"She was the beautiful dream I had been searching for. The one to wake me up." - Atticus
What a special evening this was. Rachel and her daughter Eloise have the sweetest relationship, one that is so beautiful & visibly strong. But then there's her grandparents, Elaine & Jeff, who also came along for the evening. Their love for her spills right out in front of you, and Eloise replicates it with such a force. Witnessing this sort of thing is what keeps me coming back again and again.
Female Model: Stephanie Skordas
Male Model: Alex Carsiotis
Co-ordinators/stylists: Elly & Elm Events
Hair: Ashleigh Waring
Make-up: Courtney Evans
Floral Design: Blossom & Lace
Videography: Alexander Possingham
Cushions: Bandhini Homeware Design
Glass Candlesticks: Tantra Mirrors
Zoop Beige Jute and Leather Rug: La Grolla
Icelandic Sheepskin: Flaxfield Linen
When I was first 'starting out' in photography, I used to style my own shoots for fun. My friends and I would pick out pretty faces, source clothing from boutiques around Adelaide, and travel to a location spend the afternoon shooting somewhere. Those photographs are actually still pinned to my bedroom wall, because god, they were some good times. Those photographs also serve as a daily reminder that this began as a hobby for me and it's where my heart is. I didn't set out to make a photography a career, I fell in love with it. That's incredibly cliche, especially for 2pm in the afternoon, but it's true all the same.
This leads me to a point, I promise. What I'm focusing on at the moment, is keeping the hobby aspect alive. I want to allow myself the time to photograph for fun, no matter how hectic things become. I want to allow time to fall deeper and deeper.
After Wednesday's shoot, I felt so completely invigorated and alive. I couldn't sleep that night or the night after. Every time I'd wake, I'd think of the photographs and I'd want to keep working. I'm a 8 hours-a-night sleeper, so this has taken it's toll but you know what? I am fine, I am so happy. I'll take the clumsiness & fogginess that comes with lack of sleep any day of the week if it means I feel as alight as I do after shooting something like this.
My deepest thanks to Anastasia & Caroline from Elly & Elm for bringing this shoot to life. Just before I went to Japan, I texted Anastasia a photograph I saw and loved. I said: "can we make this" and honestly, that's all I had to say. When I came home, it was done. These women are incredibly creative and hardworking. They have an eye for detail that I have yet to see anywhere else.
Thank you to Steph & Alex for volunteering your time to model for us. You were brilliant and I adore you both. And finally, thank you to our other talented vendors for your services. I have so much love for everyone, I feel like I might burst if I don't write it out here. So thank you!
This beautiful wedding could not have been more perfect in my eyes. It was split over two days; the first day featuring the wedding ceremony followed by a sit down meal and the second day, more of a party with a paella, live music and pretty spectacular balloon release. Angelique & Jonathon asked that their guests write messages of love on white balloons. At sunset, they released over fifty balloons into the sky and it was the greatest thing ever. I truly love when couples put personal spins on their wedding days, and this was one of my favourites yet.
Solomon from 'Fragment Films' shot their wedding wedding, and you can view that here. It's pretty beautiful. If you're trying to find a videographer for your wedding, I suggest you give Solomon a squiz. Or if you're like me and just like to cry over other people's wedding videos.
Happy Wednesday X
"After all, we are all stories in the end."
I sat at Penelope & Luke's wedding last night, absorbed by the speech that Luke gave. He spoke at length about Penelope's personality, what she loved, what she wanted out of life and what she had now. He mused about their future together, what they will achieve and where they will go. When he pictured themselves fifty years from now, he said he only thought of one thing: the two of them, walking together, down by the beach, remembering what a full and love-filled life they had shared.
I loved that. I truly, really loved that. Such simplicity. In fifty years time, I want them to look back on this frame and remember how they were last night. The tenderness, the truth of their love. I want them to look back with joy and remember this small moment that captured them and the beginning of their story.