What is love ??….
Firstly …. I don’t claim to know the answer to this, i just have this annoying habit of having things in my head & wanting to write them down, so if your keen to read, this is from the heart.
So what made me write this?. Well honestly I’ve wanted to for a while, but just couldn’t find the right words, so i decided to just start typing and see what happens, and well, here we are. I suppose the thing is, when i think about it, i am literally surrounded by love all of the time. There are so many forms of love, whether it be the love you have for your child, your family, your friends, shit even the love you have for your coffee (thats pretty high up there for me !) there are so many types. I honestly count myself so lucky to be able to witness some of the greatest forms of love there are. I am so fortunate to be involved in some of the most important and special moments of peoples lives, Weddings, birth of their children, family photos, celebrations, engagements, so many happy moments, and i am there capturing it all, i will never take that for granted. I see love in the way parents look at their children, the simple touch of a hand, the way couples look at each other, the way a father looks at his little girl on her wedding day, The way kids look, when they are playing, so many things….
The thing with my Photography is, as I’ve said before, i want people to feel the image, and know that it is real. Not some set up shot that is not genuine or forced. A lot of the time my direction to my couples are to just be with each other. Sounds stupid, but just to be in each others presence and ill hang in the background (also sounds creepy) but this way, these moments capture real emotion. So it got me thinking, What is Love? Honestly in the last 12 months my whole view on life has changed. Stick with me….
I feel, Love is not about how much money you spend on your wedding, how many ‘things’ you have in your life, what people think about you, because at the end of the day, when you are old and grey none of this matters if you don’t have your person to share it with. Take my grandparents for example, they have literally spent every waking hour with each other for the last 60+ years, when my grandpa passed away last year, the thought of my grandma being on her own literally brakes my heart even to this day, of course she isn’t alone, she has her family, but the love they had for each other is something so freaking special i can’t even describe it. To love someone so much that being without them is just unbearable is something i admire. They had each other, every day, for every moment in the good, and in the bad. They rarely argued, and if they did they never sweated the small stuff, and forgave quickly, they hated being apart, they where a team, they just genuinely loved each other and it showed.
When i think about love, to me, it is about being Happy, being with someone you just simply can’t live without, someone who loves you for you, not for someone they want you to be, One of the most amazing things that can happen to you is finding someone who sees everything you are and won’t let you be anything less. Love is simple things like the holding of a hand, the simple messages you get that light up your day, Wanting them to be the best version of themselves no matter what. It is respecting them and wanting to be there for them in the victories and in the failures. Not running away when things get hard, but running even faster towards them. Sharing in small moments & big ones, and just loving them so damn hard that being away from them hurts, give them reasons to smile every single day and most importantly love them unconditionally. I have come to realise that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, we all think we have time, but reality is this is taken away from so many people, and it sucks, its unfair, so strive to find the things that make you happy, be with the people you love, love damn hard and don’t have regrets, if you have found your person hug them tight & don’t ever take for granted what you have, because its special.
Life is too short to not find a love fierce enough to love us back. Don’t just say I Love You, Mean it. As cliche as it sounds, Money can’t buy you happiness but you can find it, so don’t ever stop looking, because it is out there somewhere & when you find it, hold it damn tight and never let go.
Below are some of my fave moments, when i def felt the love. I have so many to choose from !, but these ones have always stuck with me xx
Conclusion. I Love Love.
Soppy Karina, signing off…..
L I S A + N A T H A N
Adelaide Zoo, South Australia
The day started with Vegas, What Can I say…. The biggest, cutest, best start to the day !. Lisa is possibly one of the most organised Brides I have ever worked with, and it showed in every element of their day. With The Adelaide Zoo setting the scene, it was sure to be a fab day. With a cruisy bridal party, who where up for anything, a Bride who definitely made my job easy, and some super bloody cute baby Meerkats thrown in there (My fave !!!) it was a super fun day. To boot, we had a pretty amazing Sunset shoot, now we all know how much I love a good sunset shoot but this one certainly did not disappoint. This day was filled with fun, Family and a whole bunch of love that you could certainly feel !. Thanks for having me guys.
Never take a single day for granted….
Some days you just meet people who inspire you, who show you what life is really all about, and who are just damn strong !. I had the privilege of being able to capture some pretty special moments for this amazing family.
Amanda is married with 2 beautiful little girls Savannah & Willow, she turned 30 in May last year and then in June she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Tripple Negative Breast Cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes and sternum, with a growing speed of 90%. Only 10% of people in the world are diagnosed with this cancer being the fastest most aggressive cancer. She has completed 20 rounds of Chemotherapy which finished in December and 26 rounds of Radiation which finished on Tuesday. So on Wednesday what a way to celebrate by taking this gorgeous family out to take some photos to mark this special occasion. I did this for no other reason than to give them a gift of memories and to spend time together, Photos can capture these moments and i hope you guys will look back at these for years to come & always smile when you look at them.
Amanda, has her first surgery in March, with 2 more to follow that. All i can say to you Amanda is, honestly you are one of the strongest, most positive people i have met, for someone who has been through so much, the smile you have on your face is just special, it truly was an honour to be able to do this for you. Almost everyone i know has someone in their lives who has or is dealing with this awful disease. Personally there are way to many people in my life who have been through, and are continuing to go through this. Life is short, never take any day for granted, and make sure that you experience happy, because some people don’t have that privilege.
Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Why do i do what i do?….
So, I have never been good at writing, that’s the truth. I have always wanted to tell ppl why I do what I do but never found the right words. Anyway here it is, if you want to read keep going, if not, that’s cool.
A bit about me. I am an avid sports fan, netball was my life but i have recently retired, i have two gorgeous boys, i can’t live without coffee (or wine mind you), my favourite movie is Dirty Dancing, Music is my outlet and gets me through a lot of tough times, my fave dessert is Cannoli, Sunset is my favourite part of the day, my dream is to travel to New York, roam the streets with my camera & just snap away, exercise is super important to me both physically and mentally and i love a bit of online shopping. Random yes. So, my love for Photography started at a young age, I have always loved taking photos. Truth is, when I finished school I never knew what I wanted to do. My main subject was business studies in year 12, all I knew I wanted to do was start my own business. After school jobs in hospitality, a short stint in a law firm and then at the age of 22 opening my first business in a fitness centre. All of these things taught me so much, but I knew deep down this wasn’t what I wanted for the rest of my life. One day a photographer took a photo for me. A photo of my grandparents sitting on a bench looking at each other, they didn’t know the camera was there, he just captured them in their most natural state, I recently lost my Papa and my Mamma is suffering Dementia, this photo makes me so damn happy every single time I see it, because these two people are two of the most important people in my life and i will always have a memory of them at their happiest. Sounds silly but that is the photo that started me on my journey.
I was fortunate enough to start working with, what I can only say, as one of the most talented photographers out there, did a lot of on the job experience, many long hours, I studied long and hard for years and then eventually I took the leap and started my business. In between all of this I had 2 kids. Needless to say, it has been a challenge but at the end of the day I have found my forever job. I hate using the word job because honestly it doesn’t feel like a job to me. Every time I pick up my camera I feel happy and I feel like I have purpose. I am now a single mother of 2, and to be able to do what i love & provide for them i am so blessed for. Truth is being self employment may sound glamorous but reality is, we work long hours, i’m often emailing at midnight, working when everyone is in bed, missing out on things, but i do it because i love it, i want to work hard for my kids, give them a strong work ethic, and give them the life they deserve.
Really, all I want to do is capture moments, real moments, sometimes the photos I get are not the most technically correct, but if there is a fleeting moment and the emotion is there I will get it and at the end of the day that is what it’s about for me. If anything I have learnt in the last 12 months, anyone can pick up a camera and take a photo, but I am fortunate enough to see things ppl may not see. Life is short, one day all you will have is a photo and a memory of a person or a moment, and for me to be able to capture that for you makes me truly happy inside. No matter what is going on in my life, when I pick up my camera, I want to be able to get those memories for you that one day you can look back on and smile. Life is fleeting and busy and sometimes we forget to take things in. If I see a moment and I feel it I take the photo, simple as that. I am not one for the posed, fake smile, say cheese moments, honestly, if that’s what you are after, I am not the right fit for you. Every shoot I do, to this day, I can truly say, that I put everything into it, from my first communication with you, to the prep and planning, to the actual shoot, to the post production, every single part of it, I care, I care a lot and every shoot is important to me, because I know it is important to you. All i want is for people to look at my photos and not just see it, but feel it. Emotion is what i look for, reactions, love, happy, sad, whatever it may be, i want to get it. No ones photos will ever look the same, because no person or moment is the same and that is super important to me.
It has taken me a while, but I have realised, you only live once, we need to do things that make us happy, spend time with the ones we love, create memories, don’t sweat the small stuff and be in the moment, because you only get one shot at this life and there ain’t no refunds. Live well, love hard & be happy, My favourite quote of all time is this..
Certain things in life are a long way getting there, but once you do, Its just F&^(ng Spectacular – Eddie Vedder
Go for gold guys, it is so damn worth it.
BTW if you got this far, firstly cheers for sticking it out!, secondly, check out some of my faves below, if you feel something than job done !.
S a r a h + S h a u n
A day filled with fun & love for two people who swore they hated having their photo taken, you guys smashed it !. With the ceremony and reception at the beautiful Uleybury Wines in One Tree Hill with their closest family & friends, you guys sure did put on a cracker day!. Sunset photos are always my fave and this venue and light sure did not disappoint !. Congrats you two, i wish you both a future filled with happiness & lots of love.
J o s i e & M a t t tie the K N O T T !
With all of their close family & friends at the most stunning Family Farm !, these guys tied the Knott (sorry had to use it somewhere), With this super chilled couple and fun Bridal Party it certainly was a fab day out !. With Josie planning every single little detail meticulously & some kick ass Birkenstocks under that bloody stunning dress it was you guys all over & that is what it is all about. With the Party continuing on back at the Family Pub you guys sure look like you had an amazing day !. Thank you for sharing it with me.
J E S S + J A C K
This wedding was seriously next level amazing !. From the start, it was clear to see just how much love these guys had for each other. Jess, your smile is just so damn infectious and Jack, such a kind person. Anyone can tell you are both just made for each other. From all the little details, to their gorgeous, i want to take him home, fur baby, Charles, it was an emotional filled day that clearly meant so much to everyone involved. With the ceremony and reception being held at Inglewood Inn, the funniest damn speeches i have heard in a long time, and man did these guys know how to party into the night, it really was a pleasure to be able to capture such a special day for you both.
T a n y a + J e r r y
What can i say. This wedding seriously pulled some heart strings. With an intimate group of family & friends who travelled from all over the world to share this special day, it certainly was all about celebrating and enjoying each others company. With the scene set at the stunning Waverley Estate in Port Elliott, South Australia, everything was planned to perfection, the weather was kind and kept the rain off until later in the day, which in fact, ended up turning into a fun sunset sesh. It truly was an honour to be able to capture the bond these two have with their nearest and dearest, and their adorable little girl. Thank you so much for allowing me to share this with you.
C a l l i e – A n n & R h y s
What a weekend ! With a little get away to the gorgeous town of Black Point, these two sure put on a good day !. With a ‘little’ bit of wind, we weren’t going to let that stop the fun !. One thing i always say to brides about their wedding day is that there are certain things that are out of your control, always have a back up plan but also embrace it!, alot of people think that for photos to be perfect, everything needs to be ‘perfect’, and to me the perfect photo is being able to capture the emotion from the people in it. If that means that there is a hair out of place, or someones shirt isn’t tucked in than so be it !, the best reactions are when they come naturally and are not forced. For these two to be in a place that was special to them & share it with all of their closest family & friends is what it is all about.
Thanks for having me guys !