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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.

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.

Leanne and Sam Wedding - Preview

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing two completely different yet equally beautiful weddings. And oh my goodness the weather! On both days it was absolutely perfect afternoon sunlight, I couldn't have asked for better.

Whenever someone remarked about how glorious it was I would usually mention how only a few weeks earlier I photographed a wedding in a cloud. Not just rain, but a cloud. You couldn't see beyond a hundred metres or so and it just happened to be a record cold day for August. I personally had not experienced anything like it as a photographer.

Through the weather something miraculous was created though. For Leanne and Sam it meant turning their entire wedding plans upside down and rising above the challenges. But it also meant the world outside was made to disappear and guests were placed in a situation that brought everyone so much closer together. Despite the technical challenges of working in 'extreme' conditions it was one of the most fun and enjoyable weddings I've photographed to date. Leanne and Sam had me laughing all day and the insanity of the scenario just turned us all a bit silly. In a good way.

I'm very much looking forward to sharing the wedding of this wonderful couple with you.

Louise, Mike and Bump

I have known Louise since I was a teenager. We've mostly been connected by a couple of degrees of separation, boyfriends, flatmates, friends etc, but we've continually weaved throughout each others lives over these many years developing a friendship of our own. I guess that's the nature of being from a small town.

Louise is gentle, sweet, intelligent and laugh-out-loud funny. I'm confident that anyone who has her in their lives feels pretty blessed. In Mike she has found an equally kind and gentle man who has stood beside her during some difficult times. I'm beyond excited to be photographing their wedding next month at this same location. And to use a frequently overused word I'll say it's going to be AWESOME!

In the meantime here are some photos of a fellow bush kid and her soulmate just before she gave birth last year.

And here is their Bump.