In grandpa’s day, apparently they used to say ‘location, location, location’ was everything. When talking about best business practice, that is. For me as a photographer, lighting is my first priority. And then comes the search for beautiful backdrops.
After Mikaela asked me to be her wedding photographer, we both couldn’t wait to arrange the complimentary engagement session. But the when and where was a tad more challenging with us living ten hours and two states apart.
We finally hit on the idea to meet in Armidale, a half way point of sorts. I always knew it was a pretty town. But I also knew I didn’t have the luxury of being able to location scout in advance. So after a prayer and some phone calls, on the designated Sunday, we made a rough plan.
“Let’s meet at the Gostwyck Chapel near Uralla!” I texted. “You might like to wear your floral dress for that location. It should match the surrounds well!”
We joked a little that it was a race to see who would get there first and thankfully I won haha. I had been told about an unusual shearing shed just up the road from the chapel so was glad for a spare minute to check it out. I hurried back though once I checked my phone and realised there was no mobile service for them to call me if they had arrived. A ute was there when I returned and a wave of Mikaela’s hand over the tinted window confirmed they had!
Like most normal human beings, the pair were initially a little nervous in front of the camera. But with fun prompts and a little time, they warmed up. Poor them though! Just as they were getting comfortable, I announced it was time to leave for the next location. The fading light and the promise of beauties yet to be discovered hurried us along.
Back on the road, we took the New England Highway and headed north until we saw a sign towards Saumerez Homestead. None of us had ever been before, but the property boasted of a gorgeous array of backdrops to showcase the connection between the Mikaela and Jacob and their playful vibe. Thank you to those who made it possible!
Mikaela and I have known each other for years and I have a suspicion that I met Jacob once when I was child too, so capturing their love was really special. Mischievously, Jacob announced at the start that just five photos would be plenty, but he was a good sport and we kept going until the light was all gone. Secretly, I suspect he’s going to find it hard to pick five favourites! I know I can’t! I also can’t wait to capture your big day, Mikaela and Jacob!