Fawkner Park Engagement Session

I had an absolute BALL shooting todays Engagement Session with Lisa and Damian. We spent a relaxed couple of hours at Fawkner Park, we walked and talked, I captured a few images,there was a bit of general goofing off… You know, the usual.

So I thought I would post a wee teaser shot, just to get the Ball rolling, so to speak.

Oh, Apologies for the bad Dad jokes… I cant help it. :)

 

Photograph Captured by Canon 5DII & Canon 50mm/1.4

©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

Relaunching My Photography Career

Some of you may know that I have officially retired as a working class man, and returned to being a stay at home dad !!
Well, Narelle and I  have also decided that its the perfect time to relaunch my Photography career!

 

So, here it is, the Official Relaunch Blog Post !!

 

And here is a never before blogged image to accompany the post!

 

Photograph Captured by Canon 5DII & Sigma APO 100-300mm/4

 

Now this time round I have decided to take things a little more slowly,
and so at this stage I will only be booking one wedding per calender month.

More BIG news to follow, of that you can be sure!!

  
©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

Melbourne Wedding – Witchmount Estate Winery

Another perfect Melbourne day, another perfect couple.

I think its easier to let the images speak for themselves.

 

Melbourne Wedding Photographer - Witchmount Estate Winery
Melbourne Wedding Photographer - Witchmount Estate Winery
Melbourne Wedding Photography - Witchmount Estate Winery
Melbourne Wedding Photography - Witchmount Estate Winery
Witchmount
Melbourne Wedding Photography - Witchmount Estate Winery
Melbourne Wedding Photographer - Witchmount Estate Winery
Witchmount Estate Winery - Melbourne Wedding Photography
Witchmount Estate Winery - Melbourne Wedding Photographer
Witchmount Estate Winery - Melbourne Wedding Photographer
Melton Wedding Photographer - Witchmount Estate Winery
Witchmount Estate Winery - Melton Wedding Photography
Werribee Wedding Photographer - Witchmount Estate Winery
Melbourne Wedding Photographer - Williamstown Beach

Special thanks to Alex Gardner for his most awesome skills as a second shooter. Thanks mate!!

And in case you hadn’t noticed, this is my biggest blog post ever… crazy I know!!

 

©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

My Melbourne 20

By Robb Duncan - Melbourne & Geelong Wedding and Portrait Photography
On the Yarra River, Melbourne.

A gentle evening breeze ripples the water, the last rays of sun still warm on your skin,
The whole world bathed in a golden glow, winter almost forgotten.
Days like this make you fall in love with Melbourne all over again.


Photograph Captured by Canon 5DII & 50mm/1.2L - ISO 400 – 1/3200 second @ f/2.2

 

More My Melbourne Images

©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

 
 
 

Darkness and Light

The time comes when you finally feel like you can write about it. Like you HAVE to write about it.

Its too quiet, I have been too quiet…

People notice…

Questions…

 

But where is the start? The Beginning? That pivotal moment? How did this happen??

Well it wasnt like that, not really. With depression it never is… is it? Not for me at least…

Someone said its the price you pay for your art… some days I think they might be onto something… other days I think they are full of shit…

Depression has always been there, in the background, just a few steps behind me… Every now and then I get a tap on the shoulder… Then weeks roll by almost without change, except bit by bit the world gets smaller, darker. Even the most basic of tasks becomes more burdensome, concentration slips, the world now slightly out of focus.

I know this, I have been here before. I know what to do, I know the path to tread. Slowly but surely I always push my way back.

 

Melbourne & Geelong Photographer

Except this time was different… deeper and darker… I was in freefall and hadnt even noticed… the whole world was like a slow motion train wreck and I was just sitting there watching… unable to lift a finger… Even now as I look back its almost terrifying…

And then it got worse… much worse, things would never be the same.

 

Its not even 6am when the phone rings… “Hey its Dee” she says with tears in her voice, “somethings happened to mum, she is in hospital, its not good, you better get over here…”
I’m shocked… lost for words… the conversation is a blur…
Silence, sitting on the side of the bed… bugger, my passport has expired… the whole world is spinning… so much to organise…
2 hours later the phone rings again… its Dad… “its not good at all mate, get over here as quick as you can….”


Its amazing what you can get done when you have to, a replacement passport in 3 hours… and a one way ticket to New Zealand… But it was late afternoon before I kissed Narelle and the kids goodbye and boarded the plane…

Melbourne & Geelong Photographer

Walking to my plane… I like flying, I hated this.

 

A four hour flight and another 2 hours getting to the Hospital (thanks Jase & Amy)… all the while praying I am not too late…

Tears fill my eyes as I type this, just rolling down my cheeks… remembering that long night… but at least I got to say goodbye, we all did.

The following day mum slipped away quietly…

I try not to think about the next week to much… the grief of others, so much harder to bare than my own it seemed… Tears, flowers, warm spring sunshine, condolences, helplessness, sleepless nights, decisions, silence, heavy wooden casket…

I cant imagine what Dad was going through… surrounded by family and at the same time so alone…

 

Dad...

A thousand words I couldn’t write.

And yet it was great to see everyone again, it had been a few years… but all too soon I was saying goodbye at Wellington Airport, as lightning flashed and the rain fell in torrents.

The flight was uneventful, the welcome at Tullamarine was everything I had imagined. I was home!

The next few weeks were rough to say the least… I couldnt sleep… it was hell. I needed help… so I went and got it.

I still miss her so much… and its at the strangest times. Like during a discussion with the kids about how many of us as 4-5years olds had cut our own hair with scissors…I think to myself, “I will ask mum when I cut my hair, I think I was 5″… “Oh… wait… I cant…”

I see her in the expressions on the kids faces… little glimpses… and I like that. She would too.

Yes, it was hard to write this, its taken weeks… I dont even know if this is exactly what I wanted to say… But at least you know where I have been and why. I have to thank many people for their kindness and understanding over the past few months, especially since this has been so difficult to deal with and talk about..

Am I back? For the most part I would say yes… but it is a long road.

 

What I can say is that its a hell of a lot easier to be around a hundred or more smiling happy people, than it is sitting here alone in my office!!

 

 

 

 

Photographs Captured by iPhone and Canon 5DII

 

©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

Party of Nine !!!

Its amazing how quickly 8 months pass… as that’s how long it has been since we first found out we were pregnant with our 7th.

And as week 38 came and went, we were booked in to be induced at Werribee Mercy.

I wont go into the details of the labour, but suffice to say, the staff were awesome and everything came together perfectly. And thank you honey, we make a great team!!

Zoe Olivia – Born 22/7/11 @ 6.34pm. 3.695kg (8lb 2oz)

The Arrival of Zoe - Baby Duncan #7
Family Cuddles and closeups of Zoe
Zoe's first Bath and going home.

And I am happy to announce that both mum and baby are doing fine !!

So we are now officially a party of nine… Bring it on!!

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©2011 Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

That awesome Adelaide wedding.

I know I have already posted about this wedding, but I just wanted to give you all a heads up on how much of a big deal this was, for everyone involved. :)
Special thanks to Melody for her kind words, a strong network of photographers is what makes our world go round. Here is a quick quote from her blog post.

Quote: – Robb stepped in when I couldn’t and did an amazing job. I will never be able to thank Robb for everything he has done for me and my family. So I’d just like to publicly thank him, and his wife Narelle, who made the long trip down from Melbourne together. 

Melbourne & Geelong Wedding and Portrait Photographer
The Rings, nothing says country to me more than an old Ford Tractor.

Photograph Captured by Canon 5DII &  Canon 24mm/1.4 IIL

 

©2010 Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

A Werribee Mansion Wedding

As a wedding photographer, living half way between Melbourne and Geelong has its advantages.
For one thing, I get the opportunity to photograph a wider variety of clients in loads of different places.
From here its only a short trip to Ballarat, the Great Ocean Road or anywhere in between.
Its also very cool that one of Melbourne’s premier wedding venues, the Werribee Park Mansion, is just down the road.
In fact its not just cool, its all kinds of awesome.

To be honest, as a wedding venue, The Mansion at Werribee Park is almost without equal anywhere else in the state.
So its always a pleasure when I get to photograph a wedding in the grounds, and its even better when we have a little time inside the Mansion itself.

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photographs in the Werribee Mansion - Robb Duncan

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Werribee Mansion Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photography at Werribee Mansion - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photography in the Werribee Mansion - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photographs at Werribee Mansion - Robb Duncan

Told you it is an awesome venue!!

Photographs Captured by Canon 5DII &  Canon 24mm/1.4 IIL & 50mm/1.2L

 
©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

Williamstown Beach Wedding Photography

First of all I would like to say I loved the red wedding shoes!!

Yesterday Annelise and Jason were married one of my favorite wedding venues of all time, Witchmount Estate Winery.
Why is it a favorite? Because thats were I was married !!

And once their afternoon reception had finished, we went for a quick trip to the beach at Williamstown for a few more photos.

This is one of my favorite images from the day.

Melbourne & Geelong Wedding and Portrait Photographer - Wedding Shoes - Williamstown Beach Wedding

Photograph Captured by Canon 5DII &  Canon 70-200mm/2.8 L IS @200mm
ISO 100 – 1/400sec @ f/3.5

©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

Liza & James – Ballarat Wedding

I am lucky enough to shoot a couple of Ballarat weddings every year, and I love it. Here are some of my favorite images  of the bridal prep at Oscars in Ballarat from the wedding of Liza and James.

Ballarat Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photographer in Ballarat- Robb Duncan

Wedding Photography in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photographer in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photography in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photographer in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photography in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photographer in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Wedding Photography in Ballarat - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Ballarat Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Another perfect start to a perfect wedding day.

Photographs captured by Canon 5DII &  Canon 24mm/1.4 IIL & 50mm/1.2L

So there you have it and like I always say, please feel free to comment… Especially those of you viewing this via Facebook !!!

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©2010 Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat


My Melbourne 19

By Robb Duncan - Melbourne & Geelong Wedding and Portrait Photography

Just Another Melbourne Laneway

I actually have a soft spot for this laneway, as seen HERE.

So there you have it and like I always say, please feel free to comment… Especially those of you viewing this via Facebook !!!

 
And for the Camera/foto geeks: -

Photograph captured by :- Canon 5D II & 50mmL f/1.2 – ISO 800 – 1/250 second @ f/1.8

 

More My Melbourne Images

©Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat

 
 
 

Back from Adelaide

Well, we have been back for a few days now, and its difficult to put into words the experience that was our Epic Adelaide Road Trip, because awesome or amazing just doesnt quite cut it!! I have told a few people now that I am not the same person I was this time last week. Why? I hear you ask… Simply put, it was a curious combination of events, luck and emotions that only come together on the rarest of occasions and when they do, its life changing. Thats the best way I can describe the trip.

Really? I hear you say… Yes, really. I can honestly say I have not had 4 days quite like it. Everything was perfect, I don’t have any complaints!! The weather was warm, the food was amazing, the people were laid back and relaxed, Adelaide was so pretty and so clean, Traffic and driving were enjoyable, I got to spend some real quality time with my lovely wife, and even the motel we stayed at was clean and tidy and the staff were excellent. There was so much more, but you get the picture right?

My eyes were opened and my horizons were expanded.

I cannot thank the Bride and Groom, Chloe and Simon, enough for being so warm and friendly, considering that I was a complete stranger and not the wedding photographer they had booked for their special day.

Also, a special thanks to Melody, for being awesome. Keep your chin up, things will get better. :)

And lastly, I will finish with a snapshot of the Big Rocking Horse.

Big Rocking Horse - By Robb Duncan - Melbourne & Geelong Wedding and Portrait Photography

Photograph captured by :- Canon 5D II & 24mm L II f/1.4

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©2010 Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat


Road Trip to Adelaide

Just a quick post to say that I am road tripping to Adelaide tomorrow, to help out photographer friend Melody G who unfortunately is too ill to photograph a wedding this weekend.

We should be back on monday, so all going well I will reply to emails and return calls on Tuesday. :)

Its going to be an epic adventure!! My lovely wife and I get 3 nights alone, thanks to our awesome niece who will be sitting on babies and such.

We plan on seeing a few Australian road side icons, such as “The Big Koala”, “The Big Rocking Horse” and “The Big Orange”, among other things.

I might keep you updated with the odd iPhone image, if I get time.

So wish us luck (not that we need it), and spare a thought or two for Melody and her family.

:)

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©2010 Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat


Tanya and Angus – part 2

I love my job, and I love the fact that I have clients who are Awesome enough to allow me to shoot their wedding in Square format, but thats Tanya and Angus for you!! And its a real buzz to photograph a whole wedding that is composed and shot in-camera exclusively in square format, something I have not done since the olden days when Medium Format Film was king of the hill. I will admit it did pose a few technical difficulties at first, with masking the viewfinder etc… but once that was overcome, the experience was incredibly liberating, photographically speaking.

Yarra Valley Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Melbourne Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Melbourne Wedding Photographer - Robb Duncan

Yarra Valley Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Melbourne Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Yarra Valley Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Melbourne Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Yarra Valley Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Yarra Valley Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

Melbourne Wedding Photography - Robb Duncan

So there you have it and like I always say, please feel free to comment… Especially those of you viewing this via Facebook !!!

And for the Camera/foto geeks: -

Photographs captured by:

Canon 5DII & 24mm/1.4L II
Canon 5DII &50mm/1.2L

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©2010 Robb Duncan | Wedding Photographer | Melbourne | Geelong | Ballarat