This is ME

If you read my blog, or follow my facebook or instagram feeds, you will no doubt know that I have just spent 6 glorious weeks holidaying in Europe with my family.

This journey has been a long time in the planning. Too long in fact. But 2013 was the year to absolutely make it happen. Our eldest daughter Ruby is now in Year 9, and growing into a beautiful young and independent lady, with her own mind, and zest for adventure. In other words, her wings are already starting to spread beyond her immediate family.

Travelling is something my husband and I have always loved, but somewhere along the journey, the adventures seemed to stop, and realities of raising three children kicked in. It became too expensive and too hard. I think we have all experienced this.

Then, my gorgeous friend Margaret died of a brain tumour. She was my age. She had three children the same age as my children. It scared me. It was a reality check. One of the things that I loved so much about Margaret was that she never left things till tomorrow, that could be done today. She filled her life with meaningful things, and if she wanted something, she absolutely made it happen. It was a gift. Who knows where all of that energy came from, but one thing for sure is that I wanted to take just a little of that energy, and run with it.

It was from this time onwards, the journeys and adventures started flowing back into our lives. Our goal of course is to achieve at least one family holiday a year, but the reality is MUCH better than that.

So where am I going with this!!!!!!

Well, whilst I/we have made some wonderful changes in our lives, my bid for living in the now still has a long way to go. You will see a few of our journeys here on my blog, but there is someone always missing from the story. You guessed it, that person is me.

It’s a curious thing isn’t it, because here I am, a professional photographer, expecting others to jump in front of the camera, and yet I can’t do it myself. But you see, I’m 46 years old now, and on the downhill slide to 50, and that, my friends, is hard to say out loud. Actually, the truth be known, there is always an excuse for me not to be in front of the camera, always has been. And then I try to convince my clients that YES, they do need a photo of themselves, if not for you, for your children.

The time has come. My now is here to stay. This is ME. This time, I wasn’t just happy with a photographer, I wanted a videographer to capture our adventure. With video, I can’t hide. I can see myself from every angle, and there is no photo-shop trickery to help me out.

So here I am (and my crazy family of course), through the eyes of the magic of Xanthe Berkley Photos and Film.

I have this quote on my “About Me” Page:-

“In twenty years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.” Mary Schmich

Well, I am seeing that beautiful 46 year old woman now, and not in 20 years time.  WITHOUT self criticism.

There is no time to waste.


THE GEERING/FREER FAMILY from xanthe berkeley on Vimeo.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Miss Xanthe.  This is such a beautiful gift you have given my family.



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  • Penny Wettern said:

    Oooohhhhhh that is sooooo beautiful !!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing -
    and wonderful to see the fabulous Andrew too :)))))

  • Kris El Bayeh said:

    What a wonderful documentation of your family and fun times as you are now. I agree its so so important. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Oh gosh, i have tears watching that! it's brilliant. You and your family are beautiful and it's clear how much you love each other. Definitely a gift for many years to come, and a hugely inspiring piece to spur the rest of us on to include ourselves in our family memories. SBxx

  • Natalie Bice said:

    So so gorgeous Rob. You have inspired me to do something this summer with my family. I have loved watching your adventures O/S and can't wait to have a coffee and hear all the details. Welcome home xx

  • awesome.. just awesome.. and you shine missy.. just shine.......

  • Oh Robyn... I had tears in my eyes watching this. Just amazing! What a special thing to have done! x

  • I loved this. You are such a kind, generous and beautiful person. You and your family are awesome and I love that you have these memories of a pretty amazing year together!! Xxx

  • This is so very beautiful! I'm so glad you did something for you and your family that will be treasured forever. You inspire me and many other busy Mum's to attempt to do the same!

  • Janet said:

    Beautiful Robyn, love it...
    so very awesome Xanthe

  • what a precious keepsake for you and your family! now I want one of my family!! :-)

  • I loved watching your family adventure. It is a lovely keep sake for you all and a story we should all watch and read to enjoy the now as you say. Thankyou for sharing your story and well done.

  • oh Rob, how gorgeous and funny and sweet are you! LOVE this video capturing your family, you will all treasure this for so many many years. and your third child reminds me very much of my third child...a little bit crazy and hilarious, always making us laugh :) love to you xx

  • Such a beautiful life story and moments in time of your precious family! Love it and miss you my Canberra friend x

  • rowe said:

    so great to see you in this little film robyn! she captured you and your beautiful family just perfectly... i love it!

  • sarah said:

    Oh gosh, what gorgeous memories Robyn!

  • Donna said:

    So, so very wonderful..

  • tine said:

    Oh so beautiful!!! WOW! really this is so beautiful! XOXOX

  • xanthe said:

    Thank you for letting me tell your family story. May you treasure it forever. xxx

  • Andrew said:

    what a handsome husband you have robyn...

  • Kate said:

    Fabbo, you five...looking great. Terrific memories.

  • Katie said:

    You ARE fabulous Robyn. This film is perfect in every way!!!

  • Oh My Gracious! I absolutely LOVE it!! SO very awesome! You must be thrilled (and proud of the gorgeous family you have created) xxxxxx

  • I really love what your wrote Robyn and I'm so glad you actioned these thoughts. That is a gorgeous thing to have. I'm definitely going to copy that and do something similar on our big trip too!
    Your an awesome lady with a beautiful family. I'm sure Margaret would be thrilled to know that she inspired you to live so fully and with such joy.

  • Tarjei said:

    Love it!

  • Bec Brindley said:

    Oh wow Robyn how awesome is THAT!? Gosh I love this. What a kick arse memory for you guys to treasure. Your kids are gorgeous and you and your hubby are total spunks!
    Love that you are living life to the fullest :)

  • Amanda T said:

    Brought a huge smile to my face, Rob. You are just as gorgeous as ever and always will be .... loved seeing you all having such a great time. A wonderful reminder to us all to get out there and have some fun. Thank you! Much love. A&Co. xxxxx

  • Jodie said:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I clicked through to the stories about your friend and am really touched. I can't put this in words and have only had a little time with you, but you *are* a beautiful person and spirit - it shines out of you, you have no need to hide behind the lens :).