Sarah & Etienne were recommended to me by Lauren, one of my favourite past brides and weddings, plus Lauren is one of their bridesmaids.
It rained on Lauren & hubby Derek’s wedding day, but neither Lauren or Derek was one of those couples to let a downpour of rain spoil their wedding day despite the ceremony being outdoors on Derek’s grandparents country property. A quick rearranging of furniture and the ceremony was conducted in the lounge room. We still managed to get outside for the family photos and some bridal portraits, but Lauren & Derek were great sports and it was a gorgeous property, I would have been disappointed not to give them a full collection of beautiful photos taken around the property. We reconvened weeks later back on the property and created some magical wedding photos. Lauren also jumped on board when I asked if she’d be willing to be my ‘test’ subject when launching my personal branding photography business as she was just launching her Brisbane graphic design business Sitting Pretty Graphics and needed some business headshots.
I guess Lauren being a nurse made her a cool calm and collected bride ready for any surprise a wedding day might throw at a bride. And with Sarah being a paramedic and Etienne an accountant, after our engagement session Im sure they too are going to make an equally chilled out and fun bride and groom.
I caught up with Sarah & Etienne when I was in Brisbane recently for their engagement session at Brisbane Powerhouse and around New Farm Park. I had a blast with these two. We laughed and we laughed. Thanks so much guys, I can’t wait for the wedding day!
Starting with our loved up couple on the pink bench outside Brisbane Powerhouse. Winter engagement sessions here are perfect because we don’t generally have to fight with the wedding parties – you can sometimes encounter 5 weddings here at one time on a Saturday in peak wedding season! Plus in summer the front of the Powerhouse is in full sun making it a tricky spot to photograph earlier in the day, and that means you have to wait till the sun drops to shoot here in Summer.
Anytime there is some street art or graffiti, I’m naturally going to use that as a backdrop for my couple’s engagement photos. Luckily there was a new piece of cool street art on the Powerhouse wall. I absolutely got some colour versions, but I love the black and white edit more for its graphic nature.
You can’t come to Brisbane Powerhouse for an engagement session and not do photos in front of those massive red brick walls! The walls of the Powerhouse add an urban flavour to your engagement photos.
I love natural light photos and we were blessed with beautiful overcast weather, yes I said overcast! Photographers love shooting in this weather for the soft diffused light the clouds provide when shielding the sun. And it meant we could shoot earlier in the day than usual, both on the north side of the Powerhouse which is usually smothered in bright glary sun and in the park.
It was time for a wardrobe change and move onto New Farm Park for some greenery and to add an element of softness to the engagement photos! I love the mix of green and apricot in Sarah’s floral dress matched to Etienne’s olive green shirt (*clapping).
A little dancing in New Farm Park …
We ended the session in the New Farm Park rose garden.