We are opening a photography studio in Margaret River to run alongside our successful Perth studio. As part of our preparations I travelled to this beautiful region to check out the wineries and meet up with some of the locals.
I visited the Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district to meet up with the lovely Rachael, who manages the weddings and functions. Driving in through the estate along a windy lane past the endless vineyards it was clear why this is a highly sought after destination to celebrate your wedding day. I was here to scope out some great locations for photography and to pinpoint where I will be creating memorable natural images for my clients.
By the time I had entered the restaurant my head was buzzing with ideas for great images. The view from the balcony is made for either relaxing with a glass of wine or for someone like myself, getting very excited with my camera. The lawned area that meets a forrest of beautifully straight and very tall gum trees has a tranquil beauty that I love. I shot here in the late afternoon at a time that bridal shots would take place. The light is so soft and warm, perfect for portrait photography. Added to this, the soft natural colours of the forrest and vineyard, everything you need to create the style of natural photographs that have a subtlety which is very powerful.
I have met a lot of really genuine and nice people so far in Margaret River and Rachael is certainly one of them. Firstly she loved my images which was very cool and also during a hectic part of the day she took time to chat and help me find my feet. She told me where the best locations were on the estate which really helped. I have to say that with the stunning views, amazing food on show and great wine this really is a top spot to work and all the staff seemed to be well aware of that.
I will certainly be popping in again to say hi and taking some more shots. I am very excited about the images that I will be able to capture here. My style is very creative, natural and I love images with people within a landscape. For a bride and groom the best news is that you do not have to walk far to get a great range of images that will compliment each other beautifully. I think that is important and a great benefit to the Leeuwin Estate, in a relatively short space of time you can have some memorable wedding photographs and be back celebrating with your guests.