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New Zealand
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In December, Michael and I went over to New Zealand to photograph Barbara and Dave’s wedding in Queenstown. We were there for only three nights as we had to race back to Australia for two more destination weddings the same week. We had a few free hours the day before the wedding, we had a hire car and we went off to explore a little bit of New Zealand.  After driving aimlessly around the mountains for a few hours (we were trying to find some snow, hehe), we pulled over at a little picnic area and spent some time on this pebbly beach. I wrote in my journal, we skimmed rocks into the river, put our toes into the chilly water and we collected some rocks to bring home (I have a jar with random pieces of the world in it). It’s one of my favourite memories from 2009.

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This polaroid was taken out the front of my studio in Fremantle. I walked past this van and noticed this dog with his head sticking out the window with sunglasses on. I ran into the office to grab my polaroid camera and was mighty glad to see him still sitting there when I got back. I was trying to get close to get the photo when he tired to bite my head off. His owner was nowhere in sight. One of my favourite polaroids :)


I am working on a *special* project that will involve me mentoring a young artist. Ideally the person will be around 16-21 years old. I am not interested in teaching how to be a wedding photographer, or anything really related to commercial photography (however I am opening up a mentor program that will cater to this, if you are at all interested, email me for more details). This project is about being an artist. I am currently reading an amazing book by Seth Godin called “Linchpin“. A quote that helps me sum up what this project is about. “Art is about intent and communication not the medium you work in. An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity and boldness to challenge the status quo and an artist takes it personally.” I have really enjoyed reading this book, Ive almost finished and once I finish, I will probably reread it straight away. I have never reread a book straight away before, so take that as a sign that this book is amazing :) I have read a number of Seth Godin‘s books. I particularly enjoyed reading ‘Tribes‘ too.

Over the past two years, I have spent much time, thought and energy into studying what it means to be an artist and my role as an artist. The last few months in particular have been a really defining point in my life. I have faced a lot of fears and learning to overcome the things that are holding me back. 2010 is going to be all about conquering fears ;)   One item in particular is writing. Oh how I wish I was a better writer. I have so many thoughts flying around in my head that I wish I could express myself better in words. There is so much I want to write on this blog and so today is my first step towards bravery, insight, creativity and boldness.

So getting back to the project.. One day I thought, what if I could give some of the information I know today to the ’15 year old Samm’ alive and kicking in 1998. Some of the things I know now, I could have really benefited knowing when I was 15 years old. (I am sure, 15 year old Samm could teach me a thing or two). So rather then this just being a wish,  the idea of the project was formed. How amazing and beautiful would it be, if I could give some of the information and insight I have learnt over the past few years to a younger artist. This project is part of a much grander project I am pouring my heart into (I will share more details of this in the future). This mentoring project can be part of the JUMP Mentoring Program, read more about it at www.jumpmentoring.com.au.

If you or someone you know is at all interested, please get in contact with me :)

happy australia day!

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happy australia day! A few years ago I started working on a series of images that depicted Australian suburban life. All shot on my Mamiya 6 in black and white film, the series will most likely take me over 20 years to complete because I always forget to take my Mamiya out with me. Just thinking now, I shot a awesome series of an “Australian Santa” at a christmas party in December 2008. It is still sitting in a draw undeveloped.

The first image, was taken on Australia Day in 2006. It’s a tradition in Perth to head down to the river early in the morning, sit in the boiling hot sun all day, play cricket and drink way too much.  The inner bogan comes out in most and everyone gets rather obnoxious. In the evening there are fireworks over the city skyline. This was taken around 7pm, at this point in the day most people are either really rather drunk or just really hot and exhausted, getting impatient waiting for the fireworks to start just so they can get back home to the aircon.

The second image was taken at a guy’s house called ‘lambie’. I received my Mamiya 6 in the post earlier that day (bought off ebay) so I was eager to test it out, so this was the first roll of film I put through it. I somehow ended up at this guys house and in the backyard, a bunch of guys were doing burn outs. I love this shot because it does not get much more bogan or Aussie then this. teehee :)

Melissa + Shaun

This day was beautiful. Melissa and Shaun are the nicest, most down to earth couple i got hang with for a day and photograph. Im always saying such nice things about my clients, but it’s all true, I mean every word of it,  I honestly get the work with the nicest people. No bridezillas. No meltdowns. Just lots of people having a fantastic day and I get to be there to witness and document it all. These two are now off backpacking round the globe for their honeymoon. so jealous!

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2009

This year has been unbelievably good. This time last year I was thinking back on how 2008 was pretty good to me, but 2009 ended up being a  billion times better, so I hope 2010 will be a billion times better again :) So much has happened this year in both my personal and business life.. some of the best memories have been traveling to the USA, getting a puppy, buying a house, watching friends get married and having babies, being named in the 10 top wedding photographs in Australia by Capture Magazine, traveling overseas and around Australia to shoot some lovely couples in love, giving my first presentation to a group of photographers, starting mentoring other photographers, Jesh’s life as an artform workshop and lastly, witnessing 44 couples get married…

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COURTNEY + ROCKET

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ANTHEA + STEVE

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RIANNA + MICHAEL

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TANYA + STEWART

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HANNAH + BEN

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JANINE + PAUL

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CAROLINE + ADAM

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JODY + MICHAEL

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EMMA + MURRAY

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NATALIE + SHANE

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LINDA + JON

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KRISTY + ADAM

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RIKKI + JODI

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PIP + NATHAN

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NICOLE + ANDREW

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ZOE + CHRIS

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SARAH + ALEX

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KULI + SAM

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SARAH + CALLUM

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VICKI + BRAD

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DAWN + STUART

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BREE + DAMIAN

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ANGELA + JASON

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SARAH + STEPHEN

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ERIN + GLEN

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CASEY + PETE

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YOLANDA + BEN

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SARAH + CHRIS

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BIANCA + PAUL

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ELAINE + MATT

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MARISSA + NICK

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MELANIE + CRAIG

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MELISSA + SHAUN

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LYNLEE + OWEN

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COLLEEN + JARED

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REANNA + SHANE

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BARBARA + DAVE

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TARA + BERNDT

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REBECCA + AARON

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DIONN + GAVIN

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SAM + ROB

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RACHEL + ERIC

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JESS + PAUL (these two got married yesterday!)

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two favourites from yolanda and ben’s wedding in the swan valley. yolanda’s dress was amazing and the details at this wedding were  so sweet.

just realized this is the first wedding Ive posted from this wedding season. ive so many sweet weddings to blog, just no time to do full blog posts (they take a good 2-3 hours to put together) so Ive decided I’ll just post favourite images up and hopefully make it a more regular occurance :)

journeys

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I would go as far to say last week was the best week of my entire life. It will be cherished and held so tightly in my heart. I will never forget how I felt.

Arlene and I hosted Jesh de Rox’s life {as an artform} workshop at our studio in Fremantle. We had the honor of hosting the workshop last December and last August I ventured off to San Francisco, which was the very start of all this for me. Including a class I joined in on in Vegas earlier this year, last week made it the fourth time Ive got to be part of this amazing experience. Each workshop has been completely different for me, Jesh has inspired and challenged me in so many different ways, but the best part is that this year,  I got to do it with my beloved, Michael. I cannot even begin to describe what that was like and the impact and changes it has already made to our relationship :) I had many old friends doing the workshop also and made a bunch of new friends. I am really so lucky to have all these amazing souls now in my life. Jesh is such a beautiful person, I am so glad we are friends, I am such a better person for knowing and having him in my life :)

This afternoon I am heading off to New Zealand to photograph an amazing destination wedding in Queenstown and then returning to Australian shores at the end of the week to photograph two more destination weddings. The best way to get in contact with me during the next week will be by email. I will be trying hard to keep up with emails and will return all phone calls when I get back to Perth on the 7th December :) see you soon xoxo

Danielle + John . Portraiture

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A little sneak peek of a portrait session Ive just finished editing! More next week, I promise!

But now I must jump in the car (I should have left about 3 hours ago but really wanted to finish this portrait session before I left!) and head down south to my home town, Albany, as one of my best friends is getting married this weekend!! This is the start of an amazing next two months! First up I get to hang out with all my old friends this weekend, so many of my friends are getting married and expecting babies, its an amazing time to witness all these wonderful changes happening to my dear friends :) Later this month I am hosting Jesh de Rox’slife as an artform‘ workshop, then off to shoot a wedding in New Zealand and a few other destination weddings shortly after and a bunch of amazing Perth weddings! I cant wait for it all!!

Also its worth mentioning, next March I will be in the USA (California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) and next July I will be in Europe, most likely Italy and France.. If you want to schedule a session (portraiture or wedding) in any of these places, email me! I would LOVEEE to shoot a portrait session in Venice! ahh! :)

Megan + Craig . Wedding portraits

Megan and Craig commissioned me to take their wedding portraits a few weeks after their actual wedding. I LOVE taking wedding portraits before or after the actual wedding day. It allows for so much creative freedom and we can go to places that we could not normally go to on a wedding day due to time constraints! Megan and Craig are wearing their wedding outfits in these photos…. i love when brides and grooms are completely themselves :)

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Yolanda + Ben . Portraiture

The rest of the photographs from Yolanda and Ben’s portrait session! For something a little different, we did the session at their house that they have just finished building. Was nice to be able to incorporate their current surroundings into the photographs, Yolanda and Ben are finishing off their outdoor deck so we thought it would be great to incorporate it into the collection of images :) Looking forward to their wedding this Sunday!!

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Belinda + Gavin . Wedding

I am way behind on blogging. I mean wayyy behind. I have about 40 weddings to blog! and about 50 or more portrait sessions! I hope that one day I am able to catch up ;) somehow I missed posting this lovely wedding I shot last November. One of the greatest gifts about being a wedding photographer, is that I get to step into peoples lives for a day. I get to watch quietly and snap away and capture what it felt like being there. The greatest part is that I get to experience many different cultures and religions and witness how each of these celebrates a wedding. Belinda and Gavin’s wedding was the first Jewish wedding I photographed, I remember walking away wanting to always remember the importance of passing down family traditions. I often think about what traditions my family has, I come from a British background, I feel as if we might not have that many compared to others so I have decided its time to make some new ones :) What are your family traditions that you want to keep alive?

Belinda and Gavin were married in Harold Boas Gardens in Perth and their reception was at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

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little adventures

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two polaroids I took in Dunsborough this week. I really want to take a bride and groom to this beach. it is so lovely there.

the first half of this week was spent down south in Dunsborough at a photography workshop and now the second half of the week will be spent in Darwin. I’m up here to photograph a wedding this weekend. {I will be playing catch up with emails and phone calls on monday, sorry for any delays}