Paul and Derrick have been very dear friends of ours since Paul arrived back in Australia after doing the obligatory London working holiday. Paul is Aussie and Derrick is from Singapore and over the many years of their relationship they have lived in Sydney, Shanghai and Singapore. The big day to finally get married was a beautiful day with friends and family from many destinations. It was also a lovely stand up cocktail style wedding on 29 September 2018 just to mix up the traditions a bit.
Calvin and Nathan are regular attendees at their local Buddhist Temple and were fortunate to be the first same-sex wedding ceremony performed by the monks there.
They followed this with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with Calvin’s parent and the a lovely official wedding ceremony and reception.
A very busy and joyous day on 23 September 2018.
Malik from Sri Lanka and Edwin from Fiji have called Australia home for many years.
They have finally been able to marry in front of their extended families and it was a lovely evening on Sydney Harbour on 14 September 2018.
Seb and Andy have been on a amazing journey in the time they have know each other. Both are passionate artists and lovely men and they are soon to embark on a new phase that takes them to the USA to dive in the arts world there. I was honoured to be able to capture their wedding day shots at the Parramatta Registry Office and local surrounds. Of course the shots we took were not your typical white wedding images. We all particularly love the heroic pose on the abandoned shopping cart in the swamp. Sebastian is wearing the traditional LESLIE CLAN tartan of his maternal great grandmother and Andy is seen in traditional ALPINE SLOVENIAN wedding attire.
Stu and Bernard celebrated their nuptials in front many of their family and friends at a very gorgeous location in Callan Park using the historic building currently used by the University of Sydney for the their arts campus. A park with a lovely view of Sydney Harbour at sunset was perfect for this intimate wedding.
I have been honoured with the award of WINNER in the NUDE 2018 Men Category.
What started from my shot of Chris on his family property in Gloucester NSW, where i asked him to swim across the creek and cram himself into the cleft on the rock wall opposite became a passion to portray the vulnerable side of masculinity.
Forty years of protest and cultural evolution have resulted in many changes for the better to Australia. The first Mardi Gras on the streets of Sydney in 1978 started out peacefully but ended in utter pointless violence by the authorities. Many of those same '78ers are now the bedrock of our community and honoured for their courage. The annual festival, parade and party are a celebration of community, courage, visibility and an embracing spirit.
Michael and Luke after a 2 year romance, had a civil partnership in 2009 and marriage in 2015 in the UK Consulate in Sydney.
Now finally thanks to full marriage equality in Australia their marriage is finally recognised here. To celebrate this happy event, they recreated much of their original ceremony. Together with the celebrant Kerry Goode that married them and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, friends and family met at the beautiful Leichhardt Town Hall for a surprise vow renewal for which Luke was completely unaware of what was to come.
In a surprise for their friends and family, Matt & Wayne brought everyone together for an engagement party. The twist happened later at the event held at The Hudson where they had arranged for a full wedding ceremony. To celebrate the occasion we captured some lovely photos of themselves and families. The QT Hotel on Market St Sydney and the Tarpeian Precinct above the Sydney Opera House created an amazing backdrop to portray a love that can now be solemnised due to marriage equality being realised in Australia.
Today i am very excited that i created my first book based on my images created on pained male bodies.