Manly & Shelly Beach Engagement Session: Esther & Joe

I’m noticing a trend with many of our couples, and that is that one (or both) of them was born outside of Australia. We have so many international couples and I just love hearing about what brought them to this land, whether it was falling in love with this beautiful country, or falling in love with a special someone here. Today we’d like to introduce you to a really friendly couple that we just adore: Esther and Joe. Esther is from the Netherlands, and Joe is Australian. They met by chance one evening when both of their workplaces had an office event at the same location.  Esther showed up in costume for the 1920s themed evening, and when she caught Joe’s eye, he tried his luck by complimenting her feather boa.  When Esther didn’t know the English word “boa” it sparked a conversation, and thus began a great friendship.

Pre-wedding engagement photos at Shelly Beach ParkEngagement session pictures at Shelly Beach Park

These two also fit another trend I’m noticing among our couples: they are both confident, highly intelligent people. They see each other as soulmates, but they are far from codependent. They share a lot in common, but they still maintain their own strong sense of individuality. They are each other’s best friend. It just warms my heart to see such genuine, sweet people in love!

Esther and Joe live on the north shore and love to take weekend walks between Manly and Shelly Beach.  They even got engaged during one of their normal morning walks, when Joe stopped at the side of the footpath and proposed, taking Esther completely by surprise.  After they told us this, we knew that this spot would be the perfect place for their pre-wedding photo shoot! We lucked out with an extremely warm day—one of the very last of the season. We started amongst the trees near Shelly Beach to stay out of the hot sun for awhile.

Pre-wedding engagement photography at Shelly Beach ParkCouples portrait photos at Shelly Beach Park

Joe told us that he loves sepia-toned images. Jeff and I normally don’t process our images in sepia tone, but we wanted to do some especially for them. I have to say, I’m really digging it! We might have to do more of these now and then!

Pre-wedding engagement pictures at Shelly Beach ParkEngagement session photography at Shelly Beach Park

We asked Joe what he loved most about his bride-to-be, and one thing he mentioned was her beautiful, striking eyes.  I can sure see why. They are incredibly striking and gorgeous!

Pre-wedding engagement photos at Shelly Beach Park

Couples portrait pictures at Shelly Beach Park

Pre-wedding engagement photography at Shelly Beach Park

Engagement session photos at Shelly Beach Park

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I can see why these two love strolling along the pathway between Shelly and Manly beach! The relaxed beach vibe here is pretty special. Here is Esther’s beautiful ring, sitting atop one of the little metal sculptures that line the pathway. This is right around the area where Joe popped the question!

Engagement session photos at Shelly and Manly BeachPre-wedding engagement pictures near Manly Beach

Couples portrait photography near Manly Beach

Pre-wedding engagement photos near Manly Beach

We saw this unusual giant flower tree on the side of the road and had to stop for a photo beneath it!

Engagement session pictures near Manly Beach

We took a quick drive up to North Head for a few more pictures in the late afternoon sun.

Pre-wedding engagement photography at North Head, Sydney National ParkCouples portrait photos at North Head, Sydney National Park

I just love these photos here in the grass. Did I mention Esther’s eyes are amazing?!?

Pre-wedding engagement pictures at North Head, Sydney National ParkEngagement session photography at North Head, Sydney National ParkPre-wedding engagement photos at North Head, Sydney National Park

Back down to the beach we went for some sunset shots.

Couples portrait pictures at Collins Beach, Sydney National ParkPre-wedding engagement photography at Collins Beach, Sydney National ParkEngagement session photos at Collins Beach, Sydney National ParkPre-wedding engagement pictures at Collins Beach, Sydney National ParkCouples portrait photography at Collins Beach, Sydney National Park

We ended the session right back at their exact proposal spot!

Pre-wedding engagement photos near Manly Beach walk

With the sun below the horizon and the beautiful twilight light bathing Manly Beach, Esther and Joe were just as keen as we were to hop over the fence, scramble over the rocks, and finish up with a panorama of the beautiful view! Click on the image to below to “enhance”.

Esther and Joe are getting married by the sea in just a few short months. Congratulations to you guys, and we can’t wait for your big day! Leave a congratulatory note below for Esther and Joe, and tell us which is your favourite image of these two lovebirds!

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Lucie Jansen - The best one is probably just boring to you guys, but I love the lying-in-the-grass-looking-up-and-her-hand-touching-his-face- photo. Her eyes are stunning and the green grass is amazing.

Daniel Cruz - Your nature is just beautiful. I’m used to the desert, where there’s not so much diversity. haha Great job as always utilizing so many different scenes! :)

Lisa Heffernan on Facebook - Great photos guys!!!

Chris Tait - beautiful photos! and the subject matter is not too shabby either!!lotsa love Chris&Desi xxx

Susan - WOW….just amazing photo’s…..bing on the Wedding..xxxooo

emily - you guys always have the most amazing beach locations!
of course, your images are amazing too :)

Meredith Lord - Gorgeous images! Love the light!

Nolwen - Great photos! Esther’s eyes are indeed beautiful and capturing. They look like a great couple, I love how you’ve written about them throughout the post.

Sofia - Wow! Your photos are always stunning Jeff and Erin but these are extra special as they’re photos of friends.
You’ve really captured the love between Joe and Esther. You look sooo cute together guys. Can’t wait for the hens and the wedding!
Sof xx

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