I might be a mum, but anyone who knows me, knows I don’t tend to get clucky. Even I have to admit though that some of the newborns coming through the Studio doors lately are a little hard to resist. Toooooo cute and definitely worth a cuddle. I just could not resist sharing this little bundle with you.
Baby Wyatt’s Dad is a Fireman. Karen, I think, fell in love with photographing Wyatt. She couldn’t help herself and used that little bit of info about Wyatt’s family as inspiration in her shoot. Oh Baby Wyatt, you will set some hearts on fire for sure.
It has been a very busy time at Studio Impressions. There has been a lot going on but there has been a couple of things that I am really excited to share with the world.
Recently the Australian Institute of Professional Photography held the Queensland State photography awards. Over the last few weeks, I have watched as Aurelie tentatively submitted images to the Queensland AIPP Awards in the wedding category. Just entering the awards is daunting – you are putting your work out to be critiqued, judged. Entering a category that your boss has won a few times is pretty gutsy I have to say. Especially when you know that the competition is going to be tough. Aurelie put her work out there and didn’t just do well, she did FANTASTIC! She was one of only 3 finalists for the category. The other two were previous winners Jonas Peterson & Todd Hunter-McGaw. It made me so happy to see her work beside the work of these talented guys, because she really deserves to be there.
And if that wasn’t enough, this month one of Australia’s leading photography magazines, Capture, listed who they believed would be the emerging top photographers of the future. Aurelie was listed as the runner up in the Wedding Category and a finalist in the Landscape Category. I have known for a while that she will be one of Australia’s top photographers in the future. It was great to see industry leaders notice it too.
A lot of people think you can start photography with a fancy camera, a good website and some great marketing. I am often surprised by the lack of experience in so many wedding photographers today. They are charging crazy prices after just 6 months and just a few weddings and, often it shows in their work. The reality is that you cannot replace hard work and experience. All those ‘rock star, award winning photographers’ have often been doing it tough on their craft for a while. Their accolades are well earned. They don’t just pick up a camera and make money. They study their craft. They practice, practice, practice, practice. Aurelie is no exception.
When the people that work for me achieve something they never thought possible, it gives me an unexpected sense of pride and joy for them. I know they have earned it. When someone joins the small Studio Impressions team they are required to ‘second shoot’ or assist for many years before they are allowed to photograph a wedding on their own. They work hard. Really hard. Their job is often tedious and often not behind the camera. But, they see and work on more images than most photographers. They certainly shoot more weddings than most before they book their own. This is part of my quality control process (or my perfectionist personality). What I have found though, is that it also grows great photographers. AMAZING photographers. Photographers better than me. Photographers that know their craft. Love it. Want to do better and better at it. And it makes me proud to see them grow and shine. These are photographers that connect with the people they photograph and want them to have memories of something significant – something they might not have even noticed. To themselves, they can always do better. Adam is this kind of photographer. Aurelie is this kind of photographer. And I can see that Karen Pedwell and Gabe Veit are this kind of photographer. I can’t wait to see them achieve more than they thought they could too. It is why this is a group of photographers I’m really really proud to work beside.
Aurelie, you are a sensational wedding photographer and a humble person. You deserve all of this. I look forward to learning from you.
For your enjoyment and mine, here is a little selection of the portfolio that was judged by Capture Magazine.
We hope that all the wonderful Mums we get to meet here at Studio Impressions were spoiled yesterday by the ones who love them. Here is a little tribute to the lifelong joy that Motherhood brings.
SHOES!!! Ladies, what more is there to say? Feast your eyes on some of the truly luscious footwear that our Brides chose to wear in 2012. Just makes me want to dress up and go out. Of course I’d need a new pair of shoes…….
Today is ANZAC day. A day for remembering. For Penny & I it is also a happy day. ANZAC day is the day that we went on our very first date. In hindsight maybe that was poor taste, but we were in our late teens & the public holiday that ANZAC day offered was my first chance to take her out, so commemorative or not, I was taking it!
Tonight as we sat around the dinner table with our three boys it felt almost like a movie to think how that day so many years before changed the path of both our lives. It never ceases to amaze me how finding someone can change your course and fill your life in ways you never imagined. And how that can happen by such chance.
Last year I photographed a couple recently engaged. Christine & Kevin. They live in Melbourne. One day they will look back on this time in their life and marvel at the chance of it all. Marvel at how this is the start of something wonderful that they will create. And I got to capture it. Now. As it is. New, beautiful, filled with excitement, potential, a whole new life on the horizon – one that they can’t really imagine.
Christine & Kevin, I hope I get to photograph you 23 years from now reflecting on all you have done, lived and created together. I am sure it will be beyond your dreams.
Aurelie has been photographing some simply stunning weddings this last twelve months. Here is one of them.
Gareth met Sarah at high school. When he and his twin brother were young, Gareth’s South African parents decided to move their family to Australia for a better life, and now Gareth & Sarah are starting a life of their own. They celebrated with an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends at Albert River Wines.
I loved these images when Aurelie showed them to me because I could instantly see how important family was to this couple and how much love there was there on this day. When I see the photos taken during the speeches, I can imagine the thoughts and feelings of their parents. It reminds me that one day, Marcus & I might be watching one of our own twin boys in a moment like this, so just maybe, all the hard work, and every sacrifice we might make on the way will all be worth it too. Really there is nothing more that you can want for someone else than to have real love in their life and a future that they can choose. Aurelie tells me that in the speeches, it was pretty clear that Gareth knew this was the gift his parents gave him.
Gareth & Sarah, thank you so much for choosing Studio Impressions to capture this special day. We wish you a future filled with real love.