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My Story

Hi there, I’m the owner of Something Blue, Katherine 🙂.

Your wedding is once in a lifetime, and you don’t deserve anything less than complete dedication.

So let’s go back to the start. For me, it all begins with these two blurry images. I’m a little girl, standing there in a bright blue tracksuit, holding my first camera. The other is the first photo I ever took, it’s terrible!

Ever since then, I’ve been the pest taking photos at family events, special occasions, holidays and such. I wanted to stop those moments from being lost, and I would painstakingly organise them into albums afterward so now I have boxes and boxes full of them; they’re like a documentary that goes for three decades, and my greatest treasure.

It’s why I love weddings so much. I get to be the one who creates cherished images of people in their most honest states, full of raw emotion, drawn down to a vision of overwhelming love. Get this: over the last decade I have been lucky enough to shoot over 300 weddings, mostly in the beautiful Hunter Valley and Newcastle.

Outside weddings, I am an artist and activist who shoots for charities, like the Wayside Chapel in King’s Cross. My images are of the poorest of the poor through to big time celebrities, and my portraits have been frequently exhibited, featuring in events like the Head On Photo Festival and Vivid Sydney, and published in national and international magazines – picking up awards, including second place in the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2015. Check it out here

Weddings need artists, but they also need activists. People who fight to keep it real, and beautiful. Often (this is true of myself) we are swept along by fashion, family demands and marketing and forget what is important to us. Here’s how I feel: a wedding is a celebration of the love of your life, to be shared with as many people as you choose and on your terms.

The thing is, there are no rules anymore. A wedding can be anything you want it to be…whether that’s traditional or completely unusual, just make it genuinely you. In the blog I talk about traditions and why they exist, and explore ethical weddings and alternative ideas. Don’t get me wrong, traditions are precious and important, I just want to encourage people to think about them and make an informed decision about whether or not to include them in their wedding.

So, a life long passion for documenting lovely humans, and a dedication to thoughtful weddings: that’s what I bring to your special day. I take on a limited number of weddings, that way I can give you all my energy, care and creativity and still have room left for other things, like my wonderful partner, art and charity, outdoor adventures, vegetarian cooking, op-shopping and sewing.

If you’d like to meet in person, just reach out and come and have a coffee with me at my space in Newcastle West and we can check out more of my work and I’ll answer any of your questions. x

My partners in crime:

Bec, my photo bestie and second shooter. And Ben, but super handsome boyfriend, carrier of all things heavy and helper with all things behind the scenes.

And just because, here’s a video of me lip-syncing to Bonnie Tyler.

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