Michelle Pizer didn’t always plan to be a psychologist. In fact, when she took her first psychology course at university, she had to look up the word to figure out exactly what it meant. Now she works as a counselling psychologist and an organisational psychologist in Melbourne, and she turned to Lizzy C for portraits for her website.
Michelle started her company in 2001, relying on word-of-mouth to help spread the word about her unique services. Because she provides both counselling and executive coaching, she stands out in her field. “I understand people and organisations,” she explains. “And I care. When I help people with their personal or work issues, I bring a unique breadth and depth of psychological skills combined with emotional sensitivity and decades of experience in the field.”
Michelle says she was drawn to Lizzy C Photography because of the friendly, professional business portraits in our portfolio. “Lizzy was the first professional photographer I’d ever worked with,” she said after the shoot. “And what a pleasure it was. The experience was surprisingly fun and I’ve got some great shots for my new website.”
Brad and his groomsmen got ready at the luxurious Macedon Spa, where they donned sleek suits, retro-cool Ray-Bans, and polka dot bow ties while sipping Coronas. In a cosy cottage in nearby Gisborne, Jess slipped into her vintage-inspired strapless stunner, giggling with her sweet bridesmaids like they were schoolgirls.
The ceremony and reception were sprinkled with thoughtful details that revealed the amount of work Jess and Brad had put into planning the day. From a candy bar to cute disposable cameras for the guests to snap away with, the wedding was overflowing with fun.
“Lizzy was fantastic on the day,” Jess later said. “Half the time we didn’t even realise she was there snapping away. She made us feel very comfortable. Thanks so much Lizzy for making our day so wonderful!”
Wedding location: Emu bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: Ian Brockhouse
Bridal gown: Always & Forever Bridal (Pronovias)
Groom’s attire: Menz Club
Groomsmen: Menz Club
Bridesmaids: Bridal Dream Dress.com (Alfred Angelo)
Shoes: JJ house.com
Makeup/hair: Miss Aimmey Makeup & Hair
Flowers: Farmyard Flowers in Sea Lake Victoria
Jewellery: Always & Forever Bridal & Lou Lou
Cars: Silver Service Limo
Cake: Pauline Gardiner
Music: Paris by Night
Bonboniere: Candy Bar
Invitations: Paper Dolls
Wedding Rings: Chris Williams (Darwin NT)
Bridal accessories: Lovisa
First night: Macedon Views
Honeymoon: Moulton Park Cottage (Mt. Dandenong)
Jenny Farmyard Flowers posted the following on December 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm.
Well done Lizzy you have captured the joy and happiness shared by all at Jess and Brad’s Wedding. Fantastic photos!!!
Jess posted the following on December 4, 2013 at 11:31 am.
Wow!!! These photos are beautiful Lizzy thank you so much for all your hard work, so happy with them
Rebecca Smith specialises in helping women feel good about themselves, but she was admittedly self-conscious about having her own photograph taken. When the Melbourne-based boutique owner and life coach needed photos for her new website, she turned to Lizzy C Photography for help.
A little back-story: Rebecca started out her professional life as a lawyer, but she always knew she wanted to do something more creative. After working as a buyer for a large cosmetics retailer, she took the plunge and opened de nimes, a women’s clothing store in Camberwell that specialises in helping women feel good about their bodies. Soon after, she started working as a coach to help other people who were ready to change and improve their lives.
“I think the transition from lawyer to buyer to business owner means I have a unique perspective in terms of helping people build up the courage and the skills to make changes in their own professional lives,” Rebecca said. “I love change and I can see that opportunities present themselves every day — we just need to understand what changes will work best in our lives and go after them strategically and with passion.”
When coaching clients, Rebecca taps into her experience across industries, her ability to work with people from different backgrounds, and the fact that she loves to help people create a life they enjoy. “Couple this with my love of fashion and helping women look and feel fantastic, and the combination can be inspiring and powerful — I hope!” she said.
Rebecca met Lizzy through her own business coach years ago. “I always remembered her warmth, her style, and her sense of humour,” she said. “She had a great business and seemed to connect with like-minded women.”
Rebecca said she was looking forward to seeing us, but dreading the process of being photographed—but she shouldn’t have feared. “Liz has this great way about her, she puts you at ease straight away,” she said after the shoot. “You almost feel like she is not really photographing you. She keeps the conversation going, is funny, sympathetic to you when you feel odd, creative with the use of space, and she offers helpful tips that make perfect sense. The end result blew me away! She is a great photographer. I loved her ability to understand what I needed the photos for, and she was able to capture me and ensured that the shots hit the mark in every respect.”
We love shooting weddings that give us a glimpse into other cultures. For Snezana and Paul’s big day, we got an up-close look at Serbian traditions. Held at Holy Trinity Church in Brunswick, the memorable ceremony was conducted by a priest-led choir—their voices resonated throughout the church beautifully.
Afterward, we took a quick detour to Victoria Park to photograph the couple in their wedding attire. Snezana and Paul, both enjoy the outdoors, were truly in their element. The reception took place at Melbourne’s iconic Cricket Ground (MCG). It felt surreal standing in the middle of the empty stadium, and the newlyweds revelled in the moment, taking the opportunity to have a little impromptu dance practice.
Annie looked beautiful in her traditional red dress, which she wore that morning when we wandered down to a local park where she’d played as a child. Afterward, she changed into a white gown for the civil ceremony.
The main event was held at Encore on St. Kilda Beach in Melbourne, a rooftop venue with breathtaking views of the sea baths and the busy beach below. The sun was shining brightly, warming the guests as they sipped their pre-dinner cocktails.
When the guests headed inside for the reception, we slipped away for a quick photo session on the sand. The crowds had thinned but the air was still balmy, providing the perfect atmosphere to photograph the happy newlyweds.
Wedding location: Encore St. Kilda Beach
Ceremony Official: Deborah Cannon
Bridal gown: Brides of Melbourne
Grooms attire: David Jones
Shoes: Alan Pinkus
Makeup/hair: Amy Miraz
Flowers: Balywn Events
Cake: Alicia Lay (Annie’s sister-in-law)
Music: Craig Francis Music
Wedding Rings: Tiffany
First night: Westin Hotel
A native Serbian, Snezana is in the midst of giving her soon-to-be-husband a crash course in Serbian culture. From what we could tell, this education mostly involves a lot of eating and drinking — sign us up! We’re excited to see the Serbian traditions they’ll be including on their wedding day. If it’s anything like their fun-filled e-session, their wedding will be an event to remember.
If you’d like to come along, it can be booked through the AIPP. You don’t have to be a photographer/AIPP member to come along either.
Date: Weds, Oct 30th
Time: 7pm for 7.15pm start
Location: 79 Ireland St, Melbourne West (buzz reception for entry)
Strictly limited places
Cost: $10 (student), $15 (member) and $25 (non-member)
I immediately formed a bond with Suzi and Simm when I found out they live in Wagga Wagga; hearing their stories about regional Australia reminded me of my time living in Toowoomba.
Originally from Melbourne, the couple plans to wed in Lorne next year, but they’re moving to Brisbane for Simm’s army job. A drummer in the marching band, Simm later exclaimed with surprise that he’d enjoyed our photo session. It may or may not have had something to do with our pre-shoot drinks at the Standard in Fitzroy. We’ll leave that open to debate.
If you aren’t too happy with your online profile photos. Now is the time to do something about it.
We’re running a special shoot day for Business Owners, Freelancers, Creatives, Authors, Consultants or anyone who wants to look awesome online. Get involved and book a session on Oct 29th and it’ll cost you a whopping 30% less. Time to stop making excuses and get in touch!
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The studio is super versatile and has many nooks and crannies, and heaps of options for shooting the environmental portraits we love to shoot. It’s conveniently located next to North Melbourne train station and is just off Spencer Street. We have a great workspace to make Photoshop magic, and a comfy and cosy meeting space in the water tower of the building. Yep, a water tower! It’s pretty damn cool. Think lofty high ceilings, stunning city views and great industrial detailing.
We think it’s perfect, but you’ll have to come and visit to see what we are raving about. We can even climb up the tower to admire the uninterrupted 360-degree view of the city. But you’ll have to call in for a coffee and a chat to do that!
These pics are from a little bit of fun I’ve been having documenting the studio on my iPhone and Instagram. Share the journey by following us on Instragram: @lizzycphoto http://instagram.com/lizzycphoto#
Sarah + Paul
A Rupertswood Mansion + Emu Bottom Homestead wedding in the Slab Hut & Woolshed
It was a real treat to start the day by meeting Sarah, the girls and her folks at Rupertswood Mansion, a grand old estate just moments down the road from their wedding venue at Emu Bottom Homestead. The girls giggled and sipped champagne as Sarah’s parents looked on proudly. We all admired the beautiful bride who looked perfectly placed in the exquisite late 19th century Victorian mansion.
Melbourne really put on a weather show the day of Sarah and Paul’s wedding. It just couldn’t make up its mind. We had a little rain, a downpour and then some blissful sunshine. The rain didn’t manage to put a damper on the day at all. It stopped before Sarah even arrived, meaning she made a grand entrance into the cosy slab hut where Paul and the guests waited by a beautiful atmospheric fire, which made the intimate gathering feel even more special. The rain held off, allowing the guests to spill out into the property and enjoy the spectacular Australian bushland surrounding them. This gave us the perfect opportunity for us to wander around and enjoy the beautiful dramatic skies we could see from across the paddocks.
Sarah and Paul hosted their wedding gathering at Emu Bottom Homestead, chosen especially for its great country feel, despite it being only a short distance from Melbourne. Most of the guests came over from NZ or from different corners of Australia! Paul and Sarah originally come from NZ, a place they still hold dear.
Wedding location: Emu Bottom Homestead Sunbury
Ceremony Official: Melissa Jacob - The Ceremony Store
Bridal gown: Fairytale Bridal Boutique, Monee Ponds
Grooms attire: Roger David
Groomsmen: Roger David
Bridesmaids: Polka Boutique
Shoes: Withers Bride, Novo Bridesmaids
Makeup/hair: All things Girly
Flowers: Ambrosia Floral Design, Tullamarine
Jewellery: Michael Hill Jewellers
Cars: 1929 Dodge Gold Limousine, Hot Rod Heaven
Cake: Cake Me To Your Party, Sunbury
Music: Melbourne Duke Box Hire
Bonboniere: Made by Bride and Groom
Invitations: Made by Bride and Groom
Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers
First night: Rupertswod Mansion
What Sarah and Paul had to say about us and the photos…
Lizzy was fantastic! Both Paul and I are shy and don’t like being in front of a camera but Lizzy and made the whole process easy and made us feel comfortable from start to finish. She is so friendly and professional that we barely noticed that there was a photographer at the wedding, she was like one of the guests. We love Lizzy’s beautiful natural photographic style and can’t wait to see the rest of the images!!
Thanks Sarah and Paul, we had such a fun day and it was such an honour to play a part in such a beautiful and intimate day!