City Fragments – Melbourne

A few weeks ago we packed our bags and left sunny Brisbane for a long weekend in Melbourne. The sale airfares we had meant our baggage allowance was limited to hand luggage, which forced us to be selective about the camera kit we took. While I’ve moved away from the old days of wanting to carry every lens we own when we travel, it was even nicer to just grab my camera with a single lens and go with that.

Of course that approach means we tend to end up just taking our favourite lenses. I’m still a portrait photographer at heart, and my go to lens remains my 85mm. What that means in travel photography, especially in a city environment, is that I focus on the detail, because I usually can’t be far enough away (and still within clear sight of my subject) to capture anything wider. That’s not a problem, it’s actually my preference, and it’s led me to what I think of as my “city fragments” approach.

It’s fun because it makes me look at the details around me, letting me hone in on them without the distractions of everything else that’s going on around me. It’s those little details that make cities so fascinating to me, and Melbourne is no exception.

A Lost World

One Sunday morning earlier this year we decided that a road trip was in order. So we pulled out our map and started planning. As soon as I saw the words “Lost World” I knew it was where we would end up. It’s a valley situated behind the Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland. I’ve been to surrounding areas numerous times, but somehow this little gem had previously escaped me.

It was a gorgeous day, so we put the top down and set off armed with our cameras. It’s such a beautiful place, that by the end of the day I was seriously trying to rationalise the substantial daily commute that would be involved if we moved here. Maybe one day…

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These |

Sometimes even the photographer can be surprised by how an image turns out! This photo was taken as we were setting up the lighting for a bridal makeup shoot. The idea was a nice bright background and soft light on the model’s face. Turns out the light was a bit bright and a bit close, but what should have been a throw-away picture instead turned into something quite special. I’d like to claim all the credit for this, but I think I have to yield to our model Emma’s tremendous bone-structure…!

Probably more eighties music video than bridal, what do you think? Makes me wonder what ever happened to the Eurythmics?

Makeup: Poya Link Makeup Artistry | Hair: Di Vine Hair

~ Geoff

Little Details

Bride with bouquet of silk flowers and feathers.

Bride with bouquet of silk flowers and feathers.

It’s amazing how much attention is given to the little details that make up a wedding. I adore the incorporation of feathers into this bridal bouquet by Lilyvale Flowers to make it just a little bit different.

This picture is another in the series from our recent styled shoot – a classic garden wedding.

~ Pav

P.S. The flowers Lilyvale uses are silk, and they’ve made me rethink my views on artificial flowers. They look lovely, last forever, and they weigh about a quarter as much as a bouquet of real flowers (a bonus when you’re carrying them around for hours). They’re certainly an option worth considering.

Let’s pretend

Lifting the veil of a smiling bride

Lifting the veil of a smiling bride

As wedding photographers we get the pleasure of recording the wonderful visions that our couples have for their wedding days. But sometimes it’s fun to make your own vision come to life, which is why styled or inspiration shoots (i.e. pretend weddings) can be so much fun. And it’s why one glorious day in April saw Geoff and I playing with models, a make-up artist and a florist on a beautiful bushland property just outside Brisbane.

We did two separate shoots that day. This picture is from the first one – a classic garden wedding.

The dress and veil are both vintage pieces from the Paddington Antique Centre.

~ Pav

Quiet Moments

Quiet Moments |

I really love pictures that seem to capture a stolen moment. One of those points in time when it seems as though the people in the picture are in a world of their own, away from distractions like pesky photographers.

~ Pav

P.S. Aren’t her trousers fabulous!




The photos we’ve posted so far this year have been focused on gorgeous girls (and the occasional drain cover), so we thought it was time to add a bit of romance by featuring a lovely couple. And what better way to start than with this one.

~ Pav