2013 – The Year in Review

2013-12-17_0048Well another year has flown by & what a big year it has been with almost 30 weddings plus many other photoshoots and personal projects along the way.

We are truly blessed to be doing something we love & meeting so many wonderful new people 🙂 Thank you to all of our incredible clients & future clients as well as all of our supporters on the blog & facebook.

We really value & appreciate all of your amazing support and encouragement which keeps us doing what we do & wanting to get better at it every year!

We are looking forward to what 2014 holds for us as a couple & as a business. The sky is the limit! (actually there are no limits) We want to keep dreaming big and being open to new opportunities and growing the business as well as ourselves and our skills.

Enjoy looking through some highlight images from 2013! Here is last years year in review for anyone interested to look back – 2012 Year in Review

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{Styled Bohemian/Gypsy Inspired}

This wonderful shoot was pretty much completely styled by the incredible Clarissa. She is so creative and gifted in what she does! I highly recommend her. And the amazing Larna G Makeup, she is extremely talented, go and book her for your next special occasion or wedding 🙂 Thank you to everyone involved, we appreciate everyone’s contribution to this fabulous photoshoot! And of course the models, wow you girls completely rocked it! Thank you for all making it so easy for me to capture such stunning images.

Styling – Garden Party Vintage

Makeup – Larna G Makeup

Flowers – Northside Flower Market

Jewelry (except a few pieces) – Redlust Designs

Resin Vases – Bravo Juliet Designs

Crochet macrame skirt, purple & orange macrame leather necklace  Nini – ninique

Photography – Special Memories Photography & Media

Models – Hasina, Kara & Hanri

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Styled Couples Photoshoot {SM Photography}

A huge thank you to Clarissa (& her husband) for the incredible styling of this photoshoot, she put so much effort into this session and the results were beautiful! Thank you to Banana J Creations for the loan of one of their stunning Teepee’s, it looked fantastic. Be sure to check out these ladies pages to view their amazing work & products. Also thank you to Stacey & Linh for hair & makeup. Great job girls!

Thank you to the wonderful couple Jaimi-Lee & Jason who were so perfect for this session & worked really hard, we appreciate your time so much! And to the wonderful helpers Praneeta & Megan for being so hands on in helping us achieve these gorgeous images. The video from this session will follow shortly…

Styled by the amazing Clarissa – Garden Party Vintage – photography styling & vintage prop hire

Teepee – Banana J Creations 

Hair styling – Stacey Dawn Hair

Makeup Artist – Makeup by Linh

Models – Jaimi-Lee & Jason

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{The Doll} Personal Project

So this photoshoot was inspired by… a doll 🙂 haha I wanted to create a “real life” doll look so came up with this!

My beautiful model Sarah had just the look I was going for and my dear friend over at Wedding Hair & Makeup by Jessica Rose was kind enough to create this look for me with her creative hair & makeup skills.

The outfits were selected by myself and the model as we went through her wardrobe of clothes & then between us both we provided the extra props to complete the look. Oh and the stunning black & white striped bow was purchased from Lavender Latte.

It was just a bit of fun and I am so happy with the end result!

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{The Water Princess} SM Photography

This was a personal project that I had in mind, and I am so happy with the results. The hair and makeup was also done by me (I do a little bit every now & then for fun). The hair was Rapunzel inspired and I wanted that sort of water princess look, so I decided on Mt Tambourine Creek. The model (Esita) was perfect for this shoot, with her naturally very long and luscious hair and those beautiful eyes that draw you in. She had never done anything like this before but as you can see she is an absolute natural.

Also a shout out to Sarah who came along as my assistant, was great to have you there with us! We all risked our lives to get these photos (haha – not quite, but we did have to hike up & down the slippery rocks)

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{The Mask Project}

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‘If we remove the masks and let our true selves shine before all, we are transfigured into our more profound and genuine selves.’

Ok so this “project” has been going on for a few months now and in the end I didnt get to do as many different shoots as I wanted as I somehow misplaced the mask at my last shoot 😦 I must have left it at the park and then we returned the next day we couldn’t find it anywhere, so there ended my project LOL I had intentions of doing many more sessions but kept forgetting to actually use the mask as I would get too excited about the ideas that were going through my head I would finish up and then realise I didn’t get any shots with the mask..anyways you are probably wondering what I am going on about..

Mid last year I came across a blog post of a selection of different photographers overseas who used this one crown in a number of different photoshoots and it really inspired me to do something similar, my creative mind was running and I came across a gorgeous mask that gave me an idea! So that’s how it all started.

I thought it would be a bit of fun using different people and different clothing/themes with this mask to see what I could come up with… I had better intentions with this project but I am still happy with the results! Hope you enjoy all the images below…

A big thanks to my gorgeous models Michelle, Joy, Bek & Rhiannon

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{Celebrating Marriage Project} SM Photography

Well the long awaited blog is finally here! And first and foremost I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the girls involved in this project. You were all AMAZING! I really appreciate the time and effort that every “bride” made to look gorgeous on the day & to the girls who helped out on the day along with a massive thanks to Luscious Cupcakes  for their donation of cupcakes for all the brides. They were delicious!

I was chatting with a friend awhile back and we were saying how cool it would be to get a few friends all in their wedding dresses and take photos so this discussion then led to more thoughts of actually doing a personal project. I thought “what girl wouldn’t want to get back into her wedding dress again!” If you are blessed enough to fit back into it then why not! haha

I wanted this project to be a bit more significant than just having the opportunity to get back into your wedding dress so thought I would use this as a “celebrating marriage” photoshoot. There are so many broken relationships, divorces, hurt and pain out there that I wanted to do something positive and celebrate the beauty of marriage.

Marriage can be, and is, a wonderful thing, yes it takes a whole lot of hard work and effort to keep a strong and successful marriage but it’s so worth it. So I wanted this photoshoot to be a big celebration! (hence the balloons & streamers)

I put a call out on facebook and got a fantastic response back. On the day we ended up with 18 stunning brides which I was so happy with. We had women of all ages, some who had been married for a year & some who had been married for 10 or more.

To be honest, as excited as I was about this project, I was so nervous. All of these gorgeous women who have put so much effort into hair & makeup and getting their dresses cleaned, bringing balloons & streamers, even girls going on diets so they could fit back into their dress (well done to you girls by the way!)…I wanted it to be well worth it for them all so I was thinking to myself “self, you better do a good job!” LOL

From the feedback I got from everyone I believe it was well worth it! As much as I was panicking behind the camera the girls were having a blast being crazy in their wedding dresses, making new friends, throwing streamers around and getting their “pose” on.

I hope you enjoy looking through the photos & be sure to share this blog with your friends and family. Let’s celebrate the beauty of marriage!

And I will end with this funny quote:

‘Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.’
Gotta love balloons! But there was some serious wind going on and the balloons were going crazy…it was time to say goodbye to the balloons 😦