I met Ryan and Louise earlier this year and clicked with them from the moment we met (as I do with all my lovely couples!). Hearing them talk about their wedding plans and how they wanted their guests to experience the day was exciting to my love of all things fun, vintage, quirky and creative. At the time they were both living in Perth, so the next time I saw them was mid year for their engagement session (see it here as featured on Polka Dot Bride!). After the session, I knew the time we spent together was just a taste of the fun I would have capturing their wedding day love story.
Their wedding (10/11/12) was to be held in the region behind Byron Bay, within the quaint town of Bangalow. After a simple ceremony under the trees, the reception was planned to be an outdoor celebration with games on the lawn and an evening under the stars and pretty lights. However when nature decided it was meant to be a rainy day, Louise and Ryan went with the flow, and quickly took their ideas and recreated it all inside a quaint hall. This would have been no mean feat considering the detail of their day, but they had amazing family and friends who helped move their outdoor wedding celebration to an indoor one – and it still had the perfect atmosphere!
With one of my talented second shooters Josh Weier by my side, we captured their perfect day and the story that was their wedding. We truly had a blast with them and enjoyed every minute! From the delightful details in atmosphere, to the activities for guests, through to the absolutely delicious catering by Fig Tree Restaurant (and Louise’s mum’s special dessert bar!) everything had been thought of. I especially loved watching the relationships between guests – beautiful speeches, thoughtful words and loads of fun dancing! As quite the travelling duo, at present Louise and Ryan are crossing the Nullarbor and heading to Brisbane. I can’t wait to see them in January before they then begin an eight month trip to Africa, America and Europe – loads of fun adventures ahead! I hope you enjoy this peek at their day x Maddie
Note: I am no longer shooting large weddings from Jan 2013 but am available for intimate ceremonies, registry weddings and vow renewals. I also specialise in family portraits, individual sessions and couples session, so if you like what you see, please drop me a line and I would love to chat x
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When clients book in for a portrait session, I always encourage them to make their session truly about THEM. As I capture their story with my creative eye, I want their collection of images to not only be about what they look like at this time in history, but WHO they are and what makes them happy. I want to capture their personalities, their loves, their relationships and the things that bring them joy or inspire their everyday lives. When Sasha emailed me to book in a session for her family, we locked in a date about 4-6 months ahead. Over the coming months through our emails and exchange of ideas, I was able to get a real feel for the type of people they are and what they love about life. A truly sweet, quirky, fun loving family.
Co-incidentally, just a few weeks before our session, I heard that the very talented Tash from Whimsy Petite Styling was looking at making her cute caravan “Nellie” available for session hire. So I jumped at the chance to book her for this family session as I knew it would be perfect for them! After liaising with Tash to see if she was available, I then contacted Sasha and told her about Tash’s wonderful styling and the delightful “Nellie”. Sasha had been looking at different prop hire items like vintage couches and some funky cafe locations, but when she heard about Tash and “Nellie” there was no question but to lock it in! It was them to a tea. We all had a wonderful afternoon together and I had an amazing time capturing Tash’s beautiful styling around this delightful young family as they spent time with one another. Enjoy! Maddie x
NOTE: “Nellie” is available for hire for photography sessions with etta photography in 2013 through Whimsy Petite Styling. Tash is an AMAZING photography session stylist who can be booked to create something truly unique and exciting for you from a wide range of themes and ideas. All you need is a few key thoughts, a favourite colour, a favourite location or such and together the ideas will flow! Please contact me to talk further about booking a unique and meaningful session for you, your family, your kids or even a lovey-dovey couples session! So much fun ahead xx
As the weekend draws upon us, I thought I’d share a little more imagery from the delightful wedding of Luke and Jenn. They’ve just returned to Sydney after their amazing six weeks of international travels and I am so excited to send them a sweet box of wedding goodies next week. Their day had everything a perfect wedding should have. Love. Laughter. Happy tears. Family. Friends. Delicious food. Good stories. Great dancing. And loads of pretty details! I especially loved the flowers and reception styling by Roberta at Green & Bloom – they were perfect for the relaxed, organic style wedding that these two had planned. Luke and Jenn, you make a gorgeous couple! Enjoy x Maddie
The sun shone beautifully on this sunny September morning. Spring was definitely in the air. Mark and Deb’s day was filled with sweet romance and lots of laughter with very good friends. All through the day they were relaxed and carefree, yet playfully in love. What a pleasure to capture the start of their beautiful love story. Congratulations again Mark and Deb, you two are truly gorgeous! Maddie
Please note: I am fully booked for weddings this year and no longer booking traditional (3hrs+) weddings. If you like what you see in the remaining wedding posts for the year and would love this to capture your boutique love story, please drop me a line and I’d love to chat x Maddie
Near the top of my list of yummy-things to eat there is definitely a space for fresh strawberries. Mmmm! So what better place to do some cute portraits than at a strawberry farm?
On Saturday 28th July I will be running a series of mini-sessions for children. The sessions are designed for kids of all ages, from standing toddlers who love to explore through to tweens who love a little adventure. With one week to go, I have four spots booked and two remaining so please email me at maddie @ ettaphotography.com.au if you would like to save one for your cuties! The sessions are $350 each and include a mini album and five digital images of your choice (chosen from your private online gallery). There is also the option of a wintery woodland location (same day) complete with a cute teepee and some vintage chairs.
If you can’t make this date but would love to do a mini session in the future, please email me and I will pop you on the waiting list for the next one. But for now, here are some images from a recent strawberry picking adventure to get you inspired. If you get a chance in the next few months, make sure you take a trip out to the delicious Rolin Strawberry Farm for some beautiful fresh strawberries – nothing better than picking your own straight from the field! Have a wonderful weekend! Maddie
You may have heard through the grapevine, that I won’t be taking any new wedding bookings. Yes it’s true. It was a big decision for me (and sad too – I adore weddings!) but I felt that to go to the next level of growth it was time I needed to choose to either shoot only-weddings or let them go. As much as I want to be able to do it all (and have a young family!) it was time to refocus. So after some deliberation, I have decided to opt out of shooting weddings stories. Sad, but a good choice for my work life balance for 2013. And thankfully, many of the lovely brisbane couples getting married, will also have babies, parties and creative business ventures, so I may be able to meet them anyway!
I still have more weddings to shoot this year which I am very excited about – so you’ll definitely see some of those on the blog soon! But that aside, those who know me well, know that I adore celebrations. So to satisfy my love of a good party, I now have a special package for personal party photography – to capture the story of an event – the atmosphere, the details, the fun (from $400). With all the amazing party ideas on the web these days, more and more people are creating wonderful, unique events and the details and fun times there also deserve to be remembered! So if you’re throwing a party sometime soon – I’d love an invitation to capture the fun! Here is a few shots from a recent first birthday party – good times and one very creative mummy! Have a great weekend! Maddie
If you ask any Brisbane wedding photographer who has been busy this year, I can almost guarantee that they’ve photographed a wedding in the rain in 2012. I’m not sure what it is with weddings and rain this year, but it’s definitely been a wet few months! And on the wedding day of Luke and Leanne, the skies were yet again grey and gloomy with a definite coolness in the air. With an outdoor ceremony (on Leanne’s parent’s property, complete with a wedding arch made by her dad!), an alternative ceremony was not really an option. But although the clouds remained and the mountains around us told of rain falling, we didn’t actually get a drop until the very last moments of sunset just before heading to the reception venue. It was almost as if a giant umbrella was held over the top of the property to keep us all dry. It was truly a beautiful day, full of fun and romance and I LOVED capturing their story in the cloudy, wintery weather (which gave us some beautiful hints of autumn colour!). The happy couple spent their honeymoon in the maldives which would have been awesome (and warm!) and I can’t wait to catch up with them later this month. Congratulations again xx
Please note: I am fully booked for weddings this year and no longer booking weddings from 2013 as I focus on portrait and commercial photography (and more time with my cute family!). If you like what you see in the remaining wedding posts for the year and would love this for your portrait photography, please drop me a line and I’d love to chat x Maddie
Earlier this month I entered several fine art prints into the APPA’s – the Australian Professional Photography Awards – and last weekend they were finally judged. I scored two SILVER awards for the images below – very exciting for me! I had planned to enter the state QPPA awards in February, however in the end I had to let it go due to family and client commitments. But then the national APPA’s approached and it all fell into place, even if it was a little daunting to go straight to the nationals for my first competition! To enter is a fairly big investment in time and money and you never really know just what the judges will like each year. So it’s great to know that my work is rated highly at a national industry level – as well as loved by all the awesome people like you who follow my work! Your kind words and comments are always very appreciated. And a big thank you to my lovely clients Bek and little Elias (and his parents) for allowing me to capture these moments in their lives xx
Tradition says it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day, and that a rainy wedding is great for fertility. So if that’s the case, these two are bound to have an amazing marriage (and lots of children!). On the day of Aaron and Jess’s Brisbane wedding it didn’t stop raining all day. It really was non-stop dreary, drizzle. But the way that these two rolled with the punches, is a true testament to their character and love. To be able to smile in the midst of undesired circumstances is one of the best things you can take into a marriage. Life un-doubtedly throws us many curveballs over time and to be happy, you need to learn how to smile and appreciate what you DO have right where you are. And that’s certainly what they did! Jess had dreamed of sun-filled images, but as we unfortunately didn’t even get ONE ray of sunshine during their wedding day, it’s almost as if Jess took on the role herself. She was just like a ray of sunshine – beautiful, happy and lighthearted and her handsome groom was relaxed and in love with his bride. Together they MADE something that felt like sunshine, and it was a pleasure to capture their day! With these attitudes, their days are sure to be filled with fun times and pretty rainbows (whether real or created!). Here are some of my favourite images from their day – enjoy xx
Ceremony at Broadway Chapel // Location Photography at GoMA and the State Library Grounds // Reception at Victoria Park // Dress from White Lilly Couture Park Road // Bride’s shoes by Alan Pinkus // Suits by Tommy Hillfiger // Rings by John Jacobsen // Hair by Leigh Mostyn Styles of Brendale // Makeup by Embellished Makeup // Bridesmaids by Light in the Box // Flowers by Daniela of Pink & Purple Petals