Bringing Twins Together

Kawana Weekly, Page 3 – APN Australian Regional Media’s newest community newspaper on the Sunshine Coast New initiative fosters connection with underprivileged twins in Africa – by Emily Ditchburn Twice the nappies, twice the bottles and double the trouble. Having twins can put a strain on any new parents, both emotionally and financially. For a family living in poverty, imagining a bright future for their twins can seem impossible.  That’s where Helga Dalla hopes to step in. The award-winning Buddina photojournalist has dedicated the past five years to capturing the unique relationship between twins, resulting in the three volumes of her series ‘A World of Twins’. She has travelled around Australia to hear their stories, learning about what makes twins and their families tick. “I see every day the unique relationship these families have,” Ms Dalla said.  “They want to be part of a community that understands and supports each other.  Raising children in itself can be challenging, but if you double or triple that, it can be very daunting.” It was this knowledge that led to Ms Dalla developing a website dedicated to twins.  Aworldoftwins.com will be an online community for twins and families with twins to connect through forums, for sale pages and podcasts.  But more than just connecting families, the website aims to change the lives of impoverished twins living in African countries, through a business partnership with Compassion Australia. Ms Dalla said she was already sponsoring four sets of twins, and had set a goal to sponsor 100 sets of twins through the website by 2016.  Participants can sign up to the website for a monthly...

Preface – A World of Twins

A World of Twins, Stories and images of Australian twins, triplets and their families PREFACE I’m Helga Dalla, and I live with my family on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. With a background in property development and executive government roles, I somehow needed to fulfill my passion for photography. I embarked upon a journey that over the last six years has led me down the path of twin photojournalism – capturing special moments in time while focusing on the uniqueness of twins. I’ve spent this time experiencing laughs, tears and smiles, securing memories and capturing the special connections among twins and triplets and their families across Australia. I’ve always been intrigued by the differences between fraternal and identical twins. In my own life, I find my husband’s 29-year-old twins, Luke and Lauren, are very different. But when I photograph some pairs of identical twins, they are so alike it’s not funny. I’m always curious about the differences and similarities between twins, as well as about the way life is for these twins and their families. Just as twins fascinate me, they’ve been the subject of mystery and myth for many others too. Even twins themselves are curious about other twins and their families. A World of Twins uncovers the mystery of life as twins or triplets and their parents, providing practical advice and entertaining stories that are authentic. It will satisfy your curiosity, offer answers to common questions about twins and triplets, and allow you to enjoy their humorous, inspirational and touching experiences. Remember the last time you spotted twins? Did you wonder what it must be like to have twins in...

My Story Book is Published!!!

Yipee, happy dance…finally I get to see my book in printed copy, what an incredible journey it has been.  A World of Twins, Stories and images of Australian twins, triplets and their families.  You can visit my book store here  read Preface I still remember the day I posted on Facebook and broadcasted to the universe that I was about to embark on my 30 day 1,000 words a day challenge.  This made it real and kept me accountable. YES…that’s 30,000 words in 30 days.  I did it, in fact I hit 55,000 words with the help of 20 wonderful families. It has taken me 12 months, 2 months preparing, researching, mind mapping and testing and 10 months writing, editing, proofing, designing and printing. Massive thank you to everyone involved for all your enthusiasm and encouragement during the production of this book. I would like to start by acknowledging and sincerely thanking the twins, triplets and families I’ve worked with. You’ve opened your hearts, shared your personal journeys and invited me into your homes and lives. Without you, this book would not have been possible. Andrew Griffiths  a bestselling author, entrepreneur and global presenter.  He’s know for his recipe for awesomeness when it comes to helping and mentoring businesses to be extraordinarily successful. Alex Mitchell a guide on your writing journey, always there to unravel ideas, answer questions, provide options and move you quickly and efficiently to the day when you hold your book in your hands. I offer special thanks to the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) and the Australian Twin Registry (ATR) for their continued support and help promoting my work and its cause of releasing twins...