Jordan & Nikita

Hey Guys,

I can’t believe this wedding was six months ago. A pregnancy and birth may have slowed me down, but this wedding was no more a favourite than any other wedding here.

These guys were ridiculously fun to photograph,  and such a riotous gang of people! We love getting back into country Australia – Young, NSW where my husband grew up. The open space out there is phenomenal and farmers know how to party, that is for sure! It was just lovely driving out to Jordan and Nikita’s house surrounded by paddocks on a day when Summer decided to let up a little. The weather could not have been more perfect! Apart from a delightful day spent with this couple exploring their home region, and farms which have been in the family and among friends for generations, I think I can safely say that Nikita is the the only bride I will ever photograph standing on a horse!

Thanks Nikita and Jordan for having us, it was a total hoot!

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Dan & Emily

I was so honoured to be asked to take my beautiful friend’s wedding photos last month and, frankly, it was so much fun! Dan and Emily are a beautiful couple and embraced all their guests with love. I so enjoy going to weddings where the tiniest needs have been thought of and met, and their wedding was like that. It was as much a celebration of all the people in their lives as well as their own love for eachother – and the world needs more of that, doesn’t it!

We also dived into Emily’s history during her photoshoot, going to back to her childhood home, her grandparent’s property and an old shearing shed where she used to play with her brothers. It’s wonderful to be invited into someone’s personal world as a photographer, and I hope the photos we took can aid in her memory keeping and sharing with her own family in the future.

Thanks for having me guys, it was a treat to photograph you and hang out with you on your beautiful wedding day.

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The Van Daveys

I love this family. I met Hayley six years ago on top of Mt Panorama in Bathurst when she was registering downhill longboarders, including my hubby and hers, for the ASRA downhill longboarding race down the mountain. They were crazy days. She was so cool, had the best looking mohawk I’d ever seen on anyone ever and had the biggest smile I’ve ever seen. Six month old Sophia decided Hayley’s jade necklace was her new best toy and was pretty much glued to her whenever she was around, so we became friends and I’m so glad we’ve managed to stay in touch and I’ve been able to watch her and Owen marry and become really awesome parents to two of the most vibrant kids around (that Juniper is a HOOT!). Yes, I love this family and I loved photographing them A LOT! Can’t wait for the next time!

Hayley is also a fabulous artist running under the name Haeli Van Veen, do check out her work. I can’t wait to have the space and the cash to buy one of her beasts down the track.

xo

Iandra Castle

I have a soft spot for this castle. I photographed a wedding here many years ago and I would love to photograph another one here.  It is one of those places that is full of surprises and difficult to exhaust, there are always parts left undiscovered, which is a good reason to go back I guess!

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Grenfell at the Henry Lawson Festival

Part of the initiation into country life in Young, NSW is a visit to nearby Grenfell for the Henry Lawson festival. The highlight for me (two highlights) was (1) Grenfell’s fabulous art deco architecture and (2) the traditional Maori dancers, in particular the Haka, which, I mean, WHO does not love the Haka!? The festival had a NZ slant to it this year as, apparently, the esteemed Henry had spent some time there in the 1890s.

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Brad & Ellen

I hardly know what to write of Brad and Ellen’s wedding day except for the great privilege I felt at having a window into their lives on this day. It was also the first time I’ve visited The Old Shirely Hotel in Bethungra, which was just an amazing venue which I highly recommend, to stay in and to party in!

We really raced to catch the last of the late Autumn light on this day. The colours were incredible as we drove through the country in Brad’s dad’s beautiful vintage Jaguar (a first for me!). What a great treat!

Thanks for having me guys, you were wonderful to photograph. xx

Venue: The Old Shirley Hotel, Bethungra

Flowers: Native Botanical

Hair & Makeup: Gusolios

The Harricks’ Family

Here are the winners of my facebook competition from last month! As I too am one of six children, it was so great to gift these photos to another family of 8. Spending time with them brought back lots of memories, the fun and rowdiness of having many, loving people around.

I met them at Canberra’s wonderful Arboretum where they jumped straight into their photo shoot. I barely had to tell any jokes to make them laugh. They are pro-laughers! And big-huggers! I truly, truly enjoyed myself, I hope you did too guys and it was so great to meet you! Warm Love!

The Birth of Evangeline

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Birth is one of those incredible life events where we practically become surprised onlookers to a supernatural and totally raw and primal event. To watch a person be humbled in the face of something that is out of our control (once upon a time we tried to control birth – to our great detriment, that was a dark age, thank God we have seen the light!) is, in itself, humbling. Mothers rock and roll with it, fathers rub hands and back, trying to be the support for something they find hard to fathom.

Watching Nerida birth Evangeline brought back the memories and tears to my eyes in the face of the slice of heaven that she participated with to bring Evangeline to us, to the world! Terry I also marveled at, who responded to Nerida calmly and sensitively. They were a team and it was fantastic to witness.

Birth photos are worth it, I think. I have some taken by my husband, and they are my most treasured pictures. While I’m not looking peachy perfect, my skin is exposed, ripped with stretchmarks, my body has expanded to generously accommodate another life, I am more tired than I have ever felt (after a five day labor), I am actually, physically, at my peak, doing with my body what my body is made to do. I walked into those midnight hours to birth both my children with heavy feet, a soft body and mind which was rich with emotional fragility, “I am woman” I cried with every pore “and I’m here to bring a life into the world”. The cosmos splits open and from within a human being comes another human being (“the kingdom of heaven is within you”)…how can we understand these things!?

So all that to say, while there’s no bunting, no flowers, no pretty dresses, no hundred guests, no feast for days and when diets for the months before have consisted of daily croissants and strange cravings and heartburn instead of 20gms of almonds, salads and daily runs, it is still worth photographing a birth where appearance is the furthest thing from the mind (we hope). Because, if photography is for collecting memories, I want to remember (how could I forget) the moment of birth, because in all my life those shadowy, night-time moments were some of the most quietly, deeply spectacular I have experienced in my life so far.

Anyhow, enough about that, about Nerida and Terry I can say very little because their experience was not my experience and hardly mine to tell. In such a private, beautiful moment my observations would hardly add to it! Suffice to say, they birthed a bonny, red-headed little girl on a sunny Monday afternoon in Canberra. I have kept the birthing photos to a minimum here as, the nature of them is private, however some of my favourite images were from when I went back a couple of hours after the birth to capture those first moment of brother meeting sister and extended family congratulating the newly re-formed family. Such newness and naturalness and new love. Beautiful!

Dan & Emily

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I’m more than excited to be photographing Dan & Emily’s farm wedding later this year in Young, NSW. They are naturals in front of the camera as I discovered, and it was great to take some engagement photos of them last week. I can’t recommend engagement photos highly enough, it really helps you both to relax in front of the camera and helps me to see how you photograph, everyone is different and putting people in front of a lens can lead to surprising results sometimes. If I can understand how you and the camera gel then I can get the best results from your wedding p