August always has me feeling a little cold and depressed in Canberra so I take the opportunity of a few quieter weeks and head up to Queensland to see my family. Stopping on the way into Nelson Bay, Newcastle to see my brother. Any chance to shoot in different locations makes my heart flutter and around Anna Bay and Stockton Dunes has certainly been on my photographic bucket list!

      So Jen, Ryley and myself spent one afternoon in winter wandering around the rocks of Boat Harbour as well as hiking up the most amazing dunes in Stockton Beach. We honestly had the best time being a little silly, watching the sunset and even had the chance to see a few whales cruising by out in the calm ocean. It was one of those evenings that solidified why I love what I do. And for Jen and Ryley, who only lived around the corner, mentioning they had never really come down to this area much, made a serious promise to themselves at the end of the shoot to get out at sunset and explore amazing locations more often. This promise really doesn’t surprise me any more because I find most of the couples I shoot say exactly the same thing – how invigorating, relaxing and fun it is to hang out and be themselves on day with a beautiful sunset or a stunning view. To not be anywhere but with themselves enjoying the company of each other. And this is how I approach my sessions with my couples, it’s not about a posed photography session, it’s about hanging out, being you and getting some shots that in 60 years time you look back and say ‘yes! that was really us!’.

       

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