Posted on 01 Sep, 2014

“If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”

Beyonce uttered those very words that resonated in the mind of every female in a long-term relationship who had a bare left ring finger (all hail Queen B). However, one must remember that Beyoncé was reminiscing about a former love at the time. For those Melbourne girls who are happily in relationships with a long-term partner, the words can hit a little too close to home.

You’ve been together for years, you bought a dog together, you moved in together, then you bought a house together & now you prefer to drink red wine at home together on a Saturday night in front of the fire while all of your friends are out on the town. His parents love you; you’re practically already a part of the family. The only thing missing is that rock on your finger.

So, when a guy loves you & commits to you – he is supposed to propose, right? Here’s the thing, it’s not always that simple. Girls, cut the guy a little slack as the last thing he needs is even more pressure on him to say those four magical words. But how hard can it be to get down on one knee you ask? Let me explain. Proposing is actually a very difficult act for a bloke. He’s about to get judged by his family, your family & everyone you both know. Basically, his purchase is about to become the topic of the town. And it all revolves around how much money he splashes out on a diamond ring & how extravagant he makes your proposal. It may seem like the norm, but spending three months salary on a wedding ring when you have a mortgage and bills to pay isn’t something that comes easily. If he did decide to purchase a sapphire or alternative gem – he’d feel as though he had failed to provide you with the fairy-tale wedding proposal & ring that you’ve always dreamed of and face criticism from his friends & family.

Presenting his partner with a ring is one of the most masculine & status defining things that he will ever do, and sometimes there is too much pressure placed on his ability to afford such a thing. Of course you want a ring that is beautiful, special and unique. But does it have to be thousands and thousands of dollars and result in a personal loan?

Your guy truly wants to give you the whole world. Believe me, if he has made a commitment to you in more ways than one – he loves you. Sometimes though, we need to learn to focus on the true meaning of an engagement rather than an excessive proposal & a quarter of your mortgage worth of diamonds on your ring finger. A rock is nice, but a loyal & loving husband is probably better.

Night silhouette of bride and groom on wedding day in Melbourne

Posted on 25 Aug, 2014

Pre-wedding photography is a great way to document your adventures while planning the biggest day of your life. It’s also a beautiful way to celebrate the love you share before you’re engulfed in all of the activities on your wedding day.

Your wedding photographer can embrace your story from the engagement celebrations to the time spent planning, the pre-wedding parties and personal connections, all the way through to your very special day and beyond.

Exploring those candid moments through photography in this momentous life journey really captures the significance of your love and relationship.

Rekindle the Love and Excitement

Pre-wedding photography is a beautiful way to explore and celebrate each other. It can be a fun and gentle reminder of the love you share, and help you remember why you fell in love in the first place.

Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience; your pre-wedding photo-shoot can be a relaxed break from the chaos, rekindling the love and precious emotions of your relationship by giving you both the opportunity to express your feelings for each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Or for the dare-devils out there, in an adrenaline packed adventure – I’ve known pre-wedding activities to even include sky-diving! But whether it’s adrenaline or a peaceful encounter beside the seaside, a pre-wedding photo-shoot will give you memories to cherish forever, and a few hours together you will never forget.

The Advantage of a Different Location

Let’s face it, there are places in Melbourne where you would love to hold your wedding that aren’t a realistic place to take photographs on your wedding day.

A funky café, your favourite garden that’s on the other side of town from your church or venue, a grand high-rise in the middle of Melbourne, or a unique rock-face overlooking the ocean on a secluded beach…

Engagement Photography

I’ve met many couples over the years that have looked back on their engagement party wishing they’d taken the time to arrange an engagement photographer for their celebrations. More often than not, whether it’s due to space restraints, budget restraints, or perhaps a wedding that is being held overseas, most couples invite many more people to their engagement parties than they do their wedding. By including your wedding photographer in your engagement celebrations, you can document the special moments you share with those who may not be attending the formal wedding celebrations.

The added bonus of pre-wedding photography – it’s a great test run for the photographer to get to know you, your groom, and your family and friends who will surround you on your wedding day! Plus a beautiful, pre-wedding photograph makes a gorgeous bonbonniere for your up-and-coming wedding!

 

A beautiful big emotional hug between an engaged couple in Melbourne

Posted on 18 Aug, 2014

They may be hidden under your dress, but the shoes that you choose to wear on your wedding day will impact those crucial steps that you take down the aisle. They may look beautiful, but unfortunately the age old question of whether they are the most sensible choice will be soon be haunting you.

Short girls in Melbourne often believe that bigger is better. Sometimes though, we need to take a step back & evaluate whether the most glamorous option is going to be the best fit. Tall girls on the other hand, are fearful of towering over their partners & are disappointed with the bridal collections available to them in the form of flats. This also plays an important role in how you would like to be portrayed by your wedding photographer.

So why can we not find a happy medium? Somewhere in between glamorous & comfortable? What if we go that step too far with the glamour & end up regretting it on the one day we don’t want to think about how sore our feet are?

Ok, so you can’t forgo all of the glamour in your heels – but you need to be comfortable enough to know that mid-evening you don’t have to pull them off in agony. After all, your dress has been measured to fit you wearing those exact shoes.

There are two options making the rounds in the Melbourne bridal circuit. Wedges, the go-to for short girls who are desperate for the maximum amount of height with the least amount of pain. The good thing is that these babies often come in light colours, beige and often pastels (perfect if you are after that ‘something blue’). Clogs on the other hand are a newer, quirkier take on the bridal shoe that has an extremely thick heel but without the bulkiness of a wedge.

Lucky legs 11, supermodel material? Well, the options become a little more limited (and that’s karma for being gifted with supermodel genes). Unfortunately, you are restricted to flats if you are truly concerned about the height differences between yourself & your partner. And hey, now you have one less thing to worry about because you won’t be the one kicking off your heels at the end of the night. Besides, who can say no to a pair of Chanel patented flats?

A Brides ring wedged between her shoes on her wedding day in Melbourne

Posted on 11 Aug, 2014

You’re not the kind of Melbourne gal who adheres to the norm within society, so why should your wedding be any different? This goes for your dress, your photographer, your venue & your catering, but also the overall atmosphere that your wedding emulates.

First thing is first – identify a common theme that truly represents the relationship that you and your partner share. For example, if you are both environmental advocates who feel best out in the open space – why not have a wedding on the sand, at a beach? Enforce a dress code of chino’s, thongs, flowers & flowing dresses to really set the mood. Are you completely crazy about Mexican food? Why not host a Mexican themed reception? Invite all of your guests to a low-key garden location with DIY food stalls and amazing, authentic Mexican cuisine. You can bring as much colour as possible to the party – but perhaps don’t take it as far as the sombrero.

Are you both crazy adrenalin seekers? Why not take a hot air balloon ride across Melbourne before meeting your guests to say I do? Or of course, if you’re both a little shy & prefer something extremely intimate, why not style your backyard with a long dining table, fairy lights hanging above you like stars & candle lamps hanging from tree branches? Or better yet, why not start a blank canvas on some land and create your own masterpiece with a professional commercial-grade marquee? Let your styling take over & hire furniture and props to create your own wedding day theme park equipped with rides & of course a fairy floss machine.

Complement your style by looking for a wedding photographer that has an eye for the quirky, the intriguing, the left of centre, someone that can match your personality with a unique blend of creativity.

Weddings don’t have to always be what you see in the movies. If you don’t like the idea of wearing a white dress, why not wear red? If you hate your hair pulled back and prefer your hair crazy & wild, who said you can’t wear it like that? If you prefer to go makeup free, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not a good idea. And hey, if you want to serve cheeseburgers & fries so be it. It’s important to create a day that is both special and memorable to you both. Don’t let other people’s opinions get in the way of creating a unique and different way of celebrating your commitment to each other.

A unique perspective of a bride laying on the ground on her wedding day in Melbourne

Check your wedding date below:

Posted on 08 Aug, 2014

Wedding exhibitions have always formed an important part of my marketing strategy as I really enjoy meeting and helping engaged couples as they begin their wedding planning journey. The recent Ideal Bride show at Melbourne’s Etihad stadium was no exception and I was so excited to be the platinum sponsor in the wedding photography category. Searching for suppliers that align with your vision and budget can be an overwhelming process, so a wedding expo is the perfect place to check out a variety of options all housed under the same roof.

The show was a fantastic success as we interacted with literally hundreds of excited brides and their entourage of bridesmaids, mums, friends and even the odd groom to be. They were all treated to a glamorous fashion show featuring the latest in wedding gowns and formal wear from some of our foremost designers and there were some fabulous prizes drawn over the two days with the top prize valued at over $16,000.

In the lead up to the event we spent a considerable amount of time creating a booth that would reflect our brand, be memorable and stand out amongst all the other exhibitors.  The centrepiece of the stand was our beautiful jar lights which attracted huge attention. Of course we had gorgeous acrylic displays and hand crafted wedding books to also showcase our work.

I thought it would be fun to shoot and share a behind the scenes, stop motion of the booth setup at the expo. The result is almost 4,500 frames, photographed over 3 ½ hours and compressed into 2 ½ minutes – hope you enjoy …

Posted on 04 Aug, 2014

The warmth of autumn’s seasonal charms translates beautifully into a pleasurable collection of photographic memories, enhancing the warm hues and natural tones of your wedding perfectly, and adding a graceful, natural ambiance to your wedding day and album.

Autumn symbolises elegance, renewal, grace, and unexpected beauty in every backdrop. A skilled wedding photographer knows how to portray the spirit and colours of autumn, and make them work with the hues you’ve chosen for your bridal party, complimenting every moment in every photograph.

Autumn’s bold colours and tones of amber, gold, orange, yellow, and crimson add colourful inspiration from nature while its warm hues add depth and ambiance that a creative wedding photographer can incorporate into breathtaking photographs.

But there’s another side to autumn’s ever evolving charms – the possibility of fun with colour while adding the playfulness of falling leaves and the textures of nature. Just imagine a gentle breeze as it lifts a cloud of freshly fallen leaves mingling throughout your bridal party, floating gently to the ground just after they were captured in the perfect ambient shot.

A photographer who understands how to work with the contrasting colours of autumn can manipulate the softer hues of pale pastels with the warm tones of gold and amber, with the warmth and comfort of autumn’s illuminating and flattering light.

A nature-inspired autumn wedding offers a multitude of options when playing with light and texture; you’ll fall in love with the different photographic styles the ambient glow of autumn adds to your wedding album. When the softer sunlight shines through the branches of a tree whose leaves have turned golden-orange, the lights and tinted glow flatter features and add a warmth to the scenario that surpasses any expectation of the perfect photo.

The autumn season is a perfect time to plan your wedding day, offering a mild and comfortable climate, but in Melbourne especially, it can also bring some unexpected weather. A Melbourne wedding photographer will be prepared for the unexpected and hold many aces up his sleeve to ensure your wedding album is overflowing with beautiful photos that showcase your choice of an ambient, autumn wedding day.

 

Bride and groom surrounded by beautiful autumn colours on their wedding day in Melbourne

Posted on 28 Jul, 2014

The lead up to the wedding can often be stressful for brides, who look forward to the relief of relaxing on the day. What often overtakes this stress though, are nerves and anxiety about the commitment you’re making.

We often don’t expect women to experience this type of anxiety, after all – this is their lifelong dream, right? Surely it’s only men who suffer from wedding day jitters?

Just like Mr.Big who left Carrie at the alter; our hearts sank at the prospect of a similar fate. But what about Julia Robert’s in Runaway Bride? Don’t we too have doubts, fears & thoughts of disappointing our partner on one of the most important day of our lives? What went through Julia Robert’s mind as she was walking down that aisle for the first, second & third time? Could a Melbourne bride possibly experience the same thing?

The important thing to remember here is that these emotions are not gender specific. They’re all apart of the human condition. There are always moments when we doubt the decisions that we make, but this shouldn’t be one of them.

“But how do I know he’s the one?” Well for starters, you probably wouldn’t be in this position in the first place if you hadn’t come to the conclusion at some point that you wanted to spend the rest of life with the man standing in front of you.

Ask yourself this – Does he make you happy? Is he not only a part of your life, but a part of you? Does he make you a better person? Can you imagine your life without him?

Reminding yourself of these things as you make your way to your ceremony will calm your nerves & erase any doubt you are experiencing. Remind yourself that these are simply natural reactions to one of the biggest events in your life. Remember that he is standing at the alter, waiting for you to say “I do” and that he is with you every step of the way.

Bride arriving at her wedding in her bridal car in Melbourne

Posted on 21 Jul, 2014

Not every bride and groom desires for a wedding album full of classical wedding portraits as a reminder of their wedding day, regardless of how beautiful they are. Creativity is a trademark more brides and grooms are searching for in their wedding photographer.

Creative photographers are curious about the world around them; they have an eye for the quirky, the intriguing, the left of centre, and the different in the world. They can see how the world relates to our lives, and the people and things we love and admire, then they’ll work them into a creative collection of photographs that will be like pieces of art you can hang in your home and show-off to everyone who passes through your door.

They’re curious about what something looks like from a different angle, a new perspective, they’ve spent time exploring the value of the ‘inventive’. A photographic outcome only mastered by a curious mind.

It all comes back to your wedding photographer viewing the world in a new light – it’s a desire that gives a few photographers an edge in the domain of wedding photography – the ability to take the ‘norm’ to new heights.

Maybe they’ll play with perspective in a photograph or capture objects that are not generally paired together. They’ll take a glimpse of something that’s left of centre, something that stimulates the creative mind, and juxtapose them to document a photograph the eye may not generally see.

Take this photograph for example, I love that it offers a fun and visually appealing angle to the boys in this bridal party; arms open and inviting the sun’s embrace, with simple, concrete posts offering the vehicle that captures this image.

It’s important that your wedding photographer can see the creative opportunities in his surroundings and harness elements like light, and the quirks that others might miss. The opportunities in nature make the most pleasurable photographic memories.

This is also where local knowledge of the Melbourne area is immeasurable! Yes, you have chosen your perfect wedding photo location, but a Melbourne wedding photographer, who is well-travelled throughout his home town, will have gathered important information that can take your wedding album to new heights.

Perhaps he’s aware of a stunning old tree in a park you’ve chosen, or a funky painted wall a few streets away, or a hidden garden in the church you’ve chosen. This knowledge of interesting locations only comes from the intimate knowledge of a well-rounded and experienced local photographer, who understands the importance of what a creative mind can bring to your wedding shoot.

Creative photograph of Groom with his Groomsmen on his wedding day in Melbourne

 

Posted on 14 Jul, 2014

We know that our fiance has been intoxicated at more than one point in his life and yes, we are aware that there was most likely a poor decision (or two) made at a pub in Melbourne that he would like to forget. We also know that he’s going to be the pun of some very inappropriate stories & jokes as well as some hints as to just how ‘whipped’ he has become. But how do we deal with the best man’s speech, especially when you have never really ‘bonded’ with the one guy who often makes one of the most memorable speeches on the wedding night?

It may sound very cliche, but perhaps asking him out to coffee would be the best place to start. Don’t jump to conclusions about what his speech may entail & whatever you do, do not tell him what he is allowed to say and what he isn’t. Be honest & open with him, explaining that you want the speeches to be as positive & reflective of your current relationship as possible. We don’t want him mentioning the time you threw a plate across the room at your fiance’s head or the night where you called him 50 times demanding that he come home. Every relationship has at one point gone through a rough patch. There is a time and a place for everything & by casually bringing this up; you’re less likely to encounter tension on your wedding day.

If he hears it directly from you, he is much more likely to ensure that his speech won’t mention anything that may upset you or potentially kill the mood for the day. He will also appreciate the fact that you took the time out of your day to make an effort & explain to him just how important the day is to you. The best man is often trying to be the life of the party & sometimes feels a responsibility to entertain the crowd. But sometimes, it can be taken all a little too far & reminding him of that is harmless. After all, he’s standing by his best friends side & only wants to make this day as special as possible for the both of you.

Bride, Groom and Best Man on wedding day in Melbourne

 

Check your wedding date below:

Posted on 07 Jul, 2014

A great collection of wedding photographs isn’t always centered on posed moments, and it’s important to have the confidence that your wedding photographer can anticipate when special moments will occur. This is a trait that comes with experience.

There are so many wonderful moments on your wedding day, but there will be moments you only want to share with your groom – or your parents, or siblings, or a special friend or relative, without the direct awareness of a camera by your side. These moments you share with your loved one show your truest of emotions, what lies beneath, and also the dynamics you share with those around you. The catch of an eye, a hand on a shoulder, a secret smile shared in a moment of reminiscence that brings back memories shared.

You will always know your photographer is there on the day, but those moments that occur naturally throughout the course of the day are the candid moments that produce a truly authentic photographic memory, and some of the best photos are the ones when people don’t even know they are being photographed.

Inconspicuous but present – unobtrusive but on the ball, you’ll never find me in peoples way. Consider me as another guest at your wedding, blending in while documenting your precious moments.

Portraying these fleeting moments of beauty requires skill, patience and understanding.

Understanding that heartfelt precious moments on a couple’s wedding day come at those times when a bride and a groom share a few moments of togetherness. Those brief minutes or seconds where you both truly recognise the reason you’re here, the reason you’ve come together on this unique day, to share life, to share love and to spend an eternity together…

Your first dance, your first spontaneous kiss away from the altar, those stolen moments in the corner lost in each other’s eyes, while the room is a hive of activity around you.

These distinctive moments a bride and groom share together – moments of pure, unyielding love and happiness – are photographic reminders of the passion and love you’ll share forever…

These are the photos I am most excited to show you in your finished wedding album, those emotional moments where your love shines brightly from the page in tenderness, excitement and happiness.

Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance on their wedding day in Melbourne