Jacinta & Matt | Sneak Peek!

I find it a really special event when my friends get married, even more special when I am asked to photograph their wedding. Today I had the privledge to share in my good friends wedding. It was an amazing day… a big open paddock, amazing sun, haybails, vintage flowers, vintage furniture, outdoor powder room, homebaked treats, lolly cart, photobooth, surprise song and a whole lot of love. Amazing.

So, I couldn’t help myself.. I had to post a sneak peek tonight. More to come soon.


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March 20, 2011 - 8:19 am

james - Love it love it! Great shots. I’m sure kyles will love it too…

March 20, 2011 - 11:44 am

jess - these are amazing!!!

March 20, 2011 - 7:27 pm

jo - Amazing shots Amy! Can’t wait to see the rest! You are truly gifted

March 21, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Rachel - Amy these are absolutely stunning!!! you are so clever x

March 21, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Meeya - SUPER talented lady you are Amy :) Hanging out for the others…

March 22, 2011 - 7:18 am

Kate Robinson - I love your work! Are you going to be at the Portobello Bridal market this weekend? Hopefully see you there! Kate x

March 22, 2011 - 11:10 pm

admin - Thanks so much ladies and James! Kate I will definitely be there! Can’t wait to meet you- your work is also beautiful! xx

Tom & Bekky | part one

After spending a couple of hours with these two, it was clear,  they were meant to be together. This shoot really excited me. Not just because we had a beautiful field with gorgeous golden light and two very in love people, but as I was photographing these guys, I was reaslising that I was witnessing some very special moments. I think I even turned to Tom at one point and said , “You’ve got it bad!” Without getting to soppy- Tom is completely in love Bek. His adoration of her is simply beautiful as I’m sure you can see in these photographs. These two are getting married in three weeks! *Sigh* Oh how I cannot wait to photograph them again!

As I have said, this post is just part one of many more images to come. The photos below are from the last hour of our shoot… the previous hour consisted of walking through a park, crossing a  river (tiny stream really), being attacked by mosquitos’s and floating in a boat on a lake.

More of this shoot to come soon.

amy xx

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March 16, 2011 - 11:19 pm

Kylie - Oh yes Amy – they are totally in love, and you have captured it perfectly! i cannot wait to see the wedding…..

March 21, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Mumma Win - How romantic. Love the low sun/grass pic. and they lived happily ever after walking in the “Sunlight of Jesus’ Love”

Simon & Sarah | Melbourne Engagement Photographer

The Cherry Tree Hotel makes me smile every time I drive past it. Partly because it has the word ‘cherry’ in it and that word is just cute and makes me smile anyway but this tucked away, white urban hotel is aesthetically gorgeous… like chocolate for my eye-balls! So when Simon and Sarah said they lived around this area, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph these guys at this location that I had be eyeing off for months.

Simon & Sarah are both very sweet. Gentle, thoughtful… quietly playful and so excited to be getting married this April! I cannot wait to see what Sarah looks like on her big day because I’m sure you will agree, she is absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for a really fun afternoon guys… see you on your wedding day!

amy xx

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March 16, 2011 - 11:17 pm

Kylie - Amy – there are beautiful photographs. i can *feel* the connection between them. Just perfect. really.

April 12, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Annette - So lovely. Cherry – bless.

Beloved | the journey begins

I want to celebrate marriage. Not just on the wedding day, but after it, years after it. I want to celebrate marriage because I think that sometimes we forget to. I’m sure fellow married friends will agree that marriage is no walk in the park. There are seasons that come and go. And come. And go. And I’m told, come. And go. Each season bringing with it a different challenge and a new lesson to learn about yourself and about your partner that isn’t always easy. But with the hard are also the good, the moments, small or big, that leave you feeling warm, significant and full. It may be the conversations that you have while washing the dishes, the surprise hug that you give while walking down the aisle of the supermarket, the breakfast in bed that you enjoy together (because you hinted at it the night before) or the family holidays you go on that bring so much rest and joy to your souls. There are the children that you love, whether their your own or someone else’s, the ‘firsts’ that you do together – picking paint for your house, planting a vegie garden, having a baby. Hard or sweet, big or small, if we are awake to them these moments let us know love is truly alive in us, spilling from the decision we have made to love each other. This is the love I want to celebrate.

I’m not an expert on marriage- although I have just marked four years with my husband so I’m not far off! *haha* But I heard someone say that marriages break down for many reasons, one of them being because people forget how important the little things are.

I guess I want to explore the little things, the little things that make such a big difference . I want to do this with my camera. For the next couple of months I have made it my mission to experiment with you married friends. To explore how I can help you celebrate and discover that love that already exists between yourself and your partner, through photographs.

So… this experimental journey will begin with a competition of sorts. Married friends tell me your stories!

I want to know…

Who are you?

How long have you been married?

What is one ‘little-thing’ that you love about your beloved?

(and anything else you would like to share?)

I’m going to select three couples from the entries emailed to me to photograph free of charge. A two hour photo shoot (just the two of you, no kids!) myself and a disc of images for you to take home from your photo-shoot. All I need is your time and openness to a more conversational way of taking photographs.

Just email your entry to amyoliver@live.com.au or send your entry via my contact form in the above the menu bar. You must get your entry to me by Friday the 18th of March! Not long! I’d also really love to photograph a couple that has been married for over 30 years… get your parents to send me an email… or do it for them!

This is my beloved.

I love the way he always kisses me on the head before he leaves for work (even if I’m still asleep).

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Not ‘Just Friends’ Anymore | Melbourne Wedding Photographer

Rebecca & Matthew…

Every couple I photograph has a story, a history of how they came to be together. I love hearing this.

Bec and Matt were ‘sort of’ high school sweethearts, but not really. You see, from what I’ve heard, everyone knew that Bec and Matt liked each other; even Bec knew that Matt liked her and Matt knew that Bec liked him, but they were just really good ‘friends!’ Apparently Bec didn’t want to be distracted with a boyfriend while completing her year 12, so Matt had no chance until after school was finished. (poor guy)

To say that Matt was keen was probably an understatement. It was Bec’s last day of high school, her last exam before she was free. Matt knew the rules; no dating until school was finished and he respected that. Just.

When Bec had finished her exam, she walked out of the room and headed for the car park where her car was parked. However, her car looked a little different. As she got closer she could see that her car had stuff on it. And as she got even closer she saw that it was covered with roses and rose petals and there was Matt, standing beside her car holding a single red rose in his hand.

As Matt stood there he nervously asked Bec if she would be his girlfriend. How could any girl say no to that? As Bec uttered the word “Yes,” a bunch of their friends jumped out from behind another car in the car park where they had been anxiously watching, joyfully screaming and cheering them on. They were not just ‘good friends’ anymore but boyfriend and girlfriend.

Their wedding day was sweet. Sweet and sincere. Sweet because the looks they were giving each other were enough to make you start tearing up (I promise I didn’t cry!) And sincere because everyone there knew of their story and friendship and were sincerely joyous at their coming together.

Bec and Matt were married at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camberwell and their reception was held at the gorgeous Wild Cattle Creek in Seville in the Yarra Valley.

Matt and Bec, it’s been an absolute privilege to share in this season with you (and I may have teared up a bit as I was editing your images… but don’t tell anyone!) Enjoy your photos.

Amy x

P.S Thank you to my gorgeous second shooter Narrelle… you are amazing!

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