Category Archives: Love

A beautiful sunny Brisbane wedding

This was a day filled with so much sunshine, love, smiles and laughter.

Trish & Matt are a lovely couple who have some of the loveliest friends & family you could ever hope to meet. You could tell from the guest’s beaming smiles during the ceremony, and the heartfelt speeches at the reception, just how loved they are, and how pleased their loved ones were that they had found each other, and fallen in love.

We had such a relaxing day taking the bridal party photos around the beautiful grounds of the University of Queensland, and then drove the short distance to Hillstone, St Lucia for the reception. I love Trish’s dress by the way – the length, the design…just gorgeous!

Have a look through the slideshow of images below…

Shannon xx

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A Byron Bay Wedding – Conan & Natalie

This wedding was held underneath a beautiful old fig tree, at the aptly name ‘Fig Tree Restaurant‘ in the hills overlooking Byron Bay. Natalie was walked down the grassy green aisle by her two handsome sons, which was followed by a lovely ceremony, personalised with Conan & Natalie’s own (quite amusing!) vows.

In typical Byron Bay style, we had blue skies interspersed with heavy downpours of  rain. They couldn’t have timed it better though – the rain cleared as guests arrived, until just after the ceremony when the entire wedding made a dash for the restaurant…and then after some mingling & congratulations, I headed outside with the wedding party for some photos just before the sun set. Natalie braved the wet ground with her gorgeous dress (thanks Natalie!) and we ducked back inside just as it started raining again! The food was fabulous, the speeches were funny & heart-felt, and then everyone danced the night away to some great music.

Natalie & Conan, thankyou for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day and allowing me to capture such special memories for you.

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A gorgeous baby girl.

Savannah was such a sweetheart. So happy and cheeky and cuddly all at the same time.

We had a lovely afternoon at the park with her mum & dad – a celebration of a very special first Mother’s day for Alicia, and a beautiful record of a loving family unit.

I really am very lucky to be a part of such special times in people’s lives.
Sx

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A mum, a sweet baby girl & her adoring grandparents.

I was lucky enough to photograph this gorgeous family a little while back.

Little Nyree is surrounded by so much love & has access to unlimited cuddles & kisses from these adoring grandparents.

What started off as an opportunity to get a lovely momento of a very special first Mother’s day for Nyree’s mum, ended up being a beautiful record of the adoring family who love her so dearly.

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A fun and colourful family session

Meet Darcy. Cheeky, energetic and oh so sweet. I loved the energy of this session – he loves being upside down and swung around. Such a fun family to photograph!

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A sunshiney barefoot beach wedding

Here are a few of my favourite images from the wedding of Logan, a dear friend of 20-odd years, and Miriam, the love of his life. Perfectly matched, they started their day with a sunrise surf session & ceremony and were wed under a big blue sky on a beautiful beach on Stradbroke Island, surrounded by the immense love of their dear family and friends.

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What a gorgeous baby! (OK, I may be a little biased…)

This is my son Jasper. He’s just hit 6 months. In the last image is our cat Pushka -she’s much less interested in him than he is in her. And no, he’s not really standing up already – thankfully! – my husband propped him up and was standing just out of shot to catch him. He is quite clever though if I do say so myself. And cute. And smiley. And he has a very squishy tush. We’re quite in love with him. :)

 

Just for fun.

I took these photos a while ago, just for fun, of two dear friends.
I’ve been trying some different looks & feels of the images, and thought I’d share some of them with you.
Thanks Shane & Yatarla for being my models. :)
xx Shannon xx




Inspiring/Inspirational/Inspired.

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I went to the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers ‘Hair of the dog’ conference, and since then my brain has been buzzing with so many things to process.

I listened to some really inspirational speakers, who shared so much about themselves and their photography businesses, and who have helped to motivate and inspire me to nurture and expand my ideas.
It’s amazing when successful and interesting people like Jasmine Star, Sue Bryce & Todd Hunter McGaw [btw, love, love, love his website!] can share so openly about the difficulties they faced, the mistakes they made and the problems they overcame, as well as the things that worked for them, and the excitement and enthusiasm they have to continue to create such beautiful work.
I can’t be sure, but I doubt that there are many industries where information is so freely shared, and questions are so honestly answered in a room full of 300 or so peers and potential competitors. It’s obvious that these speakers aren’t afraid that their audience will steal their ideas and their clients, but instead, they want their peers to excel and become successful, and ultimately, help to make the photography industry more professional and valued.
This industry is changing so rapidly, and with the advent of decent digital cameras becoming so easily obtainable, it’s reassuring for me to be reminded that my skill as a photographer isn’t just in pressing a button, because really, anyone with a finger can do that.
It’s in me ‘seeing’ things differently to the next person.
It’s me knowing my equipment and how to get the best out of it.
It’s about every photo I’ve taken contributing to the one I’m taking now.
It’s about bringing my personality to a shoot, and putting part of myself into every image I create.
It’s about the experience I can create when I’m photographing a precious family.
And it’s giving my clients a beautiful record of this moment in their lives…something that they will be able to enjoy for literally years; something that will help people to evoke those warm sunny memories of their childhood that are so easily forgotten when you’re all grown up!
How special is that?!
I love this work.

Happy Valentines Day!


Hoping you’re spending it with someone you love.
I don’t buy into the expensive flowers & cards, but I do like celebratory days like this since it reminds me to remind my husband Jeremy just how much I love him.
I’m going now, to cook him dinner and have a glass of wine together, and make sure he knows I think he’s pretty special.
Sx
(This is us in Rome, after Jeremy proposed to me in 2009)