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The Little Black Book: Bridal Boudoir Album

Okay, I admit I’m a little too excited to blog properly today…

If you’ve cleverly been transported to our blog…you’re one of the first to see the unveiling of our Little Black Book….aka the Bridal Boudoir Album. Just in time for exhibiting at the Qld Bride’s expo this weekend (Come along to the Southbank Convention Centre). If you would like a ticket to the expo, please let me know and I may be able to arrange a complimentary VIP ticket for you.

This luxurious flushmount album measures 8″ x 12″ with custom designed acrylic cover. We can make this album up to 15 pages (30 sides). And you can choose to have the album made either landscape or portrait in orientation. Let’s say, if you wanted a little white book…a little…er…pink book? Or your photo and a design, we will ask our album genie to do it for you. You could even get a special message for your mister written inside! If you’re stuck for ideas on presents to give your hubby on your wedding day, this is the perfect gift for your hubby-to-be, and or as an anniversary present.

Here is a sneak preview of the album design and layouts….

And of course, here is the beautiful presentation case for the disc of the high resolution photos.

Hair & Makeup by Glamour Concept

Let us know what you think!

– Chaddy-saurus Rex.

Jenny - October 21, 2011 - 6:20 pm

Would love to do one of these for the hubby-to-be!

Charmaine - October 25, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Like an art & photography book I’d buy off the shelf of boutique bookstores

breaking bad - December 2, 2011 - 12:01 pm

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Angela & Paul: Sunset at Kangaroo Point

This is another frequently asked and discussed question: Where do we go for photos after the ceremony and before the reception?

Well it depends on a number of things including and not limited to…the schedule of your day, the number of people in your bridal party and how long you want to leave your guests for, where the sun is at that particular time…..the list pretty much goes on….

I’d like to share with you what I tell my clients about shooting on location between the ceremony and the reception. It takes a bit of experience and planning to decide where to shoot which is why we do location scouting and offer to come along to the rehearsal free of charge…I’m confident with the amount of time it takes me to shoot…I’m fast. The slowest thing about this whole process is the travel time and trying to get the bridal party to a location on time. From my years of experience, I can tell you that weddings rarely run on time. Expect to be bombarded by guests after the ceremony wanting to congratulate you. This is why consultations are important, sometimes we would suggest you to move your ceremony times to start earlier or later. We can discuss what is plausible and what would be better served in an engagement or pre-wedding shoot. For people that would like to go to a few locations that may be further away from the reception venue, I would suggest that you book in an engagement or pre-wedding shoot instead to save yourself the stress on the day of your wedding (more great excuses to buy another dress?)

Personally, I think that sunset is the most glorious part of the day…it only lasts for a precious few minutes and then it’s engulfed by the night. As mentioned in an earlier post..there are certain times of the day which I would not advise shooting. We shot Angela & Paul just before sunset…timed perfectly. Late enough so that the sun wasn’t too harsh….early enough to catch the yellowing rays as the sun was setting, it acts like a hair light… Angela is a photographer (Angie Christie Photography) and Paul is a police officer and they have since moved back with their sweet little Belle back to Toowoomba for work. If we’re ever up in Toowoomba, we will definitely come around for a visit!

If you have other questions and/or comments about location scouting and planning location shoots, please comment below.

– Oliver-the-wise

Makeup by: Sara Broadhurst Makeup Artistry

price of a stamp - November 21, 2011 - 1:04 am

i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

Rachel & Sam: Raining on your wedding day….

There is an old wives’ tale about rain on your wedding day bringing good luck….For the Irish it’s a blessing, and in Hindu it is believed that rain on your wedding day is good luck as a wet knot is harder to undo.  And some detest the idea that it could rain on their parade…I’m not one to be superstitious and admit to knowing nothing about superstitions…but in any case, I’m a BIG FAN of rain. I often get asked whether I have a backup plan should it rain…..and the answer is…if you’re up for it, I’m up for it. Some of my favourite work has been shot in the rain. I find something so romantic about shooting in the rain….especially kissing in the rain.  The water puddles act like a natural reflector and the natural lighting is optimal with overcast clouds floating around. So as you can probably guess, I’m not a fan of shooting weddings with umbrellas.  I find it’s overdone and dull. I have yet to come across anything which has inspired me to shoot with umbrellas..

I came back from shooting Rachel & Sam shivering and soaking wet, but it was well worth it and I’d jump at the chance to do it again any day. I’m not suggesting that you’d have to get soaking wet with me on your wedding day. I’m just saying that there are creative alternatives to using umbrellas should it rain. We decided to shoot at Roma Street Parklands as there is plenty of foliage which could shelter the bridal party from the downpour of the rain (they kept pretty dry whilst I stood in the rain and took it like a soldier). When it rains, colours are more vibrant and everything sparkles.

On the other hand, when it is a sunny day, I usually advise my clients not to shoot on location during the 2pm time slot as it’s usually when the sun is the strongest (exact times depend on the season of the year)..the bride’s makeup is likely to melt..and it would be torture for the groomsmen to endure shooting in their suits. On a sunny day, I’d also have to use equipment to block the harsh direct sunlight on people’s faces…

What are your thoughts about shooting during the rain?


– Oliver


What is Bridal Boudoir…???

Most photographers would separate their boudoir work from their wedding in fear that boudoir is too risqué …and some might even suggest that what I’m about to do is commercial suicide…but quite frankly, this is our personal blog and I am dying to show you what we’ve been working on for the past few months. I can understand why boudoir has gained this sort of reputation….if you google boudoir you’ll find (with all due respect to other boudoir photographers), that generally, it’s not very tasteful. I want to show you why boudoir doesn’t have to be perceived as  risqué….there is no need to look lowly of boudoir photography. In fact, when done right,  it can be overwhelmingly beautiful…it’s a celebration of the feminine form…a chance for women to feel empowering and captivating at the same time . So I have a different take on this niche market. We’ve shot bridal boudoir drawing on inspiration from our fashion photography work…gone are the days of tacky poses and lame backdrops…let us welcome a new outlook… I want to show you a different side of yourself…..and I think that’s the difference the market needs.

What is bridal boudoir? 

Traditionally, boudoir refers to a lady’s bedroom or dressing room. And it has become a luxury for brides to do a portrait session in lavish bridal lingerie for print into an album to present to their hubby’s on their big day. Otherwise, the portrait session can be done on the day of the wedding. So pamper yourself…. get your nails done, get a wax, buy that pair of killer CL  heels that you’ve been eyeing and let us capture you like you have never imagined before. Because you deserve it.

How does it work?

We can shoot either in studio, on location or in a hotel room. After you view the proofs, we layout the album and then send it off to the album wizards! Then you’ll have your very own keepsake to present to your hubby-to-be on the wedding day. And down the track, you can pull it out to show your grand-kids..and force them to witness that grandma was once pretty darn hot. All our packages come with professional makeup, hair and a large selection of wardrobe. It’s a great idea for a girls-day out, gather your bridesmaids and female friends together for a bridal boudoir pamper session and we’ll offer you a special package (they can get an album made to gift to their partners as an anniversary present!).

And here it is….without further ado, here is the first set of a REVOLUTION……Bridal Boudoir.

Happy Friday everyone!


Chaddycakes xoxo

Sarah Livingstone

MUA: Alicia Lovich                   Wardrobe Stylist: Ashleigh Kelly

Stefanie Zuck - September 30, 2011 - 8:18 am

I think you have remarked some very interesting details, thanks for the post.

admin - September 30, 2011 - 3:51 pm

Thanks Stefanie! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out… posting more pics and further insights very soon.

Sherman Starnold - October 2, 2011 - 9:28 am

There is apparently a lot to realize about this. I feel you made certain good points in features also.

Oliver - October 4, 2011 - 8:50 am

Thanks Sherman! Will keep you updated on how it goes!

Charmaine - October 4, 2011 - 8:57 am

It IS a revolution!

I’m sure a lot of hubbys and hubbys-to-be are grateful to have such an elegant and seductive collection in memory of their wives.

As far as weddings go I think most of it is really for the bride (flowers, pretty gowns, everyone making a fuss over the beautiful bride), so this is really is a great present to pamper the groom!


Michelle & George: Brisbane Wedding Registry

After having their wedding ceremony overseas, Michelle & George decided to make it official back home in Oz. When we met, George actually told us that they had 3 different photographers overseas because he was drawn by the different styles of each photographer….So I was quite flattered when we were chosen as his exclusive photographers in Down Under.

Michelle & George are one of the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet…actually, that may be an understatement…

Waiting outside for the ceremony to begin, I asked Michelle where she ordered her bridal bouquet from…because they looked and smelt sooo good! She then revealed to me that George had actually spent the day before buying the roses and arranging it himself! This is the kind of stuff that makes your heart melt…and then you get a bit warm and fuzzy inside….and you want to go on a hugging spree. YES! share the love!


Vendors: Make-up and Hair for the Bride: Chichi @ Glamourconcept


I hope this post brightened up your er…Wednesday….! More to come very very soon!




Linda Bushell - May 12, 2013 - 6:48 pm

so beautifull first time I have seen them together. xx

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