Sara and Shay met in high school, and although Sara knew that Shay was “the one”, it took him a little longer to catch up! But catch up he did, and recently they celebrated a small, intimate wedding with their immediate family. A few days later they planned a party with the rest of their friends and family to celebrate their marriage, and they asked me to capture it for them. Sara said that she had chosen me to photograph this special time in their life because “Your photos stood out to us because we want to capture the candid moments of our party, where our guests are being themselves.”
During an event I spend my time moving around and looking out for those special moments to capture – those moments that tell the story of your day and of the people who are there with you. The natural laughing moments, the details of the food and the decor of the room and the interaction between you and your guests. We can also take the opportunity to take some particular combinations of people in a more posed setting, but for the most part, my style remains casual and very much ‘fly on the wall’. My events package includes all edited images, plus a gorgeous slideshow set to music when booking two or more hours, which is the perfect way to share your memories with friends and family!
Sara and Shay’s party was so much fun to be a part of – there was a lot of love, laughter and lightness with a great atmosphere. Not to mention Shay and Sara looked absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!
Sara said “We chose Alana to photograph our party because we thought her photos matched what we were looking for – natural, candid photos capturing special moments between us and our guests.Little did we know that the decision we’d made to ask Alana to help us out was going to be the best decision we were going to make for our party. Alana was so kind and friendly and interested in us and our family members. She made everyone feel comfortable (how lovely Alana was was a very common compliment from our guests!) and the result was amazing photos of all our family and friends. People talking to each other, laughing, having a drink, hugging each other, our nearest and dearest being themselves. I couldn’t be more grateful for those photos, true representations of such special moments. And then, to top it all off, the photos and video were completed within a week! The first time I saw the video I was a blubbering mess! I was just so THRILLED with what I had received.We can’t thank Alana enough, I would recommend her for any occasion that she is available for. I will certainly not forget to be in touch with her for any future opportunities I might like to have photos done. If you are looking for a photographer, your search should end with Alana, you absolutely will not be disappointed.”
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Special events for your kids are times you’d like to capture and remember, but you also want to be able to focus on them and the day itself, without worrying about trying to take your own photos. When I’m there to capture an event, I spend most of the time just walking around and looking for those little moments, expressions and interactions that are all part of the story of your day. We also make sure to get some more ‘formal’ photos with particular special guests, and the more formal parts of the ceremony. This leaves you just able to be in the moment and enjoy the day, knowing that you’ll have some beautiful photo memories to look back on afterwards! Memories that include YOU in them!!
Sofia had her christening at the Macedonian Orthodox Church – a place I’ve attended before for Ethan’s Christening. She coped so well with all of the formalities, and was obviously well loved by so many people around her. And how gorgeous does she look in her little outfit!! Sofia won’t remember this day at all, but she’ll always be able to look back on it and see what it was like!
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When your little one has a special event like their Christening or birthday party (or in this case, both at the same time!), you have so much to organise as a parent. You want to be able to enjoy the day and focus on your special guests and your little one, so getting the day captured means that you’re able to do that! Before the day I always send out a quick questionnaire just to find out what you really want to be captured. Usually we make sure to capture you and your little one in some more formal type photos with special guests, and then the rest of the time I simply just capture what’s actually going on. The real life moments, reactions and details of the special day – the ones that really tell the story! You then receive ALL of your edited images AND a beautiful slideshow to look back and remember your day!
Ethan was celebrating not only his Christening, but also his first birthday! Despite not having had his normal sleep in the morning, he was absolutely perfect throughout the entire day! We started capturing moments at home while he was getting ready, and then this gorgeous little boy fell asleep in the car on the way to the Church. He slept through most of the ceremony, but then woke happily and calmly when it was time to get changed. It can always be stressful wondering how they’ll cope during these events, but Ethan was a total superstar! And now his family have these beautiful memories to look back on forever!!
If you’d like me to capture some memories for you too, Contact me here to chat. You can also view my Events Portfolio for more examples of my work. I have a very relaxed, ‘fly on the wall’ type approach to capturing events, as I really want to capture moments as they truly happen. As always, I want to tell your authentic story!
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Last year I was there for Sienna’s Baptism, and this year I was also there for her first birthday! Meeting with clients again is always super special, because through taking your photos and spending time with you, you all become way more than simply a client! I love watching your kids grow and hearing news of events in your life, and I feel extremely lucky to have been there for two of Sienna’s special events. Her first birthday party was BEAUTIFUL! The cake was absolutely stunning, and they’d also had some gorgeous biscuits made by a friend who I think could easily sell these to other people! They had a photo memory board (I always love those!) and a wall of donuts (it took all of my will power not to eat one!), and some absolutely delicious looking food! Sienna’s dad owns a pizza shop so he made some amaaazing pizzas, and I have to admit that editing all of these photos made me hungry!! They also had face painting (check out the gorgeous dog face paint and butterfly in the gallery), and a whole lot of people there to celebrate gorgeous Sienna’s first birthday.
It can always be a little overwhelming for kids when it’s their party and suddenly there’s a crowd of people in their home giving them all this attention. Sienna felt the safest being held by her Mummy, but she did so well throughout the day, and I loved watching how her personality has grown since I saw her last. They really do change so much in that first year – it’s so cliche, but so true!! Her big sister was also gorgeous in her white dress, and capturing the joy she had when playing with her cousins was just beautiful. I absolutely loved being a part of Sienna’s birthday party, I think she had an amazing day and that her parents definitely earned a big rest afterwards!! Birthday parties are EXHAUSTING!!
If you’d like me to capture a special event for you as well, Contact me here. Having me capture your event means that you can focus on the party, and be safe in the knowledge that special moments and details will be captured for you to remember. You can also view my Events Portfolio for more examples of my work.
Recently I captured the engagement party for Shane and Sophia. Sophia’s sister in law had gifted them the shoot after I shot Sienna’s Baptism in September. Their party was held at The Bell Tower, and the evening was just perfect!! They were truly lucky with the weather, and all their guests were having an amazing time and were so friendly and accommodating to the strange lady following them around with a camera! And can I just say, how BEAUTIFUL does Sophia look?! She absolutely shone during her evening, it was so easy to capture her true happiness!!
Towards the start of the evening, we went downstairs to get some images of Sophia with her bridesmaids who were so willing to just have fun with it all, and are obviously going to be an amazingly supportive team for Sophia on her big day. I love being able to capture their connections with each other, their sense of fun and their gorgeous personalities. There was lots of noise, lots of fun, and a whole lotta love amongst this group!!
Sophia then pulled her fiancé Shane down for some photos together. Shane admitted that he wasn’t as comfortable in front of the camera as some, and yet I think he did absolutely brilliantly! The main thing I love to do is to capture the connections between people, so I told Shane not to look at me and instead to look at his beautiful fiancée. This came easily to him, and made it very easy for me to capture their beautiful connection. They told me about how he proposed in Canada after making her grumpy after she had to walk a long distance, and about their plans to set a date for their wedding. Talking to the guests during the night, there was a common theme with everyone telling me how happy they are for the couple, and how they had been expecting the engagement for a long time. I also captured some images of Shane with his brother who will be his Best Man. We spoke about how close they were growing up, how they used to share a room, and how they have special cufflinks which celebrate their bond. I absolutely love this and as I said to them, I hope that my boys grow up with such a special relationship.
All the guests were so much fun. Although some liked to avoid the camera (I may have snuck some of them anyway!), many were also very happy to share their stories with me and let me capture the fun they were having on the night. There was yummy food, pink drinks, yellow hair, an awesome band, beautiful weather, a dedicated bar, a beautiful view, and so many memories. I’m so glad I was able to capture some of those memories for Shane and Sophia! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your night!
Recently I captured some memories for Sienna’s Baptism. I really enjoy capturing events, as a lot of it simply involves watching and capturing what is naturally happening which results in some very real and honest images. I also love it because these are the times in your life where you look back and remember – and I love being able to give you some images to help you relive it all. Sienna won’t remember her day – and yet she’ll be able to experience it through these images, just as her family will be able to as well. They’ll remember what life was like at the time she was baptised, and will be able to see all of the people who are important to them. This is also why I provide a slideshow of images for those who book me to capture their Events. I feel that it’s a beautiful way to be able to relive the day, and is yours to keep forever.
We were so lucky with the weather for Sienna’s baptism as they had predicted rain and storms, and the day before had not been very pleasant. The day of her Baptism though was just perfect! I met Sienna and her family at their home so we could capture the details of her getting ready – being dressed by her Godparents (who were a little nervous at the prospect!), adorned in her gorgeous jewellrey, her big sister Amelia running around (and occasionally picking her nose!), and of course some of the more traditional images with the important people in her life. Sienna became a little tired, but these images to me are just as beautiful. She needed her dummy, she needed cuddles from Mummy – and this is real life! Luckily for Sienna (and everyone!) the church was a bit of a drive away so she was able to get some sleep in the car on the way there.
Arriving at the church, I couldn’t help but think about how beautiful it was! Before entering, I captured the images of people greeting each other and of the crowd of people who had assembled to celebrate Sienna’s special day. The Priest was hilarious! He certainly made the Baptism such an enjoyable experience, and he even beckoned me up to stand next to him at one point so that I could capture the way Sienna was intently watching him and listening to his every word. She did amazingly well throughout the whole ceremony – a little superstar! Afterwards we used the beautiful archway to capture some more posed images with the groups of people who had come to celebrate her day.
Following the church, it was time to celebrate for lunch! They had decorated the restaurant so beautifully, and I wanted to capture all of these details, including the gorgeous cake!! How beautiful was the cake!! The atmosphere was truly beautiful throughout the whole day, and Sienna was so perfect throughout it all. When I left, she was quietly fighting sleep in her pram – but I was told afterwards that she did end up going to sleep. Yay! I feel lucky to have been able to capture such a beautiful day with such a beautiful family. I know that Sienna is so loved by her parents and her big sister, and also by her Godparents who fulfilled all of their duties (including dressing their first baby!), and provided so much support to Amelia as well.
If you’d like me to capture your event, contact me. I’d love to help you remember your special day!