Fridays always make me feel like taking off for the weekend to sit by the beach somewhere, sip something cold & just chill for a bit. The downside of my job is that weekends are usually busy so I can’t just disappear. Mostly I see this as an upside except for the odd moment of Fridayitis, because I know there are times when my job gives me the chance to go to places like this.
So, because I’m not taking off to anywhere exotic this afternoon, I think I’ll share a wedding that took me to one of the places I love going to in my head on a Friday – the Whitsunday Islands. This is the beautiful Kate, in her fabulous Darb gown, & her man, Hayden, on their dreamy wedding day at Villa Botanica,
Hope when you look at these images, they take you to places of blue skies, warm sand and big smiles.
Kate & Hayden, thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer. May your life be filled with happy times and beautiful places.
We are in love with Instagram and I’m sure you are as well. We love it so much we always try to post an image on the wedding day using our iPhones (not our real cameras) for the couples to share with their family and friends that couldn’t attend. We also share a lot of what is happening in our personal lives. For me, I love seeing live bands, funny situations with my kids and some street photography as well. Occasionally, I’ll share a pic taken with my real camera as well. So if you would love to follow me, the studio, or one of the talented photographers who are part of Studio Impressions, here are our accounts:
The Studio @studioimpressions
Here are a few of my favourite images taken on my iPhone for Instagram.
Yesterday was the birthday of a lovely wedding planner and stylist that we know, Trudy from Lovebird Weddings She celebrated in her usual impeccable style with a stunning outdoor celebration. It made me think of the shoot Aurelie & I did earlier this year styled by Trudy and showcasing the newly renovated Venue: Spicers Tamarind Retreat.
I’ve always been a believer that you need a place to dream. It is good for business and essential for the soul. Before we had children & Penny worked in the studio she was a manager in a rapidly growing highly successful, consultancy firm. This business was run by a small team led by some of the most dynamic, intelligent & hardworking people I know. Every year this little team of decision makers would take two days at what they called their “Tamarind Retreat”. They would stay at Tamarind brainstorming and planning for the business’ future, in a relaxed and creative environment, fueled by the great food Spicer’s served & then relax at night in their own cabins. Partners were always invited. So during the day when Penny was off doing her planning, I would spend the time planning for Studio Impressions in the luxurious confines of my Tamarind Cabin or by the waterfall. At night I would join them for dinner & debrief our ideas together. Those days taught me the importance of time out to dream and to plan, to have a vision for Studio Impressions – that working on my business is as important as working in it. Now, Penny & I still take time out to dream & to plan for Studio Impressions & we still call it our “Tamarind”, even if we are only on our couch. So, when Trudy invited me back to Tamarind to photograph how beautiful this place is for weddings, I could not resist.
An amazing team of wedding suppliers came together to create this look. Here are some of the images that Aurelie & I took with the fantastic models from: Division Models dressed by MXM (bridal gowns) and Wil Valor (suits). The model’s hair was by Jacinta Lennox and make-up by TF Makeup
All the styling was done by the lovely Trudy at Lovebird Weddings who worked with Terrianne at Mondo Floral Designs on the floral arrangements, With Love Stationery & Design for the stationery details and cake by Cake Designs. Spicers Tamarind Restaurant also showed off their amazing talents in the kitchen. Food is after all an essential part of any great event!
More from this fantastic shoot will be featured in the next edition of Sunshine Coast Brides magazine, out in a few weeks. Thanks everyone for your professionalism and creativity on the day. It was amazing to work with you all. Big thanks also to Trudy for taking me back to a place that I love, and unexpectedly reminding me of so much more. Happy Birthday!
With our recent exciting news about Aurelie making the Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography, I thought you might like to see one of her recent weddings.
This is the gorgeous wedding of Tifani & Reyhan at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Tifani & Reyhan are two of the loveliest people you could meet. They lit up our little studio. It really did feel like they brought a little extra bit of happiness with them whenever they visited. In the lead up to their day, Aurelie often said how much she was looking forward to photographing their wedding. I can see why. Everything about their wedding looked as warm and sincere as they are – even the weather! Aurelie did an amazing job of capturing the feeling of the whole day.
Tifani was gorgeous (as usual) in a dress by The Babushka Ballerina with hair & make-up by Imprezz. I love the bridesmaid’s Zimmerman dress (always partial to the gorgeous fabrics of Zimmerman though). Hyde Roses is responsible for the neat bouquet that held it together in a well contested bouquet toss. That pretty cake is by Ann’s Unique Cakes and the very cool wedding program by Blooming Days.
Tifani & Reyhan thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to share this special day in your lives. We wish you a life filled with even more happiness than you give to others (and that’s a lot!)
On Saturday night you would have found Marcus and I at the 2013 Harcourts Foundation Butterfly Ball at the Sofitel Brisbane. Many of you know this is an event close to our hearts and one I have been personally involved in organising in past years. This year, Studio Impressions donated our photographic services, providing the event photography and running a Photobooth where guests got to pose for a fun photo in return for a small donation back to this worthwhile charity. The Butterfly Ball raises funds for the Butterfly Babies Foundation supporting perinatal research, in particular research into the brain development of pre-term and newborn babies. So why is this important? When a baby is born premature, or when a baby is placed on oxygen a birth, their brain development is often affected. They may suffer from autism, cerebral palsy, blindness or simply learning difficulties as they get older. If we can find a way to protect a baby’s brain in its first few minutes of life, we can find a way to reduce the incidence of these conditions and change many many lives. This research is being headed by the most amazing man (who just happens to also be one of the truly nicest people you will ever meet), Professor Paul Colditz. Marcus & I are very proud to have been able to help him over the last few years to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for this life changing work. If you think brain research sounds all a little bit unrealistic, trust me, for some, it can be all too real. Let me put it this way, we got involved when our twin boys were born and we were faced with this:
Today, we have happy healthy funny smart eight year old twins. Thank you has never been enough. So we continue to support this amazing cause in the hope that one day the quality of a person’s life will never be decided by their first few minutes in it. If you would like to donate to Butterfly Babies, click here.
This year the 2013 Harcourts Foundation Butterfly Ball was a masquerade ball. About 500 guests donned their finest black tie and elaborate (sometimes crazy) masks, to enjoy an evening of fine food and wine, hosted by Ian Skippen, with entertainment by Opera Queensland’s new ensemble Qrious, and dancing to the wee hours to the ever popular RUSH Band. Here are a few of our favourite photos of the night.
The Brisbane Polo Club recently had a Wedding Open Day for prospective brides and grooms. As I was taking pics of this beautiful heritage listed building and all the gorgeous little details it contains, I couldn’t help but think about a wedding Gabe and I captured here recently. Nicole and Adam’s Brisbane wedding was in St Steven’s Cathedral and they held their reception at the Polo Club. This wedding just felt elegant and warm. Actually Nicole and Adam are really warm kind of people, so it was all perfect reflection of them. Here are some of our favourite images from the day.
Adam and Nicole, we were so honoured that you chose Studio Impressions as your wedding photographer. We wish you warmth and happiness always.