2018 In Review
It’s been a particularly exciting and busy year for Amy and myself. Never ones to sit still we entered 2018 with a couple of new ventures in mind that would require a fair amount of time to bring to life, so we set ourselves a target / limit of thirty weddings which we comfortably achieved. As usual many of our bookings came from word or mouth, referrals and testimonials so thank you to all our clients, followers, industry brethren and friends who put in a good word for us!
Amy has been an absolute trooper this year. As well as being my gun second shooter on weekends she has continued to run her fashion marketing consultancy The Fashion Futurist during the week, and somehow she also found the time to team up with her fellow photographer and business soulmate Andi O’Day to launch Mrs Fray, a pop up bridal concept store specifically created for the brides of Canberra. It was a phenomenal success so there’s no doubt that Mrs Fray will return to Canberra bigger and better in 2019.
I also embarked on a new venture which has nothing to do with photography or weddings and, I’d like to stress, is NOT going to replace my career as a wedding photographer, but is instead related to my other passion, golf. I don’t want to lose you so I’ll cut to the chase - I’ve designed a range of polo shirts made from one of Australia’s most sought after natural resources: merino wool. The brand name is Ramsie and it will be launching very soon. If you’re interested in receiving updates you can register your interest at Ramsie.co and I’ll let you know as soon as the first shirts are ready.
Back to weddings and it was our pleasure to work with sixty incredible humans as they made the ultimate commitment to each other in front of their favourite people. We were excited to shoot at many of our favourite venues, especially those in the gorgeous Southern Highlands and we also discovered a few new spaces that got our creative juices flowing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our couples for entrusting us to capture your special days. We are, as ever, humbled to be chosen by you.
Now onto the photos! The images I’ve selected this year sum up what we love about weddings. There’s often a lot of emphasis on getting epic hero shots of the bride and groom but when you spend ten hours watching around a hundred people having good times there are lots of other amazing moments that unfold: the expressions of joy as the couple hug it out with friends they haven’t seen for way too long; the belly laughs as something far too inappropriate is mentioned in a speech; the elation when a mud-splattered bride realises that the rained out outdoor ceremony didn’t prevent her from marrying her best friend; and guests breakdancing to varying degrees of success. That kind of thing.
We also love capturing the environment, which includes the physical spaces but also extends to the sense of occasion and the heightened levels of emotions. There are, of course, plenty of bride and groom shots (with an emphasis on capturing their personalities ‘cos we don’t do that awkward posing stuff) but don’t get your hopes up for fancy, far flung locations like Iceland or Santorini as all our weddings this year were here in ‘Straya. We love to travel though so if you or your friends are thinking about bringing your photographers overseas to your wedding we might have some recommendations for you. Just saying.
Thanks for bearing with me, I think that’s just about everything we got up to in 2018. Oh, I almost forgot we’re also trying for a baby. Yep, that’s everything now.
And now, in no particular order and to varying degrees of epicness, are some of my favourite images from 2018.