Amie & Josh :: {engaged}

He was the cute guy behind the counter at the butchers shop. She was the shy teenager coming in with her parents. Then one night, they were out with their friends, and a mutual friend called out. “Hey!” And the rest, as they say, is history. I caught up with Amie & Josh in Moree recently for their engagement session, and they are just so cute together. We went for a bit of a drive to check out spots for their wedding photos, and then I dusted off the camera and we shot some photos to remind them of this special time in their lives. I’m really looked forward to shooting their wedding in Moree in September, listening to Amie talk about her plans, it sounds like it will be awesome!

 

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leavin’, on a jet plane…

Now this I am excited about!! I’ve been talking about it for ages, and now, I’m locking it in and getting ready to pack my bags – it’s travel time! I will be photographing family portrait sessions in Adelaide in late 2012/early 2013. I’m just put the finishing touches on my exclusive Adelaide packages, so if you would like to be first in line to secure a spot when they are released later this week, drop me a line at rachel@rachelmeszaros.com.au.

With enough interest, I am looking at coming home via Melbourne, so if you are in Melbourne and interested in a session, let me know and I’ll add you to the waiting list!

I would also love to photograph a wedding in one of these gorgeous cities, so if you are planning a summer wedding in the southern cities, I’d love to hear from you!

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Violet :: {newborn}

A tiny bundle, wrapped in a white towel, nestled in daddy’s arms, greeted me at the door as I begin unloading the various bags and props for Violet’s newborn portraits. Only nine days old, and it’s clear that she has her mummy and daddy very firmly around her little finger. And I can’t say I blame them… Miss V is just adorable! A few of my favourites – (more over on the Facebook page)

 

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Simon & Kim {wedding}

I’d been watching the weather reports, and as I set off toward Moree on a January morning, the sky to the west looked threatening. I’d not long left Inverell, before the rain started. Large round raindrops, beating out a cacophonous tune against my windscreen. My heart sank for Kim and Simon, preparing to marry in Moree. While the ceremony and reception were indoors, we’d discussed the photos, and they’d hoped for some outdoor shots. But to my surprise, by the time I’d reached Delungra, the rain had cleared, and the cloud cover, while still very obviously there, was high and wispy. I reached Moree, and the weather appeared to be on our side. I checked into my motel, and headed off in search of the girls, where I hung out for an hour or so as they began their final preparations for the ceremony. With everyone dressed, and the bridal portraits complete, I bid them farewell, and went to catch up with the groom and his entourage, busy greeting guests at the Max Centre. Before long, 2.30 arrived, and Kim walked down the aisle, pausing briefly as friends handed her flowers, and then, slightly longer, as her mother helped her tie the final ribbon on the bouquet, to bind the flowers together. She stepped forward, her father placed her hand in Simon’s, and the ceremony began.

 

A ceremony filled with love and faith and hope. Kim’s father sang with his choir. The musicians were close friends of Simon & Kim. Prayers were offered by family members. And the room was full to overflowing with friends and family brought together by the love of two people, starting their journey together with a wonderfully Christ-centred celebration.

 

We got the outdoor photos we planned. We returned to the reception at the Moree Town Hall to do family photos, and watched nervously as the grey bands on the horizon thickened. Not one but three storms were converging from different directions. One last shot of the bridal party, and as they headed inside, a clap of thunder split through the air, and the storm opened up.

 

A boy and a girl, who love each other, and who love God. Uplifting, encouraging, joyful. Simon and Kim, it was an honour. Thank you.

 

 

For a pretty slideshow, complete with music, click here. Photos also on Facebook, please feel free to tag yourself!

 

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Erin & Pat :: {wedding}

There was a busy calm filling the bride’s house, as we gathered and preparations began to turn a young girl in love, into a bride. My assistant and I waited outside as she wiggled into her dress, and then the fun began. We started with some casual portraits of the bride and her attendants, complete with a photo-bombing four legged family member. Behind me, I saw a red clad friend of Erin’s pause as I bent down to grab the shot I saw in my mind, and as I straightened, I heard a familiar voice greet me by name. I turned and looked again, and was startled to see a friend from mothers group in Inverell. A bride from Brisbane, being married in her home town of Armidale, and we had a mutual friend. Funny how small the world can be at times.

 

Not long after, we headed to St Mary & Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral to catch up with Pat, and wait for his beautiful bride. After a lovely ceremony, we emerged from the church to the peel of church bells, thanks to another wedding at the Anglican Cathedral just across the road. With photos around the lawns of Armidale’s UNE complete, we released the couple for some down time with the bridal party, before they rejoined the reception, held at Booloominbah, also at UNE. Despite only a distance of around 130km, I always forget how much colder Armidale can be, and now know that even a December wedding isn’t a guarantee of not needing a jacket in the evening. It must have been a shock for those who travelled from Far North Queensland…it was bad enough coming from Inverell!

 

These are a few of my favourites from the day – click on an image to see it larger (a slideshow is also available for veiwing at http://vimeo.com/rachelmeszaros/erinandpat ). Erin and Pat, congratulations again, thanks so much for having us.

 

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Lisa & Tim :: {wedding}

Lisa is from England, Tim, from Inverell. So with family on opposites sides of the world, they decided to have two weddings, and I was lucky enough to be there to photograph their Australian ceremony. A flower-draped tea-length dress, gingham table runners with flowers in jam jars, a choreographed first dance, and a dress-up photo booth, their wedding oozed personality. I first caught up with Lisa and her lovely sister-in-law/bridesmaid Laura (better know to you Inverell locals as Miss Laura of Craze Dance Academy fame!), as they put the finishing touches on their preparations. A few beautiful bridal portraits, and then we left the girls to gather their thoughts as we headed to the Inverell Salavation Army hall for the lovely ceremony, before all the guests piled onto a bus to the Pioneer Village. And what a great spot for a party, and plenty of photo opportunities! Congratulations Tim & Lisa, and thank you for having me be part of your day.

 

You can also find Lisa and Tim’s photos on Facebook, and a slideshow on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wild horses…

With two gorgeous Calamity Bolt fillies coming for a holiday, we had plenty of chances to create some beuatiful photos. The first shoot I’ve already blogged, and having waited to unveil the rest of the images at the Armidale Baby Expo way back in September, I haven’t had an opportunity to sit down and blog the rest, from the main shoot which was the original concept pitched!

These images really speak to my heart – not only is that my two beautiful boys having a blast playing with the horses, but these photos were shot in the same spot my husband and I had our wedding photos taken, very near the property I grew up on.

Thank you once again Elke, for entrusting me with your beautiful creations. For those who haven’t yet discovered the delightfulness that is Guyra-based Calamity Bolt, do yourself a favour and take a gander at the madeit store or the Facebook page.

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Melanie :: {maternity}

It was already steamy as we headed out of Inverell toward Moree at 8.30am. 27 outside, so my car delighted in telling me. By the time we arrived and I got to Melanie’s place, it was well over thirty and rising. But Melanie was a trooper, and despite the heat, we had a great time capturing some beautiful maternity portraits.

 

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Simon & Kim :: {engagement}

With the harvest complete, Kim and Simon were ready to hit the road and make the long trek from Kim’s hometown of Moree, to Wagga, where they now live. We’d been back and forth trying to get a time that worked for me to head out to Moree, but instead we decided to shoot their engagement session in Inverell. I’m really looking forward to photographing their wedding in Moree in January, they are such a sweet couple, and I am bursting with ideas for their photos!

 

Simon & Kim, it was lovely to catch up with you, enjoy your sneak peek!

 

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an orchard, a ballgown and an idea…

So after Brahe’s maternity shoot, and another family portrait session (yet to be blogged), on a rainy Saturday a month or so ago, you’d think I’d be feeling confident and ready to embrace the rain that had threatened all morning. But we had something else in the works. We watched the sky anxiously, and as the clouds grew darker, we brought forward a shoot planned for that afternoon – a collaboration between myself, my wonderful makeup artist and stylist Jasmine and our favourite model Steph. The dress we’d procured from eBay hanging in the doorway, taunting us with the potential for all out efforts to be wasted. Then, magically, the sky cleared, and we all breathed a sigh of relief….only to worry again when the clouds gathered once more! Makeup complete, dress on and we hit the road. To be met by a roadblock. So around the long way we went, loosing precious dry moments. Arriving at the orchard, we quickly set to work, and had a blast creating some fun images, “just because”.

Thanks Jas and Steph, I had a great time working with you!



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