Bare Island is one of those surreal places you stumble upon and wonder, how is this so close to a major city, my city, and why aren’t I here more often? A place like this should be hours away, yet it’s right on Sydney’s doorstep. When Cassandra and Doug decided upon La Perouse as the location for their engagement shoot, I was ecstatic. I had been to Bare Island before (we’re talking years ago) so the thought of returning to take photos of an awesome couple in Cass and Doug was one of pure excitement. We turned up early on a Sunday morning, and (sorry in advance) the place was literally bare. Apart from a few fishermen and a handful of early-risers we had the peninsula to ourselves; the perfect time to make some pictures.
Cassandra and Doug are the type of couple that makes my job all too easy. Initially feeling the pre-coffee sluggishness while scouting the location, I instantly snapped out of it upon seeing their wild enthusiasm for whatever ideas I had to throw at them. Trek 50 metres out on the rocks barefoot, you say? No problem. As a wedding photographer you’re always thinking of ways to solve a problem, be it the location, the light, or a time constraint. Every so often it all comes together; you stop thinking and just shoot. A large part of that is helped by the people you work with, and with Cassandra and Doug it all came together perfectly.
The wedding is tomorrow, and it’s going to be a big one. Having already experienced Cass and Doug’s traditional and intimate ceremony in early February, I can only imagine that tomorrow’s party is going to blow the roof off.