A surprise 60th

I thought it was high time that I dusted off this blog and what better place to start than with a celebration! Growing up, I attended a church with a relatively small community where everyone knew everyone else. It has been around 14 years since I last saw some of the Spencer family, however I had stayed in touch with Amy via social media. Amy is the creative genius behind Giggleberry Creations and happens to be an amazing party planner! I had often admired celebrations that Amy had organised and was thrilled when she invited me to photograph a surprise 60th birthday for her Mum. The theme of the celebration was ‘Winter’ and would feature hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows over an open fire and warm blankets. As well as photographing the actual surprise, I was able to document the behind-the-scenes setup of the party as well as some family portraits. Here is a little snapshot of some of the images I captured on the day.

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The bunting was lovingly handcrafted by Amy. If you are after some bunting of your own, check out Giggleberry Creations!

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The surprise part of the celebration was wonderful. A lot of organisation had gone in to this moment to ensure that it was a complete surprise. It was such a privilege to have been there to capture it!

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After the surprise, I spent some time with each family photographing some portraits.

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I’m not sure I’ve ever met a family containing so many creative individuals! As well as Amy’s Giggleberry Creations, Erin created the spectacular birthday cake. It looked fantastic and this was only the second cake she had made! Very impressive!

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A big thank you to Amy and the rest of the Spencer clan for inviting me to photograph the surprise celebration. I had a blast capturing all of the events of the day and it was wonderful to catch up with you all after such a long time.

My Little Table Designs Styled Shoot

A little while ago, I had the pleasure of photographing a styled shoot for My Little Table Designs. My friend Amanda is the creative genius behind My Little Table Designs, and I was hugely impressed with all of the little details she had thought of to include within the shoot. Not that I should have been surprised after photographing her daughter’s amazing 3rd birthday party!

The focus of My Little Table Designs is in bringing children’s play to life. They offer ready-made activity kits, games, toys and gifts, as well as beautiful handmade tablecloths (which were the focus of our photo shoot), papercraft and party accessories. Make sure you check out their website or visit them on Facebook.

Here are a few of my favourite images from the photo shoot.

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Not only did Amanda make the gorgeous tablecloths and prepare all of the props, but she also cooked some delicious goodies for the shoot, including the cake and cupcakes!

 

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We had three lovely little assistants for the shoot, all of whom enjoyed eating Amanda’s yummy treats!

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Bella’s Princess Party

Not long after I photographed the Lewis Family, I was invited to document Bella’s 3rd birthday party. Having known Amanda (Bella’s Mum) for a while, I knew that the party would be amazing. And amazing it was! I don’t think that I’ve been to a party that was that well planned before – every last detail was thought of, which resulted in an awesome day! The theme of the party was ‘Princess’ and so many of the details reflected this. In addition to all of the fantastic details, there were lots of fun party games including pass-the-parcel and a treasure hunt. As well as the games, the kids were able to play dress-ups, do some art and craft, have their face painted and the bubble blowing station received lots of visitors. On top of all this fun, a surprise guest in the form of a fairy princess stopped by to entertain the kids!

Amanda, thank you so much for asking me to photograph your big day! I had so much fun and the amount of effort that you put into the day was mind-blowing. It certainly tops my list of favourite 3rd birthday parties 🙂

Here are some of the images from the day. I loved photographing the kids and also the amazing details that were featured!

If you have a special event coming up that you’d like documented, please drop me a line!

Southern Cross Magazine

Recently, I received some very exciting news – two of my photographs were going to be published in the September issue of Southern Cross Magazine. One image was going to be used in an article, with the other being the cover image!

Southern Cross is published by Anglican Media Sydney and is distributed to Anglican churches throughout Sydney and beyond. As you might imagine, I was very excited to have my photographs featured in this way (and with full credit!). Here are some photos that I took of the published result:

In other news, this afternoon I downloaded and started playing with Kubota Image Tools. For those who haven’t heard of them, they are plug-ins for Photoshop which automate various actions. Let me just say…they are amazing!!! I’m looking forward to experimenting with them some more (in the two images above, I used Magic Sharp and added the boarders using the Kubota actions). Unfortunately, I only have the trial version which lasts for 30 days, however they are certainly going on my Christmas/Wish list!

This Saturday we are heading off on holidays to South Australia. It will be the first proper holiday I’ve had in a year (since our honeymoon). I’m very much looking forward to the adventures ahead of us. Before we go, I’ll try to put together a bit of a map of our planned travels and, of course, will be blogging about it during the trip!

Debbie

A couple of weeks ago I had the honour of photographing Debbie’s final piano recital. Debbie has been studying for a number of years and her recital evening was the culmination of her studies, doubling as her final exam. Debbie performed a number of pieces with varying styles and while photographing her performance I was blown away by her talent! It was music to my ears (yep…pun intended)!

Debbie – thank you for inviting me to photograph your special evening. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to document your performance. You are hugely gifted and I wish you all the best in your musical career!

Here are a few images from Debbie’s recital.

Debbie was accompanied by a vocalist during a number of her pieces. Together, they sounded amazing!

And finally, here is quite a lovely candid shot of Debbie after her recital.