La Perouse Engagement Session: Minnah & Phil

Jeff and I are super excited about today’s pre-wedding portrait session, and I’m starting it with a bang—my personal favourite photograph from the day—although I admit it was hard to choose one! We got a bit creative with a fun new gadget that I bought Jeff for his birthday that helps us create seamless panoramas like this one. The blog size doesn’t do the panoramas justice… so click the panoramas to view them larger!

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Minnah and Phil found us and booked us before they had even booked a wedding venue. We love their priorities! :)  We had so much fun photographing them. Today we bring you the highlights from this beautiful afternoon we spent together. So, grab a cold drink and get ready for some dramatic skies, pastel sunset colors, idyllic beaches and of course, an ultra-cute couple!

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Minnah and Phil call the Eastern suburbs home, so we thought we would explore the area around La Perouse for their session. I briefly lived in Coogee as a student myself long ago, so I too have a special affection for the beautiful eastern and southeastern beaches. We started off in Little Bay, where we luckily had very few fellow beach-goers and some gorgeous scenery!

Little Bay Pre-Wedding Photography, Sydney Engagement Session
Little Bay Pre-Wedding Photography, Sydney Engagement Session

Minnah and Phil found each other in a pub in Sydney. Sparks flew, and the rest is history! Who says you can’t meet your one true love in a bar these days? These guys are so cute together. Phil is really good at making Minnah giggle.

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See that beautiful ring? Phil planned to propose to Minnah by taking her out of town on a surprise trip, but wanting to keep it a complete surprise, he struggled to find a good excuse for an impromptu getaway. One day, after Minnah had a particularly stressful day at work, Phil jumped at the opportunity and suggested they go away for the weekend, and Minnah took the bait!

Little Bay Sydney Engagement Session, Pre-Wedding Portraits

Phil wanted to propose down by the water’s edge, but was super nervous and struggled to find the words that would bring Minnah out onto a beautiful scenic pier. Suddenly a giant pelican swooped down onto the pier and came to Phil’s rescue! Minnah ran straight over to it without much persuasion—it worked out perfectly. Phil chased Minnah out to the pier, presented this ring, and breathed a sigh of relief when she said, “Yes!”

Little Bay Pre-Wedding Photos, Sydney Engagement Photography

After we had our fill of Little Bay, we hopped over to La Perouse and had an outfit switch-up. Minnah was looking gorgeous in her colorful breezy summer dress. Phil was looking handsome too!

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We found this lovely patch of tall grass and flowers—the perfect spot to get cozy.

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Then we hopped over to Bare Island on this beautiful wooden bridge. It is such a nice feature of the area.

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Minnah and Phil enjoy fishing trips together, and with all the of fishermen out and about here, I got a sense this was their kind of place.

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Phil asked us why we had our cameras pointed at the ground. To capture the beautiful sky, of course! :)

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After a day of uncertain weather, we were treated to a dramatic sunset! Perfect time for a stroll along the beach.

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Minnah and Phil, thanks for a fun afternoon. You two seem like a great couple and we look forward to getting to know you more over the next six months! We enjoyed capturing this special moment in your lives and hope you love the images! Let us know which photos are your favourites in the comments.

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Chris Fawkes - Amazing photography, stunning looking couple, wow!

Emma Godfrey - What a gorgeous couple, they look amazing. You’ve done a beautiful job!

Jack Martin - Beautiful,you should be proud!Great work!

Ozge Baykara - I love all of them! How natural and in love they are! Beautiful job capturing it, amazing!

alex - oh my goodness, these photos are absolutely stunning. you really set the bar for their engagement photos!

Emily Heizer - What a gorgeous session! You guys totally rocked it! And I LOVE the bride’s hair! How do I get hair like that? Seriously!

Allison Dupre - WOW WOW WOW!! So super fantastic! Gorgeous color, intimacy, feeling… everything! The reflection shot, yep, wow. All of them! Amazing!

Raven - What a killer gorgeous couple and stunning images!

Leah Aubrey - out of this world fantastic!!!

Christian Ward - Beautiful photos, beautiful couple. Great job.

jen - O.M.G. What a gorgeous couple! I LOVE this shoot. The scenery is beautiful and you told their story so nicely. Phil is a true romantic and that ring is aMAZing!

Cynthia Michelle - Wow! Gorgeous!! : )

Daniel Cruz - Beautiful job guys! Thanks for telling the awesome story of Minnah and Phil. As always, I love the scenes you chose, and the documentation of their interaction. Also, I need my couples to dress up like this more often! ;] Cheers!

Samantha Marx Hechtman on Facebook - You guys are phenomenal at this! Gorgeous work! I love the water reflection shot. Amazing

Elaine - Butterfly Philosophy - So gorgeous! What great spots you chose for the shoot. The reflection photo is my favorite. Such a cute couple :)

Gina Nguyen - Wow… speechless… I want to go to Sydney now!

Rachel McCauley - Stunning photos! Love the reflection shot.

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