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Sydney
Australia

LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

Behind the scenes: Six things

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Behind the scenes: Six things - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

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ONE // We have officially kicked off Session 2 of our online classes, and Trish and I are both pumped for the next six weeks with our students. If you missed the cut-off date, our Unravel Your Photos workshop-in-a-box is still available for those of you keen to learn how to organise your photos once and for all in Lightroom! 

TWO // We have decided to say goodbye to our series of masterclasses (which are essentially based on our online classes), and in their place, we have been brainstorming awesome new workshop ideas. First on our list is a workshop that will help you create a photo book or story book from concept to completion. We haven't yet finalised a date for this workshop, but if you're interested and would like to be on the waiting list, please email us. We will reveal more details in the next couple of months.

THREE // Since returning to work, Trish and I have been burying our heads in a wonderful new project. It’s a project that will take our business in a new direction, yet it remains true to our fundamental passion and belief: that our stories are worth telling, and worth preserving. We are truly excited about the possibilities and, though we hear this a lot on the inter web, we honestly can’t wait to tell you guys more about it. We'll be sharing some sneak peeks over on our Instagram account in the coming weeks, so watch that space!

FOUR // For Cameron's 9th anniversary this year, I decided that the timing was finally right to publish my book, Life Without Cameron. It has been a real labour of love, but we are finally in the proofing stage, and if all goes according to plan, we should be sending the book off to the press towards the end of next week.  My vision for this book is simple: to give the world a glimpse of what it is like to actually lose a child. It is, as I say on the back cover, a rare journey into the lonely world of grieving parents. This is what grief looks like—it is tangible, it is confronting, and it is relentless. If you know someone who has lost a child, whether through miscarriage or stillbirth, or whether that child has lived a day or eighteen years, this book will help you to understand how you can better care for and love your friend or family member. Preorders are now open, and we are hoping to start shipping before the end of the month. We've kept postage costs as low as possible, and worldwide shipping is available! Plus, for every copy that we sell, we will donate AUD$2.00 to the Stillbirth Foundation Australia. It brings me unspeakable joy to finally be able to do this for Cameron, and it is my hope and prayer that this book can truly help to make a difference...

FIVE // As for Trish, she has recently been over in New Zealand for a five-day wellness retreat called Aro-ha. The retreat involved daily hikes, quiet times, daily massages, yoga, and delicious, healthy food. She'll be sharing more about it in the next few weeks, but from seeing her images alone, it definitely looks like she had the most amazing time. 

SIX // My maternity leave finished up exactly four weeks ago, and I almost have no words to express how much I loved spending all my days with our (now very chubby) baby Lewis for those four months. He truly does complete our family just perfectly and, every time I look at him, I still feel like picking him up and dancing with him all around the room. Even though I initially dreaded the thought of returning to work, it has actually been invigorating to do so. I found that I had no shortage of new ideas, and it was all I could do to keep up with them by writing them all down in my Moleskine. Even though I technically have less time now than I did five months ago, I've found that by using a couple of new apps (like this one and this one) and by changing up my weekly schedule, I've been able to work more efficiently than ever before... 

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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