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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.

Q&A with Trish and Ronnie


Q&A with Trish and Ronnie - A blog series by Rhonda Mason and Trish Chong for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

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We're continuing our Q&A column here on the blog where you guys get to ask us anything you want, whether it's related to parenting, family life, work, business, blogging, memory keeping, journaling, photography, design, or anything in between. You can email us with your questions or ask us in the comments below.

How do you both make it all work, whilst juggling motherhood, and other 'life necessities’?

Trish: Motherhood was certainly a game changer for me. From being able to be in control of my time to suddenly feeling like I had very little control at all was a lot to get used to. I have probably said this before here and there, but my parents have been so generous with their energy and time and this is the only way that the juggle has been possible. Having the kids in their care is the only way we can be out and about shooting weddings and family sessions - and the rare date night when we’re lucky! My weekly rhythm is for the boys to be in daycare two days a week and my mum will come over to help look after the baby while I get as much work done as I can. The other days we spend mainly with the kids during the day, and fire up the computer after they sleep. In fact, we often joke that we have our “9pm coffee and start the day.” We keep these night sessions to a minimum though: we try to only be up for a couple of hours and we like to enjoy a bit of downtime with a good episode of Modern Family or a few chapters of a book to wind down.

Ronnie: My weekly routine probably sounds slightly similar to Trish's. Our three older boys are in school now, so for most of the week, it's just Bear and me (until the next one arrives). Rick's mum comes over one day a week to look after Bear, and since November last year, Bear has also been going to daycare one day a week. That gives me two days to work on our business. For both these days, I schedule blocks of time for prepping lessons, answering student questions, planning our editorial calendar, writing blog posts, replying emails and messages on social media, curating our Instagram gallery, doing the accounts, and working on collaborations. As for the rest of the week, I spend most of my mornings looking after Bear and/or taking part in ministry activities at our church. Afternoons are set aside for the bigger boys - giving them afternoon tea and helping them with their homework and reading. All the memory keeping that I do for our family takes place either during quiet time (when Bear naps) or in the evenings after the boys are in bed. On Saturdays, both Rick and I try to switch off so that we can be present with the boys and with each other, and then Sundays are mostly taken up with church and ministry responsibilities, though I also usually squeeze in some time to get my lessons online and ready for the following Monday. I rely on making lists and the Simplenote app a lot for day-to-day note taking and journaling, and the two main pieces of software that I use to manage my time and tasks throughout the week is iCal and the Things app. And at the end of the day, my husband is amazing and does a lot of the day-to-day chores for our family, freeing me up to take care of finances, admin, the boys' schoolwork, and keeping everything organised in our home.

What ISO/shutter speed would you recommend for night-time party photography?

Trish: This depends on what type of look you are going for! My favourite for a party feel with light and movement and energy is to drag the shutter speed (e.g.1/8th of a second), have a moderate ISO (800), and pop on a flash to freeze the moment too.

What is the best and worst part of wedding photography?

Trish: The best part is definitely that it is a job in which I can meet so many diverse people and simply celebrate with them. Marriage is something I believe in, and I love being able to witness and capture the start of a couple's journey together - a day often overflowing with immense joy and thankfulness for everything that is. And the worst part? All the paperwork! Unfortunately, that’s always going to be a necessity when running a business, and luckily, it's really only a small thing in the grand scheme of things.

You can read the other posts in this series here.

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