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Rachel & Josh {wedding}


Over the last eight years or so, I’ve photographed weddings all around Denmark and anyone who’s ever been here knows that this is a particularly beautiful part of the world, with so, so many photogenic locations. Recently, at Rachel and Josh’s I discovered another of Denmark’s hidden treasures, tucked away along a laneway I’d never even noticed was there before. And that was where our beautiful bride was lucky enough to grow up.

(If you too would like to hold your wedding here, I can only suggest that you become Rachel’s new BFF and ask very, very nicely!)

Still nursing my broken wrist, it was great to have Krysta Guille taking photos with me on the day. Krysta is my favourite person at the moment after bringing coffee to my hospital bed after surgery. Thanks for lots of things, Krysta, but mainly just for being you.

So…back to this amazing wedding. Josh and his groomsmen (three of whom are also his brothers) got ready at Penrose Cottage, while the girls were up the hill at the Celestine Retreat. The reveal was in the beautiful gardens at Celestine. The ceremony and reception were at Rachel’s family’s farm.

See if you can spot the moment when Josh realises he only brought his own wedding vows, leaving Rachel’s behind!  Rachel spoke her vows from memory and from the heart (and may have mentioned Josh’s forgetfulness!) leaving lots of their guests (and their photographers) dabbing at their eyes.

Celebrant – Kate Thomas. Flowers from Everbloom in Perth with bridesmaid Hannah creating Rachel’s bouquet. Bride’s dress – JJ’s House. Make-up and hair by Kate and Anne-Marie at The Temple. Catering – Gourmet Grub. Stylist/co-ordinator – Rachel, our lovely bride. Marquee from Finishing Touches. And beer brewed by the groom’s brother Matty (also the bestman) at his new and exciting, soon-to-be-launched, Albany-based Wilson Brewing Company.


Jacinta & Scott {wedding}


For years Krysta Guille and I have said we’d love to shoot a wedding together. This month I’m shooting not one but three weddings with Krysta and a fourth with Lee Griffith after a very regrettable moment in Bali when I slipped, fell and broke my right wrist.

So there’s lessons here. One: be careful what you wish for…this wasn’t the scenario I had in mind for our collaboration! And two: it pays to hire a professional photographer. Not only will a professional always carry spare camera gear on the day just in case, they will always have a Plan B ready should disaster strike. This is outlined in my Agreement so my clients are booking me with peace of mind. It’s only now, after eight years of shooting weddings, that I’ve needed to implement a Plan B. I’m fortunate to have good relationships with, and a network of, exceptional photographers both locally and further afield so breaking my wrist was frustrating and inconvenient, but it certainly hasn’t been a disaster.

Last week I shared images on Facebook from Annabelle and Kelly’s beautiful Denmark wedding that I shot with Krysta. And here now are a few of my faves from Jacinta and Scott’s wedding, which are from a collaboration between myself and Lee. Jacinta, Scott and their adorable wee boy Banjo got ready at Tilbrook Valley Farm (it was the first time I’d photographed there, and I hope it won’t be my last…it’s gorgeous) before heading to The Lake House for the ceremony and reception.

Thanks so much to Lee and Krysta for stepping in – it’s been a joy to work alongside you both. And I hope you won’t ever need me, but I’ve got your backs if you do x

Celebrant: Kate Thomas. Flowers: Lush Floral Design.


Finalist – Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2015

I was thrilled to find out yesterday that two of my images have been selected as Shortlist Finalists in the 2015 Fremantle International Portrait Prize. There was 1865 entries from 29 countries and the finalists will be on show in an exhibition at the Moores Contemporary Gallery in Fremantle from 25 October through to 1 November.



2015 AIPP WA Professional Portrait Photographer

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks escaping the south coast winter camping on a remote beach, washing in the ocean and cooking over a fire. By contrast, the 10 days prior to that I was in Perth, immersed in all-things Photography, firstly at the WA Epson Professional Photography Awards (WAEPPAs) and then at the AIPP’s annual gathering, The Nikon Event, which this year was held in Perth.

The unquestionable highlight of these last three or four weeks was being named 2015 AIPP WA Professional Portrait Photographer, and also being presented with the coveted and prestigious John Whitfield King trophy which is awarded annually for best people photograph across all categories.

It’s only now, after returning from the remote north west of WA that I have time to sit down and soak it all in.

It was the first time I’d attended the judging for either the state or the national awards. I’d entered four images into the Portrait category, and a wedding fine art book into the Album of the Year category. The judging panel was made up of some of Australia’s most recognised and respected photographers, and each image entered was critiqued and a score awarded. Being there gave me a huge appreciation for not just the task of the judges, but also for all the work that goes on behind the scenes. I’ve always marvelled at the support, networks and friendships amongst Australia’s professional photographers, and seeing everyone’s reactions as prints received high scores only reinforced that sense of camaraderie.

So with the judging done and dusted, a silver award for my fine art book, and silvers/silvers with distinction for all four of my portraits, I had a day to myself in the city. The following night was the Awards presentation which was a “dress to impress” affair and this country girl was on a quest for new shoes!

To say I was shocked and overwhelmed when my name was read out as an award-winner, not just once but twice, would be an understatement! Thanks so much for the lovely feedback from everyone.

You can see all the 2015 category winners and their images here. A big congratulations to John Woodhouse who won the title of WA Professional Photographer of the Year.


July 26, 2015 - 8:18 PM

Carly - Congrats Nic xx


Laura & Matt {wedding}


I’m still trying to find the words for this one…at the moment the words are still in my heart and have yet to make their way to my head x

May 8, 2015 - 6:14 PM

Merribeth - A-Mazing photography. Just beautiful!!

May 8, 2015 - 7:51 PM

Brian Foster - Omg! Absolutely gorgeous photos. Beautiful, natural, genuine, funny, love, joyous, unity, passionate, fabulously amazingly sweet!!!!♡♡♡♡

May 9, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Kate thomas - After hearing your reflections on this wedding yesterday Nic.Wow
What total joy is present in every single shot. Fabulous . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

May 11, 2015 - 7:10 PM

Dani - Your work Nic, it’s sooo divine. What an amazing wedding!!!