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It’s always lovely to do a photo shoot for a family you are somewhat familiar with. Doing a shoot with the Daniels family (my neighbors) was great as the ice had already been broken and we were all at ease in each others company.

Their Daughter Georgia was heading to the USA in the coming months and they wished to have some beautiful family photos together before she headed off. They were keen to have the shoot done locally at Glass House Mountains, which in our minds is certainly a picturesque gem of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. I had found a great spot that took in the famous Mount Tibrogargan so it certainly has that Glass House Mountains feel.

As the family met me at the door of my house I was stoked to see Georgia’s dog was also going to be part of the shoot which I was so excited about. I think its so special to include pets in family shoots as they are a part of the family too.

We had alot of fun with this shoot and capturing this family in these beautiful surrounds was just so special.

Enjoy folks

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I’m incredibly lucky to be living in such a gorgeous part of the world at present. The Glass House Mountains region is really a site to behold. When Kylie contacted me for a maternity shoot not long out from her delivery date I jumped at the chance to really explore a few options for capturing this special time for the family.

Kylie is quite good at photography herself and admitted that she’s not too comfortable in front of the camera but she said she enjoyed the relaxed vibe around the shoot, capturing natural moments with her family put her at ease with it all.

Not long after this shoot she delivered a healthy little boy they called Bowie! I am yet to meet up with him for another shoot to capture his early months, I love a good lifestyle shoot with a baby and family, it such a beautiful thing.

So here is what we captured on this glorious Sunshine Coast afternoon with the Glass House Mountains on show in all it’s glory. Enjoy

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Two Rivers Winery located at Denman in the Upper Hunter Valley is a lovely little winery that’s big on vast expansive views over the valley. I was lucky to be able to document the wedding of Hayley and Jhi on the hill that took in those beautiful views. Hayley had contacted me almost a year prior when they were both still living in the Northern Territory!! Hayley had said that she read my ‘Meet Christina’ page on the site and knew I would be a good fit for photographing her and fiance Jhi. Clearly with the distance involved we corresponded over emails and calls however not having a face to face meeting didn’t matter on the day. Come the 19th or September we met up at Elegance Hair and Beauty Salon in Muswellbrook and chatted on like we’d been mates for ages. ‘You’ve got to try one of their cookies” she said. Yes folks the salon had their own gourmet branded cookies! A cookie and a cuppa was a lovely morning tea as I had just come from Jhi and his crew back at Aberdeen who were happy to muck about for a few pictures early on. Utilising a large mirror in the bathroom….you’ll see.

One truly memorable moment came when Hayley met with her father for a suprise reveal after she was had gotten ready at the Remington Motel. These guys were clearly very tight and emotion coming from them in those moments was really special. Can’t say I’ve documented many of these moments but its a really lovely thing to do.

Back on the hill at Two Rivers the wind had just started to pick up…typical that! despite that though celebrant Lee Watts gave a great ceremony for Hayley and Jhi with their close family and friends watching on.

The location shots were a lot of fun, I suspected that this was the kind of shoot that they wished for. These guys weren’t for anything too staged and or should I say formal posing. We tried lots of different ideas of which you will see in the pictures but they had a great group of friends in the bridal party to keep the laughs coming. The toyota jump on the hill was a bit of a mission but we got there in the end. I feel we got a great mix of group shots along with shots of just the two of them with the time frame that we had before heading into Muswellbrook Race Club for the reception.

The reception was lovely and relaxed and heartfelt, a table with tributes to loved ones lost as well was a great feature to have them be part of the day. A key highlight after the speeches and cake cutting (cake by Alicia from Vanilla Lane….super talented) was Hayley’s dance with her dad….did they tear up the floor!!! its was like those clips you see on Youtube with the father/daughter dance at weddings….super impressive.

All in all it was a great day for these guys, so much love and laughter around and even though the upper hunter is so dry at present we managed to get a series of great shots for them for years to come. Here is what we captured. Enjoy

Copper Tree Photography for wedding photography and family photos on the Sunshine Coast ( Glass House Mountains, Maleny, Maloolabah, Maroochydore, Noosa, Eumundi and surrounding areas)

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Nikki and Dan’s Wedding last month was a beautiful heartfelt occasion between close family and friends at a gorgeous riverside location on the grounds of the Godolphin horse stud. Thank goodness some recent rain had greened things up a bit for the Upper Hunter. They married under a beautiful arch draped with white fabric, the children did well throughout the proceedings clinging to mum and dad, taking it all in. Everyone was so happy to see these two tie the knot as they had been together for many years. Once the formalities, the congratulations and the family photos were complete we explored around the property, mainly on the other side of the rive where I had spotted a field of pink tuffed ….weeds no doubt, that’s typical of me to see beauty in weeds. We had plenty of golden light to pose in which we captured some lovely portraits. As the sun set we headed back over to the ceremony location. The clouds were displaying lovely shades of pink and blue which I wished to capture, the lovely mountains and homestead in the background capturing the beauty of the property. Nikki, Dan and the crew were great to work with, happy to try ideas and walk to different locations for the shots…much appreciated guys. The Upper Hunter certainly has beautiful qualities, its a different scene to what I’m used to these days but I do miss it. Here is a selection of what we captured that glorious day. Enjoy

Copper Tree Photography for wedding photography and family photos on the Sunshine Coast ( Glass House Mountains, Maleny, Maloolabah, Maroochydore, Noosa, Eumundi and surrounding areas)

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Willow Tree is a little gem in the Upper Hunter with Graze being a prize winning restaurant with stunning decor and atmosphere. Across the road is The Plains Pantry which I have written a blog post about in the past – a great cafe and delicatessen holding many local delicacies well worth a stop too. I was so delighted when Jess and Marc contacted me to cover their intimate wedding on April 5th. A wedding at Graze is always going to be a beautiful wedding.

On arrival It was all very casual and relaxed, Jess and Marc were busy putting the final touches for the ceremony and the table decorations inside. There was a general feeling of excitement about the day’s events especially from their  girls as they were finally officially going to be sisters…how lovely. Marc and family got ready in the cottage next door which had a dark paint throughout which make for beautifully moody images. The kids were keeping occupied watching tv. This room had great wallpaper, it was a great opportunity to get a candid pic…all part of documenting the happenings of the day. Jess’s room was back in the Graze grounds, these rooms have stunning pressed metal bedheads. We took the opportunity to photograph Jess’s crew, the kids, her maid of honor and Jess and her parents.

The ceremony was really moving.Marc despite seeing Jess throughout the morning was quite emotional in seeing Jess in her lovely wedding gown.  They had written their own vows to each other incorporating a few funny moments during their time dating and incorporated family with readings and advice for marriage. The ceremony followed with  many hugs, tears….a couple by me which is a rarity and some gifts.

The locations we had were fantastic. Between the grounds of Graze, the lovely red brick wall at Plains Pantry, and the paddock that I had scouted up the hill with its views over the valley we weren’t short of good photo opportunities. It was great to work with this crew, have a laugh and try different ideas. I absolutely love what we captures that day and thank you to Marc and Jess for asking me to be part of their day.  It was just wonderful, here is what we captured. Enjoy

Copper Tree Photography for wedding photography and family photos on the Sunshine Coast ( Glass House Mountains, Maleny, Maloolabah, Maroochydore, Noosa, Eumundi and surrounding areas)

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