Honey I'm Home is a beautifully curated homewares shop by the sea at Wamberal on the Central Coast stocking carefully selected items from around the world and also from local producers and artists. I went in there today to pick up a purse made by friend and local artist, Bonnie Gray and I ended up buying some more items; one being a beautiful concrete ring by another friend and local artist Rebecca Painter. She makes art wearable with her resin jewels and this particular ring had me with the colour and texture. Being a tactile person, I love the pumicey and smooth texture on my skin. When I arrived home, I made myself a cup of tea using the Alchemy 27 Cacao Elixir by The Holistic Chef, also another local creative, which I am yet to meet. I had only a teaspoon of the high vibrational cacao elixir and I can say that it had me buzzing on good vibes and energy for the rest of the afternoon. This delicate concoction will be a staple in my kitchen and I am so happy to have come across it. It smells divine and tastes like heaven!
Also, this is not a sponsored post, it's a genuine shout to the amazing people who keep coming into my life and inspiring me with their creative wonder and courage to create with integrity. Thank you!!
PERSONAL COLLABORATION: HEATWAVE
Model: Shelley McRohan
HMUA: Taylah Scott
Creative Direction & Photographer: Jackielyn Powell
#fashion #lifestyle #lingerie #swimwear #beauty
Sunday mornings always start slowly, even when the kids creep into our bed they are happy to lay snuggled between Matty and I for a little while before they start jumping on us and the bed. This was a nice way to start a balmy Sunday morning and it can me made the day or night before and stored in a jar or thermos (to keep cold) to take away on picnics or bush walk.
Weekend playing with food and light. This was my very first attempt at making Vanilla Slice. Last year I fell in love with it and I had to curb my addiction to the custardy delight when I started to feel the pinch with my jeans. Yesterday I came home from a shoot and got straight into whipping this up for a special afternoon with my parents-in-law. Late last night I was busy watching youtube videos and reading several recipes to make sure I got it right, with 8 of my chickens eggs on the line, plus half a litre of milk which would be needed if my daughter woke unsettled during the night the pressure was on to make sure this worked.
Feeling somewhat like a masterchef contestant, whisking and whisking the hot mixture over the stove, fighting the temptations to walk away even just for a couple of seconds incase the mixture turned to scrambled eggs. After lots of staring and whisking, whisking and changing hands, the mixture finally started to thicken and resemble custard. I was over the moon with delight.
Slicing it up today was such a pleasure and to see that it was actually delicious and not eggy or grainy gave me hope that perhaps I am more capable at making new things than I originally thought.
The above drink is a staple weekend/celebratory drink and as I was feeling like a cold was coming on, some extra lime and mint was squished in. I don't like my drinks too sweet and the mixture of fresh fruit, herbs and soda is always a nice mix, even without the vodka.
If you would like to try the recipe, you can find it by clicking HERE.
Last year I spent a lot of time eating crappy take away food and this year I am excited to cook more meals at home and to save my time & money so that I can invest in trying out more amazing food places in Sydney and Interstate. Last week I had the pleasure of eating dinner alone at Bodhi and apart from feeling nice and full, I was also inspired by their clever takes on meat based dishes.
The entire menu at Bodhi is Vegetarian and vegan friendly. To start I ordered a fresh juice along with the mango dish as it immediately took me back to my childhood where my Filipino mum would often slice green mango for us and have it served with a sprinkle of sugar and a small dipping bowl of soy sauce and ginger. The spring rolls were a no brainer and I enjoyed the delicate pastry wrapped around the yam & sweet potato, and in the most clever way the Peking Duck was delicious. The texture was authentic to the meaty texture you would expect from real duck, and for dessert I enjoyed the familiar taste of a creamy coconut sago pudding with fresh tropical fruits, topped with the crunch of dried pineapple which balanced the subtle sweetness of the coconut milk iced coffee I had also ordered.
For years I have intended to eat at this restaurant, particularly when I was a staunch vegan a few years back but for some reason I never found myself sitting at their tables under the big leafy trees right in the heart of Sydney city. On this day the city was sweating under a heat wave and I was so grateful to be sitting under the shade of the trees with the cool southerly breeze creeping it's way through the bamboo trees.
Many memories made and inspirations found with my family and friends at Lost Paradise this year. During a Cacao Tea Ceremony the intentions of thoughtfulness, power and strength opened up into my mind and I hope to take on and practice these intentions into 2017.
I hope that all of your well wishes and hopes stay in the forefront of your thoughts so that they come into fruition for you this year.
Lots of love and good vibes,
From all of us xo xo xo
(Lost Paradise is a family friendly festival with camping and glamping options. If you want more information on the festival click HERE)
(To read more about my review on the Cacao Tea Ceremony, head over HERE to pages digital to read a bit more about my experience)
Things that I love about Christmas, the fact that it's just us four enjoying a slow paced day without the running and fussing about. About 5 years ago Matty and I made an active decision to prioritise our peace and sanity during the festive season which means that we are not running between "families", forcing the kids into the car and spending 40% of the day driving from place to place. It's such a nice relief to actually look forwards to Christmas day knowing that we can actually put our feet up and watch the kids have a rad day with us.
Today was about as relaxing as it could get, a christmas morning opening thoughtfully bought gifts + a swim and a surf at our local beach, followed by a day of eating fresh seafood, fruits, smashed pavlova and slow cooked meats, cocktails and wine and then inevitably followed by what will soon be a restful food-coma-induced sleep.
I hope you had a peaceful and joyous day filled with delicious treats, wine, sunshine and a swim!!
This little lady is now exclusively available at Likeminds Avoca. It's a cookbook I photographed and produced for my final folio at Photography College this year. I worked alongside Bec Morgan-Jones, a local Gluten Free cook, to create this bespoke and casual cookbook of some of her favourite Gluten Free recipes.
Over two days at a Kitchen Studio, we put the creative direction and mood boarding into place with the styling, props, lighting and shooting. Such a great experience to work with Bec on creating something special and we are excited to share that we are going to continue working together with some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2017.
Love Jacs! xo
Yesterday was my last day at photography college and to celebrate a successful end to the year I went for an ocean swim, made a yummy match-chia-pudding with fresh summer fruit and I thought I'd compile a little sum thin'-sumthin' for you guys. These are some of my favourite books, which I love to flick through and often go to for inspiration at home and my work. Hopefully it's not too late to be ordering these online in time for Christmas, but some awesome bookshops, such as Elizabeth's Bookshop in Newtown, may stock some of these otherwise most good bookstores will order them in for you.
A little shout out to my instagram community and journal readers, thank you for your good vibes and encouragement through out the year. I am really excited about some of the projects and collaborations that I have instal for next year!!
I hope that you all have a relaxing and peaceful festive season and that we continue to share the love and good vibes into 2018.
Fun times inside of the beautiful homewares shop, "Honey I'm Home" in Wamberal over the weekend with the happy presence of acclaimed interior stylist Mr Jason Grant. A chill and intimate celebration of the release of one of his newest books. I was so stoked to buy my copies and have them signed by him. Getting my books signed is kind of a big thing in my household as we adore and collect all sorts of books; cookbooks, self help, lifestyle, magazines etc. Such a fresh new addition to the home, each page is a beautiful take on contemporary coastal style and living, which brings up lots of sweet memories from my time living down in Sydney before moving up to Avoca on the Central Coast.
I have been a bit quiet as things are heating up with my final term of study at CATC and I have also had a couple of AMAZING weddings which I have been working on over the last three weeks. I am so excited that somehow I managed to fit in this work shop with all around legend and good guy, Steve Baccon hosted through Sun Studio's.
I have adored Baccon's ability to establish a career based on a lifestyle that is authentic to him and the brands that he works with. It made me think about what I love to shoot and what I actually shoot and I would like to think of myself as a lifestyle photographer that specialises in yoga & food!! A nice little epiphany to have as I was watching Baccon work effortlessly with his crew and the model. He is a wonderful inspiration for a little girl like me with big goals!!
I hope you enjoy my perspective on the morning and I love workshops hosted by other photographers, it's a wonderful way to continue learning and finessing my technique and also with stream lining what it is that I want to shoot.
Lots of love,
This weekend was jam packed; celebrating my nine year anniversary to Matty, starting by sharing the love with two of my wonderful friends at their first exhibition of artworks together along with another friends 30th and then a shoot on Sunday for Frankie Sorrow.
Who is Frankie Sorrow? Frankie Sorrow is the creation of final year fashion student Claudia Griese. Together we produced both a studio and location shoot for one of her final assignments featuring work that she has been working towards all year.
The team involved the following:
Photography & creative direction/production by Jacs (@jacspowell)
Style & clothing & creative direction/production by Claudia (@Frankie_sorrow)
Muse and fellow photographer Sienna (@siennasally)
HMUA by Louise (@luxemakeupdesign)
Assistant and fellow photographer/film maker Courtney (@_courtneycollis)
Below is a short vid I did for my friends exhibition, amazing resin and mixed media artists Bec and Shannon Dixon, aka Ico & Fwendz.
The enormity of what I love to do came to me full circle yesterday. It last year that I first met Carly and Michael and they were just engaged and planning their wedding. To be a part of their wedding and now documenting their patient waiting for the arrival of their first born is so darn special!!! This is what I love to be involved in, documenting the most epic of milestones in your lives together, from engagement and marriage through to your family photographs. Needless to say I am so excited to meet their first little bubba and it is so amazing to see their life story unfold!!
(More of my Domestic Portraiture information regarding what I do and pricing can be found at this website www.dpbyjacs.com, I am taking bookings for early 2017)
I love documenting Weddings, what is honestly better than spending a special day with a beautiful loved up couple ready to show each other their best. What makes me happy is making my couples happy and I am so stoked that Liv loves the snippets from a short sneak preview I put together while I work on the remaining photos, it's too hard not to share!!! I believe this little reel is such a beautiful expression of two people sharing something special with the ones they love.
I am taking bookings for 2017 and have a couple of spots filled for February, my pricing and what I'm about can be found on my Domestic Portraiture website; www.dpbyjacs.com.
Lots of love,
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Venue: Gracelands, FORRESTORS BEACH
Flowers: The Botanical Workshop
This is Courtney, an amazing inspiration and talented friend from College and this post is a snippet of work for one of my final folio works this year. Today we started the day with HMUA by Tira Jaye and then some time briefing over my moodpboard for this mornings shoot together. I am really happy with the end result and am excited to play with lighting (both studio and natural) as well as creatively playing around with coloured gels. Today's session took a lot of pre-planning and test shooting to get the elements right for the shoot and it's nice to see that hard work pay off when you work together to create something that hits the targeted brief.
I am aiming to work with more commercial/editorial food, fashion and lifestyle in 2017 and I am excited to be putting together my final folio of works, which I'll be keeping you all updated over the next few months.
P.S (Courtney's talented stills & film work can be found on her blog by clicking here)
I am coming up to my final portfolio of work I am enjoying the creative process of brainstorming different concepts to be able to work with. The last few weeks I have been shooting non-stop, working to my own creative briefs and I think that these two diptychs are a good example of the concept that I am going to work towards creating. I have started a Pinterest page (https://au.pinterest.com/jacspowell/golden-hour/) to work on mood boarding my ideas and I love the imagery that comes to my mind when I think about "Golden Hour".
Looking forwards to keeping you all posted with what I end up creating in a few weeks time.
I am changing my Instagram name from @insidethetreasurechest to @jacspowell.
Times have changed since I first started my social media account all of those years ago and I have recently made a decision to go ahead with changing it as my photography career has started to evolve into a professional direction. The content will still be the same; food, lifestyle, fashion and weddings with more editorial and published content and hopefully I'll be easier to find!