Bridal Caps

Bridal caps have been popular for a while now and I've heard some strong opinions for and against them. I think they can look awesome, but like most fashionable things you have to have the right face to wear one (by right I'm trying to say good looking in a polite way).

Also do you think they would get itchy? I can imagine that they might irritate ones forehead...what a downer I am, always thinking practically.

The bridal caps below are from Twigs & Honey and  BHLDN.



So Sage has been on my 'amazing places in Canberra to eat' list for a while, so I was super excited when Boronia and Simon told me that was where their wedding reception was to be held. I was so impressed with how friendly the staff were, the decor and most of all the food!

Look at how excited I am to eat this amazing food, I think I was a little shocked at how well Annika and I got fed. Everything was delicious, but my favourite part was the dessert (I have a sweet tooth) it had coriander (cilantro for the Americans) in it....the best thing ever!

Also as I mentioned it was such a beautiful location for a reception, Sage is located in Gorman House one of the few beautiful old buildings in Canberra. If you are looking for a reception venue definitely check out Sage or at least go there for dinner sometime.

Lucille & Chris

Chilled, that's how I would describe Chris and Lucille. Everything about them is relaxed and easy to be around, it was such pleasure to take their wedding photos!

It was so much fun to photograph all the colourful chucks, polkadots and petticoats. I love how much Chris and Lucille made their wedding their own...from their clothes, to Chris singing as Lucille walked down the aisle, to them having the band The Jane Austen Argument providing the beautiful music for the reception. Thanks to Tuli for being my second, it was a perfect day.

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Do you remember this?

Yesterday I remembered this's just as amazing now as it was six years ago.

What should I do with my Instagrams?

If you enjoy using Instagram as much as I do you may be accumulating some pretty great images...but the question is now what should you do with them all?

What about making a book? Blurb have Instagram books starting from $12.95 and you can get up to 240 pages...that would be a pretty fat book.

I saw my friend El tweeting about Stickygram a few weeks ago, why not turn your Instagrams into magnets!

Or you could just make a giant collage like these people.

I may just test out some of these ideas, don't worry I'll keep you in my Instagram loop.

Reto & Marita - a thank you.

Sometimes we photographers can be a little insecure about our photographs, I love the images I take...but will you? Last year when I got this email it made my month! It's an amazing feeling when my couples love their photos this much.



Holy moley Amanda what beautiful work you have done!

Best night ever last night, just home from our honeymoon to be super thrilled with your magnificent pics and so beautifully displayed!

Thank you so so so much, besides me, Reto was so excited and kept saying " God she's good isn't she... I mean look at this, it's just,,,, oh wow, just AMAZZZING!" (just so you can get a feeling for how dam excited we were!)

The book is really great and something to keep us amused on the flight back and the way you captured everyone at the wedding so naturally and really told the story of the day was truly fantastic....

Really appreciate your hard work and loved what you did and thank you so much it was great working with you and sharing our day with you

Thanks hey and all the best with your great work

Big smiles,

Marita and Reto

The Walking Dead Intro

I love the TV show The Walking Dead! It's about zombies and it's just a little bit scary...actually for me it's a lot scary but I'm a wimp. One of the things I love about the show besides the excitement, moral dilemmas and zombie guts is the intro. I'm a huge sucker for good TV show intros...fitting music with some great pictures can really set the scene for a show. In The Walking Dead's case the intro spooks me out before the show has even begun...are there any TV show intros you like?


I've been thinking lately about how blessed I am to be a wedding photographer. You're probably thinking "yes Amanda...we know you get to work from home and set your own hours, you've told us enough times." And that is true, but more than's the people.

On Saturday night I was at a reception listening to the bride Boronia give the most amazing speech to her husband Simon. I looked across the room at my second shooter Annika who like me was struggling to hold back tears and I remembering thinking to myself  "only 60 people in the world get to watch this amazing moment and I'm one of them". What a privilege to witness couples making the biggest commitment of their lives surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Sorry I'm being a little mushy today, but I really do love my job. Below is just a sneak peak of the wedding I'm going to show you next are going to love it!

Wedding: Option Three.

Location: For this last wedding I want to stay in Canberra, I'm thinking a pine forest...I love the smell of pine.

Food: I really love the restaurant Rubicon (I actually went there for dinner last night) and so for the reception I'd like to keep things simple and have a banquet (number 2). I'd like to keep it to about 30 guests again, like a very large dinner party.

Bridesmaid: This time to mix it up a little I've decided to have a bridesmaid (Cathy this would be you but you can't complain if you don't like the dress as it's make believe). The dress is from ModCloth it's the Cartography Degree Dress. I would let Cathy choose her own shoes and accessories.

Dress: Crepe De Chine Column Gown from BHLDN, not much to say about's just a classy dress.

Caleb: Lets be honest he doesn't care what he I'm thinking he could wear the same suit a wedding one with a different shirt and tie.

Other: Jennifer Behr Pearl Birdcage Veil, a bouquet made out of cotton, Belle by Sigerson Morrison Suede Flats from Madewell and a low side bun.

I hope you have enjoyed my three days of fake weddings...once again I know I have amazing style so feel free to steal my ideas.


Wedding: Option Two.

Location: Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre. I used to go to this campsite as a teenager and there is the most amazing bush chapel...the photos don't do it justice at all! Once again we would have about 30 guests and this time we would all stay in the dormitories, so fun!

Food: I was thinking that I would love homey food like chilli and apple crumble.

Dress: Sophie by Claire Pettibone. I love this dress but I'm pretty sure it would look horrible on my large hips, but thankfully this is make believe and for this wedding I'm making believe that my hips are smaller.

Caleb: this time the model looks a little more like Caleb.

Other stuff: I would like to have my hair braided with one of these Ethereal Firefly hair pins by Twigs & Honey, Kimchi Blue Sweetheart Skimmer (a fancy name for shoes) by Urban Outfitters and a bouquet like the one below that I once made myself for a shoot...who has sweet skills?

See you for wedding three tomorrow!

Wedding: Option One.

As I mentioned yesterday the rest of this week is "If I got married today" blog posts. I thought it would be fun to put together three different potential wedding options for if Caleb and I were getting married this year...instead of 2004. I hope you enjoy and feel free to steal any of my ideas!

Wedding Overview: A relaxed party with family and a few close friends (30 people tops). No bridal party and no sit down meal...just a fun cocktail party!

Location: The Seidler House. This amazing house is situated in the Southern Highlands, so it's only a short 2 hour drive from Canberra. It sleeps 10 people so our immediate family could all stay there for the weekend and enjoy the view and swimming pool with us! See the 'jetty' bit that sticks out? Well that's where we would get married.

 The Dress: You all know how much I love J Crew so it's not surprising that I chose one of their dresses - the Kira gown.

Caleb: He would wear something like this from Banana Republic.

The other stuff: Sainted Sister Blusher Veil from BHLDN, my hair needs to be up otherwise it gets scraggly, Neotropical Flats from Anthropologie and for a bouquet I'm thinking red/orange/yellow poppies.

I could go on with this all, jewellery, etc. But you get the idea, see you tomorrow for wedding number two!


My Wedding

In honor of valentines day I thought I would share a little of our wedding...which was in June 2004. I was the ripe old age of 20 and Caleb 22...needless to say we did get some crap about getting married young, but this year will be our 8 year anniversary and I love him more every day (hopefully he feels the say way) so I'm glad we didn't listen to all the negative nellys. Our families were amazingly supportive...Caleb's flew in from the States, his Mum did all the flowers, both our Dads did the ceremony together (they are both ministers) and my Mum did just about everything else. Hope you enjoy the photos...number 3 is my favourite cause it looks like I'm going to eat Caleb's face.

Being around weddings all the time people often ask me if there is anything I regret about my wedding and my answer is always 'no, that was the stage I was at in my life'...but if I got married today obviously I would do things a little differently. So this week I thought I'd share my three "if I got married today" wedding options. So Stay tuned!

Josh & Jessana

So Josh and Jessana's wedding day began with my car breaking down, then one of my cameras stopped working just as Jessana walked down the aisle and finally during the location shoot I walked into a giant spider's web which I was pulling out of my hair for the rest of the day...but besides that it was a perfect wedding.

Josh and Jessana are one of those couples that are easy to be around, they are just so relaxed and it was such a pleasure to take their wedding photos! They are a photographers dream couple...I'm like "See that forest that's really hard to get into? Well, I'd love for you to walk in there wearing your fancy wedding clothes and look as attractive as possible", Josh is like "ok" and Jessana looks a little nervous but follows Josh into the forest without complaint. I quickly found out that Jessana is very afraid of spiders and all things creepy crawly, but she was such a good sport staying in the bug infested forest until I got the shot! I appreciate Josh and Jessana trusting me so completely...even with all my crazy ideas.

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Letters of Note

Have you ever visited the amazing Letters of Note (Correspondance deserving of a wider audience) website? It's a collection of interesting letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes etc from all different types of people, from famous musicians to african american slaves. It's one of those websites that makes you both laugh and cry....below is one of my favourite letters.

In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of WrathEast of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.

Steinbeck replied the same day. His beautiful letter of advice can be enjoyed below.

(Source: Steinbeck: A Life in Letters; Image: Thom and John Steinbeck with their father in 1954, courtesy of UC Berkeley.)

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.



East Side Bride

Even though I'm a wedding photographer I'm not really into all things 'wedding'....sometimes the hearts, kisses and sparkles make me want to throw up just a little bit. Don't get me wrong I love going to weddings and photographing them, but I can't change who I am: a practical girl who sometimes finds all this beading and lace a little overwhelming!

I think that's why I love East Side Bride (an evil club of mean hipster brides) so much! It's such a refreshing change to all the other 'pretty' wedding blogs out there, it's straight forward and gives real practical advice. Brides write in with all their wedding dilemmas, anything from what accessories to wear through to family issues. Trust me you'll learn a lot reading this really fun blog!

The Wedding Photographer Stereotype

When people think of a wedding photographer what usually jumps to mind is a grumpy middle aged man, who is barking orders at your Nana and wearing lots of black. It makes me so upset that the profession I enjoy so much has such a bad reputation. That often the public holds the belief that we only become wedding photographers because we aren't good enough to be 'real photographers'. Unfortunately peoples ideas have been shaped by bad wedding photographers, photographers who would be better suited to another profession....say a mortician, something that doesn't require a lot of human contact. These photographers have forgotten that the experience of the wedding day is more important than having hot photos. That if you're a big jerk and make everyone feel crappy, your photos won't bring up happy memories no matter how good they are.

I love being a wedding photographer and I'm always so privileged to play a huge role on such an important day of peoples lives. Sometimes photographers forget we have the ability to make a couples day amazing or terrible, all by how we choose to behave. Remember a wedding is a once a week occurrence for us, but it's our couple's once in a lifetime commitment. Yes, this sounds corny...but it's true. If photographers thought little more about the people they were working for rather than just getting the job done, maybe then our industry would have a better reputation.

As for being a 'real photographer' people who say that are just ignorant and obviously haven't seen all the amazing wedding photographers out there today. I'm constantly amazed by the beautiful work that my fellow wedding photographers are creating!

I'm going to share more of Josh and Jessana's wedding with you next week.

Pronunciation Manual

Pronunciation Manual is the latest hit in the Thorson household. Caleb discovered these last week and since then we have spent most of our spare time in stitches watching them on YouTube. I'm pretty sure you will either really enjoy them or think we're super weird for liking them so much.


Michelle & Piero Engagement

Firstly I want to begin by saying that I had a really hard time choosing what images to share with you from this shoot, there were just so many good ones! Yes, some of that is because of my sweet skills...but mostly it comes down to two things: Michelle and Piero putting lots of time and effort into planning this shoot and the fact that they are both really, really photogenic. Let's not lie to ourselves, the camera just loves some people (I am not one of those people).

Obviously this was not shot in Canberra. Michelle and Piero live in Sydney and so I travelled up in December to shoot their engagement session at Redleaf Pool in Double Bay. We had such a fun time and I'm super pumped to shoot their wedding later this year!

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Thorson Photography Magazine

So this year instead of giving out postcards or some other kind of pamphlet, we have made the first annual Thorson Photography Magazine! It's pretty exciting to see my images in print (even if I'm the one doing the printing). In the magazine there are features on a few different couples from 2011, with a short blurb sharing a little bit about their weddings. So if you are coming to any of the wedding fairs this year make sure that you visit me and pick one up....they are free!


A Quote.

I've noticed a lot of photographers and creative people in general seem to like quotes. Whether it be on Twitter or on their Facebook, quotes are a regularly posted and they usually include something about 'working for your dreams'.

Now I'm not trying to bash quotes or the people who love them, instead I thought I would jump on the 'quote bandwagon' and find some quotes I actually like. Because most of the time the quotes I come across seem little to mushy for this practical girl. I discovered this excellent quote whilst putting together my latest brochure (which I will share with you tomorrow).

"No husband of mine will say, "I could have been a drummer, but I had to think about the wife and kids. You know how it is." Nobody supports me at the expense of his own adventure." - Maxine Hong Kingston, Asian American author and sage

Also I'm really excited to share this engagement shoot with you next week.