I find it hard to quantify my work sometimes – I keep joking that I wonder how long I can keep fooling people for because I honestly feel like I just point and shoot. But one of the words that keeps coming up when people are being far too kind and taking the time to tell me what they think of my work is “intimate”. For a while I didn’t know what that meant but now I honestly feel that I do. And it sums up what I felt about Cass’ work the first time that I saw it. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about her work which makes it so stunningly beautiful. And I believe that intimate is probably the perfect word to describe it.
In my mind, Cass’ work felt seamless to mine and considering how many weddings I couldn’t do due to being already booked, it made sense to ask her whether she wanted to work with me. Cass excitedly agreed and as of now, she will be shooting as part of our little business here. It’s a decision that was so easy because not only is her work beautiful, her heart is too. All of the stuff that Kristen and I talk about “being nice” and genuinely caring about what we do and the world around us is natural and intrinsic to Cass as well. We connected as photographers but we more importantly connected as people which is one of the things that’s truly necessary for me in every wedding that I shoot.
So what that means now is that we have twice as many availabilities each year – double the time, double the photography, double the awesomeness.
We’ll be blogging Cass’ weddings on the website in the coming weeks and months but in the meantime, this is a very small selection of my most favourite images of hers.
So without any further ado, meet Cass, her wonderful heart and her all seeing camera.
Lionel and Candice’s wedding was an eye opening experience for me. I’d been told that the activities of the morning would very much be something I would be keen to see so the 5am start wasn’t too much of an ask! From what I understand, Lionel arrived at the bride’s house and then proceeded to convince Candice’s Ji Muis (“sisters”) that he is worthy of her affection. He got off to a good start performing a song and dance that he had choreographed with his posse of mates which was pretty amazing I must admit. Then the money starts flowing – Lionel’s friends start handing envelopes filled with increasingly larger amounts of money through the front door of the house in order to convince the Ji Muis that Lionel is financially well off. Once a suitable amount of money is offered, Lionel is allowed into the house but he has to resort to increasingly desperate (for lack of a better word) acts as demanded by the Ji Muis (including licking peanut butter off each others faces) to convince how committed he is to her and at the end of it, he’s finally allowed to see Candice. I’m not convinced many men would have gone through what Lionel went through that morning and I reckon that Lionel well and truly earned the right to see Candice that day.
I photographed this wedding with my wonderful friend and super talented photographer Steve Koukoulas and some of his images are interspersed within this post. You should also check out his Facebook page right here.
Pete and Marina are wonderful souls and they love the simple things in life. Wine, clean air, fresh eggs from their chickens and a cute house in the country at the vineyard that Pete looks after and makes wine at. Plus, they named their dog Jonsi, after the lead singer in one of my favourite bands ever, Sigur Ros. And the best thing about photographing for a man that makes wine? It’s the box filled with 6 delicious bottles of the good stuff to take home afterwards.