Have you seen our latest Mag Feature?

A little while ago I got the chance to work with some pretty amazing local talents on a pretty little boho wedding styled shoot out in the Swan Valley. Well, the lovely ladies over at the wedding playbook have featured the shoot in their latest edition of their magazine. To see the feature, click on the A Bohemian Feast image below. While you're at it, check out the gallery below for a few extra photos.

A huge thanks to the wonderful team, you guys rock! (click names for links to their websites)

Have a Sweet little Bush Wedding at Solitaire Homestead

I photographed the most beautiful wedding ceremony at Solitaire Homestead near Yallingup a few weeks ago and wanted to share some photos of the venue. Surrounded by trees and bathing in golden light, the ceremony area is a short bushwalk away from the reception shed and holiday house. As a wedding photographer who loves to incorporate nature into shots, Solitaire is perfection.

Have a squiz for yourself!

For more info check out www.solitairehomestead.com

Why you need to print your photos

So you've spent the best part of a year planning your dream wedding. You've spent countless hours writing emails, trawling the internet for inspo, and checking out venues and dress stores. You've finally chosen the perfect invitation, cake and florist. You love your celebrant, your hair and make up trial goes flawlessly and the food you've chosen is bloody delicious! So when the big day comes and the nerves finally settle, everything falls into place perfectly (and the things that don't no longer matter). You feel all the feels, laugh, cry and love, dance till you drop...and in a flash it's over!

You get the photos back and relive all the awesomeness! There's so much you've missed and you feel all the feels again! You've chosen a couple of pics for the wall, post a couple on Facebook and then shove the USB into a draw and leave it to gather dust.

Hang on, you what??

Get those pics printed into an album, lovers! All that effort and amazingness needs to be turned into something tangible, that can be held and enjoyed by parents, children and grandchild to come!

DIY Worm Hotel Bath Tub

We've had a few old bathtubs hanging around the house since our wedding (we used them as eskies) and I've been meaning to get rid of them, but obviously that's not been going so well! Last night I had the idea to turn one of them into a worm farm for our garden so the girls and I set to work today to make it happen. We already had a lot of the materials hanging around the house and the rest we picked up from Bunnings (who knew you could get worms from Bunnings! Though I'm sure Gumtree would be a cheaper option).

Check out how we did it here, and I've added some pics below of the worm farm (Worm Hotel as the girls have dubbed it) construction going down.

PS Is it time to send them back to school yet?? Asking for a friend...

Prue + Aydan Sneak Peek

Oh boy do I love a backyard wedding and these two lovers absolutely nailed theirs! Prue's parents live on the canals in North Yunderup, South of Perth, and Prue and Aydan were lucky enough to enjoy their waterside ceremony and reception with their nearest and dearest on a perfect Autumn day.

I can't wait to share more from this gorgeous wedding, but for now check out a few pics taken during our post-ceremony cruise down the Murray River.

Sculpture by the Sea

Ahhh Summer-time Perth, you are my favourite. Not only are the days hot and the nights balmy, the city has really come to celebrate culture and the arts and it feels like the events are thick and fast after the craziness of Christmas. 

Sculpture by the Sea kicked off at Cottesloe Beach on the 3rd of March and is a massive draw card for locals and tourists alike. This is a bit of what our lazy Sunday looked like at Sculpture by the Sea. It's wrapped up for this year with yesterday being the last day, but be sure to visit www.experienceperth.com for more on what's happening around the city

An Intimate Albany Wedding

I was so excited to be able to head to Albany a couple of weeks ago to photograph these two love birds at their beautiful intimate wedding. We got to head to Goode Beach for a few post-ceremony shots which was pretty special as it's where Brenden popped the question last year, then over to The Gap for a few sunset snaps. Here's a little look at our adventures.

Albany perfection

I was lucky enough to head to Albany last week for a beautiful secret wedding, which I'll tell you more about soon.

Albany is just dripping with natural beauty; the rugged coastline and deep blue waters have a way of making me feel incredibly small and often send a jolt of fear into the pit of my stomach. Especial places like The Gap, where the oceans roars below you while the wind smashes you about like a leaf. But still I'm incredibly drawn to it, despite the thought alone making my palms turn clammy. It literally took me 10 minutes to work up the courage to lean over the edge of the platform to take this photo.

Okay, I'm a wuss...I'm okay with that.

Albany's beautiful waters at The Gap landscape photography

While I was there I took the time to have visit some amazing local spots to photograph and turn into a print for someone pretty special. Here's a snap I took of Salmon Holes (well, technically actually, it's four pics I took, stitched together).

A pretty beautiful part of the world, don't you think?

Panoramam stretch of Salmon Holes in Albany

Abstract Painting Workshop Fun!

At the beginning of the year I made a little pact with myself to try and expand my creativity in areas outside of photography and with a little bit of luck I might find a way to bring some new skills back into my work. I was pretty stoked when I saw that the amazingly talented Emma from Lumiere Art + Co was hosting a Frisky Deer workshop on abstract painting and signed up straight away.

Emma went through the design process with us and gave us lots of tips and direction when needed, aided by coffee and cake goodness (next-level Profiteroles and killer banana cake by the talented The Sometimes Baker!)  from the Frisky cafe. I'm quietly confident that I didn't miss my calling as an abstract painter, but I had so much fun and looking forward to giving it another go at home. Looks as though Emma will be back again for future workshops so keep an eye out on the Frisky Deer website for upcoming workshops and get yourself some mad skills! 

Indonesian Adventures

If you sent me an email last week you may have noticed I was out of the office. The husband and I treated ourselves to a last-minute honeymoon. We packed our bags for Indonesia and explored the beautiful Gili Islands, namely Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it's commonly known.

Gili T is the farthest of a group of three islands off Lombok, all of which are about a 5 minute fast boat ride apart. The only transport options on the island are bikes and horse-drawn carts, it takes about an hour to ride around the whole island (more if you get stuck in a downpour after sunset!). 

We spent our days lazing poolside, riding around the island, snorkelling with the sea turtles, learning how to cook Indonesian food and eating waaay too much.

Here's a few snaps from our travels xo

Hola! Thanks for popping by

Yay! For some reason you've managed to find yourself here, at my new website, at my very first blog entry for the year (let's be honest, it's be a fair bit longer than a month since I wrote one though...). I feel like it's going to be a big year for Mad Love Nation, I have lots of changes and exciting projects in the pipeline and I thought I'd give you a little peep into something I'm in the early stages of working on in collaboration with my alter ego Mad Love Food.

This is the early planning stages of something a bit cool for my awesome wedding clients. I'll keep you posted xo

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