Smarty Pants Photography: Blog en-us (C) Smarty Pants Photography (Smarty Pants Photography) Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:07:00 GMT Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:07:00 GMT Smarty Pants Photography: Blog 99 120 Benita and Eugene Benita and Eugene have been blessed with their fifth beautiful daughter Sage Harper. Her big sisters are so in love with little Sage and who wouldn't be, she is adorable. I think mum and dad will have lots of helpers with this little doll, and Sage will have the best role models in her four big sisters. I take my hat off to you Benita, it takes a strong woman to raise daughters and I know you will be amazing as you've already done such a great job with your big girls. 

(Smarty Pants Photography) family newborn wudinna Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:06:02 GMT
Film's not dead. Part 2 Follow up to my last post, here's the compact and cool Olympus Trip 35. A neat little point and shoot camera with a 40mm f2.8 lens, solar-powered light metering and four position focus system. This camera was introduced in 1967 and produced right up until 1984. I found the focusing kind of tricky as you really had to estimate how far you were from your subject. I showed my mum these and she said the really out of focus ones reminded her so much of the actual photos floating around at the time this camera was popular. So keeping it real, I've included even those.

This camera was really compact but felt weighty with a solid build. Winding the film after each shot was very nostalgic and gave me a good feeling. I really enjoyed shooting with this pocket camera and think it would be awesome for travel photography once you get the hang of it.

Here are the photos I took... the good, the bad and the ugly haha!


(Smarty Pants Photography) film film photography olympus olympus trip personal project Thu, 07 Jun 2018 22:52:11 GMT
Film's not dead. Part 1. So much has happened this year and the most important thing is the steps I've take to be more present and spend more time on myself and my own life journey. This has been an amazing time because I stopped saying "what if" and started actually doing the things that I've always wanted to do. One of these self-discovery pathways has lead me to some old film cameras I've had for years! I came across them while searching for something else and decided to see if they worked for one, and what they could produce. I have to say I am really surprised at the results!


The Pentax A3 is an SLR (like DSLR without the digital!) and sports a f1.7 50mm lens. This camera was an absolute dream. Super easy to focus and automatic winding made it really fun to use. I found it so difficult looking for the preview of each shot on the back of the camera which obviously weren't there! Then to wait for the film to be developed was hard and felt like a lifetime before I could see these images. In reality only about a week as I had to post them off to the film lab Atkins Pro for those interested!

Here are all the shots I took with the Pentax... (Olympus Trip photos to come in next post!)

(Smarty Pants Photography) 35mm film film photography old school pentax pentax a3 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:27:56 GMT
Angela & Anthony "We're all a little weird and life's a little weird and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love"

Flange and Fang. Could we please take a moment to reflect on the awesomeness of this couples nicknames for a second. I can still feel the hurt in my cheeks from all the laughs I had from these two.  The adorable Angela who clearly hearts the hell out of Anthony was such a relaxed bride. It was easy to see that their marriage was going to be a long and loving one. Anthony, who's side job could be comedian, was so keen to marry his sweetheart, I don't think he stopped smiling all day.

Their wedding had been planned as an outdoor ceremony in front of the iconic Martindale Hall. But due to relentless rain, moved to indoors at very close by Coach House, which is a magnificent structure in it's own right. The fires were lit, and Father Patrick McInerney held the guests captive as he married Angela and Anthony on this cold day in April. 

Dress: Ultimate Bride

Hair & Make Up: Peta Short

(Smarty Pants Photography) clare valley wedding weddings Tue, 29 May 2018 04:42:33 GMT
Philippa & Lindsay Saturday 31st March 2018, the weather was perfect and sunny in Streaky Bay S. A. On the green grass of the foreshore, overlooking the calm waters of the bay, Lindsay married the love of his life Philippa, while their gorgeous daughter Mallaya played joyfully at their feet.

After the formalities we drove to Smooth Pool, a spectacular local marine sanctuary, for some photos. The landscape was breathtaking to say the least. So much so I drove back the next morning with my drone to get some awesome shots from the sky!

The night was spent celebrating with their closest friends and family right on the beach overlooking the jetty. The sunset was gorgeous and the locally caught seafood was superb. It really is one of the best parts of the world and right in my own backyard.

I'm so grateful to have been a part of their day, Philippa is one of the kindest and most caring people. At her hens party surrounded by her closest girls, she went around the group and said something wonderful about each and every one of them, this shows the kind of person she is. Lindsay you sure are a lucky fella!


(Smarty Pants Photography) Thu, 26 Apr 2018 02:32:31 GMT
Bodie John Ellen and Tim welcomed their second son Bodie, brother to Jet, on Thursday 1st March 2018 and I was super lucky enough to be able to capture the moment he entered the world. I can't even begin to describe all the feelings this opportunity gave me. It was such an honour and very humbling to be on the sidelines for Tim and Ellen as they brought this tiny human into the big wide world. It was a huge day for all and the results speak for themselves. Massive congratulations and lots of love to these guys. Birth photography is certainly something I would love to do more of and I'm grateful for each of my clients who consider me for the job of documenting this miracle.


(Smarty Pants Photography) Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:55:09 GMT
Tessa and Joshua Coffin Bay was the perfect backdrop for Tess & Josh's wedding day. Emus and kangaroos at home amongst the naturally breathtaking landscape, where the bush meets the sea. Down to earth just like this stunning bride and groom. It was heartwarming to watch these two tie the knot and I always feel honoured when I get to capture a couple's love on such a special occasion. The ceremony and reception were held on the lush greens of Coffin Bay Golf Club.

Hair: Tyler Clements

Make Up: Ebony Lee - Soul Intent

Dress: Bo and Luca

Celebrant: Angela Cordon

Videography: Talina Brown

Catering: Clayle Henning

Cake: Andrea Wilson

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Rachel and Eric Understanding the importance of coffee I arrived at the girls house with a brew for each of them and I could feel a sense of calm from everyone. This was a house filled with love and trust and happiness. From the moment I met Rachel, I felt such a sense of welcoming, you could see she comes from a super close knit family and that she is such a gentle caring soul who would go to the ends of the Earth for those she loves.

Eric proposed to Rachel with a wooden ring he made himself, from a sugar gum that his dad had cut down a few years ago from the front yard of his house. The love Eric has for Rachel is clear to see in their wedding photos, and Rachel's happiness when she is around Eric is contagious!

Trekking over the dunes at Wreck Beach and watching Eric lift Rachel in a "Dirty Dancing Lift" moment was one of the absolute highlights of the day and a memory I won't forget in a hurry. There were cheers and high fives all around when they pulled it off. There was also a moment at sunset on the balcony of the Golf Club where the oldest married couple at the reception were giving the youngest married couple a few tips on marriage. Number one was never go to bed angry at each other. It was lovely to see the young couple lean on every word of great advice they were handed. The scenery at the Port Lincoln Golf Club was breathtaking.

Rachel almost died when I jokingly told her I lost her rings under a bush! (Sorry Rach, I have a sick sense of humour!) Rachel's sister Lauren made the most amazing g/f cake I've ever tasted with several layers of deliciousness. In every aspect of the wedding they tried to incorporate their family and friends. Further cementing my views of this super close knit environment and sense of community.  It was so much fun hanging out with these young lovers for the day. I am so happy to have been able to share it with them and share it with you all.

Dress: Bridal on Pulteney

Hair: KC Hair Salon

Make Up: The Beauty Room

Cake: Lauren Kate Cakes


(Smarty Pants Photography) eyre peninsula port lincoln weddings Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:13:01 GMT
Five Seed Bread Enjoying the cooler weather we decided to do some baking, today was Five Seed Bread. We made ours in the Thermomix. Scoffed it warm with dobs of butter and some raspberry jam. Nanna came over with her itty bitty dog Sasha. Nanna and Sienna played "Tri-ominos" while Sasha proceeded to pull out all the surprises hidden under my couch. Thanks Sasha! Cameron rated the bread 10/10, Sienna rated it 8/10.

Scroll to bottom of page for recipe.




500g water

2 tsp dried instant yeast or 20g fresh yeast

500g bakers flour

1 tsp sea salt

50 g rolled oats 

30 g sesame seeds, plus extra to sprinkle

30 g sunflower seeds, plus extra to sprinkle

30 g pumpkin seeds, plus extra to sprinkle

30 g poppy seeds, plus extra to sprinkle

30 g honey

30 g extra virgin olive oil


Grease a deep-sided loaf tin and set aside.

Place water and yeast into mixing bowl and heat 2 1/2 min/37C/speed 2.

Add all remaining ingredients and knead 2 1/2 min/Dough mode. Dough will have a wet and sticky consistency.

Preheat oven to 200C. Transfer loaf into prepared loaf tin and sprinkle with additional seeds, to taste. Leave to prove in a warm place until doubled in size (approx 1 hour).

Bake 40-45 minutes. Once baked bread should sound hollow when tapped on the underside of the loaf. Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Serve bread warm or allow to cool completely before placing into an airtight container until ready to serve.





(Smarty Pants Photography) food games holidays recipe Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:23:00 GMT
Georgie Kate The Mayfields introduce their latest addition...

➳ teeny tiny

➳ perfection

➳ Georgie Kate

(Smarty Pants Photography) eyre peninsula family kimba newborn wudinna Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:26:35 GMT
Goodbye 2017 Thanks for the memories As the new year rolls in and I am almost fully recovered from the celebrations of New Years Eve, I quietly reflect on the year that was, fully of some great memories. Meeting new people, fresh new babies only a few days old, weddings that saw lovers unite in the year that marriage equality was unforgettably recognised (finally). Here is a snippet of that year and some of the images that have stuck with me throughout. Thanks for wandering along the path with me, may your 2018 be as unique and special as you plan to make it. Xx Bec





(Smarty Pants Photography) 2017 from have images me of some stuck that the with Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:57:01 GMT
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Stuffed Medjool Dates Summer Holidays have begun and after a hectic Christmas/New Year my kids and I are enjoying a bit of quiet time. They have been sloth-ing about the place today so I decided to make these healthy-ish treats for them with some medjool dates I picked up cheap. They are really easy and fun to make and the kids all enjoyed their special treats! Here's my version inspired by the recipe here... 

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Stuffed Medjool Dates 


8 Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup dark choc melts

1 tsp coconut oil

1/2 nut butter, I used unsalted peanuts in the thermomix speed 9 and keep scraping down until it makes butter

sea salt

chia seeds

Fill dates with nut butter, press closed with fingers. Place in freezer to chill for 5-10 mins. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave. Dip stuffed dates in melted chocolate. Coat well. Lift date out with a fork and place on baking paper. Top with sea salt and chia seeds. Repeat until dates are coated. Freeze until firm enough to handle. Store in fridge.

(Smarty Pants Photography) check food healthy-ish is life morsels out tasty these Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:46:31 GMT
Stringers What can I say about my friend Margy, except that she's one of the most loving, caring, beautiful inside and out individuals with the biggest heart. It's clear to see how much she loves her family, they are such a welcoming crew too. It was a long drive back home after their photo shoot but Margy made sure I was fed and watered and made me feel part of the family. 

(Smarty Pants Photography) eyre peninsula family wudinna Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:28:44 GMT
Easter 2017 Venus Bay Better late than never, here's just a snippet of our awesome Easter weekend camping at Venus Bay S.A. Is it summer yet? I can hardly wait to get back to the beach and go camping!

(Smarty Pants Photography) Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:34:47 GMT
Madison and Luke Clare is such a magical place, hidden in the hills amongst the vineyards and wineries, it feels like a different world. It was the perfect setting for Luke and Madison's fairytale wedding. I had an absolute blast getting to know this beautiful down to earth couple, their hilarious friends and family and their super cute boy, 2 year old Jacob! Thanks for a spectacular night you two lovers!

Make Up: Madison Claire Makeup

Flowers: Merrilyn Williams - Clare Valley Flowers

Dress: Jadore 




(Smarty Pants Photography) clare clare valley photographer clare valley wedding south australia wedding wedding photography Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:18:11 GMT
Cleve cuties Amazingly talented hairdresser Danielle, invited me to her gorgeous home in Cleve S.A. to photograph her adorable children Jarvis 8, and twins Molly and Libby 6. It was a wet, cold and windy day so we decided to most of the photos indoors. Their beautiful cat who has the most incredible name (Phoebe Cucumber Cleanup Cat Fluffy) got in on the photos. The light was dreamy and the whole family was so warm and friendly and you can really see the love.

(Smarty Pants Photography) Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:44:31 GMT
Black Tie Vibes Last night my husband and I got our glam on and headed to Black Tie Vibes, an event held on Saturday 5th August at the Wudinna Hall. A great chance for the people of Wudinna and surrounds to get dressed up, go out, have some delicious food and enjoy a fantastic night of great entertainment.

It really was foodie heaven, we were greeted with a long antipasto table on arrival. Next was a choice of mains. Provided by Coco-Loco food truck was some of the most delicious S & P local calamari I've ever tasted with home-made tartare, lemon wedge & fried chilli & garlic served with hot crispy chips.
The other option was Marinated chicken breast skewers w sticky sauce topped with toasted sesame served on a bed of stir fry noodles.

The Bay Funktion Food Truck turned out some juicy tender Smokey Pork Belly w crispy chats & slaw OR option 2 from the Bay was Mushroom & smoked cheddar aranchini balls with cauliflower skordila, kalakaua olive/zucchini salad & salsa verde. Sweet tooth fans like myself were treated to a Dessert bar featuring Churros with three sauces and donuts.

Highlights of the night were a big ticket item auction, comedian "The Beautiful Bogan" and band "Kiana" who performed until late into the night. The whole night was a massive success and credit really must go to those who organised the event and put so much effort and time into creating such a stunning evening.


(Smarty Pants Photography) Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:14:57 GMT
These guys I've had the privilege of photographing Jade & Troy's children since their eldest daughter was born 6 years ago! They've recently welcomed little Reya and it was my pleasure to capture these images of them all. I just love the innocence of children and I love getting down to their level to capture that. 

(Smarty Pants Photography) Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:05:32 GMT
The Longest Table The Longest Table is The Hospital Research Foundation's annual cancer fundraiser where funds are raised to fight this horrible disease.

Susie Chapman from the Gawler Ranges Motel & Caravan Park hosted The Longest Table lunch on Sunday 23rd July. I went along for a fun day out and some yummy food and fun games.

An auction of donated items helped to raise a fantastic amount of $2,190 to go straight to cancer research.

You can still donate to this awesome cause via this page up until the end of July 2017.

Thanks so much Susie for hosting and well done to those that came and gave generously to #ForkCancer once and for all.

(Smarty Pants Photography) Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:54:20 GMT
Long Weekends Another long weekend, another Smart camping trip! This time we packed up the camper and headed to the coast. Sheringa beach is just over 100kms northwest of Port Lincoln SA and is a popular spot for camping and tourists. We arrived on friday night and were lucky enough to have beautiful warm sunny days for the whole weekend.

We took our three kids and two dogs, although poor Raz had been desexed last week and had to spend the majority of the weekend wearing the cone of shame and sleeping by the fire.

The fishing wasn't spectacular (we only caught one!) but we sure had fun sand boarding on the huge sandhills just beyond the shore, collecting driftwood and coral, henna tattoos, and trying to beat dad at bocce. Would totally recommend this spot for family holidays.


(Smarty Pants Photography) Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:43:13 GMT