I attended a gorgeous wedding in Queenstown earlier this year, and my arrival city on the way was Christchurch.

Although I’d seen plenty of images on the news and online about the earthquake devastation, I wasn’t quite prepared to see an entire city missing.
There wasn’t much to do except walk around the perimeter of the city, which I did camera in hand.

In amongst the rubble signs of hope popped up throughout the walk – gorgeous wall art, a castle made of ice and plastic, an amazing community ‘library’ (a fridge!), kids skateboarding in ruins.

It’s very hard to imagine how Christchurch will come back from the earthquake, but if you want to help make a difference go to christchurchappealtrust.org.nz or donate through the red cross.

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What do you get when you combine gorgeous girls who love dressing up, a beautiful sunny day and some random ducks?

A vintage picnic of course!

It was the perfect day for these three friends to catch up, and I came along to capture some memories for them to keep.

Can I just add how jealous I am of their perfect skin?? Oh to be young again ๐Ÿ™‚



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  • September 8, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Fiona - Just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2011 - 2:19 am

    carla - adorable. I love this shoot and the girls and their clothes/styling are fabulous.. Love love love .. CarlaReplyCancel

Here are the rest of my photos from our gorgeous JinkyArt weekend.

We had wonderful models come throughout the weekend for some really fun mini-shoots.ย  None of these are professional models (although I’m sure some of them could be!), but we were able to get great shots just through making the sessions fun and relaxed. Repeat after me: “Photos are not scary. I am not afraid to have my photo taken!”.

Family photos are such an important thing to have taken.ย  Life goes by so quickly, and you should record all the stages of life in a beautiful way.ย  If you are happy with the snaps that you take – fantastic. Blow them up and display them with pride. If not, find someone who will do your family proud and hang up your photos for the world to see ๐Ÿ™‚

So husband, mum, sisters, family, mark your diaries because guess what we will be doing when we are all back from our respective holidays??ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Big thanks again to everyone involved! xx

PS: I’m off this weekend for a beautiful New Zealand wedding! And some beautiful New Zealand wine. And some beautiful New Zealand skiing. Stay tuned for some beautiful New Zealand pics when I return!!
PPS: Does someone want to come over and pack for me? I hate packing!

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This post is so big, I think I can only do it justice by splitting it into two parts!
Just over a month ago, I had the fabulous pleasure of learning from the amazing Barb Uil of JinkyArt photography.
If you are one of my faithful blog followers, you will know I have a penchant for photography workshops – I jump at the chance to learn from the industry’s best, I study hard and I believe my photographs have risen at a rate of knots thanks to the fabulous tuition I have received.
I spent a fabulous weekend learning about all things children and family, about the business of photography, and mostly about “making my heart sing”! Thanks to Barb I got the kick in the butt I needed and am currently working on new branding, I have new products and pricing to offer, and I am taking my photography in a (slightly) new direction. Exciting times!!
One of the best parts of the workshop, and one that I wasn’t expecting, was leaving there with the most beautiful group of new friends. I think it was all Barb’s hugging magic (for we are all huggers) that cast a spell on all of us present, and I don’t think a day has gone by that we haven’t been in touch asking a question, sharing a great tip, or just supporting each other with little hits of motivation.
So giant hugs to all my beautiful ladies, giant thanks to Barb for a wonderful weekend, giant high fives to Heidi for her amazing behind the scenes magic, and giant kudos to Alex opening up her home and being a brilliant hostess.
xx

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  • July 26, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Fiona - stunning shots Rebecca! They capture the essence of childhood perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Alex Castle - Oh Rebecca – just gorgeous! LOVE them! Love the ones of my girls – thank you! xxxxxReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    Lyndal Forrest - Dear Rebecca, I love your image. Beuatiful. I found your site through ‘JINKY ART’ – I admit I am an addict – needing to check the site out every couple of days. You said that you enjoyed the workshop, can I ask ‘is it worth the money?’ I so want to do a workshop but the cost & my husbands reaaction to the cost stops me. I am a learner in photography, 5 years on I am trying my hand at babies & the odd wedding. I just love what Jinky do. Are you using the itty bitty actions that Barb loves – your balloon images look like they have that look. I just want to say thanks for sharing & inspiring. Happy clicking….. LyndalReplyCancel

    • July 28, 2011 - 8:56 am

      Rebecca - Hi Lyndal, I normally reply to comments via personal email, but thought others might want to know the answer ๐Ÿ™‚
      I LOVED my jinky experience, but I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of investing (sometimes a lot) in workshops that what the workshop is offering is what you are needing at this stage of your business. There are a lot of workshops around and I’m sure you will pick up something from any workshop you attend, but if you are unsure about the investment, I would be clear that what is being covered in the workshop directly relates to what you need to learn right now. It might be something better suited to you 6 months from now, or later. You have to remember that a workshop is an investment in your business, and any outlay needs to have (at least) a matching increase in your revenue as a result of your attendance. So if this is a financial decision (which if you are using your business income, it is) I would make some lists and crunch some numbers. I realise that sometime what you walk away with isn’t tangible, but if the question is a financial one you have to be sure it makes financial sense. This isn’t necessarily how I make my decisions – I do make the lists and crunch the numbers, but sometimes gut feeling can tips the scales in another direction, which is also important ๐Ÿ™‚
      WOW – LONG ANSWER – Sorry! Hope this helps!
      ps I don’t use the jinky actions – I use my own little recipes which are a combination of others plus my own touches. I do have the jinky ones, I just need to find some time to have a play with them!ReplyCancel

      • July 28, 2011 - 2:35 pm

        Lyndal Forrest - HI, thanks Rebecca for you informative reply & it is just what I needed. Starting my business is scary & I feel sometimes so indimitated that when I look at established photographers work like You & Jinkyart, I do feel that I need to learn more… lots more. But, as a business decision, yes. at this stage maybe the finacial side of things needs to catch up with the creative side of things. I am learning on a daily basis & with sites like yours I am finding inspiration. So thanks for that. What I have noticed in these shots is the small additives to the images.. eg. a bowl of lemons or some pink balloons & even some silver stars. All these add another dimension to the photo giving credence to the child/ren Thanks again, & maybe one day I will see you at a workshop. best wishes LyndalReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2011 - 10:00 am

    ellie kurz - i’m so jealous! one day, one day. =) i’m curious, if you’ll indulge me… how are those stars hung?ReplyCancel

Remember a few months back I ran a mother’s day competition for one very deserving mum to have a portrait session?

Well if you are a Rebecca Mercia friend on facebook, you will have seen the announcement that the winner of the competition was the lucky Fiona!

I spent a fabulous morning with beautiful Fiona and her two amazingly gorgeous boys. One look into their beautiful brown eyes and you are wrapped around their little fingers forever!ย  I’m so glad the session went to such a lovely family.

My portrait sessions with families and kids are very relaxed. There are no “say cheese” pictures with me! Just a lot of playing and having fun. Family portraits should invoke memories of what your life was really like at that time.

Here are the results of our morning. We managed to fit breakfast, trampolining, soccer, cubby house and reading into one hour!

Thank you for a fun morning Fiona! Watch out- I’m pretty sure those two boys will be heartbreakers in a few years ๐Ÿ™‚
xx

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  • July 13, 2011 - 4:21 pm

    Emski Leach - My cousins are so cute – great genes in our family!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great work Bec xReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Fiona - We had such a great time Rebecca – and the stunning shots speak for themselves! Thank you so much xxReplyCancel

  • July 20, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Alison Rogers - They are such beautiful photos Rebecca of such beautiful boys and their mum. No biasReplyCancel

    • July 20, 2011 - 10:21 pm

      Rebecca - Thank you for the lovely comments on the photos – I’m pretty sure it did have a lot to do with the gorgeous subjects!ReplyCancel

It is very strange to be blogging a wedding, without actual wedding photos in it.

I have a very good excuse though – I was a bridesmaid for my sister! Although I suggested it many times, my fabulous idea of hiding my camera inside my bouquet was rejected. *sigh*

So before the official photographers arrived, I managed to sneak in a few detail shots. The wedding ceremony was held at my mother’s beautiful property in the Swan Valley, which meant that their dog Ellie (from my previous post) took part in the ceremony!

The reception took place at the very yummy Bluewater Grill in Applecross.ย  After the photographers left for the evening,ย  I manged to steal my sister and her new husband away from the reception for a couple of sneaky portraits.

Congratulations Esther & Brett! It was a gorgeous day.
Should I mark my calendar for maternity photos yet? No pressure! ๐Ÿ™‚

High fives to the following vendors ๐Ÿ™‚

Stems floral design – flowers
Museo Salon and Spa – hair
Bluewater Grill Applecross – reception

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  • June 28, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Pennie - Lovely Photos Bec. Well doneReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Tara - Beautiful Bec! xReplyCancel

    • June 28, 2011 - 2:49 pm

      Rebecca - Thank you!! Was a gorgeous day ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    marianne brockwell - beautiful photos, it was a great day.Do you think that I should go into the wedding venue business???ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Shanagh - Oooo… I really like the peaking through the window pics.ReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2011 - 6:56 pm

    Kelly - Beautiful pics! and a great day too ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • July 4, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Trish - Wonderful pics Bec and oh Esther….what a lovely bride!!! The looks shared by the bride and groom really say it all don’t they! Alan and I are so happy for Esther and Brett. Much love to the two of themReplyCancel

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    Perth Photographer | 450 minutes new | Rebecca Mercia Photography - […] an Aunty! Congratulations Esther & Brett!! xx Add a Comment Click here to cancel […]ReplyCancel