it is close.
it is intimate. it is warmth. it is touch.
it is gentle. it is comfort.
it is deep. it is true.
it is real. it is knowing.
it is honest.
it is soul. it is together.
it is love.
it is no words, and all of these.
it is everything that brought you to this day.
creative wedding photography
My approach to wedding photography is relaxed and unobtrusive. I offer images that will reflect your wedding day unfolding, just as it happens. Honestly...perfectly.
Using natural lifestyle and documentary methods, as well as thoughtful & sensitive direction...my aim is to create beautiful, poignant images of your nuptials. My personal style could be described as - understated. real. simple. as it is. natural beauty. truth felt.
Having a fine-art background & starting in film photography - the subtleties of the look of film influences my work too.
And...I'm not afraid of the dark ;)
WHAT YOU GET...
I offer packages including part day coverage & full day coverage - starting from the bride getting ready, and through the reception. I've also photographed numerous intimate weddings & elopements, so feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs.
All packages include a digital collection, selected fine-art proofs and are personally photographed by Ona. For all weddings (in particular large affairs) there's an option to have a second photographer.
Available separately are beautiful handcrafted wedding albums (see below) in a contemporary style, and many other display options available for viewing at my Blue Mountains Studio.
FINE-ART WEDDING ALBUMS
I offer beautiful fine-art wedding albums to all of my wedding clients. I believe this is the best way to remember your wedding photos. These wedding albums are beautifully handcrafted using the finest museum grade photo-rag, with a variety of leather, linen and bookcloth cover options. Their seams lay completely flat, and they are personally designed with simple minimal layouts. Classic in feel, contemporary in style. I love them!
ECO-PRINTED SILK SCARF
When you open the box for your album you will find it enveloped in a gorgeous silk ECO-printed scarf. Working with a local textile artist we have come up with a way to memorialise your bouquet (or wedding florals) in the most sentimental and stylish way. The process creates a subtle and delicate print of the botanicals used. If the bouquet is not appropriate to use I will collect some flora from the venue or location.
Scarves are made in either sheer or opaque raw matte silk. A simple and beautiful way to completely personalise your wedding album.
FINE-ART FRAMED PRINTS
Traditionally photographs were meant to be printed - it was the only way to see them! And this is how I prefer to see them too.
I can arrange to have your favourite image (or several!) printed on archival cotton photo-rag and custom framed. I can even help you choose which ones may suit your walls or decor.
I have sourced the most beautiful range of timber frames, hand made right here in Australia. Using raw sustainably managed Australian timber, as well as recycled hardwood options - I can offer a variety of finishes in a range of widths, depths and profiles.
Ona is an award winning photographic artist based in the beautiful Blue Mountains, west of Sydney...and 'Whisper.' is the wedding branch of her photography studio.
Everywhere I look, everything I see...I see images - the eye doesn't rest. But in a wonderful & nourishing way! Who wouldn't want to see beauty wherever they look?
I have a welcoming space in my garden where I work, edit, meet clients & friends. Both old and new! I shoot in the space occasionally...but mostly it's a separate place for me to be entirely creative and I'm very grateful to have it. You can see a little of me in my studio below.
When I'm not photographing lovers I keep myself busy creating a range of imagery, both commissioned and personal. I find it so satisfying to deliver photographic art to others...whether it be for their homes, a business, a couple in love, or a gallery wall. To be appreciated for ones work is a joy and blessing, sometimes I have to pinch myself that what I do is my job!
2012 Nepean Arts & Design Centre, Diploma of Photography
2016 Australians Top Emerging Photographers - finalist
2016 Silver Award APPA
2016 Silver Award AIPP NSW x 4
2015 Australians Top Emerging Photographers - finalist
2015 Head On Portrait Prize Semi-Finalist
2014 Australias Top Emerging Photographers - finalist (Capture Mag)
2014 Head On Portrait Prize Finalist
2014 Silver w Distinction Award AIPP NSW
2014 Silver Award AIPP NSW x 3
2012 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Semi-Finalist X 2
2012 Head On Portrait Prize Semi-Finalist
2012 ACMP Student Photographer of the Year
2012 AIPP APPA Australian Student Photographer of the Year
2012 AIPPNSW Student Photographer of the Year
2012 GOLD Award NSW AIPP
2012 Silver w Distinction Award APPA
2012 Silver Award APPAx 2
2012 Highest Scoring Folio - Nepean Arts & Design Centre
2011 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Semi-Finalist X 2
2011 Silver Award APPA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 [forthcoming] Field Trip - BigCi - BILPIN
2015 Head On Portrait Prize - Museum of Sydney
2015 Reflex Shadow Screen - WEST Gallery, Hazelbrook.
2015 Head in the Clouds - site specific installation & Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
2015 Presence - site specific installation, Woodford Academy
2014 Head On Portrait Prize - Paddington Reservoir Gardens
2014 Head On ‘Add On’ - Depot Gallery
2014 Shadow Weave - Dubbo Regional Art Gallery
2014 Collectors Edition #1 - Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
2014 Untethered - Coorah Contemporary Art Gallery
2013 Keepsake - Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
2013 Head On ‘Add On’ - Depot Gallery
2012 Head On Portrait Prize - Australian Centre of Photography
2012 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize - NSW State Library
2012 Portrayal - Blue Gallery
2011 UnSeen - Vibewire
2010 Folio Exhibition - Nepean Arts & Design Centre
2010 Me Myself I - Nepean Arts & Design Centre
...and occasional shouts
I just picked up our photographs from the post office and I LOVE them! I also have to commend you on the presentation. We are so glad we chose an artist to document the day:) Our gift print is beautiful, captures just how we felt that day. Thank you so much.
- Allegra & Rory
We got the album, it's perfect! The binding is so nice (and clever) the photos are beautiful, love the nice paper, we are super happy with it! The size seems great too. So thank you for everything! It's been lovely to meet you, we will recommend you to anyone who will listen!
- Jesse & Marsha x o x o
We LOVE the photos! They are just what we hoped for! We love the ones you chose to print and have looked through those on the usb and they look amazing also. You are the best!
- Jen & Guy
thank you sooooo much - we LOVE THEM!!!! They are gorgeous, we love them all!
- Jess & Matt
everything looks great! During the holidays we’ve been showing relatives and friends the photos & album, and everybody raved about how beautiful it all looks! Thanks again
- Agathe & Laurence
The photographs that Ona took for us at our back-yard wedding are so amazing, a keepsake of a day that flew by far too fast. With Ona's expert eye, use of light and attention to detail, the photographs are a treasured collection of memories captured perfectly.
-Tamara & Tas