Christmas is coming people, wayyyyyy to fast. It’s giving me heart palpitations about all the things I still need to complete before the end of year and before that, for Christmas day. I don’t know about you, but Christmas day for us seems to extend out for a week or so. There are at least 3-4 functions with the people we call family – immediate, extended, step, half, and old old friends forever as well as newer friends that are likely to last a lifetime. Yes, I get a little frantic about all the things to do, but I also get very very happy. This time of year for Marcus & I is all about reconnecting to the people that really matter. I know this is not something we should leave for once a year (and really if I think about it we don’t), but it is a time where we consciously stop, and just be with people that we love and that would love us no matter what. These are the people that don’t care if we are dropouts or millionaires. We take the time at Christmas to remember that ultimately family is what you have. However and whoever you define as family – those people that you turn to – they are what matters. So in the spirit of celebrating the people we love, I wanted to share with you a shoot Marcus did for a family that knows this, and took the time to mark the things they do that bring them together and the place – their farm – that makes them smile when they think about it, and makes them breathe out when they are actually there. There is nothing like it – that feeling when you share a space, an experience, with people that know you deeply and accept you no matter what. I love these photos, because in them I see shared memories and the invisible thread that binds family together. Ironically, this is the Farmer family and a farm is the place they love. Farming plays a part in their history. And I want to thank them for letting Marcus take pictures of them that remind me of the importance of spending time doing exactly what you love with the people that you love.
Art comes in all shapes and forms. I am a firm believer that it doesn’t have to be in a gallery to be art. When someone puts love, passion and creativity in what they do and they do it exceptionally well, making a statement along the way – surely that is a form of art. Meet Greg Cleary – artist and owner of Sweetums.http://www.sweetums.com.au/ Sure his art happens to be edible, but there is no denying it is amazing. Actually being edible makes it more amazing. Brisbane is the home of some of the BEST wedding cake designers in the country. Greg is on that list and puts him on our list of creatives that you need to know. Thanks Greg for making my job of taking a stellar cake cutting photo that little bit easier and thanks for letting us capture the genuinely nice guy that you are.
“The Japanese say, if a flower is to be beautiful it must be cultivated.” (Lester Cole)
Today’s creative spotlight is on two people who know how to bring out the true beauty of a flower with lots of love and care. Maybe because they have so much love for each other. Sandee and Dave from Always Fabulous Flowers, have been filling weddings with flowers for the last 20 years. They are as experienced in this business as it gets, but this doesn’t make them dated. They have consistently remained one of Brisbane’s most popular wedding florists because of their timeless floristry that remains on trend. Sandee and Dave work hard at what they do because they love it. They take pride in their work whether it be a simple button hole of a full ceremony backdrop made of flowers. They are genuinely interested in their couples and always strive to create something that everyone at the wedding will love. It has been our pleasure to work with Sandee and Dave on more weddings than we can count, and this time it was our pleasure to bring them out from behind the scenes and put them in front of the camera for a change. Thanks Sandee & Dave for getting out of your comfort zone and letting us share with everyone the faces behind these beautiful creations.
One of the best things about being a photographer is that you get to document some of the most significant moments in life, and sometimes you are lucky enough you get to see how life changes over time. Tenielle & Matthew let capture the exciting time before the birth of their perfect little boy Flynn. To us, Tenielle, pregnant with her little boy, epitomised the beauty of a woman – natural, glowing, embracing all that life throws her. Then we had the ultimate pleasure of meeting Flynn – a brand new person in this great big world – who just helped to remind us of the gentle tenderness of love. These images are the combined work or Aurelie and Karen and what an fantastic job they did. Tenielle, and Matthew, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions and we hope that every time you hold Flynn (even when he is a grown man) you are reminded of the wonderful gifts that the universe can bring.
This time our spotlight is on one of Brisbane’s iconic wedding designers – Wendy Makin. Wendy has been designing bridal wear for the women of Brisbane & beyond for many years and she remains on trend. She just knows how to make a bride shine. Her gowns are wonderful mix of classic and contemporary. Her range is diverse and beautiful, just like the women who wear them, yet they are all so simply elegant. We have known Wendy since our little photography studio began, as she has dressed countless Studio Impressions’ brides. Her commitment to quality and the service she gives her customers is second to none. And, she is quite simply a really lovely person. It is obvious in her work. Wendy Makin is one creative that every bride should meet. It was so great to take your portrait Wendy. Thank you for making so many brides look and feel so beautiful as they stand in front of my camera.
You know some weddings are going to be fun before you even arrive on the day. Hamey & Dan’s wedding was one of those. It might be because we know some of Hamey’s aunts and have seen how these ladies can party, or it might be because the couple themselves are so down to earth, relaxed and good humoured that you know there is no way this could be a stuffy affair.
Dan is a farmer and Hamey is a city girl who now runs a successful personal training business in Dan’s home town of Dalby. They are honestly the most wonderful people. Hamey used to be a nanny with a special knack for looking after twins and some of the families she worked for made a special trip to be at the wedding. It shows how loved Hamey & Dan are by the people that meet them. It was an absolute pleasure for Studio Impressions to be invited to capture their day. Hamey got ready at the Royal Albert Hotel in Brisbane and they were married at the Stuartholme Chapel before partying the night away in the ballroom of Victoria Park Golf Course. You will see from the photos that it was quite a party (although we did expect to see more dancing on tables from some of the guests – they will know who they are).
Hamey & Dan, may your love always be as genuine and grounded as each of you are as individuals. We wish you a life filled with happiness, laughter and crazy people dancing on tables.