Commercial: Platinum Communications

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It’s not all weddings and portraits at Impact – this morning shoot was for Platinum Communications at Erina Fair to get some promotional images for their new website. Alana, the store manager was on hand to model and help with the displays.

The fun part of the shoot was gathering a few shoppers to appear in a few of the images – not as easy as you may think. A few people were more than happy and others took a very wide berth when they saw the camera set up. At least in a shopping centre there were an endless supply of possible candidates.

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Wedding: Kate & Chris

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This was a really cool wedding to photograph. Why? I think from the moment I turned up it was like photographing a friends wedding. There were some familiar faces from past weddings that I’d covered but it was more than that.

The complete day was being celebrated at Rafferty’s Resort at Lake Macquarie which meant that it wasn’t going to be a hectic day for anyone. No need to worry too much about times, beating the traffic, upsetting a waiting priest or an anxious chef – it was set to be a great day from the beginning and I guess that’s exactly what Kate had in mind when making the plans for this day. On top of that, the weather was PERFECT.

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News: A big welcome to Lisa

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I have been on the lookout for a portrait photographer to join the team at Impact for some time now and finally I have found the best baby photographer on the Coast.

Lisa has been photographing babies and newborns for a few years now and as a mother, has that “something special” when it comes to working with little ones. She bring all her skills, her great personality and is keen to start shooting. Lisa’s style is a little different from my own in her use of props, textures, beautifully knitted hats – I just love what she does.

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Wedding Couture or Off the Rack?

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Choosing a wedding dress is one of the biggest decisions a girl will make in regard to wedding day plans – the gown says so much about a bride. As a photographer, a gorgeous gown just makes the day easier for me, I feel inspired to shoot which in turn excites the bride, the groom and the bridal party. The gown also gives me a direction to take with the photography where a tight fitting gown will lend itself to a different style of images to the big full gown.

One thing that is always noticeable is when the dress has been designed and crafted by a couturist – sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint but the gowns will fit with perfection, they are individual and they are a usually a masterpiece that defines the bride.

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Wedding: Grant & Emily

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During the reception at Crowne Plaza I was chatting to Emily’s Dad and I mentioned that it was so lucky that Grant and Emily found each other. There is something about the two of them that just says – everything is perfect when they are together. What a delight to photograph and what a feeling they evoke when anyone sees them together.

Here’s an email that Linda sent Emily and Grant after editing their images (something that she rarely does but felt compelled to after seeing these photos) :¬†Hi Emily, just thought I’d send you a quick email – I’m going through your photos and I just got goosebumps – you guys look so happy together. Can’t wait for you to see them.

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Wedding: Lauren & Trent

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I’m pretty lucky with the couples I get to photograph and this wedding just reenforces that belief. It was difficult not to “feel the love” with Lauren and Trent and just get swept away in the day.

From the guys getting ready and all the laughs to the gorgeous girls and their amazing dresses the day was just perfect – even the butterflies performed for the camera and that NEVER happens.

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Wedding: Sarah & Lucas

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The wedding of Sarah and Lucas had me stressed from the moment I met the two of them! A busier couple I HAVE never met. We had booked and rebooked an “E Shoot” and ended up getting some photos done a couple of days before the wedding in a half hour time slot they had available – talk about pressure. Between running a pub on the South Coast and helping to fix the problems of another on the Coast, organising a wedding and staff there was not a minute to spare in their lives.

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Wedding: Lucy & Marcus

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The wedding of Lucy and Marcus was both a challenge and a delight to photograph. The delightful aspects of the day were too many to list and they featured throughout – to give you an idea though; the guys had a great place to make their preparations and each of the groomsmen had great individuality about them which made the shoot easy – that and their willingness to pose and “work it” for the camera. The girls were just the same and all gorgeous. All three bridesmaids were Lucy’s sisters which made it all the more personal and fun while they were readying to leave for the ceremony. It was obvious how close Lucy and her whole family are – this really was a special day as I heard in the speeches, later that evening that it’s not often they all get together – prouder parents, I don’t think I have ever seen.

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Portrait: Natalie, Andrew & Kids

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I’m busy in the studio editing a bunch of portraits I have ¬†photographed over the last week or so and felt compelled to add a few images from this shoot with Natalie, Andrew and their two gorgeous children. Yeah, yeah, I know I’ve said it a thousand times but how lucky am I to be able to capture moments like these for families.

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Wedding: Leesa & Ian

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Leesa and Ian were married a short while ago and came into the studio yesterday to finalise their album which looks amazing. It was great catching up with them both again and it was driven home to me just how special a wedding day is. There is absolutely nothing ordinary about this day and it is up to the couple to make of what they will.

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Wedding: Benjy & Michelle

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Benjy & Michelle were recently married and photographed by Corey on their big day. Judging by the photos they had a fantastic day and by all accounts had plenty of laughs and a great time.

It’s great to see the bridal party dressed for the warm weather we’ve been experiencing this summer – I’ll bet the guys were glad not to be in three piece suits and tie!

Shortly after the wedding we received this message from Michelle:

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Pregnancy: Jasmine & Adam

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Jasmine and Adam before the birth of their first child which was great fun. I’ve seen these two at more weddings than I can remember over the past few years and it’s always a laugh when Adam’s involved!

The shoot was as smooth as ever with Jasmine having a couple of ideas of the sorts of photos she was after – so we ran with those and tried for a couple of other images as well.

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Photography Advice: Back Up or Lose It

My boys have returned to school for the year, I’m just back from holidays and downloading some images from the break and feel compelled to add a new post. You see, during the holidays, we had some great family times as no doubt you did and we captured a few of those moments with the camera. We also had a visit from Linda’s Aunty Marina from Scotland – this was her first and very likely to be her only trip to Australia. Of course I grabbed a few photos to relive some of the times we all spent together.

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How To Get Better Wedding Photography Wedding: Lauren & Darren

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I thought with this post while featuring some images from the great wedding of Lauren and Darren I’d share some tips to getting the very best photos on your big day. These are things that I cover with all my couples but go such a long way to making the day a success as far as photography goes.

Before I get onto the advice I just have to say how great it was to be a part of this wedding. As you look through the images you will no doubt recognise some familiar faces from the recent wedding of Kirrilee and Phil. These guys are all part of the same amazing group of friends who all know how to party and have a great time. I always get excited when I’m asked to photograph one of this group and Lauren and Darren’s day was no different.

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Cycling: Keira

Keira Pride is a fantastic athlete, someone totally committed to her sport and an inspiration to anyone interested in chasing their dreams. I feel lucky to be able to call her a friend.

I’ve only known Keira for a short time, since she has joined the Central Coast Cycling Club (CCCC) to improve the cycling aspect of her chosen sport – triathalon. Since that time she has improved out of sight and has now been selected to join the Queensland Institute of Sport’s triathlon team as a future prospect for the Olympics.

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Wedding: Fiona & Scott

If ever there was a girl that was destined to be the perfect bride it was Fiona! She planned the most beautiful day for herself, Scott, both their families and closest friends which included an intimate ceremony in the tiny Anglican church at Kincumber followed by a beach side reception at Pearls on the Beach, one of the very best restaurants on the Coast.

Both Fiona and Scott made their preparations for the day at The Mantra in Ettalong which provided a great backdrop and lighting for some great images before the ceremony. Neither were too nervous, more excited than anything and Fiona was literally glowing with excitement – it was gorgeous to see.

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Portrait: The Carter Family

When the Carter family turned up for their portrait shoot they were minus dad – Steve. He’d had a huge day at work, was running late and was happy to have the kids and mum, Tracey in the photos.

After a chat with Tracey, we convinced him to just wander down when he was ready and if he felt like jumping in for a few photos, that would be great.

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