Tess and Chris are all about fun. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding on Saturday!
Here are a few images from our sweet little engagement session at Cudgen Creek.
Let me introduce you to some friends of mine. Their names are December and Kiara, and they are IN LOVE. Like, CAPITALS love LOVE. There is nothing in this world that inspires me more than love, and I walked away from this shoot feeling joyous and bright – because December and Kiara are joyous, bright people, and I got to capture their joyous, bright love. Now I want to share it with you!
If you don’t feel warm and fuzzy after you’ve seen these images… I think you’re doing it wrong!
Before I introduce you to this incredibly gorgeous couple, let’s talk about engagement sessions.
I LOVE engagement sessions. Engagement sessions are the best!
Originally couples had engagement sessions with their wedding photographers so that they’d have a nice photo to send to the newspaper along with their engagement announcement, but there are bunch of other great reasons to consider having an engagement shoot before you get married.
How do you feel about having your photo taken? Most people cringe at the thought – we all have an image in our heads of what we look like, and with cameras everywhere these days often the pictures we suddenly find ourselves tagged in on Facebook at that family barbeque last week don’t match up with that mental picture. “I hate having my picture taken.” You’d be amazed how often I hear that sentence uttered!
Here’s the single greatest thing about engagement sessions – you get used to being photographed before your big day! So when it counts, when your photographer pulls out that big black camera and aims it your way, you won’t panic because you’ve done this before! You also get a feel for how your photographer works and what they’ll be asking you to do on your wedding day, not to mention you all get to know each other better, which is great because it establishes trust between you – and that means way better wedding photos for you!
But that’s not all – if you’re a bit crafty with your scheduling, engagement sessions can give clever brides a chance to try out their makeup and see how it looks photographed. You’ll also end up with a bunch of great photos of the two of you that you can use on save the date cards, invitations, place settings, gifts for your parents, or a super-nifty custom guest book to have all your favourite people sign at your reception.
And there’s one more, super-important reason to have an engagement session. They’re heaps of fun.
Let me introduce you to Dale and Daniel. These guys are getting married on the 2nd of June, and I couldn’t be more excited to photograph their wedding. Despite being easy on the eyes, Daniel isn’t a fan of having his photo taken so their engagement session at the Spit in Southport on a sunny Saturday afternoon was the perfect chance to get him comfortable in front of the camera – and I let him keep his hat or his sunnies on for a few of the shots too, to ease him into it!
(Right after we took this shot a huge wave came up and swept all our stuff up the beach! Luckily Dale had an awesome waterproof beach bag, and it was totally worth the soggy knees to get this photo, anyway.)
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You can’t predict the weather. Or so they tell me.
Vanessa and Marc won their sweetheart shoot in a competition I held on Facebook. We scheduled their shoot, chose a location and… it rained. The same thing happened with my other sweetheart shoot winners, and we rescheduled their shoots, but on Van and Marc’s session day the weather tricked us – it was a lovely day up until about half an hour before our session, when some massive storm clouds started rolling in. Having lived in London, it didn’t really phase Van and Marc, so we ploughed ahead and made the trek to the Fingal lighthouse for their shoot.
I do a pretty mean anti-rain dance, but it has its limits. We shot for twenty minutes before the rain started, and thanks to this gorgeous couple’s super-easygoing nature, we managed to get a bunch of really awesome shots in that time. Here are my favourites.
Have you ever been out and about and seen a couple together who are just so enamoured with each other that you can’t help but sigh and think, “THAT is what love looks like”?
That’s Tahlia and Beau.
The way these two look at each other is the stuff of fairytales, so where better to hold their session than New Farm Park in Brisbane amongst the rose gardens and the fig trees?
I can’t wait to photograph Tahlia and Beau’s wedding in September.
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