I think to date Church Farm General store is one of my favourite shoots, it was our first and it unfolded so easily. Hanging out on the farm during golden hour and having a tea in the old church was a gentle experience and perfect for our first. Andrew is a local musician and the family are the crafty folk behind Church Farm General Store, they sell the most divine soaps, the herbs are grown on the Billinudgel farm and they also make a great tangy, gourmet sauce.
Every shoot I learn more about souls, the beauty and intricacies that make us human. Church Farm was the beginning of my adventure of really seeing people and what resides within. From the outside you see the perfect house, the perfect family, beautiful wife, children, musician husband, go underneath into the juice, behind the scenes and what you get is ‘realness’ down to earth, friendly folk who are just living their life and creating their dreams one moment at a time.
I was struck by the interactions between Amanda and Andrew, there was much love and kindness present. The way she looked and spoke I was in awe, these subtle interactions I will forever hold and endeavour to practice. Amanda is a salt of the earth woman she is sweet yet strong. Andrews love for his family clearly evident, I found him, down to earth, what you see is what you get. I was fascinated by the story of how Andrew and Amanda met, real, and raw, just how life goes. There were no glossy tales. It wasn’t a classic; our eyes met across the room at the Henry Ditz exhibition kind of story!It was told exactly how it was in all its humanness. I walked away from Church farm with great insight, a life lesson, so pivotal to me at this time. Life is not perfection and that is the perfection! It is often disheveled, real and the beauty is in the authenticity.