While holidaying in Sydney over Christmas/New Year break, I caught up with one of my couples whose wedding Im photographing later this year for their Lovebirds Engagement Portrait Session as they too were holidaying in Sydney.
Years ago when I lived in Sydney before I was a professional photographer, I had visited Cockatoo Island when it opened to the public with some of my photography friends a couple of times to photograph the architecture.
In Cockatoo Island’s past it had an illustrious history dating back to the first settlers and goal to house convicts, an Industrial School for Girls and a reformatory, shipbuilding and repair activities, back to being a goal before it becomes the Commonwealth Naval Dockyard in 1913 and Australia builds its first steel warship on the island. Cockatoo Island becomes the major shipbuilding and dockyard facility for the South West Pacific in WWII following the fall of Singapore. The dockyard closed in 1992 with the machinery being sold off and about 40 buildings and several wharves were demolished. Cockatoo Island laid dormant for a decade, then reopened to the public in 2007 and since then has been the location of a few movie sets, functions, weddings, music festivals, and now also offers camping facilities.
Cockatoo Island is in the middle of Sydney Harbour and just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.
I recall conversations back then along the lines of ‘one day I want to photograph people in here’, so finally years later I got my chance when we realised both Kristy & Simon and myself were going to be holidaying in Sydney at the same time, so we decided to do their engagement photography session while in Sydney. As I was scrambling through my brain of so many great spots around Sydney, suddently Cockatoo Island popped into my head and I was hoping Kristy & Simon liked the location choice, thankfully they loved it.
So much history, but for a photographer the old buildings offer lots of great backdrops.
Here is a sneak peek from our Lovebirds Engagment Portrait Session. How darn cute are these two!!