Branell Homestead ~ Joel and Connie

Going through high school, you slowly start to understand that your friends become less and less. Not for a bad reason, but for the better.

You realise that everyone is so different. Their parents are different and the way you were brought up. The sports that you love and hate. The music. The conversations. Everything.

By the time school ended for me, I had a small group of about 10 friends. We got to hang out together during our study and work, have a few drinks together and watch the footy and cricket.

One year later, those 10 friends, became 4.

You see on social media that people you know are moving around Australia, some overseas. The jobs that they are getting into and what further studies they may be taking up.

It makes you wonder.

Well, I wonder. I smile when I see someone I *knew* post about some success they have just had.

It doesn’t matter how far apart we were during high school, but I feel like I’m connected to them in some kind of way. Almost like cousins that you never speak to. They have their own circle of friendship.

When Connie and Joel asked me to photograph their wedding, I was that excited I ran out into the lounge room to tell Yen. She knows Connie from school too.

It had been around 11 years since I last spoke to Connie. I arrived, saw her and didn’t really know what to say. She walked right up to me and we looked at each other for a long 2 seconds until she gave me a hug.

One hug, changed my feelings from being some photographer, to being high school friends. And it was a feeling I carried around with me all day.

Out towards Toowoomba, there is a small cottage home amongst the mountains overlooking a dam, called the Branell Homestead. The ceremony was placed under a tree with the gentlest of rain touching our skin, with the mountains in the far distance.

It was truly relaxing.

Audio: Incompetech.com – Touching Moments Three

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  • Adam said:

    Awesome wedding Richie, love the getting ready shots with the mirrors and the final images of the night just wow!

  • Connie Ross-Sampson said:

    Richie, you are simply magic behind a camera. I know we keep thanking you... but words cannot express how much these photos mean to me.
    The whole lead up to the wedding, the actual day and afterwards you were the kindest person and made us feel totally at ease. We were both so nervous about having our photos taken, but you were so comforting and genuine and helped us just be ourselves.
    Now we are living overseas having these photos to remember all of our family and friends is even more appreciated. You captured our life just as we see it...
    Thank you so much - we won't let it go 11 years next time between catch ups x

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  • Josh said:

    You took me there. I could almost feel every spine tingling emotion.

    From seeing what you've shown me through your site, I now have a different outlook on how I will take photos.

    Thank you
    Josh


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