Matilda Bay Wedding – Rebecca and David

We were finishing up our on location portraits along the river and the sun was setting on an unusually warm day in September and Rebecca looked over to their guests who were enjoying the cool evening while playing lawn games and laughing with each other. “Its exactly as I imagined it”, she said, as she looked over and smiled at her husband. He returned her smile and held her close, thinking that the day had turned out just as he had hoped too.

It was my pleasure to be able to photograph Rebecca and David’s Matilda Bay wedding last month and to have spent the day with them as they became husband and wife. Rebecca was dressed in a custom made gown that draped across her body perfectly and matched by her bridesmaids in deep grey gowns. She had said previously that their dream for their wedding was for it to be lighthearted, fun and relaxed and it was exactly that. The beginning of the next chapter in their true love story.

Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: Hide n Seek Design // Hair Stylist: NVS Style Hair // Makeup: Vanessa Joy Makeup Artistry // Flowers: Flower Nation // Venue: Matilda Bay Restaurant

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Summer Vegetable Garden Planning

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes” Author unknown

Back in April, I planted out our autumn/winter vegetable garden with mixed success. We had our first crop of meyer lemons that have been preserved and ready for use over summer. I now know that the satisfaction of pulling homegrown carrots and radishes from the earth is an experience unlike any other and that shopping in my garden for dinner that evening is one of life’s great pleasures. I also know that growing cauliflower and broccoli in a small space is not worth the effort and I decided to focus on rainbow chard and lettuces instead that we would use regularly.

As I began to plan our summer kitchen garden, I was reminded why I wanted a vegetable garden in the first place. The offerings available at the garden nursery were either, red and big or red and small so I decided to try my hand at growing some from seed and I ended up finding some beautiful, heirloom varieties that will be lovely. Hopefully I haven’t left it too long and we’ll have some late summer beauties to share in panzanellas, salads and more (and that they’re much bigger than the ones I planted last year) and underplanted with multicoloured beets, radishes, marigolds and herbs for quite the summer vegetable garden.

Have you started your plans for your summer vegie patch? I’d love to hear what you’re trying to grow!

Angela Higgins Workshop – October 2014

I was so pleased to have 6 fabulous upcoming photographers attend my photography workshop earlier this week – and what a day it was! I do love offering the workshop as it allows me to share tools and lessons I have learned with photographers that are at different stages in their business, with the ultimate goal of helping them to run a better business.

Tools such as how I organise my schedule to be able to over deliver for my clients and also be there for my family. Tools that free up my time such as studio management and solid branding foundations that allow my business to prequalify my clients before they even contact me.

It would hardly be a photography workshop without a chance to break out the cameras and we had an amazing couple that brought their A game to the shoot. I was able to show the attendees how I worked with light and how I pose couples to get relaxed and natural portraits. They were then able to experiment and try out new techniques on their own. A huge thanks goes to the my friends in the team that helped me bring the shoot together which was a complete joy to photograph!

I hold workshops 1-2 times per year and if you’d like to know when the next workshop is on, please sign up to my mailing list and you’ll be the first in the know!

Wedding Gown: Pronovias via Samantha Wynne // Earrings: Samantha Wynne // Hair & Makeup: Megan Crosby // Flowers: Fox and Rabbit // Models: Melanie and Ian // Workshop Venue: Bluewater Grill

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Mabel Mae

I have a little change of pace today for you in the shape of Mabel Mae. Last week I spent a beautiful sunny afternoon in a local park with this adorable angel and her parents (who’s wedding I photographed a few years back) and she was a dream.  I’m pretty sure there were moments when we all just sat and stared at her as she slept under the gumtrees.

If you would like to find out more about family and baby sessions available, please get in touch!

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Instagrams – Winter 2014

At the moment in our neighborhood the curbs are littered with piles of things ready for bulk collection – that aided effort of spring cleaning that is left out for the entire world to see. I have to admit that this is the first year we’ve ever put anything on the curb – just a couple of office chairs that we replaced recently – but it has always amazed me of all the things that people hold on to.

In retrospect through Instagram, I can see that this winter has been a time of spring cleaning spiritually by removing things that clutter my life emotionally and its also been creatively nourishing through giving myself the permission to experiment. We took the time to reconnect through bushwalks and weekends away down south. After months of trawling Gumtree for the perfect dining table, I took on a huge DIY of refinishing it and we love it and look forward to so many dinner parties this summer. I decided to get some of the my ideas out of my head and onto paper by making plans for creative collaborations with new and old friends this summer. I went a little crazy making plans for our gardens and can’t wait to see it mature in the warmer months and I continued to harvest delicious ingredients from our kitchen garden.

I hope your winter was as lovely as mine and has allowed you to refuel and replenish for what is going to be an amazingly productive summer.

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