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All The Girls {studio portraits}

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I love how all their personalities shine through, not just in their choice of outfits but in their approach to being photographed. This session in the pop-up studio was such a delight with this beautiful family. I’m fully booked now until the new year but taking bookings for 2017. Get in touch for more info.

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Kelly & Jason {wedding}

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This wedding was always going to be a little bit special with a Chinese tea ceremony, a bride who loves to create surprises and a groom who was not only in for surprises on their wedding day but had no idea what their honeymoon involved! It was an intimate affair with just 15 guests…wait, 17 guests – that was the first surprise for Jason when two of his best friends turned up having driven for 4 hours to get there. (I’m guessing Jason realises he has an awesome new wife.)

The ceremony took place in the brand new courtyard at Aiyana Retreat with the beautiful Maggie Anderson as celebrant, and was immediately followed by a traditional Chinese tea ceremony involving all the guests. Kelly and Jason had allowed plenty of time for location photos, and with no bridal party we were able to get creative, with plenty of quiet moments amidst the joy and celebration of their day. Afterwards they met back up with their guests for a candlelit long table dinner in the cellar door of Forest Hill Winery with Pepper & Salt chef, Silas wowing everyone with his amazing dishes.

Kelly’s hair and make-up was done by the team at The Temple in Albany and Jason gets a special mention for his crane-folding skills.

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Obi & Belle {studio portraits}

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At some point I really want to do a blog post about my recent exhibition called Lives Well Lived. However, now’s not the time as I combined it with a pop-up studio and I’m still crazy-busy with session bookings and post-processing. Once I’ve caught up on myself…then will be the time!

Children’s portraits sessions are always dynamic and fun, and this one was also filled with an abundance of joy and love xx

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Bhreagh & Hammy {wedding}

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From the moment Bhreagh and I started chatting on the phone I loved her! She was marrying Hammy at Lost Lake Winery in beautiful Pemberton and they were planning a wedding festival. It all sounded completely perfect in every way.

Unusually, I didn’t get to meet Bhreagh and Hammy in person before their wedding ceremony but as her Dad drove her into the winery in an old Land Cruiser with Getting Hitched across its bonnet, and she beamed at me out of the window, I felt like I’d known her for years.

The simple ceremony, conducted by celebrant Leanne Meldrum, took place by the lake, and then Bhreagh and Hammy took me to a secret spot they’d discovered for some photos. As the late afternoon sun peeked between the trees, it was like an enchanted forest. Taking time out for photographs with just the bride and groom is one of my favourite parts of a wedding day – it’s often the only time in the entire day that they are on their own. I see it as a time for them to take it all in, to stop and breathe for a moment. And what a magical setting they’d found for this.

Back at the winery, the guests were enjoying themselves by the lake and as the sun was setting, Ben from Eat No Evil began sending out the his amazing finger food, including fish tacos and mountain pepper lamb cutlets. With the lawn games, the great music, the big fire drum, the party lights and Ben’s food truck it felt just like the festival that Bhreagh and Hammy had dreamed of.

Bhreagh’s vintage-inspired dress was by Elvi Designs, hair by Guest Room Hair & Design, make-up by Annie Giacomel, those amazing flowers by Nardine at Scentiment Flowers, cheese wheel cake from Re Store in Leederville and festival lighting by Ferguson Valley Events.

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Salt Story Pt2 {portraits}

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You may remember the earlier blog post about author and fisher, Sarah Drummond featuring images I’d taken of her and her dog Selkie at their remote hideaway in early autumn. I had driven home thinking about Sarah, completely at home in the elements…in her element, content in the isolation that others might consider to be desolation. I returned for another visit over winter really wanting to capture more of that. As I pulled up at Sarah’s door, the dark skies started to brighten and we were treated to the most beautiful late afternoon light that was entirely unexpected, and completely perfect for photos out on the inlet. Afterwards, as we’d done the last time, we cooked by candlelight and sat outside, rugged up against the elements, sharing a bottle (or two of wine) and talking. This time around though we were joined by our mutual friend Jo who we both love to bits and don’t see nearly as often as we’d like. At first light the following morning, I crept out with my camera and Selkie to keep me company, and discovered a world that extended no further than the rocky outcrop 20 metres from the shore of the inlet. As Jo and Sarah wondered out to greet the day, the heavy fog was slowly becoming mist as the sun tried to break through, and before long it turned into one of nature’s magical moments as a white rainbow formed in the mist and very gradually took on its colours as the minutes passed.

Sarah’s last book, Salt Story, received critical acclaim and her new book, The Sound, has just been launched. You can check out Sarah’s website and blog here – http://sarahdrummond.org

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August 3, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Jane Kelsbie - Beautiful images Nic; emotive. xx

December 11, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Dawn - Wow… these are absolutely stunning Nic, stunning.