Jan
21
2018
Comparing two Olympus cameras I love: The PEN E-PL8 and OM-D E-M10 Mark III


If you’ve followed my travels for a while, you’ll likely know that when it comes to cameras, I’ve always been a Canon girl. Not consciously, or for any particular reason, if I really think about it - it was just the first brand of Camera I ever owned (after saving for months, to take on my very first overseas trip to Japan!) Over the years, as I learned and evolved my photography skills, I stuck with the brand, outgrowing and upgrading a series of cameras from that first point-and-shoot, through to the EOS 5D Mark III that I’ve had for 2 years now.

I connected with Olympus through The Travel Bootcamp over 18 months ago, and after hearing a presentation about this brand, their history and their vision, I was immediately hooked. Unquestionably, Olympus are a leader in the consumer imaging market - and right from the start, I could instinctively feel how much they care. Not just about photography - and the technical, but about creativity. About customer experience. About the pursuit of everyone’s dreams. Even mine! Olympus are a brand with huge heart.

I wanted to try them out. If you’ve read my recent blog posts, you’ll see I have added not one, but two cameras to my family this year. First, I hopped around Italy and Greece with the PEN E-PL8 - and soon following that adventure, Olympus invited me to try out the OM-D E-M10 Mark III , which also involved an adventure to Queenstown, New Zealand (pinch me) and almost daily life adventures since.

While I tend to be the kind of person that finds something they love, gets too comfortable and sticks with one thing forever (I could literally eat at my favourite local cafe every day, and never tire) - it’s a different story with Olympus. It’s been a fun process to be kept on my toes, to learn two new cameras and experiment, pushing my photography skills and style, and evolving my ways a little, rather than sticking with what I know.

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Jan
17
2018
5 photography tricks I learned in Queenstown


During my weekend in Queenstown with Olympus, we were lucky to be privy to a couple of photography workshops run by two photography experts that I admire and respect: perpetual traveller (and one of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet) Lisa Burns of The Wandering Lens - and natural light portrait & family photographer Rachel Devine of Sesame Ellis.

It was a beautiful opportunity to learn from the best, ask lots of questions and work at up-levelling my photography skills, and put new techniques into immediate practice while surrounded by insanely beautiful scenery.

Here are five photography tricks I learned on the road, and have taken home with me from this adventure with Olympus!  

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Jan
15
2018
A weekend in Queenstown with Olympus + the OM-D E-M10 Mark III


Straight off a plane from four weeks wandering Italy & Greece, I arrived home to find a very special delivery at my doorstep: a carry-on suitcase, a brand new camera (details below!), an itinerary, and a plane ticket. I swiftly unpacked, washed some clothes, repacked, swapped over cameras, and headed back to the airport just 24 hours later - to board another plane. This time bound for Queenstown, New Zealand!

I had been invited to spend a weekend with Olympus, in the company of a group of other wonderful photographers  + bloggers - and some of the beautiful Olympus family - and jet lag was never going to get in the way of such an opportunity. I had never been to the South Island before, and flying in between the snow-capped mountains as our plane descended into Queenstown was something impossibly magical. Better still, the trip was to celebrate something pretty exciting - the launch of the new OM-D E-M10 Mark III.  It was a wonderful opportunity to take this brand new camera away so soon, and to learn about it on the go, while exploring an incredible part of the world.

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Jan
9
2018
2017 in Review


2017, in one word you were BIG. Full of love, creativity, joy, wins, lessons, far-flung adventures and SO very much hard work. It was definitely a year of non-stop leap taking, and stepping way outside every comfort zone I knew - from hiring my first employee and welcoming Zalie to the team, to speaking on panels and delivering my first big speaking engagement, co-hosting two business workshops, growing our stockist base and online customer base hugely, and having the opportunity to work with some incredible brands on projects I couldn’t have ever dreamed possible. I also travelled, a lot! All in 
all, I took 67 flights, travelled to 11 countries and spent time in 21 cities. Phew!

Here’s a recap of what went down, month by month.

Dec
11
2017
Island Hopping in Greece, with the Olympus PEN E-PL8

Part 2: Exploring Mykonos + Santorini

[If you've landed on this post and haven't read Part 1, head  this way!]

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You know those places that you can never-not remember dreaming about? Those ‘one day’ destinations, that for a long time, you build in your mind an idea about, and wonder whether the real-life version will measure up to those years of imagination?

The Greek Islands have always been that bucket-list destination for me. And, after spending a week of island hopping there, I can testify that the islands are beautiful. IMPOSSIBLY. BEAUTIFUL. Even more vividly so than I could have ever imagined.

After our days in Italy, living La Dolce Vita, Charles and I flew into Greece for a week of late summer island hopping, from Mykonos to Santorini.

As it happened, I was struck down on our second day in Greece with a horrid head cold and nasty dose of laryngitis, which meant I spent more days than I wish to remember feeling too unwell to be anywhere but in bed, and we couldn’t explore nearly as much as we had hoped to. We also lost our luggage in transit, and I lost my voice for more than 10 days (although Charles didn’t mind that part!) Gratefully, got our luggage back after 24 hours of calls, airport visits and Greek translating, and my voice came back eventually.

Dec
6
2017
Dec
1
2017
12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!


The jingle bells have been faintly ringing in our studio for a little while now, but today it’s the 1st December, and therefore officially acceptable to BLAST the carols and spread festive cheer (right?!)

We have so much to be grateful for right now - it's been an amazing year for us. We’ve grown, connected, wandered and reached corners of the world we didn’t [ever] expect. But, without you, we’d have done none of that. For the constant flow of emails of encouragement along the way, for your orders, for selling out 2018 planners in record time, for the coffees (and wines) delivered to our market stands - every day it continues to blow us away with how greatly we feel loved and supported by you - our community.

So, we’ve been busily hatching away a plan for Christmas… so that we could give you something bigger than us. And better yet, we've teamed up with an army of TWELVE of our favourite brands [friends!] we have collaborated with throughout 2017, to join us. We have a prettttyyy amazing lineup in store. There’s TRAVEL prizes. There’s EDIBLE (and drinkable) prizes. There’s EXPERIENCE-based prizes. Oh, just you wait!

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Nov
13
2017
Brand Confetti Wrap Up!


Over a year ago we – Emma and Sonia – got together as we usually do when we’re both in the same city, at the same time. But there was something different about this time. Something more was bubbling away under the surface.

Sep
18
2017
Meet Zalie


Hey, guys! I have someone VERY special to introduce to you, today.

Meet Zalie - our fabulous PR savvy, 
Emma Kate Co. studio right-hand! Also known as the studio fairy who arrived on the office doorstep with a suitcase FULL of enthusiasm and freshly world-wandered feet, to shake things up around here for the (far, far) better.

Literally straight off a plane from Northern Hemisphere travels, Zalie immersed herself into this new world
, and has been working alongside me for almost 2 months, now.

Today, she’s here to tell a little more of her story. So scroll on down, and meet Zalie...

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I am the newest addition to Emma Kate Co - and believe me, when I say this has been a goal of mine for some time. Lucky for me, throughout twist and turns, the working of fate has let this little piece of magic [confetti filled, shimmery magic] fall into place. 

Aug
13
2017
That Healing Feeling at Halcyon House

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Words: Carly Stephan


There’s something about the Byron Shire region. Ask anyone who’s been, and they’ll describe some kind of delightful experience or absolute favourite place that you have to go to when you’re there. And that list seems to be growing by the day. The indigenous Arakwal Bumberlin people know the region to be a healing place. They say you visit the region for healing - and once you’re healed, you need to move on, or, you must heal others.

Both Em and I had just had a whirlwind few months, and a bit of healing and relaxing time was calling for both of us. She: launching several collections, a runaway success Kickstarter campaign, a new collection, trade-shows, and an ever-expanding business – me; concluding eight months of travel and adventure with my partner throughout India and Nepal, while running a burgeoning spiritual coaching business online, imminently launching an online program, and trying to ground myself back into Australia.

The healing we were craving: quiet time, rest, soulful chats, heart-bursting vistas and delicious food.

We found all of these and more, at the iconic Halcyon House, in Northern NSW. It’s very name (Halcyon) means idyllic and peaceful - and this hotel delivered both in spades.