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{kaleidoscope project ~ cambodia edition ~ november 2014}

after a rather long break… I’m super excited to share that the kaleidoscope project is back this month! i love feeling inspired by sweet friends to shoot and edit family photos… YAY!

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Kaleidoscope  is derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos), “beautiful, beauty” (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and (skopeo), “to look to, to examine.”  Hence “observation of beautiful forms.

We are a group of friends, mummas, visual artists and photographers from around the world who are passionate about capturing images of the real, the messy and the magical – the wonder of the everyday. Like a kaleidoscope, our photographs are playful and experimental, ever-changing and infused with light and colour. They reflect the shared meaning and beauty in our lives.

for those of you who don’t know, we visited cambodia in may and had the most wonderful time! i shared lots of photos on instagram and a random photo or two on FB but for the most part, i downloaded all my cards and forgot about them once home and into the busyness of everyday life! a few days ago i started to edit photos from our japan holiday last month thinking i would share them for this months kaleidoscope project and then thought choosing a day from our cambodia adventure should come first!

i have been harping on about going to cambodia since we arrived in bali but we often leave it till the last minute to plan stuff and the tickets end up being more than we want to spend. this time, we just decided to make it happen. life is short. adventures nourish our souls so a couple of weeks before our visas were due to expire we did it… we would be away for 8 days. 5 days in siem reap and 3 days in phnom penh.

people were lovely. food was yummy. the weather was stifling hot so we made a habit of getting to bed early so we could head out first thing, stay out for as long as we could last and then head back to the hotel for a swim and a little cool, air conditioned air and lunch, then we would head out again in the afternoon.

i am sharing our first day out exploring. this day was made up of tuk tuk rides and temple visits in siem reap. this day we went to ta prohm {aka: tomb raider temple} which i think was one of my most favourite temples! not as grand as some of the bigger temples but there was something magical about it that i couldn’t quite put my finger on? in the afternoon we went to visit the bayon temple which had the most beautiful grounds surrounding it and was surprisingly quiet.

i fell head over heels in love with the temples and wanted to visit as many as we could manage! not overly exciting for my then 10 year old… she wonders why every time we travel we must visit temples and shrines. i think she would prefer to do a spot of shopping… such a tough life. poor little poppet! haha!

cambodia angkor ta prohm temple
cambodia angkor ta prohm temple

pop over to see how ginger unzueta captured halloween in her part of the world. you know its going to be magical… her images always are! from there you can visit another photographer and another, until you eventually come back to me! this post has me all excited to share more cambodia holiday photos. thanks for reading x

November 6, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Ginger Unzueta - your adventures inspire me so much Rowe. I love the ones of her walking along the beautiful wall. gorgeous.

November 7, 2014 - 8:38 am

Maria - A-freaking-mazing!!!

November 8, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Weekly Retreat - A Link Round-Up | Pierced Wonderings - […] Kaleidoscope Project – Cambodia Edition – November 2014 – Rowe Timson Photography. There are some absolutely beautiful images in this post. […]

November 10, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Shan @ forty up - Beautiful!

November 13, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Janine - Beautiful, Rowe. I want to go there. I love all the smiling faces and that bottom image is my favourite. Jx

{love + chaos}

life with 3 small children under 5 is hectic but i think there is a beauty in the chaos of it all. deb gets that…

the images she chose really reflect this time in her families life. it was a busy session and we had to work hard to get and keep, all 3 kids in the frame! there may have been some bribery going on and fabulous methods of distraction involving bird and plane spotting. when i was leaving, deb specifically asked me not to delete the photos where a child is doing something they shouldn’t. if there was 1 out of 3 crying, she was totally ok with that! she was keen to see the ones others might discard and i really LOVE that!

as a mumma, i totally look forward to a little quiet ‘me’ time because sometimes it can get to be too much being so needed but before too long, the house will be really quiet. there will be no children needing us to help feed them or dress them. asking us to look at them ride on their bike super fast for the 112th time or score their cartwheel again while they try and execute the most perfect one! in those quiet moments, i long for the beautiful chaos and all the happiness and warmth that came with it. for that reason, i love that deb will have these photos to remember just how it was when her children were small.

go embrace your chaos! rowe x

{clever cookie | school of blog // online blogging + photography workshops}

anyone who knows me probably thought this dream of mine and chantelles would never actually happen because we have been talking about it for what feels like an eternity and even though we have always had the best intentions in the past, life and work just kept getting in the way!

last month i went home and we got serious about it and we worked every spare moment we had and im so happy to say its finally here…


an online space offering blogging, photography and social media workshops you can do in your pjs from the comfort of your own home!

im sure you know who chantelle is {aka: fat mum slim}, but if you dont, she’s one of those people who is amazing at everything she does! a creative soul who seems to effortlessly juggle being a mumma, a full time blogging career, starting the super successful instagram #fmsphotoaday and created a best selling photo app called little moments in her spare time!

so how did the clever cookie idea come about? chantelle and i both feel best when we are helping others and sharing the things we feel passionate about so thats what we are going to do… help our students create their own little space online that is a reflection of who they truly are. we are going to teach them skills to express themselves in a unique and powerful way. mostly… we want our students to connect with us and one another and feel inspired and supported!

you’re thinking, well that sounds lovely and all but what will students actually learn? for the full run down of what we will be teaching over the 4 week course, visit the clever cookie site but in a nutshell… chantelle is going to teach them everything she knows about blogging {which is an awful lot!} and im going to be teaching students how to take amazing photos, on their phones or on their cameras. then we will be finishing it all off with some awesome lessons about social media and getting your blog out there so people can actually see it! as if that wasnt enough, we are going to have some incredibly talented and inspiring contributors doing Q+As and live chats {see here for more details}.

we are super excited to share that the first workshop will start on monday 8th september! i would love you to go over and take a peek at our new website and pop over and like our facebook page to find out more. if you decide you would like to be part of it all, sign-up here and use the code BAKEMEHAPPY to get $50 off!

on a side note… we are so blessed to have so many wonderful and creative friends! thanks so much to the lovely marika from My Messy Room for designing our site, sweet sarah from Castle Design for creating it and Missy Zali for the wonderful illustrations. we couldnt have done it without all your help and we really ADORE how it turned out! rowe x