Dani and Mark Mildura wedding photos

Mildura wedding photos from Dani and Mark’s wedding.

We’ve been a little slack, OK a lot slack in posting Mildura wedding photos recently. There is no excuse other than just plan silly busy. We’ve been working on a whole lot of projects ovder the last few months. Most of which you will never see here on this blog.

I digress, Dani and Mark chose a wonderful day for their wedding. Maybe I’m giving them to much credit here. Even if they were not responsible for the weather. It sure did turn out to be one amazing day. Most likely due to the wonderful bunch of people gathered for the event.Mildura wedding photos by excitations, Mildura photographers. Formal closeup of bride with flowers.I wasn’t going to post any pre-wedding images today. But then I spotted this one of Dani and her flowers. What is there to say. Dani is beautiful, the flowers are as well. Mother nature popped in to deliver some amazing available light.

Nearly forgot our father of the bride. He supplied that tiny whisp of light hitting Dani’s veil and hair. Good work dad.Garden wedding candid photography of bride during ceremony. Mildura wedding photos by Excitations Mildura photographers.There is something about garden weddings. Especially when the weather is great.Full length scenic image of bride and groom kissing in amazing Ampelon Gardens, Gol Gol near Mildura. Wedding photography by excitations.Every now and then, the lighting gods turn up with their little box of magic. This was one of those occassions. mark and Dani were in the right location. All it took was a suggestion. Hey Mark… “Give your beautiful bride a kiss.” Bingo, let’s move on.Formal bridal portrait full length amazing late afternoon light in a beautiful garden. Mildura wedding photography by Excitations photographers Mildura.And the lighting gods just kept on giving. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Dani and Mark were able to move quickly to opportunities as they arose.Wedding party walking through Ampelon Garden, Gol Gol. Mildura wedding photos by Excitations, photography Mildura.New extensions to Ampelon Gardens, now give us wide open spaces to play with.  Ideal for shooting with groups. Talking of groups this team rocked it.Mildura wedding photos by Excitations. Bride and groom walking through Autumn coloured garden.We always love to include lots of foliage in our Mildura wedding photos. If it just happens to be rich golden colours all the better.Full length colour wedding mood shot. Photographed in large spacious garden by Excitations Mildura photographers.There are a few more of Dani and Mark’s wedding photos over on our home page.

Location photography Jennifer and Anthony.

A spot of location photography to celebrate Jennifer and Anthony’s engagement.

Location photography is a little like real estate sales. It’s all about location, location and location. Jennifer and Anthony excelled in choosing their locations.Close up flash lit portrait of youg couple with out of focus river background. Photo Excitations.A high vantage point over the Murray River for a  formal portrait of Jenninfer and Anthony, celebrating their engagement.Engaged couple under a pergola covered in lush green vines. Location photography by excitations.When in Rome!!!  Well, when in a beautiful garden somtimes you just gotta get a whole lotta  garden in. I love this spot.Close up location photography of beautiful young woman and her man. Engagement photogaphy by excitations.Up close with Jennifer. Once again beautiful models and a location providing classic glamour lighting.Engagement photo of couple under an avenue of jacaranda Trees. Location Photography by Excitations.We should call this image, “Road Trip”. We decided with Jennifer and Anthony, we should  take a small detour. This image is not quite as we had planned. However, certainly worth the stop.Engagement couple seated in behind a wine barrel bar under a long avenue of London Plane Trees. Engagement photography by Excitations.Back home for Jennifer and some refreshments under an Avenue of London Plane Trees.Engaged couple kiss beside a vintage car with venue marquee in background. Photo by Mildurra photographer Excitations.A stolen kiss in the garden. We were just lucky someone had parked a vintage car in front of the marquee.Couple walking in vineyard. Engagement photography Mildura by Excitations.And wouldn’t you know it. There was a vineyard nearby. Luckily, Jennifer and Anthony where up for a stroll.formal portrait taken on location inside a huge marquee. Excitations portraits.From the vineyard into the marquee. Which was all lovely, bright and white. Except for one little piece of black material.Close up couple cutting cake. Mildura photographers Excitations.We just had time to cut the engagement cake. Before heading off to our  final location for the day.Couple kiss with salt lake in background. Mildura photographers Excitations.You guessed it. A sunset. An orange sky, water and a couple in love. Another case of over-shooting. We love this photography caper!

Muscle cars calendars and secrecy.

Australian muscle cars are not a subject that Excitations often shoot.Two Australian muscle cars photographed in front of historical store front. Mildura photographer Excitations.

A bigger version of this image here.

However, shooting muscle cars is always a whole lot of fun. And apart from all the specular highlights and unwanted reflections, they make a great subject. Muscle cars along with most others mechanical transportation devices are very shiny and reflective. That is part of their appeal. And occasionally a photographers nightmare.

But back to these two. We shot them a while back under a shroud of secrecy. Michael Scullino decided he would surprise dad, Tony with a picture of their cars for one of those milestone birthdays. Getting a couple of cars as distinctive as these two. Out and about around town on a Saturday arvo, without someone noticing and spilling the beans… Seriously… How is that even possible.. But it happened!

Michael and co-conspirator, Michael Bozzi arranged a couple of likely locations. Including the one you see here. One word… Awesome. The actual shooting was the easy part. In fact the only challenge being those pesky reflections I mentioned earlier.

Retouching done, prints made. frames fitted, job done….

Then Michael S, has an idea to submit this picture to Australian Muscle Car Sales for inclusion in their 2017 Calendar. Something we were happy to arrange. Today we hear that not only did this pic make it into the calendar… But it made the cover.

How good is that… Not just one Mildura car on on the calendar cover… BUT TWO. In the vernacular of the period. Bloody Rippa.

We haven’t posted a picture of the calendar cover because of course that would be infringing Australian Muscle Car Sales copyright.

Aleisha and Travis debutates on location

Debutantes on location, Aleisha and Travis, left us smiling…

Its fair to say we love creating photographs. Anywhere anytime. Photographing debutantes on location is no exception. Throw in a couple of bubbly entertaining young people like Aleisha and Travis… Our day is made.Fun times during a debutates on location photo shoot. Photography by excitations Mildura.This picture pretty much sums up Aleisha and Travis’s day… Lots of laughter and a few high-jinks thrown in for good measure.

Debutantes on location. This time near Mildura beside a very large tree covered in spring blossom. Deb photos by Excitations, photographers Mildura/Here’s a sneaky way to show of detail in the back of Aleisha’s dress. Tell Travis it’s his turn to star. Well done mate… What’s next… a catalogue shoot maybe?

Another in the series debutantes ohn location. Full length walking sho of debutante and her partner walking beside a mature row of conifers. Photography in Mildura by Excitations.As a photographer I love conifers. More importantly I love light and shade created by these beautiful trees. This location was simply perfect for a walking shot.

Beautiful debutante reclying on antique furniture in a large white ballroom. High key debutante photography on location by Excitations, photographers Sunraysia, Australia.Aleisha makes reclining look easy in this high key image. Of course it wasn’t all that easy. But you have to endure some pain to look beautiful, right!

High key window light portrait from our debutantes on location portfolio. Deb photos in Mildura by ExcitaitonsThis just might be my favorite photo of Aleisha. All natural this one. No 4000 joule studio flash blasting huge volumes of light around the room as in the previous photograph. Purely organic this one… Love it.

Close up glamour style portrait of beautiful young debutante. Pictures of debs in Mildura. Photography by excitations.Can I change my mind? I think this is now my favorite. Again absolutely natural in every aspect. We have Robyn to thank for spotting the light. And of course Aleisha for providing this stunning look.Debutantes on location by excitations mpotographer Mildura. Deb and her partner haming it up in front of stunning white house and a awesome black sports car.I’m not sure… Did we mention these two were a barrel of laughs? Seriously funny sequence of photographs to create. I think we may have got just one serious shot… Or maybe not.

Debutantes on location. Three beautiful young debutantes running towards the camera through a small patch of gorgeous light. Deb photos on location by excitations.Then there were three. Three amazingly beautiful young women. In a stunning photographic location. Selfishly I wanted a slightly different image for this one. A quick look around and there it was. A single shaft of gorgeous sunlight splashing through a wonderful vista. We lined the ladies up against the wall. Then asked them to rush towards us. For the image to work all 3 girls had to have direct light hit them. BINGO, the pixel gods were with us.

 

 

 

 

Vintage tractor Trek 2016

Vintage Tractor Trek to Wentworth.

Raw camera footage from todays Tractor Trek as the vintage tractors crossed the Abbotsford Bridge at Curlwaa. Heading to Wentworth to celebrate 60 years since the “Floods of ’56”

High definition raw footage editorial footage available and ready for deliver without the watermark.

Elvira and Ben some wedding photos.

Wedding photos from  Elvira and Ben’s special day…

These few wedding photos from Elvira and Ben’s Milduira wedding are way overdue. I hope the wait has been worth it. There isn’t much to say really. The day was perfect. Our couple were obviously wildly in love and their chosen locations… Amazing.Wedding photos in Mildura by Excitations, Ben and groomsmen before the wedding, high angle.Ben with the boys, all ready to go. We were taken by this entrance. The added bonus was being able to get up high and shoot down.Close up of brides shoes being held in front of her bridal gown. Wedding photos in Mildura by Excitations.Accessory photos form an important part of any wedding day photography session. Finding different ways of shooting accessories is always challenging. This is one, I’m pretty sure we haven’t used before.Black and white, half length image of bride leaning against white wall. Photo by Excitations.As wedding photographers, our eyes are trained to see photo opportunities when they arise. Like this image for instance. If we have a naturally elegant bride. It would be silly not to try for some slightly more creative bridal poses. There is another stunning image of Elvira over on our wedding portfolio page  

Wedding photos taken in the bridal car. Bride with dad pior to leaving for the church. Photography by excitations.Bride and dad wedding photos often miss out on the blog. Yes, we normally take them but they are usually past over. Not today however. I Love this photograph.wedding photos in a private garden at Gol Gol. Wedding photography by excitations Mildura POhotographers.While we don’t normally do adverts for anyone on Excitations news blog. We will make an exception just this once. If you are looking for an Amazing garden in which to have your wedding photos taken. Then Maddy and Craig Chislett have just the garden for you. Green, formal, lots of interesting angles plus of course river views. Stunning location for any wedding photography session. The above image created at the end of the properties long formal drive.Close up of bride and groom with sparkling water as the backround. Wedding photos by Mildura photographers Excitations.

Same location this time with the river view… Whoops… We may have gotten a little carried away with the lovely sparkles on the river. Makes a great background for close up wedding portraits like this one. Of course helped along by a couple of good looking models.Bridal portrai with wedding cars. Photo by excitations Mildura wedding photographersCurrently, every wedding photographer has to have her or his version of a “Sun Flare” photo included in the wedding coverage. What makes this one different? Well….. Oh I know! That is the sun causing the star pattern in the trees. And yes it was actually there. No filters, just good old shoot it as it happens photography.Close up of bride and groom in Chislett's garden at Gol Gol. Wedding photos by Excitations Mildura photographers.Remember I said these gardens were green… Well here is proof. How much greener do you want? Honestly it was a great pleasure to shoot with these guys. We had a great day. Everything went smoothly and we could have stayed in the gardens for another day, because it is one of those places blessed with amazing light.

 

 

Merbein wedding for Ali and Ben.

Ali and Ben’s simply amazing Merbein wedding.

When Ali and Ben announced they were getting married, we already knew it would be a different wedding. As details of their wedding plans began to emerge,  we knew this would be one of those memorable events. Ali and Ben, had opted for a Merbein wedding,  in an amazing old vineyard garden. Thoroughly modern bride in an old world setting. Sepia toned and high angle. Merbein wedding by excitations Mildura photographers.

To understand our excitement, you have to know a little of the not so public face of Ali. Yup I know you have recognised her by now. Ali, like most public figures has two sides. Her public opinions and actions persona and the side of her personality she reserves for family and friends.
We at Excitations have been lucky to see little bits of both worlds.

It would be fair to say, Neither Robyn nor myself, have ever met a young woman, who draws absolute delight from grabbing and old dip tin, plonking it under a row of grape vines and is instantly ready for a chat. I’m sure she imagines herself as a modern young woman. But… her sense of identity, history and connection with the past is a something to behold.Brown toned image of a groom posing with a car from the original Mad Max movie. Full length wedding photography by Excitations of Mildura.

I know you have most likely seen this image of Ben here on the blog before. I can’t remember ever having a car directly linked to a famous movie in one of our a wedding photos before. So, of course it was going to be back for an encore.  Ben was excited to tell us about his wedding car well before the wedding. Like lots of grooms really. The difference this time was THE CAR. So much fun to play with photographically.

Ben and I share only one thing in common. I mean, he is young, good looking and intelligent. Need I go on. However,  both of us met our future wives, while lugging dirty great big TV cameras around. Although I’m willing to bet his big camera weighted a whole lot less than mine.

Bride and groom photographed in an old garden. Half length, soft focus. Merbein wedding photography by Excitations Mildura photograpy.

Wide angle candid photo of bride and groom at garden wedding. Historic Merbein gardenAli and Ben were married beside a very large garden pond. Covered by lavender coloured petals from a nearby Jacaranda tree. A small fountain which provided  a constant, soothing background sound, was the centre piece to the pond. Futher away was the original garden. Old, well kept, shady and full of character. In the centre of this old garden, the original farm house. With its wide, open verandahs providing ideal locations for our wedding photography session.
High angle photo of bride and groom with Murray River in background. Photographed by Excitations near MerbeinAs our garden photo session drew to a conclusion, Ali has an idea… She knows there is a part of the river somewhere near here,  where you have these wonderful red cliffs and can look down on  the river as a  background….  Remember I said she had a great sense of identity and history!!! Fortunately for all of us, the spot is right beside a highway. Just a few short steps and we’re ready to shoot. Working quickly, because the sun was hot, and a couple of us get sunburn easily. This Merbein wedding photography session was over in a few short minutes and it was off to a party.

Love looking at wedding photos. There are more in our folio here

 

 

Summer sunset photo Mildura

Last nights summer sunset photo near Mildura

Summer sunset photo taken near Mildura. Panoramic format art styed photograph created by Ian McKenzie of Excitations, photographers Mildura.

While we were waiting for the main event last night. We spied with our little eyes. This tiny little bit of Mammatus cloud. Also known as Mammatocumulus. We were facinated by its shape and form. Naturally we decided it was worth “wasting a frame on”. One frame is all we shot. Which is a pity because while the rest of the sky show was amazing. Our images of it were not. Some days your hot…. Some days your not.

Anyway we liked the end result. We may fiddle with it some more. If you like it and would like to see a much bigger version of our Summer sunset photo over on our portfolio sight.

Photography heading into 2016

Here we go into 2016 another year of exciting challenges.

2015 was an interesting year to say the least. Lots of our regular business simply evaporated. Not just for us but for hundreds of photography studios across Australia. Infact, 2015 will probably go down as a defining year for photography. With many well known and highly reputable studios closing up shop.  Others still operate but have down sized dramatically.

On the bright side for those of us happy to tackle these current challenges. New oportunities are presenting themselves. Often from totally unexpected areas. Which is great.

We spent much of the Christmas/New Year break doing maintenance and preparing for 2016. Wedding bookings are strong so we’ve been busy trying to make sure our traditional wedding album coverages continue to be of the highest quality.

Photography heading in to 2016 for us looks really exciting with a number of new projects coming up and we are very excited about those. Plus we have spent a lot of time rejigging our workshop series to make the content more is relevant and user friendly.

We are still working behind the scenes trying to get out extended touring workshops up and running. Our major holdup on those is being LEGAL in all states of Australia. A seriously difficult task  at a time when  state regulators have greater problems than accommodating a little photography business running photography workshops. Think Uber and ride sharing and its impact on a highly regulated industry.

There are a lot of different photo tours out there and we are determined Excitations Photo Adventures  isn’t going to be like any other…. Sadly that means lots of permits and licenses that other providers don’t need or just simply pretend they don’t need.

Now into 2016 we go. Look forward to catching up with you during the year.

More Mildura Debutantes

Mildura Debutantes and the pixel gods…

Close up of beautiful Mildura Debutante photographed with out of focus Spring blossom all around here face. Deb photos in Mildura by Excitations.

Who/what are the pixel gods…. I don’t honestly know. But I figure there has to be some devine being that continually places beautiful people, locations and amazing light in front of our lenses. Just like the stunning Tayla, pictured above. Pretty girl, plus awesome available light, plus a tree covered in Spring blossom.

Full length portrait of a debutante on location in garden setting. Amazing available light. Image by Excitations Mildura photographers.

More amazing light and a little bit more of our model, Tayla. Apparently when you take deb photos you have to get all the dress in…. Who woulda thought of that??? So from head shot to full length in a few seconds.

Close up black and white portrait of Mildura Debutante partner in outdoor location. Deb pictures by Excitations Mildiura.

Would you believe the location for the portrait of Sebastian is exactly the same as the one above it. We just changed the camera position and BINGO… It helps that both Tayla and Sebastian had done work experience with Excitations a couple of years ago. so they knew the importance of capturing great light.

Mildura debutantes practicing their dance in Ampelon Gardens.

I think this is it for our Mildura Debutantes this season. Could be wrong of course… So at this stage  it is fitting that our last debutante photo for the year is a final dance in the beautiful Ampelon Gardens. Yeah I know they were practising their dance for the camera… Just work with me here.