Archive for January, 2012
Regardless of the weather, lovers are still getting hitched. So despite all the upheaval the recent rains have brought, we have found a little bit of peace and happiness in all the weddings we have photographed these past few months. At least those dark clouds look great in the images I took at Toni & Daniel’s recent wedding.
I’ve been meaning to share this fantastic wedding for quite a few weeks now. Toni & Daniel are just the nicest couple you could meet. You can tell that just by looking at their photos. I seemed to have a lot of images where they were being given big hugs and cuddles by their friends & family or by each other. Of course. After spending time with them, I wanted to give them a big hug too. Their stunning and emotional wedding was at Maleny Manor and Mondo Floral Design provided the perfectly formed bouquets of Toni & her bridesmaids.
Congratulations Toni & Daniel, and thanks so much for choosing me as your photographer. You made me smile, you made me laugh and I loved every minute of photographing your fantastic wedding.
Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and gallery are password protected. Please contact Toni & Daniel for access).
Regular readers of our blog would have worked out that we do a lot of weddings on the Sunshine Coast. And why not? The Sunshine Coast & surrounding hinterland offers so many unique places for a wedding. The new Sunshine Coast Brides Magazine has hit the shelves and this edition they asked Studio Impressions to draw on our experience as wedding photographers to give their readers some tips on choosing a photographer. Click here for a link to the article and my personal thoughts on choosing someone to photograph your day. Most of it is common sense, but I hope it helps some brides-to-be out there!
Here is another beautiful wedding from the end of 2011 that I’m only now sharing with you. I have to get faster at this, I know! Cheryl & Tim actually had their wedding planned for 2012, so maybe I’m ahead of the game on this one.
You know how sometimes in life things just don’t go according to plan? Well, I’ve always thought that there are two kinds of people. Those that throw their hands up and give it all up when things don’t go the way they expected, and then there are those that just say “Oh well” and then face challenges head on… They not only adapt, but make it even more special. Cheryl & Tim are those kind of people. When life threw their family a curve ball, they didn’t wonder what to do about their wedding. They just decided what was important and changed their plans. The wedding was brought forward and they adjusted whatever they needed to. And voila! …. A day that little girls dream of. Magic just seemed to flow.
Cheryl got ready with a gorgeous view of the River at the Stamford Plaza and then married Tim with an intimate ceremony at Our Lady of Graces. We then got some fantastic shots that just scream Brisbane to me – everything from New Farm Park to the Story Bridge & the Brisbane skyline, to the great little workers cottages that make the history of this city. In keeping with celebrating the beauty of our little hometown, Cheryl & Tim celebrated their newlywed status at the fantastic Watt Restaurant, right on the river at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
I loved this wedding for its timelessness, simplicity & class. Cheryl made an absolutely stunning bride. A photographer’s dream. We’ve been featuring a lot of bigger weddings on this blog lately. It is nice to share a smaller wedding. It also goes to show that weddings come in all different shapes & sizes – just like the people getting married.
Cheryl & Tim, we are so very glad that we got to share this day with you. It was my privilege to be your photographer. We hope that these images bring back some very special memories for you in years to come.
There are some weddings where the images just tell you so much about the people. The love between the couple just oozes off the page, and the expressions of their family and friends tell you all you need to know about what kind of people they are. This is one of those weddings. Add to that the size of their bridal party and a jam-packed dance floor and you just KNOW that Marie & Fabio are great people. Marie and Fabio first met over 12 years ago, but it wasn’t until late 2009 that they started dating. Within 6 months, Fabio knew that Marie was the girl that he wanted to marry. Choosing their favorite breakfast haunt as the perfect intimate venue, Fabio proposed by slipping a diamond engagement ring over the straw of her juice and getting down on one knee to propose. What a simple, romantic way to say – I love this life that we lead together. Have breakfast with me everyday for the rest of our lives. Now I don’t know if he actually said that but you know, actions speak louder and all that… Whatever he said, it worked!
Marie & Fabio ’s service was performed by a close family friend Fr Pat Doran at St Stephen’s Cathedral and celebrated all night with a reception at Moda Events Portside. With the help of the ever lovely Danielle from White + White Weddings & Events, Marie & Fabio had a truly stylish and just perfect wedding day. And Adam was the lucky guy that got to capture it all. Marie’s custom made gown, with a train over 3 metre long designed by Brad Webb from Darb Bridal Couture, was complimented by Giuseppe Zanotti sandals that Marie flew to Melbourne to purchase. The bridesmaids were dressed in Rachel Gilbert dresses encrusted in Swarovski Crystals, with Abigail Johnston and Linda Watt taking care of Hair and Make-up, and making these gorgeous girls look even more so. Fabio, one of Brisbane’s favorite baristas, opened one of his coffee shops between the service and reception, for a very special customer, his new wife, making her and the bridal party’s coffees. No mean feat dressed in a three piece suit. The reception was themed with Tiffany Chairs, brought in especially for the occasion, and it was made extra special with 80cm grand floral centerpieces from Baggaley’s Florist, who also created the beautiful bouquets on the day . That stunning 8 tier cake - Cake & Icing Centre , which was made quite the highlight during its cutting with a fireworks display organized with the help of Spectrum Fireworks. But what really made this wedding so beautiful, was the people, and what they mean to each other.
Marie & Fabio, thanks for choosing Studio Impressions to be part of your magical day. I know that Adam loved every minute of being your photographer – and it shows in these images. We wish for you a lifetime of this kind of love.
I am really looking forward to the weddings I am going to get to photograph this year. The couples I have met so far have some really beautiful plans for their weddings. I realise though that there are still so many great weddings from 2011 that I still haven’t shared on this blog. So I am going to try to post a few more from last year in the coming weeks before I start sharing our 2012 brides with you.
Deanne & Steve’s wedding is one of those that I can’t believe I haven’t posted already. They had such an elegant wedding. It was a classically beautiful wedding for a classically beautiful couple. This wedding also showcases some of the best wedding venues in Brisbane, starting with St Mary’s church at Kangaroo Point, where Deanne & Steve held their very touching ceremony. Their reception was at Customs House , which provides a truly elegant setting right on the river in Brisbane. The room looked amazing. Sometimes you just can’t beat traditional white table settings and white roses. Elegance as it should be. Really if you can’t get the candelabras & silverware out on your wedding day, when can you? Deanne & Steve stuck to a simple colour scheme of white & dusty pink for the reception, flowers & for Deanne’s outfit & it worked a treat. Deanne looked amazing in her Elizabeth de Varga gown.
One of the things I thought was a fantastic touch at this wedding was the car. It was a 1929 Hupmobile. How cool is that? What is even cooler is that it belongs to the Deanne’s Dad. Now that is special. Imagine, arriving at your wedding, seated beside your Dad who is about to walk you down the aisle, in a car that he lovingly restored. I can only imagine how Deanne’s father must have felt on that trip to the church. Here were two works of art – this car and his daughter - that (I’m guessing) have given him years of pleasure and probably years of pain and that his heart and his hands have lovingly moulded into things of beauty. Not that I’m comparing Deanne to a car …..but hopefully you know what I mean.
Deanne & Steve, sorry it has taken me so long to post your gorgeous wedding on our blog. You are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and it was my privilege to capture this important day in your life. I hope your marriage is filled with times you will cherish forever.
Happy New Year!!
Over the holiday break that is Christmas and New year, I take the chance to have a look back over my year in pictures. Every year one image will stand out. Sometimes it is an image that I took, sometimes it is one I’ve seen. This year it is one I was given. My favourite image from 2011 is very special to me because the first time I saw it was when I was taking it out of a fedex satchel on my 40th Birthday back in September. It is an image from one of my favourite photographers Sebastio Salgado. Besides just being an incredible portrait, I love this image because of the multiple meanings that it holds for me. The image is of a father and son, which instantly resonates with me because it was partly due to my father that I became a photographer, and now I have 3 budding photographers of my own. I also love this image because of the use of light – one of the things I like most to experiment with in photography. It is also a powerful image of people in a landscape, stirring in its simplicity – all stuff I love. But most notably, Salgado is one of a handful of famous photographers that provided me with inspiration in my early days in photography. Elliott Erwitt and Henri Cartier Bresson are also on this list. I looked at their stuff in awe, & it stirred a desire to capture the things I saw around me in that same ‘stop & feel it’ kind of way. Who am I kidding? The work of these guys still provides me with inspiration, and aspiration, today.
I love this image for all its meanings but mostly I love it because it reminds me that as much as i love being a photographer, it is not the most important job I have. The other special thing 2011 brought me was a poem that my eldest son Jackson gave me on Father’s Day, just a few days before my birthday (courtesy of his grade 2 teacher). I’ve reproduced it below. This poem + this image really helped ground me this year. 2011 was a year of ups & downs & challenges for almost everyone I spoke to. It is great to have a reminder that no matter what is going on in the world, the ones you love will see you through.
Walk a little slower Daddy
“Walk a little slower , Daddy” said a little child so small
I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall
Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they’re hard to see
So walk a little slower Daddy, for you are leading me.
Someday when I’m all grown up. You’re what I want to be.
Then I will have a little child who’ll want to follow me.
And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you !