Leach Family | Family Portrait |Tamworth

Last week I caught up with Cath & Bart Leach for their family portrait out at their family home at Moore Creek.

I first met Cath & Bart back in 2013 for their wedding at Tangarratta. I just adored this wedding. Cath & Bart were one of the best couples I haveever photographed. Yes my type of couple. Funny, in-love, had great friends & family that were up for any photo. I remember their day fondly, I came away from that wedding with a sore mouth from laughing & smiling so much.

Like many of my couples I keep in contact through facebook, & I love seeing their posts of their new babies & special things happening in their life. So when Cath contacted me saying they needed a family shoot I couldn’t wait.

Their kids Max, Molly & Sadie are just like Cath & Bart, cruisey, relaxed, friendly & very funny. SO I just loved every minute!!

I just adore your photos. Your family is just adorable You cant beat a family shoot at home. Everyone is relaxed, the fridge isn’t to far a way for a beer.

Good luck in choosing a favourite!!

Thanks again guys

cheers Karissa

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Doherty Family | Family Portraits |Tamworth NSW

My first shoot since returning from Cambodia was the Doherty family, Andrew, Nicole, Zoe & Jackson.

I first met Nicole & Andrew when she was pregnant with Zoe. The location for the pregnancy shoot was The Doherty families farm at Loomberah, just outside of Tamworth.

I just love catching up with families again to see how they have changed & see how the kids have grown.

The farm was a little different this time with the drought. Though green paddocks are beautiful & make amazing photographs I also love photographing when the paddocks are like this. I guess you can see beauty in anything.

At the Doherty family farm near Tamworth we had the perfect family portrait setting of green by the creek & dusty paddocks, the best of both worlds.

Nicole & Andrew also wanted to have a few photos with Andrew’s mum & dad to make it extra special.

We also organised a few shots a few days later when they had all the kids & grandkids home.

It was so lovely catching up again. Thanks again

cheers Karissa

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Sarah & Michel’s Wedding |Goonoo Goonoo Station|Tamworth Wedding Photography

Goonoo Goonoo Station

on the back wall of the wool shed a couple silhouette

Sunday of the long weekend was Sarah & Michel’s wedding at the spectacular Goonoo Goonoo Station. As you will see by the amazing photographs below this wedding was just amazing.

Goonoo Goonoo Station is located on the outskirts of Tamworth. This place is made for weddings. Heritage buildings, Incredible food, amazing reception room & a destination get away where you can spend the weekends with your guests. It also has endless photo locations.

What also makes this place outstanding is the staff & function coordinator, Andrea. Their service at Goonoo Goonoo is perfect. They go above and beyond to give you the perfect country Tamworth wedding.

Michel & Sarah met years ago in a chance meeting over breakfast in Fiji. Michel is from the Netherlands & Sarah a country girl from Australia.

So Michel moved over here to be closer to Sarah & the rest is history. Sarah had her mum, Sue help with a lot of the planning & décor for their wedding. She did an incredible job & thought of everything. The décor was just Sarah & her love for horses shone through.

Fireworks

Perfect Kiss for a fireworks shot at Goonoo Goonoo Station as fire works crack in front of them
A kiss at your wedding with fireworks!!! Perfection!!

As a surprise gift Sue organised fireworks for the reception. This just topped off their night. We bought all the guests out for a “guest photo” & as we started taking photographs the fireworks started! it looked just magical against a beautiful Tamworth night sky.

I just adore weddings like these. You actually feel more like a guest than a photographer. Sarah, Michel & their families & their guests were all just so friendly, relaxed & who were there to celebrate & witness two people, from two amazing families marry the person of their dreams. Yes this wedding had me leaving with a smile on my face & goosebumps.

Thank you again for asking me to photograph this perfect day!!

Sarah & Michel chose some amazing people to help make their day perfect.

Their ceremony was officiated by Vanessa Dobson, who is always so easy to work with. She’s bubbly, friendly, professional, gets your guests involved & disappears for “the kiss”. ( trust me a lot of celebrants don’t). She also loves an unplugged wedding which I am always a fan of!! Thanks again Vanessa it is always a great catching up again!

Reception

At Sarah & Michel’s reception I loved their idea of doing their bridal waltz as soon as they entered. With Dj Will’s amazing skills they had everyone on the dance floor which set the stage for the great party later on. If your looking for Tamworth’s best DJ please go with Will. He reads the crowd & always plays the best music!

Sarah & Michel’s MC for the night, Jeremy Roberts was perfect! Sue ( Sarah’s mother) mentioned how amazing these two boys were & they actually do this professionally. Yes one of the best MC’s I have witnessed…Thanks again

Another behind the scenes moment I loved was the staff of Goonoo Goonoo. They were all so interested in the guests but also commented how beautiful this wedding was. They noticed the guests, the families & the couple and loved the fact that it was a caring, intimate wedding. I think this speaks volume not only about Sarah & Michel but about the reception place- Goonoo Goonoo. To them it was not just another weekend, another wedding, another couple they were able to see little differences & help be part of that atmosphere.

Thank you again Michel & Sarah for choosing me to photograph your wedding. You are such a beautiful couple!!

Flowers- Jan from Designer Bunches,

DJ & Photobooth,-DJ Will

Celebrant- Vanessa Dobson

Lighting- Mr & Mrs Hill Lighting

Flower horse shoe- Michelle Panetta

Cake – Sue Plank

Makeup & Hair –Soho on Bourke

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Shaylan & Sheryl’s Wedding |Casuarina Surf Club |Darwin Wedding Photography

Many of Australian photographers have on their wedding shoot bucket list a sunset wedding in Darwin. Yes to be a Darwin Wedding Photographer- even if it is just for one day.
So when Shaylan, who I knew when we both lived in Tamworth called me up & said he was marrying a girl from Darwin & asked if I love to come shoot their wedding- I jumped at the chance

A Perfect Darwin Wedding


Shaylan & Sheryl had their reception right on the water at Casuarina surf-club. Under the stars with the most epic Darwin sunset.
Casuarina surf-club was the most gorgeous venue. Beautiful green grass with fairy lights dangling above. Hearing the faint sounds of ocean in the background. Everything was perfect-the location, food, their family & friends & the couple.


For photography location spots we looked all around town but after going for a walk around Casuarina Beach I knew we didn’t need to go anywhere. This place had it all. The beach, rainforest, long golden grass, amazing rocks, sand junes & a fabulous sunset over the water. The beauty of this is when your finished your photography you are instantly ready for the reception party.

Ceremony


Shaylan & Sheryl were married at the kingdom hall of Jehovah’s witnesses Darwin. I just love a service packed with good friends & family to help celebrate & watch your perfect day. Sheryl told me before the day “I don’t want to be late, I want to be on time, even early. So waiting on a few guests to arrive whilst she patiently waited in the car in the car park she finally got to walk down to isle with her Dad.


Sheryl is from Fiji so she had family & friends perform a few Fijian traditional dances which was a highlight of the night as well as a few speeches from family & Shaylan’s good friend Jamie. Jamie I just loved your speech it was short, meaningful & a bit “goose-bumpy”, yes just lovely.

B” -Bridal Party


Shaylan & Sheryl wanted a very simple wedding & chose to have “B bridal party”. So where you invite your friends to hangout with you, have some fun photos but you don’t have the hassle of dresses, flowers, suits, jewellery etc. Shaylan & Sheryl’s friends were fun, cruisey & very funny.


The couple also had many friends help with their cake, set-up & decorating of the venue, amazing Greek deserts ( by Anna who ever you are- but your deserts were the most amazing deserts I have ever tasted- yes I want to meet you!)
I cant wait for you to all see these photos below. what a perfect day! Perfect couple!!

cheers Karissa xx

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Brown Family |Family Portraits | Redhead Beach, Newcastle

In April I was lucky enough to travel to Newcastle for so many family shoots. But this shoot of Shane & Jacqui was extra special to me.

Shane is my cousin, so I guess you can say we have known each other for a little while now.

I photographed their wedding in Tamworth, a few years back, which was so much fun.

“The Cronin” family weddings are always a blast. So many laughs, good times, banter & oodles of dancing. Whilst I love weddings like this, especially ones where I know most of the guests, I do also love shooting individual families.

Jacqui & Shane asked me to capture their family at Redhead beach on an early Sunday morning. A perfect location for little Austin. To him this was not a photoshoot it was all about exploring, chasing birds & trying to get himself wet as well as his parents .

It is hard to get up super early for a sunrise shoot but the results are always incredible. On the east coast of Australia the sunrise over the ocean is always gorgeous. Along with Redheads’ beach of amazing cliffs, rocks & different textures we had the perfect morning.

It was so lovely catching up & spending time with “The cousins”. Thanks again Shane + Jacqui + Austin

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Tamworth Natural Newborn Photography – Joel + Belinda & Roy

Newborn Photography Shoot

Many people choose their family photographer for newborns based on the type of photography they personally like.

Some couples love highly posed in studio where they can control the environment & they put their newborns in poses & props. Whilst I do love some of these  shoots its not really my style.

The style of newborn photography I like is where you are at home or outside. Where you hold your baby close in your arms & I get to see & feel the relationship & love you have for your new little one. I see you interacting, comforting & holding this precious gift close to your heart.

Your bub is fully clothed, wrapped & feeling very secure. This is when I feel you get the best photos of your new bub.

This style of shoot suited Joel & Belinda perfectly. They live on a gorgeous farm where they have gorgeous horses & amazing sunsets. The place where Roy will take his first steps, the place he will call home. The place where a families memories are made.

Thank you again Belinda & Joel for inviting me to photograph your precious new family. There is so many amazing pictures of you all. I had such a hard time choosing my favourites.

Cheers Karissa xxtamworthnewbornphotographer

 

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Tamworth Realistic Family Photography -Emily & Campbell

Emily & Campbell Realistic photoshoot at home.

A few weeks back whilst in Australia I received message from Emily asking for a shoot. She seen I was back from Cambodia & knew she wanted a family shoot.

I met Emily & Campbell years ago when they were just engaged. They came to Uralla for a shoot & from that time I have photographed them & two of their newborn babies. I then left for Cambodia. Since that time they had 2 more gorgeous kids.
When Emily called me she said no more new babies but she wanted to capture the realities of having a family of 4 as well as capturing the kids in the home, all her children came home to after being born.
Emily & Campbell’s home is near Dungowan that has a hilltop view that overlooks a spectacular valley. It also has amazing sunsets from up there.
Following a crazy shoot in mum & dads bed which is what most families do on a lazy Sunday, down the stairs on the realities of trying to get everyone out the door but never on time, we headed out to the top of hills to also capture what living in the country with kids is like.

Designer clothes – That showed them as a family

When we ventured outside Emily & her family were dressed in Robyn Ru- Spunky Bruiser
I just adored catching up with Emily & Campbell again but also seeing how her kids have grown & their individual personalities.
Thanks again. I do hope we catchup again!
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The Graze Willow Tree Weddings -Simon & Gemma

Just over a week ago I had my last wedding before returning to Cambodia. Gemma & Simon’s at “The Graze Willow” tree.
I have done a few weddings at this amazing location. Every time I photograph here I am always so excited. This place has it all,  a gorgeous garden for your ceremony, onsite stunning accomadation, incredible food & service & spectacular locations within a few minutes for photographs.
I have known Gemma for a few years now so when she messaged to book in her wedding to Simon I was so excited. Gemma said one of the most important things for their day is the photography.
So when I went back to Australia we met to get the best photography times & locations possible.
Due to Gemma & Simon having their wedding in daylight savings many couples miss the perfect sunset or the best light of the day because their reception starts when the sunlight, sunset is at its best for location, & bridal photography.
We decided to change this a little with Gemma & Simon spending time with their guests for around 40 minutes after family portraits, then heading off with their bridal party for location pictures.

Gemma & Simon wanted to go to their property not far from Willow Tree, which was not only sentimental but just so perfect. So many little spots within a few metres. Then on the way into town we were able to catch the perfect sunset. One of my favourite shots below is on the driveway of Simon & Gemma’s place. I was racing off to the next location when I seen this incredible light & dust made by my car.

So I pulled over &  waited for the bridal party to come. This is what I love about weddings, stopping the couple when you see amazing light & capturing incredible moments such as these. I am also grateful to Gemma & Simon for trusting me & my crazy ideas to get shots like this.

Simon & Gemma had the most relaxed, hilarious cocktail reception with great speeches, a great wrap done by Gemma’s bridesmaids & amazing food by “The graze”

Also a huge thanks to my good friend & assistant Mel. It was so lovely to work together & catchup again. You always make my day so fun, so easy when we work together!!

Thanks Gemma & Simon for letting me be part of this incredible day!! I loved it so, so much!

 

 

Hair- Charlee from SoHo,

Makeup- Chloe from Four Beautiz, ( will get link when I find it)

Dress- made and designed my Dy O’Neil-Shaw,

Music- Chloe Hall,

Flowers – Stockholm Florist,

Styling-  Ivory Lane,

 

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Tamworth Newborn/family photography -Ben & Holly, Alfie & Huxley

I’ve known Holly & Ben since they were married nearly five years ago in The hunter Valley. Since then we have kept in contact & have been one of my favourite families to photograph. Since their wedding they have had two gorgeous boys, Alfie & Huxley.
Huxley was born in February so when Huxley was 5 weeks we organised a  newborn shoot.

So many photographers say newborn shoots have to happen in their first 3 weeks. I tend to disagree with this with the style of my newborn photography shoots. Bub is always fully clothed, wrapped & warm. So if bub isn’t sleepy they are usually content & not crying. If bub is a few weeks older they usually have a little more head strength too. So my newborn shoots are always less stressful & mum & dad are also less stressed. Yes most of the time my newborn shoots are outside with natural light & I just simply love it! As you will see by this shoot.
I just love catching up with my families to capture their memories & big milestones in their life.
Ben & Holly live out towards Duri on their family farm which is the perfect backdrop for a shoot. Sentimental & amazing shoots. Despite being in one of the worse droughts, bare paddocks looked amazing in the photos.
That day we had a cracker of a sunset which you will see below. The kids had enough by that stage but I stuck around to just watch the amazing sunset.
Can’t wait to photograph the boys together when their running around together.
Loved catching up with you both xx

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Hunter Valley Wedding photography, Blackhill, NSW – Kieren & Stacey

Saturday I travelled to the picturesque Hunter Valley to the suburb of Black Hill for Kieren (KK) & Stacey’s wedding at KK’s brother, Storm and Nat, my twin sisters lovely home.

Stacey decided to match the environment with Native flowers. With a photographers creative touch, I designed my first wedding bouquet and button holes for the family…A bit different to a regular day in the life of a photographer!After some much needed rain overnight, the clouds disappeared to reveal a glorious sunny day.

KK and Stacey wanted their ceremony to be followed by a relaxed cocktail reception, all at the one location. Nat & Storm’s home is on a few acres, overlooking a gorgeous dam with a great spot for a marquee and fit the bill perfectly. Local friends helped out with photo locations, making the day silky smooth.

The bridal party were such a big help to KK & Stacey and made the photo shoot hilarious & memorable. Thanks guys so much! It was so much FUN!

A highlight of the day was Stacey’s son Ethan entertaining the crowd with an impromptu rendition of “Happy” picking up the microphone while Stacey and KK were signing the register. Ethan sang while the guests clapped, totally impromptu, totally adorable.

KK & Stacey also wanted lots of photos of their guests having a great time. Being a twin of one of the bridesmaids meant I was there to capture all the night time celebrations. KK & Stacey hired an amazing band called Kings Road who played a lot of hits from the 90’s & 2000’s. Yes, these guys were AWESOME! With the weather dropping in temperature the guests need no further encouragement to dance all night.

Thanks KK & Stacey and their families for such an amazing night.

 

Celebrant : Steph Dewhurst
Marquee/tables/lights – Beavis Hire
Barrels/hay bails – Hunter Valley Barrel Hire
Flower crown : Etsy
Make up by Napoleon Perdis
Band – Kings Road
Styled by Kieren and Stacey
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