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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.

 

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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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Waterfall Wedding

I was remiss and only put these shots on my Facebook but I know I should blog more!  We went up to a waterfall to take the bridal shots.  The bride – Demi – is so amazing and nimble and like a dancer as she jumped sliently across the rocks. More than once I gasped, worried about the falls below.  She was so gracefull.  But not me.  I slide down the hill and crawled over the rocks in my jeans on my ass.  A little bit scared, a little bit concerned about the $6K of camera equipment around my neck, a little hesitant about the slippy rocks.  But we did it and got some of my most favourite images to date.

 

Here is a peek at a few of those images.  More to come soon.

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Random April

There’s a new post up in the RANDOM section.  Life in April in images.  I want to go there? Click on the image below.

 

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Dance Masala

A few weeks ago I was invited to do the promotional shots for the newly established Dance Masala – a Bollywood Dance Academy and performance group in Brisbane. The dancers were incredible. So talented and enthusiastic.  You wouldn’t know it from the pictures but the second we step foot in the studio where we were shooting the air con broke and the dancers worked through 35 degree heat. There is incredible talent in this team, taking their lead from their passionate teacher Drea.


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Red Robin Supper Club

Red Robin Supper Club is a pop up event created and curated by chef Rory Doyle (of Paw Paw fame). The events are typically booked out and much lauded once off nights where Rory constructs his dream menu – predominantly Americana inspired dishes filling a menu which leaves you with choice paralysis trying to work out what to pick. You can see my images of the previous Red Robin Supper Club here.

Tonight was a very different direction. Taking over Southside Tea Room for the night, it was a walk in only event where Rory was slinging burgers with your choice of two classics – the classic cheeseburger with 180gms beef, cheese, pickles, american mustard or the mushroom burger with a roasted portobello mushroom, caramelised onion, herbed mayo, goats cheese. The Southside crew provided the beers and The Madisons providing the sounds later in the night.

Make sure to follow RRSC on Facebook for details of future events. This is my third RRSC and this one was such a different direction to the previous ones so I eagerly await to see where Rory takes it next.

 

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Naomi

Anyone who knows my work will know that I just love framing things. A window, doors, trees, shoulders. If I can make a frame around a subject I will. It’s my “thing” (yes I will admit to having a thing).

Sometimes it’s just too easy. Like when the very beautiful Naomi hovered in front of the window of the 21st floor of the Samford Hotel a few weeks ago…

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Wet Weather Road Trip

I am very grateful for how this story ends.  It ends in happiness and electricity and little storm damage after a lovely weekend away.  I know this past weekend was not so happy for many people during the massive storms and floods.

 

Last year I got a call from Catherine, a Brisbane girl who was marrying an Armidale based boy. She wanted me to photograph her wedding.  Anyone who is familiar with my work and my life knows that at any given time I try to make any opportunity a family trip wherever appropriate, so the decision was made to pack up the family for the Australia Day long weekend and drive the 6ish hour drive to Armidale.

 

We left early on Friday morning.  As we hit the roundabout in Toowoong (some ten minutes from our house) Cody asked if we were nearly there yet.  It felt like she asked this every ten minutes.  We had a beautiful drive through the country, stopping first in Tenterfield to go in the hedge maze.  Catherine knew a lot of her guests were driving from Brisbane so she put together a list of cool things to do on the way down – which we followed a few of her suggestions with glee.

 

Armidale was beautiful and we found some great spots to eat and explore.  There was a fair on for Australia Day and the girls got to ride ponies and have a blast whilst I had a great time photographing Catherine and Christian’s wedding (there are a few images up on Facebook if you haven’t already seen them but do look for a blog post in a few weeks).

 

The heavens opened up that night – we’d been listening to ABC Radio the whole drive down so we knew that it was meant to be big. The whole time we were there we kept our eye on the skies. I packed up the girls early and we hit the road early Sunday morning.  Rains began to fall in buckets and we started passing paddocks becoming submerged.   Impromptu waterfalls gushed through gullies and, saddest of all, was livestock stuck on small patches of grass which would soon be covered over.  As we passed through Cunningham’s Gap the mountains turned white with mist and trees began to fall.  The small trickle of a waterfall we’d seen on the way up was now gushing.  On the radio later we heard that shortly after we had passed through the roads were closed, police were escorting cars down through the Gap and the roads were blocked at Warwick.  We were lucky to make it through.  Super lucky because Cody was due to start school on the Tuesday and I was scared we’d be trapped and not be able to take her (which sadly did happen to a few friends of ours).  Arriving home, we found some bedraggled chickens, some non-plussed cats and a window which had let a few trickles of water in.  We were amazingly fortunate. My thoughts are with those who have experienced loss these storms/floods.

 

Apparently most of the wedding guests were stuck in Warwick and continued the party – making the best of a bad situation!

 

It was an exciting road trip to say the least – and a very good reminder when we are travelling out of town by car to give ourselves plenty of time each way as you NEVER know what might happen :-)

 

 

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This is how a birthday looks

Blogging personal tonight. I have not attempted a 365 project in 2013 but that doesn’t mean my children suffer from any less amount of photography in their lives. Today was a pretty special day – the second birthday of my baby Mika. I’ve got a lot of followers who love seeing the growth and the cheeky of my girls as well as a ton of family overseas who follow me so I’m taking a break from weddings and other families to concentrate on my own tonight.

Mika is the most extraverted introvert I know. She’s smart and funny and makes faces to get a reaction and cuddles me tighter than any child ever. She’s my baby, my troublemaker.

Each year I (obviously) take a photo of my children to commemorate their birthdays. Here is Mika in 2012 at one and Mika in 2013 at two.

Today we celebrated with breakfast out, a trip to Alma Park Zoo, cake and a Skype from our pals overseas. This is what a birthday looks like when you are two at my house.


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Kelly and Graham’s Family

Kelly contacted me to say that she wanted to have a shoot with her newly extended family – she had a 5 year old, a 2 year old and one day old!  I was pretty impressed she had delivered the day before and was vibrant enough to be contacting me to arrange a shoot!  Such a cool family, the girls were obviously pretty smitten with baby brother – though it was awesome to see how bulletproof he was.  In his crib, sleeping soundly next to his mum and dad’s bed – which had a two year old bouncing and squealing on top of it!

Please enjoy a glimpse into the world that Kelly and Graham have created with their sweet family of three.

 

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