September 21, 2012

Just to let you know...

Hello lovely readers!

If you've been following this blog for a while now (or if you've been following me on any other form of social media for that matter) you may be aware that I've been working on setting up a website for my photography business. My what an adventure that was! I'd be working on something for days, get it to a place where I thought I was ready to launch then the next minute I was unhappy with it and totally scrapped it.

Well, I decided it was time to finally take the plunge and launch!

It's still a little bit of a work in progress. But it's there... My little proclamation that I'm a professional photographer. I'd love it if you could click the link, take a look and tell me what you think! If you have any suggestions I'd appreciate the feedback.

If you are a facebook user I would be very much obliged it if you could take a second to 'Like' the Tafline Hoey Photography fan page

In other news I'm off the New Zealand tomorrow for a week... Yes okay not exactly the best timing to launch my business website then go overseas the next day. But be on the lookout on the website, facebook fan page and this blog for pictures of the stunning landscapes of New Zealand in the up-coming weeks! I'm going to try and post a bit while I'm away but I'm not sure what kind of Internet coverage I'll have access to over there so if I go quiet for a week now you know why. I hope to tweet and Instagram where possible as a little on-going journal of my trip so follow along if you'd like to see what I'm up to.

In the meantime I hope you are all having an amazing day and are looking forward to a fantastic week ahead... I know I am!

George & Crystal - First Look

Let me tell you the story...

I have a wonderful cousin who lives in Sydney and shares my passion for photography. She has been slowly but surely building up her own photography business - Samara Joy Photography. A while ago she shared her joy at the opportunity to photograph her friend's wedding and build her portfolio.

I, of course, delighted in the news and offered (half jokingly) to fly to Sydney and act as her assistant/second shooter ... As it turned out the wedding was taking place in Brisbane and my cousin and the bride were happy to have me come along as second shooter! Truly amazing! It was a joy to photograph the delightful couple's special day with Samara. Click here to see her take on the wedding day. (While you're there take a look at the rest of her blog and subscribe)


To capture the absolute beauty of two people making a lifelong commitment to one another is an honor. Crystal and George began a journey that day and I was privileged to witness it. Click on the images if you would like to view them larger.


I'm still working through my images from the day but I thought I'd share a few of my favorites so far. There was laughter. There were pictures. There was the occasional tear. There were precious little moments. There were stories shared. There was love... And there was a couple starting their new lives together as husband and wife. That is pure beauty...

I'd like to share another quick story if I may. As you may notice the groom is a Papua New Guinean. I cannot recall if I've shared before of my connection to the country. From living there when I was little to going back for (at times heartbreaking) visits - the place holds a special place in my heart. It is undoubtedly part of my history... And there are times I yearn to go back for a visit... At this wedding I got a taste of Papua New Guinea and my heart was full. Thank you George and Crystal for allowing me to capture your special day and for giving me a sweet little taste of PNG.

There are many more images to go through and a lot more exciting news to share... But that shall wait for another post. In the meantime I say thank you to George and Crystal for entrusting your special day to Samara and I... And thank you Samara for a wonderful weekend of photography, fun and laugher - we must do it again sometime!

September 9, 2012

Inspired By Song - 'Let Her Go'

A while ago I decided to start a new photographic series called 'Inspired By Song'. Because I'm such a visual person whenever I listen to music I always 'see' pictures to accompany the music. I figured it was about time that I start making these imaginary photos into a reality.

I shot the first set of the series yesterday... Inspired by 'Let Her Go' by Passenger. If you haven't heard of Passenger you are seriously missing out! Click through and listen. Then do yourself a favor and buy all of his albums... and oh my is he magnificent live! I've had the privilege to go along to a few of his gigs in recent years and he is one of my favorites for sure.

Here's the official video clip for 'Let Her Go':

Now that you've heard (or are listening to) the song here are a few of my favorites from my photoshoot 'Inspired By Song - Let Her Go':

A huge thank you to Miss R for being my amazing model! She got my vision for the shoot the minute I started explaining it and was on-board with it all. Even after mosquitoes started eating her alive she happily was traipsing through the forest when I asked. If that's not dedication I don't know what is! Thanks so much Miss R!! I can't wait to work with you again. 

Also a big thank you to Miss D for the fantastic make-up artistry skills. I'll be calling on her again for sure... It was so wonderful to be able to capture the images that I saw in my mind's eye. I'll leave you with my two favorite images from the set.

Thanks for taking a look at the first set in the series! I'd love to hear what you think!!