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Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2014


These magazines have sat beside my side of the couch for a little while now, I think from pure shock I haven’t posted about it on the blog. When I started out in wedding photography, this was the list I read every year looking at who the newest batch of amazing wedding photographers were and aspiring to create the same level of work for my couples as they did for theirs.

I’ve always dreamt of being a photographer and have found so much joy in getting to actually live out that dream, that getting this kind of recognition for it feels like icing on the cake. What makes it so much sweeter is that some of my favourite people and wonderful photographers are on that list along with me. We, essentially, grew up together photographically. I’ve known Nessa & Brit since before I shot my first wedding, and they’ve both helped shape and support the person and photographer that I’ve become. I’m thankful to them and to all the couples that have hired me to document their day and have trusted my vision and style. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

rangefinder rising stars of wedding photography,  sydney wedding photographer
rangefinder rising stars of wedding photography,  sydney wedding photographer


I Love Wednesdays at One Fine Day


To say we loved our booth for this year’s One Fine Day would be an understatement. It was a real labour of love and DIY goodness. We basically transported a part of my house to Australian Technology Park and tried to bring love and colour to our booth.

A lot was DIYed in the weeks prior to the fair, including our rug (which is not so secretly my faovourite DIY from this year). But our kind of amazing wall was made by the wonderful guys from WildSets, who built our epic wall, I really wanted it to feel lived in and like you were coming into our backyard and they really nailed the look. It turned out more perfect than I could’ve imagined, and I’m trying to figure out how to put it up in our house!

Thank you to my better half Nick for, as always, keeping me sane and running with my crazy ideas, my biz buddy Vic for making sure things ran smoothly, Jack attack for coming to help set everything up and to everyone else who came and said hello it was so lovely to meet you all and I hope you enjoyed the fair!

xx

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A new day is dawning


So…

Where do I begin? I’m going to preface the enormity of this post with it might be a little all over the place, but I wanted to get out exactly the why and how and who has helped make this crazy change of a website.

They say that change is as a good as a holiday, actually, you know what? Who are these THEY that people always talk about? It seems so slightly weird to talk about them without knowing who they are.. but I digress… I’ve heard it said that change is a good as a holiday and you know what? Change is a lot more stressful than a holiday, but it is wonderful in it’s own special way. This change has been a little over a year in the making.

For those of you that know me well know that I started off in the industry as a designer, and when I started I Love Wednesdays I really wanted to be as hands on with it as I could, so I designed everything, the logo, the website, the blog, brochures, CDs, little stickers, EVERYTHING. It was (and is) my baby.

Probably about 18 months ago now, I started to see that my photography voice and my style as a designer were going in two separate directions, I shot so many wonderful couples, and got to be a part of their lives and that inspired the way that I work. With those changes, I decided to start sketching and working on new ideas, but I kept going with what I already had, maybe in a different colour, or slight variations, but I knew in my gut that I needed something radical.

It was so difficult to separate myself from something I was so close to, I lived and breathed I Love Wednesdays for years and it’s difficult to take a step back and look at it from an outsider’s perspective. It was then that I started to put feelers out trying to find a designer that I thought could be a good mesh with my voice and I also started one very epic pinterest board, which you can see HERE. I emailed, interviewed and stalked designers and none seemed like a good fit. I’m a firm believer in gut instinct & feeling and it wasn’t until I came across the work of the wonderful Cody Small from Caava Design, that it all quite literally suddenly made sense. If you’re in the need of a graphic designer, I have to tell you that I am probably one of those demanding clients from hell, I am very, VERY particular about what I like and also really protective of the little bubble that I’ve built here, and Cody was with me every step of the way. From our very first meeting, he got who I was and what I wanted. My current logo is, no a word of a lie, one of the initial concepts that Cody showed me, exactly. I remember doing a happy dance and yelling at Nick to come over and have a look. That it was “the one.” We changed the colours around, because, well I had no idea what colours I wanted and, like most design clients, the colour that I initially thought I wanted was not actually what I wanted. Nick took the handle on building the website and making sure things were pixel for pixel what Cody had designed (I am very particular about that, and I feel so fortunate that Nick puts up with my particular brand of crazy).

It’s been a journey and a half and this whole design process has been so transformative, not just for the business, but also for me. Letting go of something so important to me was, as anywho who knows me well can attest, difficult.

So, please feel free to have a look around, enjoy the fruits of our labour and let us know what you think!

And because no blog post would be complete without images, a little taste of the main site and some images that to make your day a little brighter.

xx Len

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CHLOE {AND CREATING THE MOOD}


About a month ago I decided to try something a little bit different. Something to challenge myself and to work in a completely different way. A little test, if you will. I always find that they’re a great way to discover a new way of working, a way to see something differently and this was no exception. This shoot came together extremely quickly with the help of my good friend, and makeup artist extraordinaire Natalie Biller.

I’ve been umming and aahing about whether to post these on the blog, they are markedly different from the weddings and lovely couples that I get to shoot, but in the end, while they may look a little different, at the heart of it they showcase who I am just as much as everything else. The create a mood and tell a story. The story in this case isn’t the story of a wedding day, but rather it’s all about a particular moment in time and the feel was inspired by one of my favourite bands, Elbow and their song Mirrorball.

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“You make the moon a mirrorball,
The streets an empty stage.
The city’s sirens, violins,
Everything has changed.”

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For my film geek friends this was all shot on Polaroid 600SE with Fujifilm FP-100C


TEDxSydney


I had the awesome privilege of shooting TEDxSydney this year with a few other photogs and a photo of mine was featured in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, which was ridiculously exciting. But while shooting it was indeed exciting it was seeing and listening to all the speakers that was truly wonderful. It all seems like a wonderful jumble of theories, discussions and thoughts that I dare say will be inspiring me in the months to come. I really do wish it was a bi-annual event, because I can barely wait for the next one!

The highlight for me had to be Paul Kelly, I’ve been a huge Paul Kelly fan since…well…for as long as I can remember. So getting to hear his story, hearing him sing and actually being there to photograph him was amazing. I can honestly say that I found it difficult to concentrate on the photographing while he was singing.

I could really go on and on about TED and the wonderful role that it plays in educating, inspiring and illuminating with their seminars and website, but I’ll just leave you to enjoy the photos from the day and please check out both the site for TEDxSydney and TED. I dare you not to get lost in their talks and not to come out of the site inspired and wanting to help make the world a better place.

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