Milestone <3

This is our 107th blog post.

Odd number, we know.

However, it marks 2 years of hitting ‘save & publish’ on our weekly blog. We have been shooting together since 2009 (10 years - what?!) but blogging for 2 years. Our first post (here) was from Terrence & Rebecca’s 2016 wedding.

We all know that we should slow down a little more than we do so, in honour of celebrating the little milestones, cheers to us!

Topics we have covered have included:

  • Weddings

  • Creative shoots

  • Photography tips

  • Travel (both domestic & international)

  • Brisbane (local events, our recommendations & so on)

Thank you for following along with us! We have appreciated every single one of you. Looking forward to the next 107 blog posts and the growth that comes with the journey.

The Elephant in the Room :: Raw Files

"I just want access to the images from the most important day in my life! I enjoy playing around with Photoshop and Lightroom. I don't understand why it is too much to ask for the raw files. Furthermore, what if there is an image that the photographer doesn’t care for but is important to me or us?..."

This is a question that pops up from time to time. It is a really good question, too! At Poppy & Sage Photography, we do not provide raw files as part of our delivery. Here is our why:

  • This is in line with the stated terms and conditions in our contract. It is our business policy. We only ever show our best work.

  • Delivering a complete product is important to us. It is our job; it is what you, as the client, are paying us to do. The preparation (meeting, emailing & planning) is key. The shooting (time, experience & equipment) is key. The culling is key. The colour correction is key. In particular, our editing style is essential to our brand. Every aspect of the process is just as crucial to the final product as each other.

  • The raw file ultimately become detritus once the final image comes into existence. Handing over raw files is akin to a few analogies. It would be a bit like a restaurant serving a meal and including all the egg shells & vegetable scraps as part of the final presentation. A dressmaker creating your wedding gown and including all the fabric, pins and pattern. A carpenter building a deck and leaving every scrap of wood and nail behind. An artist painting a commissioned piece and including all the initial attempts, brushes and leftover paint. Or, perhaps more similarly, it is like a speechwriter drafting a script but leaving it to someone else to edit it and release the final version on behalf of the original speechwriter.

  • We totally understand the concern that we might not choose an image that means the world to you. We take a ton of images on any given wedding day. Of that ton, a good amount can be accounted for in multiples, typically with only nanoseconds between them. This is especially pertinent because we shoot together; we collate all files and choose the best. Some of the images are visual exposure tests. If we followed anyone around for a day (or someone followed us), we can absolutely guarantee unflattering images - blinking, awkward moments, and so on. We strive to give you beautiful & memorable images from your day that you will hopefully love so much that you will go and tell your family & friends. We value quality over quantity. We also work from a questionnaire that lists shots important to you. There is no way we would withhold an image that is suitable and, in particular, is from your shot list. Finally, we deliver an industry standard of 50-75 images per hour of shooting.

However, if you have any questions or would like to clarify anything, we are just a message away. Feel free to contact us anytime.

Australia :: Hahndorf

Hahndorf, established in 1839 (Australia’s oldest German settlement), was such a lovely little surprise. The state heritage area charms with a unique Bavarian ambience. Aside from the obvious traditional German beer sampling (there are a number of boutique breweries, wineries and distillers to choose from), there are plenty of quaint tea rooms, historic inns, craft shops & art galleries to explore - to name a few. Hahndorf’s main street is lined with beautiful elm trees; you will want to slow down & enjoy the wander.

We enjoyed our coffee, chai & babyccino at Caffiend so much that we went back for lunch; #noregrets.

A highlight for our toddler, Chloe, was the Hahndorf Farm Barn. We just wish that we had arrived earlier in the day so that we could all enjoy it for longer!

We chatted with some locals and, we must say, we sensed some frustration that Hahndorf appears to be losing its charm over time to tourism. The general consensus seemed to be that they would not like to see change if the driving force is tourism. There are surrounding villages of Crafters, Stirling, Aldgate & Bridgewater that might be worth checking out.

We left a piece of our heart in South Australia. It was a memorable trip and one that we will treasure. There is still so much to do that we want to roll over to another trip (hopefully in the not-too-distant future):

Safely home (Brisbane) on our Qantas flight :-)

Australia :: Barossa Valley

What is there not to like about the 912 km² that is the Barossa Valley? We have no answer to this question. Stunning Barossa Valley (peppered with picturesque communities including Angaston, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, Tanunda & Williamstown - as well as hamlets & villages) is steeped in German heritage. Fertile soils. Grape growing & winemaking (home to over 170 wineries & over 80 cellar doors; some unbroken lineages entering their 7th generation). Fruit trees. Meticulous & sophisticated degustation menus promising a culinary journey. Bienenstich. Mettwurst. Streuselkuchen. Vollkornbrot. Artisan cheese. Mediterranean climate. Warm, friendly community. Local characters. Australian landscape of rolling hills & scenic vistas. Live music. Historic churches. Houses built from locally-sourced bluestone, ironstone, sandstone & marble.

Local community is at the heart & soul of the Barossa Valley. With this in mind, we stayed at Pembury Homestead, Angaston (Airbnb). Jonathan and Kate are the lovely hosts of this beautiful home set in superb countryside. They were immediately warm and friendly and helpful. We rarely revisit the same place twice as we both prioritise adventure; however, we are definitely considering going back to Angaston and checking in again for some more (child-friendly) hospitality at Pembury Homestead. Not to mention, the location is central and ideal for day trips around the Barossa (if you want to cycle, Pembury Homestead is located right next to a bike path). Oh, and for the dog-lovers: the stay comes with the added bonus of fur-babies Baxter & Sally.

Pembury Homestead, Angaston

Little lambs <3

Lovely Baxter was a highlight and welcomed us home from our daily adventures :-)

You have got to love small-town grocery pride <3

Barossa Farmers Market, held each Saturday morning & showcasing authentic local produce, can be found undercover in the Vintners Sheds. Think famous Barossa smallgoods. Delicious pastries. Freshly roasted coffee. Olive oils & olives. Hearty breakfast options. La dolce vita essentially.

Barossa Farmer's Market is open on Saturday mornings

Such quaint markets <3

Barossa Farmer's Market samples

Clearly a popular item at the markets :-)

Strawberry tart by Stuart Jones, chef pâtissier; this (relatively unassuming) stall comes VERY highly recommended

Ham so good all it needed was some fresh bread and butter

The taste of simple, quality ingredients

The markets provide such a delightful start to a Saturday morning :-)

The more you look, the more snails you will see; pretty sure the only other place we spotted this many snails was at the France-Belgium border

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop was definitely a highlight of our trip. Maggie Beer is a well-known Australian cook & author (“The Cook and the Chef” is an Australian television series). The Farm Shop is the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic overlooking a dam. Think calm, peaceful surroundings and you have pictured the setting. A visit here is a must.

Stunning peacock at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop

Pheasant Farm Chicken & Smoky Garlic Pate Picnic Basket

Chicken & Tarragon Pastry Parcel

Daily Verjuice demonstration at 2 pm… go on - you know you want to ;)

Wine, flowers and cheese... pretty much everything on our shopping list while exploring Tanunda, the cosmopolitan heart of the Barossa Valley!

Pretty posies available to purchase at the supermarket in Tanunda

Average big-brand South Australian supermarket; unique supermarket experience for Queenslanders, though ;)

Ah, delicious European influence found at the local supermarket :-)

Apex Bakery still uses slow natural ferment doughs & a wood-fired Scotch Oven, traditions carried on since opening in 1924. Recipes date back to the 1800s (featuring no preservatives & breads with no sugars). We took them at their word & opted for a Bienenstich - it was delicious as promised!

Mengler’s Hill Lookout provides one of the best views of the farming patchwork that is the Barossa Valley; you can see for miles. Fantastic opportunity to stop and take it all in - and we could imagine it would make a fabulous picnic spot, too.

The view along our drive on a rainy day <3

Barossa Chateau boasts 30000 roses. After visiting a cellar door or three or ten, visiting Barossa Chateau and getting lost in amongst the roses is a pleasant palate cleanser. This was officially the most amount of roses we have seen in a day! We have heard really good reports about the high tea on offer at the chateau so we just might be back for research purposes. All in all, a lovely day out and one we recommend.

The view from our car; Barossa Valley is so pretty in the misty rain <3

If there is someone in your life who has everything except for a fossilised crocodile, you can snap one up at Chateau Dorrien

Lyndoch Lavender Farm introduces you to more than 90 lavender varieties over 5+ acres. The landscape is tranquil & relaxed; we enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon tea here followed by a wander through the stunning gardens. PSA: if you are are allergic to bees, though, don’t leave your Epipen at home.

We were informed that D&M’s Bakery Cafe offers The Best Vanilla Slice in the Valley. Vanilla slice is a favourite of mine (Em’s) since childhood so it is safe to say that I have sampled a few over the years. As I am typing this, I realised that I have not had a vanilla slice since our South Australian adventure at the end of 2017. I suppose that is an endorsement in and of itself. Perhaps I will not bother again until we make it back to the Barossa Valley. Come to think of it, it probably is worth the wait. (Unless Pete offers to make his version in the meantime - in that case, I will be a lost cause.)

Australia :: Adelaide

One of our travel goals is to see more of Australia. Given that our country is approximately 3860 kilometres long and almost 4000 kilometres wide, we think it is perfectly reasonable to shelve this ambition under a “goal” category. To date, we have explored parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria & Western Australia between the two of us. We were keen to add South Australia to the list even though our knowledge of the state can be quantified here (solid effort, Simon Taylor!).

Adelaide, the cosmopolitan capital of South Australia & the wine capital of Australia, was a great place to kick off our South Australian adventures. We fell in love with a few of its features. The city is surrounded by beautiful green space - rolling hills in the east & white sandy beaches in the west. Historical buildings. Check. Superb architecture. Check. Wide, welcoming streets. Check.

Adelaide Central Market was established in 1869 & is home to 80 stalls. Stalls offer flowers, fruit & vegetables, bakery & patisserie, continental & cheese, and meat, poultry & seafood, to name a few. They are proud to inform you that the market is visited by more than 8 million people a year.

We stayed at Sage Hotel Adelaide. It was comfortable, clean & the staff were friendly. We enjoyed a hot, hearty breakfast here, too.

Living our best hotel dessert life - enjoying Maggie Beer’s Dark Chocolate & Vino Cotto Caramel with some Brandy Butter Sauce on top for good measure… because why not ;)

We visited the iconic St Peter’s Cathedral.

Lunch at Kutchi Deli Parwana was a delicious treat. Lovely, attentive staff and memorable lunch for all the right reasons.

You will find a cluster of colonial institutions along the North Terrace precinct, the cultural heart of South Australia. Institutions include the Adelaide Convention Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia, Government House, National War Memorial, both Old Parliament House & Parliament House, South Australian Museum & State Library of South Australia. Heading east, North Terrace becomes Botanic Road; here you will find the National Wine Centre of Australia (we could have said something about it being within spitting distance but that would be too obvious) & the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

The Art Gallery of South Australia was an enjoyable pit stop. We recommend the experience. The staff members at the Information & Ticketing Desk were especially warm & welcoming. The gallery regularly changes displays & collections include Aboriginal art, contemporary art, decorative art & art from Europe, Middle East & Asia. At the time of our visit, the gallery was showcasing Paolo Sebastian:X (7th October - 10th December 2017). Paolo Sebastian is a label founded by South Australian fashion designer Paul Vasileff. The collection, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the label, was presented in partnership with Adelaide Fashion Festival.

The State Library of South Australia was a highlight. The Mortlock Wing, named after John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (the library’s greatest benefactor), has been voted one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It opened as a public library in 1884. The Mortlock Chamber Clock is fascinating in its own right. The clock, purchased from Dent & Sons on the Strand in London, is wound each week with a large key.

Adelaide Botanic Garden & Botanic Park (150 hectares worth) celebrates plants from across Australia & around the world. In typical Adelaide fashion, the garden is rich in art, architecture & heritage.

We drove along the Mount Lofty Ranges for a panoramic view of Adelaide’s city skyline.

On the 19th of April 1982, Adelaide & the ancient Japanese city of Himeji became sister cities. Adelaide Himeji Garden is described as a Garden of Imagination (in celebration of the beauty of nature). The layout includes features, such as an Okunoin Lantern (an inscription reads For the friendship of two cities), Pine Trees (symbolising courage in adversity), & a Teahouse (represented by an open pavilion, like the porch of a Zen temple), to name 3 of 13 key features.

2018 // Year in Review

Happy New Year! We wanted to celebrate by sharing some of our favourite images from 2018. We're looking forward to comparing our posts in the coming years. (You can see 2017 here.) <3

 

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

 

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Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

 

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Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

 

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Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

 

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Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

 

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Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

 

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Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

 

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Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

 

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Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

 

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Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

 

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Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

 

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Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

 

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Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

 

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Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

 

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Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

 

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M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

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: