We’ve been thinking about the ways to have more of a peace-filled Christmas (aka survive December). Here are some of our ideas:
Plan a picnic with friends, get outdoors, and enjoy live music and Christmas carols at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, or in your local area. We’re looking forward to waving our candles or glo-sticks at the Banyule Carols in Greensborough.
Dip your toes in the world of online shopping, and avoid jam-packed shopping centres and car parks. We love the eco, ethical, hand crafted and unique options available. Some of our favourites are: hard to find., etsy, eco chic, eco co., polli. Or, consider a gift voucher for our Christmas mini session which can be redeemed throughout the year!
Often the most treasured gifts are those that are handmade. So, if you love cooking, why not bake a little gift or make some jam. If you’ve got kids, letting them loose on a blank canvases with bright paints could fill up an afternoon and unleash their creativity. We’re collecting ideas on Pinterest board DIY Christmas Gifts.
Suggest catch ups in January when everyone is more relaxed and in holiday mode, rather than adhering to the expected flurry of social bookings and urgency of catching up ‘before Christmas’.
Take time to breathe. I was recently encouraged to make a time to take a few hours to reflect in the lead up to Christmas. Concepts such as peace, hope, joy, love and faith, are all too often squeezed out of Christmas. In pausing and reflecting on these, we may find ways to recapture and reclaim the real meaning of this beautiful season.
Here is a small sneak peek from an engagement photography shoot with Leanne and Robbo. We had a great time at a few locations around Melbourne – Hosier Lane, Federation Square and the Botanical gardens. Congratulations !
Here are a few images from an afternoon at the Kinglake/Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area. It’s a 2km long track with a rating of double black diamond. There is quite a nice view from the top of the track, overlooking Melbourne and the surrounding North-Eastern suburbs. For someone who doesn’t ride, the track was quite daunting in places, but my friends had no trouble navigating the rocks! ‘The trail, named Shepherds, is a diverse technical downhill trail to test the abilities of experienced riders. It has a number of dirt jumps, rock gardens, bomb holes, flowing earth berms and contains large sections of off-camber riding. The total drop along the length of the trail is 233 metres’. (Source: Parks Victoria)
For more information on the location, check out the Parks Victoria website
We’re pleased to share this beautiful portrait photography session, which was held at Westerfolds Park, along the Yarra River in Templestowe, known for it’s wide open parkland and the occasional mob of kangaroos. It reminds us a little of Cornwall Park in Aukland, a pocket of rural peacefulness complete with rolling hills and sheep, tucked away in the the middle of a bustling city.
It certainly made for a great location for photography, as we began the shoot chatting and kicking around the footy with the boys who were full of energy and smiles. Adding a game, sport, or favourite toy into a session can help kids feel much relaxed and forget about the camera! We also brought along a big bunch of red balloons which provided laughs and entertainment, as there were a few escapees as these got swept around in the wind.
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Here’s a sneak peak of the wedding we shot last weekend at Malvern Valley Receptions and Oakleigh Anglican Church in Melbourne.
Congratulations Michael and Rose !
We love seeing families grow together over the years and being entrusted with capturing special memories. We first photographed the Elith family when Chase was around one year of age! So it was special to be able to photograph him as a proud big brother with little Lucas. For this winter portrait photography session, Alex and Monica and the boys rugged up and headed out to a local park for the session. The colorful leaves on the ground proved too hard to resist for Chase who had lots of fun playing and tossing them into the air. The trees in Wingrove Park in Eltham made a pretty backdrop to the latter part of the shoot.
Bec and Angus’ wedding was held at the National Rhododendron gardens, in the Dandenongs. Bec got ready at her family home in Mooroolbark and we wound our way up the mountains to the ceremony. The gardens and mountains made a spectacular backdrop for the intimate ceremony which gathered family and close friends together. We loved the fun reading from the Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You’ll Go. Our favourite section: “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away”. A super relaxed couple, Bec and Angus managed to squeeze in photographs around the gardens, as well as a fun game of frisbee with the bridal party. Their reception was held at Mist at Olinda, a beautiful venue nestled among the tall gumtrees in the gardens. We enjoyed being part of your special day and hope you have many years of adventure, laughter and happiness together.
We were so excited to meet little Priya, who was welcomed into the world by Andy and Martine just in time for Easter! On the long weekend, we headed across town to Preston, Melbourne to hang out with Andy and Martine and their new little bub for a lifestyle newborn shoot, officially the most smitten parents we have ever met! We arrived in the early morning to the smell of delicious coffee and sat down for a good long catch up, and the news that freshly made hot cross bun mixture was rising. At only nine days old, Priya was super sleepy and perfectly beautiful. She barely opened her cute little eyes for the entire shoot. It was fantastic getting out and about and enjoying such the sunshine! We really enjoyed being able to photograph just a glimpse of the joy + love + hope for the future in this lovely little family!
Relaxed. Friendly. Fun. This was a special family portrait session bringing together family members from three generations. Grandparents, parents and kids all bundled into their cars and tumbled out again into a local park in Carnegie, to make the most of the beautiful summery weather. The afternoon light was stunning, as were the shady trees we retreated under. It’s lovely seeing families enjoy being together, and we do our best to keep our photo sessions as relaxed as possible. We’re really pleased with these images, and can’t help but smile back in response to such infectious grins! We hope that these photos will bring happy memories for many years to come for this family!
We love summer days. It’s the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Below are some photos from a fun family portrait session with the Taylors, out in Ruffy Lake Park in Templestowe.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to go flying with my friend Mark. Mark has his PPL (Private Pilot Licence) which allows him to fly a private plane and take passengers. We flew in a Piper Warrior III plane from Moorabbin airport to Echuca and back again.
Before take off, the pilot has to go through a checklist and radio the control tower to get clearance. Being a small plane, you feel every bump and turn in the air. The perspective from the plane is very different and the houses and cars look like toys. Overall it was a fun and new experience!
Below are some pictures of the plane and during the flight.
The wedding of Jo & Myles was held at Mandala Wines, in the picturesque area of the Yarra Valley. The theme of the wedding reception revolved around their honeymoon trip from Russia to France via train. Bridal party photos were taken before the ceremony around the grounds of Mandala Wines. The food and wine was simply superb and Jo’s amazing dress was designed by http://wai-ching.com/.
Here are some images from our latest portrait session with Reagan, Victoria and their four month old son. We love meeting new people and families and capturing their time together. It’s always special to see how much love is poured into tiny babies from their parents. These photos were taken in Carlton starting at their lovely Victorian terrace home and then wandering down to a local coffee shop in Rathdowne village to enjoy the winter sunshine and a latte!
We’re excited to share some beautiful moments from Dipankar and Hsu Mei’s wedding day. Their ceremony gathered close friends and family together at the The Willows in St Kilda, a beautiful Victorian mansion built in 1890 now situated amongst a backdrop of modern high-rise buildings. The sun was out, and it was a gorgeous winters day. Afterwards we visited a number of locations around Melbourne for photos with the bride and groom including the Melbourne Museum and Parliament House.
We’ve just moved to Eltham, located in the North East of Melbourne. We are loving exploring this beautiful area and testing out the cafes one by one. We love that there are so many trees and birds. Here’s a picture from a recent weekend meander down by the Yarra River in Warrandyte. What a peaceful spot.
It’s been a while since we have posted on our blog, but we’ve been looking forward to showing some of the beautiful images from Jess and Paul’s special wedding day.
The day began with Jess and the girls getting ready in Doncaster – very peaceful and full of fun moments. Then everyone piled into one of the coolest wedding vehicles we have ever seen – a vintage bus, to New Hope Baptist Church in Blackburn. It was a beautiful service, which centred on their love and commitment to each other, in the context of their faith.
After the ceremony we headed off around windy roads to Kangaroo Ground for some photos with the bridal party, and then as the light was beginning to fade – over to Samson Hill Winery their reception venue – which had amazing views over the vineyards and Melbourne skyline in the distance and was full of their family and friends.
Thanks Jess and Paul for including us in your wedding day and wishing you all the best for your future together.
ps… if you haven’t seen Jess and Paul’s engagement session, click here: http://www.kellyanthony.com/blog/2012/02/jess-paul-engagement-session/.
Last weekend we had a great afternoon with Monica, Alex and their little son Chase for a family portrait session. These guys have been our friends for a long time, and it has been great to see them thriving in their new role as parents. The soft, golden afternoon light was just perfect and the park provided ample space for Chase to run around and play with his ball – which he was completely enamored by. He may have quite a career in football or soccer, one day! It’s always a delight to see the cheeky expressions and moments captured on camera from children at this special age where they are discovering so many new things about themselves and the world around them. We’re really happy to share these images with you:
I really enjoy shooting engagement sessions as it is an opportunity to capture the connection between two people in love with each other.
Jess and Paul were great to photograph and I could see their excitement about getting married in a only a few weeks time!
Here are a few images from our fun and relaxed afternoon at Blackburn Lake in Melbourne, and a quote that captures a little of the essence of love.
‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.’ – Helen Keller
Here are a couple of images taken recently using a macro lens. The beauty of this lens is that you can take close up images – perfect for photographing detail.
Also, don’t forget our engagement competition is closing on the 29th of Feb. If you’re an engaged couple, you could win a free engagement photo shoot. For more information, check out this link: www.kellyanthony.com/blog/2012/01/win-an-engagement-photo-shoot/
If you know of anyone who is engaged, feel free to send them the link above!