sam & josh | otford farm | sydney wedding photographer

I’ve been doing this a little while now. Coming up to three years – shooting weddings. I don’t stress on the weather. Well, not anymore, anyway. In the beginning, I’d ride the weekend weather reports constantly. I realised pretty quickly that I couldn’t do anything to change what came so I let go of the stress and worked with what came on the day.

And after shooting more than one hundred weddings, I’d never had one that didn’t work out photographically because of the weather. You can always make something happen and to be honest, you always get a break in the weather. Except for that one time with Sam and Josh…

It poured all day. All day. I know you can’t see it in every frame but it is raining in every shot I took. And it didn’t bother Sam or Josh one bit. Seriously, it didn’t. They adopted a mantra of surrender to the day and all it brought. It was incredible to me. Add to that, these two are some of the most genuinely happy and in love people I’ve ever met and the result was an explosion of love in a teepee on a farm by the ocean.

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Music: Woods by Bon Iver

Lisa - Incredible. Just so gorgeous. What a wonderful pair!

Jules - Brilliant Tim!!!!! Divinely Gorgeous Images. Your super talented to capture such beautiful moments in torrential weather.

Lisa - I love this wedding! And I really resonate with the weather watching as a newbie wedding photographer, I do look forward to the day when I can confidently just…surrender to what happens. A beautiful attitude that you, Sam & Josh were able to possess and it really shows!

Amie - wow! just wow! what an absolutely stunning collection of images of what looked like an incredible day…i actually welled up scrolling through these, several times!!

Roseann - As soon as I got to that skype image I felt the emotions of the day. Beautiful, as always Tim. Thank you for sharing.

Annette - Yep. Yep.
That black and white one, on the left of the diptych during couple portraits. Incredible.

Can feel their exploding spirituality through the pictures.

Robyn - Tim, your photos never cease to amaze me. You capture the spirit and energy of your subjects and the environment beautifully – there is so much emotion within those frames. Wonderful, you are incredibly talented!

brenda - incredible. what a fabulous day despite the rain, or maybe because of it! truly incredible that i can see the love, feel the love and the immense spirituality of the day from your amazing photos! brilliant x

claire - truly amazing. i feel so much love for and from this couple. i want my girls to feel this kind of love when they get married one day (many years from now). having looked through these photos, i will love them more today than yesterday, and encourage them to seek this kind of love from a life partner.

you are a maestro.

happy day to you 3.

Dallila - amazing!!!!!

shelly - breathtaking, tim.
just breathtaking.

beck & ben | paperbark camp wedding

I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to make it to Beck and Ben’s wedding. In October, last year, we had some serious bush fires. The RFS had been closing roads and I was pretty sure my route to Paperbark Camp would be cut. Thankfully, I made it through.

The day before they wed, Beck and Ben stopped by our home and told us about theirs. Beck’s an architect, who is tirelessly working on a huge development of their inner city dwelling, while Ben builds programs based around helping Sydney’s youth lead better lives. I’ve gotta be honest – I felt kinda lazy after our conversation.

Amidst the red haze and distant smell of fire, these guys committed themselves to one another in an incredible way. And it went something like this…

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Beck and Ben’s wedding is also featured on Hello May. Head over to the blog to get all the details on the wedding.

Music: Fools Gold by The Middle East

Sharon - That dress is beautiful! And gorgeous photos as always Tim.

Jane @ Shady Baker - Breathtaking as always Tim!

thalea - I just don’t know how you do it…so amazing!! love everywhere.

Eric Ronald - Cracking images my man!

look see. by naomi fenton - Breathtaking, Tim! :)

Hello, Monday – - [...] Gorgeous photos of a beautiful outdoor wedding [...]

valentine

My lips are softly burning. Kesh’s lips must have touched her freshly brushed teeth and now the minty aftermath of her lips kissing mine goodnight is a soft tingle with the perfect amount of linger.

Sorry about that. Too much, maybe.

I’m not really into Valentine’s Day. I get it but at the same time, I don’t. What I am into, though, is Kesh. When I was growing up, I created in my mind the ‘perfect woman’. And honestly, my ‘perfect creation’ is so far from what Kesh is. She’s better. So much better.

Today, we went for a drive, a walk and a swim. And I took my favourite kind of photos.

 

 

Lyndsay Buchanan - Seriously beautiful! I love how in love you are.

Amanda Alessi - Oh Tim these are such lovely photos. I’m not really into the whole Valentine’s Day thing either as I find it too much of a Hallmark holiday / consumerism overload. For me it’s the simple but beautiful moments that happen on a daily basis which make me appreciate and feel thankful to have my boyfriend in my life. Showing your love for someone shouldn’t be once a year. I love that you let us see into your world. Thanks for sharing again!!

Roseann - As always, so so beautiful. You are a rich man, Tim. Thank you for sharing.

Samantha - You, sir, will always be an inspiration to me. I don’t know how you do it but you always seem to create such beauty

kylie - adore these. so so good, tim. keshy is so sweet. what a beautiful place with lil too!

Kelsie - I know you life is a busy beautiful thing. BUT, seeing photos of your family is honestly the most wonderful, I look forward to little post like this so much. Kesh and Roo <3!

2013 – Look what you did to me

 

Last year I didn’t blog anywhere near as much as I wanted. And that’s what this is about. Out of the quarter of a million photos I took, these are the ones I’ve chosen to represent our year. I hope they make you feel something really good inside. I hope they make you want to love and explore this world and the people who live here more than you already do.
Big love.

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Music: Sé Lest by Sigur Rós

 

Lisa W - WOWEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

You have certainly been busy Tim, this brought tears to my eyes… what a wonderful year you had! We are so blessed we shared a tiny part of that with you and cherish the images and memories you left us.

Here’s to an even better 2014 for you, Kesh and Roo.

Love The Whinnen Family xxxx

lu - such a beautiful year!

katy - Your work is absolutely breathtaking, and so inspirational. Every image is just perfect and I cant wait until I get the same reaction from people in my photos that I got when I looked through this feed.
It makes me excited for the future and happy that there are beautiful minds and eyes like yours to capture all of the love and wonderful-ness in the world :) x

Elsa - Wow. Just wow.

Holly - Man, your photographs hold so much power and emotion. I can only hope to one day have the ability to capture people’s lives with such grace! Continue to love and admire your work.

JJ - You’re a witness to so much love and that’s probably why you lead a life full of it. I don’t believe you could capture these shots if you weren’t such a believer in it. Such a wondrous year and we are so happy that you could record our special day. We treasure those photos.

Qew - Oh wow Tim. What a year. Breathtaking xx

Chelsea Parsons - looooved this Tim. you are amazing! congrats on an awesome yr. hope this one is fantastic xx

claire - sensational. heart certainly beating faster. happiest new year to you and yours.

Keelan - No matter how many times I see your work, every time is like the first time and I’m blown away to the point where I scroll, scroll, scroll some more until the end, then I repeat. Several times. So, so amazing bud. What a year, what a life. All the love you get to see…

jess - Absolutely incredible. What a sensory delight – your photos have so much heart and soul.

Eric Ronald - You’re good. Inspiring work my friend

herbst-kind - i wish i could say it in words, or at least in english… deine Bilder sind umwerfend schön, inspirierend und echt. DANKE – THANKS !

miriam - Beautiful work as always!

Kristy - Just lovely Tim… as your work always is.

Annette - Perfect. So much soul. You have absolutely found your calling. Congratulations on an incredible year- its amazing to see how much you have grown, imagine what my fan email would be saying now!

Lecinda - So stunning Time, what a wonderful year :) great work as always!

Samantha - I am lost for words Tim. You always manage to do that to me somehow. I get lost in your images and the stories of these beautiful people. Thank you

Jennifer Pinkerton - Oh Tim, these are stunning.

Ainsley - Beautiful, inspiring, stunning, emotive … loved this!

Tara - Fabulous Tim, bloody fabulous. Goosebumps fabulous.

Emily B - An unavoidable understatement next: you have talent. Talent! And windows for eyes. Love those big sky shots, especially.

Brendan - Another massive year Tim. I love your work.

Erin K. - you made me cry.

Elizabeth - This is really epic! You’re constantly reaching new heights of goodness! Congratulations on a wonderful year!

sorry for the silence

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what happened. I know that a lot of things did but how I became someone who stopped blogging, I’m not certain of.

I think maybe it was Instagram that did it. And the business. And Roo.

Instagram’s so easy, you know. You shoot it on something in your pocket, you share it and that’s the end. I love Instagram and almost everything about it. The only thing I don’t love is how often I check, and refresh.

The business went mental. I went from some nobody with a dream fuelled by passion to shooting stuff for people all over the world. Published on the covers of magazines and in their fancy pages. I went from shooting my own family get togethers to families in New York and Italy. I got busy.

And Roo. My boy, Roo. Man. I got him, too. I remember when I first started this whole photography thing, it was him who made me. His tiny being inside of Kesh’s belly that so many people connected with. I’ve regretted not writing of him like I did. A sentence here and there on my Instagram feed doesn’t fill that space like my blogging did. I can see the room I sat in with Kesh when we had our first scan. I remember clearly the instant his image was flashed on the screen above us. Something hit me so hard in that moment. His reality, I think. His realness. And now, he’s all arms and legs. He used to fit on my forearm and now he hangs so far, I swear he’s about to touch the ground.

He’s so big now.

Every night, before Kesh puts him to bed, he tells me that he loves me. He kisses my lips and then says ‘Wuv Woo’. And every time he gets me.

He’s Mumma’s boy though. There’s nothing I can do to change that. Even if I could, I wouldn’t. Their bond is unbreakable. It’s…

Their bond is everything.

And Kesh. Wow. That woman. She’ll always be greater than the words I write of her and the images I take of her. I know Kesh better than anyone in this whole world. And of everything I know, I don’t think I could come up with anything that isn’t good. She’s a better human than me. She’s better at life and I don’t say that for sympathetic comments – she just is. Since Roo’s birth, I’ve travelled twice without Kesh – both times to shoot weddings in Perth. Something strange happens when we aren’t together. I’m not myself. It’s like I’m less. We’ve decided that we won’t be apart again. Ever. Roo’s caught something like 70 flights in his 18 months so at least he’s used to travel.

So what do all these words mean? I don’t really know but I think it means that I’m going to write more of them. And take more photos of my family and share them with whoever is still out there in blog land. All the photos below were shot on film, over the last three or four months on my EOS 3 and Contax G2.

 

Ash - I read this and cried. Like singing at church and watching romantic movies and looking at our wedding photos. When you talk about your family, and your photographic journey, it’s inspiration overload. Thank you for sharing. I hope to work towards this too some day.

Zyanya - These are so beautiful Tim

Pía - Hi Tim, I found your blog through Taza’s. I’m from Chile, do you know this country?
As soon as I found your blog I saved it in my browser. You were taking pictures of Kesh when she was pregnant at the time. Then you shared the story of Roo’s birth. It was so honest, filled with love and unpretentious. So, if you want to write more, please do! It is so beautiful, just like your little family. Also, i think your wife couldn’t be more gorgeous, I’m so jealous! haha

Greetings from a very long and narrow country in the end of the world!

Pía

Sharon - This is such a lovely post, and it touched me in such a great way! You are so passionate about your family and every word you write shows it. I missed your personal posts that I went to your old blogspot blog just to look at all the stuff you wrote about Kesh and Roo and all the amazing photographs. I hope you’ll post more personal stuff from now on!

Iracema - You, guys, are amazing. Role models!!!Your blog, your photography and words are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

A fan from Portugal,
Ira

Tisse - Welcome back, Tim. Your posts have been missed. Thank you for sharing the gift of your beautiful family and your beautiful words. <3

Michelle W - More posts… more posts….. more posts….! So good, Tim. I fell in love with you guys all over again reading this and looking at your photos. Lets FaceTime soon.

Amanda - I understand you must be busy but boy do I miss your blog posts. I often come back and check if you have uploaded new photos and beautiful words. Thank you for sharing :)

Clark - Dude, that wondersuit/ vans combo is the best! Ha! Stinkin’ Roo.

Renée - Some great photos in there. I love the one of your son running (or walking?) towards you, the back ground is in focus and his image is blurry, which to me, makes the photo. Also, your love for your family, and particularly your wife, is such a great example to everyone. Wonderful!

Kate - Your family and your words are beautiful. Your pictures are so full of joy. Thanks for sharing a piece of them with us.

Taylor - This gave me goosebumps! Can’t wait to see what this next year brings for you guys!!
Glad you’re back to posting :)

miriam - Beautiful images and words. Do you mind sharing what lenses were used on these 2 cameras. Thank you

Sarah - So so good to read your words and see your images. Welcome back. X

Jane @ Shady Baker - So good to see you back Tim. It is almost 12 months since I attended the Nursery in Adelaide…I wish I could do it all over again. Your photos have a little magic in them as always.

Christie - You always find the magic in the everyday while the world is rushing by you always seem to find the moments and hold them still. You have an amazing talent in capturing word and print. Always ever so grateful for what you share. Always makes me feel a better person to share your loves and passions

Rhiannon - Tim it is so lovely to see you back in this space, it is so nice t sit back an read words written from a fathers perspective (I think I only follow other blogs written my mothers).
I love the film images above, they aren’t as clear as our digital photos these days, but there is so much heart and character in them.
Keep writing, Rhiannon x

kelsie - I honestly pine for posts like this of Kesh and Roo. I follow you not just for your photo work but your sweet family makes me swoon!!

look see. by naomi fenton - Oh my goodness, he is growing up so fast! Lovely words and beautiful photos Tim. Happy New Year to the three of you xx

alexxus hall - roo is so precious. my word, he’s getting big.
so glad to see (read?) your presence back on the bloggity interwebs. we’ve missed ya!

Megan Kristine - I cannot get enough of your photography. It’s beautiful. And what you’ve written, Tim…it’s so sweet. It’s inspiring how much you love your family; I’ve always admired that. It shows in your photographs and I think maybe that’s what makes them so beautiful.

Samantha Limbrick - This post is so great. I love when you share bits and pieces about your life!

Shoshana - I agree wholeheartedly. You should write more often… your words {and pictures obviously} are so beautiful.

Stephen - love it! keep it coming :)

brenda - so inspiring. i love stories that take someone from a dream to reaching it. your words with your photos are amazing. keep doing what your doing Tim. may 2014 be even better xx