Erin and Jason - Wedding

Erin and Jason's big day was the last wedding of 2014 for me. Held on a hot December day only a few days before Christmas, it was also, without a doubt, one of the most heartfelt. From the moment I first started chatting to Erin I knew she and Jason were going to be wonderful to spend the day with. Erin has an infectious laughter and happiness that makes you feel like you're the funniest person on the planet. A gravitating warmth that draws you to her. Who can blame Jason for falling so madly in love? I suspect she had him at 'Hello'.

Their intimate nuptials were celebrated at the very special Harvest Cafe. I've long been a huge fan of this delightful restaurant which provides excellent food amongst the storybook, hinterland village of Newrybar, NSW, so I was pretty excited about having the opportunity to photograph their wedding here. The location, the venue, and the people did not disappoint. Erin and Jason's wedding was emotional and raw (they kissed and hugged repeatedly throughout the ceremony) and I could see that every guest was of special importance to them.

Needless to say this wedding capped off a wonderful photographic year perfectly. Thank you Erin and Jason for welcoming me into your lives on this fabulous day, I loved every moment.

31,536,000 Seconds

We all know that for every year there are 365 days. And for each day 24 hours and for each hour 60 minutes and for each minute 60 seconds.

Knowing this, it's sometimes hard to believe that the click of a shutter which creates a photo and captures our lives, takes only a split-second. Looking through these photos it amazes me to see how many split-seconds of happiness took place in the lives of those I photographed in 2014. How many split-second moments make up an entire day and how many split-second moments make up an entire year.

Every year seems to go so fast, it's easy to lose sight of how much has really taken place. And yet, so much does take place.

This lovely note I received from Sam and Leanne, who got married in a cloud, reminds me of how valuable a second can be.

"Words will never be enough to thank you for your amazing photos of our wonderful wedding day! We had the most wonderful day and I am so happy that we have your beautiful photos to remind us of that time for the rest of our lives! Thank you , thank you, thank you!"

Medium Format, oh how i love thee

I've already talked once before about how childishly excited I get when the email arrives in my inbox first thing in the morning to say my film shots are ready for downloading. It's like waking up on Christmas. I always start off with the medium format film just like a child opens the biggest presents first. I know amongst them will be some of my favourite little nuggets of gold.

Sometimes I'll get some images that just WOW me. Not necessarily because they're a particularly awesome shot, more because of the way the medium format lens has rendered the subject. The colour, the texture, the skin tones, the way the background falls away and the softness. Oh the softness.

There's something unique to my Mamiya 645 lenses that 35mm just can't quite get to. It's a bigger camera. It can be clunky to carry around and it it is certainly more costly to shoot with. But oh when I get those gems it's all worth it.

Oh medium format, how I do love thee.