Levi & Kayla's garden wedding - Pavillion Function Centre Tamworth

Levi and Kayla were married at Tamworth’s Pavillion Function Centre at Nemingha in March.  They first met in 2009, got engaged a year later and welcomed their first child Riley in 2011 and then daughter Aubree in 2015.  After 8 years together, the couple wed in front of family and friends in an emotionally charged ceremony.

Both the ceremony and reception was held at the Pavillion Function Centre and we also utilised their beautiful grounds for bridal party photos after the ceremony as well.  I also took Kayla and Levi outside after dinner for some amazing backlit night photographs.

Wishing your family many, many happy years together!

Combined Christening and Wedding at Goondiwindi

Taylor and Dean decided to combine their son’s baptism with their wedding vows, creating a very unique wedding day for the family. 

In what was possibly the quickest Catholic church service I’ve been to, Taylor and Dean were married and then their second son Hunter was baptised at the St Mary’s Parish Church in Goondiwindi in mid March.

When I left home at Warialda on the Saturday morning, it was pouring rain.  In fact, it rained the entire drive north, until I reached Boggabilla, when the rain petered out and the clouds started to disperse.  By the team I reached the border for sunny Queensland, it was just that – a steamy sunny day just over the border!

After the church service, we headed out to the Botanical Gardens at Goondiwindi where there is a lovely lake, a beautiful little wooden bridge and lots of native flora to photograph amongst. 

We shot some family photos of Dean, Taylor and their two children Braith and Hunter first.  Then the children were able to go and play at the park at the gardens, while I photographed mum and dad together.

After bride and groom photos we returned to the Goondiwindi Golf Club for a casual reception wheremoved around the room taking candid shots of guests and family, as well as formal family portraits.

Dean and Taylor – thank you for inviting me to capture your special day.  Your photos will mean that you can treasure these memories.

 

Jaymee-Lee's Bump to Baby journey - Warialda Newborn Photographer

I first met Jaymee-lee when her first son Taysharn was around six months old and he visited the studio for a Sitter session.  Not long after that, they returned to the studio for a cake smash for his first birthday!

This year, we celebrated Jaymee-lee’s pregnancy and her birth of her daughter Olympia.

So, Jaymee-lee, along with partner Sam and Taysharn came out to the studio and we had heaps of fun putting Jaymee-lee into some of my new maternity outfits.  I have several ‘multi-way’ dresses, where you can change the look of the dress simply by wrapping the top section different ways.  I also have a gorgeous lace gown that we used for a couple of photos as well.

One of my favourite things to do during a maternity session is to play around with light.  Photography is nothing without light and you can change the look of an image immensely just by changing up the lighting.

With Jaymee-lee’s pregnancy session, I used some moody lighting on one side to really showcase and accentuate the baby bump.  We moved Sam in for a couple of shots as well, and the lighting created a very intimate image with the tow of them together.

Olympia arrived around a week late, but the little peanut still weighed less than 6 pounds!  Taysharn was such a proud big brother and he posed beautifully with his new little sister.

Here are a couple of pics from the session – Olympia is just so tiny and adorable!

Rachel Sherman Photography services clients from right across the north west including Warialda, Bingara, Inverell, Moree and Goondiwindi.  Specialising in maternity and newborn photography, I have a full-service studio located on our property just north of Warialda.

Cassie and Matt's Armidale Garden wedding

Cassie and Matt were married on what was forecast to be quite a rainy day in Armidale at the beginning of March.  Thankfully, the weather held out for the couple, which was especially pleasing as their reception was held in a huge marquee at Matt’s family property, just out of Armidale.

Cassie and Matt were wed in a traditional Catholic ceremony at the St Mary & Joseph Cathedral in Armidale.  This church is magnificent and you can’t help but be in awe of the size, architecture and design.  Before the ceremony started I asked Matt and his groomsmen to take a seat in the pews for a couple of quick shots.   It wasn’t long before Cassie and her bridesmaids arrived.  (They had been told not to be late, or the Father would add another five minutes onto the sermon!!)

After the ceremony we all went back to Matt’s family house and property where we shot family photos in his parents’ garden, then moved on to bridal party photographs in both the garden and the vineyard.

Matt and Cassie had also bought a magnum of champagne which provided for some great fun photographs when he opened that to have his first drink with his new wife!

The reception was held under a huge marquee set up in a paddock adjacent to the house. It started showering as the guests began to be seated, but thankfully, the rain only stayed as a light shower.  And to cap the evening off, I also took Matt and Cassie outside for some after-dark shots with my portable flash unit.   While no one ever wants rain on their wedding day, the light shower created the most wonderful effect for after dark shots!!

Wishing Matt and Cassie all the best for their future together.

 

'Romantic Vintage' style wedding at Glen Innes

It had been raining fairly solidly for around a week in September last year when I set off for my first of two weddings for the weekend.  Tess and Buster were to wed on Buster’s family property at Glen Innes. 

 

Thankfully the rain had stopped, but I still had a flooded creek to cross on the farm before I could even get to the wedding.  Thankfully I’d left my car on the other side of the creek earlier in the week, and it just took a quick tractor ride across the creek with the neighbour and I was on my way.

Tess and Buster were still going ahead with their outdoor ceremony and the weather was kind to this couple, with no rain and just a slight wind to contend with.  The wind did play havoc before the ceremony when I took Tess outside after she got dressed – a gust caught her veil and it low over the top of the house and got caught on the roof!!

But the ceremony proceeded without a hitch.  Tess was brought to the ceremony in a mint green Fargo truck and her brother walked her down the aisle, with bridesmaid Kaitlyn (Buster’s daughter) ahead of her.  Buster’s two sons Lachlan and Harrison were also waiting at the alter alongside their dad.

The lovely Mel Lindsay conducted the ceremony and told the guests the beautiful story behind Tess & Buster meeting and his proposal. 

After some family photos, I took the bride and groom to the park in Glen Innes for some bridal portraits, and we also utilised the paddock adjacent to the ceremony and reception location on Busters’ family farm on the outskirts of town.  The slightly clouded sunset provided a beautiful backdrop with some amazing colours to cap off the day.

When we returned, the guests were already in the reception area in a huge shed, which Tess, Buster and all the family had spent many hours and days turning into an amazing venue with fairy light draped from the ceiling, long tables, beautifully adorned with rustic decorations and vintage cutlery and crockery.

It was a beautiful day and I wish Tess and Buster many years of happiness!  I am also delighted to announce that the happy couple are expecting their first child together later in 2017!

David & Dee's August Wedding in Moree

Dee and David were married on a beautiful late-August day at All Saints Anglican Church in Moree, with the reception at the Artesian Spa Motel in the evening.

It’s not often that you get to photograph the groom having some make-up done, however this was the case when David cut his jawline shaving when he was getting ready before the ceremony!  Thankfully a few tissues and a little bit of foundation later, he was as good as new!

The All Saints Anglican Church is a beautiful red-brick church in Moree and has some amazing stained glass windows.  The windows and church design really added to the photos during the ceremony and then after the ceremony, I was able to spend some time in the church with the bride and groom and we snapped some beautiful shots in the pews. 

David had organised both the old and new for wedding cars, with a beautiful white vintage car and a new ford mustang!  These were great additions for photos and the cars certainly slowed passing traffic down as people wanted to look at the cars!

We shot a few photos down by the golf course amongst the trees and then found a spot of bushland nearby the Artesian Spa motel where the sun was shining through the trees beautifully.

After dinner I also took Dee and David to a spot near the racecourse where we did some after dark, back-lit photos, utilising a new prop of mine, my clear umbrella!

What a wonderful day it was – well planned, but had a relaxed feel to it.

Nathan and Amanda - Blair Athol wedding

It was a pretty special moment when Amanda’s son Oliver walked her down the aisle towards her husband-to-be Nathan at their wedding at Inverell’s Blair Athol Estate in April.

Nathan and Amanda Sheppeard held their wedding ceremony at Blair Athol with the reception at the Inverell Bowling Club on Saturday 23rd April 2016.  They had chosen a red and white theme, which contrasted beautifully with all the natural foliage colours out at Blair Athol.

Amanda’s dress was an amazing a-line gown with a capped-sleeve lace top and tulle skirt with a chapel length train. Her bridesmaids were dressed in red one-shoulder chiffon floor length dresses, while the boys sported grey suits (vests, but no jackets) and red socks to complete their outfits!

For photographs, we utilised parts of the Blair Athol Estate, especially the arching trees coming over the driveway, the entrance to the building and the gardens.  We also popped up to McIlveen Park lookout not far from Blair Athol for some amazing sunset photos.

It was a full-moon on the night of the wedding, which added an extra-special element to Nathan and Amanda’s after-dark shots.  I know I've mentioned it before, but I just love taking my couple's out for a shot after dark.  The results are often quite stunning and it also gives them a couple of quiet minutes away from the crowds to drink in the newness of their nuptials!

INTRODUCING - Maternity Milk Baths

I’ve been wanting to photograph a pregnancy milk bath for some time now.  I just think the combination on the white milk and the beautiful florals is stunning with a pregnant belly!

I had no shortage of volunteers but am ever so grateful to Cassie and Gracie (both clients of mine) for allowing me to photograph them in the bath!

The Maternity Milk Bath Session will be a mum-only session.  So leave your partner and the kids at home, because this time is just for you!  The session doesn’t take too long – a half an hour at the most.  I’ll run a warm bath before you arrive, so you can hop straight in and then we can add the milk and some flowers (which will vary depending on the season).

I’ll photograph from behind your head, and also from above.  You have the option of being nude (with the milk and your arms covering anything that needs to be covered) or I also have some fabrics and gowns which can also be worn in the bath.  Alternatively, bring along your own lingerie or a bandeau bra.

This is a unique way to document your pregnancy and has absolutely stunning results.

Maternity Milk bath sessions will only be booked during the hours of 9-2 to take advantage of the best sunlight hours and you’ll receive 10 images.

Contact me today for more information or to book your session. Phone 0427 570 506.

Steve & Amy's wedding, Merilba Estate, Kingstown

Before I met Amy and Steve, I had no idea there was a winery at Kingstown, near Urallla.  But, after looking up Merilba Estate and visiting the winery for myself, I became very excited about photographing Amy and Steve’s wedding there.

Amy grew up in Armidale, so she got ready at her parents home, while Steve and the boys prepared for the big day at the Quality Hotel Powerhouse.  Amy channelled 1920’s glamour on her wedding day with her high necked satin sheath dress featuring an amazing guipure lace back.  She paired that with a vintage style headpiece and simple baby’s breath for her bouquets.

Her bridesmaids dresses were styled off the now-famous Jenny Packham design worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding with Prince William, in a navy colour.

Now, the function venue at Merilba Estate Wines is an amazing old renovated shed.  The area marries country style with glamour with the amazing polished wooden floors, the copper corrugated feature wall, traditional tin roof and wooden columns. 

The ceremony was held on the steps into the function venue, in front of the amazing huge white sliding wooden doors.

After the ceremony and family photos, we were able to use several areas of the winery grounds for bridal party photos.  The owners of the Estate live on-site, and they were gracious enough to allow us to photograph around their house and on their lawn. 

There are several meandering paths throughout the grounds, an amazing courtyard and fountain and a rotunda.  I used most of these spots for the bridal party photographs and then took Steve and Amy up to the wine rows by themselves just on sunset.  After dark, we also walked back down to the rotunda for a night-time shot using my portable studio flash.

I am also very pleased to announce that I’ll be seeing Amy and Steve in December to photograph their first baby!  I love seeing my client’s families expand!

Urban Tamworth wedding for Hugh and Kelly

Fun and colorful were the words Kelly used to describe her wedding theme to me in the days before her nuptials and the day didn't disappoint!

Each of the guest tables at Tamworth's Pavillion Function Centre were styled with different colored bright vintage bottles and the outdoor aisle down to the altar was lined with bright heart shaped markers.
Kelly's beautiful bouquet also tied in, using amazing bright, happy colours.

Kelly and Hugh were after something different for their wedding photos.  They preferred something a bit more urban and industrial, so we actually came back into town and used the alleyway beside the town hall. The colour of the dark red bricks complimented Hugh's blue suit well and I also brought along a red velvet chaise lounge which added a little bit of luxe to the urban alleyway.

Before the sun set we also took a few pics at the Train Station because Kelly's mum had found some vintage suitcases - the travel theme tied in with Hugh and Kelly's plans for the remainder of the year - they were to spend a few months traveling around Australia in a caravan.

I enjoyed thinking outside the box to deliver some unique photos of Hugh and Kelly's big day and I wish them all the best.

Kat & Stuart's Black Tie Country Romance wedding, Warialda

Kat and Stuart turned Coolootai Station’s garden into a wonderland at Easter with their black-tie gala wedding.

Months of planning and weeks of gardening and decorating hinged on one thing – the weather on the day!  The ceremony was being held in the garden and the reception on the tennis courts.

Everyone woke up on the day to storm clouds!  For the most part the rain held off.  There were a couple of showers as guests started arriving and it was still sprinkling as Kat walked from the cottage over to the garden.  There was even a few flashes of lightening!

But, then the clouds parted and the sky opened up to a beautiful sunset as guests began their dinner under the twinkling fairy lights over the tennis court.

Kat looked classic and elegant in a white v-neck gown with an A-line skirt.  Her bridesmaids wore a shad of maroon which suited the complexion of each of the girls!  Their bouquets were made by one of Kat's friends on the morning of the wedding with white roses fro the flower markets and eucalyptus leaves and other embellishments picked from the garden.  

I must admit I held back a few tears as Kat’s father walked her down the aisle.  He had been recovering from a stroke but was determined to make it all the way down the aisle to give away his daughter to Stuart.  There were very few dry eyes in that garden!

After the ceremony we headed up to the back of the farm for the bridal party shots.  The view over the valley looking north gave us some amazing shots.  We even utilised a gnarled old tree which had a fantastic curved branch for some pics. 

Despite the weather, the pictures were amazing, mostly because we didn’t have to worry about the harsh sunlight that I sometimes encounter in mid-afternoon weddings.  The cloud cover gave me even lighting to work with!

The best time to photograph a newborn

A common question of any newborn photographer, is 'Why do you prefer to photograph a baby in the first 10 days?"

While each photographer is different and has different styles and prefers to photograph babies at different ages, this is my opinion....

I am a posed newborn photographer.  This means that I photograph bubs in specific poses and props.  This is my style and this is what clients expect when they book me for a session. It is more fine art photography than documentary style photography. I'll also include family and sibling shots during a session.

This style of newborn photography is more suited to very young newborns because of the poses that I perform.

Within the first two weeks after birth, babies are still very sleepy (usually), still like to be all curled up in foetal position and you can generally move them around without them waking.

As bubs age (and even from 4 weeks), they begin to prefer to stretch out more and lengthen their limbs - this is due to a couple of factors including their muscle growth and general growth and weight gain, which actually inhibits them from curling themselves up so much. With the bulk of their limbs, they physically can't curl up into the same positions as they did when they were newborns.

At around 4 weeks bubs also become more wakeful.  When they are awake, they are awake for longer periods during the day.  If they are disturbed while asleep, they are also more likely to become unsettled.

So, these are two physical reasons why I prefer to photograph babies under 12 days, however there are also a couple of other reasons. Firstly, I love to involve the entire family in a newborn session, and Dads usually take some time off work when bub arrives, so this means that dad is able to come to the session as well.

I also find that I am able to work with very young newborns without having to wrap them (while they are asleep anyway). They tend to hold a position a lot easier.  I usually have to wrap older bubs for most of the session.

Of course, I can photograph babies of any age, but if you want that curled up, posed look, then a newborn session with bubs under 12 days is best. 

So what to expect from a session if bub is older? From around 4 weeks, you are more likely to have more awake shots, bub will generally have to be wrapped for most of the session and we may not get any naked shots.  Bub also may not be able to curl into many positions.

At around 3-4 months, we can do awake shots of bub on their belly as their neck strength has increased.  They are more likely to be awake for the entire session.  They will be able to smile and react.

After the three month age, I would then wait until bub is sitting up comfortably by themselves to photograph them for a sitter session.

Maternity photography sessions becoming popular with Rachel Sherman

I’ve had a massive increase in interest for maternity/pregnancy photo sessions recently, so I thought it timely to write an article and let you know what a maternity session is all about.

I always combine a maternity session with a newborn photo session in what I call a ‘Bump to Baby’ package.  This package involves a shorter maternity session and then a regular-length newborn session.  The maternity sessions usually run for 45mins and then newborn sessions for 2.5 hours.

I try and schedule maternity sessions at around 35 weeks (give or take).  At this stage, your belly is nice and round, but you’re not feeling too uncomfortable yet!

My absolute favourite maternity sessions to do are when mum comes out and we glam her up a bit and have a bit of a pamper session! This is one of those times in life when you look most like a woman, so we should flaunt it!

And of course, I always love a silhouette shot, and there’s no better thing to do one with than a pregnant belly – they’re made for silhouettes!!

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There’s lots of options when it comes to a maternity session.  Firstly, you can choose between a studio session, or having your photos taken outdoors.  Studio sessions can be done any time of the day, however I always schedule outdoor sessions for around an hour before sunset, when the light is less harsh and ‘golden’.

It’s your choice between studio or outdoors and depends on your personal preference.  Some people really love the studio look, and other people are just naturally drawn to the outdoors.  Take a look at some of the photos I’ve done in the past and you’ll naturally be drawn to one or the other.

The most common question I get when planning a maternity session is ‘What do I wear???’ And again, the answer depends on personal choice.  Some clients are very comfortable in their bodies and are happy to show their bare bellies and even strip down to underwear and be naked (always posed carefully and artistically).  Other clients are more modest and prefer to wear their regular clothes.

If you choose your own clothes, it’s usually best to wear something a little more tight or form fitting.  Think jeans and a singlet top, or a tube dress, or even a flowy maxi dress which is belted above the belly.

Other options include a special robe/gown/kimono of your own or even a crisp white button up shirt with pretty underwear.

I have some specially made pregnancy gowns which are tight fitting at the top and flowy and have a slit up the front for the belly to poke through.  I also have some fabrics which we can use to drape over your body either while laying down or standing up.

You’re more than welcome to bring along family members (your husband/partner and other children) or if you want a day out by yourself, then that’s OK too!

From your session, you’ll get 5-10 photos and I’ll print them up as 4x6 prints.  If you’d like larger prints, they will be available for purchase and I can easily arrange that.

If you have any other questions at all, I’m always happy to chat with you.

Take a super selfie!

Nearly everyone has a smartphone with a camera these days, and nearly everyone is on at least one form of social media (eg facebook, snapchat, Instagram, twitter etc).  And what goes hand in hand with social media and a smartphone camera – you guessed it, the SELFIE!!

Some people take fantastic selfies and others, well – this post is for you!  I want to help you take an AMAZING selfie.

Being a professional photographer, I know a few tips and tricks and understand angles and what the camera does to our bodies and faces.

So, read on for a few great selfie tips, which will have you updating your profile picture in no time!

 

Tip 1: ALWAYS have the camera slightly above eye level.  Too often I see people holding their phone down around their chest and angling it upwards towards their chin to take a pic – this will not result in a great photo, ever.  As an example - I took some of my own selfies - on the left is the camera slightly above eye level, and on the right is below chin level.

Tip 2: Find your better side.  Everyone has a side they prefer, whether it’s because of the way their hair parts, because of differences in their eyes, or because of scars, acne or any number of reasons.  Get used to holding your phone in the hand of your preferred side.  You can see from the examples above that the better photo (on the left) is taken from a slight angle on my preferred side, whereas the other selfie on the right is front-on.

Tip 3: Do the turtle!  Anyone who’s ever had a photoshoot with me will know what I mean by this.  Push your head forward to elongate your neck and tilt your chin down ever so slightly (but keep your shoulders back and relaxed).  This makes your neck look longer and leaner (and goes a long way to eliminate any double chins!  And when you combine this with the pic taken from just above eye level – an instant slimdown!) 

Tip 4: Use your self-timer.  On the iphone there is a 3 second or 10 second self-timer.   By using this you’ll eliminate any blur caused as your finger moves the phone when you press the shutter button.  It also gives you time to pose perfectly and LOOK AT THE LENSE, rather than at your reflection on the screen!

Tip 5: Stand by the window and use the natural light to light your face nicely (don’t use the flash, it’ll create nasty shadows). I'm standing in a doorway above.  It's important to use the available light, but not to be in direct sunlight, as then the shadows will be too harsh.

Tip 6: Be aware of your background.  This is especially important if you’re going to be posting the photos on social media – you don’t want to take a selfie in the bathroom and then realise hours after you’ve posted it on facebook that your dirty undies were on top of the laundry hamper right behind you lol!

So, get snapping. 

John and Mel's pre-Christmas wedding in Inverell

To Josh and Melanie, their December wedding in Inverell was almost like a ‘destination wedding’.  Living in Western Australia, the pair brought their two small children back to Inverell – a place the both grew up in, to wed just before Christmas.

For December nuptials, the day was actually quite mild.  It was a beautiful sunny day, however a cool breeze kept the temperatures to quite an acceptable pre-Christmas level!

Melanie was joined by her sister and sisters in law as her three bridesmaids, and Josh brought together some old friends as groomsmen.  The wedding was held in the gardens of the Tourist Centre and Riverside Function Centre in the heart of Inverell, with the reception at the Riverside Function Centre.

Purple was a favourite colour of Melanie’s which she managed to incorporate into many of the aspects of the wedding day.  Her invitations were quite ornate with purple filigree, her daughter’s dress had beautiful purple accents, her nails were purple and almost opalesque and of course, Melanie’s dress had purple accents around the bustline and down the skirt.  Oh, and the cake was three shades of purple!

For bridal party photographs were utilised the riverside area north of the bridge and also the beautiful gardens within the function centre/tourist centre complex.

I’d like to wish Josh, Melanie and the kids all the very best now and into the future.

Introducing Sitter Sessions - Baby Photography, Warialda

A ‘sitting’ baby (around 6-8 months of age) is my second most favourite age to photograph a child (a squishy 5-day old newborn is my absolute favourite!!)

I have recently launched specialised Sitter Sessions.  These sessions are done in the studio when bub is sitting, but not yet crawling, which for most babies is usually around 6-8 months of age.

Why have a session then?  Well firstly it celebrates that first year milestone of sitting up on their own, but it’s also an age when bubs are so happy and smiley and their little personalities really seem to shine.  They can easily be amused and distracted and are seemingly not afraid of much.

At this age, they really start to engage with other people and as I said, their eyes and faces show so much personality!

The sessions are only quite short (usually 30mins) so that bubs don’t get too tired.  I have a range of different backdrops, props such as baskets, buckets, crates and bean bags, as well as some very cute little outfits and rompers and an array of bowties, suspenders, headbands, tiebacks, bonnets, beanies and wraps.

So essentially, unless you have something specific you want your sitter photographed in, you don’t need to bring anything!

There is a print included in the session fee, and additional products can also be purchased.  I now offer a range of beautiful wall-art options, including enlargements, canvases and aluminium prints.

While the Sitter Sessions are focussed on the bub in question, I understand that parents sometimes also want to include the other siblings.  I am happy to include an extra shot or two of siblings, however if more shots are desired with additional family members or more time is required, then I would recommend booking a family session.

For older bubs, I can also offer a 12 month themed session.  Some of the themes might be based around bub’s favourite colour, or perhaps ‘tutu cute’ or ‘cowboy’ or ‘balloons’.

My full-service studio is located a 15-20 min drive just north of Warialda and I now have air-conditioning for your comfort.  Come and visit!

Aaron and Karla wed in beautiful Bingara

Aaron and Karla were married on a beautiful summer’s day in Bingara on Saturday 5th December.  Being December, we were all expecting the day to be stinking hot, but the weather gods were kind to us and the temperature was just beautiful. (And, it was also Karla’s birthday – what a birthday present – a new husband!!)

The entire wedding theme was centred around Karla’s shoes!  Karla had these amazing black and white shoes (which matched her black-sashed wedding dress) and all the decorations were black and white, kind of like ‘country-style tuxedo’.  The wedding and reception was held at the iconic Roxy Theatre in Bingara.  And photographs were done out at Aaron’s family farm between Bingara and Barraba.

As Aaron and others finalised decorations and preparations at the Roxy, Karla was pampered by Skye at Lush Hair and Beauty, before heading to the River House to get ready.

So…there was a slight hitch in Karla’s arrival at the Roxy!  She was meant to be picked up in John Wade’s horse-drawn carriage from the beautiful River House, along with all the flower girls and page boys.  Unfortunately, as they left the River House, the horse decided not to cooperate, the kids got upset and the carriage got a flat tyre! (I know – they tell me never to work with kids and animals haha!)

So, most of the crew alighted form the carriage.  I still had my car at the River House, so the bride and the youngest of the kids hopped in my car with their parents, while the older kids, Karla’s Dad, and I, all walked down to the Roxy!

By the time we had arrived, John had his horse and carriage sorted and he picked up Karla from around the corner of the Theatre and she was still able to make her grand entrance at the Roxy.  Meanwhile – Aaron remained inside the theatre the entire time, waiting patiently for his bride, none the wiser.  I think all-in-all, the ceremony was only 10 or so minutes late.

Karla was one of the most excited brides I have seen, her face beaming as she walked down the steps of the Roxy, on her father’s arm, towards her beau.  The ceremony was short and sweet, made even more personal as the celebrant, Linda McDouall, had known Aaron since he was a young boy.  Both Karla and Aaron’s mums were the witnesses and signed the registry in the absence of a bridal party.

After the ceremony, Aaron’s sister Felicity and Karla’s Dad George accompanied us (and were very helpful assistants!) out to the farm for some photographs.  The day was still quite bright (as it is until around 8pm in the summer out here) so we used the hay shed and some trees for shade before hitting the paddock with the dogs.

When we arrived back at the Roxy (only a little late) the reception began in full swing with some amazing food, great music and entertaining speeches.  I even managed to get Karla and Aaron out the front of the Roxy for an after dark shot (my signature shot!) and then ended the night with some lovely shots of their first dance in front of their friends and family on the magnificent theatre floor.

The Nelsons - Fun, Casual, Stylish Inverell Wedding

I’d describe Tom and Yvette’s big day as fun and casual, but also very stylish.

The Nelsons wed on Saturday 28th November at Rhoades on Water, which is located just out of Inverell along the Copeton Dam Road.  Both the ceremony and reception (as well as bridal party photographs) were held there.

I photographed both Tom and Yvette prior to the ceremony, first heading out to where Tom and his groomsmen were getting ready at his Mum’s house.  It seemed there was an air of nervous excitement when I arrived to photograph the boys, with suits, ties, shoes and belts flying around everywhere!  I had a special note to deliver to Tom – I had stopped by and Amiri (one of Yvette and Tom’s twins) and given me a note to deliver to her father.  Him and Cooper (the other twin) read it with pride!

Yvette was kept calm by her mother and bridesmaids and I think they were all ready ahead of time!  Yvette wore a beautiful strapless fit and flare gown, embellished with beading and a beaded belt.  Her mum and bridesmaids assisted her getting dressed – all the while, little Amiri had a sleep through the excitement!

Yvette’s father was waiting at the ceremony and as soon as she hopped out of the car, his eyes just filled with tears of pride.  The ceremony soon got underway with both Amiri and Cooper heading down towards the alter with a junior bridesmaid, followed by Yvette’s three bridesmaids and finally Yvette and her father.

The ceremony was filled with memories of how the couple first met and it was clear that their love for each other, and their family shines through every day.

After the ceremony, we took some quick family photo before whipping the bridal party off to the top of the property for some great photos amongst the trees, the paddock and the rocks.  The bridal party were great fun to photograph and had a few suggestions of their own for some amusing photos! It was a hot day, but all the bridal party did so great and it definitely hasn’t shown in the photos just how warm we all were.

When we got back to the reception venue, the boys organised for all the wedding guests to gather at the bottom of the steps and we took a group photo, before I mingled around with guests capturing some candid shots.

After dinner, Tom had organised for a special surprise for Yvette, and had made a light-up sign which was fastened between two trees on the lake ‘Mr & Mrs Nelson’ lit up on a timer at 8pm!  So it was then that the happy couple came outside with me and we shot some great after dark pics by the lakeside.

A beautiful day came to an end, but it only marked the beginning of what I think will be a long and happy marriage between Tom & Yvette.

An exciting new year ahead - Newborn & Wedding Photography

As a new year dawns, I’m not really one to make New Years’ Resolutions, but I do like to reflect upon the previous year and also make both business and personal goals for the year ahead.

2015 was a massive year for Rachel Sherman Photography.  I photographed just over 100 sessions throughout the year and also shot 10 weddings.  I sold my other publishing/newspaper business to focus on photography full-time and even custom-built my own newborn photography studio. 

In doing so, I decided that the focus for my business going forward would be to specialise in both wedding and newborn photography – or life’s ‘new beginnings’ as I like to call it!

I was awarded with a Highly Commended prize in the North West and New England Bride’s Choice Awards and was also recognised as an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, after having my portfolio undergo extensive assessment by industry professionals.

Within my business, I had set myself several benchmark and financial goals – most of which I met (although I still need to work on staying within a set allowance for prop purchases!!)

 

So, going forward, I’m also in the process of setting myself my goals for the coming year and updating my business plan.

There will be a few minor changes for the business in 2016, including the introduction of set terms and conditions for photography sessions – which will clearly set out when deposits are required, when final payments are required and other such regulatory conditions.

I will also be limiting my weekend work.  My family is my number one priority and with my husband running the farm and my daughter starting school this year, our weekends are precious.  I am now photographing full-time, so am able to schedule sessions five days a week.  Of course I understand that some people can only make weekends. So, I will be working certain weekends each month, however an additional fee for weekend sessions is likely.

I am also in the process of putting together some new all-inclusive ‘First Year’ packages for bubs.  A great way to document the first year of your bub’s life!

And finally – something that I’m not sure whether I am excited about or a bit fearful of….I will be doing my best to encourage clients to purchase wall-art as part of their product options after their sessions.  Now, I hate doing sales at the best of times, but what I am quite passionate about it displaying your images.  If you’ve gone to the trouble of having a photoshoot, you should invest in some amazing wall-art to showcase the amazing moments captured during your session.

Believe me, you will be so happy you’ve done it – to have a big canvas on your wall will be something you will show off to everyone who walks into your home.

I only use suppliers who have superior quality products (because that’s what my clients deserve).

And finally, I will continue to work towards my professional development, attending various workshops and conferences, learning more about not only the artistic side of photography, but the business side as well.

Warialda sweethearts marry - Andrew & Ellen

While not high-school sweethearts, Warialda kids Ellen and Andrew have been together since they were teenagers!

Their big day was held between two towns with the preparation and ceremony in Warialda at the St Joseph’s Catholic Church, bridal party shots at Ellen’s family property just south of Warialda and then on to Bingara for the reception at the magnificent Roxy Theatre.

Ellen had decided to keep her dress design a secret from her three bridesmaids, who only saw Ellen’s dress minutes before they helped her into the gown, which had a beautiful lace bodice and tulle skirt.  The dress was completed with a brooch special to Ellen’s heart.

Andrew and his groomsmen were very smart in grey suits, complete with pale pink ties and white roses.  The bridesmaids wore vintage-inspired long pale-pink gowns with lace cap sleeves.

Several family members from both sides participated in the church service with readings and prayers.

For the bridal party shots, we made use of the woolshed and hay bales at Ellen’s family property.  We even had some photobombing calves!  At the woolshed, the happy couple showed me a post which had quite a bit of graffiti on it from the Smith family, but right in the middle was a little scribble:

Andrew Gordon

Ellen Mary

16/10/09

 

The night was rounded out by a huge feast at Bingara’s Roxy Theatre, complete with the vocal stylings of Warialda’s own superstar Benny Nelson.  I whipped Andrew and Ellen out for a last couple of pictures after the sun set, making use of the ticket-box at the entrance to the Roxy.

What a beautiful day, with beautiful people!