2017 - What a wicked year! I learnt so much in this world of visual love.
Met some amazing couples, shot some beautiful weddings and can look back on some stunning memories of days and nights that I'm sure my clients will hopefully relive in their minds for ever. That's the fun part!
Then theres the hours in front of the computer. The editing. The meetings. The setting up's of the meetings. The important time sheets. The changes to the important times sheets. Our engagement shoots. The website. My Blog. Bloody SEO. Booklet information and reviews. Review responses. Submissions - the ones that do and the one's that don't get picked up. Wedding box construction. Time at the printers. Time at the post office. And.... the list kinda goes on. Ahhh the joy's of a small business hay!?
The best thing about this job, and the sole reason why I really love being not just a wedding photographer, but a people person, is the trust and friendship I gain from couples whom I've only really just met. This to me is the pinnacle of importance in my business at this point in time.
And I'm sure is high on the list of my couples' thoughts and planning when prepping for their wedding too.
Gaining couples trust going into these engagement shoots can come across as a 'duck on the water' type of expression, but being nervous in the beginning is kinda the norm from a lot of couples. Giving them the time and room is vital, and it's all done by reading their body language, breaking the ice and freezing the moment. Excuse the pun.
I always say to myself on the way to a shoot - "find that 'tick' in them, and capture it." Then let them know.
They will come out the other side loving it more than they could ever imagine. This is something I'm learning too. Backing myself more and more as months flow on.
I'm not saying that all couples will feel this great both during and after...but it's highly likely their expectations on how they 'felt' before and after both an engagement shoot, will go from 30% to 90% confidence. Come the wedding day we only have the final 10% to win over!
Where am I going with this?
Well, Rhi and Matt - the perfect example. So nervous on the afternoon of this shoot. Which I love. Because it throws me into 'go slow' mode. Not knowing what to expect and not sure as to how to act in front of a camera. Well, turns out that Matt did a model shoot in Singapore a few years back..haha but this was different.
The perfect time to learn more about them and the perfect afternoon to ignore the weather above, find the love and have a ball.
With their wedding actually tomorrow (being my 1st of this 2018 season) I'm pumped to say this will be a party wedding! No 1st dance with these two ... but the expected "get up on this dance floor and bring in the night with Johnny Farnham" type of wedding! haha
We shot this about 3 week before Xmas, and looking back at these images now... makes me smile so much! An amazing afternoon NOT ruined by the rain, but helped in pulling these two close into each other, finding intimacy, laughter and some really beautiful, kick ass shots.
Happy new year guys! Here's to smashing a bottle of champagne on 2018's head to starting my 7th year as a photographer... to the memories still yet to come, to the couples I'm yet to meet and to the next chapter - whatever or where ever that may take me! Yiiieeeew!!
Tell me a little about yourselves guys. How did you meet? What do you both love about eachother? What are your dreams?
We met online (Tinder eeeeek). He ‘superliked’ me and I swiped yes as I was having a few wines with my girlfriends and thought it would be a fun experiment. We agreed to meet up for a drink at the Stoned Crow in Crows Nest.
I had an escape plan all mapped out with my girlfriends but luckily I didn’t need it. After two ciders we parted ways and I didn’t even make it back to my car before he messaged me. This was on a Sunday afternoon (11th Oct 2015), he didn’t want to wait until the next weekend to meet up again (neither did I) so we met half way in Hornsby for bowling and dinner on the Wednesday night. From then on we were inseparable. Planning an overseas holiday together after 6 weeks of dating, then 3 months in on the holiday planning where we were going to live, Sydney or the Coast.
What do you love so much about each other?
Rhianna - I love that Matt is always happy. He ALWAYS has a smile on his face, always giggling and never angry. He is the calm to my storm and settles me down when I am stressed. He’s easy on the eye too
Matt- I love that she has all the qualities I’m looking for in a partner. Loving, caring, makes me laugh, beautiful. I get excited every time she comes home and love that she will be the mother of my (future) children. I wouldn’t have moved to the coast (country) for anyone else.
Our dreams are to start a little Long family!
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
We have really enjoyed researching and choosing the vendors to be part of our day. We want this day to be relaxed, outdoorsy and like a big party with all our friends and family
How do you think marriage will change your relationship?
We are just looking forward to feeling more like a family unit. To start our family with the same name and be husband and wife, instead of boyfriend/girlfriend/fiancé.
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
Becoming Mr & Mrs Long, sharing this occasion with our nearest and dearest
What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?
Open communication with each other is vital. We tell each other everything (except when shopping shhhh!). Having fun and experiencing life together.
What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day so far?
Time limits, getting everything organised.
Who are the vendors that you are working with for your wedding day?
Chic Artistry- Brides Hair and Make Up
Film & Foliage- Flowers
Van Dan Vintage Caravan- Bar/Bar Staff
Gez Xavier Mansfield Photographer - Photographer
Hunter Valley Wine Barrells- Stand up bars
Fennel and Co.- Grazing Table
Wheelie Great Pizzas- Wood Fired Pizzas
Smokin Hot n Saucy- Texan Finger Food
Fiona Hall- Celebrant
What special ways do you express your love to each other?
Lots of affection towards one another. We don’t leave each other or go to bed without a kiss.
Matt doesn’t bring me home flowers, being a landscaper, he brings me home awesome unique plants.
Rhianna brings me home food, she knows the way to my heart is through my stomach.
What are your favourite ways to spend time together?
Chilling at home with our dog Boss. Wine and dine together, go out for brunch. Travelling when we can. Experiencing new things/places together.
What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?
Why wait, get it over and done with, do it all in 6 months.
What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?
Grandad (Rhianna) told us to never go to bed angry.