Grace + Glen : Preston Peak, Toowoomba, May 18th.

When Grace Dallimore rang me last year to ask if I could photograph her winter wedding in Toowoomba I squealed an immediate and delighted ‘’yes, please!’’ because: winter, hills, and Grace are all seriously awesome things.

Now; add into that mix a terrific country bloke (enter, Glen) and two fun-filled, close-knit families from both sides (many of who I grew up with) and well, you have a pretty incredible day in store.

The venue for this occasion was Preston Peak Winery in Toowoomba, and truly, I could’ve spent ten hours shooting the spectacular backdrops alone. Alas – one of my noble promises to brides and grooms is that the day is NOT about me or my Instagram account or nabbing the most dramatic shots in Planet Wedding History and making bridal parties disappear for hours on end – it’s about getting two married humans back to their family and friends very promptly: because that is what the whole day is about, to me.

So my little flippers were going hard for these two, because holy cow, it was stunning. And so are they. And so are their family, friends, and basically the entire vibe!

Grace and Glen – you are a delight. Honestly, a total delight. The total raw adoration, respect, and love you have for each other was an honour to witness, capture, and now share.

Thank you for trusting me with that massive job.

I wish you both a lifetime of love, peace, happiness, and loads of cute blonde curly-haired poppets, hilly backdrops, cows, mountain air, adventures, and friendship.

To the extended Dallimore and Hammond family and friends – and the spectacular and VERY cheeky bridal parties – thank you for once again making me feel 100% like part of the family and part of the furniture.

As you may (or may not!) know: I draw inspiration and motivation from so many of you and your resilience, capacity to keep going, and your collective sense of unity and strength of character.

I adore so many of you for so many reasons.

Grace-Face & Glen – enjoy the blog!!!

With oodles of hugs,

Shan xxx

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Long before it was the done thing Shanna Whan was pioneering a strictly candid-style of photography to capture real life in all its glory, chaos, and imperfection. She’s been shooting for about 15 years across the north west and further afield nationally and she has more than earned her formidable reputation as one of the best. Her business is mostly word-of-mouth these days and she is blatantly very deliberate about where she spends her creative energy. She’s your go-to-girl if you want classic, classy, images with impact delivered with experience, skill, and from somebody who ‘gets’ rural people in every single way. She isn’t precious, and will be on the tools working hard from the moment she hits the ground. Her aim is to blend in and make the experience as fabulous for you as possible. Also: Shan is most happy when in the dust and dirt, surrounded by creatures, kids, and mayhem. Her secret? Well, she couldn’t have her own kids - so the energy and vast capacity for love that she holds in her heart for little people and animals is 100% heartfelt and true and brims over during her sessions. This is then translated through her art. A photo shoot with Shan is basically also a friendship for life. To enquire please message skwimages@bigpond.com or call 0487 685 475. Wedding bookings are limited and start at $5500 + travel + accom. etc > this is for a typical scenario of kicking off with ‘getting ready’ and through to the dancing. Family sessions (candid, of course) start at $550 for a family of 3 + travel + accom etc. > this is for a two hour candid, in-home, natural session. What the client gets: fully edited digital images to keep, wholly and solely - with no ‘hidden’ extra costs, and individual charges. Printing can be also arranged on request. Shanna has another life these days (you can check it out at www.soberinthecountry.com.au) and her speaking engagements have her often booked up and travelling. Keep an eye on her socials and she will, if possible, tie a shoot in with a speaking gig. PLEASE NOTE: If you have a pet, an aeroplane, a random idea - basically, something you want shot - holler. She will have a crack at anything within reason. Except cheesy poses, over-editing, and surreal photoshop. She won’t touch that with a barge pole. It’s natural or nothing with this gal x

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