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…

Anna and Tim's relaxed garden wedding at The Oasis Port Stephens | Candid storytelling wedding photographers Central Coast

So this is how I wrapped up my 2014, with a little getaway to Anna and Tim’s wedding at the eco resort The Oasis at Port Stephens. Surrounded by nature, delicious sunset light, lots of laughter and dining under the stars…even serenaded by the lovely Anna herself…what more could you ask for in a perfectly relaxed and dreamy wedding day :-)

Our aussie adventure | Beloved couples photographer Central Coast, Sydney, Hunter Valley

How on earth Claudia and Tobias managed to find me on their round-the-world travels I have no idea, but I’m so glad they did! They stopped by our beautiful Central Coast to capture some memories of their time in Australia, and I got to jealously hear about their amazing adventures! It turns out we have a lot in common…our German backgrounds, our love of all things vintage, and Claudia and I even share the same birthday, a couple of days after our shoot would you believe? It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you both and till next time in Germany!

Travel stories from Malawi (Blog 2 of 2) | International Development photojournalist for ADRA Malawi, ADRA Australia

Malawi…also known as the warm heart of Africa, a country that is full of heart and soul. I’ll be back! Here are some of my fave travel images whilst working for ADRA Australia / ADRA Malawi. You can see the full story from the first blog post here. Thank-you for enjoying the journey with me! And don’t miss the funny video at the end...

Gotta love a man who can bust out the moves like this 😉 You can listen to some of the audio here:

Thank-you Shadreck for capturing this image, which tells a 1000 words about my time in Malawi. One of the best experiences of my whole life and memories that I will treasure forever. Grateful.

And just for a laugh…my attempt at hearing an African folk tale…it was all lost in translation, but who cares…I could listen to Chichewa all day long :-)

If you would like to have your own inspiring adventure, check out the ADRA connections trips here, where you can make a difference and whilst having an amazing cultural experience. And if you feel like paying it forward, you can donate here.