Because the glass is always half full.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


I now have my very own website! It's exciting stuff.

Feel free to visit me at  !

I'll still be updating this blog though, the website is more of a professional thing.


Thursday, 29 November 2012

An Australian Christmas

At the risk of being predictable, here is a Christmas post. I know, I know, but I can't help myself. I simply LOVE Christmas time.

Here in Australia we spend our Christmases outside, having a barbie (barbecue), drinking beer/summery cocktails and playing cricket, eating pavlova and swimming. It's a pretty excellent time.

On Boxing Day, there's always massive sales but there's also the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It's pretty excellent to watch as they sail on the harbour (to Tasmania).

(I've never actually been to this, but dying to go!) 

When I look at all the lovely things I'll be able to see for Christmas, I just get so excited. It's such a fun time. 
I'm curious though, for those who are used to a white Christmas - how would it be for you to spend it swimming and having a barbie? Would it be weird for you, or would it be a fun experience?
I think I'd like to experience a white Christmas at least once :) 

How do you spend your Christmas/Hanukkah/Ramadan? 

I'd love to hear!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Vintage cars, beaches and fairy woods

Yep, that was my weekend. Vintage car show, walks by the beach and cycling in the national park. Does it get much better than this?!

I hope your weekend was magical!

(Delicious savory loaf recipe to come later this week!)

Friday, 16 November 2012

Rett Syndrome

I don't have any kids. I don't know anyone with Rett Syndrome. It hasn't affected my life and up until recently, I didn't even know it existed.

But that doesn't mean I can't tell people about it now.

Elizabeth Halford is a photographer I admire. She is honest, quirky and her daughter has Rett Syndrome.

Her website, Gracie for Rett opened my eyes to this development disorder that affects 1 in 12,000 girls.

I don't presume to know what she goes through, or what other families go through, or even what those brave little girls who have this disorder go through. But if this blog post gets seen by someone, who emails it to someone else, who then tweets it... well, I guess it's a small thing in the scheme of things.

Elizabeth has got some great information on her website, so please, have a read and pass it along!

Tweet it, email it, pin it - anything to get the word out!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Happy Friday!

It's Friday, and I'm excited.

I'm excited that I have two days off work.
I'm excited I'm going out with John's family tonight for dinner.
I'm excited that my new shoes came today (wearing them right now!).
I'm excited that I got a reach to photograph a wedding.

I'm also excited that I'm working on my website, and it'll be live soon! So that's VERY exciting.

I wonder how many times you can use the word exciting without it losing all meaning?!

Also, I'm going to be doing a fun lamp DIY in the next few weeks. It's a pretty ugly brown thing, but it has potential to be something excellent... can you guess what I'm going to say? EXCITING!

Ok, check out this lovely lady's photography. I'm really in love it it. You just HAVE to see it.

And, here's something to make you smile! :) 

Friday, 12 October 2012

Party Decor Inspiration, and Other Stuff

Well, it's my birthday in a few days. I'm going to be 24 years old. How the hell did that happen?? This probably sounds silly, but sometimes I forget that I'm a grown up - does that make me still a kid if I say "grown-up"? Probably - and sometimes I think, "oh I've got ages to do the things I want". Or, "I'll be set up eventually", or some other "one day..." excuse. But I'm almost a quarter of a century old, and there's still so much I want to do.

Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful for the things I have, I just want to make sure that I don't have any regrets about wishing I had done things and experienced more.

So, in my 24th year, I'm going to do the following:

Start Yoga/Pilates
Read more classics (Pride and Prejudice for example)
Do a wheelie (on my new bike!)
Master the fishtail braid
Learn more French
Call my parents more
Take more photos - professionally and recreationally
Put 110% into my Diploma
Do a short marathon

That's pretty much all I can think of for now, but it's enough to get me started!

But first, there's got to be cake and pretty decorations!

Green striped straws - I actually bought these!

I love washi tape!

I love this idea from The Crafted Sparrow, but maybe for my 25th? 

For this weekend's get-together though, I'm keepin' it simple. Green and pink bunting, green striped paper straws, pink polka dot plates, etc! 

Hope your day is colorful! :) 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Long weekend + beaches & sunshine

This past weekend was excellent. It was a long weekend, so we got to chill out and do whatever we wanted (doesn't happen too often!).

I did a bush run (John did one too, but he runs at a faster pace!) and stacked it pretty bad. My skins are ripped (might have to invest in some 2XU's??) and got a pretty gross gash on my knee. But I continued on for another 20 mins, and felt pretty good (apart from the knee-gash).

We watched a new TV series (The Tudors - reviews anyone?), spent lazy afternoons in the sun reading The Casual Vacancy, took Marley to a beach (with the whitest sand ever!) stayed up late and watched scary movies, had a bbq and just relaxed; it was heaven.

Here are some of my snaps :)

 Also, I enrolled in my Diploma in Photography! Very exciting!

It's by correspondance and I haven't had the best luck before sticking to such a relaxed schedule - any tips?


Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Best. Coffee. Ever. Seriously.

I always have soy (lactose intolerant) but I'm actually not a huge fan of it (I'd bring my own lactose free milk to coffee shops if I could!) but their mochas taste magnifique!

And their muffins. Oh my. 

For any Sydneysiders, or visitors to Sydney, they're located on Norton St, Leichhardt (aka "Little Italy"). And if you go to Ragamuffin for your soy mocha (or beverage of your choice) make sure you check out Bar Italia and their amazeballs carbonara. Incredibile! 

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, 24 September 2012

My Week in Instagram

This past week was special, fun, romantic, sad and satisfying.

It was John's birthday, presents and cakes galore.

My Dad came over for business, but we got to hang out too :)

I also had a funeral to go to, for someone truly caring, inspirational and well loved. It was a lovely service though; before he died, he requested that everyone wear bright clothes, and instead of flowers to bring a shrub or small tree to plant. His wife (my high school teacher and friend) told us some hilarious stories, and at the end some of his close friends did the Maori Haka - intensely awesome.

Some lovely moments were shared between my boyfriend and I. Without sounding too mushy or gushy, he's an amazing person and I'm so glad I found him.

Hope your weekend was all of the above and more!


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Spring Fever!

I love spring. Big fan. Fun things happen in spring, like my boyfriend's birthday (yesterday), my birthday, and lots of beautiful flowers, peaches, pretty dresses and daylight savings.

Last weekend we went on a bit of a road trip with the pup, and then stopped for coffee at our old place, Ragamuffin. Best soy mocha in Sydney. And the most amazing muffins. We don't get to go there regularly anymore, but it's nice to go back. Lots of nice memories from when my boyfriend and I were first going out.

Do you have special places like that? Certain smells and tastes that remind you of someone special? Sometimes it can be really strong, and you feel like you're back there :)

I also found this awesome dress that just says SPRING to me, by Modcloth :)

Wings of a Beauty

Hope you're having a great week! :)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Healthy(ish) Cookies

Ah cookies. You're a big love of mine and quite hard to have in moderation (seriously, who can have just one?)

So I embellished a recipe I found, and they turned out excellent! See the original here.

As you can see, they're from a diabetic website, so only a small amount of sugar was used and lighter calorie/kilojule ingredients used. Sometimes eating healthier doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the taste.

Now, I didn't add the butter and rum flavoring but I did add some hazelnut meal (about 1/4 cup). For the margarine, I used only 3 tablespoons of nuttlex. I also chucked in some slivered almonds and dark chocolate chips (don't judge me).

And they were delicious.

Friday, 31 August 2012

A Learning Experience

I've been sick all this week (the flu going around right now is damn clingy!) and I'm only now getting the chance to check out the photos from last Saturday's wedding.

It was a lovely ceremony, and quite a learning experience. I learnt bits and pieces from another photographer who was there - he has knowledge! It was pretty interesting. For example, he told me that if you want to be an assistant photographer, the way he went about it, was nagging. He found a photographer who's work he really loved and just didn't give up when he was told no. He said you'll get told NO a lot, and just don't give up - if it's what you really want to do.

So for any photographers who I admire, who might be reading this - I apologize!

I also learnt a few tips, like getting nice and close to an object (I already do that, I love macro photography) and changing the viewpoint. He had a pretty awesome camera set up too. A 5D Mark II, with a diffuser and battery pack. It looked most excellent!

Here's a little sneak peak :)

More pics to come!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Shooting my First Wedding

Wowzers. I'm pretty stoked. I'm going to be a second shooter; I can't tell you how exciting that is for me!

I think there'll be at least two other photographers there, so not too much pressure for a newbie like me. 

So I've been browsing, looking for any tips, tricks etc... and I found some interesting stuff.

Check out this article, about shooting a wedding and enjoying it.

And this one, the absolute basics for wedding photography for amateurs.

Excellent basics, what shots to take and some tips.

A Photographer's List - handy!

50 Must Have Shots - I love this!

I don't really know what to expect, but below are two group shots that I just have to get! 

Also, I've been browsing the blogs of lovely ladies who inspire me - Jasmine, Gabby, Katelyn
 and Laura

Wish me luck! 

Happy Thursday :)

Monday, 13 August 2012

Annalise Braakensiek Jewellery Launch

So I photographed a little shindig (or soiree?) hosted by Annalise Braakensiek on Saturday. Admittedly, it put me a little out of my comfort zone but I learnt some valuable things. But the most important? I'm shy. I know it, but surrounded in a room full of people that I'd never met - and having to ask if I could take their picture, well, that was waaay outta my comfort zone. 

Kinda fun though. 

Here are a couple of pics from her jewellery launch (amazing stuff too - one word: turquoise). 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Gaskell Guitars Sneak Peak!

Ok, so I did a photoshoot on the weekend. With some wicked guitars and the dude who makes 'em.

Here's a little sneak peak!

It was a little out of my comfort zone, but it was fun and I learnt a lot! 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Giveaway Winner!

So the winner for my giveaway is Danae from A Drop of Jade! (results from 

Congratulations! Contact me to collect your lovely prizes :) 

On another note, I'm having SO much fun playing the with aperture and manual focus on my camera! 

Hope you're having a lovely day! 

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Occupying my brain space.

I love browsing my favorite blogs and Pinterest for interesting finds. Here are some fan-freakin-tastic things I love, or are annoyed about. Or things I think are pretty :)

This lovely Ring DIY, from Sincerely Kinsey. I really want to make one of these. 

Motherhood Mondays from A Cup of Jo. One of my close friends is almost 6 months preggers (woah! where did the time go?) and I think she'd like this article

This article, from Hello Giggles. Our Liesel is an amazing athlete and we're super proud of her. The criticism over her weight caused an uproar. I was just speechless that the critics thought it actually mattered?! 

These awesome kettlebell workouts, I can't wait to try them! 

You can never have too many pairs of boots, right? Right? 

This dude's website, fantastic photography articles. 

Hairstyles worn by ladies in 1910. I love that you can wear some of these styles now, and they're considered bohemian or chic :) 

Also, this article. She's a true hero.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Jo Totes Camera Bag (heading my way!)

Oh, I can't tell you how stoked I am to be getting a gorgeous camera bag. From Jo Totes. That's right.

I'm gettin' this one.

Picture me doing the running man around my kitchen, I'm that excited.

I can't wait to be able to carry my camera with me wherever I go (and not risk extreme damage by putting it in my "Hermione" bag -  Harry Potter fans will know what I mean).

Happy happy Friday!

Thursday, 26 July 2012


As some of you know, Sydney is my capital city.

As times I don't like it, the bustling and speed of the city can be overwhelming.

But sometimes, it takes a view like this to get a little perspective! :) 

One day though, I'd like to live on a farm, with a view like this:

(Image via

I think we'll have a few chickens, maybe a cow or a goat. Lots of dogs. It's definitely a goal.

Do you have goals like this? Do you ever day dream about getting away from the city and breathing in the fresh mountain air? (Can you tell that I do??)


Oh! And before I forget, make sure you enter my giveaway!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

I Just Love the Smell of Old Books

To me, there's something amazing about the smell of old books. I've always loved going into second hand books stores, and searching the shelves for something awesome.
There's an excellent second hand book store in Glebe, called Sappho Books. They have heaps of old books, first editions, sheet music and a lovely little cafe - that becomes a wine and tapas bar at night!

However, my most recent purchase was a little more modern. I bought it from eBay!

So, do you shop in second hand bookstores? Or do you prefer your books brand-spankin new? Or, do you own an e-reader? I'd love to know!

Hope your day is spectacular :)

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Giveaway! Giveaway!

As I mentioned in previous posts, I had the privilege of photographing a jewelry range for my lovely friend, who owns Bling Trees. Sparkly, pretty and genuine jewelry!

It's super simple to enter, all you gotta do is this:

Go to her facebook page, and like it.

Then, go to my facebook page (Truan Lowes Photography) and like it.

Last, but not least, comment on this post to tell me that you did the above!

So easy, and so worth it for one of her awesome pieces. They're sterling silver, brand new and just all-round awesome. I wear mine almost every day!

The lucky winner will receive ALL THREE of her pieces up for grabs!

Check them out below!

So I'll randomly select 1 lucky winner on Tuesday 31st July 2012!


Monday, 23 July 2012

Happy Monday (Giveaway tomorrow!)

This past weekend was lots of fun. I spent some quality time with my mum, and then with my pregnant friend (she's 21 weeks - it's gone by so quick!) which, naturally, makes me go a little baby-crazy! :)

Yesterday we took Marley to the beach, which was just too funny.

And yes. I like putting my dog in little jumpers. Don't judge me. 

I also bought a brand new foundation, which actually matches my skin tone. Unlike my last one, which made me look like a ghost.

That's Cronulla in the background. 

On another note, I'm super excited to have my first giveaway tomorrow! As you may know, I photographed a jewelry range for a friend of mine, called Bling Trees. They're lovely sparkly earrings, and I have 3 pairs of sterling silver pairs to give away! I'll have it open worldwide, so all you have to do is enter, and I'll select 1 random winner! 

See you tomorrow! Hope you had a lovely weekend! 

Above is one of her sterling silver pieces, just simple and gorgeous! 

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