Check out these awesome PhotoBooth photographs I took a few weekends ago at a Wedding reception on St Kilda Rd in Melbourne! What an awesome night, with so much fun and frivolity! Here’s just a few to give you some idea’s about what you can do to liven up your wedding reception ! It’s a great way to wind down the night and leave the photography up to someone else while you and your family and friends have some fun !

Salona xx

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The Poodle is thought to have originated in Germany in the 1500’s as a water dog. The breed is believed to have been standardised in France, and is commonly thought of as a French breed. The Poodle breed was used as a water retriever and hunting dog throughout France, Germany and Great Britain well into the nineteenth century. There are a few facts which are little known about the Poodle breed, for instance many would not know the Poodle is the National dog of France, Poodles are very popular with European Royalty and feature as one of the top ten breeds for people with allergies. There are three main types of Poodles – the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. Poodles can come in a range of different colours from apricot, black, blue, cafe-au-lair, cream to red, silver and white. 

A Conformation Show is one of the most popular dog related shows. At a Conformation Show a judge will assess each dog on how well they conform to the breed standard. In these competitions the anatomy, structure and movement are taken into serious consideration. There are a number of grooming considerations taken into account to make the Poodles look glamorous in the ring. This kind of glamour for a show Poodle takes a great amount of effort for both dog and groomer. The coat is meticulously groomed and cared for and must never be damaged as this will end a Show dogs career in the ring. Show poodles are bathed every week and brushed every few days, they are clipped once a week and even moisturised to protect their coat. 

The Poodle is considered a single breed with three main varieties – the Toy, Miniature and Standard. The Poodle is known to come in a number of different cuts and clips like the which change the look of the dog. Some of the popular cuts are the continental clip, corded coat, lamb clip, lion clip, poodle cut, and puppy clip. These shows specify typical breed characteristics such as their height, weight, head, the skull should be moderately rounded with a slight and definite stop, their ears should hang close to the head and set above the eye level, their feet should be rather small with arched toes, the tail should be straight, set high and carried up, the coat should be curly and dense, movement should be a straightforward trot with a light springy action and strong drive. Above all the poodle should carry himself proudly with a very active and intelligent appearance and an air of distinction and dignity.

The Poodle Club of Victoria holds many conformation shows, obedience trials, members competitions and more throughout the year at the KCC Park in Skye. On Sunday 13 April I attended the Poodle Conformation show to see a number of Poodles compete to earn points as conforming to the breed standard for a number of different characteristics. The Toy Poodle Club of Victoria and Poodle Club of Victoria were both competing at the KCC Park and this was a fantastic opportunity for members to compete in a home ground and show to receive feedback and points for their pooches.

The day began with owners carting in their dogs in wheeled cages. The dogs were prepped for almost an hour, were special Poodle hairdressers were brought in to cut and trim the Poodles, hairspray, hair ties, grooming, clipping, cutting and brushing all took place before each Poodle took to the ring to compete and be judged against others in their category. Each Poodle is inspected and asked to run and walk before the judges, and at the end of the day the winners of each round are awarded with prizes before they are packed and carried back out to the cars to go home. Each Poodle is extremely patient with the grooming and competing process and seemingly enjoy the love the attention from this wonderful experience and day.

Some beautiful photographs of the dogs today, here are just a few to share with you all.

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The Queen Victoria Market has been a historical landmark in inner Melbourne city for over one hundred years. Affectionately termed by locals as “the Queen Vic” this has been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike for fresh produce, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and poultry, clothes and Australian souvenirs. The Queen Victoria Market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere and is the perfect place to spend a morning, afternoon or day.

The Queen Victoria Market was officially opened in 1878 on March 20th, and whilst over time many other markets struggled to attract and keep consumers travelling to attend, the Queen Victoria Market is still a thriving destination for shoppers. The market is open five days a week – from 5am to 5pm Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday. There are several main precincts at the market including a Deli Hall, Meat Hall, Fruit & Veg, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria & Elizabeth Street Shops, F Shed Shops, Market Place Food Court and String Bean Alley each area providing an enormous hive of activity, smells, sights and sounds. 

In an attempt to capture the hive of activity and general buzz of excitement at the market I ventured down on a typically rainy Autumn day in Melbourne to the Queen Vic and photographed a day at the market. I arrived at the market around five am to capture the hum buzz of early morning stall holders, unloading their produce and driving crates into place with their forklifts. 

Undeterred by the weather, shoppers flock to the market from 6am to get the pick of the crop. The butchers and fishermen are cutting their pigs, rolling their pork roasts, descaling and cutting their fish and tying up their live mud crabs for sale. The sights and sounds are exciting and varied, from live animals for sale to pigs on the chopping board. As soon as you enter the Meat Hall you are confronted by the smell of meat so fresh the blood stains the market floor before the cleaners arrive to remove any trace of butchery.

Around 9am the shop owners come in and start setting up their stalls for merchandise and clothing. Big steel crates are wheeled in with boxes of products to be unpacked and put on display. A large array of children, tourists, young and old come to the market to fill their personalised shopping trolleys with a variety of hard to find groceries, clothing, merchandise and even ready to lay hens!

The market begins its pack down at 4pm where the cleaners and forklift drivers are brought in to load up the trucks and clean up the market area where empty boxes, discarded fresh produce, damaged goods are grated off to the bins, before the max exodus of people leaving the market after a full day of shopping to head back home.

Here are some of the photographs I took whilst amongst the hive of activity at the market.

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5am at Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. Early morning shoppers shop early to grab a bargain.

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Man preparing the fresh produce for display and sale at the market.

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Early morning at the Meat Hall. Butcher preparing pork cuts.

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Tourist giving the butcher a thumbs up for selecting the perfect piece of meat.

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Fish monger in the meat hall selling fresh fish at the Queen Vic Market.

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Regular market go-ers with their personalised shopping trolleys make their selections at their favourite fruit and veg stalls.

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Ready to lay chickens, for sale at the market.

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Woman purchasing fresh farmers brown eggs at the market.

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Woman taking her father out for his grocery shopping at the Queen Victoria Market

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Shoppers and tourists come to buy gifts from dozens of hand crafted specialty stalls at the Queen Victoria Market. These are handmade leather animal pouches, purses, mobile phone holders.

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Stall holder in the Fruit and Veg Hall restocking the melons.

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This man filled his shopping trolley with fresh fruit and vegetables, purple cauliflower, green cauliflower and avacados.

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Shoppers leave the market with shopping trolleys full of their purchases.

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Clean up at the market – man carting away empty boxes to be disposed of.

Hi Guys,

Excited to show you all that Hitched Magazine recently featured some of the photographs we took at Edward & Zahara’s wedding as a Real Wedding on their blog. Click below to check out the post and see some of the images and hear more about their day and story!

Exciting times aheadicon smile Hitched Magazine   Real Wedding: Edward & Zaharaand thanks to Hitched Magazine for featuring our work!

Salona xx

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Hitched Magazine features Edward & Zahara’s Wedding Photography !

Last Saturday 21st March I went to the True North Festival in Derebin. I didn’t really know what to expect being from the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne I expected it to be different to what I was used to, not only in the community, but in the scenery, area, shops, cars, roads. I had come to terms with the fact that I was likely to get very lost along the way, but the program looked good and I had set my sights on attending the street party which promised loads of entertainment and fun for the family, kids and local community.

The True North Festival has been running for two years now, showcasing a range of free pop-up arts events around the area of Reservoir. The activities and events included, musicians, art skill workshops in shipping containers, participatory public art, a street part, and a huge selection of local artists.

So at 9am I got there and everyone was still setting up the street party, coffee shops, street bar, stages, art spaces and ferris wheel. I started taking photographs and within minutes the friendly community of Derebin were chatting away to their neighbours and asking me questions about the event. I found myself giving away flyers and telling people to come back it was bound to be endless entertainment throughout the day. I met dozens upon dozens of supremely colourful, interesting and friendly people all from so many different parts of the world I couldn’t help but sit back and admire how well the Derebin community had come together to live peacefully, harmoniously so creatively together. I met people from Persia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Japan all with a story to tell. I was fascinated, drawn in and couldn’t wait to see and hear more from these people.

Here is a small snapshot of the photographs I took. Thanks to everyone who made this day such an inspiring and educational day for me – restoring not only my love for street photography again but also the love I have for my city. Melbourne is such a melting pot of so many cultures coming together.

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