Happy Easter!

We just want to take a moment to say Happy Easter! We hope everyone has been enjoying a safe and relaxing long weekend.

Last year we made a prediction: “This is the first year that our little Chloe (21 months) has been cognizant enough to go for an Easter egg hunt around our home. We are very proud of the choices that she is already making in the food department. She had part of one egg and then handed it back asking for "ap-pel" and "bah-nah-nah" instead. We happily took one (? two) for the McDonald Family team and finished the eggs off for her. Next year will probably be a different story. ;-)”

Yep. Our Chloe loved her Easter egg hunt this year. :D Absolutely sure no apple or banana (or any other fruit, for that matter) was consumed during the course of yesterday. Good thing Chloe is a little fruit bat nearly every other day.

We hope everyone enjoyed a memorable Easter, too, with family &/or friends.

We recently visited some friends in Mount Samson. Such a stunning part of the world and only ~45 minutes from where we live! So green and lush. It was a great reminder to slow down and make more family memories. <3

Rolling hills for days.

“There's a track winding back to an old fashioned shack…” <3

Bridal Shoot :: Crisp White & Green Inspiration at Fort Lytton, Australia

The shoot below was a fun collaboration between Emunah Events, Makeup by Hayley Gervais and the lovely model Georgia. The shoot took place at Fort Lytton National Park. Fort Lytton has enjoyed some notoriety with the filming of Unbroken (Angelina Jolie) and The Railway Man (Nicole Kidman) so we figured that it should be good enough for us. ;)

All jokes aside, this was such a fun shoot. Georgia was amazing (you can find her instagram here). We shot this mid-morning during Brisbane’s hot & humid summer and Georgia did.not.complain.once. She was a trooper. Georgia’s wonderfully bubbly, make-the-best-of-the-moment personality really shone through.

Hayley, from Makeup by Hayley Gervais, is responsible for the conception of this shoot. It was a real treat to work with Hayley. Her stunning work - both hair & makeup - enhances natural beauty; it doesn’t distract from it. You will find Makeup by Hayley Gervais listed among our preferred vendors (here). Looking forward to working together soon!

Emunah Events. Honestly. We are obsessed with Carissa & Serena’s work so any opportunity to work with them is a no-brainer. As this was a simple, crisp shoot (sometimes less really is more), we wanted classic elements that would pop. As always, Emunah Events delivered. (You will find the Emunah team listed among our preferred vendors, too.)

None of this would have been possible without the above team. Thank you to each of you for such a memorable shoot.

Christmas in Brisbane

We have been spoiled. We have enjoyed a European Christmas previously.

We spent Christmas itself in Dresden with wonderful friends. One memory (it has been five years, after all!) that we cherish, in particular, was perusing the Dresden Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. That Christmas really set the benchmark for us.

Christmas in Brisbane is… well… hot. Humid. Steeped in commercialism

HOWEVER, Brisbane has a beautiful Christmas experience to offer in and of itself. To be honest, you really do not have to look too far for opportunities to make some lovely memories. As our Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is quick to point out: “Brisbane is a great place to live, work & relax - it’s a safe, vibrant, green & prosperous city, valued for its friendly & optimistic character and enjoyable subtropical lifestyle”. These characteristics & attributes are reflected in our unique celebration of Christmas.

FURTHERMORE, many of Brisbane’s Christmas events are free and family-friendly. You can find things to see & do in The City, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. (If you are keen to see what we get up to in Brissie, jump on instagram and follow the hashtag #MerryBrismas.)

We have compiled some images below from our 2018 Christmas in Brisbane. We hope you enjoy!

There is something that is a quintessential part of Christmas for me (Em): Pete’s (very rum) Rum Balls. They are one of the highlights of my year. Pete has truly perfected his recipe. (One of the best things about them is that they are not geographically limited!)

We like to say that Queensland is “beautiful one day & perfect the next”. However, we experience extreme heatwaves & explosive storms during our summer months. One thing is for sure, though: if you are looking to escape the snow, Brisbane is a safe bet!

We indulged in a pizza cook-up at Northey Street City Farm. The catalyst was random musings during a community playgroup; everyone’s individual contributions came together perfectly. This will be a lovely Christmas memory for years to come - for both parents and children.

Brisbane Arcade usually looks pristine and welcoming but is particularly stunning at Christmas-time.

Queen Street Mall, including the Myer Centre animated Christmas window display, is worth looking at during Christmas.

Regent Theatre’s foyer is another recommended Christmas-related spot to check out.

The South Bank Christmas Gift Markets are quirky and inviting. You will want to stay for a while.

King George Square boasts The Christmas Tree and the City Hall Lights.

In conclusion, our city is beautiful and well worth a visit during Christmas. <3

Information :: Our Personalities

Pete & Em. We have already introduced ourselves here. We have shared our priorities in blog posts regularly (such as this one). However, there is a little more about us that might be of interest to our clients.

From our wedding by Lady Jayde Photography; the parent life means that we don’t often get shots of just the two of us these days ;)

Our personalities.

We are very different. Pete is the extrovert; Em is the introvert. Pete is driven by logic; Em is driven by emotion. Pete embraces posing & taking the time to set up the perfect shot. Em embraces photojournalism & allowing the moments to unfold. Pete enjoys interacting with people & helping them to relax in front of the camera (sometimes Dad Jokes play a role; after all, Pete does get a lot of practice with little Chloe). Em enjoys making sure the raw emotion & details of the day are captured. Pete works best with lists and makes sure that our shooting follows the plan. Em goes with the flow and works best in the background. Opposites attract.

We celebrate our personality differences (as well as our individual interests and “eye”). We play to our individual strengths. I guess you could say that our personalities and different strengths are some of our unique selling points. When you choose Poppy & Sage Photography, you sign up for your story to be told two different ways. We look forward to working together to capture Your Day. Feel free to contact us here:

Information :: Wedding Budgeting Tips (The Photography Version)

Wedding Budgeting. Two words that are almost certainly guaranteed to induce tachycardia in brides & grooms the world over. Where do you start?!

Figure out your priorities and budget accordingly.

Is it the dress? Is it car hire? Is it the honeymoon? Only you two as a couple can figure out what should be at the top of this list.

Of course we are biased. ;) We could regale you with all of our personal reasons for why professional photography should be somewhere in the top 3-ish but we will limit ourselves to just a few (please do not think that any mention of other vendors serves to minimise their contribution to the day - all vendors are equally important!):

Plan for the event that the budget could be blown due to unforeseen costs.

We have listed the cost of photography with us on our website. If the numbers line up with how your budget looks, we’re happy to meet up and have a chat in person. The next step is to see if we’re a good fit personality-wise. Feel free to contact us here:

Vow Renewal: G+C <3

Greg & Claudine renewed their vows at beautiful Newstead Park, Brisbane. When we had coffee with them initially to make sure we would both be a good fit, we were struck by how family-oriented they were. Nearly everything came back to family. They were renewing their vows as family had been unable to make their overseas wedding. They wanted the focus of the images to include candid family moments. On the day, we offered to over-deliver on time but they were concerned that they would keep family from going out and celebrating together. A truly special and lovely couple. We wish them many adventurous holidays around the world on their motorbike. The location was beautifully styled by Beach & Garden Ceremonies and we worked alongside Simply Special Events on videography. Here are just a handful of highlights from the day. <3

The way Greg looks at Claudine <3

Claudine looking like a queen <3

Happy Easter!

We just want to take a moment to say Happy Easter! We hope everyone has been enjoying a safe and relaxing long weekend. This is the first year that our little Chloe (21 months) has been cognizant enough to go for an Easter egg hunt around our home. We are very proud of the choices that she is already making in the food department. She had part of one egg and then handed it back asking for "ap-pel" and "bah-nah-nah" instead. We happily took one (? two) for the McDonald Family team and finished the eggs off for her. Next year will probably be a different story. ;-)

In other news, we are running an offer for the months of April, May & June. You can read more about it here. In short, 5 lucky couples will receive:

a) a high-end brag book to the value of $275 from a world-leading Japanese company,

b) a $50 voucher for your next date night at the restaurant of your choice, and

c) a 30 minute minishoot to take place within 10 kms of Brisbane CBD.

We will also donate 10% of the total payment to an outstanding local organisation: Women's Health Queensland Wide.

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Information :: FAQ Page Update

Good morning! Hope this finds everyone well and happy. This is just to let you know that we have recently updated our FAQ page. You will find it here. We cover questions, such as:

  • What makes you different from the rest?
  • Do you have a set rate per hour for weddings?
  • Are you a registered business?
  • Can I purchase albums or other products from Poppy & Sage Photography?
  • Are you happy to meet up in person?
  • Do you travel world-wide?
  • Do you collaborate with local vendors?
  • What do you guarantee to me as your client?

Feel free to check it out. If you have any questions or would like to know more, send us a message through our contact form (here), email us at admin (@) poppyandsagephotography.com.au, or call or text us: +61424263106. We aim to respond within 48 hours (Mon - Fri during business hours). Hope you have a fabulous week!

Wedding: M+T <3

Michael & Tara were married at Clear Mountain Lodge. It was a beautiful ceremony conducted by Carmen Dillon of Cloud Nine Ceremonies. We really enjoyed getting to know Michael & Tara during the preparation for their stunning day. Michael & Tara specifically asked us to focus on the connection they have with each other, family, their friends that they treasure as family, and their little ones. They wanted a combination of posed and candid but more emphasis on candid, allowing the day to unfold organically. It was an honour for us to be able to capture their day. It was beautiful and it was certainly "them". We always admire couples who are true to what they value. For some, it is quality over quantity and they choose to elope or celebrate with those very close to them. For others, it's the blessing of a village and generations of connections that they want to incorporate. We are here to document whatever it is that is important to you and your significant other.

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Wedding :: Destination & International

We hope everyone is having a great start to 2018. We are. During this annual holiday period, we have been reminiscing about some of our recent travel memories. We were trawling through some of our albums and were reminded of a beautiful Indian wedding we attended. Our attendance was quite random and not planned and, like most adventures in India, has a story behind it.

India is so unpredictable and we find that aspect a bit intoxicating. We love traveling to different parts of the world for different reasons. Sometimes it's the food. Sometimes it's the people. Or architecture. Perhaps it's the culture. Arts. History. Or landmarks, to name a few reasons. India? It is delightfully chaotic and, if you hang around for long enough, you might discover a method to the madness.

Back to the wedding. We were staying in Kerala at the time and our accommodation was with a beautiful family. We had met the son, Ebin, here in Australia and his family welcomed us into their home. We were spoilt and treated like family for several days. We have so many lovely memories from our stay that we will treasure for our lifetime. On one of the days, Ebin's family invited us to a friend's wedding. We went along for the ride and it was such a unique experience!

The bride and groom were very happy and full of personality. The food was incredible. Furthermore, in Kerala, you will find Christians, Hindus and Muslims all living side-by-side. They are neighbours. They come and go in and out of each other's lives. They celebrate with each other in the good times and they support each other when things are challenging. This wedding was no exception. The guests came from different religious viewpoints and ways of life but managed to respectfully support their friends on their special day. It was quite remarkable and the uniqueness of the situation was not lost on us.

We love immersing ourselves in different cultures. There are always lessons to be learned and new perspectives to be gained. Now that we have a little one, we are committed to investing in the next generation of open-minded and respectful humans. Travel is certainly an excellent opportunity for achieving these goals. At Poppy & Sage Photography, we welcome destination and international weddings. We are happy to discuss the finer details so feel free to message us with any questions: admin (at) poppyandsagephotography.com.au. Take care and happy, safe adventures! <3