I can’t believe we are half way through the year already. I feel like a poor parent when it comes to our little blog here at the moment. We’ve haven’t even published most of the amazing weddings from last year let yet alone the pretty epic ones we’ve already photographed this year. We’ve been very lucky the past few months flying to all corners of the globe to capture the special memories of some special people. When our blog posts get a little slow, you can follow us through the Studio Impressions facebook, instagram and twitter posts. So fresh from Bali this morning I wanted to share one of my faves so far.
Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of being invited to photograph the wedding of Samantha and Josh – two fantastic people.
Their beautiful jewish wedding was held at Hemmesphere at the Establishment Hotel in Sydney which is an awesome venue, made even more awesome by the talents of Philip Carr & Associates who were responsible for some of the most amazing styling. The flowers & balloons brought just a little romance and whimsy to what was an all out classy affair.
What I loved most about this wedding though, was the thing that always gets me; the people. Samantha & Josh are great people and you can see why when you meet their families. Plus they know how to party! I felt very honored to be part of it all.
Samantha & Josh may you always have this much fun, love and joy in your lives. Thanks for choosing me and Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding.
Preparing tonight to shoot a very special styled shoot for a future edition of Queensland Brides Magazine. It reminded me of the craziness of our last shoot. I don’t usually tell my behind the scenes secrets, but sometimes when you look at the images, you just think, I cannot believe we did it! So I thought this time I would share. It was an awesome day on this shoot, but the weather that day was not our friend. We got together with the amazing style team of Brendan at Styled Events and Cara from Cara Marie Designs coupled with the magic of Stem Design and some of our favourite suppliers and created a glamorous rooftop evening reminiscent of a night out in New York all here in Brisbane. We found the perfect venue, on top of the exclusive rooftop of newly constructed Ecco Apartments in West End with an amazing view of our gorgeous city. We had the pool, we had the sunset, we had it all – including the wind. THE WIND. Oh the wind.
The fabulous Julie Whitehead from Julie Whitehead Cakes: had just finished creating a masterpiece of chocolate deliciousness with the most intricate hand coloured flowers I have ever seen and I spent most of the shoot worrying that the wind would blow the whole thing into the pool! In the end I had Penny lay on the ground & hold the cake from underneath until I got the shot.
The fabulous RUSH Entertainment attended to add more glamour to our recreated rooftop wedding and just before they took their place in front of the huge backdrop of the new york skyline that Styled Events had created (perfect for our low down jazz night) a big gust of wind smashed the whole thing to the floor. So, RUSH, as they always do, just played somewhere else – still looking glamorous.
Our models looked just stunning but poor George Wu had fun trying to find the right dress to work with the wind. Luckily he is the most good humoured person you will ever meet! And Kim Snare had her work cut our for her keeping that gorgeous main of red hair in place. Our male model was the only one really comfortable in his Wil Valor suits.
Luckily Aria Catering came along for the night – because you can’t have a glamorous rooftop wedding without the ULTIMATE sophisticated food – and provided sustenance for our models and the wonderful people that became our guests for the night. They also created a very special cocktail just for our Manhattan wedding. What a fantastic idea for any wedding – your own signature cocktail. Had we known we would have called this one “Gone with the Wind”.
It just goes to show that even the best laid plans don’t always work out, but you can still have fun, and if you are working with professionals, it can still be AMAZING!
Gabe & I had plenty of fun shooting this one together. We got to try out some of my favourite lenses, new angles and some new skills shooting in high winds in a small space & a big drop over the side!. It was great to use the 200mm f2 and the 85mm f1.4 with the Nikon D800E. Don’t get to use 200mm f2 as much as I’d like.
Funnily enough, I am actually looking forward to the next one.!
After recently being featured in Bride to Be magazine, we have had so many requests to see more of the gorgeous wedding of Michelle and James. Two of the loveliest people you could meet, we know they won’t mind sharing a few more images here.
This wedding, captured by Adam, was the perfect mix of classical and contemporary. Michelle and James chose some of Brisbane’s finest venues for the various parts of their day, and it paid off with an elegant, sophisticated wedding where quality, thought and craftsmanship was in every little detail.
Before heading to Restaurant Two for impeccable food and wine at their reception, they headed to the banks of the Brisbane river & let balloons go against the city skyline. Magic!
Michelle and James thank you for choosing Studio Impressions as your photographer. May you always have reason to smile as much as you did that day.
Capture Magazine is Australia’s top-selling pro photography magazine and each year they seek out and identify the photographers to watch – the emerging talent that are making other professional photographers (like Marcus Bell) lift their game. This is a hard list to make. Each category is judged by seasoned and well-respected pros. And there is nothing scarier than a peer review by people you respect & admire. This last week, the winners for this year were announced. We couldn’t have been more excited to see our own Aurelie Beeston announced the winner of the wedding category! Not only that, she was nominated as a finalist in landscape. We’ve always known the girl had talent and we know how much she puts into all she does. We are so excited to see her career go from strength to strength & her work be recognized. She is a true professional photographer who works at her craft and approaches everything with professionalism, & dedication, the aim to grow creatively but most importantly, an obvious desire to give her clients something they will love. But what we love most is that she is so humble about it. In fact when we found out about the win (not from Aurelie) and I said “Wow Aurelie – did you win”. She said “Oh yes, well I think so” (imagine that said with a sweet french accent) and went back to work. WELL WE THINK SO TOO! but me, I’m going to shout it from the rooftops for her. WELL DONE AURELIE! You deserve it.
Here’s a closer look at some of the images in her winning portfolio.
And the landscapes that saw her in the finals.
Aaahhh…..shoes……my favourite post to do. Loving the choices of our Brides this year. Bold, sassy, glamorous – like the women who wore them.
I’ve just spent a great Easter weekend taking a little country escape with my family, surrounded by rolling hills and greenery that I love so much. It made me want to post a country wedding for you. Adam captured this one. Jessica & Ross’ country wedding escape at Spicers Hidden Vale