So back in February this year I spent a couple of days with my good friend Kelly Tunney in Canberra, my old stomping ground.

Kelly photographed mine and my husbands wedding nearly 10 years ago in Canberra and I’ll admit it, I’ve had a photographer crush on her since. I have followed her work closely as I progressed through my own photography studies back in 2011, and into the commencement of my career as a wedding and family photographer.

Kelly is also the co-founder and co-brainchild of All Grown up Weddings, along with also incredibly talented Dan O’Day, and this is where we got to hang out whilst doing our mentoring at AGUW’s Central in the uber cool Braddon.

I’ve watched Kelly progress into one of, I think, the worlds best wedding photographers, and probably because historically the wedding industry was a male dominated industry with and old boys club feel to it, I have felt an overwhelming sense of pride watching her career progress into what it is today.

Kelly’s ability to evolve; her incredible determination and focus; and her longevity in this ever changing industry with it’s many trends coming and going, are some of the things that inspires me the most. But above all this, despite her success with being the first female to ever win the title of AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year 2015 in the 40+ years history of the awards, she has remained extremely grounded and humble, and it’s this along with her desire to teach others and share what she has learnt are what I love about her most.

To me she’s just Kelly, someone after all these years I got to hand out with, and just learn and laugh with. Yes she’s deserving of the titles she’s worked so hard to win, but she’s just a girl who clearly loves what she does, and she’s just so darned nice.

So getting back to this, I got to spend 3 days with this freaking awesome girl along with her assistant, the really cool Heather. Kelly shared with me her knowledge of photography and business, and I learned a lot. A lot about what I already knew, i.e. confirming how far I’d already come as a photographer, a lot about how I can develop my skills further, and a lot about how I can streamline my business better. It’ll take me time to implement what I learnt, but already I’m happy with some of the changes I’ve made.

On my last day with Kelly, she invited me to shoot with her, during the amazing wedding of the beautiful Sophie and James at the beautiful The Pialligo Estate. I had an incredible time with Kelly, and of course everything she did this day, looked effortless. And it was on this day that I realised how far I’ve come as a photographer and that I’m extraordinarily proud of my journey so far as a wedding photographer, knowing that with the persistence and hard work I am putting into this career will result in me becoming an incredible wedding photographer.

With Kelly’s permission here is my version of this amazing day that was Sophie and James’s incredibly beautiful wedding…

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