Late last year I mentioned that in 2014 I will be making some changes to the business.
Well, it’s been a slow start to the year, but things have started to fall in to place. A few months ago, we packed up everything and moved to Canberra. YES, you read correctly, Canberra!
Why Canberra? Good question! I never really thought about Canberra as a place to live. Being from Sydney, I thought we would always live near the water. But I’m glad we moved here, it’s been a nice change.
People often bag Canberra, saying, it’s boring, there’s nothing to do, it’s freezing. I have to disagree. Yes, the night life might not be the same as a larger city, but we have found lots of things to do. The Visit Canberra website is a great resource for all things Canberra. It has plenty of ideas to keep you occupied when visiting the nation’s capital.
From a family point of view, we are loving Canberra so far! Compared to Sydney, it’s a lot smaller with 360,000 people compared to Sydney’s 4 million.
Canberra is a very well planned city. Basically, no traffic compared to Sydney, everything is 10-20 minutes away. Where we used to live in Sydney, after driving 20 mins, we’d still be in traffic!
Did I mention more room and wildlife? I was swinging a couple of cats the other day and no way near hitting the walls. Houses and land are much bigger here and for less money. My daughters have taken a liking to the wildlife that seems to be in abundance. Especially the mob of kangaroos that live down the road from us.
Some of the friendly locals in Canberra
As a photographer, I love the autumn colours, just beautiful. We arrived just as the colours of the leaves were at their peak and already falling, which was a shame. I didn’t get to do any portrait sessions, but I’ve made a mental note of some great locations for next year.
Beautiful autumn colours at their peak
We haven’t seen Tony Abbott and his buggy smugglers yet. It’s way too cold for that at the moment, it was still below zero degrees at 8am the other day, and -4 degrees overnight. OUCH!
In fact, the locals are friendly and polite, almost everyone gives a smile, a nod or says hello. It’s nice change coming from a big city.
Even the trees in Canberra feel the cold
A few of things, I haven’t worked out about Canberra yet.
- I don’t see many people walking / driving around the neighbourhoods during the day. I get it that people are at work, but in Sydney we had a lot more people out and about. I’m starting to think that there is a curfew no one told us about?
- Why are random cars parked on the nature strip? DUI?
- More importantly, I haven’t found a local pub, Sydney had heaps. Where do Canberrans go for a drink?
If you live or have lived in Canberra, drop me an email and set me straight.
So, what does the move to Canberra mean for Biblino Images?
I now travel between Canberra and Sydney, for weddings and engagement sessions. Since moving to Canberra, I’ve gone back to Sydney half a dozen times for weddings and engagement sessions.
Wedding and portrait session coverage now includes
Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Sydney (and anywhere in between) .
So if you’re thinking about booking a photographer for your Wedding or Portrait photography in Canberra. Call Mike on 0410 691 114 or fill out the contact form to discuss how I can help you.
P.S. The main photo of parliament house is made up of 20 photos stitched together. I took it while feeding my youngest daughter, see men can multi task!