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What Would They Know? Kelly Adams of Kelly Adams Photography

by | Photography Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Kelly Adams Photography

Kelly is a story teller with photographs instead of words and you can see a story in every image she takes. Kelly Adams Photography is her photography business and she captures the special moments of your wedding day in light filled images – images that will take your breath away in the years to come. To be able to look at your album with your children in 15 years time – to be able to remember the emotion of the day and all those big and little moments and details through those images, is truly special.

Why choose photography as a profession?

Oh gee… Ummm… Tough question!

To me, choosing photography as a profession is seriously something very different to choosing photography as a hobby or just because you love it. There is no quick buck & there certainly is no easy road… So I guess don’t choose it if you think that’s what it’s going to be.

Emmm I’d say choose photography as a profession if you are dedicated to the art & craft of photography but just as important is that you have tenacity for “the business” too. Choose photography as a profession if you want to build genuine relationships, you are willing to work hard & stay humble.

Well that’s what I’m trying to do / be…


What is it about weddings that you enjoy photographing them?

There’s so much I love about weddings… Firstly though, I’d have to say the connection & the genuine friendships I develop with my couples. Working with my couples, planning & watching their wedding story develop, then seeing it come together & then unfold. The emotions; the happy tears, the open hearts, the letting go, the sinking in & the soaking up of the day. One thing that I always love & that I always come away with is just how amazing, loving & giving people are. How friends & family show that to the couple but also how those people so openly & honestly welcome me in to share that experience too… Which of course makes capturing the story so much better, easier & deeper…

What are your secrets to getting relaxed bridal shots?

Having a real connection, being relaxed & having a great plan in place for the day.

How would you describe your style?

My style & approach is a mix of authentic documentation & gentle direction… It’s natural, relaxed, playful & light filled.


You are also an elegant story teller with words. Does your talent for story telling help you with your photography work?

Oh really? Haha oh wow, thank you!

You know, I actually see being a wedding photographer as being a story teller, we just use photographs instead of words. I think that’s why it’s super important for couples to do their research & pick a photographer based on a connection with the photographer’s work & personality… someone that they feel will be able to ‘write’ their story to reflect who they are.

Do you have a preferred time of the day to photograph a wedding?

Beautiful light is the key to beautiful light filled & colourful photos, so my favourite time to photograph the portraits is during the golden hour (an hour or so before sunset).

Because wedding photography is all about moments, how do you ensure the shots you take are beautiful and tell a story?

While the big events of the day are happening, it’s all about listening & watching for those moments & making quick decisions about what’s important & how best to capture that at that particular moment in time, being in close to get the details or taking a wider view to get the bigger picture. As for the bridal portraits it’s all about taking the couples to a (head) space where they feel relaxed & where all the feels are real. Just like any story, a wedding story needs the details, the bigger picture & a seamless flow.

Is capturing the small details of the day important?

Absolutely… And I guess that can be interpreted a number of ways. To me details are not just limited to the ‘things’… so while it is important to capture those, ‘details’ are also in the way the dress falls, in a kiss, in a look & in a touch. Those kind of details are just as important.


How do you ensure the style of the couple shines through?

Talking about what’s important to them before the big day & what they want to see in their photos when they look back on them… Then it’s all about listening to their story as it unfolds.

What do you hope your couples feel when looking at their photographs?

Oh gee… I guess I just really really, want them to feel everything they felt that day, to relive it all. For their photos to take them back in time, to be able to hear the words spoken, to feel the excitement & nerves. I want the photos to transport them back to that day.

What do you do when first meeting a potential client?

I always get a bit nervous to be honest, but I’m a people loving introvert so we usually talk a lot, but not about the weather, because you know introverts they like talk to be meaningful… So we usually talk about how they would like to see their day, & what the photography means to them… And of course what the photography means to me.


Do you and the couple need to ‘connect’ if you are to take great photos?

Gosh yes! Absolutely! That’s why it’s super important to meet or at least have a Skype meeting (for OS or interstate couples). It’s a huge day & a photographer is right by the bride & groom’s side through the whole day. It’s a time where a couple will feel the happiest & possibly at times the most vulnerable they’ve ever felt, it’s a time when things will either go to plan perfectly or will be imperfectly perfect. It’s a day a couple will want to enjoy & remember fondly & having people around (including the photographer & all the other vendors too!) who you connect with, will ultimately allow a space for that.

How do you capture the nuances of the day, without becoming formulaic in your shots?

Listening, waiting & watching for them. Each story is so different.

What else do you like to do with your photography talents?

I love Lifestyle Photography of Couples In Love, new love or older love & Newborns & Families. I seriously love just photographing relationships as they move through time & stages of life & love.


What do you love about the place you live in?

I live in Brisbane, so that’s pretty easy… the sunshine & warmth!

A great spot in QLD for a short break is….

We are pretty spoilt for choice here in QLD… My little family & I love the beach & camping, once a year we take a break & travel up to Elliot Heads to spend some time by the beach… It feels like a million miles away from city life and the sand is as soft as powder & the water is crystal clear. It’s complete bliss.

Thank you Kelly for sharing your story. Beautiful light filled photographs filled with happiness and special moments – that’s special! To find out more about Kelly Adams Photography visit the website.

All images by Kelly Adams Photography. Headshot by Samantha Rowe Photography.

Five Minutes With…Kallista From Homegrown & Handmade

by | Five Minutes With.., Wisdom


Homegrown & Handmade
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What is your favourite wedding theme?

Rustic Chic

What inspires you?

Amazing people seeking mastery around life balance whilst contributing/serving at the highest level they can in all aspects of their life.

What is special about weddings to you?

Where couples already have kids, it’s a promise to your family that you are marrying and committing to the bigger family whole that you have created together, not just a promise between the two people at the altar.



What is your favourite image of all time?

My black horse Cougar. I interact with him twice a day at my home property – horses to me optimise grace, beauty, power and wild nature all in one package. Having an inter species relationship with a magnificent large creature like that is spiritual experience that moves me on a daily basis.

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What book are you reading at the moment?

‘Back from the Brink’ by Peter Andrews. It is about land management practices and how Australia’s landscape can be saved. We have ten acres here and I am trained in the ways of Permaculture and am in the middle of completing a ten acre complete Permaculture property design plan for our place.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?

Consider your planning part of the process as bringing everyone together. It’s not all about “the big day”. The planning process should be loving and warm and part of the bonding process for you and “your circle” of people.

Also expect things to go wrong  in the final stages and even on the day. Breath, laugh it off and go with the flow, it’s all good! On our wedding day here at the farm as I drove off with my bridesmaid four hours before the ceremony to get our hair done, we watched three of our four wedding marquees blow away and all our guests run down the paddock to try and salvage the scene that was a complete train wreck! My mum also shattered her femur (thigh bone) four days before our wedding in our front garden and had major surgery two days before and almost didn’t even get to come to the wedding day. Both were totally unexpected events that had the potential to ruin the whole experience if I didn’t keep calm and carry on!

What is the one tool of your that you can’t live without?

My I-phone

What is your resolution for this year?

Be very intentional and mindful about my bed time being 10.10pm or earlier. I have done a lot of study this last year on sleep and how integral it is for peak performance and health, two things vital to my life as a mum of three young boys, an olive farmer and running a full time online textile/produce business as well as contributing on a volunteer level with sport in my community.


What are you excited about right now?

 Flying out to a mini getaway to rural Victoria with my nine year old (one of my three boys) and my closest girlfriend. We are booked to go on a tour of renowned Australian landscape designer Paul Bangay’s rural garden at Stonefields. I have admired his work for 15 years and aspire to create a garden like his on our own property.

What is a special personal talent you possess?

I am an advanced student in Natural Horsemanship and have followed the Parelli system for 20 years.

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?

My garden. It’s a work of art in progress; I love connecting with nature and the earth, it’s so very stabilising and grounding.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Making your beautiful gifts in such a lovely location surrounded by your inspirational garden sounds just like heaven!

About Homegrown & Handmade: Hi, I’m Kallista! I opted out of a hectic marketing career in Sydney in search of a simple life and with my husband and our three boys – and found our slice of heaven in the shape of a ten acre olive farm in country Western Australia. Here we live/work in our little weatherboard cottage surrounded by our horses, dogs, majestic trees and ample quiet space. I make beautiful, useful and wholesome items for heartfelt gifting.

Winter Flower Trends – Petal and Pod

by | Flower Wisdom, Wisdom



When it comes to floristry, I love that the seasons change and with each of them comes a new flush of different flowers and plant varieties. It always makes it exciting and new – and it is something I look forward to.

When brides think wedding flowers, they often think of Spring and its abundance of choice and this is true….however, there are also so many gorgeous flower choices that come through at the flower markets at other times of the year and Winter should definitely not be forgotten!

Winter sees so many different and beautiful varieties that aren’t available at other times of the year – which makes them so special!

Various different looks can be created for a winter bride. Something I love to incorporate into winter weddings for my clients are tulips. They come in so many inspiring colours and shades; so many different varieties also provide many different effects.



Apart from the traditional kind of tulip we also source varieties such as the gorgeous double-layered petal tulips which are almost peony like – or frilly edged French tulips in pretty blush colours and sculptural Parrot tulips as well. They give so much beautiful texture, form and movement to an arrangement and work so beautifully with other seasonal flowers that are around as the weather cools down.

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Ms Chinoiserie: A beautiful bouquet of white tulips is absolutely one of my Winter favourites!

About Petal and Pod: Hi, I’m Rebecca from Petal and Pod and we provide a complete floral styling service for your wedding, all tailored to your specific requirements. We make to order all your wedding flowers including your stunning bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, ceremony and reception flowers and floral cake decorations.

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