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.
Being an auntie, I've had the pleasure of watching little people grow, from the newborn stage and throughout their childhood. I can't wait to see the rest of their journey. However, so much of this growing has to be watched from afar; through pictures, facebook posts, videos, skype and yearly/bi-yearly catchups.
The plus side of this is that it's easy to see their growth - in those early stages, they are almost a whole different person from when I last saw them. I've got the memory of how they last looked, so it's a surprise to see their growth.
This past year, I've had the absolute priviledge of watching a little person grow in front of me. I knew her before she was someone. I see her all the time, so it's easy to lose track of her growth.
Knowing I was going to watch her grow up so closely inspired me to put together this latest package. I asked her parents when she was born if they would mind her being involved, and it grew from there.
Obviously I knew she had grown from newborn, to six months, to one year, but when you put the images together side by side it's actually crazy to see the growth.
Having watched my nieces and nephews grow up from afar, I know how important it is to capture this growth. I would have missed mine growing up if it wasn't for photos.
It's also so important for parents to capture this too, no matter how many children you have. Everything flies by so quickly, having proof they were really once that tiny and squishy is amazing.
I've put together a little gallery so you can truly see the beauty of the watch me grow package. Our first session is the newborn session, and we can choose between the 'classic' newborn shots or I can offer a more natural and documentary style 'lifestyle shoot'.
The second session is taken at 6 months, and it doesn't matter if they are sitting on their own yet or still lying down - I can work with either.
The last session happens around their first birthday.
Other family members are welcome in the photoshoot - it's a great time to update your family portraits, or portraits of their older siblings, afterall, everyone is growing!
You've made it, it's your wedding day, and the last thing you want is a disaster. But never fear, there are 1000s of resources out there to help you prepare, and now you have one more!
I've put together a pinterest board for you to browse and it pretty much covers everything. I'll list some essentials below and attach an image with some examples.
A few essentials across every list were:
Clear Nail Polish (For stocking runs)
There are heaps of cool ways to package this up too. A cute little bag will usually do the trick.
Bridesmaids and Maids of honour can win themselves huge brownie points by making an emergency kit for their brides.
Over the last year I have been capturing the beautiful Lili as she grows, mapping the changes from squirmy newborn to her own little person, and boy does this girl have some personality!
She's just at that stage where she is really getting the hang of walking, so understandably she wants to practice!
I did some portraits of her big sister too - since she's grown a lot in a year herself. She's gone from an inquisitive kindy kid to a intelligent school kid in the last year. Her hair is shorter and she has an awesome little sister to help take care of and protect.
These two girls have so much love for each other. Dali loves showing Lili the world and Lili absolutely adores her big sister.
I took the time to update their family portraits too, as well as capturing all the beautiful candid moments that come with family portraits and keeping babies happy.
One of the joys of being a documentary, on location style photographer is that I get to capture one of the best parts of childhood; Curiosity, play, and wonder, and the ability to make a game out of almost anything. I can enter into a world not always seen, and capture all the real moments that make life beautiful.
Remember about eight months ago when I showed you that adorable little newborn girl? Here's her updated portraits! I've put her newborn and her six month side by side, so you can see how much she has grown and changed.
I think it's a safe bet that she would no longer fit in that basket.
She has her own little personality already.
She's sitting on her own, she has teeth, and she can melt your heart with a smile. I think it's so important to capture these moments regularly, you never really realise how quickly they grow until they do, so it's amazing to be able to look back and see it.
I'm so honoured to be able to capture this little girl as she grows. I'll update again at a year, and I really cannot wait! Now I'll leave you with an image, in what was clearly a private moment I caught her in!
About two months ago now, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a wee little newborn who was only 7 days new. He was such a lovely, relaxed little fella, as were his parents. You know a newborn shoot is going to be fun when the baby comes with his own 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' outfit. Without further ado, here is the very sleepy caterpillar!