Portraits: Now is the time (part 2)

As I posted last week, portraits are just so valuable and cherished by anyone that takes the simple step of actually booking a shoot. Here are a few more examples from recent shoots both studio and outdoors – all of which are bringing warmth and smiles to families around the Coast. Do yourself a favour and book in your very own portrait session and capture some beautiful images of a time that you will never get back again.


Family: A Couple of Snaps


Holidays and long weekends are a pretty standard time to get together with family and this weekend was no different for us. My brother Dave with his wife and children plus my parents came up from Sydney for Sunday lunch. Although it would have been nice to have the rest of the family here we all still had a great time together.


Portrait: Natalie & George


Recently I was asked to take some photos of the extended Fidler family as a surprise gift for their mum’s 60th birthday present. The aim of the shoot was to get some photos that show all the family so I went ahead and took a series of photos, some directed and some less so that the family could choose from.


Wedding: Kelly & Trevor

The Hunter Valley really is the perfect location for a wedding – the vineyard area just “look” romantic and that’s probably why Kelly and Trevor chose Petersham’s Champagne House to celebrate their wedding. Nestled right in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Petersham’s had the perfect little are for a ceremony and the surrounding vineyards were perfect for some photos afterwards.


Wedding: Cath & Leon

The Château Élan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley was just magical on Cath and Leon’s wedding day.

The rain stopped just in time for their outdoor ceremony and the location shoot through the golf course, vineyards and venue gave us beautiful autumn light and playful backdrops. The whole atmosphere of the wedding was ultra relaxed and the attention to detail gave me loads of inspiration!


Commercial: Grand Hotel Wyong

If you aren’t aware, The Grand Hotel at Wyong has been taken on by new owners and they are almost through a complete renovation which is looking great. I was called up earlier this week to get some images for their new website that will soon be live as well as printed material and advertising for the new look pub.


Wedding: Tracey & Con


Tracey and Con were adamant when booking me for their photography that the important thing for them was family, friends and the fact they were getting married – the photos were really just to capture the day. There would be very little time for photos with the bridal party between the ceremony and reception – not a “standard” request as most couples want some time away for photos on location. I was actually concerned that I wouldn’t be able to deliver enough photos compared to what I usually do.


Portfolio: Crystal

Crystal is from Cessnock and called to arrange a shoot to put together a basic portfolio required to get listed with a model agency. Last week she made the trip down with her good friend and below are a few of the images from the shoot in the studio and outdoors.


Wedding: Jenny & Mitch


I arrived a little early to Morpeth where the girls were getting ready so I half expected to walk into a house of people running around, applying last minute touch ups, making sure they had everything – instead I found a very relaxed Jen with hair and makeup complete and enjoying a small snack. She was anxious to get into her dress but patiently waited while I quickly photographed it and all the details. Photographing the girls was simple as they were all absolutely stunning and just loved being in front of the camera.


More awards for Impact Images!

Andrew-AwardsAfter not entering any award for a couple of year now, Linda and Jemima were adamant that I submit something this year into the Australian Institute of Photography (AIPP) award that were held last week. In the past I have often photographed specifically for the awards but this year I went through what I had stored on the computer from the last series of weddings I had photographed looking for Images that may score well in the awards.


Wedding: Brooke & Dane


There is no better way to be invited to photograph a wedding than by a referral and what made Brooke and Dane so special is they were referred by more than just one person. When I turned up to photograph the boys, who were all running late and no where near ready – there was Ryan whose wedding I photographed six years ago. It was great to see him again and lucky for me, he got the guys into gear and sorted out in time for some photos. Lucky – otherwise Dane and I would both of had some explaining to do.


Wedding: Melissa & Mark

Vineyards-Wedding-Photographer_016Corey photographed the wedding of Melissa and Mark so I am a little light on details about all the happenings on the day but I do know that the ceremony was held at Hanging Tree Winery in the gorgeous Hunter Valley followed by a reception at Tallavera Grove. Both of these winery’s are superb locations for photography and weddings.

I love Melissa’s choice in dress, she has an amazing figure and that dress just compliments her perfectly. I also love that she added parasols which are perfect to keep the sun off and help to soften the light and shadows while making perfect props for photography. I wish more brides incorporated them into their day, especially during summer when both the temperature and the light can be harsh.


Wedding: Erin & Cameron


I’m starting to feel like family with this Sydney crew. Having photographed a few weddings that Erin and Cameron have attended now, it was really nice to see some familiar faces. Simply put, this wedding offered one of the nicest darn groups of people to work with!! I just loved this wedding!


Wedding: Melina & Ryan


Melina and Ryan wanted a simple, no fuss coverage of just the ceremony, a location shoot and then the opening of the reception. During this time intense blue skies shone over some great Newcastle locations!

The ceremony at Shephards Hill offered amazing city views, there were hang-gliders whizzing through the sky and ships on the horizon – so Newcastle!


Wedding: Katrina & Dean


Everyone knows that weddings are a happy occasion but it’s been a long time since I have seen a bride as happy at Katrina – if she wasn’t smiling she was laughing or giggling. Once again, photos were a breeze with a gorgeous bridal party and everyone caught up in the excitement created by Katrina’s great vibe.

The Hunter Valley provided the perfect backdrop with the ceremony taking place at the warm and quaint Pepper Creek Chapel surrounded by vineyards bursting with ripe grapes. After some family photos, following the ceremony we had a little time to capture some images of the bridal party.