Sunday, 21 October 2018

Got me in the Feels.

Not many people know this about me, but in my Uni days I sought and accepted a food voucher from a local charity. 

I had no money and I was thin & hungry and although I was getting assistance from the Government in the form of Austudy, most/all of this went on Uni fees and rent and books.  I only did it the once and I was deeply ashamed because I was young and healthy, and studying Psychology at Uni - I mean, how WhiteGirl can you get - how hard can it be, right?

Just get a freaking job already.

But I came from the country and the closest Unis were nowhere near me.  My father refused to give me any money as he felt Education should be free and the Govt should support me.  A friend's mother signed a Stat Dec so I could receive Austudy so I could go to Uni.  That stat dec said I was financially disowned by my family, or something to that effect.  My homelife was pretty crap, to tell the truth and school was my respite, but on offical papers, we probably didnt look unusual. 

After I left, the family imploded anyway, so it turns out I really was homeless.

The cheapest Uni to study Psychology ( meaning: where I could afford to rent ) was miles away from everywhere - very isolated.  You kinda needed money to travel to town to earn money so the two cancelled each other out.  Plus the study, right?  It's hard to learn and pay all the bills, cook the 2min noodles ( or pretend to eat - I already ate today, oh, im not hungry ) and succeed at life.

So I think after 3yrs living like this I was at rock bottom and accepted a voucher and bought all the food ( I remember buying No-Name Honey Tiny Teddies with my voucher - a huge splurge! - and feeling like i'd won the lottery ).  At the cash register the check out chick acepted my voucher and said "this cant be used for cigarettes or alcohol" and I said "I know", but there was none in my trolley.. it really was just food & neccessities - basics - calculated carefully to marry with the amount on the voucher with nary a cent over or under, but she felt the need to let me know anyway - and everyone else in the queue.  That was nice.

In my life i've worked really hard - in fact, I really do love to be productive and work - work is distracting and if you do well, people say nice things, so as a result, and via avenues of good luck and fortune along the way, i've done ok.  The road has been long, hard, and I never want to be hungry again ( I think I work so hard as it absolutely terrifies me, to be honest - what the young can endure is far more than these old bones today! )

I've been involved with charities in the past, donating time or money, but we just had our WorldVision child move on in life after 14yrs in sponsorship, and I declined taking on another. 
So i've been looking for something else and i've been moved by the Smith Family's support of disadvantaged kids in Australia getting educational resources and support and it's really resonated with me, and especially from my work within the early childhood learning network, it feels like a good fit.

So today, rather than sponsor a child directly, i'm going to be directing a monthly percentage of all Little Big Adventures profits to giving all Australian kids a good go at life and education and normalcy and hopefully seeing a future beyond what's in front of them now.  I've tried to explain to my own kids - if they need new pencils, new shoes, $5 or want to go on an excursion - we can do that for them, but many kids just learn not to ask, not to bother their parents.  They retreat, develop bravado methods to cope ( I don't care anyway, who wants to go on a stupid excursion anyway?! ) or just make themselves as small and unnoticeable as possible.  If no-one asks them about their feelings, then those feelings don't exist, right?




I'm feeling really good about finding a fit that makes my heart sing.

If you'd like to do a little bit of good too, you can look here and see if there's something that takes your fancy: https://charity-gifts.thesmithfamily.com.au/support-a-childs-learning

I'm hoping maybe with the new website ( yes, I know, it's next year now, all the things! ) I can automatically make it a visual thing where you can see your kinder order adding a little sparkle out there in the world .. we shall see..

but Today, I am happy.

- Leanne







Sunday, 29 July 2018

New Website Coming Soon! | Melbourne Child & Kinder Photography | Little Big Adventures

Hello!

Do you follow along on Facebook or Instagram?

If so, you'd already know, but we have a brand new website in the works and some great new changes for YOU, the end user!  yay!


Melbourne Child and Kindergarten Photographers, new website


Benefits for me: Pride in looking super pretty and being super functional
Benefits for you: easier everything
Benefits for me: basking in the glow of your happiness


Win/Win/Win


xx
Leanne



Sunday, 22 April 2018

Lets Do This Together!

Our sweet, sweet sibbies, the brothers, the sisters, the cousins, the love!


siblings, brother and sister on a bench, kindergarten photo


A new albums for our pairs and triples can be found: here
Thank you so much to the parents that allow us to share the wonderful memories we capture at your childcare or sessional kindergarten.  We love to create them for you x

The Adventure Starts Here

A new albums for our newbies! Images of our wee little friends new to Daycare or Childcare .. our littlies.. our babies ..


little boy at daycare, childcare photo, melbourne australia


We continually update our albums over the year.. you can best see them: here

I'm On My Way

A New gallery up for our not-quite-kinder friends .. the toddies and the 3yr olds ...


boy at kindergarten, daycare, boy holding a ball, kinder photography


Our galleries are always updating over on our favourite social media platform to keep our parents updated and informed.

Check them out: here

Oh! The Places You Will Go!

New facebook gallery for the kinder kids in 2018 :)


kinder kid kindergarten photography little big adventures little boy, melbourne child photographers

All continually updated galleries best seen here

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Happy Chinese New Year! Free Printable ( & a bonus! )

Melbourne Child Photographers
Another Rabbit and Bear Adventure - #2 in this year's Adventure series of beautiful illustrations you can download, print, share and use, and the best bit is: they are absolutely free, no catch! :)

For your hi-res printable, pop over to our website and you're on your way.

You can also find previous downloads all in the one spot - including our popular
"First Day of School" template for our graduate preppies we wont see this year
that are now at Big School!

Melbourne Child Photographers



I cant wait to see all my friends old and new this year!
Not long now 


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