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Uluru – Kata Tjuta

A little look back to my time at Ayers rock in December :)

First thing Boxing Day morning I flew up to Uluru (Ayers Rock) for 4 amazingly wonderful days. I was there of course to photograph Charntelle & Michael’s elopement but I stayed an extra couple of days just for me.

It was my third, and hopefully not last trip to the Rock, and it still took my breath away just the same as it did the first time 9 years ago.

It was like a 4 day photo safari. 2 sunrises, 2 sunsets, and a whole lot of walking in between.

Here’s a taste of what I saw, and I can only hope it encourages more people to visit this truly incredible place!

First off, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

The Olgas Photographer: Kata Tjuta

There was so much more greenery this time, the desert was alive with trees, flowers, lizards and lots of bugs :)

Australian Desert Photographer: SunflowersKata Tjuta Photography: Australian Red CentreNorthern Territory Photographer: The Olgas at SunsetRed Centre Sunset Photographer: Kata Tjuta

The pre-dawn

Uluru Sunrise Photographer: Ayers RockAyers Rock Sunrise Photographer: Uluru & Kata TjutaAlice Springs Photographer: Desert Flowers

A classroom cave where children were taught to paint

Uluru Photographer: Aboriginal Cave Painting

The changing colours of Uluru

Ayers Rock Photographer: Changing colours of Uluru sunset

Note – due to the restrictions on commercial photography within the grounds of the National Park. These images are not for sale.

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Charntelle & Michael | Elopement

When Charntelle first contacted me 7 months ago to say they were eloping at Ayers Rock and wanted me to fly up to photograph it, I was insanely excited. It sounded beautiful, a sunrise ceremony overlooking Uluru, only 2 guests, followed by some portraits through the red sand dunes and dirt tracks.

It honestly was just as perfect as I had been imagining.

I arrived at the lookout about an hour before the sunrise with a blanket of stars covering the sky.

Ayers Rock Wedding Photographer: Surise

Quite possibly the most breathtaking aisle I’ve ever seen

Ayers Rock Wedding Photographers: Bride & groom arriving at ceremonyAyers Rock Wedding Photography: Elopement ceremony

The ceremony was incredibly emotional; their vows were so heartfelt and beautiful.

Uluru Wedding Photographer: Bride & Groom during ceremonyUluru Wedding Photographers: Kiss the brideUluru Wedding Photography: Kissing behind bouquet

The sun broke just moments after they signed the marriage certificate.

Australian Wedding Photographer: Sunrise ceremony

The morning light was so incredible. I think I’ll be doing many more sunrise shoots from now on.

Australian Wedding Photographers: Dessert bouquet at sunriseAustralian Wedding Photography: Bride & Groom portraitsAlice Springs Wedding Photographer: Bridal portraits

The whole morning was so relaxed and they were just so happy!

Alice Springs Wedding Photographers: Desert portraitsAlice Springs Wedding Photography: Groom portrait

Walking back down the aisle. I love this shot so much, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the background and the track meandering through the scrub.

Elopement Photographer: Bride & Groom walking down the aisleElopement Photographers: Bride & Groom holding hands

The whole elopement came about after they planned a 2 week road trip and decided to get married while they were away. So this red dirt road sums up the whole trip.

Elopement Photography: Australian Desert weddingNorthern Territory Wedding Photographer: Red Centre Elopement

Charntelle & Michael, thank you so much for inviting me to share this intimate day with you. Congratulations again!

I’m sure all your friends and family got the shock of their lives when you showed them what you’ve been up too :)

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