This one was special. Two locations in Sydney, two milestones for Joanna and Gavin. When planning a location for an engagement shoot, my very first suggestion is always, ‘somewhere with some history between you guys, a place with meaning.’ It doesn’t always work out that way, which is why we keep an abundance of great locations locked away for a another day, but with Joanna and Gavin it was all too easy. They met at the Ivy on George St, and their first date was in Walsh Bay. So let’s do both.
When it comes to an engagement session, I always arrive a little early to map out a walking route and scout a few locations that might otherwise go unnoticed in the heat of the moment. Although I’ve been to Walsh Bay and The Rocks on numerous occasions, I definitely wanted to go down a different path and explore a few new spots that I had never photographed before. When I spoke with Joanna half an hour before her Walsh Bay engagement shoot to let her know I was in the area, she replied with something along the lines of “us too, we’re just at Fratelli Fresh ordering a drink, would you like a beer?” Thankfully I had already been up and down the piers twice, so naturally my next move was to make a beerline (hmm) to Fratelli Fresh, where I’d meet up with Joanna and Gavin to chat about the next two hours over a nice cold drink.
Hanging out for two hours with Joanna and Gavin was a blast. It wasn’t work, it was more like a long scenic walk with great conversation and a few picturesque moments thrown into the mix. We followed the piers down towards Darling Harbour before doing a u-turn up into The Rocks as the sun set for good. A few night photos here and there before jumping in our cars and driving over to a cute little lane just behind Angel Place. The bird cage lane, still one of the coolest instalments floating around the city.
It’s all on this weekend, and it’s going to be unreal. I’m excited.