Jen and Kit had a few concepts in mind for their engagement session, such as drawing inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, as well as the Chinese fable that everybody is connected to their soul mate by red string. Since the very romantic Kit had proposed to Jen in the secret garden at Abingdon Miniature Village, these ideas tied in strongly with their story and made for a very inspired afternoon!
With the Alice in Wonderland theme, we decided to make a play on size as in the story Alice grows and shrinks by eating special cake and drinking magic potions. It also helped that we were already going to a miniature village! So thinking ‘big’ I was drawn to the grand, very large architecture in Fremantle. Big vines, big doors, even big pot plants. :) We visited the big door on Croke Lane, some giant doorways on High Street, a few alleys, and of course the famous white facade on Cliff St.
When photographers say they don’t like working with kids or animals, (I do!!) well I’ve found something even more temperamental and all my techniques for kids and animals just wouldn’t work. Have you ever tried posing a bunch of balloons when the wind hasn’t decided whether it is gentle or strong, or even what direction it’s coming from? These balloons needed constant supervision as well, when they weren’t require red in the shoot we tied them to a ceramic cup, and even then they kept trying to drift themselves down the street. Going through the photos of the day, many frames had perfect expressions from Jen and Kit, only to have a misbehaving balloon!!
Our next stop was Abingdon, not only was there a maze with beautiful green hedges with the sun skimming the tops, but also miniature buildings, and the secret garden where Kit had proposed to Jen!! If it wasn’t for Jen and Kit, I would not believe this place existed only 59 minutes from Perth! I felt as though I was in England.
Our last location was at the estuary in Mandurah, with a creepy forest, native bush, a long boardwalk into the sunset, Richard and I were in heaven. It’s filled with mosquitoes though, the type that seem oblivious to the spray we’d put all over ourselves.
I’ve taken photos all around the world, at some pretty cool locations. But for me, I’d have to say this was my favourite combination of locations in one photoshoot so far. I think the kid in me just finds mazes, little buildings, big doors, pretty sunsets and creepy trees exciting. The only sad thing about this shoot (besides accidentally eating a mosquito) was that I left my favourite hat in Mandurah, on a rock in the bushes, opposite the jetty. If I’m ever in Mandurah I’m going to check that rock, even though I know that with the tides or winds it’s long gone, you never know…
A big thank you to Jen and Kit for your help with the props, locations and inspiration, it was a fulfilling and creative photoshoot. Your wedding is going to be amazing!