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AN ALMOST PROPOSAL AND THEN AN ACTUAL PROPOSAL IN PARIS – MILTON PUTS A RING ON AMY

So, a group of us photographers were having drinks to celebrate an industry event in Sydney a few months ago. As I was talking to Amy and Milton (Milton who is a fantastic wedding photographer; you can see his work, here ), we discovered that I would be in Italy while they would be in Paris at the beginning of their whirlwind European adventure for the winter.

Conversations bounced around, “we’d love to get photos of us taken” and, “it’s just a pity you’d be so close, and yet so far!”

A few moments later –whilst Amy was taken away into another conversation— Milton gave me the side-tilt with his head (suggesting secrecy) and told me there might be a proposal in the works while they were in Paris. He graciously said it would be amazing to get photos of the event and we spoke about how it would be a pity I’d be in the wrong country at that time.

Well, as soon as I heard that story, I knew I had to adjust my plans to be there.

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The plan was simple: We’d rendezvous in Paris, we’d walk around till the sun was right about to go down, and then Milton would drop to one-knee and pop the question. I’d look down, check my lens cap was off, and then nab their fleeting moment.

In reality: After wandering around shooting for a couple of hours, just as the sun was going down (our prime time shooting window), our taxi driver got lost. A slight disheartenment from myself (and obviously Milton), with a side-tilt glance and a bit of a wink, I suggested to Milton and Amy, “Why don’t we meet up again tomorrow afternoon and have another play in the sun?”

The first set of images are from Day One (otherwise known as, The First Attempt):

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And so ended Day One.

The below sequence of images are from the second afternoon we spent together (otherwise known as The Afternoon slash Evening of Success):

 

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By the way, at this stage, Amy still has no idea what’s about to happen.

 

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Light was lost again, but it didn’t matter so much this time, as Milton spotted the light pole that would illuminate the perfect stage for what was about to happen next…

 

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Milton inspects the light pole. Looks at me. Gives me the knowing nod… I’m in position.

 

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I actually got man tears.

Josie - Gosh I love your work! Your use of the wide angle lens is an inspiration. Beautiful story telling :)

Ryan - Wow! Killer shots dude. Loved every party about this one.

Dan - testing

Shree Vella Photography - Really cute! Nice job! :)

Eadwine - ….. words fail me Dan =)

Adam - Amazing! I was so nervous for Milton as I was looking through the photos.

Valerie Baillargeon - You get me. E.V.E.R.Y.T.I.M.E. Wow… Again.

Nic - Tears from me too. Completely perfect in every way. Congratulations again Milton and Amy and job-well-done Dan :-)

Michael - So rad, love the depth of these!

Jay - it’s very touching photos,Love your work,Dan.

Anni - A beautiful story, Dan, and some incredible images! Congratulations, gorgeous Milton and Amy! x Anni

Nina Claire - So good! I love it!… Congratulations Milton and Amy.x

Antonio - Fantastiche Dan!!!!!

Zoe - Beautiful photos of a wonderful couple!! So lovely! :)

Dan - Holy crap mate, I don’t usually comment on blogs… but that was like watching a movie and reading a book and wanting to find out the ending so bad. I’m smiling now.
Beautiful story telling.

Lauren - Oh my goodness, SO lovely Dan! I definitely got some woman tears.

Jakub - Awesome little story.

jennifer armstrong - incredibly beautiful, telling photos. And man tears. What a lovely collaboration. Congratulations all.

JK Blackwell - Ultimate romance & proposal – wish you were there to capture ours 3 years ago! (but then we didn’t know you at that time :P)

Rik Pennington - Amazing vision and story telling! Breathtaking work.

Darryn - Awesome – congrats guys, very exciting :)

Lajos - Fucken amazing!

Amy Williams - Unreal Dan!! Loved the anticipation of this sequence. Congrats Amy and Milton!

Pretty Days - Dan, again me!!! I know Paris, sure… But with you pictures I love more…

Laura Babb - Wonderfulness.

And I love that you cried.

Len - AHHHHH! These are awesome and so are all you guys! So excited for Milton & Amy, they really are the sweetest couple! :)

Lucy Spartalis - ARGH. I don’t know how to convey my love for this.

…and what a ring, Milton – nice work!

Madeline Druce - I just got woman tears.

Aga - Are man tears more salty? I think I’m crying man tears now.

Scott - Unreal man! So happy for Milton and Amy. So well captured by you.

James Frost - Dan you make me fall more in love with photography every time you post! And a massive Congrats to Milton and Amy the sweetest couple ever

Tahnee - Dan. I would be worried if you didn’t have man tears! Oh lord – so much beauty! I think this is my fave set from you, simply breathtaking!

chris prestidge - next level dan – absolutely adore ! milton + amy – super congrats !

Trish - epic. So special to have captured these, congrats all!! x

Myekie - Amazing stuff. Dan your ability to articulate such a meaningful life event with imagery is a gift, not only to the couple but to all of us . Kinda reminded me of the time I proposed to my wife at night in Paris….. oh wait… lol.

David - Wow! Perfectly epic story telling. And congrats Milton and Amy!

MELISSA - Wow, this is just amazing, so so special!! I so wish I had my proposal captured!!

Hilary - Absolutely effing brilliant Darling!

Lauren - Naww! Milton! cutest photos I have ever seen. Congratulations! Dan rocks, add beautiful people and a gorgeous moment (which happened eventually). Just. Perfect.

ALEX & LEO GO SHOPPING / AND GET MARRIED – A SMALL TEASER {WOOLWORTHS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER}

Soooooooo, Alex and Leo. I pretty confident the next few piccy’s will just about sum these two up. This is just a small teaser, I will share the full story in a while. For now, grab a coffee, beer, cigarette and a shot, kick back and enjoy.

Alex (to me): “Dan we want to go shopping at Wollies for the shoot.. We want to celebrate something we do most days of the week as a couple”

Dan (thats me): “I love you guys”.

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Thierry Joubert - Maybe one of my favorite Dan

Jorge Márquez - Beautiful reportage wedding, my most sincere congratulations.

Regards from Spain.

ONE YEAR AGO RUTH AND BEN GOT MARRIED IN BORDEAUX {FRANCE}

A few days ago, Ruth and Ben celebrated one year of wedded bliss! It just so happens that I was there to capture their wedding a year ago at Chateau Solac in Bordeaux, France. I’ve been wanting to share this insane wedding for such a long time, so much so, as I was selecting the images I kept slapping myself on the forehead wondering why I’d been hiding this little gem of a story for so long. Anyway, finally, here it is! Ruth and Ben’s epic wedding.. You might be able to tell that they were a pretty happy bunch and it was amazing to see how close the families were; hugs and laughter central.

Also, huge shout out to my amazing second shooter Andrea from All Grown Up Weddings for shooting this day with me. She has a few crackers appear below as well. I hope you enjoy. // Dan

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One more shout out to the talented stylists / planners for this wedding from Marry me in France  - Nice work team.

Lachlan Scallion - Mate your work is flippin’ incredible!
Your ability to capture the essence of the day is second to none.
Really inspiring to see such good work, keep making beautiful imagery!

Vladimir Polansky - It’s just gorgeous wedding photography! Great! Very interesting to consider each photo. )

Fotograf ślubny Lublin - Great photos. I love them all.

HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS – PIA AND JONAH’S JEWISH ROCK FEST {SYDNEY AUSTRALIA}

Ok, so here is the thing. I have been keeping these two secret for quite a while waiting for the green light to share this insane day. Meet Pia and Jonah, they got married last October and invited me to take some pictures at their intimate jewish rock festival of love. I had previously noticed these two from afar at a couple of their friends weddings I also happened to photograph, so I kind of had a suspicion of what I might be in for (hey there Yvonne, Boruch and Bec and Max if you are watching)! – This is what it is all about, celebration, love, food and styling at its finest. Speaking of which Pia is the crazy talented owner of stationary and event and styling company Mrs Ink and Co . Today is extra great as Pia and Jonah’s wedding is also featured in the brand spanking new issue of Hello May (out today).

I would also like to give a huge shout out to James and Andrea from All Grown Up Weddings for shooting this epic occasion with me, also a massive high five to the highly skilled ladies behind the flowers, The Sisters . Might want a grab a coffee and set aside a good 10 mins for this one. Enjoy

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2013 ACT AIPP PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Ok, yes this blog post is a little late in coming but I just realised I haven’t blogged about this and I had better get this post up before the 2014 AIPP ACT Portrait Photographer of the year is selected (next week). Last year I was fortunate enough to be given the title of 2013 ACT AIPP Portrait Photographer of the year, as well as winning the Album category. Below are the top 4 scoring images images I had entered in the portrait category. The book I won album of the year with was Ginger and Pearl – you can view a post of their beautiful album here. I want to thanks everyone who pushes themselves to enter these awards, the standard is incredibly high and I don’t take a recognition like this for granted. Thank you to all of the judges, print handlers and volunteers that donate their time to this event every year. I would like to also thank all the amazing people that came out in primary colours for my 100 portraits project (below) – you all rock. I hope you enjoy the piccy’s below!

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Below are some images of Ginger and Pearls book.