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My recent post gave you a sneak peak of the magic at Brieanna and Luke’s Maleny wedding. You’ll see from the images here that rainbows and downpours were just part of the beauty of the day.
For Brieanna and Luke’s family and friends, there is a link to all the images taken at the end of the post. Contact Brieanna and Luke for your access password.
For all you brides to be who love the details:
Brieanna’s gorgeous dress was courtesy of Elizabeth de Varga
Brieanna got ready at the House of Laurels where the reception was also held. As always, they did a fantastic job.
Luke got ready at a private holiday house called The Knoll. What a fantastic place (and a great website too – check it out). I am going to try to get back here.
The Ceremony was at the new Little White Wedding Church.
The amazing bouquets and floral arrangements were by Mondo Floral Designs.
Thanks again Brieanna and Luke for sharing a little of your magic with me.
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Brieanna & Luke’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are invited to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and Gallery are password protected. Please contact Brieanna and Luke for access.)
Sometimes, when I post a wedding, it just feels that the words I use won’t come anywhere near describing how special that wedding was. Cherie & Steven’s Brisbane wedding is one of those.
I only hope my images show you how beautiful this day was. A stunning bride, and handsome groom. An obvious bond of love and affection. A family expressing their love and joy for two people who obviously mean so much to them. A ceremony filled with tears & laughter and a romantic reception venue. It felt a little like a fairytale sometimes. When I was photographing Cherie getting ready at her mum’s house I could imagine Cherie as a little girl dreaming of her wedding day. A touch of nostalgia and a feeling of reflection in the air. I only hope my images reflect the feeling of this day, and give you a glimpse of these two great people.
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Cherie & Steven’s sneak peek slideshow.
A lot of people have been asking me about destination weddings lately, and where do you get good inspiration and info on planning a destination wedding. Well, a great new international wedding magazine has emerged “Dream Weddings Bali Style” and not only is it distributed around the globe you can also download a digital version of the magazine through ZINIO. While its focus is of course Bali, it has heaps of info to help with destination weddings worldwide. In the current issue the beautiful Tanya and Alek’s wedding that I photographed at Alila Soori Bali adorns 10 pages of the magazine.
The magazine has also just been translated into Russian, which will be the perfect gift for Tanya and Alek’s parent who are Soviet immigrants. They can now share the publication with their extended family. Its also perfect timing for weddings in Bali as Aeroflot has just begun direct flights from Russia to Bali. This is kind of ironic as last year I flew from photographing one wedding in Russia to another in Bali but had to endure a number of stop overs and a long flight to get there. A direct flight would have been music to my ears and I suspect to some of the guests of Tanya & Alek’s wedding.
Here is a couple images from the Russian version of Tanya and Alek’s wedding. It truly was “One Perfect Day” – the title of their wedding story translated for you non-Russian speaking blog readers.
The latest March-June issue is one of the nicest magazines I’ve seen for a while and worth downloading. Also if you would love to see more images from this wedding there is nice story on the Style me Pretty wedding website worth checking out.
Seeing an all Russian version of the magazine and the amazing colour and culture of what Bali offers travelers, I’m inspired to post a some of my recent fine art and streetscape snaps from a few of my recent visits to both Russia and Bali. Stay tuned…
Over the weekend, I was reminded of my former career and my birth as a photographer. I was photographing two truly epic weddings and at each, like at many weddings, I get asked “What did you do before becoming a photographer?”. As many already know I was a banker. It is interesting how banking prepared me for my photography life and even my short stint certainly helped with my success. As a young employee experiencing mergers, take overs and uncertainty in my career, taught me that change is inevitable. That is certainly the case in the photography industry, where change is constant and the playing field is forever new. It is exciting times in our industry and for me it has also proven to be a great time to reflect back on my photographic career, finding comfort in knowing that uncertainty has always been there. It is simply a matter of how you view it - as a challenge or something to fear.
During my career I have found that sometimes it is the simplest of events that can set your direction. In my early twenties, when my business was part time and probably more of a hobby than a job, an encounter with a mystery Irish man helped set me on my path as a professional photographer. This story is in the book “Masters of Wedding Photography” (so apologies to anyone who’s read it) but I’ve reproduced a shorter version here.
This image recalls for me a day that changed the way I viewed myself as a photographer.
In 1998 I embarked on my first photography journey, a trip that was four years in the planning and would take me through Europe for six months. Constantly on my mind during this trip was the question of whether I had what it takes to be a professional photographer.
Six weeks into the trip my wife, Penny and I were exploring the bottom east tip of Ireland, near Ballinskellings, just off the ring of Kerry. We drove for miles up a dirt road and came across an artist village on the point of this peninsular. It was very remote and deserted – a beautiful, peaceful place. As we were driving away we passed an isolated, little farm house. There was nothing else around for miles. A man jumped out and waved us down. We pulled over and he started talking. He had such a strong Gaelic accent that we could barely understand him.
Finally we worked out that he was trying to give us his dog to look after. It seems he could no longer afford to look after it and was desperately looking for a new owner. It was such a sad story.
Being travellers we could not agree to taking his dog and after a difficult conversation we left with heavy hearts and headed down the road. A little further down the read it dawned on me that I should have asked to photograph him. Being so touched by the emotion of his story, and a little confused by what he was saying, I had completely forgotten my camera. Here he was, an older man who didn’t appear to have much and he simply wanted a better home for his trusted friend, his dog.
I stopped the car, grabbed my camera and ran back to ask his permission to photograph him. He was reluctant at first, but as we kept talking I started to fire a few shots off and he began to relax, slowly forgetting about the camera and just being himself. I noticed tears swelling up in his eyes and I took this shot – “Irishman”. Thinking I had taken things too far, I apologised and he told me it wasn’t the camera, but the fact that few people ever stop to even listen to him.
It was another six weeks before I was able to get the film processed (yes film, it was 1998 - showing my age) and a contact sheet made. It was at this point the image just jumped out at me and I got a shiver down my spine. Never before had an image given me this feeling. I supposed I realized then that I could really give my dream to be a professional photographer a shot. I guess this image helped me to start to believe in myself. I still look at it for inspiration in my career.
Reflecting back on the day, – I had met a man who was in the twilight of his life, trying to take care of his best friend, his dog. At the time I was just a young man, at the beginning of my journey as a photographer, with my best friend; my wife. It is probably my most memorable and favourite photograph, still to this day. Hope you like it too.
The extented story about the “Irishman” and my transition into photography is also included in my book published a few years ago by Amherst Media in New York: “Master’s guide to Wedding photography: Capturing unforgettable moments and lasting impressions”. Available through Amazon and on Kindle.
Junebug Weddings is an incredible site to visit. It was launched earlier this year and has quickly become one of the world’s top wedding sites. I feel honored to be included in this months Photographers spotlight. You can read the full interview here.
Some weddings are poetry brought to life. If I was good with words, perhaps I could write something appropriate to express how they make me feel. Alas, I am good with pictures and not so good with words.
So, here is a sample of the pictures I took at Alicia and Dean’s poetic wedding at Mount Tamborine. The setting speaks for itself. The couple, well they don’t need to speak at all.
Alicia got ready for her big day at ‘The Cottages’ - Mount Tamborine before marrying the obviously in love, Dean, at Cedar Creek Vineyards. Over the years I have been to the venue many times. In fact one of my closest friends chose it for their own wedding. It never ceases to provide a wealth of new opportunities for great photos. In Winter, it is truly beautiful.
Alicia and Dean, thank you for inviting me to record the start of your marriage. Watching the two of you together is something special. I can’t write a poem to express it… but I can borrow one. Here is little from Li-Young Lee’s “Blossom”. It reminds me of you….
Wedding guests are welcome to view Alicia & Dean’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and gallery are password protected. Please contact Alicia & Dean for access).