Last week, Rebecca, Jamie and I had organised to meet at Ballina’s Shelly Beach for their engagement shoot. When we arrived however, the beach was totally wild. The surf was thrashing around and dumping huge amounts of foam onto the beach. The sky was thick with salt and sand, and all-in-all it just didn’t seem like what any of us had in mind.
We decided instead to take a short drive to Boulder Beach and the comparison was incredible. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions at this well protected little cove. The new location also brought back some old memories. Four years ago I shot Rebecca’s good friend Kaila’s wedding nearby and we came to this very same location for the couple’s creative shoot.
These guys were such fun to shoot and I can’t wait for the big day in September!
Easter Weekend in the Northern Rivers for the most part was wet… wet, wet, wet. Annie and Denham were up from country Victoria visiting family and had scheduled their engagement shoot for Saturday afternoon, but sadly it was too wet to achieve the kind of sunny beach shots the couple had in mind. On Sunday however, the clouds parted and gave way to an absolutely glorious afternoon. Lennox Head holds a special place in the couple’s hearts, so it was great to be able to shoot in and around Lennox and Boulder Beach.
You’ll see more of Annie and Denham later in the year when they are married on Annie’s family property at Alstonville.
Sunsets on the beach have been absolutely gorgeous lately and Sunday afternoon was no exception. Nikki, Shaun and I started their session with their beloved Harley Davidson at one of the few tunnels that are yet to be tagged on the new highway roadworks between Tintenbar and Bangalow. It was great shooting on a road where you didn’t need to worry about traffic and it was a great excuse for Shaun to get the Harley out! From there we took a short drive down to Lennox Head and experienced a beautifully colourful Spring sunset. Nikki and Shaun are set to be married in Ballina later this month… keep an eye on the blog for more from this fun loving couple.
Yesterday’s engagement session with Erin & Evan was so much fun! Not since the tropical waters of Fiji at Catherine & Troys wedding earlier this year have I ventured into the water to capture an image, but yesterday the weather was so nice I decided I just had to get wet… and I’m so pleased I did. And to even the score, Erin and Evan jumped into the lake for the last shot of the day. What great sports! I think the effort was certainly worth it. I absolutely love the image we made. The couple are silhouetted again the last light of the day, framed by Tea Trees and accompanied by a pair of ducks… I love it!
I am so looking forward to shooting Erin & Evan’s wedding at Figtree Restaurant & Rooms in January. It will be my first wedding of the year and I couldn’t think of a nicer couple to start the year with!
During my twenty-odd years of living in Brisbane, there was always one part of the Northern Rivers district that would make me feel homesick whenever I passed through it. That’s the stretch of road between Lennox Head and Ballina. This road passes Boulders Beach, Skennars Head and Flat Rock, and all of these locations hold some of the fondest memories of my childhood and teenage years. I remember in my later teens wishing I could own (or at least visit) some of the spectacular properties that line the hilltops along this road. Well on Saturday, I finally got to visit one. This was the location of Kaila and Danny’s ceremony and reception and it was as gorgeous as I had always imagined. Uninterupted views across to Boulders Beach on a day when the weather was perfect! You couldn’t pick a more stunning location and the entire day was simply magical. A beautiful couple surrounded by gorgeous friends at a spectacular venue… it all made my job a little too easy!