[ Jenna & James’ Byron Bay Wedding ]

Things have been quiet on the blog recently – not because I’ve had nothing to post, but because there has been too much to do! Sometimes being a sole trader, things can get away from you – but I finally have some time to catch up and reflect on the first half of the year, and it has been a pretty incredible six months.

Let’s start with Jenna and James, a long distance love story turned happily ever after. Their wedding day was a combination of rain and sunshine, laughter and tears (happy ones, of course) and with family and friends having travelled to Byron Bay from interstate and overseas, it was overflowing with love in every moment. The Figtree was the perfect backdrop, and in absolute Jenna-and-James style (as you may have noticed from their West End Engagement Date shoot) we even made time to stop for a coffee and a few snaps in their favourite local cafe. A beautiful Italian feast was served, glasses clinked, and a lively Tarantella danced – what more could you add to the recipe for a perfect wedding day? Special thanks to Kerry Nijam for a beautiful ceremony.

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[ Jenna & James’ West End Engagement Date ]

Visually capturing the essence of a person is what portraiture is all about, and capturing the essence of a couple and their relationship is what engagement photo sessions are all about. Jenna and James had a great idea that made it really easy for me to capture their love – rather than arrange a location and a time for the standard engagement session, why not have me accompany them on their standard Saturday morning, doing everything they love doing together?

It worked a treat. I met Jenna and James at Highgate Hill park for some romantic cuddles amongst the fig trees in the early morning sunshine, then we headed to the West End Markets for coffee and fresh flowers. We finished up with another coffee at Plenty and a little walk around town, and we were left with some of the most personal and fun engagement shots I’ve had the pleasure of making to date.

Stay tuned for Jenna and James’ wedding day, coming soon to the blog!

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[ Something Different – Fashion with the Blonde Silhouette ]

I am a firm believer in throwing yourself in the deep end. I love to try new things, I love to learn, and I try to keep improving all the time – and to do that you need to step outside your comfort zone. For me, in the last few months, that meant a huge leap into an area I’d always wanted to try – fashion photography!

Enter the beautiful Ashleigh McCallum, otherwise known as the Blonde Silhouette – fashion blogger and stylist, fellow tea enthusiast and all-round sweetheart. Working with Ashleigh has been, and continues to be, a huge source of inspiration for me – Ashleigh is always up for anything I throw at her and I love testing out new ideas with her. We’re keen to be the next Nicole Warne and Carin Olsson! I’ve learned a lot through trial-and-error about how to photograph to show off Ashleigh’s outfits and accessories, and using locations that are a little offbeat and unusual. Now I’m taking that knowledge with me to weddings and applying it when photographing the bride and bridesmaids in their dresses, detail shots of jewellery and intricate fabrics, and finding locations that will set the bridal portrait session apart – especially if it’s raining! It’s made a huge difference to my work, and I’m pretty excited to see how shooting fashion (and other areas outside my comfort zone) can help me improve for my clients this year!

Here are some of my favourites from my work with Ashleigh so far, and some notes and tidbits from me throughout. There are links to Ashleigh’s complete posts underneath the images from each look, and you’ll find many more with other wonderful Brisbane fashion photographers on her website at www.theblondesilhouette.com.au

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TBS006Huge thanks to Belle Èpoque Cafe & Patisserie in Emporium in Brisbane for giving us permission to use their stunning shopfront for our Paris-inspired shoot above. See Part 1 and Part 2 of Belle Èpoque on the Blonde Silhouette.

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The following three looks were all shot on the same day – Ashleigh is a wizard when it comes to quick changes and making subtle adjustments to bring out a new flavour in her outfit!

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The following images are from our “Iron Maiden” concept – this industrial nook in the heart of West End absolutely has my heart, and it’s my dream to bring a bride and groom here one day for their wedding portraits!

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We now return to your regular programming!

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Mimi I love all your photography of The Blonde Silouhette. Great locations and details. X Mimi www.callmemimi.com

[ The Johnson Family ]

What’s better than a walk around the botanic gardens with family? … A walk around the botanic gardens with family AND photos! The Japanese garden at Mt Coot-tha’s Brisbane Botanic Gardens is one of my favourite places in Brisbane. Lucky for me, my new friends the Johnsons think it’s pretty cool too.

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[ Cathy & Jon’s Crystal Creek Elopement ]

I love elopements. They are so personal, so emotional and such a beautiful way for a couple to quietly, simply and romantically wed. Cathy and Jon chose Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, a bit of a trek from their local Canberra, for their special day with two of their closest friends as witnesses. It was the hottest day in January, and it was absolutely perfect.

Cathy and Jon are going to be keeping my blog nice and warm while I’m away for the rest of February, travelling with one of my best friends in Japan and South Korea. I’ll be pretty hard to get in touch with – my phone number won’t be active for that period and I’m not certain how much internet access I’ll have – but I’ll back at my desk on March 1st and ready to roll. I hope you all have a beautiful and safe February, and I’ll see you very soon.

 

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[ Shelby & Hayden’s Main Beach Engagement Session ]

Are these guys head over heels for each other or what?

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[ Families of Summer ]

Summer is a busy time for me – not just for weddings, but for family portrait sessions too! Here are a handful of my favourite shots from a few recent family sessions. Totally fun, totally crazy and totally cute.

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[ Sam & Adam’s Pottsville Beach Wedding ]

Sam and Adam are total locals. They both grew up on the Tweed Coast’s beaches, and they both live for the beach even today – so it was only fitting that their wedding day embodied the part of the world they both love so much. Sam and her girls got ready at the Beach at Cabarita, in a room overlooking the ocean. Their ceremony took place on the sand at Pottsville, and they mixed sands from their childhood beaches in a jar hand-lettered by Sam before they exchanged rings. Their reception, at the Pottsville community hall, featured tables labelled not by number, but by landmarks and waterways from the Tweed Shire, and their incredible cake, adorned with shells, pearls and starfish, looked far too beautiful too eat. Their wedding day was personal and original, and completely dry when it mattered – despite days of rain preceding. Congratulations, Sam and Adam!

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[ Bec & Pete’s Currumbin Valley Garden Wedding ]

Bec and Pete aren’t much for tradition. Their wedding day was completely their own, and they spent the whole day together. Pete was there when Bec’s dress was buttoned, and he met her at the top of the aisle to walk it with her, barefoot. They were married on a beautiful Sunday morning at Amore Gardens, surrounded by family, and spent the afternoon celebrating with all their closest friends. It was amazing.
My lovely second shooter Jess mentioned she thought Bec deserved the award for most excited bride ever. I couldn’t agree more.
Bec’s beautiful makeup by Megan Dent.

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[ Erin & Paul’s Shorncliffe Beach Wedding ]

When I think of Erin and Paul’s wedding day there are a quite few standout moments that come to mind. Paul’s dad carefully tying each of the boys’ ties on himself, and helping them each adjust them to the perfect length. Erin’s mum’s and sisters’ tears when Erin looked completely radiant in her dress. The perfect blue sky over Shorncliffe, the way Paul smiled when he first saw his bride, the magical sunshine by the Hornibrook Bridge during our bridal portrait session. Paul’s brother-and-best-man reading a letter from Erin’s father, who wasn’t able to be there on the day. A… certain wig. You’ll see. And Paul’s very distinctive signature dance move.

Does it sound like fun? It was. Let me show you.

Oh, and Erin has the best name ever. Just saying ;-)

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Jess Erin, these are just so beautiful. Love, love, love them all. Trent needs to put a ring on it so I can book you =p haha!