Wedding Bells

I had the great privilege recently to photograph the wedding of Erin and Jake. A lovely day, a lovely couple and a tremendously rewarding experience as a photographer.

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It was a relatively small scale wedding held at the magnificent Sergeant’s Mess in Mosman, a beautiful venue overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour.

I was ably assisted by Truc who did an awesome job as a second shooter and played an invaluable role in ensuring that all wedding dresses and clothing were always in place throughout. I really couldn’t have done it without her.

Here are a few more images from the day.

As part of their package I was delighted to be able to provide them with a beautiful album and a canvas print of their favourite image. Thanks to the guys at Brilliant Prints for producing these for us.

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I don’t photograph lot of weddings but it is certainly part of my suite of family photography services, and I’d be happy to do more. One of the things I love about this job is that there are always surprises and challenges and that you are always learning, thats certainly been the case here… and I can’t wait for the next challenge.

Feel free to get in touch if you or somebody you know is getting married soon, I’d be happy to chat through the options. Meanwhile here’s a little slideshow video of Jake & Erin’s big day.

Slideshow of Erin & Jake's wedding on 4.5.19 at Sergeants Mess in Mosman.

Easter fun

With Easter and Anzac day being so close together this year there was the opportunity to take an extended break and I was able to get away with friends and family to see some of New South Wales prettiest parts.

For the first part of the trip a group of us ventured to New England National Park. Its a 7 hour drive from Sydney and sits on the Waterfall Way between Armidale and Coffs Harbour. We stayed in a couple of cabins high up in the rainforest at nearly 1500m altitude. A beautiful place but we did spend most of our stay living in the clouds. However that lent itself to some beautiful rainforest scenery and atmosphere.

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And outside of our little cloudy cottages the scenery was also stunning and it made the trip so worthwhile. All along Waterfall Way there are national parks and waterfalls and vistas galore, its well worth the visit.

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For the second part of the trip Truc and I took Alfie for a few nights camping at Chapman Valley near Putty. This vast piece of farmland is home to a horse riding centre and is also used for cattle. The real pleasure here though is that they allow camping on very remote parts of the farm. This means that we were able to camp miles away from anybody else and enjoy nature at its very best. There are many hiking and riding options on the property itself and we were a short drive away from the wineries in Broke and the beautiful Cold River.

From photography point of view we were blessed with clear skies and an opportunity to watch the millions of stars. We also were spoiled with gorgeous countryside and panoramas.

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The remote campsite

The remote campsite

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All Images on this trip were taken on the Fuji XT-2 its a great little mirrrorless DSLR which is great for travelling. Its packed full of features too and extremely versatile in all conditions. As ever all images here are available as limited edition wall prints. Available in a range of sizes and finishes.

Bombo Quarry - a sublime location.

I’ve made a promise to myself this year - I must get out there and shoot more landscapes. Afterall it’s what drew me to photography in the first place and much as I love what I’m doing with corporate photography I have been missing the buzz of chasing the perfect sunrise.

So this weekend Truc, Alfie and I ventured down to Kiama ,about 2 hours south of Sydney, to see what we could see. Originally we had planned to join a group to shoot some astrophotography down there. It’s that season now where the galactic core can be photographed in all its majesty on a clear and moonless night.

Unfortunately the forecast cloud cover meant that the group shoot was postponed but we carried on regardless.

Bombo Quarry is just a few kilometres away from Kiama and has some of the most dramatic coastline features in Australia. Its an old blue metal mining quarry which has been disused for 100 years now but the majestic Basalt columns give the place a moon-like feel. its a favourite destination of landscape photographers from all over the world and has long been somewhere that I’ve been wanting to visit having jealously admired images from other photographers.

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Taking the shot

After taking Alfie for a swim at Bombo beach (parts of it is dog friendly) we wandered up to the quarry for sunset. Although more famous for its sunrise images there are still a lot of opportunities here at any time of day (and night!). Our patience was rewarded as we were treated to a fleeting burst of colour which helped to perfectly frame the impressive surroundings.


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Bombo Quarry at Sunset

Although the skies were turned out to be fairly clear we didn’t attempt the astrophotography (but I will go back), instead opting to get back out there for sunrise. Unfortunately conditions weren’t great with a thick band of cloud on the horizon and clear skies above. The exact opposite of what you want as a photographer. But we persevered and despite the 5am start we still got nice selection of images. (and an even broader selection of mosquito bites!)

Moonlight on the foreground as first light appears on the horizon

Moonlight on the foreground as first light appears on the horizon

Bombo Quarry just before sunrise

Bombo Quarry just before sunrise

First rays of light hit the rock as the waves crash in.

First rays of light hit the rock as the waves crash in.

And of course if there isn’t a lot of colour in the sky there’s always the option of making something moody in black&white. And I love the way that this one came out. I really want to go back there when the seas are a tad fiercer as it has the potential to be absolutely spectacular.

The sea, she was angry that day.

The sea, she was angry that day.

Ideally we’d have spent a few more days down there to get a greater understanding of the variable conditions; you can see how it would change with every season, every tide, every type of weather. I’ll definitely go back and when I do I’d like to spend a bit of time also visiting Cathedral Rocks which is nearby. This awesome sea monument will be great for sunrise and astro photography. Unfortunately we only had time to see it in the mid-day sun on our way home, but still got some nice shots …. and of Alfie having a great time playing on the beach.

Cathedral Rocks taken from the bat cave.

Cathedral Rocks taken from the bat cave.

Alfie running on the beach

Alfie running on the beach

Can’t wait to go back. Happy for the company if anybody wants to come along.

And of course all of these images are available as limited edition wall art prints. Get in touch for more details.

Tony.

Farm Life

With a yearning to escape the rat race of Sydney for the weekend, Truc, Alfie and I ventured to the Capertee Valley last week for a magnificent Farmstay weekend.

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Yarraglen Homestead is a fully sustainable farm that is situated just outside of Glen Alice, about a 3 hour drive from Sydney. Its less than a hour from Mudgee, Rylstone and Lithgow.

The fresh air, the isolation, the beautiful views of the Capertee Valley and curious animals made it a perfect getaway. The owners Sandy and Bill live up in the main house which they have been building for the past few years. We rented their cottage, a delightful self-sufficient accomodation with a large fully fenced yard that Alfie could roam freely in and chat to the neighbouring cows, goats, and chickens. 

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Bill has a wide and varied collection of old vehicles on the farm which made for some great photos at all times of the day and night.

It certainly wasn't easy leaving the cosy fireplace in the cottage to photograph the stars but when I saw that old truck I just had to give it a  go.

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The animals on the farm were more than happy to pose for photographs and some were even friendlier than that an, Alfie made friends with a  baby goat that Sandy named 'Saturday' after the day on which he was born a few weeks earlier.

Sunrise is a favourite time of the day for me although I admit it's hard to get out of bed at times, especially on a chilly morning. To be honest this particular sunrise was not the most spectacular but walking across the fields with my four legged friend by my side made this one that I will remember for a long time.

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Man, dog, sunrise

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It was a such a beautiful place to relax and rejuvenate and I'm sure that we will go back there one day soon. The kids will love it and I'm sure Alfie is keen to play with Saturday again.

You can check out the Yarragelen Homestead website here. Their homemade breads, jams, milk and fresh produce were all fantastic too and Sandy even does cookery classes.

All images here are available to purchase as limited edition fine art prints - please get in touch for more details.


 

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