30th Aug 2011, 9:34pm

The first time Ross showed me the building that is now Riverview I fell in love with the ceilings.  And then I got all excited about the elevation.  And the gardens with their private little corners and archways.  And then I saw the way they've made the natural stream flow through the ceremony area down wide, white steps (great for glowy light) and I got all excited about that.  So I was stoked to do the first ever photo shoot at Riverview today and even the weather cooperated.

Thanks to Sarah and Jono for their modelling skills and to Astra Bridal for generously lending us the gown and accessories...

Check out this ceiling and chandeleir...

And there are bay windows...

and gardens...and more...

You can check out Riverview's website here (soon to be featuring my pics).



30th Aug 2011, 6:49am

I have an outdoor shoot planned for this afternoon and I woke up and heard rain.  Bummer.  Can't we just photoshop in some blue sky?  You can right?  You can add blue sky, you can add or subtract group members (if they're on the ends), you can get rid of the video guy from the ceremony pictures.  What's the big deal?  I'll do any of these things, I have in fact done all of these things.  But at the end of the day I need the story to be believable...like the best fiction, you believe it could be true.  The trouble with blue skies is it's not just the colour of the sky that tells you it's a warm, sunny day....it's the colour of the light and the way the shadows fall.  You might not be able to pinpoint what's wrong but an image willl feel 'off' if all the elements don't gel together.

The other thing people ask me about a lot is lines on faces...yes, I can rub them out completely.  Would you really want me to?  Lines tell stories and sometimes we want to edit the story...that's completely understandable.  But the key is to be believable (and happy...I don't very often get asked to rub out happy lines).

A clear example of 'just coz you can, doesn't mean you should'


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