Premier Mike Baird unveils iconic plan for Western Sydney

On March 11, Premier Mike Baird announced the design for the 200 hectare Western Sydney recreational project to be known as Bungarribee Super Park.

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The park will include 15000 trees, 4km of bike and walking paths with bridges and lookouts, multiple playgrounds, cafes, an events space and 400 parking spaces.

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The $15 million project is due for completion in 2018.

“The new Bungarribee Super Park will become as iconic for Western Sydney as New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park.” claims Baird.

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“The last expansion of recreational facilities on this scale in Western Sydney was almost 30 years ago when Bicentennial Park at Homebush was built.”

Mr Baird made the announcement on his campaign bus tour ahead of the March 28 election where he retained his seat for NSW.

Photography by www.josephineki.com.au
Commissioned by Western Sydney Parklands Trust

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Amanda & Suzanne’s Wedding: Mulgoa Valley Receptions

Amanda and Suzanne had a gorgeous civil union ceremony and reception against the beautiful backdrop of Mulgoa Valley Receptions. Amanda’s two daughters from a previous were a part of the bridal party making the wedding extra special. Congratulations Mrs and Mrs, your wedding was a joy to photograph, we hope you enjoy this selection of sneakpeaks.

For a full gallery of the images from the day, check out my Facebook Page.

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Woof Fest 2013

Western Sydney Parklands Trust played host to Woof Fest, its second annual festival for canines and their humans on March 10th at Bungarribee Park, Doonside. The festival aims to promote public awareness on WSPT’s facilities to provide dog owners with an off-leash area to exercise their dogs. Celebrity vets Dr Katrina Warren and Dr Peter Higgins were on hand for some dog training advice whilst the array of activities from face painting, doggy grooming and food stalls kept the punters entertained.
For a full gallery of images from the day, check out my Facebook Page.

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Aila & Glenn’s Wedding

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There are weddings we look forward to more than others and this was certainly one of those occasions. I’ve known Glenn and Aila for a few years now and I would say they are one of the most easy going, genuine and mischievous couples I have the pleasure of knowing.

The pair shares an enthusiasm of sports, adventure and a love of the outdoors choosing the Botanical Gardens as their backdrop to exchange their vows before moving on to the gorgeous Lion Gate Lodge for the reception. Glenn and Aila, you are just perfect for each other and we couldn’t be happier for you guys!

For a full gallery of images from the wedding, check out my Facebook Page.

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Rishika & Paul’s Engagement Session

With wedding season upon us and a series of corporate end of year events to cover, I’m a little behind on blogging and must play catch up. Rishika and Paul’s wedding was shot just over a month ago now and posting this gallery from their E session taken way back in October just reminded me of what a sweet and photogenic couple these two are.

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We took a walk through the gorgeous back lanes around The Rocks and Walsh Bay ending our session with some shots of Sydney’s iconic harbour foreshore as the backdrop at the couple’s request so Rishika can show her friends and family in India.

For a full gallery of images from their engagement session, check out my Facebook page.

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Gabrielle & Stan’s Wedding: At rustic Farm Panorama, Bilpin

Gabrielle and Stan exchanged vows at the scenic backdrop of Farm Panaroma in Bilpin, Blue Mountains. The stylishly playful couple opt for a simple and relaxed approach with no bridal party; just a barnyard full of their loved ones who celebrated throughout the night.

For a full gallery of the images taken on the day, check out my Facebook Page.

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Prior to the Wedding…

My assistant Katie and I shot a boutique wedding back in October held at Farm Panaroma at Bilpin up in the Blue Mountains. On our drive up we came across fields of flowers, adorable paddocks of free roaming cows, but we simply had to pull over for this:

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If you are thinking of using Blue Mountains or Bilpin as a location for your wedding or engagement photoshoot session, take a look at Gab and Stan’s wedding. They stayed at the lodges at Farm Panaroma overlooking Sean Moran (of Sean’s Panaroma) and Michael Robertson ‘s 18 hectares of lush farmlands. I would not hesitate to recommend this venue and its owners for their hands-on hospitality throughout the evening.

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$10m, 500 NSW schools and 100,000 trees

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Robyn Parker announced that the Western Sydney Parklands Trust will be expanding its immensely popular pilot, ‘100 schools program’.

Over the next four years, the 500 schools plantings program will see 20 thousand school children plant 100 thousand trees in the Western Sydney Parklands.

Since the program began, 4000 school children from 75 schools in the western Sydney region have planted 15,000 native trees in the parklands. “By the end of the year we anticipate 5000 western Sydney schoolchildren from 100 schools will have planted 20,000 native trees and shrubs, which is a fantastic outcome for the western Sydney region,” she said. Western Sydney Parklands Trust director Suellen Fitzgerald said the school program was an important aspect of the trust’s work with the community, as the parklands played a pivotal role connecting western Sydney residents with the natural environment.

Photography commissioned by Western Sydney Parklands Trust

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Crossing Boundaries: Aiden Wilson, Performer & DJ (South Korea)

 

 

I had the chance to revisit South Korea last month for the third time in 9 months for work and was fortunate to be approached by Aiden for a portrait photography session in Hongdae.

Aiden is an American expat living and teaching English to university students in South Korea. She is also the host of QROK for BBSK Radio as well as performs in her drag persona on occasions. Aiden tells me she has previously been photographed numerous times and for this particular shoot, she was interested in exploring her capabilities in adapting to both her masculine and feminine side. Following are some of the images we captured that day:

 

For more photographs from the shoot, check out my Facebook page and please do take a moment to ‘like’ my page if you liked any of my images.

 

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Nikita & Ravinesh’s Wedding: An Indian Princess Weds Her Prince Charming

This was the perfect tale where an Indian Princess married her Prince Charming. Friends and family gathered at Sydney’s Curzon Hall on this mild winter day dressed in traditional sarees and sherwanis to wish this pair of love birds a happy ever after over a colourful and enchanting day and night of celebrations.

For more images from this elaborate North Indian wedding ceremony, take a look at my gallery on Facebook.

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