Signs You’re at the Ekka

My name is Alicia and I’m an Ekka addict.

No, seriously.

For those who aren’t local, The Ekka’s official name is ‘The Royal Queensland Show’. It’s a huge country fair that takes place over ten days literally in the heart of our city; and we’re not a small city with a population of over 2 million people of which attendance over the ten days is around 600,000.

I went to my first Ekka when I was just 6 weeks old and I have been every year since. I love this time of year as it’s my favourite weather with the cool and crisp mornings but warm and sunny days. Pefect weather teamed with my favourite event that makes me feel like a kid all over again and I’m a happy girl.

In recent years I’ve taken to documenting my trips with photos (2008 photos here , 2009 photos here – wow my style has changed!) and this year is no different. However this is just a small taste of what I have shot. There are definitely more to follow.

So this post is called, “Signs you’re at the Ekka” for a reason. When I was shooting the other day I noticed lots of signs that are totally okay for the Ekka but anywhere else they would be completely out of place. Enjoy the signs!

 

Very creative product placement on the statue and remember, don't stick your kid's head in the trough. It's for cattle only.

 

I wonder if the pretty sign makes up for how unappealing concrete seats really are…
These signs just make me want to do the opposite on both counts.
Get your face on speed!!! Okay…
I don’t know what you call fine food…
That Alpaca Fleece judging must be reeaaaaaallly intense. Shhhhh!
Not out of place at the Ekka, but definitely not heading to any other venues…
Mmm… much more appealing. Makes me want to go hack up a cow right now!
I’m sure we’ve all faced this dilemma. You pull up at the bar with your cow and they just won’t let you tie it to the fence. Damn those regulations!

 

 

More Ekka images to come in the next post. 🙂

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Lisa - August 17, 2011 - 7:03 pm

So what exactly would they do if you illegally parked your cow/bull to the fence? Slap a ticket under it’s……….. ????

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Charlene and Andrew – A Sydney Fairytale

Any wedding that we get the opportunity to travel to is always exciting as we get to shoot in new places and have a little bit of fun exploring something different for a day. I headed to Sydney to photograph the wedding of Charlene and Andrew and was like a kid in a candy store with lots of variety for locations to choose from.

Charlene paid attention to detail for every magical moment of her day. On arrival at the Observatory Hotel, I noticed everything was pink, pretty and picture book perfect – even little Ruby the Chihuahua was dressed for the occassion. I can only describe Charlene’s choices as a modern day fairytale.

Andrew may look a little familiar to a few of the more sporty visitors to our site due to a few years playing 1st grade rugby league. He’s now moved on from NRL and on his wedding day he couldn’t have been more enchanted with his bride. As Charlene walked down the aisle of St Brigid’s church at Millers Point, Andrew’s eyes were well and truly connected to hers and all through the ceremony they shared little smiles and stole fond glances towards each other before joyfully emerging from the church as husband and wife. 

After the ceremony we headed up to Observatory Hill for some shots looking out over the harbour and then ventured down towards the docklands and the Harbour Bridge itself.

The reception was in The Team Room of the Queen Victoria Building. It’s a stunning venue and the couple partied the night away with some emotional and touching speeches, lots of dancing and a photobooth.

Congratulations to you both Charlene and Andrew.

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Kristie Tatton - August 8, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Whoa… that is one seriously hot wedding (and couple!). Beautiful!

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Fiona - August 8, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Love it guys! Really gorgeous.

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jem - August 8, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard!!! GORGEOUS couple, GORGEOUS wedding and GORGEOUS images. 🙂

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Rachael Kelly - August 8, 2011 - 4:03 pm

The bridal party bokeh kiss shot wowsaaa, what an amazing job you have done 🙂

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Seona mercer - August 8, 2011 - 4:18 pm

stunning images, a story told perfectly through amazing photography. x

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Kellee - August 8, 2011 - 4:26 pm

These are absolutely beautiful. What a stunning bride!

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Kylie - August 8, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Wow, what an absolutely amazing wedding, and stunning couple! The capture of every image is in every sense is perfect! What a day to remember!

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anne - August 8, 2011 - 8:38 pm

seriously great work Alex and Alicia…and you know how many photographers i work with!

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Kim - August 8, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Stunning stunning stunning!!! What a gorgeous couple and a beautiful wedding

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Liz - August 8, 2011 - 10:05 pm

WOW, she is one stunning bride! What a beautiful wedding. Love all the little details.

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Robyn Geering - August 8, 2011 - 11:26 pm

oh WOW – completely stunning couple, and gorgeous work

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mark carey - August 9, 2011 - 12:02 am

love the belt whipping! great processing too. lovely work.

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Paul Fuller - August 9, 2011 - 1:03 am

This is beautifully done, great work, I’m also in love with the wedding car!

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Natalie - August 9, 2011 - 1:34 am

She might just be one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen! This is beautiful!

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Samantha - August 9, 2011 - 2:29 am

Beautiful shoot.

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Joe Sanfilippo - August 9, 2011 - 2:35 am

Terrific wedding! I am in love iwth your bridal party shots!

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Thomas Lester - August 9, 2011 - 2:59 am

Holy smokes! This wedding oozes with cool. Stunning bride, cool car, lots of great locations. Amazing. So… did that guy really smack him in the back with the belt?

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Razvan - August 9, 2011 - 3:06 am

The portrait with the Opera House in the background is so awesome! Beautiful work.

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Steve Koo - August 9, 2011 - 4:28 am

Fantastic work all the way through! I love your portraits!

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Amber Hughes - August 9, 2011 - 7:34 am

Seriously awesome wedding! Love the way you’ve captured it the whole way through – couldn’t pick a favourite if I tried! 🙂

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Kat Forsyth - August 9, 2011 - 9:25 am

Absolutely stunning. The portrait of the bride through her veil is a work of art! You’re awesome!

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Hayley - August 9, 2011 - 10:13 am

Alicia & Alex…this is one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen in a long time. So many stunning and imaginative captures….just amazing work!

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Tanya Love - August 9, 2011 - 11:06 pm

Just gorgeous guys! What amazing locations to work with! You must have had a ball creating all of those beautiful images. tan.x.

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Ryan Chan - August 10, 2011 - 2:40 am

Some very surreal images in this set. Love the processing!

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Ngarie Humphrey - August 26, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Beautiful i loved them all couldn’t find a favorite

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Nick - September 12, 2011 - 9:17 pm

Stunning! Love your work!

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