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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: Working together

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

| Written by Ronnie |

Today I thought I'd share five things about my partnership with Trish, and how we work together as both business and creative partners. 

We've known each other for more than ten years. We actually met at a mutual friend's hens weekend away, and then we started bumping into each other at weddings and engagement parties. So we've known of each other for quite a long period of time but it was only about two years ago that we actually got in touch via our blogs and social media. We met up for coffee one day because we were trying to organise for Trish to come over and do a family session for us at my home. As we got to chatting, we both realised that we shared a similar vision when it came to documenting our families' lives. In the midst of conversation, I happened to throw up the idea of running a photography and memory keeping workshop together and, before I knew it, we were both nodding our heads and saying, "Yes, let's do this!" 

Our primary method of communication is iMessage. Email is a close second. We also tend to communicate the most in the evenings because that's when we both work (ie. after our boys are asleep). iMessage is awesome because we can respond instantly to each other. Perfect for all those thoughts, ideas, and questions that we like to throw at each other close to midnight... 

We complement each other really well. Obviously, Trish is the mastermind behind the camera and it is she who captures all our workshops so perfectly through her lens. Her beautiful photography makes up half our brand. Being the designer of the pair, I use Trish's images and pair them with my penchant for classic type, white space, and minimalist design. Thankfully, our aesthetics go really well together, and it's something that I don't ever take for granted. But photography and design aside, we are great complements in other ways. Trish is someone who works really quickly and efficiently. I'm a stickler for tiny details. Trish is great at making contact with other creatives and is much loved on social media. I like to blog and do admin. There are more things, I'm sure, but these are the first to come to mind. 

We are flexible, and we pick up each other's slack. If one of us has forgotten something, we work it out together. If one of us can't do something, the other steps up to the task. We work around each other's commitments. We don't keep a count of who's done what. 

We are always honest with each other. This was something that we decided early on in our partnership, that we would always speak what was on our mind. As a result of this, we've never had to 'mince' our words to each other. But more importantly, it means that we make business decisions pretty quickly. 

Last of all, I thought I'd throw in a bonus point. We get each other. We're at a similar stage in life. We both have young families. Our long-term priorities are the same. We both know that work and business are not the be all and end all, and that there are more important things in life. We also both know what it's like to write off a whole week because our children are sick, or because life has thrown other spanners at us. Ultimately, I think this is what makes us click so well. We truly get each other.   

If you have an idea for our 'Behind the scenes' column, just me know in the comments below.

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