Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Wedding of Kate and John, October 25th.

Kate and John live near Dalby just out past Toowoomba but decided on a Brisbane wedding catering to their international guests.

The boys were spending the morning near Park Road at Milton, so we all went for a stroll to the cafe precinct for a few photos. Everyone was in high spirits and looking forward to the day ahead. Very soon it was off to the girls at the Astor Hotel.

Kate was a beautiful bride who finished off her look with a tartan gartar heralding her Scottish heritage. Her parents had flown in for the wedding and it was a lovely family group to mix with.

BBC chapel was the obvious choice for a wedding with John being an ex BBC student. Upon arriving at the chapel guests were greeted by pipers from the school. It was a great way to start off a ceremony acknowledging the Scottish blood in the family.

The location photos were taken at the Mt Cootha botanical gardens where we headed to the Japanese Gardens to shoot. The setting was just right and we had some nice light for shooting however nobody was keeping a close eye on the time and we managed to get locked inside! After a bit of scouting, an exit was found and it was off to The Summit Restaurant for the reception.

The Summit looked great as usual and after a few more photos and some mixing with (and shooting) the guests, it was time to depart.

Congratulations Kate and John, enjoy your honeymoon relaxing in the sun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wedding of Naomi and Mark, 4th October, Brisbane.

The 4th of October was the perfect day for a wedding. The weather was glorious and it was neither hot nor cold. What more could a bride and groom ask for?

This is my first wedding working alongside Alex since last December and we were soon back to our usual banter and competitiveness. It was as though I had never been away. We both went and shot the boys first and they were wonderfully cool, calm and collected enjoying shooting pool on a wonky table. They were a great group of guys who were happy to joke around and have some fun. Shooting them was a breeze and very soon we were headed over to the girls.

The girls were a little behind schedule but they did a great job of pulling it all together (in the midst of getting their photos taken). We love it when we get emotional brides and Naomi didn't disappoint us. When she was dressed and ready and standing in front of her mum and dad, she shed a few tears and still looked simply beautiful. There was an obvious closeness with her family and her attendants and it was so nice to see everyone work together harmoniously to get it all happening.

Naomi and Mark opted for a mass along with their wedding service and it was such a powerful experience hearing nearly a nearly full church lift their voices in song to celebrate their union. It's not often we see a mass with the service so we felt very honoured to be a part of it all.

Soon after the service we were off to Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens for photos. Naomi and Mark were now completely at ease and everyone enjoyed a drink while we strolled around. The girls were quite entertaining and eerily accurate with their Tyra Banks impressions.

The photos were finished off atop Mt Cootha at sunset before heading into The Summit restaurant for their reception. It was a wonderfully happy day with few hiccups and a very loving couple.

Naomi and Mark had their pre-wedding shoot with us just a couple of weeks earlier and this made them both so at ease in front of the camera on their wedding day. We thoroughly recommend that couples take advantage of engagement/pre wedding shoots as the results really do speak for themselves.

Congratulations Naomi and Mark.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Portrait Session at Cleveland - October 2008

The day of this portrait shoot rolled around and the morning was gray and miserable after a night of heavy rain. We were thinking of postponing the shoot but the rain held off and by midday the clouds started to clear. By the time we arrived at Cleveland for the shoot and met up with Carmen, Josh and their two gorgeous boys, we knew we were heading for a spectacular sunset.

We wanted the kids to feel at ease in front of the camera so we let them loose on the play equipment while we walked around and took a few shots. Tyson was loving it and very soon he was stopping every now and then to throw us some big smiles. We took our cue from the boys and decided to capture them all while the boys were enjoying themselves.

As the sun started to set, we went to the boat ramp on the western side of the point and started taking some photos there. The sky was like an artist's canvas and was lit up with rich golden tones and the wind was blowing us all around giving a dramatic atmosphere to the images.

The last couple of photos were captured when the sun finally dipped below the horizon leaving the sky with an array of warm pink and purple tones.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon of shooting at one of our favourite locations and we are sure the boys must have slept well that night after all the activity during the shoot. They were fantastic even when it started to get a bit chilly from the onshore winds.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Savvy Studios: McLean Family Portraits

A couple of Sundays ago, Alex and I had the pleasure of photographing portraits for the McLean family made up of Anthony, Rhiannon, Boston and Jordana. I was thrilled to go out on this shoot as this was a return client. The last time I saw them I photographed Boston when he was just two months old. Wow the time has gone so fast! He is now a cheeky and active five year old about to start prep in the new year.

We all headed to New Farm park so the kids could play and have a good time. I felt like a bit of a stalker (trailing the kids with my camera while Alex went off and photographed Rhiannon and Anthony), but the kids thought it was great and every so often they would turn around and give me a smile and throw me a random pose. Rhiannon and Anthony soon joined in and we got some great shots of the whole family. Jordana was also happy to play fairy just for me. She was a great little model and played up to the camera perfectly.

The day ended on a happy note with the kids being treated to ice cream by their mum and dad. It was great to see that the kids enjoyed themselves and had such a great time playing in front of the camera.