We were all pretty excited about doing this styled photoshoot with our real couple, Brodie and James, down at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula. We wanted to create a series of photos which would inspire brides and grooms into wanting the same for themselves. Brodie and James looked the part and received a lot of congratulations from strangers along our path down to the beach! The end results definitely exceeded our expectation – in photography and videography. This photoshoot and filming produced some spectacular scenes which was worth the effort!
Location, Location, Location – Melbourne Wedding Photography
Cape Shank was our first choice of a location for Brodie and James. It was not an easy location to shoot at but it is a spectacular place. The light can play havoc, being either too bright or too dark. The rocks are unsteady and don’t allow for easy movement. There were also other photographers there, vying for best position. On this particular day, the weather behaved just as it should and Brodie navigated so elegantly around the rocks in her heels – with me nervous as hell that she’d fall over and hurt herself! As for the other photographers, everyone was so respectful of each other and we managed to blend them out. This enabled us to capture this real couple in images which have some depth and feel to them. We wanted to create images which stir emotions and we think we did a great job here.
Styled wedding photoshoot – Keeping it Real
The waves hit the rocks and catapulted high, creating an exciting backdrop. There was a breeze which gave us some movement with Brodie’s hair and clothing. Movement is something we love when on photo shoots, something which also creates feel. Brodie and James, who have been together for a few years, were just perfect models. Having known them from our countless visits to the races, they were very happy to oblige in modelling for us. Brodie is a fashionista who thinks along the same lines as we did with styling. There were no problems in agreeing about what she’d wear or how her hair and make-up should look. She knows how to look the part as she has won many ‘Fashions on the Field’ competitions, including the major one during the Melbourne Cup Carnival where she walked away with a brand new Lexus! James also dabbles in the fashion comps, and he’s not too bad at them either! Brodie and James are no strangers to our cameras as we’ve photographed them at the races. Because of this, they knew we did great work. We do like to use real couples for our styled shoots because it just looks real. Even our little 6yr old man exclaimed ‘it is a real wedding because they’re kissing!”, when watching the film. Cute.
Creating Moments – Telling stories
We’re not great with shot lists. As photographers, we tend to go into a shoot open-minded and shoot spontaneously whatever unfolds in front of us. Again, this helps to keep things real. Yes, we do give a lot of direction as to what we’re after but that comes from us being inspired by our models and our surroundings. As we walked down towards the beach, we noticed fantastic looking trees which arched over our couple. Further on, some more beautiful trees and branches where light glimmered through. Then, there was the platform which we had to follow to reach the beach. We haven’t been down there in a while and these locations slowed us down a little, actually giving us less time down at the rocks where we had initially intended to shoot! There are no regrets at all as the photos turned out stunning.
Fine Art Wedding Photography in Melbourne
Just recently, we acquired a fantastic new camera lens which creates the most amazing portraits with radial blur in the background. The bokeh (light circles in the background) is very special. It’s the Lomography Petzval 85mm 2.2 art series lens. Some of these portraits were shot with this lens and how amazing do they look! The lens is definitely assisting us in our move into more of an artistic direction with our photography, fine art photography. We’re so hooked on this lens that we’ve ordered more of the series which we’re aiming to blow you all away with! Unfortunately, they will take some time to arrive.
We wanted an indie, vintage look for both the photos and film. With some time-consuming editing work, we are proud of what we’ve come up with. This will appeal to those stylish bride and grooms who are after something a bit more edgy and super special to remember their day with. It’s more than just photography, it’s an artistic production where you are the stars.
Have a look at these photos and make sure to scroll to the end to find the wedding film we did.
- Dress: Self Portrait
- Shoes: Scanlan and Theodore
- Bouquet: Wild native bouquet by Souri Sengdara
- Headpiece: Lady of Leisure Millinery
- Make Up & Hair: Katie Winkler and Ashlee Jayde
- Photography and Videography by freshphotography Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Wedding Film – A love story – Brodie & James
Make sure you have a look at the stunning wedding video we produced on the day. A cinematic wedding movie telling a love story.