kylie & max got married {geelong botanical gardens}

I always come away from weddings on a high, in love with love, but this was particularly so after I shot Max and Kylie’s wedding day. There was a moment that struck me at the time, and I think I will always remember it. It was the moment when Max and Kylie were finally able to talk informally and semi privately, post ceremony, as they sat waiting to sign the bridal register. Over and above the fact they just.got.married!!! …they were simply excited to see one another after what I imagine was the first separation in a long time. Kylie leaned in and asked Max “ohmygod! I haven’t seen you! What have you been doing?!” (or something very close to that). Their conversation continued like two friends catching up for a coffee. It occurred to me these guys are friends first and foremost. And that is a fundamental ingredient in forever.

My heart melted.

 

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curls and such {melbourne lifestyle family photographer}

Meet Liam and his gorgeous ma and pa, a family home where the love was so evident, I cannot help but think how fitting it was that their session took place on St Valentine’s Day.

Lotsa love here. And hair… lots and lotsa hair.

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eve {melbourne formal photographer}

So this is my girl Eve, all dressed up for her Year 10 formal. Yesterday she was little, then in two heartbeats she grew up. She is independent, adventurous, brave. She explores Melbourne all by herself any chance she gets. She is level headed, (usually) makes good choices, and always has nice friends. She is a people person who also loves her own company.ย She is adored by small children and grandparents, and liked by most people. She is supremely messy but kind of organised. She leaves everything to the last minute then somehow gets it done. She is addicted to chocolate and eats a lot more of it than she thinks I know. She hides the evidence in her drawers and under her bed, and thinks I don’t know that either. She’s smart and she competes with herself to get good grades. Most of the time she’s really chilled out… until she wants something really badly. Then she’s a bulldog. She has zero tolerance for drama queens, but she loves to watch it unfold… as long as no one is getting hurt. If there’s an underdog involved, she’ll have their back. She wants a big dog, preferably a Husky. She has a cat that is loving and fiesty in equal measure. Kind of like her owner. When she grows up she wants to go to university, live in the inner city, catch trams everywhere, and maybe marry a hipster. Or maybe that passed with her veganism.

And she. is. funny. Really, really, funny.

And beautiful.

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buddy and lovina {melbourne newborn photographer}

Buddy had been an only child for all of his 4 years of life, until Lovina entered the world and made him a Big Brother. He had been a little unsure, preferring to admire her from afar, for now. It turned out this day was the first time Buddy had agreed to hold his baby sister. It cost me about fiddy cents. Don’t judge me, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
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second time is the charm {williamstown extended family photographer}

Gathering a big bunch of people in the same place at the same time for an extended family photo session is always a challenge. But these guys had the extra pressure of needing to get their session done and dusted before Christmas to give them opportunity to get images printed as a gift for the Grandparents.

It was December already.

The day came and an accident on the bridge kept a third of them from making it to Williamstown. However the day had turned blustery and dark, so as I drove home in peak hour traffic with an empty memory card, it felt a little bit meant to be. Fast forward two weeks later, ten days out from Christmas by now (!!), and we got gorgeous weather, happy peeps, and stunning light.

Sometimes the universe just knows.

Oh and I have to say, these guys really, really rocked it.

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