What a great meet / shoot / chillax session - whatever I call it... It was kinda the perfect end to the week.
On a day where rain makes my camera laugh in the face of drips and drops... I met with Shanna and Josh in the sleepy, industrial area of Carrington.
A grey-like suburb filled with open commercial spaces, pops of vibrant coloured walls, regular police patrols ( due to Newcastle's LAC be based there ) and amazing pockets of light that continuously to look so different every time I visit.
After seeing Katherine and Damien's e-shoot on PolkaDotBride.com, Shanna asked if we could do their engagement shoot in this area. Something different to the normal beach and baths shots you see so regularly.
Internally, I'm weary about shooting e-shoots and weddings in the same space from time to time, but again, you have to put that aside as a professional, as at the end of the day, it's what your couples are attracted and drawn to in the first place. Tones, feelings captured in images and the composition you choose allows new clients to want a similar experience as to the one they've seen.
This said, I find it heartwarming to see that people pick up on the effort you so seamlessly put in behind a computer screen, as we're always hoping the couple love the way you share their unique story :) Who would think an area like this could be such a gorgeous juxtaposition to their private estate wedding, Wyndella Estate at Mount View.
I met these two at a Cooks Hill cafe nearly a year ago ( I think it was Frankies Cafe on Darby Street...) and from the get go I knew their wedding plans were going to special. In the beginning, a change of venue made me realise that they were really thinking about how they wanted their day to look and feel. And although they had hardly planned it, it was nice too see that they were not rushing in without doing their own casual research.
If these images are anything to go by, you can't help wonder... 'Man....I can't wait to see their wedding shots." hehe Again. Relaxation was the key. It always is - especially if one or both of you are nervous.
Shooting and walking around with Myer (the gorgeous Australian Shepherd) was also an ice breaker. Once warmed up, dance moves, intimate hugs and fun times came flowing out, with the occasional trip up from the puppy's lead!
This is all about making you guys feel uncomfortable - when the wedding day comes, you're both past that and ready to just enjoy each others company. Pro's! haha
These shoots are so important to me too. It's the next level of friendship, finding gorgeous angles and allowing you both be close in your own natural way. Nothing weird about it. Just a guy that loves to create beautiful shots of really nice people in love.
As the tradition goes, thats enough of me. Let's get to know these two a little better.
Come this Friday, a whole new set of amazing images will be gracing my computer screen! Wooohooo! Plus I get to work alongside some fav wedding vendors, and of course, some funky new ones! Bring on the wedding, good times and stunning memories!
Tell me about yourselves guys.
We first noticed each other via Social media but then having mutual friends brought us together. We have been together for 5 years. Always laughs in our house, humour is always around especially singing silly songs to our fur baby Myer.
We build each other up and know each other strengths and help the other through any of life's obstacles.
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
Josh is a yes man. "happy wife happy life" We are both very family orientated so planning a wedding that has a banquet dinner with our bridal party/family/close friends the night before, then celebrating the wedding, to also having an after party lets us enjoy our loved ones even more.
How do you think marriage will change your relationship?
No change in relationship, we having been living like a married couple for many years. I just get to share the last name with Josh and our Pooch
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
Having a moment with just Josh to look back on the day and think wow look at us.
What's both of your favourite colours?
Green(Josh)/olive green(me lol)
What special ways do you express your love to each other?
Giving our time to each other, Being respectful and always being thoughtful for one another
What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot?
Colours in the graffiti, Industrial feel and it will be different from our wedding photos.
What are your favourite ways to spend time together?
Dining out, movies, hikes, traveling and time with our pooch Myer.
What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?
Communication. Always talk about everything, he is my best friend and always will be.
What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?
Communication, inspiration and the drive for life together.
What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?
Don't get swept away with everything remember the day is about the two of you.
What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?
The Guest list. We wanted to invite everyone to share our moment.