Di and Don are such a lovely couple and shooting their engagement portraits was a really nice way to wind up a rather busy weekend. Blessed with another gorgeous afternoon, the entire shoot took place in the backyard of their waterfront property and aboard CatNirvana, their beautiful cruising yacht. Don sailed CatNirvana all the way from Italy to her home port of Yamba in 2011, and the couple are soon to embark on another sailing adventure, returning in time for their Yamba wedding on the very last day of Spring. Thanks for such a relaxing afternoon guys… I hope you love your images.
Engagement sessions are so much fun that I think I could happily shoot one everyday… and lately it almost seems like I have been!
This past Saturday was Melissa and Bradley’s turn. Melissa was the winner of our $300 Gift Voucher at this year’s Ballina Bridal Expo. She and Brad were newly engaged and super-excited to have won. We were lucky enough to shoot on one of those magical Autumn afternoons at the popular Shelly Beach, Ballina and the Serpentine, a stunning area of Ballina that makes a perfect backdrop for a Northern River’s sunset. It was a lovely relaxing afternoon and I hope Melissa and Bradley love their images as much as I loved taking them.
I can’t believe I almost postponed this shoot. Just a couple of hours before I met with Rebecca and Jason, it was lightly raining and there were very dark storm clouds hovering all around. Thankfully the clouds all drifted off the coast and we were left with an absolutely spectacular afternoon. As a photographer, I don’t think I could have asked for better lighting.
Rebecca and Jason are getting married this spring at a gorgeous location in the Tweed hinterland. The Abbey features a lake-side open Chapel, set on 45 acres of sub-tropical countryside and I simply can’t wait to capture their wedding for them. It’s awesome when you can look forward to a gorgeous location with a fun and relaxed couple – I’m sure their wedding will be a true celebration.
Hope you love these photos as much as I loved taking them Rebecca and Jason. Best of luck with all your plans and I’ll talk to you soon.
It seems to be engagement season for us. As the main Wedding season winds back, it’s time to get out there and get back into shooting Engagement portraits for our upcoming 2013/14 weddings. Richard loves to shoot engagement portraits for two main reasons: one – he gets to get out there and visit sites he may not have seen before and two – his portrait sessions are super relaxed and always fun. April and May seem to be the months when we schedule a ton of engagement portrait sessions and over the next few weeks we will have quite a few lovely couples to introduce you to.
Renai and Andrew are one such gorgeous couple who wanted their portraits taken in the stunning Burleigh Heads National Park. This amazing area is practically on their doorstep – it’s a great place for them to unwind and the perfect spot for their engagement portrait. Rich was excited about this shoot because he loves nothing more than getting out into nature and taking photographs surrounded by trees – you might have to climb a few rocks or scale a few trees to get the shots he wants but, I’m sure you’ll agree, the results speak for themselves.
We hope that Renai and Andrew enjoy the next year of planning for their upcoming wedding at Boomerang Farm, they are such a great couple we just know their wedding is going to be something beautiful.
Ian ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson, a Brisbane wedding photographer, has been a friend, colleague and mentor to me now for many years. I first met Wilko when I was working for a creative software company and it was he who first dragged me along to shoot a wedding. The idea of choosing photography as a career had never even crossed my mind until that day. From memory, the shoot was about a 90 minute drive from Brisbane and I think he may have invited me along just so he had come company for the drive. The results however, I think, surprised us both. I absolutely loved every moment of the day and Wilko told me I was the best assistant he had ever had. For all I knew, he may well say this to everyone who ever assists him, however it was enough for the cogs in my mind to start turning and working a path to truly turning this into a career… and loving every minute!
It has been a number of years since I have assisted Wilko on a wedding, so when he said he was shooting at Mavis’s Kitchen, practically in my backyard, I jumped at the opportunity to tag along.
Kylie is also a photographer, so it was no surprise that she chose Ian Wilkinson to capture every aspect of the day. Ian and I were capturing the entire day digitally. Ted Hagemeijer from ‘In The Booth’ was working hard entertaining the guests with his photobooth. And as a special treat, Wilko organised Alex Kennison to capture tintypes using old-school, wet plate collodion techniques that date back to the 1850’s. We are pretty sure this is the first wedding to combine the modern digital capture with techniques from the 1800’s. Alex had converted his Tarago into a mobile darkroom so that he could prepare the plates and process them as soon as each image was captured. It was a real treat to watch and a great crowd-pleaser!
Kylie and Andrew, I hope you had an amazing day… you certainly won’t have any shortage of imagery to remember it by.