Photographer’s Log, Stardate 65176.4. We arrived at Robocog Cafe in Surry Hills on a sunny spring morning (side note: great cafe) to meet with a new engaged couple, Heli and Shaun. We knew that they were fans of all things space-fantasy and that they were planning a sci-fi themed wedding. We shared coffee, spicy quesadillas, offbeat wedding ideas and over an hour of sci-fi nerd chat. For those who don’t know me personally, I am a big sci-fi nerd. I spent my weekends as a teenager reading fantasy adventure novels and watching my favourite show, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Not very many people have the same appreciation for Star Trek that I do, so when I meet someone who does, we share a little mental high-five and I can give Jeff a look that says, “See? That’s three other people now that we’ve met in the last decade who love Star Trek. You’re crazy to think it’s not an amazing show! You should really give it another chance. I think you should watch Wrath of Khan a second time. Let’s watch it tonight!” OK, so Jeff’s not a Trek fan, but that doesn’t mean Jeff isn’t a big sci-fi nerd too. Half the TV shows we watch together are sci-fi and most of our favourite movies fall into this genre too. So, of course we really wanted to shoot Heli and Shaun’s wedding, and when they told us they wanted to book, we were stoked! They are planning something truly creative for their big day and we can’t wait. But before we have the wedding, let us introduce you to this beautiful gal and her handsome lad:
I love Heli and Shaun’s no-nonsense, mature and logical approach to their relationship. They met in university and were friends for ages before they made the mutual decision to start going out. They were both slightly worried about potentially losing such a good friend if things didn’t work out, but as they said, “things just kept getting better and better.” A few years down the track, they made the decision together that they would get married and ordered their rings together.
These two are a riot! They were definitely keen on some fun photos. The entire session was full of laughter and we could see straight away that these two were destined to be together. Here is Heli demonstrating her ability as a professional bodybuilder… ;)
Looking lovely, Heli!
I just love these two. Together they can be cutesy and fun, loving and romantic, or just totally goofy! This is one of my favourites:
After they had ordered their wedding rings, Heli told Shaun that she still wanted some surprise element to their engagement. So, Shaun got his hands on the rings without Heli knowing, and proposed after a fun movie night. Heli was so surprised that her plan to torture Shaun by telling him she wasn’t sure about marriage went completely out the window. She simply exclaimed, “What? Yes!” You’ll also notice that Shaun’s ring is in this picture. You might even be able to see the slight, tiny scratches that begin to appear on any ring after a bit of wear. Yep, Shaun has been wearing his ring throughout their engagement. I thought this was the sweetest thing.
Well, we couldn’t not have a Lord-of-the-Rings-inspired goofy ring shot, couldn’t we?
Jeff and I had scouted the area around Sydney Olympic Park prior to coming here for the shoot, and once we saw it we were convinced it was the perfect location for Heli and Shaun’s engagement session. I mean, aside from the centaur you just saw above, an amazing flying saucer also happened to crash here!
Heli and Shaun, the super-crime-fighting team!
We weren’t really trying to imitate J.J. Abrams, we just like our lens flare as much as the next guy… :)
We thought this futuristic fountain was pretty rad. I love this one!
As if in honour of the theme of spaceships and atmosphere, we were treated to one of the most beautiful and dramatic sunset skies we’d seen in awhile. This amazing sky made for some of our favourite shots.
And here, folks, is the pièce de résistance. Heli and Shaun, on their very own planet!
Love this one too. What a cute couple.
And another one, just as the sun dipped below the horizon.
Was this sunset epic or what?!
With the sun gone, we tried our hand at a few twilight and nighttime portraits. Olympic Park looks pretty neat at night too!
Heli and Shaun, we think you guys are awesome. We can’t wait for your wedding! Leave a congratulatory note for Heli and Shaun below, or let us know what you think in the comments, and we’ll let you know when the full gallery is online.