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How time has flown… I remember commencing to build this blog at the start of 2016 however with all the other jobs taking priority, I decided to hold off til when I had a little more time, so here it is!

The wedding of Ben & Jules was simply beautiful to have been part of and I’m forever grateful.  Surrounded by amazing friends, loving family and of course an amazing Bridal Party which provided with plenty of laughs, a few happy tears and most important of all “lot’s of unconditional love”

Thank you to my beautiful friend Tom Beanlands who helped me on this day as my second photographer, I am forever grateful.

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Two years ago, we had the privilege of shooting Adriana & Taylor’s Geelong wedding.

This was an incredible series so here it is… A little flashback on some of our earlier work.

We hope you enjoy this little session!

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We are so blessed to have THE most amazing clients choose Tom and I as their wedding photographers for the 2013/2014 wedding season.  Goran & Victoria’s Geelong wedding was one we had been looking forward to for a good 10 months on the back of an epic wedding season.

Being part of Goran & Victoria’s wedding again reminded us of the significance and importance of family, love and everlasting friendship.  What really also resonated for us is the personalised touches a little DIY approach to a wedding brings.  Check out Victoria’s wedding dress hand made by her Grandmother along with the bridesmaids amazing Grecian style dresses…. amazing timeless pieces.

Well it’s time to reveal this cute couple’s amazing day… too many in this collection so we shall share a small sample.

Film Stock: Fuji 400H & 400N (A little Leica dazzle and Contax 645 Bling)

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A bayside suburb of Williamstown was our next location for Ash & Helen’s gorgeous wedding day.  Every couple has a story behind how they met and this was one was all about “juice”, in fact the exact words from Ash was “Helen’s juice was amazing”.  And here we are today.

We enjoyed every bit of the day from the frantic bouquet’s made by Helen’s mum and sisters that very morning to the amazing Thai fusion banquet at Middle Fish and the abundance of warmth from the many family and friends that night.  I must admit too that this seasons brides have been some of the most talented and creative bunch with another hand crafted boutique wedding dress.  We are proud to share a little bit of the day for all to enjoy and we know for sure that Ash will be enjoying that “amazing juice” for the rest of his life.

Congratulations Ash & Helen we love you guys and we look forward to sharing some more stories together over some “amazing juice”.

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Our wedding season kicked off with a local Lorne wedding.  Jess & Paul were surrounded by amazing friends and family out in this little coastal township.  Thanks guys for choosing Tom and I to be part of your special day!

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“Epic” is probably the best way to describe our wedding season so far.

Here is what is included in this “epicness”:

  • a self designed and made vintage wedding dress by Laura
  • some of the most amazing pallet of colours in the bouquet
  • an amazing couple who are truly in love just enjoying their big day

Tom and I are so proud to bring you fine folks a sneak peek into this little fairy tale from Jonathan & Laura’s Ballarat wedding.

Provincial Victorian weddings is where our heart is at…. in particular Ballarat!

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You either grew up in an “Analog” world or a “Digital” world when it comes to the photography.  I grew up in an “Analog” world however I adopted Digital Photography way back in 2003 in my trip to San Francisco with my first digital camera purchase.  My first Digital camera was a Sony DSC707 – a 5 megapixel monster with a gorgeous Zeiss lens.  Mind you I had no idea of what a Zeiss lens did for me back then.  Fast forward seven years and the digital photography has evolved through more megapixels, more features and ground breaking advancements in shooting high ISO with useable images.  I love the advancement of the digital age however there is just something about film that draws me back to its imperfections, it’s rawness, it’s tones and the beautiful imagery it continues to deliver.

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So after much deliberation, learning and speaking to other film shooters world wide it has come down to these simple things on why we still love film photography (or analog for the purist).

  • Colour palette from Film is seriously unbeatable.  There are more and more photographers trying to emulate the film look by using presets that adds, grain, colour tones that resemble the type of emulsion one is trying to get that “look”, no doubt I was one of them.  Short term satisfaction from the presets were satisfying to a degree, however it did lack a few things “soul” & “warmth”.
  • The latitude of film especially in the highlights or bright areas are not blown out as it would in a digital capture.
  • Skin tones is the other winner in film.  When you shoot mostly people, couples and families, skin tones are pretty critical.  The warmth in the skin tones from film in my personal experience is unbelievable and it’s a proven formula today amongst the many who continue to shoot film.
  • I receive my developed images as High Resolution JPEGS like any other digital image, however the difference in the final product is very pleasing especially when it comes to print.  The whole film development process has not changed.  They way it is now handled after development has.  What you take away to print is the JPEG’s files and not the negatives.  Scanning is now a critical part of the Film development process and thankfully we have found a Local pro lab that can satisfy our needs.  And more importantly we will continue to support our local businesses where we can.
  • The final image is more than magical, there is depth, there is character it delivers for timeless images removing any current fads in Photoshop presets or actions.
  • We know what the special sauce is when it comes down to awesome photography that is why we are incorporating it into our service offer.

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The results have been amazing, feel free to check out our first 100% film sessions!  Not all creative professionals are the same, and not all will be equal when it comes to the final results.  The current trend is the film look,  even digital shooters are emulating it with various presets.  Why?  because film is proven to be good.  So if you’ve booked your wedding with us it’s all part of the package.  The best thing is you still receive your high resolution JPEG’s as you would normally do with our digital photography and typically you won’t know when we are shooting digital or film.  The magic is there and we already know it so that is why I am so passionate in sharing this magic and providing the best and continue to master our craft.

Irrespective of what medium we choose to use to use, we will deliver.

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Our next wedding venue was at Overnewton Castle….. what an amazing venue & location.  So much fun shooting Jonathan and Kath’s wedding.  Fujifilm 400h used and Contax 645 Medium Format.

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A beautiful “Boston” couple getting married in one of the most beautiful part of Victoria…. Fairhaven along The Great Ocean Road.

This beautiful Fairhaven beach wedding with Ryan & Christiana and their closest of friends Paul, Flora, Sangita & Hershel oozed intimacy amongst the closest of friends.

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Our last wedding for 2012 took Tom and I over to Hobart in Tasmania.  For me this was no ordinary wedding as I remember Jenny as a 4-year-old brat way back when our family lived in Wangaratta – a provincial township in country Victoria.  You see Jenny is my dear cousin and we did grow up together in a short space of time til Jenny and her family decided to move and live in Gosford in NSW.  It was an absolute honour to not only see Jenny get married to an incredible man and that’s none other than Andrew.   Gorgeous wedding, awesome location and best of all I finally got to see my little cousin get married and also had having the sheer honour to capture the wedding day is just too much awesomeness all in one day in November!  Our first wedding shooting in digital and Fuji 400h Film in Medium Format goodness and the results were incredible!  I loved the concept of an all “Bro” bridal party….. so cool.

Once again Jenny and Andrew, congratulations to the both of you on a really chilled out and relaxed wedding!

Thank you for viewing and a massive start to our 2013 blogging year!  Happy 2013 to everyone!

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