In one of my first forays into photography.
Taken in my backyard, with a my own Kodak Instamatic, aged around 7.
Bear was my sister's, boyfriend's dog.
I was fairly terrified of him, and I think I chose to photograph him (in one of his more threatening poses, with a leg of lamb) as a way of gaining some control - not over Bear, but over my fear.
Thankfully, not only has my equipment and technique improved since then, but so has my motivation for taking photos.
From that Instamatic, I moved on to a Polaroid on my 12th birthday, then at 15, to my old work-horse (that I still love to take pictures with), my Pentax K1000. I used that camera, while still at school, to photograph model's portfolios, then, in the year after school, I shot an album cover and musician's promo pictures, and I haven't stopped since. Professionally, my photography took a back-seat to a career that saw me spending time on the other side of the lens, and a few of life's other diversions, but my cameras have always been close at hand.
As my life has moved through the years of modelling, and travelling, having children, writing and designing I have continued to photograph the beautiful, the unusual, the exciting, and the everyday.
My experience as a model has given me an empathy for those posing in front of my lens. After all, being part of a photo session should be a happy experience.
My experience photographing in the crazy world backstage at fashion shows means I can be calm and capable in the beauty and the craziness of a wedding. My wedding photography has a documentary style, it's natural and narrative.
My experience as a pre-school teacher ensures that I can talk and relate to children, they can relax with me and have fun, and they can become part of the process of making beautiful photos with me - relaxed and un-posed.
To capture those moments, the 'running under the sprinkler' moments, to record milestones big and small, and freeze them in time, is a joy and a privilege. After all, a photo has a unique ability to not only harness the emotion of an exact moment, but to also elicit fresh new emotions, even years later, each time it is viewed. Photos are windows of our memories.
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Just as fashion changes, so do our images
Where some are reticent to move away from the traditional portrait style, more and more people are seeking an 'indie' look for their wedding photography, and here's where it gets interesting...
The whole key to fashion (and in turn, what we seek to represent our wedding) is that it is evolving.
The bold colours, defined shoulder pads, and statement poses of our 80's wedding may begin to look a little dated on the wall, just as the staid images of 1930's weddings do, and after the resurgence of the sunflare again loses it's ember, so too will the 70's flower child wedding portrait.
Which brings me to the present day. I'm going to (for want of a better description) call it the 'hipster, funky, retro, vintage, shabby-chic style' of wedding portraiture, which I admit is covering a fairly broad range.
The homely, the pretty, a little vintage, a little gritty.
It's all about pastels, caramels, and greys. There is still a bit of sun flare here and there, and a fair smattering of light bleed.
It's bold and different - especially for something so 'traditional' as a wedding - a(you hope) once in a lifetime event. One that cannot, ever, be replicated.
So you had better
Well, not strictly.
You see, the beauty of digital 'film', coupled with the fact most of these 'indie' looks are created in post production, means that you can digitally remaster/restyle your wedding pictures - provided your photographer kept the RAW files (as I always do).
That means you can take you 'hipster, funky, retro, vintage, shabby-chic style', which I am certain that as 'editorial' and pretty as it looks now with it's (for the most part) lack of any true whites, and 'album cover naive posing'...
Ok. I have to stop here. I'm worried you are taking this all wrong.
I love the look!
I really do. If I were lucky enough to be getting married now, it's what I would have for my photos. I'm just breaking it down for the purposes of description here.
...So you can take your wedding photos from 2013, and restlye them
ten, twenty, thirty years from now!
The raw image that your photographer took won't look like that finished product you have printed.
Your scope is endless,
and I think it's so cool.
You can update your wedding photos to suit the fashion, to suit your decor, to suit your mood!
Again, provided you have a photographer like myself.... a hoarder of images, who will have kept all of the RAW files, the 'negatives', the originals from the day.
I'm going to start offering a re-touching (bumps, lumps, lines, general gussying-up) and re-styling (changing the whole look/vibe/theme) service.
$25 per hour. Not just for weddings, but portraits as well.
Here's a couple I mucked around with last night...
It's a new, old look. What do you think?
Thought for the day, from the 7yr old sisters.....
Twin 1 - "Do you have to take your Teddy with you everywhere?"
Twin 2 - "Yes"
Twin 1 - "Why?"
Twin 2 - "'Cos I love him"
Twin 1 - "Do you love me as much as him?"
Twin 2 - "Yes"
Twin 1 - "Then why don't you take me everywhere with you?"
Twin 2 - "You're too heavy"