Tina & Dennis – Newport Substation Wedding

This wedding is a fresh one.
Two months old.
Tina and Dennis literally crafted this day by hand.
They made the ceiling decorations. The giant wire ball thing.
I remember Dennis describing how he’s going to make the light-boxes on the table over coffee.
They are their very own planners, stylists, and to say I was blown away by their vision for Substation is an understatement.

Round tables.
Red curtains.
Crystal chairs.
Spotlights.
Lolly bar.
Epic dance routine.

Much later, one of the bridesmaids told me in a hush way, that Dennis always haggle. ALWAYS.
Yet he did not haggle with the photographer.
He trusted you, she said.
He wants you to be comfortable and do the best job, she said.

That night as I got into my car I thought:
It’s only March, and I probably just shot my best Asian wedding of 2015.

That night as I was driving home I thought:
The photographer is only as good as the client.

Click here if you fancy a 15 minute director’s cut slideshow.

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hannah - love it! awesome venue!

Shuen - Beautiful wedding and beautiful post!

Collby - Great shots there! You’ve captured all the emotion, veracity, authenticity of this special day! :-)

Thoughts.

You think you know the city you live in.
You’ve made decisions based on what you think you know.
Life decisions.
Career decisions.
Photography decisions.

And then a couple comes by.
Just a normal couple.
Just a normal pre-wedding-get-to-know-each-other session.

You bring them to your go-to places.
Fail-safe places.

The sun is unexpectedly bright.
But no worries, you know the city you live in.
You lead them to your alley ways.
Fool-proof alleys.
With staircases. Graffitis.

But today, today you decide to look down.
And for the first time, you see this oasis of a location.
Quiet, rustic, untouched.
Perfect pocket of light.
You start to explore with your couple, like a group of tourists.
You tell them what to do before you dash back for a better vantage point.

You think you know the city you live in.

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Mildura dreamin’

Last week I was in sunny Mildura to shoot a wedding.
Except it wasn’t exactly sunny.
The rain was so thick that our pilot had to turn back to Melbourne, refuel, and attempt to land again.
True story, it was the talk of the town.

The whole weekend was drizzling and overcast.

The morning I was flying out, I decided to take a stroll around the town.
Armed with my film camera loaded with Portra 800 (suitable for overcast weather).
And wadya know, the sun was out full blast, 9am, sending me off (not so suitable for Portra 800).

Maybe it’s the palm trees.
Or the flat land.
The town had shades of eighties California all over.
A time capsule in town form.
I wish it’d stay the same.

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tohm - this is incredible. one of my favorites. but could you live there?

Stones of the Yarra Valley Wedding – Bree & Antony

And while we’re on the topic of babies, just found out Bree & Tony, a couple I photographed last year had just become parents as well.
It was a really hot day during March.
They had to move to ceremony from outdoors into the church.
My favourite shot will always be the groom getting climatised in front of the AC.

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hannah - Smashed it my friend!! Awesome work :)

It’s uncle time.

This just in: I just became an uncle.
My sister’s water broke yesterday morning at 2am.
Twelve hours before I was supposed to shoot her sister-in-law’s wedding.
(I know, right?)
This is the last photo I took of them three Sundays ago.
Before they became legit parents.

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