Your alarm goes off but its still so dark, in fact this morning its a bit chilly too. Being underneath the covers seems so much more inviting than getting out to turn off the alarm, let alone get out of bed and get ready. However you remember that this morning you have to meet someone. You question yourself on whether this was as good an idea as it was when you invited them to meet you.
After packing up the car I race up to the meeting place Statham’s quarry set in the hills of Perth. It was only a few days ago I was up there in the afternoon watching the sun set on a glorious day, which also happened to be the day that my brain came up with this crazy idea to come up here again. Today I’m not alone, my son and his mate are tagging along, they are going to do some cross country running before school. I’m also meeting a gorgeous couple who are planning for their upcoming Wedding. We are meeting to take some pre wedding portraits in preparation for their lovely Wedding day. Its always nice to do this as it helps an nerves settle before I get in their face with my camera at the Wedding.
Well this morning’s pre wedding shoot is a bit different, instead of going for the camera and clicking off some shots straight away, we have agreed to go extra early to watch the sun rise from atop of the quarry. The views up there are just simply stunning and fresh. We hike up the quarry and it would be approximately 2kms of moderate walking, which is lucky because the wind is very chilly and fresh today. As we rise to the top we wait for the sun to peak out from behind the clouds. And then we wait and wait and wait. The thick cloud set on the eastern horizon blocks any colour and lights of ray that we have been expecting.
Fortunately I have a couple Tom and Renee who are very much in love and very into each other, and although there is some initial camera shyness, they actually work well with the me their photographer so that we can create some very natural and magical photographs form the pre wedding experience. As I explain to them this is just to get accustomed to the camera, on the Wedding day it is a very different story. There is a very real, raw magic that you cannot recreate any other day and that is what makes Weddings for a photographer very special. And of course it makes a Wedding day for the couple even the more special. The countdown now begins until the Wedding of Tom and Renee.