Wedding cake.

 Wedding cake, so much to choose from.

Its one of the oldest wedding traditions.
As weddings now are days are so personalised, the choice for the wedding cake is truly limitless. Gone are the days of the simple fruit cake covered in white icing. Thank goodness, just quietly!!
Multiple layers are definitely the range with an eclectic array or flavor’s now available.
The wedding I photographed last weekend had a really unique wedding cake a fig and almond cake with a beautiful ganache frosting (definitely not low fat I can tell you), but it was divine and definitely  original!

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Naked cakes (ie not iced) are all the range on the internet and Pinterest at the moment> As are cheese cakes, as in slabs of cheese stacked on top of each other to look like a cake. What a great alternative if the bride and groom are not sweet eaters.
Cup cakes are also very popular easy to serve as well, they can be absolutely beautiful if done properly. Be warned though, a mediocre job could see your wedding cake look like a little kids birthday cake.
The traditional wedding cake, ie white iced are still ever so popular, and with cake decorators getting exceptional fancy with their detail, some cakes are truly spectacular.

If your are not a great lover of sweets!! Here is an option for you.

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In a nutshell though, for today’s modern bride, almost anything goes!!!

If your after some great wedding cake flavour ideas follow this link.Its awesome, truly! It even tells you what cake flavour goes with what filling, and what goes with the ideal cake covering!!

Happy Planning!

Article © 2016 Diamond Photography & Video, written by Cathy Tiddy, Australian award winning AIPP photographer.

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Should you have a Wedding Video?

To have or not to have a wedding video.

I get asked this question often by couples who book me to take their wedding photos. Everyone is different. But let me ask you this? Will you regret not having one? That is the real question you need to ask yourself!


I myself was not that interested in a wedding video, but I knew I would one day regret it, so we had one, it wasn’t edited, no fancy highlights and special effects, just the coverage, as it happened on the day.
I loved it, it’s the real thing, its how the guests saw my wedding on the day.

Videography can be quite an expense so if you want all the bells and whistles, ie cinematic editing expect to pay on average $4000 to $6000 and sometimes more. This amount of money is not in everyone’s budget. If its not, consider engaging someone who can at least provide the raw unedited footage of your day, this will cost about half as much, and you will still come away with some fantastic memories. Remember your wedding day will go so fast, your vows will probably be a blur. Video is the perfect way to watch all those tiny little moments you missed on your special day.

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A quote from a bride who wanted a video but the groom was not fussed, this is what she sent me after she watched her wedding video.
“Wow, I have to say I’m MOST pleased about the video, we barely new the videographer was there. I’m so happy I talked Greg into having it, we were able to recap so much of the ceremony that we truly missed, I think because we were so nervous and focussed on our vows. All those special moments, Greg got to see me at home before the wedding and I got to see him pacing nervously before the ceremony at the church. Thank you thank you thank you it’s just perfect!”  Angela Catlins.
If you have any questions about videography or photography feel free to touch base with about our package options,call 9526 8288

Happy Planning

Cathy x

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Then look no further. As a mum I can tell you there is only so much perfume and chocolate you can appreciate!!!

Give a gift that is truly personal. Nothing is more treasured than family photos.

When was the last time you got everyone together!! Has it been years? Then this is a no hassle, shopping free, crowd avoiding…perfect idea.

The voucher includes a portrait session and 11x 14″ mounted art print.

Simply call our studio and we will have the voucher out to via mail you in less than 2 days. TOO EASY

Call us on 9526 8288 ( to reserve yours today. First 10 vouchers will receive a complimentary AVEDA hand cream, valued at $39

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Bianca and Ashely’s Story Board A Waterfront Function Centre Wedding

Bianca and Ashley’s Storyboard. A Waterfront Function Centre Wedding

Bianca and Ashley could have not have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was unbelievable to say the least!! Gorgeous location photo session at Carss Park and then the Mariner at the Waterfront Function Centre. I’m kind of lucky to have such beautiful photo spots close to home. And that dress was gorgeous!!!! So I couldn’t choose just a few images, so here is their  storyboard

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My 5 top tips for perfect wedding make-up

 My 5 top tips for perfect wedding make-up.

Every time you look at your wedding photos you’re going to see it…..Did your make-up artist do a good job?

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  • HEART PINK F5cdb8preferred1. Using a professional make up artist is so important. Don’t be tempted to use friends or do it yourself. Professional Make-up artists apply make-up specifically for photography, which is quite different to normal every day wear
  • HEART PINK F5cdb8preferred2. As a general rule make up needs to be applied at least 30% heavier. So if you do have trial make up session and feel it looks to heavy, don’t be concerned.
  • HEART PINK F5cdb8preferred3.Have a test run, I often suggest my brides have a trial make up for  their       engagement photo session. What a perfect way to see if the make-up is right for you.
  • HEART PINK F5cdb8preferred4. Once you engage a make-up artist be sure to communicate the times your photographer will be arriving at the hotel or home to start taking your photos., There is nothing worse than arriving at a brides home to find her in a chair having her hair and make-up still done, It’s such a waste of perfect photo time. Generally speaking photographers will arrive at a bride’s home one to one and half hours prior to the ceremony,
  • HEART PINK F5cdb8preferred5. Dont forget, putting your wedding dress on is not a 5 minute job!! My suggestion is tell the make-up artists you need to be ready at least 30 minutes before your photographer is due to arrive. That then gives you time to get dress before your photographer is due to start.

Remember when planning your wedding, timing is crucial. If you’re continually running late, then the day is just going to seem like a blur. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “your wedding goes so fast”, well it does, but you can make sure you enjoy every moment by being well prepared.
If you have any questions about your wedding schedule feel free email us at
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Pet Photography

Pet Photography

We are on a mission, Pet photography is our little project this year. We want to raise $1500 to help fund a beautiful Labrador at Assistance Dogs Australia. Help us reach that goal. This is a huge fundraising project for us. We will be releasing a book which will feature all the families we photograph, the book will be called “SHIRE TAILS”.

For a very small participation fee (all of which goes to Assistance Dogs), we will give you a complimentary family portrait with your pooch. You are also assured of a page all to your self in our coffee table book “Shire Tails” To register for this book visit our Pet page link below


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A Waterfont Function Centre Wedding: Erin and Johnathon

Erin and Johnathon’s wedding.

These two had such  a beautiful wedding ceremony at Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kogarah. 

Their reception followed at The Waterfront Function Center San Souci.

Both these locations are fantastic and provided beautiful backdrops for their  photography session.

Enjoy this little slide show of their day

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2015 in review.

What a fantastic year it has been. To all the couples who got married or engaged. To all the beautiful children and their mums and dads who had a family portrait. And lastly to all the amazing little puppies and their families, who donated generously to our “Shire Tails” coffee table book fundraiser. You made me laugh so hard I cried!! Enjoy our video, spot your photo.

Knowing that I have been able to capture a moment in your life that you will cherish for more years than you can possibly imagine is truly a wonderful gift. Thank you for choosing me to help create that memory. Merry Christmas everyone. xxx

Antonella and Anthony’s Wedding Story Board

Antonella and Anthony’s Wedding Story Board.

What a jam packed wedding day this was, so much fun! Beautiful couple, hilarious bridal party and lots of gorgeous photo locations !!!

Antonella and Anthony's Wedding Story Board

Antonella and Anthony’s Wedding Story Board

These guys were blessed with perfect October weather for their big day. Its not often we get to three locations for wedding photos, and quite honestly I didn’t think we were going to make it… well because Antonella was a tad late the church (ooops), but we did, and each location was perfect, from Hyde Park, to Observatory Hill and then the wharfs by the Sebel, which was just beautiful, and a complete contrast  to the previous two locations.

The reception was crazy (in a good way of course) from photo booths, huge LOVE signs, singing waiters …yep hilarious, to a very entertaining magician. These guys had an amazing reception!!! Cant wait to show them there wedding photos!!

Wedding albums. Why every Bride should have one.

Wedding albums. Why every bride should have one

In today’s day and age, so many couples are after files? Most photographers now supply them, but what do you do with them!! I can’t tell you how many people tell me they had their wedding photograph by so and so photography and their photographer gave them files, “But I haven’t had a chance to do anything with them, I just store them on my computer”wedding albumAfter all the effort that goes into creating the perfect wedding, the cars, the dress the flowers… all that thought, your files are on your computer!!! No no no this is heartbreaking.

I always urge brides and grooms to think past today, having an album, is a family heirloom, if produced profession it will outlast you! Have something that is tactile, have something that your children can look at. It’s your history, it means more than a file. I’ve been married 20 years now, and my kids are always pulling out photo albums, our wedding album is their most favourite!

I appreciate cost can be a factor in decided whether or not to get a package with an album or not. I’m so passionate about every bride and groom having an album that we now have a designer digital magazine album that you can add for just $600. Yes that’s it, in the scope of the cost of today’s weddings that is very affordable.

What are your memories worth? At the end of the day, photographs are what you have left! And thats why we believe, wedding albums, every bride should have one.

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