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So you have picked up your copy of issue two of Hello May magazine and you’ve seen, being the kind and generous folk our parents raised us to be, that we are giving away a full day wedding photography package for every state* in Australia.

Valued at a whopping $4000** each, that’s $28,000 worth of photographic goodness. The competition is open to any couple set to tie the knot in 2014 who are yet to book their wedding photographer (ie: if you have paid a deposit with another photographer you are not eligible to enter).

You are here now because you have devoured issue two and read up on what you have to do to be in the running to win such a bounty, and now you are keen to know a little bit about the woman behind the ACT prize…

It is our great pleasure to introduce you to the lovely Lauren, of Lauren Campbell Photography. Not only was Lauren nice enough to donate her time, talents and skills to one lucky reader, she also took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down and have a chat with us so you could get to know a little more about the creative soul potentially charged with the task of committing your wedding day to film, or pixels as technology would have it. Take it away Lauren…

How long have you been taking photos? I have taken photos ever since I was quite young & received my very first camera. It was a bright red, plastic, coca-cola film camera that I won in a spelling competition around the age of 9 or 10. I’d take it everywhere and shoot everything with it. It’s always been my passion, but it wasn’t until about 2 and a half years ago that I realised just how strong my passion was, and so I decided to get serious.

Best thing about shooting weddings is… Without a doubt the best thing about any wedding is the emotion. To witness & capture the connection between two people and to see that emotion reflected through family and friends alike is the most amazing experience.

What’s your all time favourite reception location to shoot at? There are so many beautiful places around the Canberra region that it’s hard to choose just one! I think Lake George Winery would have to be up there on my list of favourites! The beautiful vineyard setting located right on the foot of Lake George and it’s endless openness is breathtaking.

Describe your shooting style in 3 words… Intimate, Honest, Emotional. I always want my images to reflect these key feelings. 

Last time you cried at a wedding? Last weekend in Newcastle! The bride’s daughter gave the most heartfelt speech. I really don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole place.

Advice for those of us who can get a little nervous in front of the lens? My advice to anyone who might get a little nervous in front of the lens would be to forget that the lens is there altogether! In fact take a few moments to forget about everything but you and your partner and that is when the magic will happen! Things can get pretty overwhelming during your wedding day, and in the blink of an eye the day is over. So it is always so important to make yourselves the number one priority on your wedding day! Celebrate each other, your love, and the amazing thing you have just done in choosing to spend your life together! These true and honest moments are the ones you will remember and cherish forever.

All time fave ‘first dance’ song…. There are so many great first dance songs out there, but I really love when a couple chooses a really personal and original song for their first dance. My favorite is a bit of a strange one but I love it all the same. The Decemberists: “The Hazards of Love 4 – The Drowned”. I’m a bit biased though as this was my own first dance song!

Talk to us about one of your fave weddings, pictured below… At the beginning of spring last year I had the pleasure of travelling to the forest town of Tumbarumba to shoot one of the most beautiful & intimate weddings I have seen! Justin & Laura got married deep in the heart of the Bago State Forest, surrounded by the tallest of sugar pines & of course their dearest family & friends. This beautiful ceremony almost took place elsewhere due to the teeming rain that had been hammering the area all morning. But as luck would have it the rain started to ease back a little just as the guests were arriving & the call was made to risk it & stick to the plan. I have to say I am so glad they did because even though the rain eventually came pouring down all over us, it was magical to see how much they embraced their misty forest home and how much it meant to them both to be there.

Thank you Lauren! If you are keen to check  out more of Lauren’s work you can pay her website a visit here, her blog a visit here and stalk her on Pinterst and Twitter here and here. Instagram more your thing? Check out her handi work here.

We are all about supporting local business here at Hello May and think it would be great if you could head on over to Lauren’s Facebook page and give her an enthusiastic thumbs up, as she will be announcing the ACT winner here on Monday 12 August, 2013.

Entries close on Monday 5 August, 2013.

* Sorry NT we unearthed no willing participants. 
** Travel costs not included.

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CREDITS Photos Lauren Campbell Photography // Flowers Twigs and Grace.