The Bride Wore Pink

This beautiful couple were married on a day of blustery rain, which made the moments of sunshine piercingly beautiful. While they lived further up the Coast and inland, the Sunshine Coast had special significance for them, which was why they selected this location for their wedding. The Noosa River made the perfect backdrop for this romantic wedding.

Mountain wedding

This lovely couple had their wedding ceremony reception at the beautiful Ruffles Lodge on the Gold Coast hinterland. Unfortunately, light showers on their wedding day meant that they couldn’t have the outside wedding overlooking the Gold Coast beaches that they had planned. However, the rain cleared in time for the breath-taking dove release and to enable some beautiful sunset portraits, complete with a rainbow sunset.

The dove release was a lot of fun. I spent some time beforehand trying to establish the best shutter speed, so we had the doves clear and wing blur on the release. But the best tip came from the dove handler who said to shoot fast as soon as the doves are released, because they go straight up, really fast, and they sure did!

One nice touch, was that a dove laid an egg in the holding cage before it’s release. Apparently this is really good luck and this was the first time the handler had seen it happen!

So with the rain and the dove egg, this couple should have a beautifully blessed wedding!



Travel: so limited blog updates

We’re travelling for a few months: Wales (for my father-in-law’s birthday), Spain (because I love the sun, Moorish architecture, medieval towns and mountains…and great soccer), Morocco (you’ve seen the photos – a photographer’s dream) and a week in Paris (can’t wait – so many beautiful things to see and all the modern art galleries). But we’re travelling light, so I won’t have my laptop and so I don’t think I’ll be able to process or post photos until I return.

Location fitness

This was an excellent session covering a range of fitness poses and activities, photographed from late afternoon through to early twilight. Light and fitness: such an awesome combination!

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Studio fitness session

This client wanted a clean, fresh look to use in promotional work. Always a pleasure to work with someone who is so dedicated to personal training and fitness: and who has such fantastic muscle tone as a result. We tried a variety of poses using different equipment. I would like to try another session at a later stage, using a black background and making use of shadows for greater muscle definition.

Urban chic model session

This was a model location session basically using natural light, with a reflector to lift facial shadows on occasion. I wanted an urban look, with the clothing complemented by a roughly industrial background.

As a side note, this was my second solo model session. Previous model sessions, have been done with a few other photographers, or as part of a workshop. While I gained technical information and experience from these sessions, it was a “so-so” experience for me as a photographer.

I have been quite delighted with the recent solo model sessions I have done (more to come). I have been pleasantly surprised by the satisfaction generated by having a vision of the outcome in mind and, by working with a model, making that vision a reality. It’s been really enjoyable and I look forward to doing more.