This wedding changed me. To be in a part of the country that is so utterly breathtaking and to bare witness to this wedding, I honestly don't feel like I have the words. But I will try.
Kirstel, originally from Townsville, and Scott, originally from Brisbane met when they were both posted to work in Tully, a small sugar cane town near Mission beach in Far North Tropical Queensland. I don't think either Scott or Kirstel could have anticipated how that work posting would have impacted on their lives, but as fate would have it, as it often does, it was meant to be.
Kirstel and Scott both have family scattered along the entire eastern seaboard of Australia and to have everyone celebrating their wedding with them in their breathtaking little part of the country was for them, a way of sharing their love for each other and with their families.
This wedding is incredibly beautiful, not only for it's location but for what it represents. For all the small moments leading up to the day. For the anticipation, the laughter and the love. For the way Scott looked at Kirstel as he made his vows.
2016. What a year. The last days of 2015 rolled lazily into the first days of 2016. (You know that time of year? Those lovely few lazy days where you lose all concept of what day of the week it is?)
2016 lay endlessly before me. A blank slate. Yet to be written. Filled with endless possibilities, adventures, challenges, stories, yet to unfold. But most of all, what lay before me was hope. Hope for growth, both personally and professionally, hope for those I love around me, hope, for all the beautiful stories I had yet to encounter.
And this for me is what it's all about. Hope, for the endless possibilities of what the year ahead could hold for me. I found myself out of my comfort zone, pushing myself on so many levels. Always challenging my practice, asking myself, what else? What more is there? How can I push myself just that little bit more?
To all my beautiful clients, it was a privilege and a pleasure being let into your lives to tell the story of your wedding day. You make me love what I do, and that, is an honour.
To my family and friends, your endless support this year is so deeply appreciated.
To everyone that I know, and to those that I don't, this coming year, in 2017 push yourself, just go for it, get out of your comfort zone, be uncomfortable, it's ok- because this is where all the good stuff happens!
I often talk about connection. And Skye and Brad's Gum Gully Farm wedding is the reason why. Skye and Brad are two incredibly loving, creative souls. And when two people open their hearts to me, I open mine straight back.
The love and warmth that radiated from their heartfelt wedding is clear to see. I finished the evening on a high, having just made two new friends. I woke the next morning at 3.30am to board a flight to Brisbane to spend time with my family and I was still buzzing- Such an amazing job that I get to spend my time making connections with others.
Life is good.
I love what I do so much. To be a part of someone's wedding day is the greatest privilege. For a day I am graciously let into the lives of two people as they begin their journey forward together and for me, it's all about keeping it real- real people, real emotions and real connections. I first met Bec and Mike through Mike's sister Melissa, a bit over a year ago when I was lucky enough to photograph her wedding. Seeing Melissa and Mike and their family again, as well getting to know Bec's family is what it's all about. Making connections, sharing in a part of people's lives- that's what does it for me. As I walked out the door of Bec and Mike's reception at the end of the day I could hear laughter and music behind me, and I smiled to myself, knowing that I had made two new friends that day.
These two. I don't even know where to start.
Here are some words from Nina about her and Vince's Abbotsford Convent Wedding.
With our first meeting over a Melbourne Bitters and the Sherin Match ball at the Community Cup, it was destined for us to have a truly Melbourne wedding. You know, something that Paul kelly would have written a song about.
Never one's to do things by the book, we'd already made the biggest commitment to each other long before walking down the isle, in the form of our son Leroy. He is the incarnation of how, why and how we do love each other, so a wedding for the Propsting- Jones collective was really like having our cake and eating it too.
Also, our wedding had been a long time coming. So once we set a date, the wave of excitement from our nearest and dearest really got the ball rolling. With friends who were talented in cakes and flowers, the hardest part was finding a venue. It didn't have to be unique, it didn't have to be hidden, it didn't have to be trendy, and having a winter wedding in Melbourne it also had to be indoors! Most importantly we wanted somewhere we could revisit, somewhere we could make memories and come back to share, relive and enjoy. And the Convent was that place. With wonderful gardens, sprawling green lawns, the animals and the farm- we knew this was the place we could come back and celebrate our anniversary with a picnic and frisbee as well as take people too and say 'Yeah! We got married here'.
The key to any good wedding is the food, the company and the vino. So we made sure we had all three in bucketloads. The day was relaxed and easy- nothing too fancy or over the top. We wanted the wedding to reflect us, how and who we are, but also the people who have made us, well 'us'. We just chose all our favourite things and tied them up in out own Wedding ribbon. We chose the food we like, the clothes we liked, the flowers we liked and it was that simple. And on the day it looked, felt, smelled and tasted amazing. You couldn't wipe the smile off our faces.
Nina and Vince's wedding is featured on Vintage Bride, you can view the post here.
Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, so much.
But a little voice inside my head holds myself back. I stop myself from really sharing too much of myself. I think that people want to see certain types of images, and I worry about this too much. I think too much about what images I should be sharing, rather than going with my gut and doing what feels right for me, as an artist.
For a long time I held the misconception that the images I create are somehow separate from myself. They are not. They cannot be. Connection is a two way affair. How can I possibly deny putting myself so whole heartedly into my work when connection is the very thing I strive for?
So here I am. Being honest to myself as an artist. Creating images that really reflect the connection I feel throughout the day. Because beneath the laughter, the jokes, the chaos, and all those pretty details, runs a deeper, quieter narrative, that pulls at me, and this, is what I keep coming back to, again, and again.
When you meet someone and you just KNOW, whole heartedly, with no hesitation, or doubt, or questioning that standing right here, in front of you is your person, that the odds of meeting, however infinitely small have worked in your favour and delivered you a small miracle.This is Elyse and David. They just knew, it was as simple as that.
You know the story- Boy meets girl only in Kate and David's case the girl met the boy half a world away! Seven years ago expat Kate left Melbourne for a study stint in Germany, in a small town near Berlin. On the dance floor one night she met a rather charming German boy named David, who was also studying.
One of the marvels of life I find is the fact that you never know what's just around the corner. When Kate went over to Germany for just a few months all those years ago the last thing she thought she would find was the love of her life, David (and a truly awesome human being at that if I may say so myself!)
Fast forward seven years and Kate and David said "I do" in a cute ceremony with their families and close friends in Köpenick, a sweet little town east of Berlin. The day was such a huge pleasure to be part of and Kate and David made sure every little aspect on the day was an extension of what they love and value, drawing upon their creative talents and equally talented friends and family.
Kate and David attended a ring making workshop, fashioning each other's wedding rings, Kate created her own bouquet and hand made her beautiful fascinator. David's granny made their wedding cake (with Kate making their cute little cake topper). Kate's dad, a musician played with the Jazz band, Kate's friend back in Australia sewed all the bunting for the day- and the list goes on!
It was such an amazing experience photographing in Berlin and I feel so honoured to have been a special part of Kate and David's day.
Kate and David's day is featured on Vintage Bride, you can view the post here.
I always like to push myself. It's what makes me feel alive. In my practice I'm always asking what can I do differently, better, instead of, as well as...
I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and really shoot in a way in which I just really let myself go. Less thinking, more emotion.
This little photo shoot has been a decent few months in the making. When I first stumbled across Cape Schank I knew instantly that I wanted to photograph there, to bring to life a little idea that was coming to light inside me. And with the help of two very beautiful souls, Daniel and Gaetano, I was able to do what I set out to.
Less thinking, more emotion. Outside of my comfort zone- because that is where all the good stuff always happens.