Dan O'Day » Australian Wedding Photographer

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I’m not sure where to start with this blog post. I can’t stress enough how important I think it is for us to do personal work/projects as regularly as we can. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day routine, worrying about the most immediate task that needs to be done and as a result putting our needs – or doing something that recharges us creatively – as a low priority.

As a result, I came up with this project I call “Two lives, One love – A retrospective”. Basically, I want to donate some personal time to helping couples celebrate the great achievement of melding their lives together (a true marriage of body and soul) – by actually going the distance. I want to give them a voice to say “ Hey, we made it!” and for us to say “Congratulations, you are legends”.

What do I get out of it? I get to take pictures, listen to stories and be reminded of how beautiful, fragile and rewarding life can be.

Enter my first amazing couple in this project, Ginger and Pearl!! These lovebirds have been living in the same house in Canberra, Australia for over 65 years. They grow their own tomatoes – they have an amazing bird aviary and more fridge magnets than I have ever seen before (souvenirs collected over the years by them, their friends and family members of the places they have travelled). Ginger and Pearl are from a working class generation. Ginger spends most his days restoring old wooden furniture (his varnish stained hands tell the story of many a happy piece of furniture that has left the shed). He also managed to score a hat trick many years ago while playing for his local cricket team (and has the trophy to show for it)! Pearl is nearly blind but spends her days working in the garden and feeding mince meat to the kookaburras and magpies that sit on her clothes line each day. Pearl also has a photo frame that contains the photographs of all their pets that have passed away over the years (including one called Angry Cat).

I cannot begin to fathom what they have built together in the way of a foundation for their family – what they have seen – what they have shared and even, at times, what they have fought for. What I do know, however, is that I spent a little piece of three separate days with them and I didn’t want to leave…

Ginger and Pearl, there aren’t enough words that I can offer you to tell you how much respect I have for the both of you. You were so kind and generous enough to allow me a glimpse of your life and for this I will be forever grateful.

Amanda Thorson - Dan, I love this project…it’s amazing. The honesty in it is beautiful, you have a gift.

Stewart Leishman - The story , the images, the bloke who put it all together are truly extraordinary! Thanks for sharing.

Thommo - Bro,

There is such an amazing story to this images, you learn so much about Ginger and Pearl just from the frames you have shared!

I love them!

J Shoda - This project is brilliant and so beautifully done. Can’t wait to see how it progresses.

Josh - Lovely images. What an awesome & rewarding project!

Jennifer Chaney - Oh wow… you’ve totally inspired me. These pictures are amazing. Just amazing.

Mark dohring - Dan, the images of Ginger and Pearl embracing are so powerful. My eyes filled with tears.

Heather - Wonderful work, a touching look into their lives through your lens. I hope that’s what my future will be like with Jon. So many great details. What a treasure for their families!

Tracy - Thanks for sharing this project with us. I cant wait to see more and watch this project grow. Loved it

Lia - uh, I will cry.

Tyler Branch - what a rad project. really inspiring work.

Jonas Peterson - You the man, Dan.

Jess Marshall - Wow – the stories that exist in each and every image, all of the detail gives so much voice to their lives. Gorgeous Dan!

michele bowman - i am in love with every one of these photos!! what a beautiful idea and a great job capturing their love!!

abby - I wish I had pictures like this of my grandparents. Simply beautiful and heartfelt.

michelle - wow. i had to scroll quick so i wouldn’t cry. but it didn’t work.

Katie - This is truly beautiful Dan. Moving, inspiring and so sensitively told. Thank you for sharing. xo

Isabelle Paille - This is absolutely stunning, deeply touching. The light makes us feels as we should be looking at this in silence, as if it’s a prayer.

alyda - oh Daniel! Seeing these again just kills me. So honest & beautiful.

Thank you for showing us what real love looks like. I love my husband so much more than when we were married 10 years ago and I can only imagine the bond these 2 have after 65 years.

You have a gift lovely friend.

katie - hi :) great project! you can feel the amazing accumulation of so much more than physical things..

Catherine Abegg - Thank you for this… absolutely made my day…

Natalie Bice - It is hard to imagine an entire lifetime inside a little house like that but looking through this project I feel like I have seen it all. Amazing stuff mate, a really powerful and beautiful story. Can’t wait to see more of your projects.

Amy J. - I think this is some of the most beautiful photography I’ve ever seen Dan. In our current world of countless images of young, beautiful, hipster couples on every photoblog there is, it is so lovely and refreshing to see the capture of this age…this kind of time in life. Absolutely wonderful. You have inspired me, truly!! Bravo.

Anya - What an amazing story and how wonderful to see it told through your eyes Dan. LOVE.

Leah Kua - My heart is so with you in this Dan. There are no words to describe how this series makes my spirit feel.

Tim - Wow Dan. Really beautiful idea. Fantastically executed. I look forward to seeing more in this vein.

Jeremy Beasley - Only tears on a cheek and a smile on a face can do these justice. !@#$ing beautiful man.

samm blake - dan…. these are so beautiful. so beautiful… the first time you showed me these images.. they changed me.. they made me see and understand what love really is.. in the truest sense of the word. Pearl reminds me so much of my own nanna pearl.. silky terrier, fridge magnets, vegetable garden and her house.. I relive my childhood looking at these images. I wish I had images like these of my grandparents. Their family will treasure these images forever. You have inspired me so much with these images. xxx

Gemma Carr - Dan. You are an artist. Your images are so full of emotion, both your subjects, their surrounds and yours. You have totally taken me into Pearl & Ginger’s existence.
Such a talent.
The shot by the swing set, magic.

Nic Duncan - Your images have made me cry. Storytelling at its finest :-)

andi hatch - beautiful.


Marryam Lum - so beautiful…

Ashley Skjaveland - Dan …. simply amazing. Stunning, beautiful and real; all the things we need more of in our lives. What a beautiful couple. ox.

Lauren Wellington - so so gorgeous.. got me teary. So lovely to see that look in their eyes after so many years.. beautiful work Dan.

Mary Kathryn - Oh Dan…at first it was “oh how sweet” but midway the flood gates burst. This is the most moving series of photos I have ever seen. Absolutely phenomenal.

Caitlin Jacob - Stunning…Elo will be overwhelmed by these, methinks :)

Kelly Trow - Dan. This is beautiful. You are beautiful. I love watching your mind at work. I love seeing your world through your eyes. Keep rocking it. Miss you, friend xx

Michelle Fischer - These are just too precious. To me this is the essence of photography. What a gift to Ginger & Pearl, their family, you and the world. Thank you for sharing.

jeff ambrose - beautiful project dan. stellar work.

julie fitts - welled, my eyes welled. i’m very fond of g+p after seeing these images. beautiful.

Kelly Tunney - When you feel like it’s already been said, what’s left to say……. everyone’s words are so beautiful already. BUT……I look at these images again in their entirety and as I read through the reams of comments people have left, I cannot be more happier or proud of you. Yes, the images are beautiful and you have captured something very unique and special – but you did that, that is YOU who created it and not just the subject. Your ridiculous vision to see what so many others miss or take for granted is incredible. It’s to be commended, appreciated and cherished – just as you should be, my dear friend Daniel xx

Christine - yup. what more can i say that hasn’t been said? you know these make my heart pound, right? cause they do.

caroline lee - totally bawling over here, dan… these are just incredible. the images tell such a beautiful story. there is so much love in ginger + pearl’s eyes for each other. i love australia – i miss it so much. i think i’m ready to move back now…sniff, sniff. keep this up, mate. what a gift you have!! xo

Philippa - This is such a beautiful idea :)

Gea - Mag(ic)nificent.

Darren Van De Wint - Truly amazing work Dan!!!!! A project to be very very proud of!!

Julian Beattie - So inspiring! The rest has been said. Amazing, Dan.

Justin - Dan, Dan, Dan. It’s so inspiring to look at your images – I could easily spend a week just lost in your imagery from this post. Would love to shoot with you one day & learn how you process such amazing frames.

joanna brown - this is truely truely beautiful… so moving so precious, so fragile yet so strong and solid… love

Arlene Bax - I love it Dan, My Nan In-Law passed away this week, her and Gramps where married 66years I wish I has some photos like this to give the family.

sarah black - Incredibly beautiful. Gentle, respectful, so filled with love, and rich with story.

amari kenoly - truely inspiring.

Nicky Stone - What a lovely idea – beautiful photos – wonderful names – inspirational! Thank you.

kelly vv - wow dan! what a gift….from you, to them! their family (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) are going to treasure these for so many years to come!! i WISH i had images like this of my opa….and my nans…..a love like that is a feat to be congratulated, that is for sure….beautiful project dan, absolutely heart-breakingly, soul achingly beautiful : )

Adrian - That is so beautiful. It makes me cry.

John Benavente - Exceptional body of work & exquisite use of light, hats off to you Dan!

todd hunter mcgaw - incredible stuff brother.. you got the skillz & you got the heart.. that’s the combo of destiny dude..

liz arcus - Dan, it was so very special to see these real honest raw and genuine images. Good on you for taking the time to document something so priceless like this. I have always regretted not photographing my great uncle and aunty that are now deceased. They lived in their home for over 60 years. My great uncle was born in the house that they lived most of their life. Being a distance away from me, i never took the time to make a photo shoot like this happen. The house they lived in was where my grandmother was born and lived for a very long time too. I would do anything to go back in time and record it. I always wanted to, but didn’t take them time. This project has made me totally learn a huge lesson, not to wait next time i have the urge to do something like this. Thank you for the huge lesson Dan. I have heaps of tears my eyes, but i am so glad you did this, for this gorgeous couple and their family .

brooke - oh, sweetness. what a beautiful tribute of a gorgeous couple. thanks for putting this up. it inspires hope.

Andreas - This is photography. Wow Dan.

Mar - The hand on the shoulder … the texture of their bare arms while holding hands … amazing.

Sharolyn - Lovely to see those three kookaburras on the line. Ginger and Pearl are such a beautiful example to us all. And I think it is SO important to celebrate couples who have made it the distance. Weddings seem to be getting bigger and fancier and more of a show these days. I hope so much that people marry for the right reasons and learn how to nurture a relationship over the years – for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, til death do us part. Great project!

caspix - Incredible series. Incredible. The low light ones are so captivating, so gentle. Truly love your work.

amber - dear dan, you blow me away with every.single.post. incredibile job my friend.

Sue Bryce - Beautiful capture of life Dan, I could smell scones and mothballs and I didn’t stop smiling.

jason starr - Truly inspiring Dan. Great Narrative, beautiful couple. Keep on truckin Bro.

jason starr - ps, love the wallpaper

David Robertson - a tear at HOTD and definitely bringing it back brother. photos with life, story that move people. THIS is why i love photography

Rhyanne - Absolutely beautiful… just stumbled into your work through a link. Glad I did… this series of photographs brought tears to my eyes. And my hubby and I just celebrated 9 years of wedded life a few days ago. Looking at Ginger and Pearl brings me inspiration – they are a rare happy ever after.

fiona andersen - I just cried… no words just silly tears. What a perfect piece of capture and art. I can literally feel the presence in their house. Dan what an amazing thing!! WOW

otto schulze - SUBSTANCE! work of substance. wonderful mate.

Fernando - How cool are these two. Makes me miss, my grandma :( sob. She has a fridge magnet collection too. So many that she doesn’t have room on her two fridges anymore. I think I will have to send you to portugal to photograph her for me :) awesome photos dude.

Dale Tidy - A grin and a tear on the cheek is how these photos left me. Thank you man, amazing work

Stelmer - Mr O’day… these are still as beautiful and moving as the first time that I saw them ALL that time ago at HOTD. You are one smooth operator Bro :)

AmyPunky Photography - What an amazing and thoughtful project! The photos are so moving and beautiful!

Nashville Wedding Photographers - i cried. amazing!!!!!!

Eleanor Gannon - Beautiful. Just beautiful. Everyone should have their story told like this.

Jennifer - This is really, really special.

Barb Uil - You. Are. Amazing!

Catherine - This is so moving, what a lovely project and gorgeous subjects. You’ve inspired me.

carly mclaughlin - look at all your comments! :) this is absolutely beautiful! i cried!! makes me think of my grandparents and admire what solid partnerships their generation made.. i hope hope hope i can create a foundation like this one you’ve described so awesomely, for my family to come.. your work is awesome dan! i found it through karissa at The LANE :)

Cols Thorpe - Dan, these are so beautiful! It made me cry..

Nani - This is the most beautiful blog post I’ve ever seen. Shed a tear. Or two. I’ve wanted to do something similar here in Finland, ’cause I feel that these are the true colors of life that I want to show to myself and others. The colors I want to see. I thank you, Dan.

Trish - These pictures inspire me as a photographer, and as a wife! Growing old together, and being so happy – that’s what I want. Thanks.

Christina - Simply beautiful! The individual shots of them outside made me smile… Beautiful use of lighting throughout, feel like I’m there with them. Amazing! I love it!!!! Pearl is one gorgeous gal : )

Colibriphoto - This is one of the most touching post I’ve ever seen. I am deeply mooved by this. Thank you so much for sharing.

Joshua Gull - Just got turned on to your photography Dan and then I come and find this. Truly incredible work and project. I’m blown away.

jeff marsh - man this is awesome

hannah - i just fell in love with this photo shoot.

Marno Muth - Pure beauty. Thank you for sharing these.

Tenielle - This is so beautiful Dan. So very beautiful. A testament to real love and real life. Two lives interwined for so many years, that they really are one in the truest sense. It must have felt amazing to use your wonderful skills on such a heartfelt project.

Robert Meredith Photography - Brilliant idea! Brilliantly executed mate! Really tells a story and gives you a feel for the couple and the life they have lived and shared together. I love the fact that in the living room filled with old quaint decorations and furniture, there is a big flat screen TV. Looking forward to the next one x

Stew - Very special. beautiful idea. Ginger and Pearl are fantastic! You are da man Dan! :D

Melissa Ellis - Wow! This story is beautiful. I love this shoot. Well done Dan, beautiful photos.

Kristy Morell - A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Dan!

Rog - Guy dude! Your vision kills me. I LOVE THIS.

Naomi - Wow, such beautiful photographs :) definitely brought a tear or two.. beautiful. x

joym - first visit to your site, i’ve never seen your stuff before but THIS. man. this is just. wow. i love it. photography at it’s best. you are an artist.

Gedas Girdvainis - LOVE IT!!!!!!!

joym - Pearl is just. beautiful. i keep pouring over your pictures. amazing. seriously.

Kristina Radcliffe - I want to meet Ginger and Pearl!! :)
These images are just precious… you are still one of my fav aussie photographer ;)

Thomas Laue - Dan, Thank you for sharing these photos with me and Yoko. It was very touching, I had tears in my eyes when you told us their story.

I wish you all the best with finding similar opportunities in the future. It enriches your own experiences, artistic level, feeds the soul. But sharing the photos and experiences with others, whether on this blog or through other means, gives so much to everyone who comes across it. It’s just amazing.

Thank you again, and see you soon! :)

Gray - this is just incredible. Ive shown most people I know this link… its just breathtaking.. top draw.

Mish Koh - Thanks so much for sharing these heartfelt and precious images. Amazing honesty .. displays true love that stands the test of time. Thanks to the couple and for sharing this with all of us Dan! Great meeting you too last sunday :)

Verity Stubbs - I’m normally just a silent stalker on blogs but this is such a stunning post I had to say WOW!!

Jennifer - So compellingly beautiful. The image of their hug under the shadow of the tree, in particular, will stay with me.

Claudia - WOW! this made me cry! You are an AMAZING artist. WOW!

Marieke - Truly amazing photos. I don’t know these people but you make them feel so familiar. Love it!

Mike F. - Love these! such a cute couple!

Sjoerd Booij - Absolutely amazing.. love the story, love the photos, love the colors.. it’s all love here, in spirit of this post I guess..

Zoe - Oh my goodness – these are deeply moving – from a personal point of view- I wish I had some images like these of my grandparents – and also on a professional level – this is the least photographed generation I would have thought – I really really really like these images – lots and lots, on so many levels.
Feel honoured to have been allowed to have seen them – they are so very special.
Thank you, Zoe :)

Alexa Catalin - Amazing work and project. I hope you’ll be able to continue it.

Luke Simon - Great Stuff Dan. It’s funny – one of the main differences between you and me, besides level of talent leaning your way heavily, is that you have gone and done what you’ve thought about doing..I see Sid and Joyce who have lived across the street for me for almost 60 years (no I’ve not lived there for 60 years) and have thought of doing the same thing as you have here…but have not done it…here’s the inspiration to ! Great work mate.

Emily - Amazing work. I came via your interview on iheartfaces.com.
I was thrilled to see a judge this week who has a unique vision and a real desire for storytelling. This project is wonderful and inspiring. Kudos to you and the gift you’ve given them and their families for years to come.

Jim Marsden - Really late to the party….this is amazing. Would love to see more :)

jess - Amazing Dan – loved this when first saw at HOTD, stunning emotion, captured so naturally, you,Ginger and Pearl are inspirations for many different reasons!

Louise - Extraordinary. Your words, as much as your images. What a love story you have captured and what a gift!

Jakob - Thanks for sharing. You’re an inspiration.

Mandy Campbell - Can’t quite believe I haven’t seen this post before now. Am sitting here in tears as I wish beyond everything that all the quirks and nuances of my grandparents’ lives and home and relationship had been captured before it was too late. What an extraordinary person you are. What a pure delight. Thank you.

Lucy - Really beautiful, very touching.

Vic - A very moving series… you’ve documented everything beautifully from their daily routine, to their companionship and commitment to each other. A lovely series.

Vic - A very moving series… you’ve documented everything beautifully from their daily routine, to their companionship and commitment to each other. A lovely series.

Lesley - What an amazing project and truly emotive photographs, thanks for sharing!

David Ferguson | Brisbane - Lovely mate, just a really nice idea and wonderfully executed.

Amber Fox - This is a beautiful project. Well done! Their love and gentleness is what is so beautiful.

Mandie - Absolutely beautiful project…and what an amazing relationship and collection of experiences to capture. I feel like I know their story now! Thank you so much, this post and these images enriched my day.

Trish - I never post comments. This is unbelievable. I am so touched. Thank you for letting me into the lives of Ginger and Pearl. These images are so real that I could almost smell the rooms.

Jessica Deane - This post is just beautiful!

mary kathryn - I think about this project often. It is a masterpiece, O’day.

Robyn Morrison - This is both incredibly beautiful and moving. Oldies tug on my heart string, especially those still in love after many years together. My old lady has dementia and is now in a home, i regret not photographing her more. You brought a little tear to homesick reminising eye!


Jenae - This is amazing. Beautiful Photography telling a beautiful story..

Holly Treadaway - Beautiful work Dan, just stunning! I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be moved by this beautiful life story, very emotive and inspiring! Thanks for sharing :) Holly

Debbie - Truly made me wish I had this for my family – impressively done Dan. You should be proud of this.

James Harvie - Gorgeous and fabulous concept. Shows such character

Mish - So beautiful, so moving – the honesty and integrity with which you have shot Ginger and Pearl and their life together is life affirming. I am inspired by this series. Your work is wonderful.

joy - I think these are some of the most powerful images I’ve seen. Beautiful, emotional art.

Javier Abad - Amazing work!! Love it!

David Childers - Amazingly intimate work Dan, beautiful story.

Jocee - i’m going to cry. no, scratch that: i’m crying. this is one of the most… poignant, moving things i’ve EVER seen. the best ever. bless you for doing what you do.

Michelle Joubert-Martin Photography - I love this shoot, I just love it. I keep coming back to it, and it gets me all emotional every time. Well done x

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