I absolutely love sunset sessions at the beach, and Karmen and Nick’s engagement session was certainly no exception. Karmen and Nick are visiting Australia from Hong Kong and wanted some images to celebrate their engagement but also to capture the essence of their new favourite place, Byron Bay. On a day that started out very overcast and grey, I couldn’t believe the gorgeous afternoon we had to work with. Everything fell into place and the result was a fun, casual shoot in one of the most amazing places on the planet.
The guys are due to be married back in Hong Kong later this year. Karmen and Nick, don’t forget if you have trouble finding a wedding photographer back in Hong Kong, I’m only a nine hour flight away : )
Today was the first day of the 2015 AIPP Queensland Professional Photography Awards. I still can’t quite believe it, but each of my four entries into the Landscape category received a Silver award. This was my very first time entering this category and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Special thanks to Tristam Evison from EV Photo at Tweed Heads who masterfully printed all of my entries and made them look their absolute best!
Earlier this week Lorna, Nathan and I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours between rain showers to shoot their engagement session in and around Bangalow. The 4th of July is a big day for celebrations for our North American friends, but this year it will be an even bigger day for Lorna and Nathan. The couple are to be married at St Kevins Catholic Church in Bangalow and then celebrate the event with a reception at Bangalow’s famous (and freshly painted) A&I Hall.
Some people travel far and wide to find the perfect location for their wedding. Others have it all right in their own backyard (or in this case, their parent’s backyard). Amy’s parents live on a gorgeous property in The Pocket, just north of Byron Bay and their 100 year old dairy shed made the perfect setting for the couple’s special day.
Amy and David are two of the nicest and most welcoming people you could ever wish to meet. Even though I was essentially nothing more than the hired help, all day I was treated as though I was a long time friend and they both went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I noticed the same consideration was made for everyone present and on a day that is supposed to be all about them, they ensured everyone was having a great time.
At one point I noticed a tattoo on Amy’s foot of the Olympic rings. When I questioned her she responded with, ‘Oh yeah, I was in the 2008 Beijing Olympics’, like it was no big thing. It turns out that not only did she attend, but she and her water polo teammates came home with Bronze medals.
After a magical ceremony on The Pocket property, everyone made their way to Harvest Cafe at Newrybar for Amy and David’s reception. Surrounded by family and friends, great food, impeccable service and quality entertainment, it was the perfect way to cap off a perfect day. Thank you Amy and David for letting me be apart of your amazing day!
Kym and Kent’s magical day started at the Ramada Hotel & Suites in Ballina. Kym and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup styled by Jessica Briggs. Jess always does such lovely, natural work and the results photograph beautifully. The boys were all getting ready just down the hall, with a little whiskey to help things along.
The ceremony was held in the grand old Alstonville Uniting church which celebrated its 100th anniversary just a few years ago. The couple were joined by more than a hundred of their family and friends who all witnessed a wonderfully heartfelt service.
From there everyone made their way up to Down Convery’s Lane at Woollongbar for drinks and canapes and later dinner, more drinks and a whole lot of dancing.