Libby & Angus

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August 12, 2017
Vieille Branche, Brisbane QLD

I'm the luckiest person in the world to have had the honour of photographing Libby and Angus' wedding, two people of whom I hold very dear to my heart. After spending nine years together you could see their magic was still as strong as ever, it filled my heart with butterflies seeing the amount of emotions they'd dispersed into the room just with the love they share for one another. Their special day surpassed all expectations I'd had leading up to it - everything from the stunning bride and groom, the gorgeous french antique filled venue and the endless smiles on everyones faces was absolutely perfect. Don't just take my word for it though, see for yourself.

Libby & Angus, thank you for sharing this perfect day with me X
 

 

Venue/Decor/Catering: Vielle Branche ~ Donuts: Rainer Doeker ~ Flowers: Gina Hucker ~ Event Planner: Libby & Gina Hucker ~ Entertainment: Bridget Logan ~ Libby's Dress: Stone Cold Fox ~ Angus' Attire: Peter Jackson ~ Makeup: Yasmine Moussalli ~ Celebrant: Kate Veulling

 

 
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Beech Forest

Jess, Nav, Matt and I set off early on a Friday morning towards the Great Ocean Road in search of a new camping spot. I came across a little gem of a spot in Beech Forrest, situated right next to a carpark of a waterfall where camping was free and it allowed fires. Perfect! At first we were the only ones camping there and the occasional group of people would visit to see the waterfall, it was absolutely blissful.

For the remainder of the first day we relaxed, it's not often we reach our destination while there was still light so after we'd set up camp, we chilled out for the rest of the day. We cuddled up in my swag, found warmth by the camp fire, cooked marshmallows and talked for ages. Then later in the evening we had our first neighbouring camper arrive, Jerry. Jerry joined us for the rest of the night, telling us of his adventures while on the road alone, travelling around Australia in his 4x4. He also saved us by contributing firewood to help keep us going through the night, we'd already burnt through our full bag already since arriving. He was strange and quirky man, but also very nice company to keep. I asked to take a portrait of him the following day and he declined, but I sneakily took a side profile of him crossing water with his walking stick the next day (shh) hehe.

In the morning Jess (the head chef) cooked us up a feast and off we went to explore Beauchamp Falls and Hopetoun Falls. We made our way through the rainforest and I was so in awe the whole time, it was a nice change of scenery compared to our recent camping trips at the beach or out in the bush. In between visiting the waterfalls we collected a large supply of sticks and wood for the fire, the boys were having the time of their lives cutting into all of the dead tree limbs! Investing in an axe and handsaw had been the smartest decision of the entire trip, it was so cold that even my thermals and many layers of clothing couldn't stop the shivers from running through my body.

We ended our day with a beer, a pub meal and game of pool at the local Beech Forrest Pub. Afterwards we returned back to the campsite, made an outrageously big fire and then early in the evening we suffered torrential rain. We'd managed to grab a camping spot under the trees that saved us from the light rain all weekend, but there was no escaping this downpour so we went to bed a little earlier than usual. I didn't mind though, falling asleep to the sound of rain hitting the sides of a canvas tent has recently become one of my favourite things.

In the morning we woke up to a slushy mess outside from the rain. It was so cold that I couldn't feel my fingers and we couldn't make a fire because our firewood was saturated to the point of no return, so we decided to pack up early and not suffer in the cold. We headed to the closest cafe for coffee and then started our drive home, singing along to some great classics and ranting on about how great of a time we'd had. The entire weekend left me with the biggest smiles, a heart feeling so full and so many dirty clothes. Nav's moving to South Africa soon, so this trip had been extra special because it would be our last one with him for a while.

I can easily say this has been my favourite camping trip so far.

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Great Ocean Road

I love the scenic views when driving along the Great Ocean Road, but when your destination is Apollo Bay, it's much easier to take the faster route away from the coastline. Although we'd taken the shortcut, the three hour drive was easily extended with my frequents stops along the road, saying hello to all of the animals I could find. My favourite furry friends were the cows we first stumbled across in a big paddock on the hillside. Shy at first, but they all eventually made it over to us in the end. We stayed for a good 40 minutes, waiting until almost every cow in the paddock had a taste of the delicious grass that was only on our side of the fence. I was excited to get this roll of film developed to see how they turned out, I hadn't imaged they'd turn out as special as this though.

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Little Oberon Bay

Back again to our favourite place in Victoria, Wilsons Promontory! Tidal River holds a special place in my heart and what's most magnificent about this place, is that it's quite big and there are an endless list of places to explore. Three friends and I braved the Winter cold for a long weekend, we relaxed in each other's company, enjoying the fresh air and the wilderness surrounding us. On one of the days we went on a short hike, starting off on the beach to play frisbee (of course), then made our way around the mountain until we found our way to Little Oberon Bay, a beach with the whitest sand and the most aqua blue water. My heart sunk from the beauty as soon when I first laid eyes on this place, I've never been to a beach quite like it. We were lucky in that it didn't rain while we were out and about, the skies were cloudy, overcast and picture perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend.


Northeast Party House @ The Croxton

It was the first Melbourne show for Northeast Party House's sold-out national tour, Calypso Beach. If you don't know NEPH, just imagine six boys that are very easy on the eyes, making the grooviest music that you couldn't control your body to stop dancing to if you tried. Their live shows are nothing like I've seen before, if you like their recorded music, just wait until you watch one of their electrifying live shows and I promise you'll be mind-blown.

Here are the photos from the night, at the Croxton and then their afterparty at 24 Moons afterwards. And here's my favourite song from Calypso Beach that you can listen to while you scroll through the photos. Thanks boys for such a fun night! <3

3 June 2017

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On an Autumn day...

My previous post shows my morning with two talented boys taking press shots for their band, Venus Court. My day afterwards consisted of wandering around the north inner-city suburbs of Melbourne, finishing off my last roll of film and catching up with my dear friend Libby visiting from Brisbane. Once I'd finished with the press shots, I set off on foot to meet my friend in Abbotsford. I love walking but I feel like I don't set enough time aside to do it these days, so it was nice having some alone time for a good hour, exploring the beautiful Autumn day

Melbourne was delivering.

Libby and I met at the cafe Au79 in Abbotsford which had recently opened a few weeks ago. I'd been so eager to check it out and oh my, it certainly didn't disappoint! The size of the place is phenomenal, everything from the interior design to the presentation of the food had blown both of us away. It was the perfect place for us to reunite and catch up. Libby and I ate the yummiest granola and sat inside for hours, admiring our surroundings and catching up on each others lives.

All in all I had such a beautiful day, enjoying a rare Autumn day in Melbourne where we could feel the warmth of the sun on our faces, with a sky as blue as ever. 

Please enjoy this little series of photos and a favourite little tune of mine to go along with it <3

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Venus Court

On a cold Sunday morning I slept through my alarm and got ready in a rush, setting off to meet the boys and take a couple of press shots for their band, Venus Court. Arriving only 20 minutes late (much better than I first anticipated), Sam & Jake took me to get a coffee and we were off to Woolworths to grab breakfast to make afterwards. Venturing only minutes away from their humble home in Fitzroy, we found a heap of great locations on the streets where we started mucking around and taking photographs. These boys are the best company and considering I felt extremely hungover at my arrival, I ended up having the greatest morning and the sweetheart Sam even cooked me pancakes afterwards.

Here are my selected favourites from the day <3

You can check out the rest of their music on SoundCloud here - Venus Court

Wilsons Promontory

Six friends and I packed our camping gear and an overnight bag, and we set off on a three hour drive to Wilsons Promontory to escape the stormy weather in Melbourne. To summarise our trip - we played lots of frisbee on the beach, ate the yummiest cooked meals (thanks Chef Jess) and explored as much as we could in the small amount of time we had there. Before packing up camp we were already talking about our return to this magical place, discussing all the walking trails we wanted to go on next time and all the people we would invite to join us. I've never suffered from post-camping blues as badly as I did following this trip, it was truly one to remember. Thanks to everyone that came x

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Pictured left to right: Cody, Nic, Melanie, Jess, Nav & Sab

 

Photographs of myself by the lovely and talented Jess Brohier 

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Erin & Tim's Wedding

11 March 2017

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of this wedding, assisting my good friend Jess Brohier in capturing Erin & Tim's special day on film.

Jess and I arrived in the afternoon to Park Hyatt Hotel where the bride was getting ready. I couldn't help but notice Erin looking especially elegant in her wedding gown, completely unable to hide the excitement radiating across her face.

Tim & Erin met before the ceremony instead of traditionally meeting down the aisle. They explained, this way any nerve is completely illuminated during the wedding because you're within the comfort of each other beforehand. It also allows them to fully take in the experience of their own wedding, focusing on everyone's expressions during the ceremony, instead of just their own. I like the idea of this because after all, you want to remember these special moments for a lifetime, especially all the people you invited to take part on celebrating your big day together.

The ceremony was held at The Conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens, which I consider an absolute dream of a venue. I was so in awe of everything. The bride and groom had truely been blessed with the most beautiful weather and setting for their wedding, with an intimate ceremony full of friends and family, amongst all the gorgeous flowers and greenery. To top it all off, my friend Sam O'brien played Coming Home by Leon Bridges so beautifully that almost had me in tears.

The reception was held at the Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond, there I watched the newly weds surrounded in a room full of loving, dancing and happy drunk guests. What a perfect way to celebrate the start of the rest of these two lives together.

Thank you for having me on your special day, Erin & Tim Lambert <3

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Halls Gap

Eager to slip on my hiking boots and go exploring, I made an open invitation for my friends to come join me on a camping trip to The Grampians for a little weekend getaway.

The eight of us camped at Plantation Campground located on Mt Zero Road in Halls Gap. If you're looking for a place to stay close to The Grampians, I highly recommend this place! You can enjoy camping for free in a beautiful, well-kept environment full of all the facilities you'll need. 

Some arrived at the campsite earlier, setting up around 3:00pm. Myself and a few others arrived much later, around 10:30pm after having finished work, getting grub and completing the three hour drive from Melbourne. Once we were all together, I introduced everyone to one another, as some were meeting new friends for the first time. We stayed up late, eating baklava, listening to music and talking of what plans we had in store for the following day. 

In the morning we all enjoyed a nice 9:00am sleep in and a big hearty breakfast was served to us, courtesy of Fran. We then played a bit of frisbee before setting off in our hiking boots, ready to climb to the top of the Pinnacle. Our friend Cody loves to explore and it's no secret that he's a little nature child, he kept us entertained during the hike, climbing onto any rocks he could find and searching for secret caves to enter into. We found a cave at the top of the mountain that we spent some time chilling in, having a cheeky smoke and listening to some music. Afterwards, we set off to MacKenzie Falls for a dip in the waterfall to cool off, then back to the campsite for dinner, before packing up and heading back home.

Although our adventure was short-lived, it was still the perfect amount of time to leave me feeling rejuvenated for the rest of the week. I had read in an article recently that majority of us get to work on a Monday morning, dreading the work week ahead and dreaming of going off on holidays. With these thoughts in the back of our minds, we easily forget that you don't need to take days, or even weeks off of work to just to feel like you've had some time away. Instead, all you need is 48 hours, a good group of friends and a destination within hours reach to have a fulfilling weekend away. Our weekend was the perfect example of this, by the end it had all of us feeling that we would all be off again soon, curious as to where our next adventure would take us!

Thanks to Fran, Cody, Mitch, Nav, Matt, Sab and Cathy for an epic weekend <3

 

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‘Nav…?’
‘Nat…?’
‘Yeah buddy! We found you!’
‘Holy shit!’
‘Haha I know!’
‘How… is this even possible?’

The night had gone quiet, the occasional roars and cries of the sizeable band of young backpackers camped nearby the only noise piercing the silence of the bush. Whether this silence was perceived due to my highness or real though, I could not tell.

'I sent Nat a text...' I said as I exhaled a dense cloud of white smoke and passed the joint to Matt who was laying next to me on the grass. 'Told them I'm wearing a bright red top and that my car is a black 4WD.' 'You know they can't see your red top or your car in this darkness yeah?' He said dreamily.
'Ah, fuck.'
'Maybe tell them we are listening to Bob Marley?' One of the girls suggested. 'They could find us that way?'

This 'they' included Nat and a few other friends who had left Melbourne a bit later than us, and were supposed to meet us at camping grounds around sunset. Except that they didn't. It was almost 10 and they were still nowhere to be found. I got up, climbed onto the roof of my car to get some phone reception, sent them a final text and then plopped back down next to the others and took the joint from Matt.
'Do you guys think they'll actually find us tonight?'

I don't know how much time passed. But it didn't really matter, for the sky was ablaze with a trillion little burning dots and the night creatures were up singing and keeping our company. We smoked and drank and talked about whatever. Our plans of rendezvous seemed to have failed, but we had left our anxieties back in the city. Out here, the darkness was no veil trying to keep us from our friends, but rather a blanket under which laid the mysteries of a whole universe. It imbued a sense of whatever was to happen, would happen. And then...

'Nav?' There is something revitalising about waking up in the bush. You don't stretch as much, your body feels fresher, younger, ready to step outside and embrace the world. A breakfast of toast, beans and freshly-brewed coffee. We are off to do some hiking. But then, less than 12 hours after being reunited, we have lost each other again. Slowing down to avoid the dust storm the first car was kicking up in their wake, I lost them somewhere along the way. We circle the streets of Halls Gap for a while, try calling them (unsuccessfully) and eventually that same feeling we had last night tells us to go and it'll be fine.

We take on the hiking route known as the Pinnacle. The sunlight is crisp, the air laden with light. The ancient sandstorm rocks feel reassuring under our feet as we navigate one of the most captivating landscapes in Victoria. We sit at the very top, where the land juts out into space, with our feet dangling over the side and snack on nuts and crackers. And I'm thinking to myself; it's been a good day, even if we can't all be together to enjoy the views, when I hear someone's voice from behind; 'Nav!'

I turn around, stunned. The bush has reunited us, once again.

Written by Nav Samedi

Flinders Rock Pools

Jade, Bronson and I made a spontaneous decision to drive down to Flinders for the day, to spend some much needed time together catching up and having a fun day outdoors. Little did I know, the spot Jade was taking us to was to my favourite place in all of Victoria, which happened to be his as well. Although I had been here many times before, I never saw it as I did on this day. We searched through the many rock pools, having the greatest time showing each other what we'd found and Jade even had a dip in the freezing cold water. It was overcast, which made it perfect to take a few snaps and it had me wishing that I'd come with much more film, because one roll was definitely not enough to capture all of what this incredible place had to offer! 

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Erskine Falls

If you know me, then you'll know that I'm always eager to get out of the house for an adventure! I can never refuse getting on the road and spending a day outdoors in the sunshine, especially when it involves a drive along The Great Ocean Road. I often try to take friends to places they've never experienced before, so when my friends Aleesha and Kylie told me they had never visited Erskine Falls in Lorne, I was quick to decide that this was the destination we had to visit. Unfortunately, this place can get overcrowded with people very easily because it's a well known waterfall where a lot of tourists and locals visit constantly. But that didn't stop us - we got up close to the waterfall, sat and admired its beauty and explored its surroundings for a while, then headed back into Lorne for shopping, then to my favourite Burger shop Bottle Of Milk to enjoy and burger and a beer before heading back home. We had an early morning start and made our deadline to get back home by 3:00pm, it was a successful, short escape from the city that left us feeling rejuvenated for the rest of the day. 

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Roadie from Darwin to Melbourne

On Thursday 16 February 2017 I caught a late flight up to Darwin, arriving in the early hours on Friday morning. My good friend Bronte had decided to make the move to Melbourne, so I eagerly put my hand up to join her on the long journey driving through the centre of Australia in her car. Our journey included stopping at many destinations along the way, taking in all of the beauty that Australia has to offer. We travelled from Darwin > Daly Waters > Devils Marbles > Alice Springs > Uluru > Coober Pedy > Lake Hart > Adelaide > Melbourne. We arrived home in Melbourne seven days later, after completing a total of 45 hours driving all together. Oh my, I could just do it all over again. This journey makes me want to get on the road more and see the rest of what Australia has to offer, and here's why...

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Sir Charles

My go-to cafe for a morning breakfast and coffee has become Sir Charles, on Johnston Street in Fitzroy. They make the most delicious food and best of all, it's made by friend Eddie in their kitchen who not only puts 100% into the taste, but the presentation too.

One morning I took some photographs for Sir Charles where they laid out the most mouth-watering meals in front of me, which I had to refrain myself from eating until finished. Here's my morning hanging with the great staff, meeting cute puppies and eating lots and lots of food!

Thanks for the great hospitality guys.

x

Venus Court

I had the pleasure of hanging and taking photographs of the "folk-pop princes of Melbourne", Sam and Jake O'Brien from Venus Court.

We met up in the city one evening after we all finished work and headed up to the 170 Russell Street carpark. The boys found some roses and wanted to incorporate them in the photos, just proving how romantic they truly are. At the end of the shoot, Jake gave a rose to a complete stranger in the park and by the look on her face, I'm positive this sweet gesture absolutely made her day. 

If you enjoy harmonious melodies and love songs, these guys are worth giving a listen! You can listen to them here.

Thanks for a wonderful evening boys. Until next time x

Splendour In The Grass 2016

July 23, 2016
Zach and I were on our way to Melbourne Airport to make an excruciatingly early flight at 6:00am. We were running on only two hours sleep each after Zach's band Dream on, Dreamer played a show the night before, so we were feeling pretty exhausted at this point. I had a brief nap on the plane and took full advantage of the free coffee and food in Virgin Lounge, by the time our lift picked us up from Gold Coast Airport I was feeling revitilised and the excitement for the weekend ahead had kicked in. Just a few pit stops along the way, a dip in the water at Brunswick Heads and we were on our way to Ocean Shores to the Airbnb.

Meet the crew! A big thanks to Zach and Mads for bringing us all together and creating our big Splendour family. We had the perfect mash of people and in return this is what made the weekend as great as it was. Not everyone is pictured here but these are a few of the legends I shared the Airbnb with. At first I only knew Zach and Mads but got to know everyone pretty quickly after we started drinking together and exchanging stories, never have I felt more comfortable surrounding myself with so many new people. 

"Mads punch in the face"
1 bottle of vodka, 1 bottle of champagne, 1 bottle of Little Fat Lamb (or ginger beer), 1 Golden Circle Sunshine punch, frozen blackberries, 1 passionfruit and 1 orange.

While the others stayed back at the Airbnb, I ventured into Splendour on my own trying to make the most of the last day. We stayed at the Airbnb for majority of the day before and didn't end up going in until it was late, so I was excited to see the festival while the sun was still out. For a few hours I wandered around taking photos, watched a couple of bands play and bumped into some familiar faces on the way.

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The weather was glorious, it was a pleasant change compared to Melbourne's cold and I'm glad we didn't waste a moment of the sunshine. Before heading into the festival we all kicked back, got boozy and enjoyed a picnic in the sun. Mads made punch which turned out to be the most magnificent and strongest concoction of ingredients I'm yet to experience. 

 
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Libby and I were holding hands and swaying side by side to Sigur Rós. We were too small to see ahead of the people in front of us, so instead of struggling to try and see we just closed our eyes and listened. This was my first time hearing them and I was blown away by them - afterwards I opened my eyes and Libby and I looked at each other with the biggest grins on our faces, both amazed with what we'd just experienced. 

This photo was taken on my point and shoot. At the time I took it, I had just raised my camera high and hoped for the best, but it wasn't until I got my roll of film developed that I realised I caught this random person throwing their arms in the air. 

Another favourite performance of mine was James Blake. From the top of the hill we watched thousands of people tightly packed around the stage, gently swaying and singing along to his angelic voice. I took this photo during "Love Me In Whatever Way" - I was waiting to snap the perfect moment and as the stage lit up at its brightest throughout the whole of his performance, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to snap this photo.

Overall my first Splendour experience exceeded all expectations and it all started from booking an impromptu flight to Queensland and our questionable method of entry into the festival. I owe it all to these two, Zach and Mads - I'm so appreciative to have spent this quality time together with the both of you. Thanks for introducing me to so many great people along the way and helping to create memories to last a lifetime, I returned home with a heart so full and my cheeks sore having been smiling for so long. I love you guys <3

Photos taken using my Pentax K1000 & Olympus mju-ii

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