Well, another glorious Summer has been and gone. Much to this cold frogs disappointment! I am a creature of the warm, absolutely detest the cold. In saying that I did do an engagement shoot session in 50 degree heat that nearly melted me, but more about that later.
I have been lucky enough to capture three gorgeous weddings for three adorable couples over the summer. I have also been there to capture two wonderful engagement sessions, a campdraft and a wonderful mini sessions day in Gunnedah. I also had the opportunity to do some photographic work for myself, I captured my young nieces opening Christmas presents and spent time photographing my daughter in a Christmas shoot with my nephew and playing with our horses and a flag on Australia Day. I have also been treated to some proper Australian Summer Storms, which are always a challenge to capture but I love chasing the storm.
So, back to engagement shoots!
I shot a lovely session on King George Ave in December with long time client Cassie and her soon to be husband, Des. We enjoyed a warm evening shoot in my typical laid back style. It was a bit of a test run for their wedding which I was lucky enough to photograph in January.
I also shot an amazing session for Tamara and Ethan in Scone on the hottest day in history...well, maybe not in Australia's history, but mine! The temp gauge in the car clocked an impressive 50*C as we started to shoot. I must take my hat off the this amazing couple though, despite literally melting, they pulled off super star quality shots. You would never have known they had never had a photo shoot before! Engagement sessions are a great way to break the ice between a couple and their photographer before the wedding (because, lets face it, as your wedding photographer I am in your face all day....even when your getting dressed! so its important that you dont feel like I am a stranger) and a great way to calm any nerves about being photographed.
I must be a sucker for romance because I love a love story! I love being invited to capture this most important occasion, to be caught up in all the emotion and romance, is a truly joyous part of my job, despite the 14+hr day!
Before I start talking about the joy of weddings I just wanted to take the chance to have one little photographer whinge to the future guests of weddings, and not just my weddings but any wedding were a professional photographer is present.
So here goes:
Dear Wedding Guests,
You have been invited to share a very special occasion by people you love and who love you. They have hired me to capture all the special moments that happen during that special occasion. You all walked past a sign that says 'This is an unplugged ceremony". You all heard the celebrant say, more than once, "no photos during the ceremony please, you will all be offered the opportunity to take photos at the signing of the register"....and yet many of you will chose to ruin every shot of the bride and her bridesmaids walking down the isle by ignoring her wishes....well done to you!
Please dont be that person!
Back to the joyous part of weddings!
Bec & Dylan.
In December I photographed Bec and Dylans wedding at Calala. It was lovely to be a part of a wedding day so obviously filled with joy, love and laughter. I had only briefly met the couple beforehand but they were so warm and inviting by the end of the evening I felt like I had known them for years. Things didnt quite go to plan at the reception, the less said about that the better, but i was very glad to hear that my bride had made a full recovery and was the highlight of Tamworth ER when she caught an ambulance there in her wedding dress! Bec sure knew how to make it a night no-one would ever forget!
Cassie & Des.
In mid January, on a stinking hot - but not quite 50 degree day, I spent the day with Cassie and Des, just hanging out and taking photos of their beautiful wedding. It is always such a joy to capture a bride and groom when you have worked with them before. There is no nerves, no awkward introductions, I knew many of the guests and had worked with Cassie and Des a month earlier for their engagement session but had also photographed Cassie with her brother several years beforehand, but I have know Cassie since she was at school, and later as she entered the work force. She would always make my morning coffee for me and put a smiley face on the lid...The smiley face is representitive of Cassie beautiful, happy, personality that seems to rub off on everyone around her and I am very happy to see her married to a wonderful man that reflects that happy go lucky personality. Their wedding was a day of fun, laughter and love that I was very glad to be a part of.
Tegan & Jack.
Lets wind the clock back to July 2011. I've been mucking around with a camera for a while now, my work is starting to get better, people are asking me to take their family photos occasionally...and then....I photograph the Cornish Family! This tight knit family of amazing people with welcoming and positive personalities were my first ever paying clients, their word of mouth secured about 75% of my booking for the next few years and in late February this year I photographed their family for the seventh time as Tegan walked down the isle to marry her long time love, Jack, who has been in her life about as long as CJO Photography has! Walking into the house were the bride was getting ready was like walking into a family gathering, I knew almost everyone and almost everyone knew me. I always feel a part of a wedding when I am there but this one was extra special! After photographing this young couple so many times and knowing them away from the camera for so many years it felt almost like photographing family. I was absolutely honoured to be part of their wedding and hopefully it wont be long before there is a maternity session in the planning....nudge nudge wink wink...no pressure! Cant wait to see what the future has install for these guys.
Well, I have rambled on for about 1000 words, so that is probably enough from me today but I will leave you with a few more of my favourite images of the summer that was and look forward to sharing with you all what happens in front of my camera during the Autumn that is!
Lots of crazy photographer love to you all!
Photographer, farmers wife, mum and crazy horse lady!