Right from her 70’s debut music video, Kate Bush wowed me with her fabulousness. I coveted her red dress and adored her (then very fashionable) green eyeshadow and amazingly fluid individual dance style. What exactly the lyrics Wuthering Heights were, I didn’t really know, and didn’t care. She was my idea of bohemian loveliness.
Apparently, girls and guys of all ages have been gathering together, on windy moors and other assorted places around the world, on this day, to become a slice of Kate Bush’s awesomeness as they recreate her famous music video.
Fast forward nearly 40 years (am I really that old?) to last Saturday, when Brooke Thomas organised Canberra’s very own inaugural Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever at Glebe Park.
I didn’t go to dance, but I did go to photograph what turned out to be an amazing celebration of community dancing. What Canberra lacked in ‘wiley windy moors’ it made up for in spades, as the bare trees of the park provided a perfect foil for the 100 or so dancers of all ages and gender dressed in red in support of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service. Maybe next year…
Any way, here are some of my photos. You can see more in my public gallery.
This Easter, make sure you have your camera or phone ready to capture those Easter memories. Here are some tips to help you take photos you will love, not just at Easter but at other family celebrations too.
In my family, overcatering is in our DNA. Then inevitably we end up eating leftovers for days (or weeks) afterwards. There are only so many ways you can make cold chicken wings and pasta interesting!
If you also panic about guests going hungry, this infograph is a lifesaver. Thanks Chickabug!
You might need to vary this a bit, but its a good place to start. You know your guests and what they eat; if you know the salad platter wont be touched, you might need to increase the number of appetisers. Likewise, you might need a cheese and crackers platter for those without a sweet tooth.
Guests will always want to sample everything; if you plan on a barbecue, the more meat varieties you have, the more you will have to allow, so make servings smaller – I cut steaks smaller before cooking and serve marinated chicken wings instead of thighs. Less wastage, less to eat for weeks to come!
Same goes for desserts. Cut cheesecakes and dessert cakes into smaller portions so guests can sample everything.One that normally will serve 6 can be cut into 8 pieces easily. Precutting into serving sizes makes for less wastage as well.
Throwing a memorable celebration takes a lot of planning. There’s the theme, the decor, the food, the invitations, the playlist… so much to organise. It usually takes longer than you think.
However you plan your celebration party, remember these important things:
The reason you are planning this celebration. Hint: The academy Award for Party Planning is #Fakenews
Whatever your budget, it is important to stick to it. Food and drink will take up at least a half of that budget. Don’t be embarrassed to ask guests to BYO alcohol, or to help with dessert. Nobody minds.
Hire professionalsfor some of the work. You need to enjoy the celebration, too, and helpers free you up to mingle with guests. Think about using a caterer for at least some of the food, and a photographer to allow you and your guests to be in the photos instead of behind the lens.
Don’t get carried away with your theme. Themes are great to break the ice at parties where there are many generations, or friends and family who have not met before. If your guests enjoy the fun of finding things for the theme, you’ve got it right. If guests feel as though they need to outlay a huge expense, then please think again.
Make sure the celebration fits your Guest of Honour’s personality – no surprise parties for those who hate surprises, but the all-out Gatsby Party for your outgoing friend is perfect!
Have fun! Seriously, no one will remember that the sausage rolls came out a bit burnt, or that the pineapple you used as a savoury – holder fell over and crashed into the dip (true story!). What guests remember is the warm welcoming feeling you create – and the photos they can share for years to come.
It was a labour of love a few weeks ago to photograph the 40th Wedding anniversary party of my good friend Pauline and her husband, Grahame. The couple’s two adult children got together and planned an amazing surprise party for their parents, inviting family and friends without the couple suspecting anything.
I don’t know how they did it, but the kids even managed to talk Pauline’s musician friend and “honorary third child” Siki Daha into taking a road trip from Sydney with a few friends to play an amazing acoustic set right there, in their back yard!
My brief? Capture the look on Pauline’s and Grahame’s faces!