The low down
I keep threatening this, a whole wedding in black and white. I just feel that what draws me are the moments and the moments speak louder with no colour.
Also, I've got to stop using "just" apologetically.
I make zero apologies.
I've been thinking a tonne about creating and where the work I make sits in that space. I don't feel I'm a creator. What I do is creative but I'm such a reactive person with photography that to take ownership of the photograph is something very strange and disingenuous. Maybe I should go back and read some Sontag again.
Uschi and Davina made such an amazing day, and when I was looking back over the images the ones that drew me back in the most were these ones.
Please enjoy the story x
Things don't always go to plan. Holly and Josh were meant to cruise up the coast to Airlie Beach to elope, but a cyclone happened so instead we went down to Evans Head the next weekend. I'm really familiar with the place and loved making photographs there with them. And then... a backyard wedding is honestly such a good time.
I feel like I'm on a mission to make a positive change in the wedding industry every time I photograph a couple.
A couple of weeks ago during a prep, someone asked me what they were supposed to do with the dress. I mentioned it may be nice to hang it up somewhere visible, because it'll look nice, but they could do whatever they wanted, and they said "thanks, I just don't know what I'm supposed to do!"
Guys - there's no rulebook of weddings saying what one is supposed to do.
Say it with me. There's no rulebook!
All this stuff we do, all this ritual, can be wonderful. It can have immense meaning.
However, I can tell you from experience that the weddings I found more enjoyable to photograph, where the couple were less stressed and more present, were less concerned with what others had done before them. They were more invested in starting a marriage than the 24 hours that was happening at the beginning of it.
That's how it should be.
Ward and Kirsty planned a day just for them, with rituals they chose just for them, and they didn't ask anybody about "the rules".
Black & white is alright
I'm really proud of this wedding I was a part of back in April this year at The Old Dairy Maleny with Erin Woodhall. We lucked out with the weather, the catering was impeccable, and the location obviously stunning... but what I remember the most were the moments. I've only shared black and white photos from the reception part of this wedding - I get that colour is real, and nice, and wonderful and all that. But moments are louder in black and white. One day, I might shoot a wedding in all black and white... save for maybe some details that need to be in colour. My friend Natasja Kremers has done this before and I found that work really beautiful, and it suited the couple and the wedding.
Anyway. This isn't all in black and white.
This was featured up on White too!