A "not so traditional" Townsville Engagement shoot with the Roberts





Pallarenda, The Town common, the beach, Queens gardens, Anderson's Park... the list goes on for options for locations for your engagement and wedding shoots. So when Josh and Gill agreed to partaking in something a little different I was absolutely stoked! Not that there is anything wrong with any of those places, it's just that from time to time it's nice to get creative in a new place.



One weekend of back to back Weddings and a Sunday Coffee with my friend Alana


Townsville CBD came alive for me weeks before this shoot, while enjoying a much needed coffee with a friend after a hectic wedding filled weekend. I had told Alana that I have been craving a new idea for an engagement shoot making use of lines, sun, shadows, graffiti and bold colours. Being that Alana lives in the city we agreed to take a walk and see what we could visualize.



"Lets hit the city for a beer and take a walk"


Josh and Gill's enthusiasm spilled over when I asked them if they wanted to try a "not so normal engagement shoot". I for one will never send you a styling guide, my words were simple "Bold, bright colours and whatever you are comfortable in" and whilst enjoying a beer thinking about the shoot to come, Josh and Gill showed up looking just that. I couldn't be happier. We sat and spoke about the wedding plans and just how the years played out thus far. Just like old friends, I have a feeling that if we didn't stop talking it could have elevated into a real good Sunday session.



Beers down, pitter patter lets get at her


First up! Let's hit the stairs whilst I sit on the ground. Josh and Gill were keen from the get go and that's what I loved about this session. With the comings and goings of people passing us on the stairs, it just made me feel even more confident that this was something creative and that was going to be so much fun!



As our walk extended to the well know graffiti walls that the Townsville city council put together it gave us a real sense of that feeling of being a tourist in your own city. I'm sure people were wondering what the hell we were doing but it didn't matter one iota to us because it was nice to just enjoy the quiet of the back streets of the city to ourselves.


Lights & Shadows


Something I love about photography is the use of light and shadows.

When these things combine it makes a not so traditional portrait into something fun, funky and abstract. Kitted out with only my fixed glass, the 35mm and the 24mm today's challenge was just see what happens. To take a few hours and see what we can produce.





Craft beer and drunk Love - By the Roberts


Knowing what I know about these two is that they don't mind a craft beer. They are actually both quite knowledgeable in that department. Thats great for me because I couldn't go past a Great Northern for all the money in china but as my wife Alicia says "its always nice to try new things".

Any way back to the heading of this paragraph... this was in my head as exactly what I could call the name of the album that the next four photos would be printed in.






"The Blue hour with Big Brother"


I wont delve into my secrets on what I do to get my couples moving or how to interact here, but all I can say is that there would be about 20 mins of solid laughter and WTF's on the security camera that sat up high looking down on exactly what I was getting these two lovers to do to the shot! For now though check out the images on this stunning part of the city then scroll on to see the rest!




"You guy's just chill here while I crouch in the gutter"


With a light source set up behind these two in the street I busied myself by simply chilling out in the gutter with a 35mm pressed against my eye hunting different angles and the rest of what happen is just simple these two just being.





Shadows, Lines, shapes, circles and running


As the day went on my perspective starting shifting up higher and higher as I moved from my place in the gutter to shoot from higher above. I just love how much more the eye (and lens) can see from this birds eye view... the shapes, the colours, the shadows, the "whole picture".













Don't fence me out


For all the amazing colours of the graffiti and the contrasts of the street views, sometimes it is nice to also strip it back and go with simple lines and block coloured skys.









Beer stop at the Taphouse


As the day came to a close, we took advantage of the fading to light to capture some soft colours, gorgeous skys and finally to crack out the lights for an always amazing back lit shot









Are you after something diffrent for a Family, Maternity or engagement shoot? Hit me up!


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