I spent New Year's Eve pretty much as I spent 2012, appropriately enough. At a wedding. It felt just right. New Year's Eve should be spent in the company of friends. Celebrating love. With one hell of a party. Congratulations, Kate & Sam. Thank you. Happy New Year.
Kim & Kane stopped their ceremony halfway through. Had a quick Pimms. Then followed their guests down a winding path to the beach. To their bathing box, to be precise. They finished the formalities there, bathed in sunshine. The dress was blue. The car was... smiling. The grown ups wore paper hats. The children knew all the dance moves. It was that kind of a day. This is Kim and Kane's wedding.
When I was at college - studying photography - my first two semesters were taught by by tutors with very, very different approaches to photography. I got a lot from both. Composition, exposure, only shoot vertical when it is of benefit to the image, whole bunch of practical stuff. That was the second semester. He would have hated this image. It's vertical. The focus isn't on their faces. I can hear him asking - if it's supposed to be a portrait why are their eyes shut? My first teacher started me on the path of looking for the light. Capturing the feeling. I think he would have liked this frame. Marieke and Luke got married yesterday.
One frame from Kim & Kane's wedding. You may notice that Kim is not wearing a particularly white dress... But any wedding that has guests dancing to Peter Combe singing 'Wash Your Hair with Orange Juice' while wearing hats made from newspaper is going to be a tiny bit... different. Stay tuned. There's more to come.
Sam is gorgeous. Vivacious. Hilarious. Kris is more reserved. A touch shy. Considerate. As far as I can tell, the ties that bind them are formed with laughter as much as love. Their lives, their family, their wedding day... happiness and laughter. The sun shone for them. The day went by in an instant - but never felt rushed. It was a very Melbourne wedding - the Royal Botanical Gardens, Church St Enoteca, great food, cool sounds. This is the story of their wedding day.