wait, this movie was amazing! It made me laugh, cry and it earned every one of those 93 rotten tomatoes. Instead of telling you more I thought I'd share the trailer with you...which doesn't even get close to how good this film is.



Kristine & Nathan

Kristine and Nathan's day was officially the most emotional wedding of 2011. It started off with stress, the zippers in the bridesmaid's dresses broke two hours before the this meant they spent their morning with the seamstress and met Kristine at the ceremony. Then there were tears, so many tears...Kristine's family are criers. But I'm pretty sure Tuli and I shed a few ourselves during the ceremony and speeches. Then there was laughter! I've never been to a wedding where the bride and groom had to compete in challenges against one another (Kristine won), along with the audience taking bets on how long the best man's speech would take...hilarious.

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Urban Weeds

My new favourite blog is Urban's a simple concept - show amazing street style from Portland. I love how photographer Lisa Warninger finds these interesting people and shares a little bit of their style story. Lisa's photography is perfect, she shows so much of each subject in the space of two frames. Make sure you check out this beautiful blog...but be prepared to feel like a crap dresser, these Portland kids have style!

Portlandia - Dream of the 90's

I'm so excited. Portlandia season two has begun and it's just as good as the first season! Some of you may remember Put a bird on it which I've shared with you on the blog before, well today I'm going to share another Portlandia favourite with you - Dream of the 90's. This is also from the first season, I remember the first time I watched this thinking to myself "this is truly the best thing ever".

J.Crew I love you!

So as you might have guessed I get to see heaps of wedding dresses. Obviously they are all beautiful, but I myself tend to be a more partial towards simple gowns than the 'blingy' ones. So when I found J.Crew's wedding dresses I fell I love! Simple, fun and not too expensive...could you ask for anything more? Below are some of my favourites, keep in mind I'm already married and will never get the chance to wear any of unmarried readers you must wear them for me!

Dune Gown.

Emma Gown.

Principessa Gown.

Janine & Alan

Alan and Janine got married in Wee Jasper and it was one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding I have ever seen! The couple got married down by the river and then their reception was at a beautiful old homestead. Only having 40 guests really made the day very personal, it was a real joy to be a part of Alan and Janine's lovely wedding.

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Dear Photograph

Have you seen the beautiful website Dear Photograph? If you haven't make sure you check it out...below I've put up a couple samples of what you'll find there.

Dear Photograph, This little girl is all grown up, and grandma is gone, but her garden still grows…


Dear Photograph, I remember when my Dad taught my niece how to ride her bike. Today she stands tall and this photo is what I now hold close to me. Dad passed away, suddenly, eight weeks ago and Christmas and New Year’s Eve just didn’t shine the same without him here.

Miss you, Yvonne

Dear Photograph, If only I could hop on my bike and pedal around town with my mom just for the day. That adventure would be priceless!



In or Out?

So were you popular or unpopular in school? I wasn't particularly good looking (my skin was out of control) or cool, but I was one of those people who was friends with everyone. As I grew older going from high school, to college and finally University I noticed that the lines started to blur between social groups. There was no longer 'cool kids' and 'uncool kids', people were just people. Like we were told by our parents "it doesn't matter how popular you were in school, once you leave no one cares". Parents you were correct, but what you neglected to tell us was the 'in-crowd' rules still apply as an adult...only now it's a new group of cool kids.

I must have been hiding under a rock for the last few years, but until 2011 I had no idea these groups existed. I was just taking photographs, trying to build up my business and not really paying attention to the photographic industry. But once I met a few people it was made very clear to me that I should not have been ignoring my peers in the industry. So I began attending a few social gatherings, following photographers on twitter and meeting people for coffee. Very quickly I realised there was a whole photographic world out there that I had no idea existed....a world where high school rules still applied.

I learned that there are still the cool kids, but these people are no longer chosen to be popular because of  good looks (though this doesn't hurt) or athletic prowess. Instead by how successful their business is or appears to be, or even more importantly which photographers call them friend (keep in mind this may only be on Facebook). Unfortunately along with popularity comes the wannabes, the photographers who put more energy into becoming cool than into their businesses.  Lastly there is the out crowd. These people aren't noticed by the 'photo cool kids' for a couple of different reasons. Firstly because they are more than likely not successful enough yet and secondly because they are more focused on making their clients happy rather than other photographers. I'm pretty sure most industries have these issues, because it's human nature to want people to like you.

To sum up I think having a good support system of other photographers around you is important. But make sure you put your energy into your clients liking you, what good is having 1000 photographers 'like' your Facebook page when you're only booking 3 shoots a year? Instead of commenting on every blog post and trying to push your way into every  Twitter conversation, write your own blog posts and tweet people who care about you. You don't have to kiss up to photographers who don't know who you're worth way more than that.

A peek into next week.


I thought I would share something fun with you today...Crochetdermy! These wonderful pieces were done by Shauna Richardson and I think they are amazing.

Genevieve & James

I loved Genevieve and James' wedding! It was so simple, yet it was missing nothing.

There were no bridesmaids, groomsmen, bouquets, white dress or anything really traditionally 'weddingish'. Instead there was an incredible apricot dress, a younger brother's punk band and lots of family and friends. This was a truly balanced wedding where relationships came first and details were almost non-existent.

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Instagram - The Last Few Months

I haven't shared an Instagram post for a while so this one is big! I love the whole Instagram world, I guess it's because I'm much better at expressing myself through images rather than words. I also love the challenge of taking good photos with my phone, I hope you enjoy.


I've been watching Felicity again and as the intro began for the first time I thought to myself 'this is where my love of photography truly began'. Have you ever seen it before? The intro is made up of beautiful black and white images of the characters around New York. I remember being in high school seeing those images, watching the show and being inspired to pick up an SLR for the first time. Felicity without me knowing it helped start my career path.

The rest of the show is just as beautiful as the intro. Every scene has amazing light and I can't stop watching it!


Rob & Liz

I'm so excited to share this with you today! It isn't a wedding or an engagement shoot, it's what I like to call a 'just because' shoot. Why? Well you could be having portraits for so many reasons 'just because we love each other', 'just because our parents want nice photos of us' or even 'just because we want to hang out with Amanda'. People go and get bad photos taken at the mall for no real reason, instead why not get good portraits?

One of the main reasons Rob and Liz wanted to get photos taken together (besides loving each other) was because every time they went to Sydney, Rob's parents would insist on taking a photo of the couple. These photos were usually taken of Rob and Liz when they leaving for Canberra, not looking their best and on occasion hungover. The next time the couple would return to visit the family what would be sitting on the mantel? You guessed it a lovely enlargement of hungover Rob and Liz. So if all goes to plan Rob's parents will replace the many 'hungover' shots of Rob and Liz with these new ones we took last week.

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