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Geelong Newborn Portraits

One of the most amazing things I’ve been lucky enough to photograph this year are newborn portraits. Photographing a child that’s just a few days old and seeing the love that the new parents have for the child is definitely one of those experiences that stays with you forever. Ultimately I also get to see the child grow from a newborn to a toddler. Knowing that my portraits will grace the walls of my clients for many years is one of the most fulfilling things that a professional photographer can experience. Having been a photographer in Geelong for many years now, occasionally you also see those newborns out and about with their parents as primary school students!! Where does the time go? Here I want to share with you an image from a portrait session I photographed not long ago. Little Isla was only three days old when this was taken, so a new experience has begun in seeing her grow. I have not long introduced a new product into my range. Something that’s fairly unique to each family because it can be stylised to suit their own taste. As you may know, all of my Art Books are hand made in Italy, so I wanted a product that would give people something more than a wall portrait. I now have available my new Baby Book. It can be designed from one portrait session or, as a few of my clients have chosen to do, design it over the course of multiple sessions. It’s a bit difficult to grasp the concept of the Baby Book, so you are more than welcome to visit the studio and have a look for yourself. You can also register your details Here to receive an invitation to the new product launch coming soon.

 

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Angela & Robert’s wedding day

There are some weddings where it doesn’t matter what happens, you just can’t wipe the smile off the brides face, and this was one of those weddings. From memory, I think the top temperature that day hit about 42 degrees, but I didn’t hear anyone complain. Everyone in the bridal party was having too much fun, after all, isn’t that what weddings are all about? Following is Angela and Robert’s wedding day as told by Angela.

Briefly tell us a bit about your wedding day
It was a hot day on our wedding day. We got married at St Mary of the Angels Basilica (Geelong) and reception was at Capri receptions. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face I was on such a high knowing that I was getting ready to go and marry the love of my life.
What was your favourite part of the day?
Our  favourite part was when we did photos. I normally hate having photos taken of me but Riccardo made me feel so relaxed and comfortable and made it fun.
We had a ball.
Why was it important to you to select a professional photographer for your wedding day?
It was important because pictures tell a thousand stories they are always looked at and it  brings back memories of our special day  and Riccardo is such a talented photographer he captures all the special moments.
How did you select Photography by Riccardo to record your wedding ?
I knew Riccardo was the best in town by word of mouth.
When I went to book the reception I saw a photo on their wall. It was of a bride and groom and Riccardo had taken the shot, I absolutely  loved it and that just
Made me want Riccardo to do our photos so I rang him that day and meet in his studio that week and booked him I was so happy that we had him booked, my husband was too.
What advice have you got for bride and grooms to be ?
Don’t worry about any little things that might go wrong it all comes together in the end.just focus on the fact that you are marrying your soul mate,women/ man of your dreams.
Tell your readers how you felt when you first saw your wedding photos?
We were  blown away,  they were absolutely amazing we thought Wow  and looking at the album brought us back to our wedding day. All we can say is amazing thank you so much Riccardo for your hard and amazing work .
We highly recommend you:)
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The wedding of Angela and Robert in Geelong. Photographed by Photography by Riccardo

The wedding of Angela and Robert in Geelong. Photographed by Photography by Riccardo

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Stefanie & Andrew

I had a particular look in mind even before I started photographing Stefanie and Andrew’s wedding. I had seen a particular spot that I’d wanted to use, but I wanted the right sort of day weather wise before I could use it! I’m sure that from Stefanie’s answers below, you’ll get the feeling that they had a heap of fun on their wedding, which is perfect because that’s the thing that I aim for at every wedding…a fun wedding day means lots of smile in the photos and it makes my job of capturing that fun a whole lot easier. I hope you enjoy reading all about Stefanie and Andrew’s special day.

Special thanks to Rob from Living Memories Video for putting up with me dragging him all over Geelong!!

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Briefly tell us a bit about your wedding.

It was a beautiful day, perfect weather and everything went according to plan we were married at St Mary’s Basilica in Geelong then reception followed at Luxor in Taylors lakes.. you couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces all day.. One of the reasons I (Stef) was smiling was cause I knew deep down that I was having my wedding captured by Riccardo and I knew that he would make sure I could relive my wedding day every time I looked at my album…

Why was it important to you to select a professional Photographer for your wedding?

It was important as we wanted to know that every candid moment was photographed with professionalism and encapsulated our love in a unique and special way!

Can you tell us something your guests don’t know about the day?

Our guests didn’t know that we had organized for a big balloon filled with glitter and mini balloons to go off after our surprise bridal party coreographed dance but the button was pushed early for it to explode after our first dance… we thought dry ice and fireworks were enough but then the balloon went off and we knew there was no end wow factor for our bridal party dance… but all was fine no one noticed haha!

How did you select Photography by Riccardo to be your wedding photographer?

Word of mouth and experiencing Riccardo’s professionalism first hand at other weddings, his work blows me away! He’s so much fun

What advice have you got for Brides and Grooms to be?

Photographer and videographer are to be of a very high standard.. you get what you pay for, it doesn’t hurt for them to get along also, if they have worked together before, you will always guarantee that things will run very smoothly and they will get the best result for you!

And finally, tell our readers how you felt when you first saw your wedding photos.

When we first saw our photos, I cried… we were so overwhelmed by the moments captured and the quality!! Riccardo was my dream photographer! He was the first thing I booked for my wedding and I am more than pleased with his extremely exceptional work and such attention to detail… He is also very affordable for what he provides for you…I can’t thank him enough!!! Professionalism A+++

 

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Nicholas & Fiona-Maree

1) Briefly tell us a bit about your wedding.  We had a very short engagement of fourteen weeks due to wanting a Saturday that fell on a 27th, since we were both born on a 27th and consider it our lucky number. So our special day was to be held on Saturday, October 27th 2012. We realise we could have held off until the following April or July (which both have Saturdays falling on the 27th), but being so in love, the thought of delaying was actually too painful for either of us to endure. So, with only fourteen weeks, the wedding plans commenced immediately. We were striving for an elegant and romantic theme with a vintage twist. We are both very proud of all we achieved during our brief engagement, and can’t believe how easily it all came together on the day. Of course, much of this is due to all the many wonderful businesses that played such important roles in creating our day with us. In their capable hands, we knew we could relax and enjoy our day, and this added so much joy to the day in itself.
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2) What was your favourite part of the day?  
It’s difficult to isolate a favourite part of the day since our day was absolutely perfect in every way, and felt very much like a fairy tale. The weather was perfect, the bridal party gorgeous, the guests happy and full of compliments for every aspect of the day. We could not stop smiling all day long, and feel extremely blessed that we could celebrate the beginning of our lives together with so many of our loved ones, and in such elegance. The brides personal highlight was getting married in the magnificence of the recently restored chapel at Sacred Heart College in Geelong. I have always loved the chapel and feel so fortunate that I could marry Nicholas within such a Holy and sacred location. For the groom, the reception was a major highlight as the location of the Vue Grand in Queenscliff is not only historic but full of colour, charm and vibrancy.  Being able to relax and enjoy the company of all of your family and friends whilst knowing you have had your day cared for by the industries best is very reassuring.  
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3) Why was it important to you to select a professional Photographer for your wedding?  
The difference between a professional and an amateur are worlds apart.  To truly capture the magic of your day you want to secure the expertise of a professional who knows what they are doing, someone who has experience and the passion and drive that comes with being a professional.  We have all heard horror stories about wedding photos, choosing a professional will limit the chance of those horrors happening to you.
 
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5) How did you select Photography by Riccardo to record your wedding?
We looked at his website and believed he would be able to capture all the special moments of our day and present it beautifully, and we were not mistaken or in any way disappointed with our choice.
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6) What advice have you got for Brides and Grooms to be?
When your wedding day arrives, don’t waste precious time stressing. Relax, and trust that you have planned the day well, and Enjoy Every Moment!! Remember, your wedding day is the first day of your new life together, and you ought to look back upon that day with pride and the fondest of memories.
 
7) And finally, tell our readers how you felt when you first saw your wedding photos.
We were thrilled by the quality and beauty of the photos.  It soon became apparent that we would have quite the task of choosing our favourites for the album when so many were so fantastic.
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Allyson & Greg’s Wedding

I was lucky enough recently to travel from Geelong to the beautiful Yarra Valley and Photograph Allyson and Greg’s wedding. Along with Killian from Video Story, we decided to ask our couple to tell us a little more about their wedding so we could share it with you. An insight into our industry from a bridal couples point of view. Here is their wedding story.

 

Describe your wedding to us…

 The mission for our wedding was to create a really fun day for everyone. To achieve this we had a mixture of traditional components incorporated with some unconventional elements! By getting our wedding photos done before the ceremony, we were able to get amazing photos from a variety of locations. A highlight for the day was certainly the boys turning up to the ceremony on Segways, along with our whacky wedding dance montage! The feedback from our guests was that it was the most fun wedding they had been to – mission accomplished! 🙂

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What was your favourite part of the day?

Getting our photos/video taken at various locations was awesome fun! We thoroughly enjoyed being directed by our Videographer, Killian from Video Story and Ric from Photography by Riccardo. Together they set up the perfect shots. Killian and Ric were super fun but still very professional! We arranged all the details with them and were chauffeured by limo to the chosen locations. Since they were so thorough and professional, it meant that we got to enjoy the time with each other and with our bridal party, whilst getting our ‘glamour shots’ done. Zero stress with maximum fun!

Any funny quotes from the day?

During Greg’s speech:

“So, on to my wife. I’m completely overwhelmed at how amazing she looks today, and I can’t believe just how privileged I am that she’s chosen me to be her wife.” Oops!

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Why was it important to you to select a professional Photographer and Videographer for your wedding?

 We not only wanted our wedding day to be fun and memorable, but we wanted the quality of the photos and video of our special day to be something that we could pass down to our children and be happy to share with people. And since Killian and Riccardo were so experienced with capturing the perfect shots, they were able to direct us, which allowed us to relax and know that we were in great hands.

How did you select Riccardo as your photographer?

Killian recommended a few photographers with different styles.  Since we trusted Killian’s judgement, we checked out Ric’s website to have a look at his work – OMG Incredible!

So we decided to meet with Ric and had an instant connection – we could tell that Ric was our guy. He also had a great sense of humour, strong work ethic and incredible talent.

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Can you tell us something your guests don’t know about the day?

 A power outage was scheduled in the Yarra Valley area on the morning of our wedding. Our accommodation was terrific and arranged a generator so that the girls could still get their hair done, despite the loss of power – talk about going above and beyond. We were very fortunate to be so well looked after so that our day wasn’t delayed or ruined.

Also, we were practicing our wedding dance in our room late the night before the big day and were trying to keep the volume down so nobody heard the music…or us jumping around like idiots!

So about the first dance…

Ok, so our first dance was a little different to most and was performed straight after we entered the reception. What started off as a relaxed slow dance, soon turned into a montage of short dance scenes – everything from Gangnam Style and Men in Black to Thriller and the Duck Dance! It set the ‘tone’ for the reception as being relaxed and fun which we feel made everyone “let down their hair” and enjoy the night…

We chose many songs that were easy to dance to (eg Grease Lightening) and a few that required a lot of practice (eg the German slap-dance scene from National Lampoons European Vacation). We had such fun practicing the routine at home weeks before the big day, and were so pleased that we pulled it off on the day. The best part is that it was all captured by Killian of Video Story so we can laugh at it for many years to come – thanks heaps!

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How did you select Video Story to record your wedding?

 I used to work with Killian and knew that he was not only a fun-loving person with a terrific sense of humour, he was also a true professional with a great work ethic – especially working as a Videographer as a SECOND job – absolute dedication! I knew he would add a great element to our day with his extensive experience in wedding videography.

What advice have you got for Brides and Grooms to be?

 Brides – plan ahead and get things ready/booked sooner than later, as the time leading up to the big day flies by so quickly Allocate tasks to your family & bridal party to do on the wedding day, so there is not pressure on you to have to worry about anything – except having an awesome day! Select a great Photographer and Videographer as they are the ones who will capture the most special day of your life – money well spent! You won’t regret it 🙂

Grooms – support your Bride and remember to turn up on the day – that’s your job!

Our guests were very appreciative that we hired a mini bus to pick them up and drop them off from DeBortoli Yarra Valley Estate. They also thoroughly enjoyed the open photo booth (and the open bar, of course!) that we hired – we sent each guest one of their funny photo booth pics with our thank you cards 🙂

DeBortolis was amazing – very competitive pricing and fantastic people to deal with. Their gardens are phenomenal and was the perfect setting for our ceremony – highly recommended!

We strongly recommend Video Story and Photography by Riccardo to capture the most special day of your life. Killian does an amazing job with the video, breaking every section into chapters and providing an awesome ‘highlights’ video which is great for showing people who don’t want to sit through a few hours of footage – it’s great! And Ric’s albums speak for themselves – AMAZING! 🙂 We had a blast getting our pics done by Ric before the wedding as it made the day extremely fun and settled any nerves about the “I dos” – it was great to just feel happy and excited about it instead of nervous. So if you are willing to overlook the superstition, we would thoroughly recommend it.

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Riccardo –  Geelong Photographer  –  Photography by Riccardo

Website: www.riccardo.com.au

 

Killian Mulcahy – Geelong Videographer – Video Story 
Website: www.videostory.net.au

 

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Something arty

If there’s one thing that I enjoy the most about photography is being able to just play and experiment. Digital technology has made it easy for anyone to be able to pick up a camera and take a decent photo. Only yesterday I was reading an article that asked why anyone would bother having a family portrait taken with a professional photographer when they could do it themselves these days.  The article actually even said that a “decent family portrait can be taken with your phone these days”. Really?? I must be missing something here because whenever I take a snap with my iPhone, I’m always disappointed with the quality. It always looks great on the screen, but have you ever tried printing a decent sized photo out of it?  So really, cameras are no different to what they were 20 years ago. Back then we had film and waited a couple of days to get our prints back, now we see it in an instant but essentially, all the camera does is record what we point it at. So, to get back on track, being able to experiment, not with the camera or photoshop, but with light, that’s where real photographers excel. Here’s a favourite image of mine. Simple, artistic and beautiful. Child photography, but with a sense of timeless art. This is what my clients love. Something that they can hang on their walls, not in their phones. I have been working on something that’s a little different and will be offering clients select art pieces shortly. These will be photographed exclusively in my studio or in select locations in and around Geelong. You can always see more wedding photos on my Facebook page, just click Here.

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