WISE WINERY - EAGLE BAY, FLOWER GIRLS STEAL THE SHOW

Flower Girls Wise Winery Wedding

I love photographing kids, I do a heap of family portraits throughout the year and it gives me a chance to be a big kid, interacting with children is so much fun and they often surprise me with cool facts or intricate stories. 

The two flower girls at this wedding at Wise Winery were full of beans and had proceeded to do cartwheels, chase one another and give the adults a fantastic show while the congratulations were taking place.

I captured some great spontaneous shots the the girls in action with the guests watching on but this photo really holds my interest. 

This photo shows the girls slightly more subdued but still on a mission as they walk past the bride and groom. I love how Richard and Helen are equally in their own little world as they chat together, unaware of the girls passing by. 

In the background the band plays but both sets of people seem detached from it. 

This wedding was super chilled out. Richard and Helen were not wanting a ton of directed photos and they let me do my thing and capture the day. 

I am sure that the family are also drawn to this photo, as the girls get older this will be a photo that will bring some smiles to faces which is what it is all about for me. 

JAMIE OLIVER'S IN THE HOUSE

I had a brilliant day meeting and photographing Jamie Oliver at his restaurant. 

Jamie wanted some really nice natural photos of the day, nothing too posed but more spontaneous and in the moment type shots. 

He was super fun and a real laugh to be around. He literally is what you see on TV, really genuine and lovely to his staff. He had time for everyone. 

Jamie’s team were super happy with the pics I captured and they used a ton of them on their Instagram. 

This was the second job with Jamie and I’m looking forward to catching up again soon. 

CHANDELIERS ON ABBEY - YALLINGUP, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding Couple at Chandeliers on Abbey

Photographing weddings in the South West suits my passion for landscape photography. 

I love photographing at beautiful wedding venues like Chandeliers on Abbey in Yallingup. 

Here are some of the fantastic scenes that make timeless outdoor wedding photos. 

I look for beautiful natural light to compliment my directed wedding images. My love for landscape photography and years of refining how I use composition gives me the skill to spot multiple scenes we can work in close together. 

This improves your wedding day experience because as well as having photographs beyond your wildest dreams, I can also get you back to your guests to enjoy the fun and laughter.  

Having the local knowledge of the weather conditions, warning signs and bad weather plan b’s is essential so you can still have the photos you have always wanted.

Chandeliers on Abbey

CAPE LODGE - YALLINGUP, WHY DO MY CLIENTS LOVE SPONTANEOUS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY THE MOST?

Natural spontaneous wedding photography

This sequence of wedding photographs captures the emotion and excitement of the guests at Cape Lodge in Yallingup. 

Documentary photographers have traditionally used sequences of photos to tell their stories. I use sequences to show the raw emotions at weddings. Whether it’s spontaneous laughter or shedding a tear.

This sequence starts with the excited parents sharing a joke while the bride and groom sign the wedding certificate.

I had a hunch that something might go down here and I wasn’t disappointed. 

I doubt that Scott and Zoe would have even seen this happen as they were busy with the celebrant and the paperwork. 

Whilst photographing the signing perfectly I also managed to get this wonderful sequence of spontaneous reactions. Two sets of parents sharing a joke and laughing together. 

What a brilliant image to have in the family. These photographs bring a smile to my face every time I view them.

Cape Lodge

YALLINGUP - IPAD KISS, THE CUTEST LOVE STORY EVER!!!

Kissing at wedding

This is an amazing wedding photograph I took at a beach wedding in Yallingup. 

I am so stoked that I captured this moment but it is the story behind the photograph that I would like to explain first. 

There is no better way to explain than to share the quote from Jessica about this photograph.

“These two love birds only met 18 months ago and are now inseparable.

It just goes to show, at 80 years young… It is never too late to find your soulmate.’’

*Jessica, about her Grandfather.

Are these two people the coolest dudes ever? They look so cute together. I love what they are wearing, I really like the fact that he is holding onto his walking stick, hand on the wall and leaning in for a kiss. 

They are totally connected with each other and just to top it off she is clutching her iPad. Just brilliant.

I saw this moment in the corner of my eye, I was facing the other way so I span around really quickly and grabbed this photograph.

It was over in an instant. I was so excited that I checked the screen to see what I had captured and I was so happy. 

Later in the day I was chatting to Jessica and I learnt the story behind the photograph. 

To think that I can go to a wedding and record important moments like this for people is a real gift and something that I love.

BASILDENE MANOR - HOW I LOVE THIS EXPRESSION ON THE MOTHER OF THE GROOMS FACE

Mother of the groom BASILDENE MANOR

The photo that preceded this one was the moment when Damien (the groom) had walked in with his beautiful bride, Natalie. 

Damien is a really fun character and on their entrance to their reception at Basildene Manor he was putting on a dance show with some “crazy legs” moves. 

After the initial laughter there was a softer moment that occurred where the guests were taking in the moment. I particularly love Damien’s mum’s expression of pure love and happiness for her son and the wonderful occasion. 

Also check out the fella third in from the left……..again, there is a fantastic expression on his face.

I don’t know about you but I can just look at photos like these over and over again, enjoying the different expressions on peoples faces. I spent one afternoon with these guys but when I look at these photographs I do feel connected to a wonderful feeling that was present that day. 

So many emotions and good vibes. If I feel like that re looking at this wedding, imagine what Damien and Natalie and their family and friends must experience. It is a great job to be giving people such beautiful moments to enjoy.

Basildene Manor

BRIDE GETTING READY PHOTOGRAPHS - WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU?

BRIDE AND FATHER


I think that the majority of wedding photographers are pre occupied with fulfilling shot lists, this is often the very same type of list that you will see in a bridal magazine. 

I have photographed weddings for twenty years and I started out shooting for a studio in Perth. They marketed themselves as candid and natural wedding photographers but to be honest it was all about fulfilling the shot list.

Photographing the dress is important but can working off a list remove the photographer from a creative mindset to a systematic approach to your wedding. 

The problem with this conventional approach to wedding photography is that you have stopped looking for the real genuine moments that take place. 

Would the bride prefer ten shots of her shoes with varying angles and composition or would she rather have one or two amazing shots of her shoes?

Probably the latter if she new the photographer would then have more time to photograph Mum overcome with emotion or her best friends excitement. 

When I go to a brides house I get a feel for the energy and atmosphere. Has the morning been super chilled or have a few things gone pear shaped and it is a little tense. I adjust my approach to suit the mood.

I want to tell the story of what is happening and I start to collect photographs that combine and give you a record of what everything looked like but also how people were feeling at this part of your wedding story.

I have photographed thousands of weddings and I can anticipate when things may happen and I am prepared to capture those rare moments when people reveal their emotions.

What I include in each photograph is part of telling the story of that particular moment, composition is a major strength in my photography style.

Light adds the magic to a photograph. Knowing how to see beautiful light in seconds of walking into a house or hotel room is something that I have mastered over many years. 

PHOTOGRAPHER - John Rice - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

CAPE LODGE - YALLINGUP, WHY I LOVE THIS SPONTANEOUS WEDDING PHOTO

CAPE LODGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

I love a wedding photograph like this one that shows emotion. It is refreshing and invigorating to observe someone that is happy to show their feelings. 

My wedding photography celebrates emotion and personality.

There are many words for what I do, documentary wedding photographer, wedding photojournalist, natural wedding photographer, storytelling wedding photographer and so on. 

To break it down simply, I attend every wedding with a real desire to photograph as many genuine spontaneous moments as I can. To then piece them together so they reflect how amazing your day was, the laughter, excitement, emotion. It’s all relevant. 

I have photographed in this manner for over ten years now and I have practised and practised this style to perfect my timing and anticipation of moments of spontaneity. 

This photograph was taken during Darcy and Lucy’s wedding ceremony at Cape Lodge in Yallingup. The brides Mum and Dad had flown over for her wedding from England. So I knew it was important to get some memorable shots of them. 

Having an understanding of who has the potential to show emotion is an important skill to have. I had my eye on Mum big time. 

When the emotions have charged up through the morning it only takes the simplest thing to trigger a release. A joke by the celebrant or perhaps a funny mistake in reciting the vows. 

Spontaneous moments like this are gone in a split second. In my first ten years of photographing weddings I missed literally hundreds of moments like this. By the time I had seen it everything had changed and the moment lost. 

Now days I get hundreds of photographs like this at every wedding. 

I feel they are so valuable for families to have, to have the opportunity to enjoy again and again. A bride and groom will not remember or have even seen a lot of the moments that happen at their wedding day. So this is how they get to experience it. 

For me that makes my job amazing. 

Cape Lodge
PHOTOGRAPHER - John Rice - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

GNARABUP - MARGARET RIVER, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

GNARABUP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

This photograph is all about spontaneity. 

Nicole is having some photos done with her amazing dress all laid out perfectly, the backdrop is fantastic and everything is set. 

Next minute, bridesmaid banter from the on looking girls and Nicole erupts into laughter. 

I personally love photos like this that show personality and fun. 

Gnarabup, Margaret River

Sir Thomas Moore Church

Howard Park Reception

MARGARET RIVER'S SECRET GARDEN - MARGARET RIVER, ANOTHER PHOTO I LOVE

MARGARET RIVER'S SECRET GARDEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Whilst photographing weddings in a story telling style, I need to have my eye open for some of the more subtle moments that occur.

I have always felt and sensed emotion at weddings, whether it's Mum or Dad, the bride and groom or a good friend reading some words at your ceremony. 

Family is very important to me, it's something I value highly. So when I see friends or family showing their feeling for one another it really resonates with me. 

I think this gives me an ability to sense and predict these moments. 

In this photograph I love this little exchange of excitement between Sebastian & Cleo. 

They have just concluded their vowels and their expressions say, "we've done it!!"

A more subtle moment but a precious one for them to look back on and enjoy. 

Margaret River’s Secret Garden

VOYAGER ESTATE - MARGARET RIVER, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

Voyager Estate Wedding

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Photographing Emily and her bridesmaids at Voyager Estate was so much fun. 

I really love natural photographs that are "in the moment" and full of fun and laughter.  

Allowing the day to flow can create moments of spontaneity like this one. 

In this pic Emily has said something a bit cheeky to her mate on her right. I love the shocked expressions on her friends faces on her left. 

A really nice moment between friends captured for Emily to enjoy.

Voyager Estate

ARAVINA ESTATE - YALLINGUP, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

Aravina Estate WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

I love the magical connection Andrew & Katie show in this photograph. 

After photographing the bridal party I took Andrew & Katie off for a little stroll around the amazing Aravina Estate

An opportunity to get some really lovely intimate photos of them hanging out together. 

Positioning the sun behind them I got a really nice soft feel to the image and simply asked them to "get together". 

I often start with little snippets of direction to keep everything slowing and more spontaneous. If required I can add to that to help people. 

Andrew & Katie didn't need any extra direction at all, they simply enjoyed an opportunity to be together while I snapped away in the background.

Aravina Estate

ARAVINA ESTATE - YALLINGUP, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS

I'm John Rice from Eternity Photography and I'm at Aravina Estate today in Yallingup, in WA’s South West, which is an absolutely incredible venue to have your wedding. I'm going to show you some of the fantastic spots to have photos on your wedding day here at Aravina Estate.

The first location I have taken you to is the main wedding ceremony location at Aravina. Here you can see an amazing view all around, absolutely sensational. The vineyards, the dam and the trees, everywhere you look it's just absolutely stunning.

After your ceremony you will have your congratulations photos in a part of the garden just next to the ceremony which is just beautiful. While everyone is milling around chatting and congratulating you both I will capture all the fun and emotion that is happening. This part of the garden provides an absolutely perfect, lush background for gorgeous in the moment photographs. I also like to do the family photos in here with that lovely green background, nice and simple and just helps everyone stand out in the photos.

Just across the lawn is a little section which is a beautiful rainforest. It's got a brook running through it and we've got this lovely bridge here which we can utilise. Literally just a hundred meters from your ceremony location so a fantastic little spot to come to just after you've had your congratulations and your family photos. This is a great location where we can come in and get some really cool, fun shots with your bridal party.

Another really tropical spot is another 20 metres away or so. It’s very sheltered, very shady and very green. If it's a warm day then sometimes I'll come in here first so that we can get some really nice shots during the warmer part of the day and then as that sun starts to dip down on the horizon, that's when we'll get into the vineyard and get some of those shots where we're a little bit more exposed to the elements.

Next, I show you Aravina Estates gorgeous vineyards. We'll grab some drinks and head over with your bridal party and get some lovely, fun shots of you just hanging out, having a great time together in the vineyards. With the vineyards you can get some great shots of bridal party, bride and groom, the girls and the boys. This vineyard is literally a short walk from where you're going to be having your ceremony.

I then take you to my favourite tree at Aravina. I love this tree, it’s really cool. I come to this spot at Aravina Estate just to do my little tree shot. It's something that needs the right lighting, it's a creative shot. It's more about having a light coming back through the tree so it's about the shapes of the tree and quite often I'll silhouette the bride and groom so you get something that's a little bit creative, a little bit different to some of the other shots. This tree is about a minute walk away from the venue through the vineyard.

Aravina Estate in Yallingup is fantastic for a nice, easy experience where you can get a load of varying shots in a short space of time on your wedding day. About 45min -1 hour would be an ample amount of time for your bridal shots.

Another sensational view at Aravina Estate is with the dam framed in the foreground with the vineyard which is really nice and then off into the background we've got the venue itself. Here we can get some beautiful water shots on your wedding day.

I then take you to a special spot where the view is again absolutely amazing. This is somewhere come on your wedding day at Aravina Estate to get amazing landscape scenes. If you're getting an album, you can do a whole double page spread with you guys in this wonderful landscape.

Just next to this massive landscape scene we're surrounded by beautiful native Australian bush. There are grass trees, bush and other large native trees everywhere you look with the light coming through so in the afternoon when the light's dipping down, we can get some really lovely shots of you just hanging out, having fun with the bridal party and just changing up the backdrops. The bush provides some different aspects with the use of light where you can do some more creative shots like a silhouette for example.

Lastly, I take you down to the dams which give you a bit of a perspective on Aravina Estate and the close proximity of all the different locations that we've looked at in the video. This is a great spot to photograph your wedding car if you have one and also get some nice walking along shots of you both.

I have shown you many different locations at Aravina Estate to have your photos on your wedding day. If you are having your wedding down south Yallingup way, Aravina Estate is a definite contender. One of the best points about Aravina, apart from how beautiful it is, is the close proximity of all the locations. Because of the ease of having your wedding day at Aravina Estate in Yallingup you are able to spend more time with your guests and enjoy your wedding day so much more. Happy couple, happy day, gorgeous photos.

BASILDENE MANOR - MARGARET RIVER, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

Basildene Manor Wedding Photography

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

I love the fact that this was photographed in the early afternoon when the sun is not wanting to play ball and the light is harsh.

Usually wedding ceremonies in Margaret River are around 4pm but this one at Basildene Manor was earlier. 

By having a look around the gardens I had worked out where I could use the lighting conditions to our advantage and get some interesting photographs. 

As the sun was overhead I could see that this tree was getting some really nice back lighting on the leaves. This creates a really lovely effect where the greens of the leaves glow and sparkle. 

Some very easy simple direction had the bride and groom in position, relaxed and having fun. 

I photographed some closer in and this one which I love shows all the branches curving through the canopy. 

Basildene Manor

CULLEN WINES - MARGARET RIVER, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

CULLEN WINES - MARGARET RIVER, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Sometimes you are given a little gift, a split second reaction that shows all the emotion and excitement felt. 

As Damian & Michelle are walking out of the church, Damian pauses to kiss his beautiful bride on the cheek. 

This is her reaction. 

I love the expression on her face. After feeling a few nerves during the ceremony it looks like Michelle is ready to let her hair down and enjoy her day. 

JIMMY CHOOS - WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

WEDDING SHOES

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Jimmy Choo shoes have that extra bit of style that needs a photo to match. 

The dramatic curves leading up to the heel was something I wanted to emphasise in this photo. 

By moving the other shoe into the distance I was able to focus on that and get the whole shoe in shot. 

I love the out of focus curved shapes in the foreground that frame it so well. 

Having those gorgeous soft colours of the trees gives the photo a really nice painterly feel. 

Jimmy Choos

CAVERSHAM HOUSE - SWAN VALLEY, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

Natural wedding photography

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

This one is an oldie but a goodie. Captured at Caversham House in the Swan Valley this photo inspired me and changed my style forever. 

The reaction to this photograph was insane. Everyone loved it, talked about and booked me because of it. 

This taught me that people really value photographs that tell stories, they love an image that is spontaneous and not faked. 

I changed my approach to weddings to photograph more and more moments like this. 

Over ten years I practised and practised being very sneaky and fast at capturing emotion in photos. 

Now I can anticipate spontaneous moments before they even happen. 

Caversham House

MARGARET RIVER'S SECRET GARDEN - MARGARET RIVER, WHY I LOVE THIS PHOTO

The Secret Garden Margaret River wedding photography

WHY I LOVE THIS PIC - JOHN RICE - ETERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

This photograph was taken as the bridal party walked to another location during the bridal shoot. 

I look for little moments like this throughout the day, when the guard is down and people are not expecting to be photographed. 

It leads to wonderful natural and genuine expressions. 

In this photo, Cleo aka "the bride" takes a moment to reflect and bask in the beautiful sunshine and happy vibes as she walks through the amazing gardens.

Margaret River’s Secret Garden