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Carly, James & Georgia - Shellharbour Family Session

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Carly, James & Georgia // Family Session

How hot was Sunday!?

Whilst most were enjoying the waves at the beach or staying inside with the a/c blasting, I had a mini-session marathon with 4 sessions! I know, only crazy people work in 40°C weather right?!

This session was my second last for the day. This family had just traveled back from Canberra after visiting family for their nephews 3rd birthday, and then endured the tropical humid heat for our mini session - and we had so much fun! Georgia is only 18 months old and just so full of life. We had laughter, tears - and this girl has SO many different facial expressions from cute as pie to sass queen and everything in between. 

Such an adorable little family with a lot of love and it was a pleasure to capture this family, even in the phenomenal heat on the day!

Bec & Chris - Lagoon Seafood Restaurant Wollongong Intimate Wedding

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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)

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)

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!

 

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