Cockatoo Island & Ballast Point Park Engagement Session: Minnah & Phil – Part 2

I’m sure you all remember the adorable Minnah and Phil from Part 1 of their engagement session a few months ago. After their first portrait session, Minnah and Phil told us that they wanted to have a second pre-wedding photo shoot once it got warmer and they could wear some more casual warm-weather outfits.  With the horrible rainy summer we’ve had, we had to reschedule a few times, but finally we lucked out with a gorgeous sunny summer day!  We decided to head to Cockatoo Island, which is always great inspiration for some fun and creative shots. It’s also a great location to shoot a young and energetic couple like Minnah and Phil. I was stoked to return since we hadn’t been back to the island since we did the shoot with Jo and Alex last year.  Minnah was looking gorgeous as usual, and Phil was also looking quite handsome indeed!

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Minnah and Phil are polar opposites in some ways and just alike in others. Phil loves to cook but hates washing up, while Minnah prefers the opposite.  He likes documentaries and UFC while she prefers American TV sitcoms. On the other hand, they both love nights in, sharing a meal and enjoying their new home together.  They love to play games with each other, especially Words With Friends, but they both admit to cheating! Phil even claims Minnah has resorted to cheating at thumb wrestling. Haha!

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There were a lot of fun and colourful murals around Cockatoo Island when we visited.  We wandered to the upper part of the island and found some more really neat spots, including these interesting old silos.

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Yes, they are adorable together, but I think what makes me smile the most is that you can tell Minnah and Phil just adore each other. It’s so sweet the way Minnah smiles at Phil and the way Phil stares lovingly at his bride-to-be. Awww!

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As we wandered around all the old buildings, we happened upon this empty room and the first thought that Jeff and I both had was that it looked like a room meant for dancing! Minnah and Phil got right to work practicing their first dance:

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It was actually a pretty hot day for this shoot!  We stopped for a bit in the shade of these lovely Frangipani trees.  It’s been so wet this summer that I’ve hardly noticed them this year, but these two trees were fully in bloom and smelling amazing.  Love this shot of the two of them on the bench!

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This building had one of the only staircases on the whole island that wasn’t fenced off somehow. Loved the light in this spot!

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Whenever we suggested to Phil that he should run or jump, he was always up for it.  Man, he can jump really high too!

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Shortly after the photo above was taken, enroute to the ferry pick-up point, we nearly got attacked by a bunch of seagulls! Yes, seagulls. I have never seen a seagull that angry until that day.  Apparently we got too close to a nest hidden behind a giant mural and they started dive-bombing us.  Jeff nearly got a photo (or nearly got his camera lens scratched, or his eye pecked out) and we all ran a little faster towards our ferry.  Hah! We took the ferry over a few stops to Balmain, where we walked to Ballast Point Park for a few sunset shots. Similar to Cockatoo Island, Ballast Point Park has a few interesting industrial-looking features and definitely some nice views. Minnah and Phil decided it was time to break out the giant lollipop that they had brought along. Haha!

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At Ballast Point Park there is an interesting “wall” covered in padlocks, many of them inscribed with wedding dates. How sweet!

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There is also a mysterious cement structure with small holes in it, through which I grabbed these shots.

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And even after several hours walking and climbing around Cockatoo Island in the sun and riding the ferry, Minnah’s hair was still looking gorgeous, natural and sexy!  I would love to know your secret, Minnah…

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Minnah and Phil, thanks for another super fun afternoon! You guys make such a cute couple and will make a very beautiful bride (and groom) come May. We can’t wait!  For all of you reading, do you have a favourite shot from this session, or from the last one? Let us know in the comments!

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Daniel Cruz - Beautiful job on this shoot! WOW. I love the wide crane shot. Just beautiful!

Louisa Martin - I love Minnah’s red shoes, the big lollipop, and the graffiti bus! These great pops of color really match the youthfulness of this couple and set this photo shoot apart from your others! The photo of the two of them in the doorway (their backs and one foot of each on the door jamb) is my favorite. The old rusty dock crane made for an interesting prop, too! Wish you could have captured the angry sea gulls!

Melissa Hopkins - That couple is ADORABLE! Great use of the location!

Meredith Lord - Love the light! Looks like you all had a great time! Fabulous images as always!

Georgette Aronow - Really beautiful! It looks like it was a lot of fun for your couple and the lighting is gorgeous!

alex - Awesome photos again, you guys!! Minnah and Phil are so cute… and the light in these photos (or I should say, the way you captured the light) is simply wonderful.

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