One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer is experiencing all the different ways people choose to celebrate their special day. The different cultures and religions, the locations and settings, the styling, all of it very diverse and equally appropriate and fitting to each couple. On this weekend, I spent Saturday in Bowral shooting the wedding of Jess and Sam, set in colour-rich autumn countryside, and the very next morning, I was back to the sunshine and golden sands of Byron Bay for the intimate ceremony of Kirby and Brad.
Kirby and Brad are from Mount Gambier in South Australia and fell in love with Byron on a previous holiday. They were married amongst a small gathering of family and friends on Byron Bay’s gorgeous Clarkes Beach. Michelle Shannon officiated the ceremony in her forever friendly and casual style. The guests were treated to the delicacies of the Byron Beach Cafe while we popped up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse in style, chauffeured by Alex of Coast 58 in his pristine 1958 Kombi.
I’d like to make a special mention and send out a huge thank you to Suze McLeod of Down Bangalow Road for assisting and second-shooting on the day… and capturing some incredible imagery!
It was a simply glorious afternoon on Tuesday in Byron Bay. I spent the last 90 minutes of daylight strolling between The Pass and Clarkes Beach, capturing these images for Kym & Kent on their engagement session shoot. We include an engagement session with each of our wedding packages. It’s a great way for everyone to get to know one another, and for me to understand what is important to the couple photographically. I believe this is something that shouldn’t wait until the wedding day and having this prior knowledge can only add to the quality of images captured on the big day.
Kym & Kent are to be married this Saturday in Alstonville with their reception at Down Convery’s Lane. Keep an eye on the blog for more from this stunning couple.
It was an absolutely blisteringly hot day on Saturday when Laura & Thomas became husband and wife. The beach setting for their ceremony was a lot more crowded than it usually would be with everyone from miles around turning to the cool of the ocean to ease the heat. During part of the service I actually couldn’t see what I was doing as my eyes were stinging from sweat and my glasses were all fogged up. And as you can imagine, the use of your eyes are kind of important for a photographer. Despite the conditions that would make some couple’s moods heat up to match that of the climate, not once did I see anything but beaming smiles on the faces of Laura and Tom (well except for the moment Tom teared up when he first saw Laura walk onto the beach). These guys laughed and smiled all day and I actually have a sore face now from smiling so much as I work through editing their images.
The entire day was one of the most fun weddings I’ve attended, despite the heat. It was all too easy to ride along on the excitement and joy that was beaming from Laura and Tom. From beginning to end, the whole day was a blast… and they even had a flash mob first dance!
Byron Bay holds a very special place in the hearts of Yasemin and Johan Mårtensson. Although they are both from Sweden, it was Byron Bay where they first met fourteen years ago. The couple have been holidaying here for the past couple of months with their children and wanted to preserve the memories with a photo session on the beach. Below are just a few of the images from their session.
Lately I have been wearing shorts to beach sessions as I usually end up getting in the water up to my knees to grab particular shots. On this occasion however, I had just come from a commercial shoot and was decked out in full business attire. Initially I rolled up my pants as I paddled around but as soon as the first wave hit me, I just gave up and went all the way in up to my shoulders. I think it was well worth the effort though. The water was beautiful and I think we grabbed a few great shots as a result!