What a beautiful wedding! A team of Hollywood producers couldn’t have planned Kate & Magid’s day any better. Firstly, the event was staged at the magnificent Figtree Restaurant & Rooms. The bridesmaids preparations, the ceremony and the reception all took place at Figtree and the staff were sensational during every aspect of the day. The weather was spectacular and we had wildlife in abundance all day. During the family photos, a small rabbit popped over to see what was going on. Just off the coast of the Byron Bay lighthouse, we had numerous whales putting on quite a display during the location shoot and several wallabies down by the beach at Belongil.
They say good things happen to good people, so it is no surprise that this was a truly sensational day… Kate & Magid are two of the nicest, most genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. Congratulations guys! See you when you return from your honeymoon.
Rebecca and Jason’s wedding was simply beautiful! The preparations for both bride and groom were held in stunning locations at The Pocket and Mullumbimby and the venue for the ceremony and reception was divine.
The boys got ready at Jason’s Dads property at The Pocket and I think I may have been a little bit like a kid in a candy store. The property was bursting with picturesque locations to shoot in. Below are just a couple of my favourites.
The girls preparations were in Mullumbimby at Rebecca’s family home and just across the road were two trees that I think framed the bridal portraits and Bec’s family images beautifully.
The Abbey, in the Tweed Heads hinterland village of Cobaki, boasts a gorgeous open-air chapel beside a lake and surrounded by trees and wildlife. The chapel floods with light and is an absolute joy to shoot in. This was my first time shooting a wedding at The Abbey, but I’m very happy to say that it won’t be long before I return.
This past weekend was the 37th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. The APPAs provide a platform for professional photographers to enter images they have produced within the previous 24 months and have them judged by some of the very best talent in the industry.
This was my first time entering the national awards and I am very proud to say that I received 2 awards in the highly competitive wedding category. The first image came from the wedding of Rebecca & Garth in Yamba earlier this year, featuring a caravan on the main road into Yamba where a local sugar cane farmer sells hay-bales. This image received a silver award. My second image received a Silver Distinction and is from the wedding of Carly & Coady in November last year. This image was taken out the back of Alstonville on a private property. When I first approached the owner for permission to shoot under this tree, his reply was one of bewilderment… ‘What that scraggly ol’ thing? Sure, go ahead!’. That ‘scraggly ol’ tree’ now features prominently on the wall of my studio, as a double page spread in the couple’s wedding album and currently on the Silver Distinction wall at the APPAs in Melbourne.
Congratulations to all of my colleagues who picked up awards over the weekend and good luck to the category winners who are most likely being announced in Melbourne as I write this post.
I don’t believe I ever question why I live in this part of the country, but if ever I did, afternoons like last Sunday would surely be reason enough. It was a spectacular afternoon in Byron Bay and the perfect setting for an engagement session. Melissa and Sidney are an awesome young couple and really great sports. We spent much of the afternoon just admiring the weather and the sunset, but at other times, they were climbing over sharp rocks, strolling down dirt tracks, along-side no-so-pleasant-smelling swamp lands and standing in ankle-high sea water (which turned into waist-high sea water as soon as they hit their marks)… anything to get the shot!
The Bangalow Guesthouse will play host to their November wedding and I really can’t wait to spend another day shooting with these guys… they truly are a wonderful couple.