The clouds were gathering over Sydney again. This summer had been one full of hot soaking rain, unexpected lightening and booms of thunder. As we sat together with this beautiful woman getting ready : four woman discussing her new journey which will be starting in one week. The make up artist is a mother of 3, sharing stories, smiles and hugs. I listen quietly, thinking about the time when I will have my turn. I feel so privileged to be able to capture the emotions I see in front of me. SHE is so excited to be a mother for the first time. We head to a wild park in the middle of the city, the sky the most unusual colour as the storm starts closing in on us. I love to capture her happiness as she thinks about her precious one about to arrive and the wind starts stirring up. She hardly notices.. she’s in her own world...
Sydney Maternity Photographer Love Note Photography
Make up by Elizabeth Mizyed
Hair by Sharon Min for Make up Mode
Film Processing Richard Photo Lab
One of my favourite lovenotelovers sessions almost didn't happen. My idea was to capture some sweet images of our friends James & Lisa in the Hunter Valley where they had been living for almost 10 years before they relocated to Melbourne to start a new section of their life. On the morning we planned to shoot I woke up feeling terrible and really didn't think I would last the day... to make it even worse my dream of sunlit grapevines was dashed when grey clouds came over and rain started to fall. But in typical style these two pulled it together and made the whole session absolute fun. For those who know James he is one of the funniest guys I've met and has a whole stash of dad jokes and model poses - between each of these photos we were laughing our faces off. We even managed to sneak in a little Hunter Valley picnic & wine organised by the lovely Lisa as the rain cleared for a while. As we arrived at our final location the rain really poured down and by this stage we were deliriously laughing as we ran in the rain under the cover of the trees. A long hot shower and warm clothes once home made it a really lovely day.
Thank you to my lovely husband Nelson for second shooting with me - it's always better when we are together!
Film processing by Raw Digital & Film Lab
Jewellery by Eberhardt Jewellery
Had to share with you today this absolutely spectacular floral crown Lina from Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling created for me to complete this gorgeous maternity session I shot at the end of last year. Isn't she a creative genius! We've had the pleasure of working together a few times and I have seen her whip up some beautiful bouquets on a shoot at the last minute and her wedding styling work is amazing. You would be a very lucky bride if you were able to snap her up for your wedding flowers - she is booking out fast for 2015!
Right now it seems to be baby season and we have been seeing a lot more maternity/ family sessions come through our doors. We are also filling up fast for the next few months so if you are interested in booking a session with us please contact us as soon as possible! Not only a beautiful memory for the future but a family session can make a great gift for other family members - grandparents wedding anniversaries, sending prints to family overseas or lovely prints for your own family photo wall. As these sessions run at a slower pace we focus on a fine art film style with our maternity and family sessions so they are perfect artwork for your wall. During the long summer hours we could even fit in a session after work for busy families - as the sun lowers the light is so beautiful and we can capture some really beautiful moments. We promise the sessions are quite painless and only take around 1-2 hours maximum - you'll be sitting with the photos in your hand before you know it!
Photo taken on Fuji 400h Pro film around sunset, developed by Richard Photo Lab
Super excited to have this AMAZING light filled shoot we worked on last year at Watson's Bay Hotel published on Style Me Pretty today! We had a fantastic team of creatives who worked hard to make something truly special!
Featured on : Style Me Pretty
Photographer : Love Note Photography
Second shooter: Made of Light
Film: I Make Films
Styling & Floristry: Oak & Linden
Art Director: Deahne Copeland
Bridal Gowns: Roz la Kelin
Make Up: Make Up Mode
Hair: Fabulous Hair Up
Headpieces: Viktoria Novak
Cocktail Board, Invitations & Stationary: The Print Fairy
Calligraphy: Written by Hand
Artist's Illustration (gift to Bride & Groom): Aaron Favaloro
Brides Jewellery: Paspaley Pearls
Bridesmaids dresses: Jadore Evening
Bridesmaids jewellery: Samantha Wills
Models: Wink Models
Green table & drinks stand: Contents Party and Home
Grooms Suit: Montagio
Grooms(man)s shoes: Aquila
Grooms wedding suit & Groomsman's suits: Zzena, Joe Black, Thomas Pink, Hardy Amies for David Jones
Brides(maid)s shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman for David Jones
Location: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
I'm so excited to finally be able to release the images from our incredible shoots for Roz la Kelin's 2015 Collection! If you are in Australia you will be seeing these images in Bride to Be Magazine and Modern Wedding Magazine this month ... In the USA you might have seen them larger than life at the Bridal Shows around the country and in New York. It was such a pleasure to collaborate with Roz on these images, we all spent a lot of time considering the hair, makeup, location and floral designs and when they all came together we were blown away at the result! Many thanks to Susan from Make up Mode, Paula from Fabulous Hair up and Lina from Chanele Rose Flowers for helping us create such dynamic images and bringing together our vision, also Centennial Parklands and Sydney Polo Club for the beautiful location.
A few months ago I was very happy to be asked by Modern Wedding Magazine to capture some images of Philip Carr's amazing styling for this beautiful wedding held at Quay Restaurant for their Styling Handbook. Watching him work behind the scenes like a well oiled machine, he combined the creative talents of Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora to create one of the most amazing floral displays I have seen with a cornucopia of cheese and Italian food, sweets and chocolates ... it was absolute torture trying to resist a bite! Seeing the sun set over Sydney and the lights twinkling as they came on around Sydney Harbour set the mood for one beautiful wedding reception.
Some say it's the most amazing bluebell wood in Australia. For me, it was a beautiful reminder of springtime in Europe. Milton House in Bowral was one of the most exquisite properties I have had the fortune to visit. From the cherry blossoms along the lane and in the restaurant, to the gorgeous vine covered pool house and the Bluebell Wood which included daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and magnolias. What privilege it was to work with such a talented team on Roz la Kelin's 2014 Pearl collection shoot.
Stunning gowns by : Roz la Kelin
Make up & Hair : Abbey Love
Model: Erica East
Video : A Story Films
Location: Milton Park Country House
A quiet moment in between photos for Roz la Kelin's Diamond range. I can't think of many places in Sydney where the city view is better than the Penthouse of the World Tower Apartments. We had almost a 360 degree view of the beautiful golden sunset flooding the city and suburbs; from the beaches to the mountains.
After growing up in Sydney and travelling to many places, it was amazing to be blown away by seeing the city from this viewpoint.
Shot on my Contax medium format film camera, Fuji film.
Processed by Richard Photo Lab.
What an amazing experience it was photographing Diamond and Glamour Plus ranges for Roz la Kelin's 2015 Lookbook. Working with such talented artists including Chanele Rose Flowers, Make up Mode and The Bridal Hair Co was really something special. I couldn't wait to share a sneak peak today as Roz la Kelin are in New York for Bridal Fashion Week preparing to launch their 2015 collection right now. I can tell you i've seen it up close and the whole Diamond and Glamour Plus ranges are simply stunning. The most intricate beadwork, lovely lace, gorgeous sleeves, beautiful skirts and (my favourite) there are so many incredible backs to these dresses. I can't wait to share the rest of my Roz la Kelin photographs with you soon.
Just a few pics of the time I spent with my friend Aaron Favaloro in between filming some video for Fashion Asia TV. For something different I took along my Contax film camera and shot off a roll of Ilford Black and White film - I love this look when capturing our Love Note Creatives! If you haven't seen Aaron's work before he loves to sketch fashion icons and blog stars such as Margaret Zhang and you can see the rest of his work on Instagram.
One of my very favourite weddings. Meaghan, originally from Australia was living in London and flew to Cape Town for a friends wedding. There she met Llewellyn and they were inseparable for the rest of her trip. Little did she know that in a few short years she would be living in South Africa with her husband! It made sense to hold their wedding at the Santhiya Resort and Spa in Koh Phangan, Thailand, where friends from around the world could join them. The heavens opened and it poured with rain and storms all day.. until half an hour before our beautiful bride walked down the aisle. And then the sun made her appearance right when we were taking photos before dinner. After, we ate delicious Thai food and danced on the beach until the early hours of the morning, rain in our hair and sand between our toes. Relaxed and just perfect for this beautiful international couple.
I am so happy to share this beautiful family session. Angelina and Matthew are some of my oldest and dearest friends and as anyone who has lived overseas knows, sometimes you miss things back home.. important things like when your best friends start growing their family. So you can imagine how special it was for me to be able to spend the day not only getting to know their little ones Giovanni and Stefani, but to be able to capture on film the love between them and the strong family values that they both bring from their Italian and Greek roots. Lina and I attended school together and I clearly remember the summer holiday when she met Matt and giggling together trying to figure out if he liked her and if she liked him. To see them now as a family of four is one of the most wonderful and surreal things.
And their session was featured on the lovely 100 Layer Cake-let blog!
It was a wonderful experience to be involved in this shoot with one of my favourite creatives, Make-up Mode and the graduates of their Advanced Fashion Course. The Creatives : Elizabeth Mizyed, Shelley Lia, Christina Pirrello and Rebecca Suarez - Camacho. Didn't they come up with some great looks? And the models were just wonderful, luckily it was still warm enough in Sydney autumn to jump in the pool! Many thanks to Sue Markovic and Bec DeMurtas for being such lovely assistants and Eberhardt Jewellery for supplying us with the stunning pieces you see here. If you are thinking about studying the artistry of makeup application have a look at Make-up Mode's classes, there are several options available and Sue is an amazing and generous teacher. I love working with her and her students as they make my photo processing life so simple. The results speak for themselves!