It has to be said, when your work is to spend an afternoon in the Botanical Gardens and sunset on the beach on the stunning Gold Coast, then you can consider yourself pretty lucky!
Kim and Brendan’s photo shoot was a delightful idea to mark their last moments before parenthood with a photoshoot; just the two of them (and the bump!), to make a point of remembering this very special time in their lives.
Relaxed and keen for a little fun, we naturally laughed lots, talked lots and I most definitely ended the afternoon completely soaked to the waste from the incoming tide trying to get the perfect shot.
Thanks for having me document a little moment in your life guys, it was a pleasure to be a part of it x
I love photographing engagement shoots for a few reasons. There’s none of the time pressures of a wedding day and you can really have some fun without worrying about guests, worrying about the schedule, worrying about anything really. It’s just two people having some fun, taking photos and documenting a time in their life full of love and laughter.
Now, although this photo shoot did all of these things, it’s not exactly… traditional.
Lauren: “We’re going to get married on a farm style retreat, so, we were thinking of doing something a bit different for our engagement shoot”.
Me: “What did you have in mind? Maybe something a bit more urban, inner city perhaps?”
Lauren: “Well, one of our first dates was at Dreamworld Theme Park on the Gold Coast. Victor and I love theme parks. What if we did it there?”
Me: “Are you kidding? YES! That will be so much fun!”
Lauren and Victor: “Done. Let’s do it!”
Dreamworld Australia were amazingly helpful and made it so easy for us to use their excellent theme park for a morning of serious fun! We made a deal that if we managed to pull this off, when we finished, I’d throw the camera gear in the car and then we go on some rides.
The proof that this happened is at the bottom of this post….
Thanks Lauren and Victor – I’m so lucky that doing things like this is what I call my ‘job’! You guys rock. x
This is quite a special post. Cotton Tree is a bit of a safe haven for Helen and I. Our place that always seems to calm things down, set us straight and remind us how much we love where we live.
This afternoon was no different. Except, we had the pleasure of having Sarah and Michael along with us to take some special pictures. They wanted a bit of a ‘no stress’ keepsake of images that they could look back on in years to come. That’s why engagement shoots are so worthwhile. They give you an opportunity to have a bit of fun without the time pressures you’re faced with on your wedding day.
The afternoon was drawing to a close. The closer the sun got to the horizon, the more we all kept standing there. Stunned. Just watching.
“Ahh yes, pictures! Quick jump up on the rocks there!”
Thank you Sarah and Michael, we had a great time taking these photos and I’m certain your wedding in Ireland will be out of this world. xx
Welcome to Rach and Paul’s stunning wedding on the Coffs Coast. It was an incredibly relaxed 4 day wedding type affair. Guests from all over the world came and had a holiday, there was a wedding plus a big party on the side.
Rach and Paul are childhood sweethearts and I’ve known them a long time. It made everything easy. It all just seemed to fit. Except the fact that the resort had bearded dragons everywhere. Paul hates bearded dragons.
I’m always on the lookout for tips. I learnt something from this gorgeous couple for the day I eventually get married.
There’s always time for a surf before you head down the aisle. 🙂
Thank you for letting me capture your day guys. I absolutely loved it! x
A couple of Saturdays ago, I got to hang out with Jess and Adam. They’re good friends of our good friends. So, naturally, I knew we would be good friends too!
Jess and Adam have basically gutted their house and built it from the ground up with attention to every detail. They are very proud of the home they’ve built and it’s easy to see why. Full of character and life, it’s the perfect place to bring up a family. Just add a couple of chickens and a waist high pooch named Rupert and the picture is pretty much complete.
We started the shoot with some challenges, (Jack was not feeling well and their dog Rupert had decided I was an intruder and attempted to eat me, face first – never work with animals and children they say!) It’s always something you just have to work with but by the end of the afternoon, we were all having great fun, there were lots of laughs thanks to a perfectly positioned whoopie cushion and I think their pictures have a lot of love in them.
Hope you enjoy the pics guys, you’ve got a gorgeous family xx
I’ve been doing graphic design for 10 years. I love it almost as much as I love taking photos. Any chance I get to create things the way I see them and tell my visual stories, I jump at it / click at it / snap at it.
One of the huge differences between design and photography (from a business sense) is repeat customers. In design, if you do a good job for someone, the chances are, they’ll probably need some more work done in future. Boom, you’re in.
But in photography, people don’t really need ‘that’ many photographs taken. One or two photo shoots is about all anyone will have. The quest for new work and new faces is continuous.
So when Tenille asked me to do some family portraits for her growing family as a gift for her mum’s birthday. I was so happy. You see, I took Tenille and Nat’s newborn photos when little Flynn was 11 weeks old (you can see those pictures here).
It means Tenille wanted a special shoot of personal photographs for her mum to cherish and they wanted me to document it for them again. I think that’s about as good as it gets in the photo business.
We had a really fun, relaxed afternoon in the park. There was lots of laughter. The Rodie’s are fun family with honest and wonderful connections together. It makes my job of capturing those emotions so much easier. We didn’t need to force a single shot, it was organic. It was perfect!
Thanks for letting me take photos of your lovely family guys x
I introduce to you, Archer Cullen Walker – he’s the newest newborn I’ve ever met and he’s a little star. Shan and Pete asked Helen and I to come down to their home on the Gold Coast and spend a few hours taking some natural light portraits of them with their gorgeous new addition.
This way of doing newborn photography may not be the go-to option for most people but I love it. Shan and Pete had everything to hand when needed and when little Archie got tired, he could just nap at home for a wee while.
It’s obvious already Shan and Pete are naturals when it comes to parenting and I hope they can look back on these pictures for years to come and remember their little man when he was truly tiny. One thing’s for sure, that’s already changing and I reckon he’s gonna be a heart breaker!
Shannan and Pete are dear friends of ours. They’re a pretty awesome couple and I knew they’d make amazing parents wayyyy before they were even pregnant. When they asked me to document their final days with the ‘bump’ I was very honoured!
Shan was radiant as always but we did need to push her up a couple of the hills as we chased the light in the afternoon! We took the pictures in the Botanical Gardens in Mt Tamborine and I think they have a very peaceful and natural feel to them. It’s always a treat hanging out with these two and their relaxed nature shows.
2 weeks after this, Shan gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Archie Cullen Walker.
More pictures to follow….
This was a first for both little Flynn and I. It was his first photo shoot and it was my first newborn photo shoot. We were both a little nervous but fortunately for me, he was a little superstar. Nathaniel and Tenille have a beautiful old Queensland home and they wanted to have elements of their home in the photography and I love that idea. I think it’s so important to be comfortable when having your newborn photography taken. So what could be better than having them taken at home? Secretly, I think Flynn enjoyed his photo shoot. I know I did!