I do have a weakness for beautiful flowers. I just can’t get enough and am forever thinking that the Monet quote “I must have flowers, always and always” was written for me. On a wedding day, I love photographing the bouquet and arrangements as they are such great details for an album layout and is one element of the couples attire that will not last beyond the day. Today I thought I’d share a little of how I go about photographing a bouquet to capture all the dimensions and textures in the best way possible which I try to do during the preparation stages.

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  1. First of all, find the best light. If this means taking the bouquet outside, take it outside. Use natural reflectors such as white bed linen, white curtains or a white wall to help bounce a little more light onto the bouquet.
  2. Choose your backdrop. I will try to track down a neutral coloured chair (or something with more personality if it fits with the wedding) or corner of the room but in a pinch, the wedding dress is always a beautiful backdrop to allow the bouquet to take centre stage.
  3. Position the bouquet and find the “front”. Typically any pins in the bouquet ribbon that tell you that is the back of the bouquet or there might be a bow or broach which tells you that is the front. The florist has chosen the best angle based on their expertise showcasing the best blooms and giving symmetry so go with it.
  4. Get shooting! Shooting wide open is great but I find that with a bouquet it can be difficult to find a focal point with so many depths so shooting around f/2.5-f/4.0 works best depending on the angle. I tend to shoot bouquets with either a 50mm or 85mm lens and shoot a vertical and horizontal of the bouquet first and then focus on some of the closer details and stand out flowers such as these orchids in this incredible bouquet by Katie Cooper Floral Design. I find my style lends to shooting slightly down on the bouquet or at eye level to the top of the bouquet.

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Left Image – EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens (f/2.5, 1/400th, ISO400), Right Image – EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens (f/2.5, 1/320th, ISO400)

For the past 6 years I’ve offered the one album type to my clients from Cypress Albums. The quality has never faltered and they truly are a family heirloom but last year I decided to look for an alternative in price and something a little more contemporary.

These new fine art albums are lightweight and modern and with a range of fabric or leather covers, there is a look to suit everyone. While these albums are printed on paper and my other albums are printed on photographic paper, they are still similar in their layout which I love and I couldn’t resist doing a beautiful 12″ sample album with Nina and Jason’s wedding photographs.

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Just as I was getting ready to leave for our holiday in Paris, Lucy contacted me to photograph their little bundle of joy that was expected in late April. Their little girl eventually came a week later than expected and shortly after I came and hang out with them at their beautiful home.

I normally try to arrive at a newborn session around the time they are due for a feed as not long afterwards they will usually fall asleep but Olivia decided she was going to show us her power of will. She was wide awake for the entire time and refused to doze off for us, no matter how much she ate. We joked that her stubborn nature might prove a problem when they try to encourage her to eat her broccoli.

Here she is, the beautiful Olivia.

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Our trip to Paris began as grey skies flanked by grey buildings being shielded by dark and bare branches. As we explored the city though, we discovered small pockets of spring throughout with burst of colour and flavour. I’m sure Grant got tired of my exclamations of bright red strawberries and spring bulbs and the most amazing yellow flowering shrubs. Every restaurant we visited had new season asparagus on its menu for entree and one dessert of strawberries sprinkled with sugar took my back to my childhood and was better than any dessert I had ever had before.

Nature has always helped me feel closer to God and this was a new level of awareness as each corner we turned reminded me of the earth that He painted and breathed into light and the ongoing promise that the world keeps on turning and the beauty of spring will always come after the cold and dark winter.

And so here is Paris, in the gloriousness of spring time.

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The phrase “when you know, you know” has never been more true for Joanne and Brett. Having gotten engaged less than 6 months of meeting each other, they didn’t need to wait any longer to know that they had found the one.

The weekend after returning from Paris, I was delighted to photograph their wedding at UWA and Mosmans. The weather was not going according to plan but you wouldn’t know from the beaming smiles on the faces of their family and friends. Congratulations Jo and Brett and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Wedding Gown: Raffinato Bridal // Hair Stylist: Hair by Ivy // Florals: Budding Stars // Cake Artist: De la Rosa // Ceremony: UWA Sunken Gardens // Reception Venue: Mosmans // Photography: Angela Higgins

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