An Australian Christmas { Macedon Ranges Photographer}

A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree!
Tho’ not like the fairies you usually see,
For she wears not a gauzy gossamer gown
but gumnut blossoms drifting down.

And there on top of her pine tree tower
she waves a wand of flannel flower.
Flittering and fluttering her eucalyptus wings
‘Neath a halo of golden wattle rings.

What other fairy would be so blessed
Or be, by nature, flora dressed?
What other fairy would look so sweet
With bottle brushes on her feet?

At Christmas she comes come-what-may
Tho’ not to those lands far away,
For only in Australia will you ever see
A little bush fairy on the Christmas tree! – Unknown

I know you have heard it all before but I seriously love where I live. I find inspiration all around, the seasons, the beautiful landscapes, the hint of eucalyptus in the air, the whisper of the wind in the local pine forest but most importantly I find it in the people of the area.
I recently had an idea for a shoot, little Christmas bush faires and my imagination ran away with me as it usually does, and I knew that I would need help. So I enlisted Megan from Macedon Events, Arnie from Flowers in Vase, Shaz from Blackbird Catering, Kylie from Kylies Collections and Marnie from Epoch Co to assist in bringing my vision to life.

These amazingly talented local women completely blew my mind. I am sure that they won’t mind me saying but what transpired that night was nothing short of magical and moved many of us to tears. It really was so special, hanging out in the Australian bush on a warm spring evening and seeing what these fabulous ladies are capable of was just awe inspring. A special mention must also go to our beautiful faires Nicola, Grace and Emily (and their parents), who put their trust in us, not really knowing what to expect (actually I don’t think any of us did!). They simply embodied the grace and beauty that I dreamt of in my little fairies.

So in the lead up to Christmas I emplore you to buy, shop and use locals where possible. Go and buy a wreath from Arnie, a cake from Shaz, a tutu from Kylie, a cool piece of vintage homeware from Marnie, get Megan to help plan and style your next amazing event. You won’t be disappointed.

PS – We are also all thrilled to have this wonderful collaboration featured in the latest edition of the fabulous magazine Tickle The Imagination, you can have a look at an online copy here for more beautiful photos and a tutorial on how to make Shaz’s divine christmas tree cupcakes!

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