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Ashley & Josh - Port Kembla Beach Sunset Engagement

Ashley & Josh - Port Kembla Beach Sunset Engagement

Port Kembla beach is one of the best in the Wollongong region, and was the perfect setting for Ashley & Josh's sunset engagement session!

Amy & Jono - Port Kembla Winter Engagement

Amy & Jono - Port Kembla Winter Engagement

Winter is the perfect time to capture the love between you and your family, or significant other! This engagement session was held at Port Kembla, NSW.

Dani & Rob - Kiama Sunset Engagement

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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 - Port Kembla Sunset Engagement

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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 - Mount Kembla Engagement

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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!

Courtney & Tash - Wollongong Engagement

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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 - Wollongong Sunrise Engagement

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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.

Lauren & Jack - Gerringong Engagement

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Lauren & Jack // Engaged

On their overseas holiday earlier this year, Jack popped the question. They were travelling through Europe, and in London on their anniversary they became engaged. What a place to pop the question right?!

We held our engagement session in the beautiful coastal town of Gerringong. The golden light of the sunset was superb, due to the back-burning for fire hazard reduction going on in the surrounding suburbs. 

The connection between Lauren and Jack and their obvious adoration for each other, just radiated through our session. They are looking to tie the knot in 2019.

Keziah & Jacob - Southern Highlands Engagement

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Keziah & Jacob // Engagement

These two have been together for 9 years. 9 YEARS! They're also good friends of mine and the love between them was as radiant at our engagement session, as it was when they first got together. We ventured up to the beautiful Southern Highlands for our session, and though I managed to take a few wrong turns and almost get us stuck up there, we had a ball of fun. And How incredible is that sunset light?! I'm convinced that the Highlands sunsets are some of the best that Australia has to offer.
Although I won't be shooting their wedding, I cannot wait to see these two FINALLY tie the knot, next year!

Tahlia & Matt - Killalea Engagement

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Tahlia & Matt // Engagement

I simply can not get enough of the winter sunsets the Illawarra has been so blessed to be receiving lately! Tahlia and Matt are getting married in only a few months from now, so I insisted we hold our engagement session during winter to utilise these sunsets to our full advantage. 

Engaged couples reading this - I cannot recommend a session, whether an engagement session or otherwise, with your photographer more prior to your wedding! You know their work, and likely know your photographer as a person, but being in front of the camera for a full session prior to your wedding day just adds the additional connection and familiarity - and it shows in the photos!

Now I seek real and raw connections and expressions in my sessions. Tahlia and Matt just aced this! To spark some natural laughs, I prompted Matt to say something that would make Tahlia laugh and he followed with.. "Hey remember that time my cooking gave us both food poisoning!" The reactions of hysterical laughter that followed I guarantee weren't the same on that particular occasion!

Stay tuned for their wedding in November!

Reagan & Josh - Killalea Engagement

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Reagan & Josh // Engagement

From the get go I knew these two were simply two peas in a pod.
This session was all brought about by Josh's sister contacting me, ordering two vouchers for her recently engaged siblings. How crazy is that?! Josh's sister is recently married herself, and both her siblings are engaged. What a great time, full of love in their family!

They had their hearts set on Killalea to hold their session, and what a location it is! Sunsets for me create the warm ambiance that can add depth and emotion to sessions, and for loved-up couples, it just suits perfectly.

Being the middle of winter, the beach isn't the key location those jump to go to, so the crowds weren't around, and we were able to capture the essence of the love between Josh and Reagan without the onlookers. I've really been urging my couples who are contemplating an engagement session to hold them throughout winter - there's just something about that light! It's cooler, so those cuddly moments are free of sticky uncomfortable heat. The rain has been minimal, and there's veeerry few of those pesky flies to keep swatting away - this time of the year is perfect! 

 The sunset for our session was incredible! Such gorgeous light peered over the cliff as it began to set. Once the sun disappeared, we were convinced the temperature dropped by about 10 degrees instantly, and we finished up with the stunning pink hues over the horizon.

Tearne & Aydan - Rhododendron Gardens Engagement

Tearne & Aydan // Engagement

Autumn is my favourite season! The leaves changing colour and falling, the temperates cooling but still temperate days... I just love everything about it. Thankfully here in Wollongong theres a slow transition from Autumn to Winter, and this session was held at the end of June, and we still had some great Autumn colour! We had a lot of fun with this session. Tearne and Aydan are getting married in September, and after discussions with them, learnt that they're a couple that have fun & are super silly together - so we embraced it, because hey - we're all kids at heart!

Combining my love for Autumn, and their silliness, our leaf throwing, turned into a leaf fight. Awesome! 

I'll be capturing their unity of love at their wedding on September 9th 2017. I know we'll have as much fun then as we did at their engagement session. Can't wait!

Josie & Brendan - Lake Illawarra Engagement

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Josie & Brendan // Engagement

Josie & Brendan wanted a sunset shoot. Booked earlier this year, we've rescheduled this session so many times I've lost count due to poor weather. This afternoon the skies looked eerie and we had a few spots on the windscreen, but we persevered. 

And are we glad we did or what?! Still with a thick blocking cloud, we had a few moments where the sky just opened up, providing us with the exact light we were hoping for! 

Oh! And they brought along their fur-baby Lucy the Pug also!

Reanna & Emma - Lake Illawarra Engagement

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Reanna & Emma // Engagement

Reanna and Emma are just two peas in a pod. I actually went to primary school with Reanna, so it was a pleasant surprise to receive an email from her inquiring about my services for her upcoming wedding to Emma! 
Our session just flowed so perfectly. With two so in love, my job just becomes a breeze, capturing personalities as raw and natural as they're expressed. The adoration that Emma and Reanna have for each other is just radiant with the way they look at each other, and their little inside jokes and moments which had them in hysterics even made me laugh - and I had no idea what they were about!
I can't wait to capture their wedding in September 2017!