• What does eclectic mean? eclectic - adj. Not following any one system, but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems

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The first wedding of 2017 kicked off with Vinh & Jo’s beautiful summer wedding at Sergeants Mess. Since it was an afternoon ceremony, they opted to have a first look and their location photos before the ceremony started.

We always love it when brides and grooms opt to do a first look on their wedding day. It means we can create a special and intimate moment for them as we capture them seeing each other for the first time on their big day. The photos of these moments are always raw, emotion charged and genuine.

These first look moments are gold! The expression on Vinh’s face when he sees Jo for the first time is just priceless and something that can never be scripted. Even though we try and make this moment as private and intimate for the bride and groom as possible, spot the little onlooker who was watching the whole moment unfold while enjoying his packet of chips!

The rest of the day was equally as memorable, full of emotion, laughter and love as these two celebrated their union in front of their nearest and dearest against a spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour at Sergeants Mess in Mosman.

Enjoy this slideshow that captures just a glimpse of what happened that day.

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Hair & Make Up: All Made Up
Dress: Abbey Bridal
Headpieces: Lavender and Lilac
Flowers: Anthomania Floristry
Suit: George & King
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Sergeants Mess
Wedding Cake & Bomboniere: Alcakemy
Transport: HF Wedding Cars
Video: Onsight Films

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How do you start capturing memories in your home? Where would you even start?!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen a million quotes about home. Home being where the heart is, ‘there’s no place like home’ and other cliched ones like ‘Home sweet home’.

However, upon meeting this couple at their home of 45 years, all the quotes about home really started to ring true. One of them that stuck in my mind and truly made sense to me was “Home is where our story begins…”

How did I stumble across this lovely home? A wonderful gift idea came from their son who saw the opportunity for their family home to be photographed before they put it on the market for sale. This came as a nice surprise to his parents as they hadn’t even thought of the idea. At this point I wished I had come up with the idea for our own family home before we sold it!

I didn’t know how to categorise this shoot as it is not an interior architecture shoot or a real estate shoot but really a shoot about capturing the character and memories of this home. I wanted these photos to bring to life the memories that this family had in their home. Something they can look back on and recall. Just like listening to a song can flood back memories and emotions of a certain event in time, a photograph has the power to do the same.  When looking at the paperweight collection from around the world, memories of their travels can be brought home.  Whatever it might be, that’s what photos are for aren’t they? A record of memories, travels and life’s journeys.

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Photographs serve such a greater purpose in telling our history and I learnt this right in this very home. J+J introduced me to their family history from their photo wall. I saw photographs of their parents and grandparents  and even learnt about the style of photographic printing and posing trends of the time.

Those portraits weren’t just portraits of their parents but as we looked at them, the history and stories began to unfold. Our memories are reignited and all of a sudden our stories become vivid again in our mind.

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From a plaque in the garden:

“The kiss of the Sun For pardon

The song of the birds for mirth

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth” ~Dorothy Frances Gurney

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“Take my hand and walk with me

The best in life is yet to be

John & Jacqueline

April 22nd 1971″

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It was clear to me this family treasured photographs. I loved that I could be a small part of their story in documenting history as they say goodbye to their home.

Selling your home? Call us on 1300 88 36 30 or email info@studioeclectic.com.au for a chat on how we can preserve memories of your own home.

Check out the album we created here for them.

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Father’s Day….it’s snuck up on us again and you don’t know what to get as Dad has everything…

If it’s crept up on you as fast as it has for us, do not fret! We’ve got you covered for Dad’s gift!

FATHER’S DAY GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL

Studio or Outdoor Family Portrait Session (valued at $250)

8×10″ Matted Art Print (valued at $85)

Video Slideshow just like this one with the top 20 photos (valued at $200)

TOTAL VALUE: $535

Purchase your Gift Certificate before Father’s day and pay only $150! (save $385)

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Purchase your Father’s Day Gift Certificate by 3rd Sept 2016. Certificates bought after 2nd Sept 2016 will be in an e-certificate format only but can be printed off by yourself if you wish. Portrait Session bookings are to be made Mon-Sat and must be fulfilled by 31st December 2016. The Father’s Day Gift Certificate Special is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

  • Robyn stubbs - Hi Tracwy,

    Great to see you and the fam visiting our congregation recently ?. Anthony’s bday is coming up and o wanted to enquire about family portrait sessions, pkease? I know it is something he would love to do whileitw Miss is still tony. Thanks, robyn

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There’s always something special about meeting a newborn even though we’ve met and photographed so many before. Newborn photography is so different to even photographing an 8 week old. There’s a beautiful excitement about meeting a new life and I love being able to capture the joy on parents’ faces as you can see how clearly in love they are with their new baby.

Maybe it’s also how awesome to see this tiny being in comparison to their parents and how fragile they are. Maybe it is still being amazed each time at the work of God to knit this little human in his mother’s womb and to see His creation born into the world.

Meeting Harrison was no different.

As we turned up to their home, his Mum warned me that he had been having unsettled nights and he might be difficult to photograph …but he behaved beautifully and not a tear was shed!

I hope you enjoy these photos 🙂

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You’d think that this was their first baby but this is their third bub!

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