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May 24, 2015

In Arcadia

by nicole



It’s my little cousin’s first birthday on Monday! And why is this relevant? Well, it leads me to a story about names … and my photography business … and the change you may have noticed on the website header. It’s a bit of a convoluted, round about story … so stick with me here.

After I finished my yoga teacher training almost two years ago, I spent about a year thinking of a name for my yoga & wellness business (I’m qualified as a yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, as well as being a photographer and historian).

I agonised and thought of things and mulled over appropriate names with things like flow and spirit or Sanskrit names like Prahasya that meant something to me. All the yogic type names I could think of I wrote down and pondered and mulled over. But none really struck the right chord.

A couple did stick with me though, including Samadhi – the last stage of the yogic journey (in Patanjali’s 8-limbed system). The yogi is released from limitations and achieves true yoga or unification. Others have described it as it the height of divine consciousness.

But terms like this are everywhere in the yogic world, and I wanted to try to find something original that also resonated with me. So I started thinking outside the square about other things I’m interested in and my PhD project on nineteenth-century shopping arcades started circling around in my head.

Nineteenth-century writers often wrote about the arcades of both Europe and Australia and described them as Arcadias. One English writer, George Augustus Sala, visited Australia in 1888 and wrote about its cities, including a lengthy description of the arcades in Melbourne and how one could easily image oneself in the heart of Paris or London when visiting them. Entitled ‘In Arcadia’, his travelogue was published over a period of several months as a weekly entries in a number of British and Australian newspapers.




Αρκαδία was a remote and mountainous regions of Ancient Greece that was idealised as a rural paradise in the poetry of Ancient Greece and Rome, and writing and art from the Renaissance through to the nineteenth century. The term Arcadia came to be synonymous with paradise along with the connotations of an idyllic simplicity that was associated with rural country living – a utopia, a Garden of Eden.

So in a sense, the physical embodiment of Samadhi. This word made sense to me then – bringing together my life as a historian, as a yogi and even my photography.

Many photographers talk about this sense of oneness while they are taking photographs. In fact yogis (and even non yogis) who are photographers will use yoga poses and breathing techniques to assist their photography. I’ve been known to bust out a split or a squat or some weird balancing pose to get into the right spot to get the exact shot I want.

And unconsciously, before I even knew about yogic breathwork, I was always using the breathing technique of kumbakha – the holding of breath on the inhale or exhale – when I pressed the shutter, in order to get the camera to be as still as possible. It’s now a key tool when I want to get hand held low light shots particularly.

So I had a name finally! In Arcadia Yoga & Wellness was born! And this all happened in early May a year ago. I mulled over it for a few weeks and towards the end of the month I thought: right, that is the name!

A few days later my gorgeous cousin gave birth to a baby girl … who was given the name Arcadia. Clearly it was meant to be!




Fast forward to this year. So how’s the yoga & wellness business going? Well, let’s just say PhD, a few great job opportunities, and my strong belief in if you teach yoga you need to be fully committed and present, meant that it didn’t happen. But it is certainly a future intent, have no doubt.

Now, I’ve been thinking about changing the name of my photography business for a couple of years. Agrippina Maior – as fantastically historical as she is – is hard to pronounce and spell for a lot of people and it was just always a bit confusing.

But I had the same problem as when I was trying to think of a name for my yoga & wellness business. Nothing ever felt right. And about two weeks ago I again realised the obvious … I already had a name. I do a lot of yoga photography now, the name seemed perfect and I could connect the two later as a brand when the time came to teach yoga.

I’ve been going to change it for a bit on the website and so today seemed like the day – an auspicious day on which a very special little girl celebrated her first birthday party (and it looked like it was awesome – lots of cake, a tent, fairy lights)!

The URL stays the same for the moment till I redo the site itself but for now … Welcome to In Arcadia Photography!

PS The photos aren’t Greece unfortunately but another rural idyll, near Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland … taken on Arcadia’s parents’ wedding day in 2013

December 3, 2013

Country Weekend

by nicole

A country weekend away – March in Maleny, Queensland. More images of this beautiful location over at Flickr.
















December 1, 2013

Country Wedding

by nicole


Some images that have been lingering on my hard drive for a while – from my cousin’s gorgeous vintage themed country wedding in Maleny, Queensland in early March this year. I only managed to shoot two rolls of film before it became too dark but captured some beautiful moments from this lovely family occasion. You can also see down the bottom the one & only Polaroid I took on the day, as well as the cool photobooth pic (from In the Booth) of yours truly. If you want to see more images of this gorgeous wedding, the talented folk at Artography were the photographers on the day and featured the wedding on their blog.


























Mic & Mel

May 16, 2013

Mic & Mel

by nicole

Just a quick little post.

A Polaroid from my cousin’s wedding in March

Mic & Mel

April 30, 2013

Country sojourn

by nicole


Hello lovely people!

I am having a bit of a giggle at the moment as I was just clearing out my spam. Despite it all being a little annoying I also have a bit of a laugh at the grammar and writing which is usually I am sure just done through google translate by a bot or some such. Sometimes I wish the nice things were real people saying nice things because there are some lovely comments … from people who want you to buy fake Nikes ;-)

But anyhoo. I just popped in to say I am just about to deliver on the promised photos of my cousin’s country wedding in Maleny, Queensland. It is a beautiful spot close to my parents’ house (and Woodford for those Folk Festival fans!)

I have been busily scanning as a means to procrastinate around writing my PhD which means you probably will get lots of lovely posts in the near future.  Here is a little taste of what’s to come. This was taken from the verandah of the gorgeous cottage my parents and I stayed at for the weekend of the wedding. What a view!

Looking over the valley you can see the hayshed of the farm on which we were staying and Mt Tibrogargan, one of the Glasshouse Mountains, in the distance. What a special place this is! I have been visiting here since I was a tiny kid and I highly recommend if you are ever around that way to stop and spend a few days in the lovely towns in the area such as Maleny, Montville, Mapleton and Flaxton.

More to come of the view and the wedding itself very soon!


December 4, 2011

giant polar bears with mixed cola drinks

by nicole

bundaberg and brisbane 18.11.11-21.11.11

thanks to emma for the title … it’s what bundaberg is renowned for … rum … and ginger beer. as well as sugar cane, from whence such bounty comes. and a giant polar bear …

my mum’s birthday in bundaberg. she and her siblings grew up in this town and my grandparents are still there. it’s a place redolent with childhood memories of hot humid summer visits, christmases where you couldn’t move for the heat … and cooling off in the pool all day.








the farmhouse that was the centre of my great grandfather’s cane farm in cordalba, a tiny place between bundaberg and childers, queensland. my grandfather and his brothers grew up here. i wish we could have gone and had a sticky beak.


curious cows


gateway to the past


my grandfather's house

pastoral idyll

brisbane. my home town. we went to the cartier-bresson exhibition this morning. amazing. inspiring. looking through it i realised from whence some of my street photography inspirations have been unconsciously absorbed.


city square

the only photo i got at the queensland art gallery … well two shots, double exposed … very weird … but kinda cool!



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