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100 moments

2013 huh. It was quite the year. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have travelled far, met some beautiful kind people and enjoyed time with my family. I am also pretty proud of the body of work I’ve produced.

So this is the token 2013 roundup post. There are a billion images below so pack yourself some lunch, grab a cuppa and settle on in.  But it’s only a fraction of the things I have seen.

Thank you to every single person who appears in the images below for letting me do what I do and being so stoked with the results.

I’m already twice as booked out in 2014 than I was in the whole of 2013 so I predict my 2014 post in a year’s time will be quite the marathon.


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Rhys and Desta


I’m super excited to finally blog the full wedding of Rhys and Desta from earlier this year.  I didn’t share earlier because the amazing Hello May featured the wedding in issue 3 of the print magazine recently and I wanted everyone to see it in all it’s print glory first.  You should still go and buy Hello May if you haven’t already, images look so much better in print.

So Rhys and Desta were married at Kennilworth Homestead.  It was my first “whole weekend” wedding – I’d never really got why people had weddings out of the way so that people had to stay overnight – but after their wedding I totally get it.  It was a weekend celebration, not simply a celebration that started at a 3pm ceremony and ended when everyone called cabs. I totally understand now.

People started arriving on the Friday and friends and family were instrumental in creating the space for the reception in the hall.  We hung lights, layed out tables, cut and decorated with flowers.  All hands made for light and fun work.  Dads and other dudes got the BBQ going and everyone hung out on the lawn for the night before hitting the cabins.

The next morning the sun shone bright.  It was one of those glorious days.  There was a breakfast BBQ and (thank heavens) a coffee truck for those that were awake. Desta’s sisters camped out at a neighbouring B&B and preened themselves and patted nearby horses.  Desta and her sisters looked INCREDIBLE in their dresses which were designed and created by hand by her sister Safa at AMIRA. Rhys stayed on site and worked to get the final finishing touches on their amazing DIY wedding done right up until the final moments before he was ushered off to get ready.

And then the storm came in.

Everyone put BOM on their phone and watched in horror.  The wedding was delayed for half hour as there was the hope it would pass.  But it wasn’t going to.  Finally a decision was made to move inside the old hall at Kennilworth, an act which I think was possibly a blessing in disguise.  Before it was going to be out amidst the rolling mountains.  The rolling mountains are beautiful, it’s undeniable, but the beauty is challenged by the beauty of 30 of their closest friends and family working together to fill a hall with love and trimmings.  The bridal party walked the length of the hall under the bunting, across the petals to a cast of beaming family and friends to the groom.  He was so overwhelmed at the sight he could hardly look up.

The rest of the day was a blur of awesome.  My favourite marriage celebrant Paul Voge led the proceedings and laughed a knowing laugh when the couple read their independently written but almost identical vows.  Ruffy dog took pride of place being the first to walk in and generally getting lots of lady love all night, the guy certainly knows how to attract the ladies (for the previous 24 hours I’d seen a string of babes at the end of his lead).  The food was good, the music was loud, life was pretty sweet.

And rather than have to catch a cab home or someone be the designated driver, we all just crashed in our cabins and woke up again the next morning to the wondrous sound of the coffee van.

I totally get it.




Wonderful vendors:

Celebrant: Paul Voge Marriage Celebrant (website, facebook)

Dresses: Safa Itote, AMIRA (website, facebook)

Hair: BohoBello Hair (website)

Make Up: Renae Michel Makeup Artistry (facebook)

Venue: Kenilworth Homestead (facebook)

Flower crowns: Heavenly Blooms (website)

Catering: Senor Paela (website)




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Kenilworth – Two Frames

Over the weekend I camped.  Stayed in a cabin in the middle of nowhere – well it was somewhere, by the Mary River in the Sunshine Coast hinterlands – but it felt like the middle of nowhere.  At night the stars glowed and by day the midst hung heavy over the mountains.  The friends and families of Rhys and Desta shared this experience as we huddled by bonfires and ate bbq for breakfast in the morning.  And then we celebrated the wedding of the most perfectly beautiful Rhys and Desta.  Here are but two frames from a wet and windy and wildly loving day.


The Itchy Eyes - Sunshine Coast Wedding photographerThe Itchy Eyes - Sunshine Coast Wedding photographer

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Surprise Backyard Wedding

Emma and Lee were meant to be together.  They met at a show, nervously plucked up the courage to ask the other out to a festival the next day and have been inseparable ever since.  They are creative and smart and surrounded by great families and loyal friends and welcomed their beautiful son Archer into the world last year.   Friends were invited to have a backyard party for a naming ceremony for Archer one sunny December afternoon, little did they know what they were going to witness.


Lee and Archer dressed to match and Emma got ready in a super cute red dress and they both greeted their guests and hung out for ages.  Emma disappeared for a while, the guests were chatting and drinking and laughing and then suddenly Lee stood up to say a few words.  “Thanks for coming along but we do have another reason to bring you here.  Emma and I are getting married…  Today”.  Gasps and tears and suddenly the very foxy Emma bride emerges from the house to a soundtrack of Catpower’s Sea of Love and walks across the her backyard to Lee and Archer.  A ceremony is held for Archer (a wonderful aunt dressed up as a Dr Seuss inspired character because she thought it was a child’s naming ceremony – and ended up being a witness to the wedding in full Seuss garb), a wedding was had, words were said, tears flowed and there were lots and lots of hugs.


For me, it was such a memorable day.  Being one of a really tiny handful of people who knew the secret I had a great time pretending that Emma and I were longtime friends (“how do you know Emma” “Oh we used to hang out at bands all the time, known her for years, we are so close”) and she’s one of those people who made that spectacularly easy.  I am privileged to have shared the secret, been there for the reveal and documented the day.  Sidenote:  I’ve met a lot of mum’s in my life and I have to say for the record that Jenny – Emma’s mum – is right up there as tops. Please enjoy these moments of their love.


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2012 – the year for clients

2012 was a huge year for me.  I am pretty sure 2013 will be huge but in a different way.

This was the year that I really established The Itchy Eyes.  The year I worked out direction, workflow, social media, relationships, and business.  I learnt a lot about balancing work and family this year, I learnt a lot about establishing relationships with clients to the point that I want to take each and every one as a new friend and hang out with them all the time.  I’ve been blessed.  A few existing friends have asked me to document their lives but at the same time a ton of people that I’ve never met, that I never knew existed have walked into my life – no idea how they found me – and asked me to capture it.

I have more weddings booked in 2013 than I could have imagined at this point in my life – word of mouth has been an amazing thing for me as an emerging business and my clients have been so warm and friendly and shared the love.

I have documented below an image from most of my shoots (save the internet shy folks). I’m terrible at editing down – you know that by now – but here are some, well LOTS that I love.

Thanks for your support.


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One Shot: Melbourne Surprise Wedding



One frame tonight from the beautiful DIY wedding from a few weeks back in Melbourne. The guests turned up expecting a naming ceremony but instead were treated to the joining of husband and wife. It was very special and touching for everyone.



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