I stepped off the bus, rolling my luggage along behind me. And as I breathed it in, the air was trimmed with a 15 degree chill that bore its way down to my skin, causing me to hug my arms in an attempt to savour the warmth.
Melbourne was cold. Very cold. And very different from Sydney which was an obese 30 degrees the day before. But nonetheless, I was excited to be planted in a different city for a day, to roam its streets, and to savour it all onto photos was the best way to top it off :)
Then, as their black car pulled up to where I was staying. There began the adventure around this pretty picturesque city with Vicson and Shean Fui. We would be spending four hours together snapping away along the streets of Melbourne, and the weather could not be more perfect to start with. Soft, sunny, and cool.
Vicson and Shean Fui, thank you so much for your time in Melbourne! It was so lovely to capture your faces on my camera. I'm so sorry I couldn't join your beautiful wedding celebration, but the honor of the invitation to celebrate it with you meant just as much :) Next time I am in Melbourne, I will remember to call you up and shoot that shot of your car that you wanted ;)
Here are some of my favourite images from their engagement session! They took my advice and went half in formal and half in casual. Those that know me, know how much I love couples dressed in smart casual gear!! It just exudes tonnes more of their personality :) Anyhow, enjoy the images... I have also put up some behind the scenes shots, to show you how some of these images were made (And to those who have asked, and may ask, no cropping was done to any of these images in post production) :D
I *heart* the light in this photo! :D
We shot around these tall trees for ages! They were SO pretty!!
Behind the scenes...
This was the result.
Behind the scenes...
This was how it came out.
I heard this building was very famous in Melbourne. So, I run the risk of taking what I like to call a "Photograher's Cliche". What it is, it's when a photographer takes a photo of something/someone, which EVERY photographer has already taken. Its like snapping a bride and groom right in front of the Opera house or the Harbour Bridge, or the Twin Towers. Well, I excuse myself from the Photographer's Cliche because I have never seen this place before, and I swear I never looked at a single Melbourne photographer's portfolio before doing this shoot. So, there! Disclaimer made! For lack of better words, I still love this shot! Especially with that flick of the veil that the wind so naturally provided! :D
I normally don't take moody b&w shots, but I just love this one for some reason :D
Loved Shean Fui's long lashes!! We couldn't NOT shoot them!!
And what's JSP, without playing with some colour right?? :D
Okay, so this is another famous building in Melbourne... so the disclaimer applies here too!! Now, those that know me, know that I am not a fan of 'wide' shots in general and in an entire session with me, you may get 1 or 2 wide shots in total. You see, I love getting up close to my subjects (it kind of reflects how I like to relate and treat my clients!). But this shot below screamed 'SHOOT ME WIDE' when I saw it :) I hope it works? ;)
Ahh... and that ever famous graffiti in Melbourne. This street was AWESOME!! I know every single photographer in Melbourne has shot here, so... disclaimer applies here too!! haha :)
We wanted to go to St Kilda's beach for the last session, but it BUCKETED... and I mean poured down like there was no tomorrow. So, we decided to stop at a cafe to get some hot chocolate and shoot here instead! I thought it provided something different for what was to be an entire outdoor shoot. I'm glad we stopped by! Thank you Vic and Shean Fui for listening to your silly photographer's ideas! :)
These last two were probably my favourite shots of the day.
See the slideshow below for tonnes and tonnes more pics, and a cover song that I just adore.
And lastly, I must give a shoutout to Aaron Fong who helped me on this shoot! He took the behind the scenes shots you see sprinkled throughout this post :)