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Jemma + Piers | Modern Abbotsford Convent wedding | She Takes Pictures He Makes Films


There was so much to love about Jemma + Piers’ stylish northside wedding. A breathtaking Ellery gown and Reformation bridesmaid gowns; a visit to the colourful Electric Brain barbershop; divine styling from Stephanie Stamatis of Local Gatherings; delicious food by the team at Bursaria… and of course, the beaming, gorgeous couple at the centre of it all.

It was a a delight spending the day with these two (and their lovely friends and family), and an absolute dream to photograph.

Updated: Alastair‘s film is now live! Featuring a title illustration by Caro Facelli, and a rad soundtrack from Mint Julep and Radiation City. Check it out at the bottom of the post.

♦ Featured in Issue 18 of Hello May Magazine.

Photography + Cinematography: She Takes Pictures He Makes Films
Gown: Ellery
Shoes: Louboutin
Bridesmaids gowns: Reformation
Wedding stylist: Local Gatherings
Venue + Catering: Abbotsford Convent + Bursaria
Florist: Babylon Flowers
Makeup: Hilary Holmes
Suits: Oscar Hunt


sister location Beautiful! Love your photos

Jim Amazing moment, Well done!

Eleanor I am completely in love with this wedding and every single photo. You guys are so amazing!

Pam Simply stunning

Tahnee Just so beautiful, Lucy! You’re amazing x

Glenn Stephenson Beautifully documented Lucy- natural, honest and decisive.

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

Camp Common Folk, Perth WA | Guest Speaker


Photo by Anna Taylor

A few months ago I had the immense pleasure of speaking at Camp Common Folk in the Donnelly River, Western Australia. Alastair and I were invited along for four days of photo walks, campfires, crash courses and guest talks with dozens of passionate, friendly and rad artists from around Australia… as well as a few hundred kangaroos and emus (I’ve never felt so ‘Strayan).

My talk – Composing (and selling) Using Bold Photographic Design – focussed on the various compositional techniques that can help to create a more impactful photograph.  I explored the many areas I draw inspiration from – cinema, fine arts, animation, record album covers – breaking down the imagery to determine why it effects me, and how these powerful visual elements can translate into my own work.

In the lead up to the camp, I was so focussed on preparing my talk that I didn’t even consider how much we would get out of attending; not only from my fellow speakers Dan O’Day, Jessica Tremp, Andrea Murrow, Jai Long and Natasja Kremers, but from every single person we encountered on the camp.  The electric enthusiasm around the room (or forrest) was palpable, and we left the retreat feeling rejuvenated and inspired, just in time for the next wedding season to hit.  Plus – most importantly – we’d made a shitload of wonderful new friends.

Sending massive love thanks to Glenn, Lauren and Jenna for inviting us along and for running such a rad getaway; and to everyone who attended and made us feel so welcome.  And thanks to all for the epic flash party at the end.

Alastair made a little film about our time there, check it out below. Thanks to our friends The Pink Tiles for the cracking soundtrack.

Photos by Amanda Alessi

Photos by Anna Taylor

Photos by Amanda Alessi

Photos by Amanda Alessi, last photo by Julia Rau


Daniel Wish I could have been there to hear your talk! Next time in Melbourne!

Anna Ahhh – it was so great meeting you and Alastair – face to actual face. Teal & orange. Teal & Orange. :) xx