Boulevard Gardens

Boulevard Gardens is such a intimate venue, tucked away in Indoorpilly. Whilst awaiting Felicity, this beautiful bride… decisions were being made about the looming clouds and if the ceremony should take place inside, however the quick storm passed and the day turned into stunning light streaming through the thick cloud. Meanwhile Howie their healer who was the ring bearer and dog of honour was practising his delivery and manners, he did a wonderful job, I just love dogs! Obviously this childless couple Felicity and Matt adore him too. Felicity and Matts vows were adorable. The whole thing made me smile for the whole weekend.

Same Sex Marriage

Sonya called me from Sydney only about 6 weeks before hers and Claudias wedding day, asking about my affordable wedding photography packages I had advertised.  I am always happy to explain my service but as the conversation went on I began to realise this was a same sex marriage and my first one at that, only months after marriage between same sex couples became legal. I was so excited!  I had voted for the equal rights and had cried when same sex marriage was announced as legal, with a gay brother that I always felt, grew up feeling like he did not fit in…not only not fitting in but in the days when we were young and discovering our sexuality we lived in Tasmania where it was actually at that point in time illegal to be gay, ned alone any gay marriage talk was surely frowned upon.

Sonya was easy to get along with right from the beginning, and the photography of this same sex couple was so much fun!  I had always thought it would probably be a lot easier being with a woman than a man if you were that way inclined but never imagined that even photographing two women getting married on Burleigh Beach on the Gold Coast would feel so much different than photographing a man and a woman.

Claudia and Sonya walked down the Burleigh Heads Path to their gay marriage ceremony in John Laws Park dressed in colourful identical dresses accompanied by a friend playing guitar on the site where their marriage celebrant and their guest waited for their arrival for the morning wedding ceremony. It was a stunning early Autumn day on the Gold Coast, and around 50 colourful guests came from a far.

After their celebrant Belinda Bailey wrapped up the very entertaining ceremony, we went further up Burleigh Hill for a group photo on the slope and into the Burleigh Headland trail where we could get some shade amongst the pandas trees. After those wedding photos the wedding party and I went down on to the very crowded Burleigh Beach for some quick shoeless photos in the sun and then on to Justins Lane Pizzeria on the Gold Coast Hwy of Burleigh Heads for the wedding Reception.  I only had two hours with the same sex couple but when I left I could see they would certainly make a great job that day of celebrating the same sex marriage on the beautiful Gold Coast of Sonya and Clauida.

Two hours of laughter and fun!

Congratulations Claudia and Sonya, I am glad you chose me to be part of it. 

 

Elopement Gold Coast

Luck of The Irish!

Elopement Gold Coast, Australia.

Late one Thursday afternoon in December on Main Beach on The Gold Coast of Australia, Geraldine and James Murphy all the way from Ireland for an elopement wedding.  The clouds and a storm loomed for a few hours before the ceremony but the rain held off until just after the ceremony and the beach photos were taken and down she came. The rain was torrential but only for about an hour and then it was beautiful again!  Thats life on The Gold Coast of Australia, we often say “Beautiful One day and Perfect the next!”  The ceremony was beautiful, with celebrant Kate Guiney. She is so genuinely lovely.

The moody sky was a great backdrop and thank goodness the wedding reception was only across the road at the Southport Yacht Club, because we had to run!

Geraldine and James have actually been together for 25 years. They had just never married. Their son and daughter who are adults were there grooms people. They brought their partners with them from Ireland for the event and the rest of their guests which were mainly family about 12 people were locals from the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast of Australia is a great place to Elope to. We have so many beautiful beaches, and wedding coordinators to set up a picturesque setting on the beach for your special day. 

 

Palm Beach wedding

This wedding, booked for The Abbey, Gold Coast venue was cancelled the morning of the wedding because The Gold Coast was flooded. There was no way in or out of the venue they had booked a year before.

The young couple Anna and Ryan took it in their stride and without too much panic booked another wedding venue that morning 31st March 2017. Pacific Surf Life Saving Club came to the rescue and were able to set up a wedding for 45 guests with just 5 hours notice.

Pacific SLSC is absolute beachfront which is obviously great for wedding photography at sunset but with the vintage cars in front it was extra special.  A photographers dream.

I was so impressed at the way the couple and their families handled the stressful change of plans for the wedding and wedding venue.  You would generally think that stress would be the time we see bridezillas ….. but not Anna, so graceful ….. she was just so happy to still be able to marry the man of her dreams no matter where it was.  The fairy tale continued on the beach as if it was always supposed to be there.

 

 

Burleigh Wedding Photography

Burleigh Beach Photography

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Such a gorgeous couple! On Friday 31 March at North Burleigh Heads James and Natsuhi were married by Helen Coglan- Gold Coast Celebrant.

This was the day after cyclone Katrina swung past the Gold Coast. With no back up plan for if it rained, the couple were extremely lucky to have no rain during their ceremony.

It did rain intermittently after the ceremony but as a photographer with great knowledge of Burleigh Heads, I knew just the spot where we could take photos with the cars in front of the beach and where we could be out of the rain while we waited for another gap. We all had fun doing these shots. We got some great shots with moody skies.

Natsuhi’s parents and some girlfriends came from Japan which was lovely for her.

I made the couple a really beautiful wedding album a month later which looked incredible. I have since started a side business of creating incredible photo books. My service takes the pain out of doing your own photo books and you get the highest quality available on the market. Simmy D Photo Books has its own website, please check it out if you love keeping your special memories alive forever.  www.simmydphotobooks.com.au

They have since had the baby. Zachary a beautiful baby boy! Even though they were busy with the end of pregnancy and James back to work….they still each left me lovely reviews on my Facebook which I was really happy with.

This is what Natsuhi said:
Natsuhi Connor reviewed Simone D Photography ‚ÄĒ 5 star
April 3 ·
Simone did a great job taking our photos on our special day even it wasn’t perfect weather. She also made extra time for us to take beautiful photo shoots on the beach and top of the hill at North Burleigh after rain and all of the photos came up nicely. We are very happy with the photos and appreciate everything she has done for us. We do recommend everyone to you Simone on their special days!

Loving my Job!

Simone ūüôā

Family portraits – Alves Family

Portraits-Gold Coast

I met this lovely lady at a business networking meeting on the Gold Coast and was so happy to be asked to create some beautiful family portraits of her and her children. We shot this at Currumbin Valleys Eco Village on the Gold Coast. This is a great country style location, often when you arrive at this spot there are kangaroos grazing which gets the kids really excited and their smiles on for their family photos.  The bridge setting at Eco Village is one of my favourite to work late afternoon. It is very quiet with few people around and a great rustic location for photographs. The lighting at this location is best one hour before sunset, leaving time to get to another great Gold Coast location in time for sunset, Currumbin Beach.

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chapel wedding – Tumbulgum

Wedding Photography-Tweed River Chapel

Wow, I was so worried when this day, 3rd of June began. Most will only remember the date if something else significant happened for them that day. ¬†3rd of June 2016. Days in advance the weather bureau was predicting a cyclonic storm. People say, “Rainy days are supposed to be lucky for wedding days”, I was thinking to myself…. it may be lucky for the wedding couple but it certainly is not for the photographer. It was a very small wedding, Wedding Photography-Tweed River Chapel in Tumbulgum, a quaint little town in Northern NSW. So in this situation with no assistant it can be difficult. Cameras are not designed to be out in the rain, and neither are Brides! ¬†Although early morning on this day was very still and calm gradually the storm built up over the day and by sunset when the wedding was planned for, there had already been quite a lot of rain. By 10pm that night it certainly was cyclonic. Amazingly though, as if god took Allan and Janets faith into consideration and stopped the rain for us to take the most amazing photos with unbelievable colours and clouds in the sky over the Tweed River. ¬†The small but simple ceremony was really lovely. Pastor Rob is delightful and his wife Brenda Suttle at Tweed River Chapel in Tumbulgum has the voice of an angel. I went along to the reception at Twin Towns where a storm was danced up inside whilst the storm blew fiercely outside. ¬† ¬†

Boomerang Farm – Gold Coast

Wedding Photography-Boomerang Farm-Gold Coast

This amazingly stunning wedding at Boomerang farm, Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast was a fantastic day for all the guests.  A beautiful sunny and still winter day on the farm. The bride looked just sensational and her groom rather dapper!  All the others in the opening photo are the brides children. A perfect opportunity to grab a family portrait with everyone so spruced up!

I highly recommend Boomerang Farm as a wedding venue. The staff were warm and helpful and the surrounds are great if it is a country style wedding on the Gold Coast that you are after.  In the photos you will see that the reception venue is lovely, like an old barn and with an open fire at one end, a great touch!

Steele Family – Palm Beach, sunrise -Gold Coast

Family photos-Palm Beach

Amazing Gold Coast sunrise at Palm Beach, so much fun working with this charming extended family. Three generations of family, some on the Gold Coast on holidays and the others local to Palm Beach. I enjoyed working with both the adults and cheeky boys, who were full of beans at this early hour.  There are two times only to do beach family portraits. There is Sunrise and Sunset. Whilst you can photography family portraits on any beach on the Gold Coast its a little more difficult in the afternoon due to the high rise buildings dropping shadows on the beach. I have been a resident of the Gold Coast now for 16 years and know a lot of great locations for family portrait photos, and the best time to photograph at them. Call me….I can help you plan your family portrait shoot. I also have ideas for styling so as your family photos are loved for a lifetime.

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Family Portraits – Eco Village, Currumbin

Family Photography-Gold Coast

This delightful family were fun to work with, we did a combination of family photos of all of them and some head shots for mum and dads business’s on the same day. Mums photos are displayed in the ‘business head shot’ section of my website. The family photos were shot at Currumbin Valley in a pocket called Eco Village, just inside the gate is this area, where Kangaroos graze daily. Its a very special little spot close enough to head to the beach after for some beach shots as well, its only about 10-15 mins drive from The Alley, Currumbin Beach. I love the rustic bridge at Eco Village and there is an amazingly huge old tree with a swing under it, and great for posing for family portraits under.  From the beach to the bush to graffitied alleyways of the Gold Coast I have the perfect photographic location for your individual family.

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wedding photography – Nicky and Scott

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Wedding Photography-North Burleigh Heads-Gold Coast

As a photographer, terrified of heights…I was freaking out when Nicky was standing on the edge of the cliff in her high heels,  what a dare devil!  Made for some awesome Gold Coast wedding photos though. Sunset at North Burleigh head land what a great wedding location. The Gold Coast offers so many amazing beaches, for local weddings or to elope to.  Burleigh Heads is a very popular wedding spot, there is the north and south, with North having the amazing lookout over the entire Gold Coast, and the pathway to it, is a great place to get sultry naturally lit photos of the bride and groom walking to the lookout. North Burleigh also has some photogenic pandanus trees that really add to the edge of a photo, or provide enough of a sunblock to photograph under with the sun behind. The reception for this wedding was held at North Burleigh Surf Club there function room has an incredible view and they always put on a good party!

wedding photography – Kristy and Gabe

Beach Wedding Photography

Wedding photography at an amazing beach house just North of Coffs Harbour at a place called Sapphire Beach.  As much as the Gold Coast is beautiful one day and perfect the next …. it was nice to take a drive down the coast and photograph a new beach.

I am happy to travel this far for wedding photography  but mostly I travel to weddings as far as Brisbane and Byron Bay with no travel costs. Besides Brisbane, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and beaches in between you will also see weddings within this website from Coffs Harbour, Melbourne and Noosa Heads.  I have great knowledge of locations for your wedding photos on the Gold Coast and love discovering new ones around Australia. I offer affordable packages where ever you may be.

This particular wedding was a weekday one in a beachfront holiday house, it was like a snippet from the mediterranean islands. Very Beautiful!  Loving travelling for Beach Wedding Photography!

Family Portraits – Sarah and her baby bump

Pregnancy Photos-Gold Coast

Along with model portfolios and boudoir photos, I also put pregnancy photos in this category, of making women look great and have memories they are proud to bring out for their friends and family for years to come.  I have a beachfront studio at Palm Beach and lots of props etc to help to hide the bits you need to hide and enhance the bits you do want to make a feature of like your pregnant belly.  I can do just your pregnancy photos or I can do an affordable package deal with new born photos to be done one month later. Two very different shoots but both part of your babies identity in the baby book. With Sarahs photos, featured in this blog, we did quite a lot of different looks, that is how I charge for pregnancy photos…by how many looks you want. I have pinned lots of different photos that I would be able to do at my beachfront studio at Palm Beach onto a Pinterest board if you would like to go there for some ideas. Happy to work with what you want, or you can leave the creativity to me, up to you. Either way you will end up with some great pregnancy photos.

Business Shots

Professional Head Shot Photography-Gold Coast

HEAD SHOTS-COST $199. I will do approx. 70-100 photos, photographed in my Palm Beach studio. on white red, black, grey, blue or a sand coloured backdrop.  Send you 20 best ones and then make any changes required to your favourite 3 photos. I am also happy to do a more creative type of head shot on location or build a set to suit for more creative industries, Extra charge on creative shoots $30.

I have photographed many professional types of people for their websites, linked-in, facebook, and other social media pages, for business cards and newsletters and etc. as well as for internet dating. On the page here you will find. Real Estate agents, a business coaches, 3 x naturopaths, chinese doctors and acupunturists, hairdressing team, dental team, copywriter, personal trainers, sales rep etc.
In a world of doing business on line and meeting online it is important for a lot of industries to have a professional photo of yourself, it makes people more comfortable having a face to the name and knowing who they are dealing with. SD

Family portraits – Parkins Family

Family Photographs-Rainbow Bay and Currumbin Beach-Gold Coast

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I first did this families portraits back in 2013 at Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast. This family is so photogenic! Rainbow Bay is a great photo spot in winter on the Gold Coast because the sun sets over the ocean because of the way the bay faces. ¬†This family recently returned for some updated family portraits, ¬†In 2017 we shoot the family portraits at Eco Village in Currumbin hinterland and also at Currumbin Beach at the spot called “The Alley”

I love doing updated family portraits on The Gold Coast and seeing the children grow up!

Recently I went to the families home to have my hair done by the mum, Kelly and get to see the wall of family photos from the first family photo shoot. Such a nice feeling to know that my work is being loved on their wall.  Loving it!!!

Family Portraits – Travers Family

Studio Family Portraits-Gold Coast

Family portraits taken at Simone D Photography, beachfront studio. Such a lovely family! Its a shame that they have the hard ship of cancer troubling them at the moment. Isaac is such a gorgeous boy!

Great news! The Travers family return 5 years later for more family portraits for the mum, grandma’s 50th birthday. Isaac is well now and has a new baby sister, now there is 3 siblings, he also has a new cousin as you will see in the photos.

These photos were taken at the dog beach at Palm Beach, overlooking The Alley… we were heading to Currumbin Alley for the family portraits but there was still mess left over from the Commonwealth Games so we changed location at the last minute.

It was a gorgeous pink sunset on this day and we got some great family photos. It was great to meet the rest of the family, the other daughters/sisters.

The girls all did the styling and decided to wear all different shades of blue for the portraits to match the colour of the water and it worked well.  Later I did up a collage of 6 of the family photos onto a photo of just the beach with all of the Gold Coast in the background.

 

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Wedding Photography – Rychie and Anthony

Wedding Photographer Gold Coast

 The soft pastels of this back yard wedding made it beautiful and soft, the colours looked great against the ocean as well. It was shot in their home at Currumbin  on the Gold Coast with approx. 70 guests.                      

 

Wedding Photography – Yoko and Daniel

Wedding Photography-Burleigh Heads

This very cute and sweet Couple asked me to help with ¬†Wedding Photography-Burleigh Heads. ¬†In May, Yoko and Daniel decided on the middle of the day at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast ¬†for their fairly small ceremony. Yoko’s mother and sister flew in from Japan for the wedding. Daniel’s family was there too and it was great to see the two cultures coming together in marriage. ¬†Although Burleigh Heads can be busy, it has a wonderful buzz.

Local celebrant Taflyn Fiola conducted a beautiful ceremony as she does.

I really love Japanese people. One of my favourite nationalities. We photographed another wedding on the Gold Coast around the same time. ¬†Japanese bride marries Aussie guy as well. ¬†Ryoko and¬†Chris¬†and furthermore, both Japanese….. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Minako and Shunya.

Yoko and Daniel had their reception at Burleigh Surf Club. I went along and saw the beautiful set up of the reception room but I only photographed a mock cake cutting due to the couple choosing a small package of only 2 hours.  My 2 hour package starts at only $500 on a Saturday.  I offer specials on top of that for week day weddings.  It does not matter how large or small your wedding is.  We love photographing them all because they all are important. All weddings large and small are treated the same. Professionally edited to a high standard. The best photos are artistically altered. Besdies receiving the original image edited to a high standard, you also receive it in either black and white or sepia, if that suits the style (best for vintage looking weddings), or black and white with colour splashes.

Your photos are always ready for collection within 4 weeks, often before.  They are presented to you on USB unless of course you choose to have them printed, or a selection of them into a photo book. The books are amazing quality and it makes showing your photos to your friends and family easy for years to come.

 

Wedding Photography – Felicity and Mark

Wedding Photography-Stradbroke Island

So often I find wedding couples choosing to have their wedding photography-Stradbroke Island are really easygoing and always easy to work with before and on the big day. This works for me,  I have a lot of experience and you do not have to sweat the small stuff when it comes to the photos. I am quick thinking, and able to improvise with what ever is thrown at me.  This shoot was my first time at: wedding photography-Stradbroke Island discovering the sand dunes on the Eastern Side of the Island. These are a photographers paradise, but you will want to leave the heels behind!

Felicity and Mark, are a fun and truly beautiful local Gold Coast couple destined to meet each other. This was quite a long day. We started at Sheraton Mirage. The next stage was at  Marina Mirage. Next, boarding boats to travel to Stradbroke Island whilst keeping Felicity and Mark from seeing each other. Mark and the groomsmen boarded a very fast speed boat and were out of there in no time.  Felicity, the girls and her parents had some more cover on their boat and the 40 minutes to McClarens Landing was a very pleasurable trip.  The guests arrived on another big boat, ready for a 3pm Ceremony. They travelled in real style!

The Ceremony was lovely, with the sun streaming through the trees and the water sparkling.  Felicities dad walked her down the aisle, later Marks younger sister sung a song like an angel and you could feel the love in the air. Two very nice families in unity.

As Felicity and Mark love black and white photos, .I did up quite a few of these in the editing. Also black and white with splashes of colour,  which really highlighted  the sunset beach photos with the old land cruiser.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Photography – Claire and John

Affordable Wedding Photography Packages-Gold Coast

A different one for my portfolio, being shot in Melbourne in a park near Carlton. A very stylish bride and a totally different feel to the Gold Coast weddings that I do. I was referred to the bride by her sister whom I had shot previously.