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!
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that these two people are two of the kindest souls I have been lucky enough to work for. A few weeks back, I was walking around Tokyo and managed to pick up some random wifi long enough to hear my emails ding. I continued to open the most beautiful email from these two with regards to their freshly received photographs. The very late nights and editing marathon were instantly worth it. Hell, it was worth it before then.
In this business, and many creative businesses, you put so much soul into your work. You work your bottom off on the day, but those hours after, they are all about making corrections to light, colour and tone until you can't even decipher the differences anymore. I'm my biggest critic, and I am almost never completely feel satisfied with my own work. And that is because all I want, at the end of the day, is for the person or people receiving the photographs to be one hundred and fifty percent in love with the product. I don't want them to love it, I need them to love it. It's a blessing and a curse because although they may love it, you don't always get a thank you. People are busy, traveling, working, living. But when you do, and it's like the one from these sweet souls, you cry a little bit in the middle of the street.
Thank you to you both. For not only inviting me into one of the greatest days of your life, but for reminding me of why it's worth it. You helped me a lot that day. Gratitude always wins.
All my love X
My, what a truly wonderful day it was. Tessa and Josh were married at Al Ru Farm on January third. It was one of those days where everything effortlessly flowed from one part to the next. And filled with such a beautiful bunch of people. Honestly, Tessa & Josh I felt like I had known you for years. It was such a spectacular and emotional day. I hope these photographs help you to remember & treasure this day for many happy years to come.
"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.