Sunday, December 27, 2009

Katrina and Dan - October 31st, 2009

Things have been a little bit hectic here with wedding season well and truly taking over. October was a brilliant and fun month with eight weddings on our calendar. We finished the month with Katrina and Dan's wedding on Watego's Beach at Byron Bay.

Watego's Beach is special for this family as it's named after one of Dan's ancestors. What a great way to create a new branch of the Watego family than to have the ceremony on Watego's Beach!

Congratulations to Katrina and Dan on your special day.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

And the winner is...

In September we lauched our, "Pay it Forward" competition where entrants were asked to tell us what they would do if they received $5000 of wedding photography absolutely free.

We received a number of fantastic entries and the competition was tough, but the lucky couple who have won $5000 of wedding photography from Savvy Studios are Dani and Paul from Holland Park. Dani is currently studying at university and has said that she will pay it forward by offering respite care to a family with a disabled daughter.

For anyone who has ever been in need of a respite carer or who has been a full-time carer of someone who needs the support; respite is always very needed and appreciated by the families who receive assistance. Dani's offer was heartfelt and I know she will really make a difference when she pays it forward.

Congratulations to Dani and Paul. We hope you have a great Christmas and look forward to catching up with you in the new year.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bel, Curt and baby Hudson - a Family Portrait

Belinda and Curt were featured in one of our very first blog posts when we showed them visiting our studio when collecting their wedding album. Time has flown and now Curt and Belinda have a beautiful little son named, Hudson.

Hudson was keen to meet his mum and dad and arrived five weeks early back on June 21st. Obviously under such circumstances, a newborn shoot was out of the question as he spent his first few weeks in hospital growing stronger each day. Now at 4 1/2 months old he a still a little tacker, but healthy and absolutely perfect.

So here is Hudson's first official photoshoot with his very proud mum and dad.

Belinda and Curt, he was just so beautiful. I can't wait to see how he grows. I hope you like this little preview.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Merrin and Mario - 25th October 2009

For this wedding, Alex had one of our favourite second shooters, Serena, head out with him while I had a day at home with my boys.

Merrin and Mario both looked great and Alex and Serena were impressed by the willingness of another wedding party who were all happy to be in front of the camera.

After the touching marriage ceremony at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Mt. Gravatt, it was off to the favourite locations around Mirra at Fortitude Valley for a few more photos then in to Mirra, where Merrin and Mario partied the night away.

Congratulations to Merrin and Mario on your marriage and we hope you enjoy a few of these images from your day.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tracy and Jeff - 24th October 2009

Wow! What a day we had with Tracy and Jeff. We arrived to shoot the boys and within two minutes we were introduced to their humour and the laughs just kept on rolling all day. There wasn't a hint of shyness with this group and even one of the groomsmen's mothers got into the spirit by helping Jeff to dress (er, umm... and undress.) The hot pink undies on the groom must have done the trick.

We headed over to the girls to be met by Tracy who was excited and a little nervous about the day ahead, but very soon she got into the swing of things and along with her maids, they were all hamming it up for the camera.

The ceremony was at Sirromet Winery then we whisked the bridal party away for some photos by the bayside. When we arrived back for the last of the photos at Sirromet, the storm clouds had rolled in and there was lightning off in the distance. We couldn't believe our luck with the magnificent light and weather. Perfect for photos.

The reception room looked amazing and was topped off by a very popular chocolate fountain from "Chocolate Cascades". After capturing all the amazing room details and taste testing a few of the marshmallows and strawberries dipped in chocolate it was time for us to head off leaving everyone to party the night away.

Congratulations to Tracy and Jeff, we hope you are enjoying your Thai honeymoon and hope you like your sneak peek.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A New Beginning - Birth Photography

A few days ago Carmen contacted me asking if I would photograph the impending birth of her son. Birth photography is one of my favourite things - it is a time in a woman's life when she is most vulnerable yet also most powerful. I obviously jumped at the chance and chatted to Carmen about her due dates (another week away) and all the little details.

Just two nights later as I jumped into bed I received the phonecall to say her waters had broken and I was off to Ipswich Hospital for the big event.

I arrived at emergency at the same time as Carmen, her mother Bev and her sister Gretchen. We all made the trek to the bith suites together to wait and see what happened.

Carmen ended up sleeping for a bit with her sister close by her side. She soon hopped up to go to the bathroom and ended up staying in there until the birth of her perfect little son a couple of hours later. The high pressure shower head and gas were the only pain relied used. A huge thumbs up has to go to Gretchen also who was everything a support person should be and more - she barely left her sister's side the whole time.

Please enjoy this birth slideshow. It runs for 8 min 34 sec so you might want to grab a coffee.

Thank you to Carmen for allowing me to document this most amazing part of your life and congratulations on the birth of your not so little man.

*no graphic birth pictures are included*

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Alison and Boyd - 17th October 2009

Alison and Boyd had their pre-wedding photos taken by Alex in the weeks leading up to the wedding. We knew we were going to have a bright and colourful day if the results of the e-shoot were anything to go by.

Boyd was preparing for the day at his mum's house where everyone was so relaxed, you wouldn't have thought they were about to head off to a wedding! We were welcomed in and shown around and even got to pat the dogs before getting into the job of taking photos.

Very soon it was off to the girls where we photographed Alison who looked divine in her designer dress finished with French lace. I'm not one to cry at weddings but the pure emotion displayed by Alison's mum was quite powerful and even I couldn't help but shed a tear at how proud she looked of her daughter.

The ceremony saw us back at one of the prettiest ceremony venues, Latrobe Chapel in Paddington. Although Alison had to be sent around the block a couple of times as the priest was a few minutes late, however he did make it and the ceremony went off without a hitch.

The reception was held at Mirra in the Valley. It's a great venue and has the advantage of being a short walking distance from a variety of photo locations. We had a great time shooting with the whole bridal party in and around Mirra and taking in the Valley sights. The staff at Mirra always impress us with their dedication to service and this time was no exception.

Congratulations to Alison and Boyd! We know from your facebook updates that you are enjoying your French honeymoon and we hope you also enjoy your sneak peek.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Michelle, Shawn, Jake and baby bump

Michelle had found us through another happy Savvy Studios maternity client and when she called she told me that she loved her friend's photos and wanted something like that for herself. This is always a great compliment to hear.

At 36 weeks pregnant, Michelle looked radiant and with a busy little Jake climbing over her it's no wonder she's keeping active. We started the photoshoot in a studio setting but after the maternity shots I suggested we take Jake to the park so he could explore (as three year olds like to do).

Jake had a ball! He was throwing stones and checking out the ducks and the tiny fish when suddenly he tumbled in. Hats off to Jake though as he picked himself up and promptly went and high-fived mum. All caught on camera! There are photos of this in the slideshow.

It was lovely to meet up with you Michelle, Shawn and Jake and I hope you have an easy few weeks before your next little one makes an appearance.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sara and Jacob - 10th October 2009

Sometimes we are presented with a photographic challenge and we love to meet these challenges head on. Sara and Jake had requested from us as few posed photos as possible, keep a focus on their friends and family and scheduled us 30 minutes of photo time after the wedding to get all we needed to capture.

Usually our day involves Alex as 'primary shooter' who will set up scenes and give a couple direction ensuring he captures the shots that are the must-have images, and I am usually in the 'second shooter' position and have the luxury of walking around the scene Alex has set up and capturing from a different angle or I even just get to sit back and wait for the moment a couple will relax and take the shots with the great natural smiles or the intimate looks at each other between Alex's shots.

However for Sara and Jake, both Alex and I were shooting mainly photo-journalistic style (with a few mildly directed scenes thrown in)... and we loved it! It was great to have a day where we were doing something sightly different with the challenge of a time limit added. Great fun :)

Sara looked absolutely stunning, Jake couldn't wipe the smile from his face and all the little details that went into this day were perfect; from the three different yet complimentary maids' dresses, the variety of flowers used through all the bouquets and also the table settings, the venue and the entertainment. It all came together perfectly and then there were speeches that were all heartfelt, sincere, warm and outright hilarious.

Congratulations to Sara and Jake for inviting us to be a part of your day and we hope you enjoy this small selection of your images.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jacob's First Official Photoshoot

A few of our regular followers might remember a maternity shoot from a couple of months ago featuring a very radiant mum and dad, Vanessa and Warren.

Vanessa and Warren welcomed little Jacob to the world and I was invited to their home to take his newborn photos.

At five weeks old, he's a little more alert than the typical newborn so 'posing' was kept to a minimum. Jacob is a beautiful and calm baby so shooting was made very easy as long as he wasn't moved around too much.

Congratulations to Vanessa and Warren on the arrival of your beautiful son. I can't wait to be invited into your lives again in the future to take photos of Jacob as he grows.

My Newest Little Niece... newborn photos

This is a special shoot for me. I'm one of five children and before this year, between my brothers and sister, there were seven grandchildren and only one of them was a girl. I'm the biggest producer of boys in the family having four of my own. However this year saw the girls making a comeback. I had two neices born in March and April named Amaya and Tiffany then my sister found out she was pregnant with her long awaited baby girl.

Mariska has two older brothers, my oldest nephew Alex who is nearly 18 and my chatterbox nephew, Craig, who has just turned seven. My sister has always wanted a little girl so this was a case of third time lucky for her.

This session took place in my mother's very dark house using natural light only. It was a bit of a challenge.

So here is my newest and very gorgeous niece, Mariska with her brothers and her mother...

My youngest brother and his fiance are the next in the queue with a baby due in January. Boy or girl, time will tell...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rebecca and Chris - Sunday 4th October, 2009

becss16 Sunday morning brought an early start, heading out the door at 8.20am to be at the groom's family home by nine. After two weddings in the two days prior, we were just a little bit tired and felt as though we started the day running on empty. However as soon as we arrived to take photos of Chris and his groomsmen, Chris's dad, Neil made us feel immediately welcomed and pretty soon it was full steam ahead.

The boys were definitely a group of lads and happy to ham it up for the camera. It would be possible to make a slideshow purely of the Chris, Scott, Sam and Anthony, however there was also a stunning bride to take photos of.

We headed into the Stamford Plaza and were met by a very excited Bec. Bec had reason to be excited; she had received a free upgrade from a junior suite at the Stamford to THE Stamford Suite. The Stamford Suite has housed celebrities and royalty including the Queen, Madonna, John Travolta, Rod Stewart and many more - infact, there is a plaque in the room as you walk in telling you who else has stayed there. We received the grand tour and have to admit, if you have $4000 to spare, a night at the Stamford Suite wouldn't be a shabby place to stay. With the formal tour out of the way, we got down to the nitty gritty of shooting the final preparations then some last minute photos of Bec. There is one photo of Bec that we just adore, with Bec's history of dance it was hard not to incorporate her strength and grace into one amazing image.

After a ceremony at St Mary's Anglican Church, we headed under the Storey Bridge to start shooting the location images. It was here that we realised just how crazy for each other Bec and Chris are as they frequently went into their own little world while we were shooting. It was just so nice to be witness to those moments of tenderness. This continued for the remainder of the shoot in the Botanical Gardens before making our way to the reception venue; Oxley's on the River.

When we made it to Oxley's there was a full moon rising over the city so we quickly bundled Bec and Chris off to take adavantage of the photo opportunity before their formal entry to the reception as husband and wife.

Congratulations to Bec and Chris on your day and thank you for allowing us to be a part of it and letting us see a glimpse of the obvious tenderness you have for each other. We hope you enjoy your sneak peek.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Jade and Glyn, Saturday October 3rd 2009

The second wedding of the weekend was held at Quay West in Brisbane City, with both bride, Jade, and groom, Glyn, choosing to get ready there, as well as having their ceremony and reception within the complex.

We quickly discovered that both Jade and Glyn are highly animated people with a wicked sense of humour. Jade's mum and dad joined in and also kept the jokes rolling thick and fast. It certainly set us off from the outset and we had a great time capturing a variety of expressions and emotions from both Jade and Glyn that bubbled over during the day.

After a touching ceremony, we walked around the local area taking photos along Alice Street then into the botanical gardens before heading back to Quay West for the reception.

Congratulations on your marriage, Jade and Glyn. We hope you enjoy your sneek peak and can't wait to see you again very soon.

Christine and Jason - Friday 2nd October 2009

October began with a bang for us with three weddings over the first weekend. The first being the marriage of Christine and Jason on the Friday.

We arrived at Christine's family home on Friday morning to find her family in high spirits and quite relaxed. With a dust storm forecast we warned Christine that her dress might be red by the end of the day and it was like water off a duck's back. This set the tone for the day which was casual and easy going.

The ceremony was held at the chapel of Sommerville House. The chapel has a simple elegance and the perfect choice for Christine and Jason; particulary seeing as how Christine was a former student at the school. A former teacher of Christine's was playing in the string quartet (who performed beautifully). After a lovely ceremony and a few family photos, we all headed to the Gallery of Modern Art for the location shots.

GOMA is great fun for photos and we just couldn't visit there without taking advantage of the Las Vegas style sign they currently have erected to promote their latest exhibition. Christine, Jason and their bridal party enjoyed drinks and nibbles on the lawn of GOMA in between photos. It was a great atmosphere and the predicted dust storm held off.

Soon enough, it was off to Victoria Park Golf Course for the reception and the last few photos. Jason and Christine had made some excellent selections with their pre-recption entertainment (a jazzy live band) and their pre-dinner nibbles were delicious and plentiful. A huge thumbs up to Vic Park Golf Club staff who went out of their way to look after us photographers also. The room looked fantastic and Christine and Jason had created a great atmosphere to enjoy with their friends and family.

Congratulations to Christine and Jason on your marriage and we look forward to catching up with you both soon.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Natalie and Peter - September 19th, 2009

The wedding of Natalie and Peter was truly a story about good things coming to those who wait. Nat and Pete met at university eleven years ago where Pete was studying medicine and Nat was studying education. After travelling the world together and seeing some amazing sights, they decided to begin their marriage in the same place they began their relationship - Immanuel College at the Universtity of Qld.

The chapel was standing room only, filled to the brim by family, friends and Natalie's year nine students who were thrilled to see their favourite teacher getting married. The walls glowed with vivid colour from the stained glass windows and there were very touching musical performances by talented friends.

As Nat and Pete walked out of the chapel as husband and wife, there was a brilliant, "Simpsons" reference made by having, "Garden of Eden" played on the chapel's organ. It was only fitting seeing as how Natalie and Pete live in the suburb of Springfield.

We all moved into the depths of UQ to take the location photos and ended up finding a few nooks and crannies we hadn't discovered in previous shoots. Natalie, Pete and their attendants, Nat's sister Kelly and Pete's brother Dave, were full of laughs and were great in front of the camera. Very soon it was off to the reception at The Summit Restaurant at Mt Cootha.

This is a wedding we had been looking forward to as it included a slideshow of photos taken on the day to be played at the wedding. We love slideshows as it allows family and friends to see a larger selection of images that they might not otherwise have the chance to see. The feedback from the slideshow was great with lots of very happy guests (and bride and groom) grabbing me and Alex and hugging and kissing us with appreciation.

We both had a great time shooting this wedding and it was nice to feel the love that so many people had for Natalie and Peter.

Nat and Pete, we hope you enjoy this selection of your images. Congratulations and all the best for the future.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Unique Wedding Competition - How Will You "Pay it Forward"?

To see our new blog that is dedicated solely to this competition; head to

Remember... It can be sometimes be the small things that make a wedding unique or it can be something totally outrageous. Share all of it and don’t be shy! You just never know...

Hi, and welcome to the “Unique Wedding” competition.

Both Alex and Alicia believe in, “paying it forward”. This means when you receive a kindness, you pass along that kindness to the next person. Alex and Alicia have been showered and humbled by the amazing generosity of many of their friends and family over the last few years that they wanted to take the opportunity to, “pay it forward”, to the next person; and that person could be YOU.

Alicia and Alex have put together the ultimate wedding photography package to give away to one lucky couple, absolutely FREE. The wedding package includes coverage of the bride and groom preparation, ceremony, location photos and full reception coverage by both of them. It also includes a photo slideshow presentation at the wedding reception as well as a 40 side/ 20 page wedding album and the high resolution images on a disc. This is valued at well over $5000.

To be in the running for this fantastic prize, you need to send an email to addressing the following points:
- Your names
- Contact details
- Proposed wedding date
- How you met your partner
- Describe the proposal
- What makes your planned wedding, “unique”?
- How will you, “pay it forward” – if you receive your wedding photography absolutely free, how will you repay that, ‘kindness’ elsewhere?

To be eligible, your proposed wedding date needs to fall between February 1st, 2010 and December 1st 2010.

Entries close 1st December 2009. Ten finalists will be selected and interviewed with a winner being announced on 24th December 2009.

Please share this link around to anyone who you think might be eligible and interested! We can't wait to read your emails and stories and find out about your wedding day and how you will pay it forward.

Good luck!

~ Alicia and Alex

Terms and conditions
* Prize is not redeemable for cash and is not transferable
* Prize is forfeited if the date of the wedding is changed after the winner had been announced.
* Entry is open to any couple intending on having their wedding within Australia.
* If the wedding is held outside of the South East Qld area, the winning couple will be responsible for the travel and accommodation costs for two photographers for at least two nights (night before and night of the wedding).
* For this competition, South East Qld is considered as being anywhere within two hours drive of Brisbane city.
* Any information you submit for this competition may be used on the “Savvy Studios” website, blog or facebook page. * Email, street addresses and other contact details will not be made public or available to a third party at any time and will only be used by, “Savvy Studios” to contact you in regards to this competition.

Kristy and Luke, August 29th 2009

Kristy and Luke So as the girls went off to South Stradbroke Island, the boys, Alex and Matt, went to photograph their groom, Luke, at Bellbird Park and their bride, Kristy, at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane city. The boys were in high spirits and the girls looked fantastic however there was a hiccup... the limo was an hour late picking up Kristy!

Everyone soon made their way to Sirromet Winery for an elegant lakeside wedding, albeit a little bit later than planned. The ceremony included a, 'champagne ceremony' for the couple as a part of the proceedings. With limited sunlight the wedding party headed off into the winery grounds for their location photos.

Thanks again to Matt for heading out for the weekend with Alex and congratulations to Kristy and Luke.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Shannon and Shade, August 29th 2009

August 29th was a busy day for us here at Savvy Studios with two weddings on the books. We were fortunate enough to have the very talented pair of Katie and Matt from Shadowplay come out for the weekend to help us out. It ended up being "Boys vs Girls" with Alex and Matt heading out to Sirromet Winery for a wedding and me and Katie heading to An Island Hideaway on South Stradbroke Island.

The day started out looking a little miserable but by the time we all set out, it had cleared up completely to give us perfect weather... which was great for the island wedding as we all had to travel in water taxis to the venue.

I've never shot at An Island Hideaway before but it is a lovely venue for intimate and casual weddings with a great relaxed feel. The bridal party were well looked after by the lovely venue owner Benny (who was also the boat driver for the girls on the way to the island).

Shannon was dressed by her mother and sister and looked amazing as she was walked down the aisle by her father. Shade has the most radiant smile and he certainly lit up when he saw his bride walking towards him.

Katie and I had a great day shooting together with a few laughs along with the bridal party as you can see in this photo captured by Katie of me showing them a few images in the back of the camera.


A huge thank you goes out to Katie for coming along for the day and capturing some truly amazing photos and and even bigger congratulations to Shannon and Shade on your marriage. All the best for your future together and I hope you enjoy this little sneak peek slideshow.

For more of Shannon and Shade's wedding, click HERE to see Katie's blog post.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Louise and Nick - August 23rd 2009

This weekend was a busy one with Alex and Jodie heading out to a second wedding on Sunday.

There was a little bit of drama when the bride was informed that the limousine had been involved in an accident on the way to picking her up, but plans were quickly changed and Louise arrived to walk up the aisle to Nick, just as planned.

Congratulations on your marriage, Louise and Nick!





















Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tamarind & Greg - 22nd August 2009

Tam and Greg were married in the chapel at Crowne Plaza hotel on the Gold Coast, followed by location photos and reception at Q1.

Thanks to Jodie from Jodie Greck Photography for stepping in as a second shooter for the day.

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Congratulations to Tam and Greg!

Monday, August 17, 2009

School Daze - Caricatures

These images were a part of a concept shoot I photographed back in April. I wanted to make a caricature of the classroom stereotypes that we've all been exposed to at one point or another.

The children on this shoot were not models. They are students at the school that my two sons attend (my sons are 'class clown', 'nerd' and 'messy kid' ). ALL of the children were amazing and a whole lot of laughs.

Remember to check out the expressions on the faces of this kids in the background. Some of them are truly brilliant.


Class Clown (Part One)
The Class Clown (Part Two) - School Daze

Class Clown (Part Two)
The Class Clown (Part One) - School Daze

The Bookworm - School Daze

Note Passers
The Note Passers - School Daze

Over Achiever
The Over Achiever - School Daze

Cool Kid
The Cool Kid - School Daze

The Nerd - School Daze

The Bully - School Daze

Messy/Smelly Kid
The Messy & Smelly Kid - School Daze

Popular Girls
The Popular Girls - School Daze

Teacher's Pet
The Teacher's Pet - School Daze

The Jock(ette) - School Daze

and this last image is already on the blog a few posts earlier. It was a Silver award winner at this year's APPAs.

The Dunce - School Daze *award winning print*