When dog parents become human parents and they ask me to photograph life with their newest addition, I get so excited. Some may even say I get a little too excited…but that’s not important and let’s not get weighed down in details now. I love the dynamics beloved pets add to the beautiful chaos of family life. Check out this gorgeous fam that I spent time with recently - oh, how they are doing a fab job of juggling parenthood of dogs + humans!
I'm a bit in love with this little family. I met Angie + Rob a couple of months ago when they had Big Horn Productions and me over for Friday night pizza to chat about their wedding music and photography. After a lots of laughs and a few wines, we fiiiiiinally got around to talking about their wedding plans!
Being around them is so easy; they're fun and thoughtful and sweet with one another. I met up with them a week before their big day for an engagement session with their gorgeous boys, check out a few pics below.
I'm a big fan of surprise backyard weddings, having had one myself, so when Jayde + Peter got in touch with me to ask me to capture their beautiful wedding I was thrilled! Last Saturday night they pulled off an epic celebration, surprised all their unsuspecting friends + family and then danced their pants off. Can you believe THIS IS THEIR BACKYARD???? They fell in love with and bought the perfect place in the Perth Hills just months before the big day and we caught up for a cheeky bottle of local red wine + wedding chats and then afterwards I took some snaps while they showed me around their amazing property with their little sausages Pepper + Snags. Now the big surprise is finally out of the bag, I can share the pics with you. Take a squizz at these babes x
Gosh I love spending time with brand new parents. They are so full of love and wonder, with the gentlest of ways with this amazing little human they've just created. Never mind that their whole world just got flipped upside-down, they're in the midst of a sleep-deprived stupor and they've embarked on the most epic, emotional journey ever imagined. They're caught in a delirious timewarp of living in the moment and wondering about the future and looking at the past that has aligned to make this all be.
New parents are the best.
I'm so excited to show you this sneak peek of Lisa and Mick's beautiful wedding which they had on a gorgeous property in Mooball, in country NSW. Picture sun drenched rolling hills scattered with big old trees and the occasional curious cows - the kinda place you want to pack up and move to to raise your kids.
After their beautiful ceremony, Paul who owns the farm, squished the bridal party in his 4wd and took us to the top of the hill to reveal the most beautiful view of the region including beautiful Byron Bay. Already planning a trip back to Northern NSW with the kiddies, what a gorgeous part of the world.
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)
- Concept, Styling + co-ordination: The Dreamer + Collector
- Flowers: Lime Flowers
- Gown: Elvi design
- Lighting Eighty eight events
- Cake: Sweet Daisy May
- Grazing Table: Table + Plate
- Hair: Rachelle Lord Hair
- Model + Makeup : Cat Elizabeth
- Male Model: Jacob Warman
- Signage + Cake topper: xoxo design
- Venue: Houghton Winery + Cafe
Okay, so I'm not a morning person. It must be hereditary too because neither are our children, so mornings in our house hold are generally chaos. We move like turtles for the first hour and a half and then frantically run around wondering why we're late for the next 15 minutes.
Enter slow cooked porridge. It's the best thing for our morning chaos. Breakfast is ready as soon as we're out of bed and the house smells like an expensive candle (never mind what the house looks like...). Apple + Cinnamon is popular with the kids but we experimented with a choice-coconut last night and it's been a hit. Give it a shot!
- 3 cups oats
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 empty coconut milk cans of water
- 3 tbs cacao
- 2 tbs desiccated coconut
- pinch salt
- rice malt syrup or honey to taste
- coconut, berries, banana, nuts - whatever! to serve
First grease your slow cooker generously with coconut oil or butter so you don't need to leave it soaking for three days after you're done - it has a tendency to stick. Then chuck in oats, coconut milk, water, cacao, coconut and salt and give it a but of a mix. Pop your slow cooker on just before you go to bed on the low setting and leave it overnight to cook. Voila! Breakfast is done. Serve it up, add your sweetener and toppings and serve with a bucket of coffee. There, you're ready to face the day.
Just a side note...I know slow cookers vary in temperature so consider doing a day run to make sure it's not going to be on too long for you. Ours is on for about 7 hours xo
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
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!
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...
This is a bit of a long post, but bear with me...
Yesterday, on the way to school, I had a conversation with my daughters about being kind to others. It had been "one of those" morning and we'd gotten a little snappy with each other, myself included. We finished the conversation with a promise we would try to do one kind thing for someone during the day and then have a chat about it later on at dinner. I dropped them off, got busy with my day and, quiet honestly, completely forgot about the conversation. It wasn't until later that night that I was reminded of it.
"Mama, today I looked after a little girl who hurt herself at lunch time. I took her to the office and waited with her until her mummy came to get her.", my eldest informed me. "And I made a card for my teacher on my lunch break. She comes back to school tomorrow and I've missed her.", my little one chimed in. "What kind thing did you do Mum?".
I sat there and fumbled my way through a reply. I hadn't done anything. I'd hardly even looked up from my computer for most of the day, let alone done something kind. In the end I told them I'd packed away some old clothes to give to charity. It was true, but I'd done it a few days ago and honestly, it was more the fact that I didn't want to throw them in the bin but I didn't want to keep them, not because I was being kind.
It's been bugging me ever since.
Here's something else that's been bugging me. Throughout the day, news of the Syrian chemical attack had broken. I had listened to news reports with a sick feeling in my stomach that intensified with each report. Then this morning I saw the footage of children convulsing and foaming at the mouth, and of dead babies. Sometimes it feels like we're bombarded by news stories like this that we become desensitised to the horror. Other times the feeling of helplessness takes over and it's all too overwhelming.
If we teach our children to be kind, then we're a little closer to making the world a better place. But what good is it to teach without putting the message into practise ourselves? Mad Love Nation will donate 20% from every newborn session booked this month to The Unicef Syrian Crisis Appeal. The donation will be made in the name of the newborn, unless otherwise requested. If you'd like to book a session or find out more, I'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch here. Or perhaps you might like to donate without booking a session. I've decided to donate to UNICEF but there are a number of other Australian based foundations dedicated to the cause too.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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
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