Bec & Chris - Lagoon Seafood Restaurant Wollongong Intimate Wedding


Bec & Chris // Married

An intimate wedding of just family and a few close friends was the perfect choice for Bec & Chris - a big wedding just wasn't them. Another thing that made their wedding uniquely theirs, that they included in their ceremony was a pledge by all attending guests that they were to celebrate and cheers with champagne with them as the reception kicked off!

When I asked Bec to describe their wedding in 3 words, she said small, intimate & romantic. These three words perfectly described their day! A few tears, a lot of laughs, and you can see from their guests faces, a lot of love and support for this beautiful couple. 

Vendor list:
Ceremony Styling: South Coast Party Hire
Florals & Flower Crown: Flowers and Crowns by Lauren
Celebrant: Carol Martin
Venue: The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant
Hair: Hair by Nat
Makeup: Samantha Dunn (friend)
Wedding Gown: Sweet Angels Bridal
Suit: Connor
Cake: Lee Karayiannis (friend)

Hannah & Nathan - Mount Kembla Engagement


Hannah & Nathan // Engagement

I love when I meet with my couples and they're as silly and chilled out as I am. This was exactly the case with Hannah & Nathan  - actually I think my personality is the blend of the two of theirs combined!

I had a blast capturing their engagement session in one of my favourite, less-travelled to parts of the Illawarra. I recommend with engagement sessions to opt for a location that contrasts to your wedding location. Hannah & Nathan are a military couple, both in the Australian Navy, and will be married on base in Sydney later this year. With the picturesque Sydney Harbour views that will serve as the perfect backdrop for their wedding images, they travelled down to my neck of the woods and held our session in beautiful bushland of the Illawarra escarpment, overlooking Wollongong. 

Oh, and if you bring your daughter along - I totally can't promise that she won't steal the spotlight for your session! Isn't Vida just adorable! This week, Hannah and Nathan have announced some very exciting news, that there'll be a new addition attending their wedding, with their second daughter due in August. What an upcoming exciting year ahead for this growing family!

Hes & Styve - Centennial Parklands, Sydney Engagement

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Hes & Styve // Engaged

Engagement sessions are a great way to get to know your photographer, and their style prior to your wedding day in a more relaxed and casual environment. I encourage my couples to think about their hobbies, if there is a sentimental or special location for them - could be where they had their first date, or just where they like to spend their weekends. I think engagement sessions are all the more special, and personal when they have an element that represents the couple. Eg. If you and your fiancé are in the surf most mornings and just live for the beach - then I'd probably recommend we choose a beach session to reflect this.

With Hes and Styve, being a Sydney couple they regularly frequent the Centennial Parklands on their weekends with their adorable son Ollie. My gosh, what a place! These parklands aren't just a normal patch of grass with a playground set upon it - no. These parklands have ponds, grasslands, fields, woodlands galore and it's absolutely huge! This place has so much to offer and a huge variety of landscapes, there was no wonder that this family regularly come here! But it was set, there was no better choice for our location than Centennial Parklands. We set our place to meet, but the minute I parked and got out of the car I knew where we'd be holding our session.

This gorgeous tunnel alley of trees, with this stunning soft light shining through was right next to where I parked! I took a quick snap and when I met up with Hes & Styve at the nearby café, showed them the location I'd just seen and they were as hooked as I was!

Now as I mentioned earlier, engagement sessions are best when they're a visual representation of the couple. Their son, is a super important element of their life - so of course we included him! This goes for pets, children, sentimental items - things that reflect you as a couple I love. The love that Hes & Styve have for each other, and their combined love for Ollie just flourished in our session. I like to have fun with all of my sessions, there's always a lot of laughter involved and this session was no exception to this! There's no rigid "alright guys, nice in close together, looking at the camera and on the count of three, say cheese!" with my sessions. I'm all about capturing your personalities, the inside moments, the love and the laughter in a very relaxed, laid-back and candid way - capturing shots that nine times out of ten, when you receive your gallery back you won't even know these moments happened!

Hes & Styve will be married back at this beautiful location in April, and I cannot wait to capture their upcoming intimate wedding!

Jessica & Shannon - Wollongong Botanic Gardens Wedding

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Jess & Shannon // Married

Aussie girl meets Kiwi boy via Aussie sister via an online game!

Well, this is a super confusing way of how Jess & Shannon met! Fast forward two and a half years, a move to Australia from New Zealand for Shannon and a beautiful daughter who has just turned one... and they became Mr & Mrs on January 27th. 

Shannon proposed in Manly Botanic Gardens on a bridge. A lot of nerves, tears and a YES! A year on from this special day, they were wed at Wollongong Botanic Gardens, and of course we had to utilize the symbolism of the Kawasaki Bridge given their proposal story! 

Just like how they met, their wedding included a strong sense of family & love of their friends. In their ceremony they also included a balloon release, and a padlock ceremony with their daughter.

Vendor List:

Hotel: Sage Hotel Wollongong

Ceremony Location: Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Reception: City Beach Function Centre

Videographer: VideoEditOz

Florals: A_Flower - Alanna Foo

DJ/MC: Davertainment

Hair & Makeup: Lauren Ashley Hair & Body

Cake: Mi Cakes & Design

Rings: Michael Hill

Dresses: Mr K

Suit: Connor

Welcome Sign: Noelle Ula + Brothers (friends)

The Bell Family - Wollongong In-Home Session

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The Bell Family

Meet Saxon! I just love in-home sessions! Even more so, I love telling the stories of the extended families of my previous clients. This was the case with how this session came about, when Sam, one of my 2016 wedding clients, contacted me about a newborn session for her brother and sister in law, and their adorable new arrival, Saxon.

Saxon was 5 months at the time of our session. Newborn sessions are generally best held between the first 2 weeks earth-side if you're wanting the cuddly, sleepy, more or less standard style of newborn photos. Rebecca & Jono thought we'd wait til little Saxon was a few months older, so we could have his personality shining through and I'm so glad we did! 

Towards the end of their gallery, you'll see we included sentimental gifts that had been given to Saxon by his family. Something tells me given his eye's never left it, and that grip was super tight that we may have a footy star here as he grows up! He just loved that football!

You'll notice from this gallery that my in-home sessions are a documentation of what "daily life" could consist of for your family. I like to stand back and watch the interactions amongst my subjects unfold, rather than rigid, stale posing. A lot of laughs, a lot of tickles, a lot of your own inside moments all the while allowing your personalities and love within your family shining through your images. 

I'd love to capture your family's story! 

The Graham Family - Quirindi In-home Newborn Lifestyle

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Welcome, Archer!

When I first put out word that I would be in the Quirindi/Tamworth region briefly between Christmas and New Year, the Graham family were quick to respond! They were actually due to have their bundle of joy right at this time - I mean, talk about perfect timing, right! Due to the uncertainty of actual due dates, and when babies decide they'd actually like to enter the world, there was a very real possibility that we may not have gotten our session in. However! I got a wonderful email the week before I was leaving, right before Christmas saying that baby Archer had arrived earlier than planned!

9 days old at our session,  and his parents hearts so full of love for their first-born. This is the perfect session to answer a few questions I'd had recently about how I conduct my newborn sessions, and what "in home lifestyle" really means. In short, these sessions are essentially all about capturing what's going on in a "day in the life" kind of way. So no un-natural activities, more or less capturing your family, in your home with your new baby, if it's an in-home newborn session (I offer in-home maternity, family and couple sessions also!).

You'll see from the starting images here, I captured bath time. It can get VERY warm in the Liverpool Plains region, being inland it doesn't have the coastal breeze I've become to take for granted living in coastal Wollongong. So we started our session with a bit of a cool off, and bath time for Archer, which he loved - I mean check out those adorable facial expressions! 

I look around your home (not in stealth mode sussing it out, just glancing!) for little decorative elements that make your home unique (signs, photos, etc). I just loved the quote that serves at the first image of the series about loving you more than chocolate! With newborns, this is also a great way to include heirlooms and sentimental gifts. Handmade toys, clothing or blankets I LOVE to include, not only due to their intrinsic value, but also as the Grandparents/Godparents/Extended friends and family, etc love them also, as it shows that their gift is being cherished.

And I love pets too! Though I saw these gorgeous pup's in photos on the wall, during this session I didn't meet any four-legged family. But with a lot of my sessions, indoor cats definitely get some shutter-time! Four-legged family to me are part of the family network too, and I love to include them in your in-home session.

If you're situated within the Liverpool Plains region and were interested in booking in a session with me, please get in touch! I have family in the area and am planning on heading back up in the near future. 

Margaret & Peter - Quirindi Couple Session

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Margaret & Peter

It’s not very often that I shoot for myself (this is one of my New Years resolutions!). It’s also not very often I see my Grandparents who live 6 hours drive from me, in a town called Quirindi which is situated about 45 minutes south of Tamworth, NSW.

Between Christmas and New Year, you know the few days that most are still recovering from the aftermath of Christmas? Not me! I took the trip up to the Tamworth region to visit, and I thought I’d kick off this resolution early and capture them in their backyard garden, being one of their many pride and joys!

Growing up, my Grandma had 2 cats, both whom have since passed. Their current cat just kind of found them, and decided that she'd like to spend her time over at their place. It's crazy how animals can just have this sense of belonging about them, and just decide that they'd like to be here or like to be there - just find their own fit!

This was a very special session for me, and also one of the shortest I've ever captured. This entire series was shot over probably 10 minutes in their yard, in the warmth of the December Summer afternoon. But it's sessions like this that hone in to me on how and why capturing the people you love is so important. This year I aspire to shoot a lot more for myself, as it's images like these that just hold so much significance to myself and extended family - I feel like I was one of my clients receiving my images back when I finished processing this set!

Shayla & Anthony - Kiama Maternity Session

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Shayla & Anthony - Maternity

By the time our session finally rolled around, I felt like I'd known Shayla for years! Shayla booked in her session almost right after finding out that her and Anthony were expecting their second son, and we were back-and-forth communicating to perfect all the details in the months leading up to their session. 

With rain forecast for our session time, we made the judgement call to bring our session forward by an hour and a half to hopefully beat the forecast inclement weather. Thankfully we did, we had perfect conditions for our session and the rain was visibly coming over as we were heading back to the cars at the end of our session. Couldn't have timed it better if we tried!

Shayla hired her gown and flower crown from the gorgeous Ann, from My Friend Ann Prop Hire. I recommend all my maternity clients who are pondering what to wear for their session, to drop by and see Ann, located in Farmborough Heights who has the biggest range of maternity wear, and props of all sorts, in a range of all sizes and colours. She's also a local photographer too, and I'm all for supporting rather than competing with local businesses!

Shayla was 35 weeks at our session, so they will be expecting their son, and a little brother for Dakodah very soon!


Bohemian Dreams - Southern Highlands Styled Elopement

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Bohemian Dreams // Styled Elopement

This session was captured at one of the many hidden gems that the Southern Highlands has to offer. My vision just came before me, accompanied by an incredible team of wedding creatives from across NSW and QLD, to bring together a bohemian-inspired picnic elopement. Macrame, skulls, picnic table setting, donuts, coloured smoke.. and our adventurous couple even got in the water - this session was everything I had envisioned.. and more!

Creative team:

Venue: Budderoo National Park

Photography: Translucent Photography

Videography: Top Choi's Production

Hair And Makeup: Emma Mcgill Makeup Artist

Event Styling, Stationary And Design: Studio B. Couture

Post-shoot Floral Imaging: Floragraphica

Floral Design: Posy Jones Floral Co.

Signage: Signed By Bird

Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini

Suit: Tarocash

Shoe Accessories: Starlettos

Bridal Accessories: Simona Bridal

Props: Jack And The Candlestick

Wedding Cake: Sugar Pot

Place Cards: Molossi

Celebrant: Rebecca: Celebrant

Coloured Smoke: Coloured Smoke Australia


Jess & Harper - Wollongong Family Session

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Jess & Harper

Jess and Harper are high school sweethearts. Although in different years at school, their story begins at a high school swimming carnival. 7 years on from then, here we were at our session yesterday. They've got a full of beans son Elijah who's too cute for words!!
Harper started on testosterone earlier this year, commencing his female-male transition. Prior undergoing hysterectomy surgery to further continue the transition, Harper hopes to bear a child, just ticking off that last box of woman-hood. On his personal Facebook account, Harper has teed up with a fellow trans friend of his, and they've filmed Q&A videos explaining all about themselves, transgender and the process involved, and everything in between which is being widely viewed by the community!

I truly had a blast with Harper, Jess & Eli yesterday. So much love within this little family, and we connected instantly like we'd been friends for years. Just such a down-to-earth couple and even though all Eli wanted to do was play on the nearby playground his lollypop bribe kept his attention for our session!

Today the results of the Australian Marriage survey came in, after the tally of our nation's say has been counted. The result was a majority YES, and I truly hope to see that in the future, Australian marriage laws are changed to allow same-sex couples to wed.

Reagen & Mathew - Panorama House Wedding

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Reagen & Mathew // Married

I love smaller weddings that are so heavily family focused. This was definitely one of those. Reagen and Mathew were married at Panorama House, surrounded by their closest family and friends - with the majority of attendees family. Reagen and Mat share the most adorable son, Finnick so they are their own little family also. I got to see the love and adoration not only do they have for each other and Finn, but for the concept of family as an entity when we held their engagement session months prior. 

Now I've mentioned many times that it's the people who attend a wedding that to me not only make the day what it is, but shed so much more of a story into the couple and the other relationships they keep also.

I like to stand back and witness these moments. Usually I don't hear the words being said, just a far bystander capturing the hugs and reactions. But in the images I captured of Reagen's Grandfather just following the ceremony, I did overhear what he was saying as he congratulated both Reagen and Mathew individually, and it was the same few words to both:
"I couldn't be prouder to be here today, and I wish you both the very best in your future together".

A few simple words, but you can see from his face how genuine and incredibly heartfelt they were.

I try and quickly grab these moments around the ceremony and the reception, of guests as they witness the couple being wed, the hugs of congratulations following the ceremony, the little moments whenever they have a chance, and the goodbyes as guests leave the reception. 
So many times I get by with a quick snap without guests even noticing, sometimes I'm caught and the hands go up to avoid capture. Years gone by, with future generations looking through their parents, grandparents, even great grandparents wedding photos, don't be remembered as the one hiding from the photos!

These moments to me, is what a wedding is all about!

Oh! And I love a couple that is up for an adventure! Reagen didn't wake on her wedding morning thinking she'd be bushwalking, in her wedding gown and stilettos but she did and totally rocked it! We travelled down the escarpment for their bridal portraits, to Austinmer and my gosh, we had some fun. 

Venue: Panorama House, Bulli Tops