Colin & Anne – Engagement shoot at Norah Head

24.08.2017

What a stunner of a winter’s day it was! Sunny, with bright blue skies and a few cloudy patches, all with the beautiful backdrop of a lighthouse. Colin and Anne had chosen Norah Head as a location for their engagement photoshoot. It is a place with special meaning to them, as this is where they got engaged. As it was a weekday, we pretty much had the whole beach area to ourselves. The wind proved to be a bit challenging, especially for Anne’s hairdo, but it also created lots of laughs.

The couple were both nervous in the beginning – not knowing what to expect. It’s not everyday that you have photoshoot, but these two never even had their photo taken at all (except a few selfies). We were happy to change that! Anne was smiling the whole time, and with every photo they both seemed to relax a bit more and not worry too much about the camera following them. Their fun personalities came through, and these two didn’t mind getting their feet wet at all.

Thank you, Colin and Anne, for trusting us with the whole process and for getting out of your comfort zone. We wish you all the best for your wedding planning!

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Nathan & Lucy – Terrigal, 05.08.2017

05.08.2017

Today we had the pleasure to capture a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony at Terrigal. Nathan and Lucy only had their closest family and friends present, including their two adorable daughters. The winter weather showed its best behaviour – perfect for an outdoor wedding. The couple chose a lookout at Terrigal Haven for their ceremony, overlooking the ocean. It was a lovely ceremony, held by celebrant Sheree Ward, and it was obvious how much this commitment means to the couple, a few nerves but lots of smiles inclusive.

The reception was held at Splash Restaurant, and we managed to snap a few pictures of the newlywed couple in the short time between ceremony and reception.

Nathan and Lucy, thank you for being so laid back and easy to work with! We wish you and your beautiful family all the happiness for the future.

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Dance Into The Light

07.07.2017

After our first dance shoot a few months ago we were keen to do another one – this time in studio though.

Our focus this time was on the play between light and dark, and the simple beauty of dancing. We had the pleasure of meeting two young dancers that were a joy to work with. Their love for dancing shines through the pictures and their hard work and excitement about the photoshoot made working with them very easy.

We made sure to eliminate any natural light and set up a black backdrop and our studio lighting. The dancers in their white dresses stood out in between all the black, and the studio lighting created a beautiful mix of shadow and controlled light accents.

We thoroughly enjoyed this photoshoot – it was a great experience for both us and the girls, and hopefully we will have the opportunity to do a similar shoot again in the future.

Thank you, Eryn and Maeve – please keep your passion for dancing!

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Family portrait: The Alpheis

04.06.2017

Today we got to photograph a lovely German family. It is great to be able to fit in work whilst being on holiday in Europe. We decided to have the shoot at a playground, a natural environment for their daughter – to keep her comfortable and happy, although it’s also risky as it offers quite a bit of distraction. This was only a mini session, and we managed to snap a few natural family pictures before the little lady lost interest. Photographing children or families with children can be challenging, and you have to be patient (and quick to capture a good moment). Whilst I do like interaction with the camera, the true magic lies within the couples or families – how they interact and look at each other. We got a few glimpses of this magic today, and for me those photos sometimes carry more emotion than a posed photo.

Thank you for a fun afternoon, Alphei family!

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A short break in Italy

31.05.2017

We finally enjoyed our long awaited holiday! During our time in Europe we had a few days in Appiano, South Tyrol, Italy. This is a beautiful area known for their fruit trees and vineyards, using even the steepest of hills to grow their crops.

My wife used to holiday here quite a lot as a child and holds fond memories. We enjoyed trying to locate places she had visited and also making our own memories. Our daughter especially loved spotting the countless old castles and mini tractors along the way. The tractor to car ratio seems to be quite even in that area, but they never ceased to amaze her. One day, at a different time of year, we will have to come back to the mountains to grant her wish to see snow and build a snowman.

The fresh air and peacefulness of the area was enabling us to recharge our batteries a bit. We got to try the local produce, and as we both aren’t wine drinkers, we enjoyed the best apple juice and fresh apples we had had in a long time. Plus, Italian pizza simply can’t be beat and that alone is worth the long travel.

Here are just a few impressions. Feeling the travel bug yet?

 

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Water Dance

10.04.2017

I like to challenge myself and try new things. I always wanted to do a photo shoot that features the Arts, like music or dance, but thinking outside the box. I love seeing the passion someone has for what they do and to showcase it through pictures.

Today was an opportunity to photograph the talented Miss Kate in her ballet gear, but not in the typical dancer’s environment but on the beautiful stage nature has to offer. We chose Somersby Falls as our location. After all the heavy rain we had in the weeks prior to this shoot, the power of the water crashing would create a nice contrast to the elegance of the ballet poses. Plus, the waterfalls just make for a perfect background.

Hats off to our dancer for being such a professional! The environment was quite challenging; we had to make sure none of her gear (or ours) got wet, and we also had to find a suitable spot for her dancing (as suitable as an uneven rock surface could be…). Kate was amazing, very patient and just kept on going with a smile on her face. She even managed to deliver a few jumps on this rough terrain. Thanks to her work we had a hard time choosing only a few photos for our Blog!

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Family portrait: The Talbots

25.03.2017

This photo session was a lot of fun! We met the Talbot family on a beautiful location with these big old trees which set the scene. We had brought a bubble wand along to keep the kids entertained, but who knew bubbles would be such a big hit with the kids! Their enthusiasm and excitement was contagious and resulted in a lot of natural photos during our shoot.

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These two had way too much fun with the bubbles! They still put a smile on my face looking at the photos. I love being able to capture such pure emotion!

Thank you for a great afternoon, Talbots!

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