What an amazing year 2011 was! Melissa I had the pleasure of photographing over twenty weddings around Australia, USA, New Zealand and a gorgeous wedding in Greece. The year started with two memorable workshops in Los Angeles with all the registration fees going to the charity that Melissa and I started, the Soul Society We will be sharing details of how those funds, including other generous donations, will be distributed soon! Melissa and I presented a further nine workshops across the USA and Australia and also presented a seminar in Mexico. I had the privilege of lecturing in Japan a couple of years ago with the incredible Sandy Puc. Before I knew it, I had committed to a 33 city tour across the US on a bus. Yes, that’s right. Melissa and I, Sandy and her team and several sponsors lived on a bus and presented to thousands of photographers which was certainly a highlight of 2011 and an amazing life experience that we will be reminiscing about for years to come. February 2011 marked my 8th year in a row attending WPPI where I was thrilled to win my 7th International Wedding Album of the Year Award in 9 years among other accolades. I presented a seminar to over 3000 people in the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – the very stage where I saw Bon Jovi perform the previous year! I also finally won the only wedding photography award that eluded me after years of trying which was the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year! Speaking of Awards, I was also honoured to be awarded Diamond photographer of the Year by PPA for the fourth year in a row.
Although 2011 was filled with some great experiences, it will always be remembered as the year I married my soul mate and best friend, Melissa. I cannot begin to express how madly I am in love with her. When I was escorting her down the aisle, I’ve never felt so much raw emotion in my life as I did in those moments. I thought my love for her on our wedding day was at its peak. After one year of marriage, my love deepens with every day that passes. We laugh all day, every day. We are in sync with each other and we have a true partnership in all that we do. She has taught me what true love is and what unconditional love is all about. I wish you the same joy. Everyone deserves happiness!
Without further ado, I am thrilled to present you our wedding video which was created by the incredible Matthew Scott of MTS Films. Believe it or not, he was the only film maker on the day. If you are interested, he also presents workshops to aspiring film makers around the world. Thank you Matt for an amazing film! And a huge thanks to our photographers, Ryan Schembri, George Fragopoulos, Luke and David Edmonson and my nephew Zane Ghionis. Special thanks to Jesh de Rox for writing and performing the song “Shivers” in our honour.
I begin 2012 as a resident of the USA with Melissa and we are set to spend 3-4 months in Australia and 8 months of the year in the US and abroad. 2012 marks the launch of the Ice Light, a continuous LED light source that I designed and which was created by Westcott. Click here for more info and to purchase. After four years of sustaining my educational web site, I am also pleased to announce that the Ice Society version 2 will be released early February. It will be iPhone and iPad friendly and have several more features and a more sexy and user friendly interface. We have several weddings, workshops and speaking engagements all over the world scheduled for this year and many exciting projects due for release in 2012.
I am sorry I have not updated my blog as frequently as I would have liked. My wife and my clients are my number one priority. That being said, I will attempt to update my blog at least every 2 weeks with all new work and several exciting announcements. As of today, I will be updating the “photo of the day,” everyday as the title suggests. Hope to see you, shoot you, teach you, have fun with you, sing karaoke with you, hug you, make friends with you and spoon with you soon! Yes, in that order!