Pick the Location..and I'll be there with Camera in hand! Jess+Mitch's Hunter E-shoot

Ever thought going to a winery after hours was a little odd? Well...yeah. It kinda is. ha! And we weren't here to pick grapes and sip wines and eat cheese. Nope. None of that fancy stuff.

Allowing Jess and Mitch to pick the location for their engagement shoot worked out perfect, as it gave so much more depth to their lives and this relationship.

For me, I'm all about visual. Visual visual visual. And when you mix this el-natural with industrial chic, I start grinning. To be honest, I love shooting everywhere as I believe all locations have great areas to shoot, but in saying this,  it needs to be at the right time, AND the right type of lighting for your subjects. Harsh lighting can be stella, but it's very specific, and can look repetitive after a while. Hence why it's so great to walk around, chat and find little nooks and pockets to shoot visual love.

Clouds - I love you! Rain - I love you! Let's all say this together! haha

So don't let this worry you when planning your wedding or e-shoot with me, especially if it's in the Hunter Valley. At the end of the day, you're both there for each other. To have fun. To chill out and to feel awesome in each others arms CELEBRATING your day. In 30 years time you'll look back and smile...trust me!

The perfect mix to an amazing session - wedding or engagement shoot. And proof that after hour wineries still produce awesome memories!

Hope you enjoy this engagement shoot...




How did you guys meet? We met at The Argle House (Fanny's as we all knew it as). It was a Wednesday night in 2011.

What do you love about each other?

We have incredibly a similar sense of humour, we both love being silly, we are both gym junkies who encourage and support each other to be the best we can be in every area of our lives - there is a tonne of mutual respect and love , we are both hard workers who love our jobs and are driven to continue to build our careers, we both love dogs, we both have the same life goals. Plus I love his muscles.

Do you have any funny relationship stories? The night we met it was actually me who approached him first, and he was actually exiting a male toilet when I did that. I was very drunk. I ran away straight after essentially. Then he approached me and a girlfriend at the bar. We exchanged numbers but I forgot his name. He had a wacky name on my phone like 'Fanny's Guy'. In conversation the next day over text, I casually asked what his facebook name was (I thought I was being sneaky, he saw straight through it). 

The first time I met his parents at their property in Clarence Town, Mitch took me for a ride on his motorbike, I burnt my leg on the expansion chamber and had the logo FMF branded on my leg (in summer mind you) for the next 4 weeks.

How did you become engaged?

On our 5 year anniversary, Mitch got down on one knee at King Edward Park in Newcastle and asked me to marry him, I cried and asked 'Are you sure?'

Why did you choose this style of shoot for your engagement photos?

I grew up in Bellbird and even though I no longer live there I still carry a strong connection to the area. I was living there when Mitch and I started our relationship. Mitch also lived in Ellalong for a short while when he was 5 so it was connections all round. 

What have been the most exciting parts of planning your time as a couple?

It would have to be buying our first home and talking about our hopes and dreams together in the future. 

What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding? 

Setting a date and picking a venue/s to party at.

How do you think marriage will change your relationship?

I think all it will change is my last name he he. We have always known we were going to spend our lives together and have been living that way for a long time. Marriage will mean we get to make formal commitments surrounded by the people we love 

What do you most look forward to about your wedding?

Celebrating with family and friends

What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?

CLEAR AND OPEN COMMUNICATION. Yes we put that in capitals lol.

What special ways do you express your love to each other?

Mitch writes me love notes and texts as he knows my love language is 'words of affirmation' and I buy him lollies and give him lots of hugs (as per his love languages ha ha)

What are your favourite ways to spend time together?

Going to the gym, going to the movies, watching netflix at home with the pooches, going to the beach

What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?

Enjoy the ride!

What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?

Me: Choosing the dress Mitch: deciding on a venue.

What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?

Me: Have your partners back Mitch: Happy wife happy life

If you both had magical powers to turn into an animal, what would you be, and why?

We would both turn into our pooches as they are living the life.

Who are the vendors that you are working with for your wedding day?

We haven't really got that far yet!

Venue booked, they will do catering/ set up. We decided on the Lucky Hotel in Newcastle, and we chose Gez Xavier Mansfield as our photographer!

We're also working with Nell Dark-Jones as our celebrant. And that's it at this stage!  We really need to get on with the rest!