As part of my development as a wedding photographer over these crazy busy years, I've tried to push the boundaries and self discovery when planning both weddings and engagements with my couples.
Then, when you come across a couple who wants to highfive and come on the journey with you, it's kinda like hitting the jackpot.
Not only is there more responsibility to take on, but it's the age old saying of in the back of our minds... 'whoever dares, reap the rewards'.
A bit over a month before their wedding, Alice, Lewis and myself head north west to a magical part of New South Wales. An opportunity for travel, discovery and reward!
Heading to the the magnificent Barrington Tops was no walk in the park (even the poor car took a beating) but once there, we were greeted with fields full of scenery and empty roads for miles (km's). It made perfect sense to take this shoot head on. Not to mention - it was one of the coldest days of the year...and guess who forgot to bring a jacket? (not me...hehe).
Alice and Lewis were so great. They braved the rain, fog, cold, wind and mud, discovering soggy marsh land and dark pine forest for me to work some magic. We managed to map at least 1/8th of the national park in 5 hours of shooting, crammed in a small car for hours, only to climb a mountain by foot at the end of the shoot to capture the sunset. Pretty sure Alice hated me that day...haha!
Although long, the day's shots proved again to be amazing.
Playing with light, mood and using nature as our amazing backdrop proved again, discovery and improv is part of the journey. This shoot took on many directions.
The result? A very happy client. A very happy photographer. And a very muddy car. Happy days.