2015 had it’s moments around the world.

Here is a bunch of awesomeness that happened in front of me. Being able to capture moments in people’s lives that they will look back on and laugh, cry or love gives me a great sense that I’m doing something worthwhile. It doesn’t change the world but it has an effect on the individuals that I encounter and build relationships with. It becomes part of their history, their story that they get to share with their loved ones and future family. It helps build identity and validates a life where struggles are common. As trends come and go, photography can preserve the culture and technology of the time. I freaking love creating these documents for people that are interesting not only for them, but others as well.

I couldn’t do what I do without the help of Olivia Davies (follow her on instagram @oliviabettina). We met at university in 2006, she had a boyfriend, I had a girlfriend, that old chestnut. But a few years later after an awkward Uni carpark kiss we locked it in. Liv has been second shooting and doing post production with me for 6 years now. She didn’t have a passion for the business side of photography and preferred to keep it purely as an art form, so was quite happy to help me out, without going head to head. (She could have, but just wasn’t feeling it.) Instead she has gone back to University to chase down her other passion in music. She is doing amazing things already, majoring in Composition, she has already won multiple competitions and had her music workshopped and performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber ensemble (check her Music out on Sound Cloud – https://soundcloud.com/empty-chair-sounds ) Her images are all through this blog post too. I really can’t thank her enough.

P.S

I just voted in Triple J’s hottest 100.
Jarryd James -Do You Remember
Hudson Mohawke -Scud Books
Major Lazer -Powerful {Ft. Ellie Goulding/Tarrus Riley}
Gang Of Youths -Magnolia
Jai Wolf -Indian Summer
Wafia -Heartburn
Alpine -Shot Fox
Foals -Mountain At My Gates
Tame Impala -Let It Happen
The Kite String Tangle + Dustin Tebbutt -Illuminate

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  • January 16, 2016 - 10:51 am

    Dan O'Day - Jimmi! Holy shit this is fab.

  • January 20, 2016 - 11:35 am

    James - Thanks legend!

  • March 28, 2016 - 7:45 pm

    Keegan Cronin - Wow! Killed it

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There’s something about tiny people in front of gigantic rocks. Especially in wedding gear.

Jess and Brent’s wedding was held at Pullman Resort with the breathtaking surroundings of Bunker Bay. We headed to the coastline in the afternoon light, and I had to share the highlights from their day. Jess’ handmade dress was a one-of-a-kind creation by the geniuses at  Zanzis Couture in Subiaco.

Jess’ Dress: Zanzis | Shoes: Georgies Bridal Shoes | Florist: Collie Floral Studio | Hair: Hair By Me Steph B | Make-Up Artist: Jenna Italiano | Brent’s Suit and tie: Echo Clothing.

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  • May 1, 2016 - 10:15 pm

    Port Macquarie Wedding Photographer - I like your post. This wedding photography post really awesome and very helpful to me. Please keep posting good contents. Thank you.

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When I had a drink with Laura and Reece last year and they told me about their story, I knew their wedding day was going to be incredible. They met in the South of Western Australia six years ago and always visited the Margaret River region for the same reason I love it – it’s amazing beaches, wineries and food. Old Broadwater Farm was the perfect location for their relaxed wedding day. A shout out to the incredible stylist, florist and all round extraordinaire Kay from Maminkwink for making the day stunning, and the girls at The Bridal Atelier for selling Laura a Rue de Seine gown that captivated everyone.

Venue: Old Broadwater Farm | Stylist and Florist: Kay Crowhurst from Maminkwink | Stationary: Etsy | Bridal Gown: Rue de Seine from The Bridal Atelier | Veil: Intique and Co | Shoes: Nine West | Accessories: Etsy bangles and and Metal and Dust rings | Hair: Carly Cooper Hair Design | Suit: Jack London | Bow tie: Marcs | Shoes: Gingers for Gentleman (Canne) | Makeup: Priscilla Productions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Free People, Zimmerman, and Coco and Lola | Catering: Ole Paella Catering | Cake: Selena Tenakov (friend) | Hire: Delish Ice | Celebrant: Karen Tai (When Adam Met Eve) | Rings: Rings: Koro Jewellery | Drink service: Mable Caravan

James Simmons Portrait and Wedding Photography

Chad and Jaemi’s Arimia Boutique Winery wedding in Yallingup, WA, was without a doubt the best DIY wedding I’ve ever seen pulled off.

As soon as I met them I knew it was going to be an epic day. She’s a full time Mum with a wedding business Pixel and Heart Co on the side, and he owns and operates the clothing label Grand Flavour. Their eye for beautiful things was ridiculous.

Keep your eye out for the incredible DIY details from their signage, lighting, flowers, dessert bar and ridiculously delicious wedding cake, to the menus, name cards, Photo Booth props and personalised disposable cameras.

Bridal Gown and Veil: Loui Col | Grooms Suit: Suit: Zara | Flowers and Cake: The Bride & Maid of Honour | Makeup: Brittany Lovell | Stationery: Letterpress invitations The Little Press | Celebrant: Cara Gallagher

  • September 27, 2015 - 12:36 pm

    Dan O'Day - Smashed it champion. Rock on ??

  • April 7, 2016 - 10:37 pm

    Terry - Amazing shots! Love the black & White. Please keep it up!