Kate and Damien's sweet engagement session

 

kate and damien's sweet engagement session

With their gorgeous doggies in tow

Sweet. Loved up. All the good stuff. This is Kate and Damien with the beautiful little doggies Maggie and Angus at my local beach in Seaford, just last night. Oh, and happy Valentine's Day to all the lovers today!

 

xx

Michelle and Kav's Gum Gully Farm Wedding

Michelle and Kav's Gum Gully Farm Wedding

 

These two were lucky enough to have two wedding ceremonies.If you want to have a look at their first day you can view it here.

This is day two of Michelle and Kav's ceremonies, at the lovely Gum Gully Farm in Silvan, east of Melbourne. The love these two have for each other is so, so evident. The way Michelle looked at Kav was so very beautiful to witness. Here is their story

x Dee 

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

I've been sitting for an hour, not even sure where to start with this one, 2017 has been epic, both personally and professionally. If someone had told me a year ago all the things that were going to happen during the following 12 months I probably would have scoffed in their face at the thought of it all. I want to write about ten thousand fleeting little moments, and  how they have all touched me personally as well as shaped my business.   

Here though, are the big things that I keep coming back to. 

COMFORT ZONES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN.

Boom. Imagine what we could achieve if we weren't afraid of failing? What if we leaned into all those moments that are hard and make us feel uneasy? Don't get me wrong- fear is normal, it's proof that we are human and of our innate vulnerability. It's what we do with it that makes all the difference. I've seen in my own life over the last couple of years that every time I've been pushed way beyond my own limits of comfort, if I can just lean into it and embrace it only good has come from it all. Take risks. Fail. Just do it. Really. I mean this so very, very much. PS- I'm now also working on Bonavita full time- woohoo!! 

AUTHENTICITY CREATES CONNECTION.

When we act from a position of authenticity I really believe that everything else just falls into place. We all feel joy, and love, and elation, and loss and uncertainty and pain. When we recognise that all our stories are both unique to us as well as part of a collective much larger than ourselves connection becomes much more innate. Connection and authenticity forms the basis of how I run Bonavita as well as live my own life. I'm in this with all my heart. 

PEOPLE ARE INNATELY GOOD.

If witnessing so many beautiful days full of happy tears, whole belly laughs and families coming together in celebration weren't proof of this enough, one little word "YES" topped it all off! This is still sinking in to be honest, that my family and my friends can now legally share their love with the world! The vote was hard, but the outcome so very very beautiful. A public display of support for all my fellow LGBTQIA+ friends. Thank you Australia, because love really is love. 

What will 2018 hold? I can't tell you as it's yet to be written- what I can tell you through is that I'm SO SO excited for the next 12 months and all that lies ahead. Bring it on!! 

xx


Small wedding packages for same sex couples

Same sex Gay Lesbian wedding photography

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Throughout the year of 2018 I'm offering a very special "micro package" for all those lovely folk who are already, in everyone's eyes except the law's (until very recently of course!!) already married. It's designed for couples who just want to make things official, and is extended to everyone, not just the LGBTQIA+ community. If you are looking for traditional all day coverage I recommend have a look at the FAQ page.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Included is up to 3 hours of coverage, which is just enough time for a quick ceremony/ signing, as well as group photos with your family and friends, and a photo session with just the two of you. You will receive all of your images on USB and some sneaky gift prints, all housed in a European Elder Wood keepsake box. All images are individually edited, come in both colour and black and white, as well as high resolution for printing and small copies for sharing online with friends. 

ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR OUR DATE?

Date's are available throughout the year, from the 9th of January onwards. Weekdays, evenings, and mornings are all perfectly ok. I am making this package available in addition with my already booked 2018 weddings and have already had a lot of interest in this type of coverage so please contact me as soon as you are able to to secure your date. 

HOW DO WE FIND OUT MORE?

It's easy! You can contact me here for my availability and a detailed price list.

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Nat and Daniel's Urban Wedding

Nat and Daniel's Industrial Wedding in Melbourne

Nat, her bridesmaids and her mum were all hustled around her, delicately fastening and fussing over each button on her lace back dress. Sitting quietly a little distance from all the commotion was Nat's grandmother, taking it all in, her gaze transfixed on her granddaughter, as she prepared to wed her love, Daniel.

Following their ceremony at the local Ukrainian Church in Ardeer, in the inner western suburbs of Melbourne, Nat, Daniel and I took the opportunity to explore the surrounding suburbs. We ventured through the Old John Darling & Sons flour mill in Albion ( I accidentally set off an alarm and walked into a stack of pallets, which made for a good laugh or two!!) We finally ended our day together wandering through the old lane ways of North Melbourne. Here is their story.

 

 

YES! LGBTQIA+ photography giveaway

LGBTQIA+ photography giveaway

WOOHOO!! LET'S CELEBRATE

To celebrate the recent YES vote I'm offering all of my LGBTQIA+ couples a special opportunity to win a Lovebirds portrait/engagement session in a location of your choice.

WHAT'S THE GO?

Together we can plan a location that suits you, anywhere within two hours travel time from Melbourne. Perhaps you love exploring the quirky little laneways around your local coffee hub, or have an affinity with open country, long grass and endless skies. It's entirely up to you, I will help choose and plan a location that is just right for you both.

The session will take place on an evening between December the 4th and December the 18th at around 7pm and will last for about an hour so keep yourself free on this date! You will receive between 40 and 60 curated and edited high res. images on USB, along with some sneaky gift prints to get you started. You'll have exclusive access to print enlargements and albums at 25% off as well! And yes, your Furbabies are welcome to come along too :)

HOW DO I ENTER?

It's simple...just

1.follow @bonavitaphotography on Instagram or Facebook if you're not already

2. like the "YES!! Let's celebrate! " post

3. share the love-  in the comments section tag 2 of your LGBTQIA+ mate's who would love to be in on this as well. 

The lucky winners will be chosen at random and will be announced Friday evening on the 1/12/17.

 

 

THE PESKY FINE PRINT

Engagement session will take place on an  evening between December 4 and 18, 2017 at an agreed location within 2 hours travel time from Melbourne. Winner's must be available for this date. Date may change at the photographer's discretion if weather if unfavourable. This prize is not redeemable for cash.  Competition runs from 8pm 19/11/17 - 8pm 1/12/17.