Alika + Jamie

Alika + Jamie's wedding day was a day that I will remember forever. Not only for the gorgeous weather or the ceremonies location or the incredible planning and not mentioning the reception antics, but it was the time that we spent all together during the bridal party photo session that I will remember forever!

They were married on location at The Retreat at Port Stephens, a venue which backs directly onto the stockton sand dunes (any photographers dream - also my happy place!). The location coupled with the enthusiastic bridal party plus the gorgeous work from White Hair and Makeup and Florals by Botanica Bird, it was a dream come true. The vast outlook of rolling hills of golden sand was the perfect backdrop for Alika + Jamie, there were no distracting buildings or intrusive common objects, just them. It was their story, their moment, and I loved every second of it!

Check out some snaps from their full day coverage below :D

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Monique + Nick

Monique + Nick are two of the most genuine, down to earth couples I have ever had the pleasure of  capturing. Their wedding day was full of love, and not just their own, their friends and family were unbelievable supportive and just as excited as the couple in the spot light. I can say without a doubt that this wedding day is one I will remember forever, and its not just because of the stunning dress (my jaw was on the ground) it was because of the fun I had with the entire bridal party during their photo session. Each of them were as crazy and animated as the other, this makes any photographers job an absolute dream!!

Everything about this day was amazing, the sky, the light, the people, the dress, the food, the flowers and did I mention the dress!?

I have said before that its amazing when friends become clients but its even better when clients become friends! I am beyond grateful that Monique and Nick chose me (over 2 years ago too) to capture their special day! Thank you x1000 guys!! I had an absolute blast!!

Check out their day below :D

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Must Go Faster Films- Short Film 'Hoax'

Recently I had the opportunity to be a part of Must Go Faster Films' latest project, titled 'Hoax'.  I was invited to be a part of the crew, acting as the Behind the Scenes (BTS) Director/ Photographer, which was incredible!

Filming over two massive weekends, starting at 5:30AM some mornings and finishing at 11PM some nights; it was a wicked shoot! I have been on multiple film sets before, especially with my production company, 7 Heads Productions, and this cast and crew were, without a doubt, an absolute joy to work with!

'Hoax' is based on the true story of Jonathan Moylan, an anti-coal activist who sent out a fake press release that wiped over $300m from a mining company's value.  

Check out the true story here.

Below are some of the shots I captured for Must Go Faster. It was an absolute pleasure working with these incredibly talented individuals!

Starring: Ben Purser, Kyle Shilling, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Stephen Mahy, Ben Klumpp and April Maguire. 

Cast + Crew: (Director) Charles Olsen, (DOP) Gavin Blyth, (Producer) Sam Eather, (Production Manager/ AD) Meg Ham, (DIT) Samuel Hutchinson, (AC) Alex Preston, (AC) Cate Hartmann, (Sound Recordists) Symon James + Ryan Brennan, (Boom Swing) Lachlan Turner, (Hair + Make-up) Anna Eggenhuizen and (BTS Director) Alex Winner.

Head Quarters Skate - Winter Line Shoot

Head Quarters Skate is the brain child of Brayden Wilkinson, a graphic designer turned entrepreneur.  A Newcastle small business established in 2015, HQ Skate specialise in street wear, urban skate boards and apparel. Brayden has been working hard on this venture for years and years. The force behind his business is purely to create and grow comfortable and wicked, wearable designs. His ultimate goal is to be one of the big boys, expanding globally, selling and growing his brand exponentially.

Check out his website here

HQ Skate has recently launched its online shop and winter 2017 line!! Seriously those rainbow hoodies are life!! I've got one and can't stop wearing it!! Check out some of the shots I produced for his website and social promotions below. 
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Brand - Head Quarters Skate                                                                  

Models - Alexander, Nicholas, Shellbi, Brayden 

Pantseat Performing Arts presents: 'RENT'!

Pantseat Performing Arts is a Newcastle-based theatre company founded in 2007. Since then, they have devoted their time to providing young theatre performers with a safe and enriching environment to hone their skills in creating and performing theatre. 

At the end of April this year, Pantseat took on the hefty endeavour of staging acclaimed Broadway musical, 'RENT'; a show about a group of young artists discovering themselves in New York City, all whilst coming to terms with their own involvement in the AIDS epidemic.

During the weeks leading up to the show, I was given the opportunity to help promote it. I shot cast headshots, photographed the last full dress rehearsal, and created some film content for the show's finale. 

Owner and operator, Lia Bundy, expressed in the program how much this production resonated with her and her family, and I now understand why. The show struck me with a profound feeling of love - "measure your life in love", regardless of wealth, religion, race or sexuality.

Being an openly gay man myself, 'RENT' struck me as a beautiful tribute to those who have lost their lives to AIDS, or are still living with it today. It's an issue that has transcended generations to still be a central topic of discussion amongst the gay community, and the discussion can't stop here.

I'm insanely proud to have been asked to help promote the show, and can't wait to work with Pantseat again in the future.

I want to thank Lia and Matt Bundy for letting me come on board, and the entire cast and crew for being such a positive, welcoming group of creatives to work with. 

Below are some of shots from the final dress rehearsal and the film I made for the show's finale, so take a look and let me know what you think :D
 

Manifesting Workshop

Recently I was invited to attend and photograph a Manifesting Simplified Workshop in Newcastle run by the amazing Kinesiologist Renee Wilkinson. Manifesting is about you CO-CREATING with the energy around you. It is about finding and aligning with what you want to create in your life. It is about conscious decision making and action taking.

The whole workshop went for 3.5hours, it was an immersive experience, it was comfortable and welcoming. Even though I was the only gentlemen in the room with a giant camera in hand, I felt at ease and calm, truly one of the nicest shooting experiences I've had. 

The workshop was held at Twine Yoga Studio
You can find Renee's Website Here

Jess + Aaron

Jess + Aaron Knight were married on the 11th March 2017. This wedding has by far been my all time favourite wedding, not only because it was photographically gorgeous but it just so happened that the client was one of my friends from school. 

When friends become clients it makes for an amazing experience, you already know each other and each others journey, it takes the intimacy and candid photos to the next level! This wedding is a pure example of this, I have never had as much fun shooting a day as I have with this group of ratbags.

Jess and Aaron meet on a date, she was impressed that he dressed up nicely and he was impressed that she could speak her mind and knew want she wanted. That date led to another date and then another date and then to a kickass relationship. The look of love and devotion in Aaron's eyes is so rare it truely is real love. Nearly all of the photos I shot of them both show this exact look, its pure magic!!

They got married at The Lockup on Hunter Street Newcastle and had their wedding reception at Merewether Surf House Newcastle.  Flowers were provided by Belflora (shout out because they were amazeballs) and their celebrant/ MC was the outstanding Matt Purcell (this dude is amazeballs too). Makeup by the lovely Makaela Toomey. 

The story of their day is below.

Kate + Cameron

Kate + Cameron were married on NYE last year in the surrounds of The Barn at Adams Peak! It was a magnificent day and the perfect way to say goodbye to 2016. The day started off cloudy with spots of rain, good luck of course. The sky however opened up literally 10mins before the beginning of the ceremony, causing the entire place to turn into a sauna, sweating through their suits and dresses they pushed through marking the occasion with humour. 

After the ceremony they retreated to the shade, where the groomsmen had the great idea of setting up the enormous white LOVE letters on the lawn. I was hooked on the stunning visual and couldn't stop taking shots of each attendee. 

We later explored the land, trekking through the long grass (a photographers love and biggest weakness) and standing underneath the most magnificent tree I've ever had the pleasure of shooting next too. The bridal party was also one of the craziest and most energetic I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The day was just perfect!!

They danced on through to the countdown to 2017 and celebrated this occasion with individual coloured sparklers. BREATHTAKING!! (video below). 

Enjoy some of my most favourite shot from the day!! 

Thank you for having me Kate + Cameron. 

Above: Kate + Cameron's wooden photo box and custom wooden USB, absolutely in love with this package!!

Courtney + Heath

Courtney + Heath's wedding would have to be one of my all time favourites. Taking place in the gorgeous surrounds of Leogate Winery in Pokolbin late last year it was a breathtaking day!

Pushing through the wind and sprinkling rain they were married amongst family and their closet friends. Stories with Mel captured their day along side myself and did an unbelievably gorgeous job! We captured everything from bridal prep to dancing to the groomsmen doing "shoey's". Crazy FUN!!

Thank you for letting me be a part of your day Courtney + Heath. 

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Brooke + Josh

Brooke and Josh are one of those couples that just make you smile.

From the moment we had our first meeting I knew that I would be unbelievable happy working with them both. Brooke and Josh are both teachers, both from Newcastle but working in the Blue Mountains. They met during their studies at Newcastle uni and formed a beautiful connection through their love of teaching, obsession with lego, animals and binge watching movies.

Their ceremony was held at St Patricks of Nulkaba, a breathtaking church with the most gorgeous grounds, the reception was at Merewether Surf House. The whole day was a thrill to be a part of, the bridal party was one of the best bridal parties I've had the pleasure of shooting. The level of energy and love was amazing! Easily one of my favourite weddings from 2016. 

Enjoy a little taste from their wedding day below. Thank you Brooke and Josh :D