I want to blow this up, frame it and mount it onto my office wall! Love!
Linda got in touch with me a few months ago and illustrated the vision she had for their engagement sessions. Linda and her fiance, Laurence, are quite the stylish couple. She envisioned a white horse, lounges and a chandelier, yet they wanted their quirky personality to still come through. At first, I found it quite nerve wrecking... I've never photographed a horse... Also, most of my shoots tend to be natural and prop-less. Nevertheless, I found the challenge quite exciting. The horse they hired, Farr, was a gentle, gorgeous horse, who, has had their fair share of photo shoots. Their good mate (who works for an events company) tagged along with a truck-load of furniture. Props to their mate, Mr Muscles, for carrying all the heavy furniture and for almost breaking his back while carrying the chandelier for the shoot (long story short... we planned on hanging the chandelier from a tree, but the park ranger told us not to or else the tree hugging people will kick up a stink).
Linda and Laurence, you two are a delight to photograph. Loved hanging out with you two!
Linda looking absolutely hot in her red Lover dress!
Love this frame!!
Chandelier!! Love it!
Fo some reason, I really love this frame! They are being themselves.
Love this b/w!!!
As we're in the colder and quieter season, it's given me the opportunity to relax and breath a little. Since the beginning of the year, we've been swamped with shoots and weddings, which gave me little time to actually reflect and enjoy the new season of my life as a wife. Personally, I struggled to juggle the business, moving in, adjusting to sharing my time and making time to spend with my loved ones. I quickly became burnt out and found it difficult to enjoy the shoots. Don't get me wrong; I love my clients and my job... But I struggled to find enjoyment in what has started off as a hobby. Some who I have shared my struggles with were surprised... By the work, they couldn't pick that I was struggling and feeling burnt out. In hindsight, I'm so appreciative of my patient, thoughtful, fun and loving clients, my loved ones (and esp my husband) and the God who provides and sustains, because it's a wonder how I got through such an intense period!
I am thankful and I look forward to the new season to come!
A heap of sunshine,
Absolutely love this frame. Reminds me of a scene from a movie.
It's been just over a year since I blogged. It's mind boggling to think what has happened. Within the year my best friend of 6.5 years fought for my heart and won me over. Many have asked "Why did it take 6.5 years for him to make a move?" and the simple response to that was that we needed 6.5 years to build a solid friendship (of respect, trust and unconditional love). When he decided to pursue me, he knew he wanted to marry me. We got married within 7 months. Marriage has been such a great blessing to me. I would love to share more about our relationship/wedding/marriage sometime, but that will have to wait for another time. Ever since going through the whole process of wedding planning and getting married, it's been quite eye opening. It was a massive learning curve, but now I feel like I can completely connect with my brides. Not that I didn't connect with them before, but now, whenever I photograph a wedding... I feel it... I have personally experienced the wave of emotions (or lack of - due to being way too overwhelmed). I'm there. Quite often enough, I find myself in a creative rut and not loving what I'm doing (because of the repetition of cookie-cutter weddings and the personal cost of running a business), but in times of reflection, I can't deny the joy I experience when I'm in the front line, documenting a special day and being able to sit back and relive the good times when I edit the photographs. I get to bring joy to people's lives. What an honour.
One of my favourite weddings I've photographed so far has been Bek + Pete's wedding. Why? Because of how real it was. It wasn't pretentious and fake. We laughed till our stomachs and jaws hurt, cried, ran on the road and through corn fields, snuggled in the rain and celebrated life. Their wedding was personal and intimate. All the details were D.I.Y. A dear friend of mine dubbed it as "an Instagram Wedding". Why else would it be called "The Hottest Wedding in Town"? (Love the pun. Town is Pete's last name). Bek has the dryest sense of humour. She loves a lot and dances a lot (she has a dance for every occassion). She's one of the coolest girls I know! Pete is cool too... He looks clean (a joke that the bridesmaids made), has a hearty deep laugh and is just... deep. They love God and life - you can tell by the way they live. It's infectious.
Not much needs to be said... I am confident that these photographs reflect them.
Here is a slideshow of their wedding photographs.
Bek + Pete sent me the sweetest message after their wedding.
"We loved how you kept up the enthusiasm and energy throughout all the photos. It's easy for us to enjoy them because they're mainly about us, but you were so good at getting all the bridal party (& other guests) excited to do photos too. You had so many creative ideas for your photos & kept things moving so it didn't drag on or feel too slow. We really love your creativity & style with the kinds of shots you take (which is obviously why we asked you to do them in the first place) - really can't wait to see them all! And mostly we really appreciated how personable you are as a photographer, and how you genuinely shared in the joy of our day with us. It was really special & so much lovelier than having a complete stranger pointing a camera at us the whole day. A lot of our guests mentioned how great & fun they thought you were!"
In the midst of busyness I tend to forget why people want me to photograph their wedding day. Not only is it about fun, pretty and memorable photographs, but it's about investing myself into the lives of these real people. Sharing in the joy. I am so thankful for these kinds of messages. It's so refreshing and encouraging. Thank you, Bek and Pete for personally reminding me why I am so blessed to do what I do. You guys are such an encouragement to me. I consider it such an honour to know you two.
Thanks to Josh Mikhaiel for second shooting with me. You've got talent, friend! :D