Nic and Rob celebrate 34 years together | Candid couples photography Central Coast, Newcastle

Nic and Rob decided to throw any self-consciousness out the door, and give themselves the gift they had wanted for ages, some photos together. Something natural and authentic, and in their most sentimental locations. Their laughter, friendship and a natural ease with each other was beautiful to witness. Connection and heart, my fave things. 

Smitten by their love story of 34 years, we also interviewed Rob and Nic for Less Stuff - More Meaning. You can read their feature here

Enchanting | Natural pregnancy photography Central Coast

It’s up to us
to re-enchant this planet Earth

We are the elves and giants
we are the shining ones
daughters of the Moon and
sons of the Sun

We are the shapeshifters
we are the mysterious light
shrouded in mists at
the dawn of our time
it’s up to us to re-enchant
this living planet Earth

Up to us to midwife
at our own rebirth
up to us to send our dead
along their
ancient pathways to the future
up to us to re-enchant this
living planet Earth

It’s up to us to break the spell
that steals the colours
from the world
and leaves it lifeless
it was our spell
we can break it

It’s up to us to break the spell
that steals the music from
the Wind and the Rain
it is our spell
we can break it

We will dance the magic dance
and our bodies will remember
we will sing the magic songs
and together we’ll remember
how to live together
how to love each other
how to ride the eagle
how to call the deer
Home

Will Ashe Bacon

Kind words | Natural family photography capturing emotion

When this email landed in my inbox I thought my heart would burst! Can't thank-you enough Zoe, could totally squeeze you both right now! May the good vibes come straight back to you! 

"I had a photo session by you with my son Aiden and I back in late 2013 and absolulety love love love the natural and relaxed way you captured us both. I remember being a little nervous about the shoot as it was just my son and I but you were soo lovely as soon as I met you I just felt at ease and to this day Aiden still carries around the mini photo book we got with the package, he packs it in his suitcase every time he has a sleepover!
So a lot has happened since our last meeting and I'm now engaged! I haven't yet set a date, time, venue, sorted a dress or any of the important details you need to do in preparing for a wedding however the one thing I don't need to give any thought to is choosing a photographer as I know I'd love to have you!" Zoe.

Winter Special - Heirloom Fine Art Album | Photographers Central Coast, Sydney, Hunter Valley

As our memories fade, our photographs become even more meaningful. Images that we can touch, feel, connect over, to re-live those emotions become a family treasure. No amount of screen time can create the same experience. These heirloom albums are an investment yet their value is priceless.

This winter I would like to make fine art albums more affordable to my families and couples, and am offering a $200 discount on any album purchased in these chilly months.

So grab some choccies, a vino, snuggle up and savour this beautiful family of yours. 

Georgie & Ben's intimate wedding | Documentary elopement photographer

Small in size, but huge in heart. This is how Georgie and Ben chose to spend their wedding day. Surrounded by only 20 of their nearest and dearest, they wed on the deck of Georgie's childhood home. Georgie described their approach to planning a day authentic to them:

"I guess without thinking about it really we just forgot the whole word ‘wedding’ as best we could and remembered the day wasn’t about anything other than getting married… while all the extra stuff is lovely, it doesn’t make the day any less or any more important so while we had a few of those extra things, they certainly weren’t the most important part and we cut a lot of things out...there’s so much pressure to have this perfect day. Our day poured rain, we got filthy & ended up wearing gumboots all day.. it was far from glamorous but it was awesome. We had the best time ever & that’s what made it perfect."

Thank-you so much for having me lovelies, and for being part of the inspiration behind Less Stuff - More Meaning. So much love x

Weddings with substance and sustainability | New wedding blog

As our culture moves towards less consumption and more mindful living, so too our weddings become more eco and ethically focused. Introducing Less Stuff - More Meaning a wedding blog that looks beyond the pretty details, and celebrates weddings that have left their mark by consuming with care and have given back. Founded by photographer Sandra Henri and partnering with writer and poet Amy Wilson, LSMM is creating new wedding traditions. Join the movement of weddings caring for our earth and people.

Change is in the air | Ethical eco wedding photographer Central Coast Sydney Hunter Valley

Things have been a little quiet on the surface lately, however new projects have been brewing behind the scenes. And now the secret is out!

2016 will see a new direction for the wedding industry. Which over the years seems to have been overtaken by a world of consumerism and going above and beyond. However I am seeing couples going their own way, choosing to tread more lightly, simplify, consume consciously and incorporate social giving into their weddings.

I'd like to sincerely thank these couples (you know who you are), for inspiring me to branch into a new direction with my business. You'll be seeing these weddings on the new blog soon! (Don't worry Sandra Henri Photography will be continuing on, specialising in families, elopements and small, intimate weddings). 

And so introducing Less stuff - More meaning !

A wedding blog with a difference, that digs a little deeper. 

Here you'll find:

1. Real weddings with simplicity and substance
2. Couples shoots, both young love and long time partners. We'll chat and muse with them on ways to foster deeper connections in our relationships
3. Ethical vendors and purpose-driven businesses
4. Opportunities to be hands-on in social activism through your wedding

LSMM is a collaboration between Sandra Henri - Photographer & ethical weddings dreamer, and Amy Wilson - Writer, Poet & relationships philosopher. Together we are passionate about social change and living purposefully. 

We'll also be offering a consultancy service to NGO's working within the wedding industry. 

We'd like to thank those that have already jumped on board! Excited to say we have some beautiful and meaningful real weddings and couples shoots from around the world that we'll be featuring on the blog. 

Calling our tribe! If this sounds up your alley, we invite you to join our little grass-roots movement. Our website will be launching mid January 2016, however in the meantime, feel free to connect with us on facebook and instagram.

Happy New Year! Shine on!

Lazy mornings | Relaxed documentary family photography Sydney, Central Coast

Happiness is…when your clients spontaneously do this at Manly Beach! Thank-you so much for just being yourselves and letting your personalities shine!

We spent such a relaxed morning together, as I documented those fleeting every day moments that are all too easily forgotten. Here is Alicia, Nick and Evelyn’s story…full of the best parts of parenthood (and minus the tears and sleep deprivation 😉 ) Because after all, this is what we will choose to remember in the years to come…