• hello friends..


    welcome to my personal blog - things i like - music, photos, architecture, design, & words - from my brain (and other people's brains).. all images here are taken by me (some awesome wedding pics from Alyda too), unless highfives are very gladly given to the author of some things i wish i had made/created/recorded/thought of/seen..

    ps.. I'm a wedding photographer.. so if you're planning to marry your lover, & you like what you see/feel here, you should contact us very soon.. we take limited bookings for wedding photography each year & we book out early.. (& i'm not just saying that to make you call us) :]

    here's a movie we made to introduce our little friends to the world.. ---->



elana + marty’s engagement wedding bombshell..

it began at dawn.. just the two of them – first light on the first day of spring..  a quiet moment..  it.was.perfect.

finding elana & marty an amazing mountain top over looking country valleys and the bay was the easy part.. If you think organising a wedding is a lot of hard work, you’d be absolutely right.. but planning it all in secret so you can drop a super-wedding-bombshell on your guests while at your engagement party?  well that’s quite a task, & i reckon some moments of quiet before ‘game time’ is a pretty good idea :)

elana & marty are loved by many, you can see that in their engagement/wedding photos.. and i know exactly why they are loved – they are super nice genuine people that have joy in their hearts..  when you’re near them, you feel their happiness & makes you happy – it’s that simple.

to be part of this wedding/engagement (aka. wengagement) celebration was pretty amazing.. we knew about it obviously.. but recording it knowing almost every person there had no idea what was about to happen & watching elana & marty orchestrate their plan in the zone – it was pretty special..  check it out why don’t cha!  ^_^

ps.. here’s some more excellent linkypants for you —-> elana & marty’s wengagement is featured on hello may wedding style blog, and you should check out elana’s website, she’s a photographer too!  and a big time thanks to alyda mcgawesome for co-piloting on this one.

 

 

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11 April 2014 - 12:53 am

Jack Chauvel - Spectacular :)

10 April 2014 - 7:33 pm

Warren Williams - Wow, such a stunning series, and beautiful surprise.

10 April 2014 - 7:01 pm

Nicole - Love it! Where is the mountain in these photos? Looking for something similar for my wedding photos…& a photographer too :-)

10 April 2014 - 4:52 pm

David Ferguson - Lovely Guys. Especially loving the big old tree at night!

10 April 2014 - 4:34 pm

Kim - So sweet and lovely.. Beautiful photographs Todd ;-)

10 April 2014 - 2:34 pm

Zosia - Oh this is too wonderful :) Beautiful stuff!

10 April 2014 - 2:31 pm

chris prestidge - epic !

11 April 2014 - 9:48 pm

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lizzie & rob’s wedding festival..

well..     ready yourself people..

every 100 weddings or so, a job comes along like no other..

think of anything that can be generally seen as inconvenient, or potentially a ‘problem’ on a wedding day & write them down in a big list –  1). a wedding on a vacant patch of land kind of in the middle of nowhere..  2). no electricity/running water/mobile phone signal,  3). outdoor everything with monsoonal rain most of the day..   4). a LOT of mud..   5). etc etc..

take everything on that list and add it to the list that will normally be the things that make a wedding convenient, easy, & awesome.. it is now impossible for your wedding to not be amazing..  embrace the unpredictable & ye shall be rewarded!

lizzie & rob are two very special people.. they are 100% true to themselves & they know what’s important in life – relationships..  For me, they are the perfect clients in so many ways, and i’m pretty sure if you looked up the definition of ‘awesome‘, there’d be a photo of them being awesome without even knowing how awesome they are..  underneath that photo, it’d say, “see also ‘perfect client‘..”  I just love these guys so hard..

lizzie & rob are also very talented photographers themselves so check out their skillz at solaris photography.. aaaaand their wedding is also featured on the UK super blog, Rock’n'Roll Bride.. Have a look over there for more photos & some sweet information about their DIY domination.

 

highfives to my second shooter for this extravaganza emma holcroft, who spent the day in a bunnings poncho  :)

 

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1 April 2014 - 9:57 pm

Matt Streatfeild - Oh wow, especially that jumping castle photo. High Fives and bottle clinks!

29 March 2014 - 5:35 pm

HayleyLane - Looks like an awesome shindig! Congrats to the happy couple :)

28 March 2014 - 9:48 pm

Eric Ronald - Wow, what a cute couple and a plethora of pretty pictures.

28 March 2014 - 7:59 pm

Judi Mckay - Todd it was an amazing day even if we were drowned rats, thank you for sharing it with my son and his wonderful bride. Couldn’t have had better photographers. Judi

28 March 2014 - 7:43 pm

Kim - Making lemonade out of lemons.
Such a beautiful couple!

28 March 2014 - 6:00 pm

Poppy Marins - Haha I was just thinking about that poncho today when I bought my first real rain jacket!!!

28 March 2014 - 12:28 pm

Ben - Unbelieveable. You guys definitely captured the awesomeness :)

28 March 2014 - 12:28 pm

James Frost - Nailed it! what a rad wedding :)

28 March 2014 - 11:15 am

Nadia - What an unreal wedding! Awesome shots Todd & Emma, I love the girls in the jumping castle – such fun!!

28 March 2014 - 11:09 am

Ash - beautiful photos of very obviously awesome people.
and whoo hoo jumping castle!

28 March 2014 - 10:53 am

Tina - I love them hugging under the umberella. yes so awesome x

28 March 2014 - 10:52 am

Jody Ryan - Todd these are fabulous and so much fun.

28 March 2014 - 9:49 am

ASHLEY - WOW! i love how they are still having so much fun even though its raining :) beautiful images

28 March 2014 - 9:48 am

Lauren - So much awesome!

28 March 2014 - 9:36 am

James Bennett - Great work man.

28 March 2014 - 9:26 am

Anya - Amazing work and what a day!

30 March 2014 - 5:56 pm

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shan & ben.. super chilled..

A wedding should not be a stressful thing.. It just shouldn’t.. If your wedding is a stress to organise, then you’re doing it wrong..

Shan & Ben are a perfect example of how to do things right..  Their wedding was in Rainbow Beach, a quiet seaside town on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – close to where they both grew up.. Their hotel , the ceremony, and reception venue were all within 100 metres of each other.. This might even be the least stressful wedding I’ve ever been to..

It was an amazing day for sure and what I love most about Shan & Ben’s wedding is how they included their two sons in their celebration – it was beautiful..  For Shan & Ben, their wedding (as awesome as it was), wasn’t even really about the wedding – it was about relationships..  Life-long friends & super-close families sharing good times & cutting loose for a day to party on.. It was freakin’ amazing to see.. And for a day, they embraced us like family too..  I just wanted to hug everyone there, but I didn’t because that would seem a little weird I think  :)

 

Shan & Ben’s wedding is also featured on Polkadot Bride so check it out for more of their story..

Big highfives to my co-pilot Alyda, and Shan & Ben for being awesome.. (ps.. Shan wears Karen Willis Holmes)

 

love from todd..

pps.. Hi Jas & Nick (and Aria)  ^_^

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1 April 2014 - 9:22 pm

Karthika, Truly Photography - Beautiful set. The beach shots are amazing.

1 April 2014 - 7:47 pm
25 March 2014 - 11:17 pm

Mathew - Beautiful work!

23 March 2014 - 3:08 am

Erik - Great pictures Todd!!!

19 March 2014 - 5:43 am

Darryn – McKay Photography - Great photos :)

18 March 2014 - 3:36 pm

HayleyLane - Just beautiful! They’re some fabulous beach shots there

18 March 2014 - 2:31 pm

EM - 100% pure loveliness

14 March 2014 - 10:53 am

Rae - Jesus Christ… that was amazing.

12 March 2014 - 12:19 pm

Eric Ronald - Argh, those beach portraits. Killer!

11 March 2014 - 10:02 am

Nick - Excellent stuff guys!

10 March 2014 - 7:17 pm

Matthew Osborne - Awesome work Todd. The ones in the sand are da bomb!

10 March 2014 - 6:36 pm

Hope Copeland - WOWSER! Love the images here guys. What a chilled, super rad wedding!

10 March 2014 - 4:51 pm

Jazzy Jeff - Hi Toddy and Lades! I had big, fat, soggy tears (happy tears) rolling down my cheeks reliving Shan and Ben’s day. The photos with those gorgeous nephews of mine especially hit me hard, real hard – they made the day all the more special. Once again, you guys nailed it. Love and hugs to you Team McGaw :)

15 March 2014 - 2:02 am

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tim & ruth’s noosa wedding..

celebrating the relationship of tim & ruth (aka. #truth)..  the greatest hits..

ruth & tim – bestest friends ever // steven khalil dress of destiny // never-ending vista views // super fresh sea breeze in your face all day // amazing weather // 101 ultra-relaxed, party-hungry friends // a hidden disco inferno tent // closest neighbour is 500 metres away // & a big sign that says “holy sh¡tballs, today is going to be awesome”..

 

you do the math.

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  ^^ tim guest DJ’d at his own wedding (he is a real DJ), & he kicked off with this..   i know :)

also a massive thanks to my co-pilots emma holcroft (& alyda mcgaw), weddings of noosa, mondo floral designs, and steven khalil..

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4 March 2014 - 12:37 pm

Rob - Nice work!

6 February 2014 - 8:10 pm

Ian Kerr - Been a while since I browsed the toddblog. But OMFG, you just absolutely killlllled this one dude. Stunned.

4 February 2014 - 2:19 pm

Janneke - You would have had an epic time photographing this wedding!

1 February 2014 - 3:22 pm

Linda - Just perfection in itself!!!!!

31 January 2014 - 10:25 pm

Kim Eibrink Jansen - Great memories guys! Thank you for sharing one of these last weddings with me…It has been so lovely to work with you over the years and to finish it off with this was wonderful!! Wishing you much love and success, I will miss all the fun we had!! xo

29 January 2014 - 1:29 pm

nirav - Baller. And dude… are some of those shots 3D?!! My eyes were trippin’ out in a knarly good way. Love it!

24 January 2014 - 3:16 pm

EMMA - So great guys!

23 January 2014 - 9:34 pm

samara - radness. so good!

23 January 2014 - 8:41 pm

Andy Gaines - High fives all round! ‘Til Death do we P.A.R.T.why? Cos they love it!

23 January 2014 - 4:46 pm

Rachael McCall - Holy Shitballs is right! That is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen, ever! Great job

23 January 2014 - 1:58 pm

Lizzie - Awesome sauce you wonderfully talented folks!

23 January 2014 - 1:26 pm

Stewart - What an amazing wedding! Killed it.

23 January 2014 - 12:36 pm

heather nan - I love these people. SO legit.

23 January 2014 - 11:50 am

Matt Smith - Todd these are not just wedding photographs. As I scroll through the images I feel drawn into the monitor and captured by the emotion you have so skilfully documented man. These guys are going to be stoked with their photos!!! Well done……………again

23 January 2014 - 11:38 am

Jonas Peterson - Great work, Todd and Lades!

23 January 2014 - 11:15 am

Tanya Love - Seriously awesome guys. Such a great collection of images, and what an amazing couple!

23 January 2014 - 11:15 am

Shane Shepherd - Home run. Hit a six. knocked it out of the park, and other sayings to convey how damn good this is.

23 January 2014 - 11:11 am

ALMA /// - E P I C !

23 January 2014 - 11:01 am

Jonathan Wherrett - Oh me oh my, sweeeet stuff pals.

23 January 2014 - 8:57 am

em - my oh my… this wedding looks totally EPIC!! whaaaaa… i wanna get married again, it’s just so much F.U.N !! amazing shots t, e & a … you certainly seem have a knack for this photography thing ;p

23 January 2014 - 1:01 am

Zosia - This is rad!

22 January 2014 - 8:11 pm

anthony hoang - Killer guys! Looked like so much fun!

22 January 2014 - 8:02 pm

Nick - Sexy camera skills Todd (& Emma)!

22 January 2014 - 7:25 pm

Eric Ronald - 5 spuds guys. Radical.

22 January 2014 - 6:56 pm

Poppy Marins - EPIC. Wish we could do it all again tomorrow!

22 January 2014 - 5:30 pm

Anya - Holy shitballs ~ these are incredible guys!

26 January 2014 - 6:59 pm

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switch off..

january is our solo, self-imposed retreat..

no weddings thank you..

stop, switch off.. centre myself again – not only in a zen/day spa/eco organic gluten-free yoga kind of way, but more of a feet on the ground kind of way… do some washing, wallpaper a wall, mow the lawn, go mountain biking with my buddies, visit friends, karaoke  - y’know, normal stuff.. i can still take photos, or not take photos..

if you never switch off.. how can you ever expect to switch on?

on the 1st of february we switch on.. game on.. & i can honestly say, i’m really looking forward to it.. looking forward to meeting up with our 2014 clients, and their friends.. i’m ready.. i even bought a new shirt..

so watch out 2014, i’m going to be all up in your grill.

 

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..:: t

 

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22 January 2014 - 4:52 am

Dan Ward - Love the idea of just switching off for a whole month! Never been lucky enough to manage it – cant wait to see what you guys can do this year!

20 January 2014 - 1:54 pm

hailey - you guys are still the cleverest in the business!

20 January 2014 - 12:30 pm

Mark Dohring - Wise words Master McGaw very wise words.

20 January 2014 - 11:41 am

thm - madeline… absolutely! :)

20 January 2014 - 10:48 am

Madeline druce - Well said Todd. That ground needs to be stood on solidly every now and then, in order to take off from it ????