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Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography | Lucy Spartalis


New York’s Rangefinder Magazine just named me one of the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. From around the world.


I don’t know how to write about these things. I’ve been honoured with a few wins in my career, but all I really want to say now is: “Guys. This one is big. I’ve made a few previous announcements about exciting things… But this is a really, really exciting thing.”

Some wonderful industry leader out there nominated me for consideration – to whoever you are, I thank you from the bottom of my everything (and I owe you many a beer).

After receiving the email to announce my nomination (amongst 200+ other nominees from all corners of the world), I had a few weeks to collate 30 pieces for my entry – I’ve posted them all here for you to view, along with the cover of the latest issue and my page from inside.

Words can’t express how grateful I am for this honour. Thanks to all the judges, the staff at Rangefinder Magazine, and all the wonderful couples who have invited me into their lives for these wonderful, crazy days and adventures. Lastly, thanks to my partner in life and crime, Alastair Innes (the ‘He’ in our duo She Takes Pictures He Makes Films) for being the best man ever.

This job is really freaking special.


Grace Hurtienne Wow wow wow! These are so amazing. No wonder you guys won! Congrats! Huge new fan <3

Jessica Super beautiful portraits.

Greg Coltman Beautiful work. The 5th from bottom is just stunning. new fan!

Tom Beautiful!

Sophie Your work is amazing! Love all your photos :)

Braden Rad selection, grats on the RF bump!

Laura Babb So much epicness. I could cry with envy at that helicopter shot. So good, as is the whole set. Huge congratulations.

Igor Demba Love your sense of aesthetics Lucy, frame after frame! You should be incredibly proud. Congrats!

Lauren Marshall You are such a CHAMP – Well Done mate!! Inspirational stuff xx

Tommy-latophotography Powerful images, the portrait of the blond with the glasses is crazy ❤❤❤

Jess Hunter Huge congrats, loving these images so much. You have such a unique style ❤️

Justyna Bedford these portraits are so beautiful! love your colours! and major congrats!

Danielle & Ashley Stunning! Well-deserved + warm congratulations Lucy. xo

Amanda + Cam in Wonderland | Cactus Country Wedding



Let’s backtrack.

Amanda and Cam planned their elopement style wedding – with only eight close family members and friends to be present – at Cactus Country, an otherworldly garden of Eden on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. They dreamt of saying their vows amongst vivid colours and glorious sunshine; but does nature always play along? No. Nature’s kind of a dick sometimes.

For a couple like this, however, no amount of torrential downpours were going to get in their way. What followed was an epic adventure – battles with storms and millions of thorns; dances in clouds of coloured smoke; cross-country rides in classic cars… all culminating in a sumptuous feast at Junction Moama, with stunning styling by the bride herself.

I haven’t found the time to blog a full wedding in over a year (!), but I just couldn’t wait to share this one with you all.

Captured by Alastair and me as She Takes Pictures He Makes Films. Big love to Alex Stevens for her assistance on the day.

UPDATE: See Alastair’s film at the bottom of the post, featuring a soundtrack by Sal Kimber and a title illustration by Caro Facelli.

♦ Featured on Hello May

“Luce, where do we begin? The photos have turned out absolutely amazing. Of course the whole time we were planning we had our fingers crossed for sunny days, but even though that wasn’t the case we had full confidence with your ability. Given the horrendous weather forecast for that single day of the week, we must say the end result exceeded all expectations… we wouldn’t have changed a thing if we were to do it all again.” – Amanda + Cam

Film by Alastair Innes:

“Alastair… We cannot begin to thank you both enough for how you guys have both captured our day. We are so glad we found you after an extensive social media stalk… You have captured such a unique and magical day for us and it is something that will be timeless and we will always hold close to our hearts and remember fondly. Your work has exceeded all the high expectations we had, and was well worth the wait. You guys rock!!!” – Amanda + Cam

Venue: Cactus Country
Flowers: Emily Bloom Florist + Cobram Flowers
Smoke Bombs: Coloured
Ceremony Styling: Gather Vintage Hire
Make Up: Sublime Mobile Hair and Makeup
Dress: The Bride’s aunt – Lis Jones
Bridal Shoes: Mystique Sandals
Groom’s Ensemble: Politix
Groom’s Shoes: Aquila
Suspenders: King of Sole
Reception Dinner: Junction Moama
Reception Prop Hire: Mack and Mills
Cake: Paper Cake
Limo: Classic Classic Cruzin Limosines
Accomodation: Adelphi Apartments
Celebrant: Anita Heard 




Marko Wow, this is one of my all time favourites! Amazing.

gian carlo Man, oh man. This is not fair. You are at the top of the mountain looking down girl. Well deserved and incredibly well done. thanks you for sharing it. best wishes. always

Glenn Stephenson Thoroughly enjoyed both the stills and the video. I can totally see why Amanda and Cam would’ve been blown away by the way you captured their day. Bravo!

Brett Truly amazing work, and what a day. Brilliant!

Anna Now that’s how you elope! Gorgeous work Lucy.

Dion WHAAAT! Incredible.

2015-2016 | Some Highlights


I haven’t posted any new work on here in a really long time (eek); there’s so much gold to share.  Until I find the time, here’s a small selection of favourite moments, portraits and places from the last year and a bit.

(For more regular updates on new work and adventures, follow me on Instagram via our She Takes Pictures He Makes Films feed or my Lucy Spartalis feed).

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