WIN a Portrait Session for You and Your Family!

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The year has only just begun, but I’m still reeling from the huge amount of gratitude I felt for you guys at the close of my 5th year in business as a photographer. Gratitude for you; my previous clients, my blog readers, my newsletter subscribers, and my Instagram and Facebook friends. And I want to give something back.

That’s why I’m offering my newsletter subscribers the chance to win a family portrait session, valued at $499!

The complete prize includes:
– a one hour portrait session in the Brisbane area
– every photo from the session, presented in an online gallery and perfectly sized to share online, and
– five high resolution photos of your choice, for you to print, share and love forever.

There’s still plenty of time, so if you haven’t already – join the mailing list, or share this post with someone you think would love to win a beautiful record of their family.

That’s not all though – even if you aren’t the winner, every subscriber is eligible for a $50 discount on their next booking – wedding OR portrait! All the more reason to sign up!

Here’s the fine print:
The winner will be randomly selected using an online service and announced on January 31st 2017. Entrants must be subscribed to my “Newsflash” newsletter to be eligible, and must be willing to travel to Brisbane for the session.
The portrait session must take place between February 1st 2017 and March 31st 2017 or the prize will be forfeit. There can only be one winner, and the announcement is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

Click HERE to subscribe!

As ever, if you have any questions about the competition please get in touch via the contact page. I love questions!

Katrina & Family’s Hastings Point Holiday Portraits

 

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Sometimes, despite my best-laid portrait session plans, the weather forecast says “storm”. Sometimes it’s wrong (or your timing is just right). This was one of those times!

The lovely Katrina, previously a well-established Darwin family photographer herself, visited the Hastings Point with her whole family over Christmas and I was overjoyed to be the one she chose to capture the occasion. They travelled from right across Australia to be here, so a stormy sky was not going to deter us from a fun family session, and getting those amazing photos. There’s no rescheduling reunions.

I arrived super-early and watched the clouds drift over, but those clouds respected our arrangement and didn’t let a single drop fall on our portrait parade. We even got a window of golden sunshine to act as a spotlight for the kids cartwheels and fishy faces!

As I was driving home the heavens opened and the deluge started, but it couldn’t dampen my mood. This session was perfect.

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Emma & Josh’s Gold Coast Beach Wedding

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Emma and Josh’s wedding day was everything a girl could dream of. The weather was perfect – not a cloud in the sky. The girls were radiant in flowing cream gowns, the boys were boisterous and grinning, Emma & Josh’s little ones were full of beaming smiles. The day was blissful. When I got home I was dead tired but still riding high. I dutifully backed up my memory cards before I hit the hay.

The next morning I couldn’t wait to look through the images, but I noticed some were missing… That’s when I realised I’d left one of my cameras behind, one memory card still inside. My heart dropped not just through my chest, but through the floor. The camera I could live without – it’s insured, of course – but those photos were part of Emma and Josh’s story, and I would do anything to not lose those memories.

Lucky for me, someone had handed my poor little camera in to the bar staff at the venue and it was safely returned to me that afternoon. I don’t think I breathed for hours, until it was back in my hands. I don’t know for sure, but judging from the last few photos I found on the card, a few boys had a little fun taking inebriated photos with it before they handed it over. I’m glad they had a good time, and I kept a few of those shots in Emma and Josh’s final gallery just for fun! The camera was sporting an 85mm f1.4 lens, which is a very close and very shallow depth-of-field lens, so they didn’t have much luck focussing it – check out my favourite of their efforts:

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Let’s get one thing straight here – I am Little Miss Organisation, Master of Lists, Preacher of Preparation. I DO NOT leave belongings behind. But I guess we all screw up sometimes, and I’m so glad that in this case, everything turned out fine. It’s certainly taught me to run a quick stocktake before I leave a wedding from now on!

Scroll on to see the perfection for yourself. I think the scare makes me love these images even more.

Thank you to the wonderful vendors who all contributed to the perfection of Emma and Josh’s wedding day!

Hair and makeup: Jacque Priem
Celebrant: Colleen Low
Flowers: Roots Floristry
Ceremony and reception styling: Down the Aisle
Videographer: Benny Kaz of KazFilms, assisted by Eva Lilly
Reception: Ocean View at North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club

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Cassie and Steve’s Tweed Coast Country Wedding

Before you start scrolling through this wedding post, go grab a cup of tea. It’s OK, I’ll wait. But make sure it’s tea, not coffee – for two reasons. First, Cass and Steve married at Madura Tea Estates by Camellia Weddings and we wasted no time in frolicking about the tea fields. I swear you can almost smell it just from seeing the photos! Second, Cassie is known to many as the “tea hugger” – a moniker bestowed upon her by her maid of honour Katie. I’ve known Cass for about a decade, and I have never known someone more overjoyed by tea (which is saying something, since tea leaves me pretty joyous) – and it says a lot about Cassie’s approach to life and love – finding happiness in simple pleasures and focussing on the positive in every situation. It makes perfect sense that she drew someone like Steve to her – I started calling him “AwesomeSteve” years ago because of how happy he made her and how supportive he was of her dreams!

Together, Cass and Steve are a laid-back whirlwind of laughter, gratitude and toilet humour, and they value their friends and family more than anything. That vibe is infectious! Their wedding day was highly emotional, but every tear from every guest (myself included) was doubled by heartfelt smiles or cheeky giggles, so the happiness cup was always brimming over.

Got your cuppa? Then it’s time to scroll on! Thank you to the vendors who all had a hand in making Cassie and Steve’s Big Day Dreams a reality:
Celebrant: Ceremonies with Amala
Makeup: Bang Bang Beauty
Flowers: Alstonville Florist
Videographer: Last Minute Videographers
Venue & Styling: Camellia Weddings (Madura Tea Estates)
Cassie and Steve both got ready at Santai Retreat

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Nicole and Jack’s Rainy Kingscliff Wedding

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We’ve all heard the adage that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck – but nobody REALLY wants it to rain on their big day, right? If it does happen, and you’ve planned an outdoor ceremony, going to contingency doesn’t have to mean your wedding day suffers. Nicole and Jack had a gorgeous beachside ceremony planned, but when weather would not permit their family and friends helped them pick up and relocate at a moments notice to their reception venue, Kingscliff favourite Babalou. Still surrounded by their nearest and dearest, still looking their finest and still completely in love, their wedding day was still magical – perhaps even moreso thanks to the contribution of their guests. It stopped sprinkling just long enough for us to dash out for bridal party photos, and the girls definitely made the most of that stormy coastal wind in their dresses.

If you were a guest of Nicole and Jack you can see their complete gallery and purchase downloads or products here.

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