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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).

The blog

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.

Our signature workshop, May 2015

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First look: Our signature workshop, Avalon - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

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When Trish and I started planning for our signature workshop this year, we decided to take a different approach this year. Instead of aiming for twenty students, we opted for a smaller group of six to eight people. Our thinking was that this would help create a more intimate atmosphere and enable us to engage more effectively in Q&A. Armed with our new direction, the two of us spent days on end browsing Airbnb, as we attempted to locate the perfect venue for our event... 

In the end, our hard work (because we all know how exhausting internet surfing can be) paid off. We stumbled upon Zoe Dent's amazing home in Avalon, and we knew immediately that it was the one! I sent off a hopeful email, holding my breath the entire time. Within a couple of hours, Zoe had written back: Not only was she happy for us to hire her place, but she was keen to come along and learn as well! Trish and I exchanged virtual high fives, then got cracking with the rest of our prep work.

First look: Our signature workshop, Avalon - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

Silvie from Little Gem Flower was happy to collaborate with us again, and she created the most gorgeous succulent arrangements o adorn our workshop table. There were also pink peonies, a wild blueberry bush, and lavish-looking cabbage flowers, which are a personal favourite of mine. The colours and textures of Silvie's florals  complemented the venue's decor beautifully. Thank you so much, Silvie, for your generosity and for your brilliant eye.  

We also switched things up a bit and used a couple of different suppliers. We sent our workshop booklets off to Magcloud to be printed, and we were delighted with the results. Their turnaround was fast, and the quality of the print exceeded our expectations. Our canvas totes were done by Vistaprint and, again, the quality of the totes and the turnaround time were more than impressive. 

First look: Our signature workshop, Avalon - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

Our workshop goodie bag was our best yet, much thanks to Trish and the incredible generosity of all our sponsors. We were gifted the softest and fluffiest handmade marshmallows from Black Pantry; the special kids' edition of Fete magazine; the cutest camera cookie made exclusively for our workshop by Hello Naomi; gorgeous wrapping paper from Lauren Merrick; an all-natural (and totally indulgent) shea body butter from Nourish & Nurture; vouchers from a set of mini magnets from Origrami; and delicious Australian green tea by Perfect South. Thank you, Belinda, Annabelle, Jane, Naomi, Lauren, Tabitha Emma, Jeff, and Renee,  for your generosity and amazing support.

And our students. What can I say? Every time we hold one of our workshops, I am always blown away by the calibre of the people who come along. Many are talented creatives but, more importantly, our attendees have all been encouraging, kind-hearted, receptive, and eager to learn. Trish and I will always be grateful that we get to do this as part of our work, and that we get to meet such wonderful people in the process. We were particularly impressed with this group of women, who all seemed to cope really well with the intense amount of information we threw at them. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Zoe, Suzanne, Susanna, Amy, Alice, Sandra, and Karen for making it such an amazing day for us!

First look: Our signature workshop, Avalon - A blog post by Rhonda Mason for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

And last but not least, a huge thanks to my awesome partner-in-crime, Trish. It's a true joy to embark on this incredible journey with you. 

If you are unable to attend our Sydney workshops, but would still like to learn from us, our next session of online classes begins on 7 September. You can find out more here

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