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One lazy day in 2009, I decided to embark on a photo-a-day-for-a-year challenge. I set myself a goal to upload a different photo every day - some are of my gorgeous clients, some are of my ever obliging family and friends.
Well, I reached the end of the challenge year, and while I didn't quite succeed at a photo-a-day, this blog became part of my weekly routine.
I received an email from Hannah in January saying that she + Jamie planned to be married in February next year (the anniversary of their first kiss - this begins to paint the picture of what a romantic couple they are!!). She said nobody knows yet - it's a secret - but she wanted to make sure I wasn't booked that day as they would like me to photograph their wedding.
Well, its safe to tell you now - I panicked! Hannah is Hannah Luscombe, you know, of Everlasting Images - SHE'S A PHOTOGRAPHER.... A WEDDING photographer! I calmed myself down enough to type a reply saying I flattered & what a huge honour it would be, & I looked forward to meeting her & Jamie soon.
Secretly though, I was thinking, she'll see sense. She'll work out that I'm just a "pretend professional" & find the real thing to shoot her wedding!
Well, she didn't, and so last Monday, I found myself photographing a photographer & her lover! Terrified!? Leading up to it - yes! But once we arrived at Hannah's father's stunning property in the Porongurups, excitement took over. Here were two of the most "willing victims" I had ever worked with, in one of the most beautiful settings I'd ever find. We even had the smoke from the Denmark fires adding a little bit of mystique into the mix. How could I not love every minute?!
Hannah + Jamie - that was so much fun! My nerves are gone - I can't WAIT to shoot your wedding.
Redcow Child+Home is the creation of Rebecca Freeman and Sonja Thomson - two clever Albany girls who happen to have a pair of pretty princesses between them - Charlotte and Ella - who, no doubt, provided some inspiration for these stunning pieces. The fair is at Albany Town Hall today - make sure you get there early so you don't miss out!!
First looks … to see each other on your wedding day, before that walk down the aisle.
When I met with Kylie + Russ before their big day, and they shared their plans with me, I mentioned the "first look" to them as they were open to breaking with tradition. I was ecstatic when they agreed as I'd never witnessed one myself. What an honour, to be the only other person present to witness them laying eyes on each other for the first time on their wedding day.
Seeing each other before the wedding is a hot topic. Some couples are absolutely opposed, preferring to stay with tradition while others have now started thinking, hmmmm, well, maybe…? It's a personal thing.
But I seriously doubt that you could ever regret having an intimate moment together, alone, and away from the excitement & crazy momentum of your wedding day.
I have been so looking forward to sharing this beautiful wedding with you.
I know it seems like a cliche to speak of how much "in love" a couple are on their wedding day. I know it, but I'll say it anyway. Heidi + Leigh are so very much in love.
Perhaps it was the amazing setting (Alila Villas, Uluwatu, Bali). Or maybe it was relaxed tropical holiday feeling. Whatever it was, Heidi + Leigh's love made us all smile with joy! It was such an honour to witness your happiness... I get a bit choked up thinking about it. K x
For as long as I can remember, I've been taking photos. I got my first camera - an instamatic - as a kid and was mesmerised by my first prints (of my pony, Prince). Back then, we'd drop the film off at the chemist in the neighbouring town 50 kms away in the south of Western Australia. My parents would take me to pick it up a week later. Oh, the anticipation!
Later at boarding school, I cut my teeth on an SLR and I spent time in the darkroom with the school photography club and collecting photos for the school magazine.
In my teens, I fell into an unofficial role of "documentary photographer" recording lifes of friends at uni and later, throughout our twenties. But while I continued to take pleasure in photography at social events and as I travelled the world, I'd never considered it as a career.
With the birth of our first child, I realised there's rarely a moment not worth photographing. I've been a "mumma-ratzi" prowling on my gorgeous kids & their friends for those magic moments all of their little lives. (You'll get to know some of them through this blog.).
Getting my first digital SLR camera was the catalyst to really letting my hair down. And the decision to follow a career path in this field, after 20 years in marketing, was a natural progression.
I passionately believe this is what I am meant to do.