Friday, January 29, 2010

Jodie and Scott - 19th December 2009

Our final wedding of 2009 is also going to be the biggest blog post of 2009!

If a few of you think the groom looks a little familiar, it's probably with good reason. Scott was a regular on channel 10, but he now has his own videography and production company that you can check out at

We first met Scott when he was the videographer at the wedding of Bec and Chris back in October and he booked us a few days later.

This wedding was a wedding full of the good stuff. Lots of emotion, a relaxed bride and groom, great family and uh-maz-ing attention to detail. I had a very difficult time trying to select the photos to blog as there were so many directions I could go. Do I show the emotion? The radiant bride? The huge storm that thundered in? All the details... ah! I'll show them all!

There were a few tense moments getting Jodie into her dress. Jodie's mother is the head of fashion at QUT and the dress was designed and made just for Jodie. It was a stunning and heavily beaded and textured vintage style dress. Jodie's mum had a fall in the weeks leading up to the wedding and had broken her arm so the dress production fell slightly behind. Beads were still being madly sewn onto the dress on the morning of the wedding and Jodie also ended up being sewn into the dress when it came time to put it on. Unknown to Jodie, the little detailed heart with her and Scott's names embroidered onto it was sewn into the dress as Jodie's something blue. It was a lovely finishing touch.

While Jodie was getting ready inside her mother's house (conveniently located next to the church grounds where the wedding was planned), Scott was outside doing a little "go-away-rain dance". The wedding was to be held on the lawn of the church and the seating had all been set up and decorated with some gorgeous cards that were made by Jodie's school students. They had the familiar school yard taunt written on them:

Jodie and Scott
Sitting in a tree
First comes love
Next comes marriage
Then comes the baby in the baby carriage

The cards were great but unfortunately Scott's dance wasn't successful and as the heavens opened, plans were hastily changed to have the ceremony inside the church instead.

The ceremony itself was touching and it was great to hear people speaking with such heart. It turns out that Jodie encouraged a student to contact Scott through a channel 10 program and this is how they ended up meeting. It's certainly a unique, 'how we met' story. The student who wrote to Scott was a very eloquent speaker during the ceremony. It was a lovely touch.

Lots of rain meant that we couldn't get all the photos that we like to get but it also means that we had to think of other ways to photograph them on their day. We had a little bit of time to get them outside without umbrellas and we worked as quick as we could to get the shots.

Then when we thought it was all over, Jodie said, "I'd like to get some photos out the back of the house. There's a pile of dirt down there." Alex and I looked at each other and thought of all the mud but hey, if a bride is keen to get out in the dirt on a rainy day, then we are happy to shoot it!

The biggest problem ended up being Jodie sinking into the dirt so we brought out a couple of chairs to pose them on. Jodie's vintage styling meant that it was the perfect time for a very old school serious photo. The rest of the series in front of the dirt pile was the result of the wedding guests cheering Scott on to make some moves, and Scott getting creative.

We likey!

Thank you to Jodie and Scott for ending our 2009 with such an awesome wedding. We had a whole lot of fun and we hope you love your photos...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Are You Being Served? - October 1st, 2nd and 3rd are now available!!

Sometimes unexpected things happen and this time it is the pitter patter of little feet.

No, Alex and I aren't expecting (four children is enough), but one of our lovely couples who has booked their wedding with us for October has just announced they are having a baby in September. This means that they have decided to push their wedding forward to May leaving the first weekend in October available for me to shoot!

Tessa and Jamie's wedding was going to be in Glen Innes which meant that I was unable to shoot for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of October as I had to include my travel time there and back... wow, we have knocked back so many weddings for these three dates! However, this could be good fortune for someone else.

Friday the 1st, Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of October are now available! Don't miss out on these dates as they are sure to fill fast.

Oh, and a huge congratulations to Tessa and Jamie on the impending bundle of joy! Can't wait to see the cute little baby bump when I shoot your wedding in May.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Maternity Photography - My Brother and My Gorgeous Sister in Law.

I come from large family and I'm the middle of five children. I have an older brother and sister and two younger brothers. My 'baby' brother has always been my favourite even though he's eight years younger than me.

Well my brother is all grown up and a proud member of Australia's Armed Forces. And he has a gorgeous fiance named Sarah who is due to give birth at any moment.

So about three weeks ago, I dragged them out to one of my favourite locations on the Gold Coast to shoot a maternity session (to a place that also happens to be one of my favourite places in the whole entire world). I had lots of ideas that I wanted to try out but the weather was against us and we lost a fair chunk of time sheltering from the rain under a tree.

We did manage to get some of the photos I wanted though... and the advantage of the clients being family means that I could edit them any way that I wanted to! I love it when I'm given free artistic range, although I still tried to keep it simple.

So here are the images from our very short session on a stormy, rainy and windy day. Thanks also to Serena for coming along and helping me on the shoot! I couldn't have done it without you.

Keep an eye out in the coming days for a new 'birth' slideshow. Sarah is letting me in the room to photograph the entry of her little man. It's bound to get a little emotional. Can't wait.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Susannah and Leon - 28th November 2009

It was a hot and humid morning as we set off for the wedding of Susannah and Leon. The sort of day that you just want to laze around in air conditioning drinking ice cold drinks. However we had a wedding to shoot and what a great wedding it was.

It was clear that Susannah had put alot of thought into the little touches and all the blue offset everything perfectly. Everything felt so bright and happy even though there were times when we felt like wilting in the heat. Susannah wisely stayed in front of the air-conditioning while preparing for her big day.

The wedding was at the City Tabernacle Baptist Church on Whickham Terrace. This is a church that I have loved and admired for years but have never been inside of and what a stunning church it is. We met the boys here and took a few shots of Leon on the steps at the back of the church that lead down to the basement levels. The light that flows into the church is amazing and I felt like it was making everyone radiate positivity. Leon was all smiles while waiting for Susannah to arrive... and she did arrive, early! She was sent to do a couple of laps around the block while the rest of the guests took their seats.

Being a typical Queensland day, you know that if it's hot and humid in the morning, you can expect a thunderstorm as the day moves along and the thunderstorm hit just as we were due to start shooting the location images. However we also know that in Qld, these types of storms are short lived and sure enough, the storm moved on but left the day slightly cooler with perfect overcast skies.

Susannah and Leon, congratualtions on your marriage and we hope you enjoy your sneak peak.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Deb and Cos - 14th November 2009

Things are still hectic here so I hope to do a big catch up over the next day or so.

Today we are blogging the wedding of Deb and Cos. Deb used to work with Alex back in his days at Virgin Blue but now Deb and husband, Cosimo, own the absolutely gorgeous, Couture Cupcakes at Bardon. Deb provided the most awesome cupcakes for our own wedding back in April after a last minute stuff up with the people we originally booked. If you want the most delectable cupcakes around with great service, go see Deb and Cos!

The wedding day was a big affair with many members of Cosimo's family flying in from Italy. We started the day with the bride and very soon the house was packed to the brim with bridesmaids and Deb's family and a visit from Cos's family before the wedding. There were many hugs and kisses to a truly radiant bride and before long it was off to St Stephen's Cathedral for the ceremony.

The boys looked very cool in their suits but spent a few nervous minutes waiting for the bride who was fashionably late.

After the ceremony we headed to Teneriffe for the location photos. This location is very popular for wedding photos but it has a little more significance for Deb and Cos because it also happens to be the street they live on.

We all headed off to the reception at Victoria Park Golf Club which was marvellous as usual. We put together a same night slideshow for Deb and Cos that brought out tears, smiles and pure joy.

Thank you to Deb and Cosimo for allowing us to be a part of such a great day and we can't wait to see you again soon.

P.S. When Deb came to pick up her proof photos yesterday she delivered a scrumptious gift. Thanks for the delicious cupcakes Deb!

Cupcakes! Nom nom nom!

Cupcakes! Nom nom nom!

Cupcakes! Nom nom nom!

This next one did have a little chocolate stick on top but my ten year old son claimed it...
Cupcakes! Nom nom nom!

Cupcakes! Nom nom nom!

Cupcakes! Nom nom nom!