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Profession Photography, State Awards- AIPP.

Aipp awards. State awards nsw.

Back at the end of April, I spent the three days working at the AIPP Epson NSW/ACT state professional photographer awards in Canberra. This is a volunteer role I take on – not only the awards but the role of NSW president. I have to say – I love it. Being able to work with so many members, help, encourage and bring together community – that’s what’s it’s all about. I worked my butt off over the weekend along with countless other members and we do it because we love it. We believe in members and the AIPP. We share a love for our industry.

So thank you – to every single member who entered, helped, participated, volunteered, celebrated, cried, encouraged, laughed, shared, participated, helped, encouraged, inspired, judged, print handled, helped, bought me a drink, and really anyone who shares this incredible community of ours. I was filled the entire time with this immense gratitude to all members and everyone AIPP and our family. We have something amazing and not everyone gets this – I am extremely grateful to you all. I’m one lucky gal!!! Thank you.

Oh, and I was lucky enough to walk away with a silver distinction for my entry efforts and I had my first proper go at judging this year. That was scarier than waiting for my own scores but I learned an incredible amount and I was able to really help some members earn the awards I believed they deserved. I judge on the documentary category, which is a category I feel very strongly about. The winner for NSW turned out to be a member who needed my help last minute to borrow a print case and get her entries in on time! I am so happy for her and so happy I was able to help get her entries in! Even happier I was able to judge them and I didn’t even know that was her category until she won!!!! It really does give me a warm glow being an AIPP member and especially working on Council and at Awards! I can’t wait for APPA now in August for nationals and NSW again (back in Sydney!) for 2019!!!

~ Danielle

Bridal Choice Award Night.

It was an absolute pleasure to photograph for the Bridal Choice Awards last week! In case you missed it, here’s what went down-

“On Tuesday 10 April 2018 at Novotel Newcastle Beach from 6.30pm over 120 guests from the cream of the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Wedding Industry had an opportunity to celebrate, network and find out if the Brides and Grooms of the Hunter Valley & Newcastle have voted them to be the Winner of the Brides Choice Award in their category!

Bridal Choice Awards, Newcastle Hunter Valley Weddings

If you have received an Invitation by email to attend the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Choice Awards Gala Cocktail Party, you are a Finalist! This means you have been recognised by your Brides and scored more than 20 points during voting. Guests walked the red carpet and enjoyed celebrating, reacquainting, and generally having a fun time. Business joined with the rest of the Hunter Valley & Newcastle wedding industry in celebrating and recognising the “Best of the Best” The Brides Choice Awards celebrates and recognises the pinnacle of professionalism and the surpassing of all expectations of their Brides by wedding suppliers, this is the only annual wedding awards event where real people – not industry insiders – determine the nominees and winners, setting it apart from other Business Awards.

An amazing evening had by all, the impeccable Wedding Businesses of the Hunter Valley & Newcastle certainly turned out to celebrate and enjoy an evening full of anticipation and free spirit, a night of rewards given to businesses by grateful and appreciative Brides and Grooms who had their weddings in the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Wedding Region. Congratulations to all the WINNERS of the night well-deserved accolades reinforced by your peers that attended this fun filed and free-spirited event …. see you next year!! A BIG SHOUT OUT!! to our Photographer and DJ who were very gracious with their time for the evening – Photos are amazing THANK YOU!! Ellen Starrett from Natural Lights Photography”

Venue: Novotel

Hosts: Hunter Newcastle Weddings

Hunter Bridal Book- A directory for all things wedding!

Hunter Valley weddings bride to be, inspiration, directory, Newcastle

If you’re a local bride in the Hunter region this page may already be on your radar. 

I have always been blown away by the talent of wedding suppliers in the Hunter Area. I made this Instagram page just over a month ago to showcase just that. I would always be scrolling through my Instagram and would see something and think “wow that’s unique” and I just wanted to share it with people and most importantly brides! I would describe it as a wedding directory for the Newcastle and the Hunter Area, featuring the best and the most uniques, wedding venues, stylists, photographers, celebrants and everything in between. If you are a bride or groom planning your wedding in the Hunter Valley this page is for you!

Hunter Valley weddings bride to be, inspiration, directory, Newcastle

I created this page to be an open forum. I encourage brides to tag their bridesmaids, their mum and hubby to share opinions and get ideas for the big day. There are updates on wedding events around the area and special offers from suppliers. I get messages every day asking general questions about the wedding and for recommendations and I respond to every one of them. I also do an Instagram live where I answer some of those questions to everyone can hear and I have had an amazing response from that, brides love it!

For all your Hunter Valley wedding needs, we have featured everything you need for the best inspiration from the best suppliers.

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Much love,

Ellen xx

Mothers Day Photoshoot with Allarna, Daniel, Maggie, Blake and Xavier!

Family Portraits with Natural Lights Photography.

I had just the best time hanging out with this beautiful family! They were so much fun and so excited for our family photoshoot together. We were up at Anna Bay on Stockton Sandunes witch is just 45 mins north of Newcastle (I do love that place!). The sand dunes at sunset are simply beautiful and make for a really unique and elegant backdrop. I had asked Allarna to dress the family in maroon and white colours as I wanted them to really pop against the backdrop and they sure did! The end result was so beautiful!

I loved working with the kids; Maggie, Blake and Xavier, they were just so much fun and so eager to be in front of the camera. Their little personalities just shone. We captured such a nice connection between the whole family and even a few sneaky engagement photos for Allarna and Daniel (congrats guys, we will see you at the wedding!).

Included in our mothers day packages are a beautifully wrapped, matted and framed print from the day. A perfect gift for mum, ready for display.


These images are apart of our mothers day photoshoot series and you to can have your own shoot just like this.

Pricing starting at $450

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Giving Something Back- Family Photo Session from The Blue Mountains Bush Fires 2013

I recently shared a post about tips and tricks for family portraiture. Our cover image was a laughing family with Mum centre stage. This image has received a huge amount of likes and shares on social media and we want to tell you the story behind it. It is a very special image, from a very special session and I wanted to share a little more about it.

A few years ago up in the Blue Mountains, there were terrible bushfires. Every so often the fires come through, but 2013 was the worth in a long time. Whole suburbs were wiped out with residents being given only enough time to save themselves. House was lost, lives destroyed and everything changed.

I’m originally a mountains girl born and bred and so many people I knew had been devastated by these fires. It was heartbreaking. I wanted to do something, help somehow and give what I could to the residents who were now at a loss.

There were drives to organize shelter, food, clothing and homewares for families. These drives were all organized by locals for their communities and did amazingly. But something that no one could replace, were the lost family portraits. No one could bring back those family albums of childhood and weddings, of momentous occasions or loved ones, which have now past.

But – I could help families start building new portraits and family photos. So I offered free family portrait sessions to anyone who had lost their homes in the fires.

Corrine contacted me and we set up a session for her parents to include the kids and parents and start a new family album. It was one of the most fun, uplifting and silliest sessions I have ever (still to this date) had. We all laughed, shared, connected and captured real times for them to keep forever. This is what family photography is all about and why I do what I do. Being able to give something back to these family, made things even more amazing. And since then Corrine and her family have become valued friends! Thank you guys for trusting me to share those moments with you and I always look forward to more time with you all!


I wouldn’t chose anyone but Natural Lights Photography for my photos. I think the results speak for themselves but they make the whole experience fun and easy going with no awquardness about being in front of the camera. There dedication to the art and work is admirable and definitely something you don’t see I everyone. Weather it is family portraits, wedding portraits or anything in-between. I can’t recommend them enough. Awesome people and awesome photographers!

The Bartlett Family 2015

Danielle was an absolute delight to work with and the images speak for themselves. She shot in a natural, casual way (exactly what we wanted). My guests barely knew she was there. Such a pro!

Kim - March 2017

In 2011 Danielle photographed my cousins wedding and the pictures were amazing! Last week she photographed my 8 week daughter. She had a hard morning with my squirming VERY awake and "not having anything to do with it" baby and the pictures are incredible! If you're looking for a great photographer, Danielle is your lady! Thankyou so much!

Katrina Nov 2015

Natural Lights photography recently covered our wedding. From start to finish they were complete professionals. The direction, the ability to capture the right moments and there friendly nature made the whole experience unforgettable. We knew the prints would be amazing but we were still blown away with the results. Couldn’t recommend more highly! We’re are so happy we chose them!

Kathryn and Matthew 2015

Danielle is easy to work with, great laughs and takes amazing photos! Would recommend her to anyone wanting beautiful photos that capture the moment perfectly.

Murielle Sassine 2015

The Natural Lights Photography team are highly talented photographers with great energy and a real creative flare. They have photographed both my pre wedding shoot and wedding, my photos are incredible and I would highly recommend them as they are a pleasure to work with and they make the whole Experience enjoyable. My husband and I loved having them shoot for us and I look forward to using Natural Light’s plenty in the future

Samantha and Ron 2015