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Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) Wrap up – Sydney 2014

Who would have thought that 4 simple letters when put together could strike fear into thousands of photographers Australia wide and literally make grown men cry ..

This last sentence may sound a little far fetched but I can assure you that when it comes to photography awards that the Australian APPA awards are arguably the best in the world.

Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)

So what does all this mean I hear you ask ? Hurry up and get to the point ! ?

Well of the hundreds of thousands of images that I shoot every year I am allowed to choose only four, FOUR !!

That’s like having 6 children and being asked which your favourite 3 are … I love every image that I photograph and to choose only 4 is just an amazingly difficult task !

To make things harder yet there are over 10 categories to enter into, but for me my passion lies with wedding & travel.

And so with many other photographers Australia wide we sent our four prints off to be judged in Sydney by a panel of Australia’s finest photographers.

This year I chose three travel images and one wedding image and am very happy to report that three of my images scored very well !

My travel images were taken earlier this year on my bi annual trip to the USA.

Scores for the images in order were

95 Gold Distinction

92 Gold

85 Gold Distinction

78 2 points off an award

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A great result over all and now working on creating 2015’s images !

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Albert River Wines – Angela & David

Welcome to another real life wedding !

This week the stars aligned for Angela & David

Angela & David have shared their beautiful Albert River Wines Wedding with us !

Theme: Country Rustic / Vintage

Tell us how you met

We met through our best friends Tara & Joe who introduced us one fateful night watching Joe’s band at The Joynt, South Brisbane.

The proposal

A very long, romantic story. The moral of the story – Ange said YES!!

The Details !

Ceremony & Reception Location: Albert River Wines, Tamborine – Dress: Bertossi Brides / Paddington Weddings
Wedding bands & engagement rings: The Diamond Jewellery Studio – Celebrant/Priest: Rev Bruce Sligo (Dave’s Dad – very special)
Makeup: Suellen Bayly – Bayly Allure – Flowers: Carolyn Hyde – Hyde Roses – Cake: Ann Leslie – Ann’s Unique Cakes

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Honeymoon

Margaret River, Western Australia

Funniest Moment

Our youngest flower girl and niece (2 yrs old) walking down the aisle waving to everyone like a Royal!

Favourite Wedding Day Moment

The whole day – we can’t possibly narrow it down to one moment

Special thanks to

Our Parents for supporting us every step of the way

Valued most about Ben Clark Photography

I can’t recommend Ben highly enough.

He is such a talent. Just a few highlights for us: from the first time we met him we felt like we had known him for years, he is so easy to talk to.

On the wedding day, Ben arrived to the venue 45 minutes early & wandered around the venue & countryside taking shots in preparation.

As the bride, I didn’t notice him at all during the ceremony or the reception but he was there working the room the entire time because look at the incredible photos!

Lots of people asked if my jaw hurt from smiling for photos all day, not at all because Ben doesn’t make you pose, it’s all about capturing the natural moments.

And our milky way night shot – AMAZING – need I say more!!

Advice to other Brides-to-be

The best advice I received was to try & have 5 minutes of quiet time away from guests with my groom to reflect on our special day.

We were lucky enough to do this outside while Ben was capturing our night shot. Plus, enjoy every second because the day goes way too fast!

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Thanks Ange & Dave ! You guys totally rocked your wedding day & thank you for sharing your story !

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August 7, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Adam Cavanagh - Awesome wedding, epic night shot!!

August 20, 2014 - 9:51 am

Kay Eyles - I am Ange’s aunt and was unable to attend her wedding. With these beautiful wedding photos I was able to imagine I was there.
Great photos, beautiful wedding – fantastic job!!

August 20, 2014 - 9:56 am

Ben - Hi Kay, I’m so glad these images were able to bring to the wedding !

The last few weeks have been a little on the crazy side !!

Well as the title suggests these last few weeks have been a little crazy with a short family holiday to Fiji, meeting with awesome couples about their own weddings, not to mention a night shoot with a few of my photographer pals just to keep things interesting !

I’ve added a few images into one post here just to share the love and let you guys know that yes I have been busy !

The night shoot was a lot of fun, something I haven’t tried before so it was good to push the boundaries a little and get out and have a good time !

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Novotel Twin Waters -Tegan & Hayden

Welcome to another real life wedding !

This week Tegan & Hayden have shared their beautiful Sunshine Coast wedding with us !

I first met Tegan & Hayden in January this year at Sarah & Luke’s wedding  when Hayden was their MC

This time it was Hayden & Tegan in the spotlight and their beach wedding was just beautiful !

**Special note**

Groomsmen Josh also plays the surprise roll of Celebrant !

This little secret was only known by Tegan & Hayden right up until Tegan walked down the aisle !

Their wedding day story continues below

Tell us how you met

We were both teachers at the same school

The proposal

Hayden organized a beach walk, while his mates set up a sun set picnic for us. While on the walk Hayden couldn’t hold out so he popped the question at the base of Alexandra lookout.

We then walked up to the top of the lookout where Hayden’s mates used subtle hints (the left and right car indicator) to direct him to the surprise picnic.

The Details

Ceremony location: first bay beach Coolum – Reception location: Lily’s on the lagoon @ Novotel Twin Waters

Gown: Gowns of Elegance – Wedding bands and engagement rings: Michael Hill Jewelers

Celebrant: surprise celebrant, best man Joshua Bretherton (we sneaked Josh through a celebrant course, all was revealed at the alter).

Hair: The PowderRoom – Bridal party attire: Roger David/Gowns of Elegance – Make-up: The PowderRoom

Flowers: Merrilee Adamski – Cake: Shannon Adamski (Brides sister)

Entertainment/Music: Lee Bevington – Transport: GG Limos

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Funniest Moment

The grooms two brothers coming out in kilts with bag pipes and completing a solo of ‘You’re the Voice’

Favourite Wedding Day moment

See above! It was awesome!!

Special thanks to

The support of family and friends in making the day both amazing and memorable. The brides sister, who provided things such as the lolly buffet and photo station, even when the groom said ‘no’

What did you value most about using Ben Clark Photography ?

He’s relaxed but professional nature that captured the intimate moments.

Advice for other brides-to-be

Hire the people who make you feel comfortable.

It’s your day, enjoy it.

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Spicers Clovelly Estate – Sherilyn & Xabi

Welcome to another real life wedding !

This week Sherilyn & Xabi have shared their beautiful Spicers Clovelly Estate wedding with us !

WOW – what a whirlwind day Sherilyn & Xabi’s wedding day was, from the moment I arrived the vibe of the day was one of relaxed panic !

I know what you’re thinking, there’s no such thing right ?? But there IS !! And it’s awesome !

Sherilyn & Xabi made their day their own, it didn’t matter that Sherilyn was writing her speech and having her nails done 30 minutes before the ceremony and still had to get dressed.

Why ?

Because these guys are so in tune with each other that Xabi knew Sherilyn would be walking down that aisle no matter what !

And that is exactly what happened, there may have been a gazzilion things happening all at once to make that happen but it all unfolded just as it should.

Sherilyn & Xabi laughed all day, their excitement was infectious to all around them, and so even though Xabi may have had to go hunting for his Bow Tie & shoes everything was perfect, just the way it was meant to be ….

Their full story will be here soon !

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Sherilyn & Xabi thank you for letting me share in your special day, I had so much fun with you guys !

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