Centennial Park Anniversary Session: Laura, Ben & a Dog Named Sydney

Attention all you dog lovers out there! We’d like to introduce you to this adorable, energetic young pup and her loving “parents”, Laura and Ben! This friendly trio joined us for a fun day in the park recently to celebrate several fun events in their lives. Laura and Ben moved to Sydney three years ago, and it didn’t take long for this wonderful city to work its spell on yet another couple of yanks like ourselves. Laura and Ben have lived all over the USA and, also like us, love to travel. As they fell in love with this great city, they also fell in love with a little Hungarian Vizsla puppy… and decided to take her home and name her Sydney! Now they’re completely inseparable, and this cute doggy is destined to become almost as well-travelled as Laura and Ben, when all three of them make the big move back home later this year. Laura and Ben wanted some photos to celebrate their love for Sydney the Dog, and especially to help them remember their time in Sydney the City. And on top of that, Laura and Ben recently celebrated four years of marriage together! Congratulations, guys! Here are some of our favourites from our afternoon together:

Central Park couples portrait session with dog

I just love the cute Australia-themed bandana collar that Sydney wore! Is she adorable or what? And what a lovely couple you two make, Laura and Ben! :)

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Despite a few momentary bursts of energy when she encountered her other regular doggy friends in the park, Sydney was a great model!

Dog park couple

Sydney was sooo excited to be in the park. Too cute!

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The sun peeked out from behind the clouds a few times, giving us some beautiful warm light.

Cute dog and couple anniversary engagement photo session

How cute is this one of Sydney licking Ben? Awww.

Central park couple

I love this one of them huddling together amidst the tall grasses. How sweet!

A couple and their Hungarian Vizsla dog celebrating anniversary

This series here was pretty hilarious to photograph. We tried to distract Sydney so we could catch snaps of her running around while Laura and Ben snuck a smooch in the background, but Sydney kept coming up to them like a curious kid demanding attention. Haha! That, and she ran around like mad catching sticks. What an energetic little pooch!

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That bandana really is too cute! Will she need a USA flag bandana too in a few months?

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We all giggled at the idea for the hands-and-paw photo below and we wondered if Sydney would cooperate. And she did! Haha, so cute.

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Sometimes, there can be unexpected perks to shooting on a cloudy and gloomy day. Right as we were wrapping up our session in the park, the clouds suddenly parted just a bit and surprised us with this amazing rainbow! It was SO vibrant for just a few short moments. We were all giddy with excitement as we ran toward the clearing to get a better view.

Rainbow in Centennial Park couple

After dropping Sydney off back at home for a rest after all that fun in the dog park, we headed down to the harbour for some of those must-have iconic Sydney shots! Jeff and I shoot at the Opera House quite a bit, so we always try to get something just a little bit different for each of our couples. It can be a real challenge with so many tourists and theatre-goers around, but I think we did pretty well this time! What do you think?

Sydney Opera House anniversary portrait photo session

Sydney Opera House engagement photoshoot

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Laura was looking just beautiful in her metallic sweater and gold accessories! Ben was looking pretty sharp as well in his coordinated button-down. Nice choice of outfit, guys!

Sydney harbour bridge, bridge climbers at sunset

For some reason I’m really digging these next two! Which are your favourites?

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Another beautiful day comes to an end over Sydney Harbour. Click to view this panorama larger:

Creative and artistic couple

Opera House creative photo session

Personally this is one of my favourites from the second-half of the session! I love the sunset reflection in the windows. Looking good, you two!

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And finally, here’s one last panorama as the city lights came on. Click to view bigger!

Sydney skyline panorama with couple

Laura and Ben, thank you so much for hiring us; we loved meeting you both! We hope these images help you to remember your time in this beautiful part of the world. We wish you all the best as you make the big move home. Happy Anniversary!

Friends and family of Laura and Ben, leave a comment for the lovely couple or let us know what you think of the images! We’ll notify commenters when the full gallery is ready to view online.

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Lombok wedding photographer - beautiful moments, beautiful place and a great photo, perfect

Teresa Hartley - Lovely pictures! Can’t wait to see you again. Sydney is as beautiful as Vee. Sorry they won’t meet.

Georgia Shebay - These are amazing, especially of the opera house. I remember well. More happy days ahead, Cant wait to keep Sydney! Georgia

Suzie Scattergood - Great pictures. Looking forward to seeing you when you come to UK.

Louisa Greenacre - Gorgeous pictures. What a lovely souvenir of your Australian adventure. That’s a very pretty dog you have too!

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