At the beginning of December I had the absolute pleasure of capturing some portraits of my lovely husband and some close friends of mine as they celebrated their graduation.
To be entrusted with documenting such an amazing time in someones life is always a huge honour.
I also had the pleasure of capturing the graduates with their families. Undertaking study is such a huge decision, and completing studies is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and who better to celebrate it with then those who supported you through it. For once I got in front of the camera, so I could have an image of me with my incredibly talented husband.
Thank-you to all who entrusted me with this honour - and congratulations on graduating from SIT!
Today I am going to write from the heart, and I'm going to talk about doing weddings your way. One thing I can't stress enough to future couples is the importance of doing a wedding your own way.
Too often people get caught up in the commercialisation of weddings, and worried about pleasing everyone.
Well I say, don't.
A wedding is the celebration of YOUR love story. The only two people you need to please are yourselves.
If someone is pushing you to have a church wedding, but your dream is an intimate ceremony in a forest, then do it.
If someone is pushing you into traditions and formalities, but you are more 'jandals on a beach' kind of couple, then embrace it. A wedding day should be a direct representation of your inner most self.
Don't want to wear a white dress? Don't wear one!
If you are a bride, and your bestie is a guy, have him in your bridal party. The tradition of the 'identical' bridal party only started in ancient times to scare off and confuse potential kidnappers and evil spirits as they wouldn't be able to identify the bride and groom.
If you want to elope, go for it! Have a party later on.
What I want to say is that you shouldn't be scared to break tradition, you shouldn't be worried about others thoughts and feelings - this is your love story!
Some of my favourite weddings have been 'non-traditional' - one bride got married at the top of a playground and made all her guests slide down the slide in celebration. She even arrived by (kids) train!
As always, I can't leave you without an image. Here is a shot from a wedding that reperesented what it means to be family, a community, and to be full of love.
In June I had the amazing priviledge of capturing a 50th Wedding Annivesary for the Heydon's. To see a couple exemplify a successful marriage, and to be an inspiration to their children, grandchildren, neices and nephews, was beyond words. The love this family has for each other shows in their images, and laughter was definitely the theme of the night!
About three months ago I was involved in a wonderful event called the relay for life. It is an event where people donate their time and money, and walk or run circuits of a track to raise money for the Cancer Society. Thousands of selfless souls around the country donate their time and energy to this wonderful cause. I was lucky to have the opportunity to donate my time and capture part of this event. The images have been on my facebook page for a while, and you can find the full album here - www.facebook.com/kathillphotography. Here is a small part of what I captured!