Archive for April, 2012


A couple of weeks ago my dearest sister, Lucy, married her love, Umberto. Above all else they wanted to have a wedding day that was true to themselves. A day that was authentic, genuine and true. A beautiful and meaningful reflection of the feeling and regard they have for each other.

I deeply admire my sisters strength and determination in managing the juggernaut of preconceived ideas of what a “traditional” wedding should be. It was a delicate balancing act and I know they put many many hours of hard thought and work into keeping the day true. They did it though. Oh boy did they do it!

Lucy and Umbi are very playful together, always joking and laughing on the surface but there has always been an undercurrent of deep love and respect in their relationship. They don’t talk about this openly but you know it is there…the way they look at each other when they are in your presence and you know they are talking to each other a thousand words with “that look”, but only they know what it means to them.

The wedding ceremony itself was full to brim with their characteristic playfulness and joy but also it was amazing to hear them speak about the deeper parts of their relationship. How much they mean to each other and all they wish for together in the future. Every part of that ceremony was SO true, authentic and genuine. It would have been easy to say the “traditional” words , and this still would have been beautiful and meaningful, but they put in the extra work to make that ceremony more then that; to make it authentic to them. I’m so thankful they choose this path as they revealed so much of the beauty that is their life together in this way.

As for all the rest of this amazing wedding, the dress, the flowers, the beautiful details of the menus and name cards, the location, the food…the photos can tell you all about that. Unfortunately this blog doesn’t do smell ‘o’ vision as it is a crying shame I can’t share the AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL assault to the senses those flowers were. A terrifically potent combination of rosemary, lavender and beautiful simple daisies… I will remember every last detail of this day always now whenever I smell those smells.

And finally I will leave you with a quote. Our dear friend Geri read this at the ceremony. It paints the picture of marriage for me and I love it.

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Louis de Bernièrs’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

p.s we also discovered that my son Harry LOVES to boogie : ) He stayed up late into the night dancing to all the awesome tunes my brother put together. How awesome is it when your kids grow old enough to share these special occasions with you!

p.p.s you’ll also notice that i’m in many of these photos as I was sister of the bride, bridesmaid, speech giver and photographer on this magical day.  My darling Paul excelled himself in stepping up the challenge of shooting most of the preamble and ceremony as the solo photographer.  Have I ever told you how much I adore this guy?


A delightful shoot up at Copacabana on the NSW central coast to celebrate Granny coming to visit from the UK. These guys have built a beautiful home on the cliff overlooking Copacabana-MacMasters Beach… a little slice of heaven that they welcomed me into for a relaxed couple of hours on a lazy saturday afternoon.

The bond between this little guy and his family was beautiful to observe. I loved capturing the hugs with Granny on the sofa on the front veranda; and the sweet little moment between him and his mum at the beach waiting for Dad to bring back lollies from the shop (a reward for being so patient with the whole photo taking business!); and then some boy on boy wrestling on the back lawn with Dad once we got home. It is these “in between” moments that make a shoot I think!


It is so very rare that I get photos of myself with the kids as I’m always behind the camera. But I know the photos I love most of my own family collection are the ones with my parents together with us looking so young and happy. The photos of my Mum in her gorgeous 70’s caftan and her massive red plastic sunglasses lounging with us on by the lake on a hot summer’s day. The shots of my Dad and myself as a toddler in our autumnal garden in Germany looking at the newly sprouted crocus flower.

So why not treat your Mum or Wife to the precious gift of photos this Mother’s day. A gift that only continues to grow immeasurably in value as the years pass.

I’m very excited to offer over a special package for mum’s this year: Over $600 in value for only $395; available between 7th to the 31st May. Timed perfectly to capture the sensational autumn colours on the beautiful South Coast!  Read on below for the finer details…

Your $395 Mother’s day session includes:

  • 45 minute on location photo session with Sophie for up to five people (additional family members can be added for $25 per person);
  • a private online gallery with 15 to 20 fully edited Kisschasey signature style images to choose from;
  • ONE 8×12 wall print;
  • TWO matted 5×7 gift prints;
  • THREE high resolution digital files of the images you chose for the prints included in this package;
  • a very special 10% mother’s day discount of anything else you decide to order on top of this package!

Terms and conditions:

  • $395 shoots must be booked at a location within the Kiama local area (anywhere from Wollongong to Nowra). However Sydney families can book in for $495 (to cover additional travel time and expenses) or why not come down to Kiama for a family weekend away and book in for a shoot a mother’s day session the same time…I can recommend some pretty gorgeous places to stay!
  • Payment in full is required immediately on booking to confirm your session spot;
  • The session must take place between the 7th – 31st May (taking advantage of the most beautiful autumn colours!) however fees are transferable in the case of bad weather or illness.  Fees are non-refundable if the session is cancelled with less then 7 days notice;
  • These sessions are not available in conjunction with any other offer.

Want to book?

Email or call Sophie immediately! Phone 0400 402 251 or email These sessions can book out quickly, and there are a limited number available, so don’t delay.

A couple of my most recent favourite images in case you wanted more convincing : )



My best friends have all jumped on the baby bandwagon and i’ve had to step up my quilting activities to keep up with them. I fell in love with the fabric and pattern of this quilt but I was little overconfident with my quilting ability. There are so many technical imperfections in this quilt. Frustratingly so when so many hours go into making it.  Almost to the point where I was worried that it wasn’t “good enough” to give to such a special little person in my life.

But now I watch Gracie seeing the quilt for the first time, eyes wide at all the colours, finger tips exploring the stitches. I see her parents lug it with them everywhere they go so Gracie has something soft to play on. I see photos up on Facebook daily of the three of them in beautifully decorated lounge, the quilt in the middle on the floor and Gracie lying on top of it.  I see them loving it.

And then I realise that perfection is overrated. Good enough is just fine with me.


Quite a few months ago, a couple of dear friends of mine that live in Sydney decided we should have a weekend away. Somewhere in the middle between where we are based in Kiama and them in Sydney. Little Forest Country Cottages came highly recommended to them so we went with it and It was THE most perfect spot for this kind of “joining of families” weekend away. The kids were in magical playground heaven.

Isn’t is just the perfect place to capture images of a family enjoying time together. I’d just adore to do a family shoot there one day!

ps how simply awesome is this last shot??  Paul took this one (and in fact all of the tilt shift images early in this post are his beautiful work).