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Hi there everyone – I am here to tell you all about how I photographed four weddings with two broken wrists last year. Every time I have told this little story it has provided people with a laugh or seven without fail (completely at my expense) so as a result and to hopefully provide you with a reason to giggle today I have put it all down here for you. Enjoy!
So this true story starts on Sunday, April 28 on the tail end of covering fifteen weddings in a shade under two-months. I decide to end a day of staring at computer screens by going for a mountain bike ride in a new bike park; it’s funny I can still remember very clearly driving there saying to myself something like “man, I have been so busy lately that with my next big shoot some four-weeks away why not push myself a little today?” (why not indeed you imbecile!)
Went for a bush walk with my awesome little six-year-old man/photography assistant Riley (aka Smiley Riley/Riley Rat-Bag) at Glentui Creek the other day, what an awesome place. My thanks to Missy McSeveny & Ellery Blair (Paddington Bear) John Tappin for making me aware of this little gem, as you can see it was a hit all round.
LESSON FOR THE DAY: we now know to trust those DOC signs more often (that is the ‘Department Of Conservation’ in New Zealand) as it’s recommendation of a “one-hour/2km” walk was met with a “ppffttt, not likely, 2km equals half that at least my friend” from yours truly; turns out they really do know what they are talking about, hilly little one-hour/2km bush walk that Glentui Creek waterfall loop.
Here is a sample of what others have had to say about us:
“As we mentioned in person when we collected our photos, you were absolutely amazing on the day – unobtrusive, professional, in-control and basically exactly what we wanted. The results you got with your cameras and the numerous comments we got about how excellent you were is a testament to your skill and attitude. Once again, thanks so much for helping make our wedding so perfect” Jon & Sophie
“Extremely professional, words cannot express how happy we are! Will use DC Images again and will recommend to all our family and friends. By far the best wedding service we hired for our wedding” Karen & James
“I got 5 photos in and cried. They were so beautiful. I even had guests, one who is a photography teacher comment on how amazing his style was. If you want a truly relaxed photographer who will not intrude on your day, someone who will capture the true emotion and not a whole heap of posed shots, then Dale is the man for you! Jennifer & Marc
My Riley grew up that little bit more yesterday – entering the pool used to be about squeezing the life out of the pool ladder (whilst scrutinizing the pool temp) but in the blink of an eye it is all about leaping, jumping and yelling (all at the same time) instead! Here’s five-minutes of the fun in our father/son mini portrait session albeit with a $300 underwater point and shoot camera.
2GP + 2P + 5 C = two grandparents, four parents and five children and little bit of Sydney portrait photography action in Brooklyn (on the edges of the Hawkesbury River). Beaut families, awesome kids! As you can clearly see! Take the above shot for example…….standing behind me was Kerri threatening to jump in the water if they didn’t smile and I love how the girls are going “that’s funny” and he’s all “go ahead, do it!” That’s a memory and sure as heck a photo! Happy days!
It was been a ridiculously busy 2013 for us but recently I made the shocking discovery that apart from the boys birthdays and a couple of family holidays I had only taken half a dozen photographs of my boys all year, shame, shame, SHAME! So alas it was off for a 4km bush walk to Calna Creek (along a section of the Great North Walk). Untold amounts of rocks, sticks and whatever were collected, placed in the bucket and then transported to be thrown wherever took our fancy – pretty much the perfect scenario for their guilt stricken father to capture a few snaps. Did we have fun? Riley….”not really – kind of”….Hunter….”that was good fun daddy, want to throw more!”
Pre-wedding photography at Palm Beach we’re on about here to be honest – I’ll get onto the dog and his tux in a second but firstly how easy going, loved up and awesome are these guys?!?! To say I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding day is a slight understatement. Sure there might be those who argue dressing your dog in a tuxedo suit and hanging a chalkboard you’ve written on around his neck shows an error in judgement but where’s the fun in that discussion? I loved it!!!
This was just the most superb little hour or so in the sun at Palm Beach (can’t work out way they’d film Australia’s ‘Home & Away’ TV series here), why wouldn’t you drive from the Blue Mountains for some pre-wedding photography at Palm Beach? Yes folks, I would like to suggest Mel & Dave’s 1.5-2-hour drive was just to see yours truly but truth be told this place would be worth the effort just to chill and relax. When all is said and done though this was the coolest little no fuss and laid back photo shoot – why does it need to be any different really? Enjoy!
With all of the rain Sydney has coped in the last few weeks it has certainly made it tough for the good ole outdoor location shoot at the park or the beach. However here is a quick look at last weekend’s ‘plan B’ scenario where despite the heavy rain we called into Madison’s house and went crazy with the camera. Lighting was the key as always – there was beaut window light throughout the home (ie: staircase, living room etc) and the garage whilst not too glamorous provided shelter yet still allowed for more than adequate lighting. So over the space of an hour throw that in with the odd opportunity to run outside in between the rain delays and you’re well on your way to something special like this – family portraits around the family home…….enjoy!
Halloween has never been a big thing in our world but with having children wake up and bursting with excitement at the prospect of trick or treating/free lollies later that day boy did the text messages and phone calls happen in hurry to organise something.
Long story short seven young ones got together at 6pm, 5-6 houses got involved in trick or treating and a disaster was averted – sure we could have knocked on plenty more random houses with unknown results (ie: no lollies on offer but maybe an apple or cheese stick) however to test the appeal of this theory my wife decided to greet the trick or treaters with an excited expression on her face whilst shouting “look, bananas for everyone” and lets just say you could only really get away with that once before five-years olds move past that look of absolute shock and onto tears.
Anyways, this is a sample of Halloween 2013 in our street…….
We had a couple of false starts for this portrait session but the timing could not have been more perfect, check out the awesome lighting and backdrops we had it our disposal here not to mention Roz & Scott and their gorgeous girl were pretty handy to have around too.