Happy Easter!   Can you believe that Easter has already come and gone?   I have to admit I’m kind of glad that the incessant questions about the Easter bunny from my 5 year old have now finished, and I only have the chocolate rationing to deal with.   How great it is to see the joy on their faces from such simple things like a half eaten carrot left by the Easter Bunny.

I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I last posted.  Despite being a little embarrassed by this, when I look at what has been going on this month, I can see where all the time has gone.  There are so many things to tell you about.  2009 really has gotten off to an exciting start.

Cocktails, Carats & Couture

As soon as we returned from WPPI, Adam and I attended the Luxury Wedding Event – Cocktails, Carats and Couture at Gianni’s Portside (image from the fashion parade above).  This is an annual event (only in its second year) that we have been co-hosting with DARB Bridal Couture and Gianni’s, in an effort to showcase to brides-to-be some of what we feel are the best wedding specialists that Queensland has to offer.     We have been photographing weddings for a long time now, and as any wedding photographer would know, you really do get to know a bit about who does great invites/cakes/entertainment and all those other things associated with weddings.   Cocktails, Carats & Couture brings together some of the suppliers that Gianni’s, DARB and ourselves have consistently recommended to our brides over the years, so that they can see the quality of their work for themselves.  This is no bridal expo, instead we put on a stylish cocktail party, fashion parade, band and canapes, with some info available for anyone that wants to know more.     This year’s event was a roaring success, with all our guests having a great time.   See below for some snaps from the event.  More are available at www.cccweddings.com.au Looking forward to next year!

Also over the last three months we have been working on a project for the RBWH Foundation – a book titled “Royal Mums – A Collection of Memories”.     There is so much to say about this book that I’ll have to put it in a few different posts with some of images from the 130+ shoots we have done since January.    The RBWH Foundation has commenced the Royal Mums program that recognises all the women that have had their babies at the RBWH since it opened in 1938.   My wife Penny had our premature twins there in 2005 and we have the RBWH to thank for their lives.   In thanks, we donated our services to photograph over 100 Royal Mums and their families to feature in the book – alongside the story of their RBWH experience.  All proceeds from sales of the book go directly to the RBWH Foundation to raise money for perinatal research and to purchase equipment for the neonatal intensive care and special care nurseries.    It has been an amazing experience for our team.  Some days seemed like a day care in the studio and others saw us all shed a few tears with mums whose stories were inspiring and at times tragic.  We also had the chance to photograph a few well known Queensland identities – including Royal Mum, Colleen Origliasso and her family including twins – “The Veronicas”.    In the images above you can see me doing ‘my thing’ and the resultant shot.    Some days my job is a real joy.   How great that this super busy family take time out to help us raise money that will save the lives of newborn babies across Queensland!

I really want to acknowledge Nicola Poole our portrait photographer who did an amazing job on this project.       Our thanks also go to some very generous friends of ours who donated their time to photograph Royal Mums no longer in Brisbane – Bec & Ricky at Ricky England Photography in Rockhampton, Graeme Munro at GM Photographics in Sydney and to Dominic at Pine Creek Pictures, Cairns, for the beautiful images they took for us and the Foundation – completely donating their time and all associated costs.    Watch this space for more Royal Mum shoots.

On another topic, we like everyone else in Queensland, have been preparing for the AIPP Queensland State Photography Awards.    A HUGE congratulations to Adam Finch who I am proud to say took out the Queensland Illustrative Photographer of the Year title with some of his shots from our trip to the US.      Here is my favourite (above).

We’ll do another post soon with his award winning shots telling you a little more about them.

Not to be outdone, Penny & I were invited last week to the glitz and glam of the NRA Fashion Awards where we rubbed shoulders with the beautiful people and celebrated with spot of bubbly as Brad Webb from DARB Bridal Couture took out the Supreme Award.    Congratulations Brad – well deserved and thank you for letting us share such a great night with you.     Here he is with the winner’s trophy and the gown that got the gold!

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