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Ebony + Michael | Williamstown Wedding Photography

Ebony and Michael met through friends and after 3 years of dating got engaged, on their anniversary at Queenscliff Beach.  This gorgeous couple were surrounded by family and close friends as they exchanged their wedding vows in front of Michael’s Uncle, Paster Allan Herman at Westgate Vineyard Church.  Together we ventured around Williamstown’s gorgeous Botanical Garden’s and of course Williamstown Peir for their wedding photography.

Their reception at 501 Receptions in Footscray was themed as an Asian Banquet due to their love of Asian cuisine, as guests were treated to course upon course of amazing food!

Their wedding had many personal touches, of course being married by Michael’s Uncle, the stationary was all made by the groom (and how fantastic does it look!?) and two of Ebony’s Bridesmaids took charge of all things beauty!

Congratulations again Ebony and Michael!

Ebony + Michael’s Wedding Team:

Ebony’s Dress- Sottero & Midgley
Bridal Bolero by Etsy store Mary and Angelika  (Custom Bridal Accessories Handmade)
Hair accessories- Anna Campbell
Flowers- by Natalie Peluso at Feather Bud
Bridesmaids dresses- Elan Jersey Convertible Wrap Dress in navy
Girls hairAbbie and Ally mobile hair and make up
Girls make up- Kerryn Mastapa makeup artist (Sister in law/bridesmaid) , Sarah Magilton beauty therapist (bridesmaid)
Groom/Groomsman suits- New England
Cake- Sugar Puff Yarraville
Celebrant- Pastor Allan Herman (Grooms’s uncle)
Reception501 Receptions
Lolly buffet and floral centre pieces- Inspired Weddings and Celebrations Geelong
Stationary – All made by the Groom

Babies of 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  To welcome 2014, first meet the gorgeous babies of 2013!

Is it just us or did 2013 fly by!?  A very busy year for the studio!  We saw many clients returning with their newest additions and many new wonderful families!

In March, I entered the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) 16×20 Photography Competition for the first time, receiving two Silver with Distinctions and a GOLD!  At the AIPP APPA awards, receiving a Silver with Distinction.  At the Awards night received Associateship with the AIPP, and later in 2013 received Associates Honour with the WPPI.

2013 also saw Alex officially joining Iris Creations as a photographer on weddings, and soon will be expanding our wedding packages to include Videography!  So stay tuned!  Now it’s his turn to start the awards circuit, and plans to get his Associates with the AIPP quicker than me. ;)

And here we are in January, and already this year is flying by!  A few announcements to start the year..

in 2014 Iris Creations will be officially operating on PART TIME hours.  The office and studio will be open and available Wednesday & Fridays and selected weekends for sessions.  Therefore it is advised to book sessions as soon as possible!  Pricing for 2014/2015 Wedding Packages is available, and can be downloaded HERE.

Portrait Session pricing available HERE.

To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, and of course previews please be sure to ‘LIKE’ our facebook page HERE.

All the best for the new year!  Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

x Gemma

2013 AIPP Canon APPA Awards

What a weekend.  I feel I’m still exhausted!  If you don’t know about the APPA awards, they are an annual event via the AIPP.  The Australian Professional Photography Awards.  2013 marked my third year in entering, this year into the “Family” category.

A little background about what all this is about.  Each print is judged by 5 judges.  They enter a score out of 100.  Those scores get averaged out and produce a final score.  80-84 is Silver, 85-89 Silver with Distinction, 90-94 Gold and 95-100 Gold with Distinction.  Scores over 78 earn you points which, over time, qualify you for Honours status within the AIPP, Associate, Master of Photography and of course Grand Master of Photography.  The highest scoring photographers within each category at the Awards win the category for example “Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year” and from there comes the prestigious “Australian Photographer of the Year”.

For a little introduction about the AIPP & the APPA awards, please enjoy this video, which gives a great introduction into the process!  (and at 2:20, you may see yours truly admiring an image on the presentation walls!)

The 2013 Canon AIPP APPA from AIPP TV on Vimeo.

I entered four images and THRILLED to have received a SILVER with DISTINCTION for one of my favorite client images taken in the last 12 months.  At this session, I started dreaming about this image as an award print, when my client brought out the most gorgeous baby blanket.  I instantly knew how I wanted to photograph this gorgeous brand new baby.  I named the image “Tree of Life”.

I was also VERY excited to be awarded with my Associateship this year at the Presentation Gala (AKA the photography industries “Oscars”)  It was so exciting, especially to be receiving the medal at the same time as so many of my close photographer friends, and even more exciting when some had to dash off to receive a second AIPP Honours, their “Master of Photography”.

As I mentioned last year in my post about the awards “Being a photographer can be a pretty lonely and isolating existence. After photographing our gorgeous subjects there are hours and hours spent in an office alone working on a computer, and catching up on administration and other tasks. Working in a creative field by oneself there is no one to bounce ideas off or to chat with in the tea room on a break.”

This is one of the reasons that photographers from all over Australia jump in the car for a roadtrip, or a plane to get to the party quicker and it’s a long weekend of catching up (most of the time for the first time since last year’s awards), celebrating and letting the hair down!

To my colleagues, friends old & brand new… thanks for sharing this amazing weekend with Alex & I, once again it’s been a weekend to remember!  Til next year;)

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photography | Justine & Keeden

This is a wedding I’ll never forget. From the moment Keeden called me about photographing their wedding, I knew this couple were special. From the second I sat down with them to discuss their wedding, I felt we were old friends. Lucky for me, they felt the same and booked me!

Their wedding day was honestly one of the most sincere, loving, emotional, at times hysterical, and relaxing day I’ve had the honour of photographing. The day went without a hitch. There was no stress, it was all smiles, and I’m sure the guests who may not have known the extended family well, will agree that by the end of the night, you were considered family.

They are couple to be jealous of.. How they met is so romantic (think secret admirer, love letters – with no creepiness!) a proposal at Keeden’s 30th in front of family & friends.

(And to add to Keeden’s embarrassment the said introduction letter asking Justine out was on display at the wedding!!!)

Every moment of their day had personal touches. Cards to each other, family traditions including gifts, letters and jewellery.    Both were very close to their grandmothers, who sadly could not be present, however this didn’t mean that there were not an important part of the day.  Justine wore a heart shaped token of her grandmother’s wedding gown inside her dress, close to her heart.

The bridal party were so much fun, and watch out for the images of them “shuffling”!

A massive thank-you to Mandy & Alex for your help on the day, you guys rock!

Justine & Keeden – it was a joy to witness the beginning of your new chapter in life together.. All the best for the many years to come xx

Melbourne Child Photographer | Sleep

Sleep tight, dream big.  The world is at your feet xx

melbourne newborn baby photographer