They say there’s a first time for everything. Being called to photograph a wedding 4 days before the event with it being held on a Tuesday afternoon and being 5 minutes down the road….
I guess this wedding was one of those!
Looking back now, I had nothing to worry about. Both Craig & Jaroon were amazing to work with. They both looked beautiful on the day and couldn’t have picked a better time or venue for their marriage.
The Sydney Rowing Club in Abbotsford pulled out all stops in a short turn-around time. With the ceremony planned for an hour before sunset, it made the whole venue glow and glisten in the afternoon sun. And with just enough room and people to fill the intimate venue it turned out to be a perfect afternoon.
After the ceremony on the balcony of the Sydney Rowing Club, the couple had some quick portraits with family and guests before sitting down to a 3-course meal.
Then it was time to clear the dance floor, pump up the music and let the night take shape! Jaroon didn’t leave the dance floor from start to finish, with all the guests getting up and sharing a dance and a glass of champagne. Again, not your typical Tuesday night!
Since we were short on time on the Tuesday, we had planned a portrait session the following day along Sydney Harbour. And there’s no better place than down at Milsons Point and around Luna Park Sydney!
With Craig, Jaroon and their family all arriving in their clothes from the night before it made a great transition from the wedding to the portraits the following day. And although it was a little cloudy and very windy, we all had a great time by the harbour.
Although the whole event from first contact to completion was only 5 days, the photos speak for themselves. Some classic portraits along with some great candid, natural wedding photographs. Thank you Craig and Jaroon for allowing me to be part of your special day.
Lee and Jacky weren’t originally going to have a photographer. A very small group of friends and family, getting married at the Sydney Wedding Registry, and a very low-key reception. Not a lot of room for a photographer…but I know they are glad they did and I’m really happy they chose me, because some of these photos below are simply beautiful!
And I love capturing beautiful images!
On a very cold and wet Sydney winter’s day, I met Lee and Jacky at the Births, Deaths & Marriages Office in Sydney. We got out of the rain, went inside and it was only a few minutes till I saw these two interact with each other – they are just so natural together!
After we walked upstairs and into the Ceremony Room, the actual ceremony was done in around 15 minutes. Simple, but also great to have their best friends and family so close on such a special day.
After a few photos inside the wedding registry office, we had arranged a ride to take us all to Sydney University for some formal photos. With the rain still streaming down from above, we had to make a few quick dash’s for cover! But we got there in the end.
And what an amazing venue!! Solid sandstone walls all round, with some stunning internal staircases and foyers. With Jacky’s dress flowing down the staircases and against the sandstone – I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to photograph such a wonderful couple.
And to be honest, I actually think the rain suited the area a little better! The entire building is very moody and old-world, and I think the grey clouds suited rather well :)
After a little run-in with the local security guard (I’ll leave that for another post…) we shot some photos then went to get into our ride back to the reception venue. Little did we know that our ride was actually a taxi-van with 2 lasers and a thumbing sound system inside!!
Pumping out 80′s music with 2 lasers inside a van with a bride & groom – not something I had expected on my quiet raining wedding shoot!
After all this, it really was a great day for everyone. The weather couldn’t stop Lee & Jacky sharing a special day. When you see a couple interact and laugh with each other as much as I did for a few short hours, you know they are both meant to be together!
It was a pleasure to spend your wedding day with you both Lee and Jacky, thank you!
Over the past few months I’ve been fortunate enough to take some amazing fitness model photos. All of these people put in hours of work each day to get to where they are, and are truly talented and determined people. And most of those have been through Clean Health Personal Training, Sydney.
Clean Health isn’t your normal PT business. These guys get results – and lots of them!
They’ve helped train some of the best fitness and physique models in the country with many of them competing at a national and international level.
I’ve worked closely with the trainers at Clean Health, and below I’ve shown a few shots from 2 separate photo shoots we’ve done. One was directly after the IFBB Australia 2013 Australasia Championships where we had James Cant who placed first in his category, Sharon Kemp who also placed first and various other competitors. The second shoot was with Marny, who has trained amazingly hard to compete in the ANB International Asia Pacific Championships.
And of course there are a few photos of the beautiful Jes Murphy who recently came 2nd in the IFBB South Pacific Championships in Tahiti!!
If you’d like to see results like this, why not get in touch with Clean Health? They are super professional, located right in the heart of Sydney CBD & most importantly they make you feel and look as amazing as these guys and girls below!
Address: Clean Health Performance Centre, Basement Level, 499-501 Kent St, Sydney, NSW 2000
If you train yourself, or are a PT and would like some photos similar to the below, please feel free to get in touch with us at AP Photography. We travel throughout Sydney and am happy to work indoor or out.
Sometimes, everything just works! The weather, the timing and most importantly – the clients!
Kathryn & Marty’s wedding was one of those days that I was so lucky to be a part of. I’ve been inside editing clients work for the last 7 days, and just today started to look through Kath and Marty’s photos…I instantly got a huge rush of adrenalin and excitement, and couldn’t wait to share them!
So without wasting anymore time, here is a quick preview from Kathryn & Marty’s wedding at Colbee Centre, Doonside.
Jacqueline & Eugene’s wedding will be one I won’t forget for a long time. Not only did we have a storm arrive 5 minutes before the bride was going to walk down the aisle, they had one of the best looking guests I’ve seen – Kozmo the dog, wearing a tux and all!
I first met Jacqueline & Eugene in a café on Sydney’s North Shore. Once I saw they had ordered 2 Bloody Mary’s to the table, I had a good feeling about the meeting :)
One of the first things we spoke about was the style of photography they were after. Jacqueline as very adamant that she wanted only candid photos at her wedding, which suits my style of wedding photography perfectly. We chatted, and the next day we booked the wedding day!
Jacqueline & Eugene’s wedding was held at The Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks, Mosman. I arrived as the venue was being finalized and with Eugene already there, we took some quick photos and it wasn’t long before Jacqueline was due to arrive. Once she made her way through the venue and into the Bridal Room we took some photos with her bridal party, her mum and of course Kozmo!
Then, with 5 minutes to go before the ceremony – it starts to rain. Maybe STORM is a better word! With the original plan to have the ceremony in the courtyard, that quickly changed to the balcony with it’s cover extended. Still, a lookout over Sydney Harbour is not a bad backdrop for your wedding day!
With the ceremony only starting 15 minutes behind schedule (the staff at The Tea Room did a great job of getting everything ready so quickly!) rings were exchanged, papers were signed and Jacqueline and Eugene shared their first kiss as husband and wife!
Some quick photos afterwards with family and friends and then it was onto the reception with an amazing 3-course menu.
One of the highlights of the evening was a video montage of Jacqueline’s family and friends from overseas who couldn’t make it for her wedding. I don’t think there was a dry-eye in the house after it – some very beautiful moments and comments.
Following on from the speeches was their first dance. We decided to have this outdoors in the courtyard (it had stopped raining by now!) and with the fairy lights and lanterns still working, it set a beautiful backdrop for their first dance.
Thank you to the staff at The Tea Room, and mostly thank you to Jacqueline and Eugene for allowing me to capture their special day.
I’m going to keep this blog post short. Not because the photo’s aren’t great (I love them!) and not because the portrait session was uneventful (it wasn’t!).
But because I think the photos below will tell you more than I ever could trying to write this blog!
I photographed Ali & Steve’s engagement party around 18 months ago. Since then they’ve been married (1 year ago today!), and had a stunningly beautiful child, Evie. She really was amazing during the whole photo session. Didn’t cry, happy to be wandering around Lane Cove parks and by the water and I could tell she really loved being with her parents.
That’s enough from me. Onto the photos. They’ve come out exactly how I imagined them and I really couldn’t be happier.
Thank you to Ali & Steve for having me down, and of course little Evie for being one of the best “models” I’ve dealt with!
Candice and Luke have three young children, been with each other since high school and own a house together. By their own admission, getting married was more of a formality than anything else…but that didn’t stop it being a fun day!
I arrived at Candice’s house at around 2pm with the plan to capture the bride preparation, a few dress and family photos etc.
Her son had a different idea! After some crying, a few tissues and some quiet time with mum, he calmed himself down and with only 10 minutes before it was time to leave, I managed to capture some great candid shots of the family and Candice.
Luke was waiting for his bride at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Concord. St Luke’s is a traditional style church with an amazing domed wooden roof which looks great in photos!
We were lucky with the weather on the day, so it allowed everyone to congratulate the newly married couple outside the church in the gardens.
After the ceremony, the bridal party made their way down to Bayview Park, Concord for some drinks and photos. Bayview Park has a boat ramp, jetty and ferry wharf that were surprisingly empty for our visit. The photos only last a short while and the rest of our time was spent relaxing where we captured some really great candid photos of Candice, Luke and their young family.
Making our way down to Seven Sins Restaurant on the water at Drummoyne was a pleasant surprise. Having driven past the venue almost daily but never seen it setup for a wedding, the staff did an amazing job! With large glass windows showcasing the beautiful Iron Cove and Sisters Bay at sunset, great table settings and a nice big dance floor for guests.
Candice and Luke’s wedding was somewhat of a formality for them both but as it turned out, it was a special day none the less!
I hope you enjoy the small selection of photos below. If you have any queries or comments please feel free to leave them at the bottom or via the contact link above.
An outdoor wedding by the river with the sun setting behind the happy couple with blue skies overhead. Sounds perfect, right? Well, that was John & Suzanne’s wedding!
When I first visited John & Suzanne at their home, I think we connected right away. I could see they were both so relaxed and happy and so sure of what they were after. I knew right away that I wanted this job! Also, Hurly their dog was jumping all over me, and I was told he was going to be part of the day.
The wedding took place at Australis Retreat, Wisemans Ferry which is around 1.5 hours drive north-west of Sydney. Suzanne was staying in one of the suites at Australis Retreat so once I arrived in the afternoon I made my way to the room to find her and the bridal party applying the finishing touches to their dresses and Suzanne’s veil. After some quick portraits in the room we walked down to the car park where their transport was waiting – golf buggies!!
By far one of the best types of wedding transport I’ve seen.
Since the ceremony was taking place on the grounds of Australis Retreat, it was a few minutes ride down to the riverbank of the Hawkesbury River where John and the other guests were waiting.
The grass was green, the skies were blue and the sun was setting behind them over the river. It really was a beautiful place to photograph.
After a few laughs (and tears) through the ceremony, John and Suzanne were husband and wife and the congratulations began! Everyone moved up to celebrate with the new couple and after a few minutes (and a photo with Hurly the dog!) it was time for us to move on and the other guests to enjoy canapés by the pool.
Being that the reception was at Australis Retreat as well, we simply walked up the grounds along the Hawkesbury River past the golf course. Since the sun was setting quickly by this stage we moved quickly and got some great shots along the river. Wisemans Ferry is at the base of a gully, and as we walked back along the golf course the hills behind us glowed gold with the setting sun. Stunning.
After a slight delay entering the reception, John and Suzanne were welcomed into their wedding reception with rose petals being thrown in the air and cheers raising the roof!
It was a pleasure to photograph a wedding in such an amazing location as Wisemans Ferry…and for such a great couple that John and Suzanne are.
I hope you enjoy the small selection of photos below. If you have any queries or comments please feel free to leave them at the bottom or via the contact link above.
Michelle and Dan approached me about 12 months ago to photograph their wedding. The details were a little sparse on our first meeting – April 2012, 50 people, Narrabeen Beach, midday ceremony.
Little did I know how amazing the photos would turn out!
Arriving at Narrabeen Surf Club a little early to set up my gear and have a chat to the groom, I couldn’t be happier with the weather! It’s exactly what we’d all hoped for – blue skies, sunshine, 25 degrees & a light breeze off the water. There was one small problem though – a large Streets Ice Cream tent on the beach, right in the middle of the ceremony, and in the middle of where Michelle and Dan would be standing!
After having a quick chat to the staff at the Surf Club I managed to get the large red tent, which was giving the hard-working Surf Life Savers shade during the day, pulled down for 30 minutes while the ceremony took place.
Michelle arrived with little fanfare, pulling up in her car outside the Surf Club, proud father right behind her. Michelle was one of the most relaxed brides I think I’ve ever seen. A great sign for things to come!
With the ceremony over and congratulations were shared, it was time for some family portraits overlooking Narrabeen Beach then the guests made their way upstairs to the Narrabeen Surf Club to enjoy some canapes, while Michelle, Dan and I jumped in our cars and drove to the cliffs and bush land overlooking the beach.
As we roamed through the tracks above the beach (Not even Michelle getting her hair caught in a bush could dampen the spirits!!), I saw an amazing photo-op! Sunlight glistening through a tree, shadows just right. I asked the newlywed couple to stand next to a tree in the shadows and, after asking “Are you sure? This tree?!”, they obliged and I captured one of my personal favorite images which I’m very proud of. (pictured below)
After spending about 45 minutes wandering around the bush land of Narrabeen we were about to head back, but decided to stop into the North Narrabeen Pools to see if we could find a free space to take some photos. I’m lucky we did!
The pools were fantastic! A large pool, split into two halves by a boardwalk which allowed some really great photos. Then with the waves crashing behind the some clouds starting to form right above us…stunning.
We were running a little behind schedule so we made a dash for the reception to arrive “Fashionably Late”.
After the reception we had planned to take some photos along Narrabeen Beach at sunset. Although the timing was perfect, the clouds had something to say about our idea and blocked most of the setting sun. But that didn’t stop us spending a few minutes relaxing and roaming around the beach, while Michelle and Dan enjoyed their first sunset as husband & wife.
I did mention earlier how happy I was with my photos. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do!
I’ve put a few of my favorite photos from the day below, and will also be updating my main website (www.ap-photography.com.au) in the coming few days.
Last Tuesday 15th May I was fortunate enough to be invited to the See Jane Run … Exhibition to document the Opening Night. The exhibition is part of the Head On Photo Festival run in Sydney every year.
The Head On Photo Festival is one of the largest festivals of it’s kind in the world, with over 200 events across 100 venues spread all over Sydney. Now running in it’s third year, the festival not only fills galleries and museums with amazing artwork from local and international artists but also moves into less formal venues such as cafes, pubs and Centennial Park.
This year the festival runs from 4th May till 3rd June 2012.
As I mentioned earlier, the See Jane Run … Exhibition had it’s opening night on Tuesday 15th May. The basis of the exhibition is to explore gender roles, beauty ideals and body image. Like a lot of artwork, the basis of the project is to “stir the pot”, to get people thinking and talking about how we perceive ourselves. Also how society and the media influences that perception, especially towards women.
The project was started by four female photographers Emma Phillips, Julie Sundberg, Anna Warr and Fiona Wolf. With 50% of all donations and also any sales on the opening night going to White Ribbon Foundation, a foundation in Australia campaigning to stop violence against women. White Ribbon were on hand at the Opening Night to offer support, which also included their chairman & ambassador Andrew O’Keefe speaking to the crowd.
With artwork ranging from female rodeo riders in northern New South Wales to male models posing like centerfolds, the exhibition definitely got people talking!
The See Jane Run … Exhibition runs from 15th May till 27th May at Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW.
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