There are very few things as beautiful to me as light hitting the grass. I don’t mean manicured green lawn – I’m talking about the golden wild kind that’s never so much as seen a lawnmower. I suppose that tells you quite a bit about me: I prefer wild things to manicured ones; natural shots over posed; and I’m inclined to ask couples to jump over a fence to frolic in wheat and canola fields. Following on from this, when it comes to getting ready shots I tend to steer clear of cliched close ups of perfume and ear rings. That’s not to say I overlook the details but, rather, that I try to capture these details in a more organic way. This wasn’t always my approach to wedding photography – I started, like most photographers I imagine, by ticking off shot lists of expected photographs, following the same formula. The problem is that being so formulaic comes at a cost and that cost is more often than not, the spontaneous natural photos that truly speak to the moment.
A little more about me … Things I love: falafels, eating falafels, falafels in wraps. No, let me move on. Other things I love: My fiancé. Jess and I were meant to get married on 2 May 2020 but a small matter of a pandemic intervened so our date is now set for February 2021. I’m partial to Fleetwood Mac (Gypsy and Landslide in particular). I have a thing for turquoise clear water (the best I’ve ever seen was in Zanzibar) but then who doesn’t have a thing for turquoise clear water? I have two naughty schnauzers. They look like teddybears but don’t act like it because they bark at anyone that doesn’t live with them. Red wine and I are friends. White wine and I are not (it’s not kind to me). I have been known to quote Elizabeth Gilbert (or to me, Liz), Cheryl Strayed, Brene Brown and Glennon Doyle a little too much. I’m a qualified lawyer, a registered marriage officer and plant mum (I have A LOT of plants in my lounge). I have ambitions to one day grow oranges and kumquats on my potted trees but so far it’s only leaves they’re giving me. Any advice would be much appreciated.
When I have a camera in my hands, time warps a bit for me – it stops ticking and begins to flow. I believe everyone has something in the world that brings this kind of flow, whether they’ve found it already or it still awaits them. Sometimes it takes a while for us to listen. Take me for example. I’m lucky in that I was introduced to photography at a young age. You see, my father is a photographer. And yet somehow it took me two and a half decades to actively pursue it myself. My love of photography began with landscapes and travel photography (some of my photos are in the slider above), and then naturally progressed into wedding, elopement and lifestyle photography.
No matter how many weddings, elopements and engagements I get to be a part of, I never take the privilege for granted. I relish them. I feel emotional when the bride walks down the aisle; I laugh at the speeches; I pay attention to the details that make your day, so very yours.