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What Would They Know? Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team

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


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Evernew Studio What Would They Know? Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team

The team at Evernew Studio combines photographers and cinematographers – a complete package for your wedding day. A wedding seen through the eye of a photographer differs remarkably from that seen through the eye of a cinematographer’s lens. To have both  filming your wedding from the same studio, is a bonus in that there will be an innate understanding between the two, borne of working closely together. Different perspectives, different emphasis, but both delivering the  images that will continue to delight you in the years to come!

How did you get into photography?

We started shooting photos as a way to express our creativity and document our own day to day lives.  Evernew Studio began as a fresh approach on documenting weddings.  We wanted to start a studio that allowed our couples to relax and not have to plan their day around their photography package by offering full day coverage from the beginning.  We believe that the best moments happen outside the usual 6-8 hours that most photographers and videographers cover.

What do you love about wedding photography?

We love that all weddings are completely different and each couple have their own unique story.  We love the opportunity and challenge that documenting weddings provide for us.  We love hearing back from our couples within minutes of them receiving the photos, usually in tears, describing how we allowed them to relive their day.

Evernew Studio1 What Would They Know? Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team

How would you describe your photography style?

Simple, Timeless and Elegant. When something is simple and free of clutter, it is most effective. We pride ourselves on our simplistic approach to our photography and video work.  We also focus on bringing out the emotion and story of the day.

To be a successful photographer, do you have to have an eye for detail?

To be a successful photographer you do need an eye for detail, but it isn’t just a focus on the minor details.  Sometimes we have to look at the bigger picture.  We have found more often than not that it is the ability to evaluate the scene, notice the relationships, understand an expression and to find a connection.  To truly be present in the moment and to put ourselves in the couples’ perspective.

Evernew Studio 2 What Would They Know? Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team

How do you help your couples relax while having their photos taken?

Our aim is to build a relationship with our couples. We meet them more than once so they feel completely comfortable with us which lets them relax and be themselves which comes out in the photos we take.  We don’t like giving too much direction – its obvious when a photo looks fake, so we try to coerce a moment and make things happen naturally.

Are the surroundings/venue important to you in your photography – or do you like to concentrate more on the people? 

Capturing the day is about capturing both the surrounding and the couple.  We always try to make a strong connection between the two.  There is a certain kind of poetry in the relationships between people and places and that bond only becomes stronger when places have special meaning to the people in them.

You like to use the natural light in your photography – what does this mean for the quality of the photographs?

It means they look natural.

You also offer cinematography as an integral part of your business. Can couples book you for one or the other (photography or cinematography) or is it best to book you for both, to keep the look of the images and films cohesive? 

Yes, together and separately.  It is great to keep things cohesive.  What we have found is the BEST benefit of booking our photography + cinematographer is that we work together on the day.  Our photographers and cinematographers know what each other are thinking before the event even happens.  We aren’t competing for shots or getting in each other’s way.  The photographer cares for the video and the cinematographer cares for the photos, you won’t find such a strong relationship anywhere else.

Evernew Studio 3 What Would They Know? Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team

Do you ‘see’ the wedding as a cinematographer differently from how a photographer sees it?

Much, much different.  We could go on for hours about this (we often do).  We are both capturing similar events, but with different goals, with different mediums and with very different impacts.

What packages do you offer bridal couples?

Two AMAZING packages, one for photography and one for cinematography.  We have add ons to those packages.  But that’s all we can say!

Evernew Studio 4 What Would They Know? Jewlie Halliday and the Evernew Studio Team

Do you do a lot of planning (with and without the couple) before photographing the wedding day?

We scout locations and visit the church and venue.  We stay in contact with all of our brides and follow their Pinterest pages also.

If you could shoot a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?

We don’t lust for places, we  just want to be around amazing people and a great atmosphere – but if we had to pick… Italy, France, Greece or just somewhere with an awesome view of the stars at night.

What would you tell your younger self – knowing what you know now?

Nothing! We enjoyed the journey to where we are now and wouldn’t change a thing!

What are your dreams and aims for the future (with your photography?)

Our dream was to create this company and now we only aim to continue to do what we’ve been doing since we started.  We’d love to one day have the opportunity to teach others our craft and we’d love to work towards lifting the standards of wedding photography and cinematography in our city and all over Australia (and the world).

Thank you Jewlie for sharing your story. For more information about Evernew Studio visit the website.

Team shot and images courtesy of Evernew Studio.

Wedding Food Trends – Small Plates

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom



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Image by Kad Photography via Will You Be My Bridesmaid Party!

The big 3-course sit-down dinner has a new competitor for top wedding food trends, with guest being oh-so-savvy about their cuisine, wanting farm-to-table freshness, unique tastes and flavor combinations, cultural foods and a menu unlike anything they’ve ever had at a wedding reception. Wedding couples, too, want their guests to rave about their menu choices, AND wedding chefs say they’d rather flex their creative muscles in the wedding menu, not disappoint everyone with the same old chicken, fish and beef options.

So enter the degustation wedding menu trend, which can give your wedding guests smaller tasting portions of five or six different dishes, progressing from lighter bites like sushi grade tuna on an arugula salad to a butternut squash risotto to a light and creamy crab crepe to a few slices of butter-tender strip steak. Chef Bill Zucosky, executive chef at Westminster Hotel Weddings says that with an arrangement of smaller plates, guests get that great variety of tastes, “and you may be able to get an extra course in trade for those bigger dinner servings.” So guests get wowed each time a new ‘course’ is presented to them at their tables, and it only looks like you’re spending a fortune on your dinner when in fact you may be spending a bit less, or the same for what seems like twice or three times the food.

Guests do love having options, especially guests with restrictive dietary issues or picky eaters who at other weddings often find themselves only able to eat the salad and are left very dissatisfied with their meals. These successive small plates give them greater options, especially when the chef creates amazing dishes that guests don’t often make for themselves at home.

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Image by Jerome Cole via Ben and Tahna’s Contemporary Richmond Wedding

A good rule of thumb for a degustation dinner is to choose one classic, like that strip steak, and then get creative with the other small plate dishes. Keep to as many veggies as you can, since lighter, healthier fare is preferable to many guests who are tired of heavier foods served at other weddings. And talk with your chef about presentation ideas, like having a swirl of sriracha sauce on the plate, to keep the heat away from that crab crepe… yet still accessible and offering a pop of color on the plate. You get to flex your creative muscles with how your dishes are presented, so don’t be shy when meeting with your chef.

Smaller plates equals greater odds of pleasing your guests, and there’s an upscale elegance to the ‘sweep’ of the room by your servers who bring out new trays of delectable dishes one after the other. So it’s quite a show, and a form of wedding entertainment, as well.

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Ms Gingham says: Absolutely agreed! Small plates with lots of different choices really give a celebratory feel to a wedding.

About Sharon: Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including her newest: “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies” and “Bridesmaid on a Budget.” Her two books for the mothers of the bride and groom are bestsellers, and she has appeared on such top shows as Good Morning America, ABC News, Lifetime, Inside Edition and more – sharing tips and insider secrets to help you plan your dream wedding on a budget, personalized to your love story. Visit her site Sharon Naylor for more on her books, free worksheets and appearances. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Joe and is at work on her next two wedding books.

Vendor’s Favourites – Kit Haselden Photography

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


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1. Oscar Hunt – Custom Made Tailored Suits Melbourne – Nothing makes man look better than a custom made suit. Choose your style and colour and be unique.

2. Champagnes Moët & Chandon - A delicious drop perfect for any special occasion.

3. Louise Goodrem – Marriage and Civil Celebrant Melbourne – A fun and friendly celebrant with the ultimate personal touch. A person who really cares about you and will go that extra mile.

4. Port Phillip Estate VenueContemporary simple and elegant. Amazing customer service and speculator views.

5. Crave CateringWedding catering at its finest.

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Ms Gingham says: Any collection of favourites including bubble is a definite winner for me!

Kit Haselden Photography – Kit is well known for his ability to photograph people, product and events in a professional, dynamic and creative style. Kit’s unique skills and charismatic personality are key to getting the best results for your photography project.

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