Documentary wedding photography using sequences

Sequences of photographs make sense when you are trying to tell a story of an event. This is why they suit weddings so well. Why stop at one great emotional photo when their is still more happening in front of your eyes. The masters of documentary photography like Elliot Erwitt and Duane Michals  would use sequences of photographs to depict an event.

Here is an example of a great sequence of photographs that take you right into that room and you start imagining what Loren was feeling leading up to all of that cuddling and laughter. It’s her wedding day and she has just put on her wedding dress and looked in the mirror and perhaps it’s hit her, wow! It’s here I’m getting married today.

The first frame shows Loren fighting back the emotion, I am sure the girls had all promised themselves no tears, it’s not going to happen. As soon as the girls realise they are all over Loren laughing and cuddling. What a brilliant memory to have.

As the photographer it’s very addictive to seek these genuine moments, it becomes a challenge, a passion.


Natalie & Nick’s Matilda Bay Wedding

Ok so July is our time to catch up. Here is Natalie and Nicks beautiful Matilda Bay wedding in Autumn, remember when the sun used to shine more often than not and the rain was not torrential! Lately it is hard to believe that there ever was a time. So anyway we chatted with Natalie and Nick about their day and this is how the story goes:

1. How did you find us?

Natalie & Nick: Through Matilda Bay.

Me: We’d like to pay homage to Matilda Bay for having us as one of their preferred photographers otherwise our paths may have never crossed with this fabulous couple.

Matilda Bay Wedding photography


2. What hesitations did you have about working with us? 

Natalie & Nick: No hesitations, we looked on your website and it all looked great, our kind of style.

Me: Yay thats a great sign, we really want to attract couples who have an affinity with our style.

Matilda Bay wedding photography

3. What made you choose to work with us instead of another photographer?

Natalie & Nick: Loved your style and John emailed me back straight away despite being on an overseas family holiday! Great service.

Matilda Bay wedding

4. What did you like best about working with us/Annelize?

Natalie & Nick:  Annelize had great advice, approachable, felt comfortable with her, sense of humour, was easy to contact via email or mobile.

Me: Whoo hoo, go Annelize. Well we know she’s fabulous so it is great when others recognise this too 🙂

Matilda Bay wedding

5. Would you recommend our services? If so, why and to whom?

Natalie & Nick:  Yes we definitely would, because we like your style of photography it seems modern to me (if that’s the right word) just very natural and not staged and awkward.

Me: Thank you very much guys! I love your description. We do pride ourselves on our natural, photojournalistic style of wedding photography.

Wedding at Matilda Bay

6. Is there anything you would have like to see us do differently? If so, what? 

Natalie & Nick: Can’t think of anything.

Me: Well I like that answer, it looks like we were a pretty good fit for guys.

Matilda Bay wedding

7. What is the most important thing people should know about working with us/Annelize?

Natalie & Nick: To communicate what you want, and trust Annelize/photographer. She really got what we were saying.

Me: That is great advice. If you have taken the time to find someone whose style you really love and you can put how you wish your wedding to unfold into words then that is a recipe for beautiful photographs that you will love.

Wedding at UWA

8. Number 1 tip for future engaged couples?
Natalie & Nick: Relax its a fun day!
9. What are your fondest memories of your wedding day?
Natalie & Nick: Seeing everyone so happy!
Wise words!

Wedding UWA

Natalie & Nick’s helpers:

Cake: My bridesmaids did the cake and the flowers!
Dress maker: Paula and Jo
Hair: A friend
Make up: by Kristy Ellis make up artistry
Decorator: My mum!

5 Tips to enjoying your wedding day

5 Tips to enjoying your wedding day

Getting married is an amazing and emotional (and to some perhaps stressful and tiring) day of your lives. Let us help you make sure you add in the description enjoyable as well. As photographers we spend a good deal of the day with you and have learn’t a thing or two about how to make sure you enjoy your wedding day. Hence was born “5 Tips to enjoying your wedding day”.


Bride and groom at reception enjoying the wedding1.

Champagne. Celebrate and have a

glass…just not too much………

especially before the ceremony.

It may seem like a good idea

at the time but stop at one or two.

Provide water, and actually drink it!

You are already going to be on a natural



Flower girl at wedding




Think glamorous and comfy

for your shoe choice.

You are going to be on your feet

dancing away into the night.

You want your feet to make it to the








Bride and Groom laughing after ceremony, enjoying their wedding day





Laugh. Get your happy on!

Let yourself enjoy the day.

You are marrying the love of your life

surrounded by family and friends

who love you!







Mother and bride hugging after the wedding ceremony. Enjoying the wedding day4.


Don’t run off too soon after

your ceremony.…if at all.

Let your loved ones congratulate you.

Allow yourselves to have those

conversations with your Grandma

or your best friend.

Let the excitement take hold.



Bride and Groom at reception dancing. Enjoying their wedding day



Be in the moment.

Don’t be afraid to forget who

is around you occasionally

and enjoy each other.

Allow yourselves those

intimate cuddles and kisses.




Ultimately you have chosen the environment to get married in, you have chosen the people to invite, you have chosen what to wear, trust yourself and take comfort in your decisions. If you have a fabulous photographer that you trust, you will get shots that you will totally fall in love with as well as really enjoying your day. Remember your wedding day as it really happened.

8 Reasons Why You Can Relax On Your Wedding Day


When the market is saturated with wedding photographers, where do you start?


  1. Personalised Service, Undivided Attention For Every Bride

You are the reason we are in business therefore we highly value your business. You will work with and get to know your wedding photographer from the very beginning. We have twenty years of wedding photography experience in Perth, we are experts in this field and we have got your back. Call or email anytime with any question and we will help you to make your wedding day perfect.

Father of the bride laughing at wedding ceremony

Father of the bride laughing at wedding ceremony


2. No Time Limit For Your Wedding Day Coverage

No wedding is the same, so why try fitting your wedding day in a set hourly package. Take out the stress and enjoy having your photographs taken from the preparations stage, until the end of your reception. We take pride in capturing your wedding day from the beginning until the very end, at no extra cost



3. Your photographs delivered within 14 days of your wedding date guaranteed

We are as excited as you to see your wedding photos. Editing your photographs the week after your wedding means that the memory of the light and colours of your wedding day are still fresh in

our minds. The feeling of your wedding day will be shown in your photographs. Ask one of your friends how long they waited for their photographs, up to twelve months is common.

Flower girls walking down the aisle at wedding ceremony

Flower girls walking down the aisle at wedding ceremony


4. A Mini Wedding Album

We design for you a mini album, easy to carry around and show it off. This is included with collection two, three and four.


5. Photo Booth At Your Reception

After all the formalities are complete and the party starts, give your guests a fun way to have their portraits captured (fun props, professional lighting, entertaining operator), up until the farewell formalities

Bride and groom at Sitella's Winery in The Swan valley


6. Pre-wedding Location Scout

Scout locations for your wedding day, see how you look in professional photographs (time it with your hair and makeup trials for best results), and have the opportunity to purchase beautiful portraits with the two of you, to celebrate your engagement



7. Planning And Strategising Your Wedding Day

We have been in the wedding industry for over 20 years, we have seen it all and we know the pitfalls that some brides fall into. We are available for any type of question you may have and we promise honest and sound advice.

Candid photograph of bride in grooms arms in a vineyard in The Swan Valley

Candid photograph of bride in grooms arms in a vineyard in The Swan Valley


9. Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal Attendance (Perth Metro)

– This has many benefits, firstly it a great opportunity for you, your bridal party and family to get to know your photographer         which will create more natural wedding photographs. Your photographer will know the best positions to take up and discuss any limitations of movement if at a church. If it is a dark church your photographer will be prepared for best lighting techniques. If it is an outside wedding your photographer will guide you on the best positioning to take so you are in the most flattering light.


Creative and Natural approach to your wedding photography

Creative and Natural approach to your wedding photography

I love this photograph taken at Caleb and Dimitty’s wedding at Caversham House. I love it because it epitomises what we as a studio are striving to give our clients. This is a split second moment that can be easily missed if you are not looking. It’s so easy for a wedding photographer to be thinking ahead to the family photos and switch off and miss this shot. Our photographers are very passionate about giving our clients this type of photograph. Your wedding day is not about squeezing you into our shot list that we perform every weekend. Your wedding day is a beautiful one off story. Something so amazing and unique deserves a creative and natural approach to your wedding photography.

Creative and Natural approach to your wedding photography

Excited groom at Caversham House in the Swan Valley

In this photograph Caleb and Dimitty have just been pronounced husband and wife on the beautiful main stairway at Caversham House in the Swan valley. As they walk away our photographer has caught a brief moment where Caleb looks to Dimitty with an excited expression on his face, there is a hint of “wow we have done it yah!” to this photograph. Imagine what this photograph means to Dimity, her husband looks so happy and excited to be with her, she can re live that moment when ever she wants. I know that as life moves on it is these genuine moments captured that mean so much to me.

Sure, the directed photograph is essential at your wedding, family photographs organised well are fantastic. Bridal shots can be fun and natural with direction. Our photographers know how long to do it for so it is an enjoyable experience. It is not good practise to be shooting for the sake of shooting when really you have lots of great bridal shots already. This means you can spend longer with your friends and family and we can photograph the real moments like this, the fun, the laughter shared on an amazing day.

See this related blog post for more information on Why Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue.


Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue

Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue

This is part one of a series of blog posts outlining why Caversham House is a dream come true for wedding photographers. The Swan valley has so many amazing venue options, some are bigger than others. They all have wonderful, unique characteristics that offer engaged couples the perfect setting when looking for a wedding venue.

I am going to give you a wedding photographers perspective as to why Caversham House is such a great option for you. I personally have been photographing weddings for twenty years and I have seen the gardens develop into an amazing multi levelled award winning property. The perfect scenario for a couple that want very natural wedding photographs is to choose a venue where you do not have to leave your guests for photos. Our studio attracts clients that want natural shots of them and their guests enjoying their day. We are experts at helping our clients get the best mix of natural and directed photos. Having already booked a venue like Caversham makes this so much easier to achieve.

What I love about Caversham House is that there are thirty to fifty different beautiful scenes to photograph a bridal party or bride and groom all within a short distance. This is perfect because the brides shoes can get hard to walk around in, flowers can get heavy and then theres the esky. So having the luxury of a variety of scenes close by is wonderful and a big thumbs up.

Here are some shots taken at the staircase near the beautiful waterfall. The ivory tones of the limestone is the perfect compliment to a white wedding dress. The ivory creeping up the walls and beautiful big trees towering behind create depth and a variety of textures that keeps us engaged in the photograph. Caversham House really is a photographers dream wedding venue

See related blog post for more information on Natural wedding photography at ceremony at Caversham House.

Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue

Staircase at Caversham House

Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue

Natural wedding photography at Caversham house

Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue

Staircase at Caversham House

Caversham House is a photographers dream wedding venue

Bride and Groom at Caversham House

Documentary wedding photos showing emotions

Documentary wedding photos

We photographed a beautiful wedding in Alice Springs. Caterina and Michael are a gorgeous couple that clearly have a strong connection with their family and friends. Our style of wedding photography is about documenting the story of each wedding day. To do this well, our photographers have to be passionate about story telling and have an understanding when people will reveal their emotions. Here are some photographs that show the close bond between family and friends. It can be as subtle as a proud expression on a grandmothers face or as spontaneous as laughter and tears. Whatever it is, we will be there ready to record these moments for you, so you can always re live and enjoy them. This is what we love to do and this is our passion.

Scott and Shani’s wedding at Queens Gardens in Perth

Scott and Shani were married at the beautiful Queens Gardens in Perth. There are some fantastic examples of wonderful scenes within the park for photographs and how much fun the photography experience can be. I particularly love how there are so many wonderful genuine moments captured that will help Scott and Shani relive their wedding day.

Steven and Peta’s Wedding Day

It was a pleasure to be a part of Steven and Peta’s wedding day, full of family, friends and laughter. The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Cathedral which filled with the glorious spring light that followed us around all day. I highly recommend anyone going in for a look if they are passing to experience the vastness…..and my favourite…the green door (you will know what I mean).

Bride and Groom getting married at St Mary's Cathedral in Perth

St Mary’s Cathedral

The ceremony was followed by dancing at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow of course and then off to East Perth and its beautiful backdrops.

Bride and Groom dancing at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Perth

Dancing at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow

You can never have too many moments like these on your wedding day.

You can never have too many moments like these on your wedding day.

Bride and groom cuddling in East Perth

Enjoying the scenery in East Perth

Brides feet

Gorgeous down to her toes

What better place to wind up your wedding photo shoot than at Patersons Stadium in Subiaco. A really cool and different backdrop where the bridal party worked up an appetite for the reception.

Bride and Groom and bridal party at Paterson stadium in Subiaco

Living it up at Paterson Stadium in Subiaco

Bridal party having fun at Patersons Stadium in Subiaco

Getting into the swing of things at Patersons Stadium in Subiaco

The dance floor was well used at the reception providing so much entertainment, especially from Steven and Peta’s kids.

Kids on the dance floor

Living it up on the dance floor

A really lovely wedding, very special to have been a part of. A big Thank-You from us at Eternity Photography xxx



Bride leaning on groom outside after their wedding ceremony

Beautiful Spring Wedding at Joondalup Resort- Natasha and Jonathan

Flying all the way over from Tassie for their wedding day meant Natasha and Jonathan had to be super organised in the lead up to make sure all the hurdles had been jumped long before their big day. My hat definitely goes off to them since it is no easy task and the day was absolutely perfect, even the fine spring weather made a very welcome appearance.

The grooms men and friends were in fine form, having a right laugh while they were endeavouring to dress themselves…..and each other. There is nothing like a bit of banter to settle the nerves before they made their way to Joondalup Resort for the ceremony.

Groom and groomsmen having a laugh getting ready before the ceremony.

A little light heartedness before the ceremony.

Groom getting his corsage put on by his friend for his wedding day

Johno getting a helping hand. Dressed by Les Lees in Hobart.

It was a pleasure being with Natasha and her gorgeous bridesmaids capturing the calm before the storm of her big day. A few deep breaths and off we go.

Bride receiving the final touches before her wedding day.

Final touches before the wedding ceremony. Makeup by Simone Cohen.

Wedding dress hanging on the wall before the bride is dressed for the ceremony.

The wedding dress by Maggie Sottero.

Once Natasha came into view wearing her elegant Maggie Sottero gown, the boys settled quickly with Jonathan looking like the cat who got the cream (and rightly so).

Groom and groomsmen waiting for the bride outside by the lake at Joondalup Resort

Eagerly awaiting Natasha. Flowers by “The Flower Girl”

The ceremony proceeded full of emotion with the perfect amount of laughs and tears from those close to them. After the ceremony hugs were flowing everywhere, not just for the bride and the groom but spread between the guests showing that heart felt feeling of belonging that weddings can bring.

Bride and groom cuddling after their ceremony outside at Joondalup Resort.

A sneaky cuddle after their ceremony while the business end is completed.

With everyone in high spirits if was off around the beautiful grounds of Joondalup Resort for some fun times with the bridal party. Great location choice, so many beautiful backdrops without ever having to get in a car and take on the traffic.

Bride and grooms clothes together

Married at last.

Groom standing with bride leaning on his back facing the camera outside.

Beautiful image of Tash and Johno in the gardens at Joondaulp Resort. Hair by Louise DiLoretto.

Groom and friends jumping off a small ledge with hands in the air outside Joondalup resort

Boys will be boys.

Bridesmaids trying to lift up groom by lake after his wedding ceremony.

Johno found out how strong these bridesmaids really are!

The wedding day ended with a special reception at Joondalup Resort with some extra special touches organised for their guests.

Music CD's with the wedding sound track on them for the guests.

Music CD’s for the guests. Sign provided by Celebration Blackboards

It was simply wonderful to watch these two people join their lives together through the lens of the camera, what a joy to be a part of. Thanks Tash and Johno. xxx Eternity Photography