Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Made ... With Love!

"I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That's getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition." - (Steve Martin as George Banks in Father of the Bride).

I love the movie Father of the Bride and always get a good laugh out of it, but it's so true! A wedding really is "an entirely different proposition." The personal touches, the thought and detail that goes into a wedding, really captures in part the personality of the bride and Groom. This is why weddings are so great!

I had been looking forward to this wedding. When the bride messages you and tells you they (the couple) love to laugh, climb trees, pull silly faces and have based there wedding around the theme 'UP,' as well as; will be holding a picnic reception and their departure will be via a rowboat and the bouquet is origami (made by the bride might I add), you know you are in for something special. 
I mean just look closely at the pictures, yes ... thats a unicycle!

I mentioned this on my facebook page previously ( ... this was the wedding that got rained out, so no rowboat, no picnic in the park. Yet it didn't stop those special touches being added when literally last minute, the reception was moved to a church hall!


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Here Comes The Bride ...

"Finally," I can hear Bec's sister saying after tormenting her with teaser's up until now!

Years ago when Photography was just a dream that I only talked about, I would always say that I would never get into weddings. I didn't want to be the one responsible for ruining any photo's. But I keep finding myself drawn to weddings because they are so much fun to be a part of. 

When Bec & Beau got engaged, I was fingers crossed hoping they'd ask me to be their photographer. I knew I had a model on my hands, and I thought that was just going to be Bec ... Turns out it was Beau who got right into the swing of posing!

"Statistics show that strong marriages produce strong families." Bec is from a smaller family of only 4 compared to Beau's family of 13, and everyone had their responsibilities on the day. I saw awesome examples of a strong family and strong marriages on both sides, plus not to mention the large network of supportive family and friends that both bride and groom had already in place.

It was so nice as an outsider, to see these two families smoothly unite AND also be inclusive of friends, regarding them as family as well. To see in today's society a family unit come together, treat each other as #1, radiate love and bond so well - was refreshing. 

We wish you both nothing but the best in the future!




The Wedding Party

I was going through images I was about to blog and their were so many to choose from that I figured we may as well separate them, and even then, narrowing it down into two groups was hard!

This is the first wedding I got to photograph since I put my camera down awhile ago when I fell pregnant, and I was stoked to be heading back along the windy roads of the Blue Mountains - taking me out to central west NSW and my hometown of Orange!

Fresh air, Big Streets, Country Folk and a photogenic bridal party 
... Makes my job easy!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A different Angle

Never in my wildest dreams am I usually one to say ... yeah sure I'll stand there, take pictures of me - Please do!!!

Behind the camera I don't exist and I feel comfortable, today I was in front and I felt uncomfortable - But all the advice I give my clients I was using on myself, with my nervous and slightly flustered other half behind the camera today and in full control. 

We got through a shoot (without an argument). Checking the back of the camera occasionally, James was patient and I was patient.

This was a new angle for both of us and a new lesson for both us. I realised how hard it may actually be for some of my clients to relax, he realised how hard it is to be behind the camera AND I was more then stoked and somewhat humbled when he actually stopped and asked me for help!!!

Team work at its best!
(P.s please remind me on a windy day to have a brush in close proximity)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding in the Hunter

A goal of photographing is to make the client feel relaxed and comfortable. I must admit that I LOVE it when I have a client that says: "I don't photograph well", "I never look good" or "I hate having photo's". 

When they see a photograph of themselves and they realise how good they look, how pretty or how photogenic they really are makes my day and makes me feel accomplished.

Often times, during a photo-shoot I will have to give the client a sneak peak of an image just to show them that it's "O.K", and that it is turning out better then they are imagining.

Not Jess & Phil! It wasn't until I got home that I turned to my handy off-sider and said: "You know I didn't even have to show them (Jess & Phil) once, a photo from the back of the camera to relax them and let them know how great they are looking!"

From the time I arrived they placed all their trust in my hands, and were relaxed - up until the end! In-fact if their were nerves, you definitely wouldn't have picked it from this couple!