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New Art Collection Released!

I have finished my new art collection! The creation of this collection began shortly after the arrival of our second baby. Inspired to redecorate my own home and to create art with some sentimental value. The pieces in this collection include some of my favourite places, colours and images. Sized to fit frames from IKEA, Kmart and Target to name a few, however I believe all artwork looks best professionally framed. You can purchase them here or check some of them out above. x  ...

2015 in Review

As each year comes to a close for MB Captured, I am amazed by how it has flourished and continued to encourage growth within myself. Running my own business of course comes at a cost, like earlier this year when I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism and was unable to work for a few months, and then September, when I gave birth to our second child, Emily Hazel. However through these times it was also able to support our lifestyle and not force me back into a work environment when I didn’t have the physical energy to do so. For this, I am grateful to be a business owner. Some of the greatest highlights for MB Captured this year were; Releasing my first eBook, Birthed. Hosting a stand at a local Bridal Fair, Head Over Heels in Geelong – a first for the business and quite successful. Creating artwork to sell in my online store. Something I have really wanted to do for sometime. Meeting and working with many incredible women around Victoria, capturing their beautiful faces through photography (check them out below). Most of all I found true deep confidence in my business. The unforeseen events of this year have taught me (rather quickly) how to best manage my time and workload at short notice. A very valuable lesson for anyone in business. Looking forward to 2016, I plan to continue expanding on the wedding scene with photography and also capturing many more lady bosses around the state. Only now realising photography is truly my jam, it is all I think about day and night, while I love design...

Introducing our newest family member: Emily Hazel Berry

On the first day of Spring, we welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world, Emily Hazel Berry. Emily is joining her big brother, Jack Henry Wolfgang Berry in the world, and together they complete our little family. We had always wanted two children and feel incredibly lucky we will now experience raising both a girl and boy. So far, I am loving the newborn bubble of night feeds and what seems like a gazillion nappy changes a day. While I feel wiser (as it is my second baby), I am still very much a student in motherhood. Emily is already so different to Jack as a newborn. I feel like I am even more in love with Jack, if that is possible, since welcoming Emily. He has embraced her presence with such a high level of love and maturity, it has blown both me and my husband away and puts our hearts at risk of exploding with pride and love every day. Seeing his eyes light up every time he interacts with her… MELT. In myself, I am feeling great and have newfound energy and motivation for a lifestyle overhaul (more on that soon). I’m also blissfully content knowing that our family is ‘complete’ (aka no more planned babes), it is a great feeling to have them both here in our lives. I’ve mentioned it before, but I truly didn’t know what love was until I had my children. There is absolutely nothing else like it on this planet. Fiercely protective, an extra mile of patience and pride like no other – these are the emotions standing out for me...

Behind the Scenes with Bec from Think Big Live Simply

I first met Bec a few years back when we both coached under Tara Bliss.. Over that time we have created a lasting friendship, both in person and (due to the distance) online. What I love about her is her passion, authenticity and ability to keep it real, all while making you feel good about yourself. Plus she loves a good coffee, which makes anyone cool in my books. We started a bit of a fortnightly Skype date to hang out online, catch up on life and keep each other accountable for our work. It’s been a great decision by us, because it puts the human side of us into our communications since we can’t catch up for real in-person coffee dates. Today, I am taking you behind the scenes with this talented lady, the creator of Think Big Live Simply. A woman you need to know about if you are serious about nutritious food and simple living. Personally, I am excited about the personal project we are working on in my own backyard this Spring. Proving there is hope for black thumbs like me to grow my own nutritious food! Tell me a bit about you. What brought you to your online space today? Ah, it’s such a long story! The short version is this: I started Think Big Live Simply as a way to connect back into my creativity and channel my energy into something just for me when I was going through a rough time at work. It started as a bit of an experiment and has ended up being a really important part of the journey...

Things I learnt from my first wedding fair

When I set intentions for my business this year, it was to step outside of my comfort zone and really put my services out there in Geelong as a wedding photographer. When it comes to the wedding side of my business I think there comes a time when some form of paid advertising should be tested. Up until now, my business has grown organically, through referrals and word of mouth, so I felt to take it to the next level might be to add some paid promotions. For me, this meant a Bridal Fair. To be a human in front of the business and not hidden behind my website. It made sense to go to a local fair to build clients in the region, so I booked Head Over Heels in Geelong. On reflection, I want to share my honest, open and completely transparent feedback on the event. My motto with business growth is to lean into fear. If something feels scary, then it is a good sign you are on the right track (within reason). The thought of being in front of potential clients to ‘sell myself’ was terrifying, which I took as a good sign. I knew I wanted to show up the best way possible, decorating my stall with assistance of other local talents and showcasing my best work. All up I invested about $1,500 for space hire, decor and printing, which is the single biggest financial out-of-pocket investment I have made in the business. I was nervous. (below are some pics from the day) The day arrived and I found I hadn’t really ever ‘sold’ myself...

We are having another baby!

We have an exciting announcement to make… I am pregnant with our second baby, due this September. While I have been a little quiet (and late) on the announcement this time around due to some health complications, there is certainly no hesitation or lack of love for this little one. A little bit about this pregnancy – the nitty gritty lady stuff I came into this pregnancy with a sense of confidence. Firstly, that it would happen quickly. Secondly, that it would be easy like my first pregnancy. I felt all my first time mumma fear and guilt was dealt with in round 1. So why would it all change in round 2? It all started last September, when I had a blighted ovum, (where no embryo ever forms but your body still ‘thinks’ it pregnant), discovered at week 11. If I reflect on the experience, I never really felt truly pregnant, as some days I would be horribly sick and bed-ridden and the next I would feel totally fine and energetic. However, it is still not news you wish to discover. Given we had told many of our close friends of our pregnancy news, it was equally supportive and lovely to have them there in this time. We successfully conceived soon afterwards, with our baby now due this September. Also not without its complications, finding  myself in the Emergency Department with Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – blood clots on my lungs. With no known cause (except suspected from the pregnancy) and a treatment of 2 x clexane injections a day,  a lot of frustration followed this diagnosis, along with fear of what it all meant...
MB Captured is a Geelong based photography and design service, specialising in wedding photography and invitations as well as beautiful branding and eBook design and natural style business portrait photography. Wedding and lifestyle photography services based in Geelong / Melbourne, Victoria. I (willingly) travel interstate and overseas for photography. © 2016 MB Captured. All Rights Reserved