On potentially the windiest, coldest day of Winter, I caught up with Sophie and Doug at Lincoln's Rock in the Blue Mountains for their engagement session!
Dani & Rob // Engagement
Gorgeous couple, cute puppy, golden sunset... sessions like these are what make my heart happy! I have the honour of shooting Dani & Rob's wedding in just a few months time and we headed down to beautiful Bombo, near Kiama for our engagement session. Their sweet fur baby Oakley kiiiiiinda stole the show as you can see from the images below, but I mean.. look at the little guy. He's too cute!
This was actually the second engagement session I've held with Dani & Rob, as they entered a competition to win a free engagement session I ran many moons ago now and were the winners! So our first session was all about them and the love they have for each other, and in the very near future this session will be featured on the Australian wedding blog, Polka Dot Bride so keep your eyes peeled for that one! Oakley was only still a few weeks old at the time of our last session so we waited for him to have all the necessary vaccinations and grow a little more before setting the date for this one.
Dani and Rob are just two peas in a pod. With similar personalities of both such humble, loving and caring natures I just know that they'll have a lifetime of happiness in store for them.
Can't wait for the wedding!
Amy & Kyle - Engagement
There's just something so magical about watching the sun head behind the horizon to sign off for another day. Almost as magical as finding that someone who your heart just knows will be your forever.
Amy & Kyle are so well suited for each other! From our first meeting over coffee to discuss their upcoming wedding plans I could see the very strong and solid connection these two share.
With their August 2018 wedding fast approaching, we headed down to one of the Illawarra's best beaches for their sunset engagement session a few weeks ago. This week put out some of the best sunsets that we'd yet to have seen for Autumn and the day of our session the sky did not disappoint! Our session was full of fun and laughs, reflecting these qualities of their personalities and showing the bond that their hearts share.
Looking forward to their wedding at the end of August!
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 // 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!
Courtney & Tash // Engaged
Recently I jumped onboard the initiative created by Nic at Fox & Kin to help spread the #rainbowloveau by offering free mini-sessions to those who identify as LBGTIQ. My response to these sessions has been nothing short of AMAZING! Within the first 10 minutes of posting, I'd already had many couples contacting me expressing their interest. I had 10 mini sessions booked in for this Saturday just gone, but unfortunately due to some rain in the morning, followed by things popping up for my clients throughout the day, only 3 sessions ended up being on the final day's schedule. But, that's totally better than none!
Courtney & Tash are both local to Wollongong and they have a son, 2 year old Wyatt. He definitely keeps them on their toes, and our session was no different!
We still have limited places available for these sessions - if you're interested in FREE (no hidden costs, nothing to pay, literally free!) photos with your loved ones and identify as LBGTIQ, then please contact me!
* Illawarra region only.
* If you're outside this region and are interested in a session - there are many photographers all over Australia that have embraced this. Please contact me and I'd be happy to refer you to the closest photographer in your area!
Rebecca & Michael // Engaged
This year's been a year of love and excitement for the Leet family! A family of 3 children, one recently married, and 2 engaged to their partners, both in March 2017 just weeks apart. How crazy is that?! Rebecca's brother Josh, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with him and his fiance a few months ago capturing their engagement session at Killalea State Park.
For Rebecca & Michael's session, we decided upon a sunrise at the beach. Here on the East Coast of Australia, we're lucky to have the sun rise over the ocean, and with some of the best beaches in the world - they're a perfect location!
We had had a stint of rain the day prior but thankfully the Bureau of Meterology gave the green light for clear skies. There was still a bank of cloud buildup on the horizon when we met on location, but the colour that emerged soon after was phenomenal! Definitely worth the early morning alarm on a Sunday morning!
Rebecca and Michael will be married locally next year.
Reagen & Mat // Engaged
Being from the Macarthur region, Reagen & Mat wanted to hold their engagement session up in their local area. This stunning region is only a short drive up the road, and we set on Camden for our session. There are so many hidden gems in this region, really is such a beautiful picturesque area!
Their engagement session was a mix of both capturing their love, and the love within their family, with their 2 year old son Finn. And, might I add, he's the cutest 2 year old ever!
From a previous wedding I knew of a few spots I absolutely adored in Camden. This old rusty horse stable being one of them - so this was our first location. Off road, along an overgrown track, and I'm convinced Reagen & Mat may have thought I was leading them astray as they followed me along this trail, but here we were, and the golden light of the approaching sunset was just glistening through the trees.
We headed back down to an open field for the remainder of our session. Finn definitely stole the show here! With his attire matching his Dad's, a cheeky grin & those suspenders - he's a 2 year old with style!
Looking forward to capturing their wedding at Panorama House next month!