When asked where I was previously, I would usually receive the same puzzled reaction. Said with astonishment, " You moved to Dirranbandi from the Whitsundays?" I won't deny the Whitsundays offers some of the most stunning scenery in Australia but it was never really 'me'.
Relocating to south-west Queensland offered me a kind of creative peace. This was the type of landscape I was meant for! The plans for me to take a 3 year break soon seemed like a silly idea and the lure of photographing in such a diverse and wonderful landscape was too strong. So out came the camera gear and my journey of being a rural town photographer began.
During this journey I was introduced to Dirranbandi's Goods Shed by other passionate and talented locals who could see the potential in this incredible space. From the moment I walked in, I was drawn to its rustic aesthetics and knew instantly that it needed to be utilised.
This led me to create a collaboration with local businesses to shine a light on the shed and the surrounding Rail Precinct. The beauty of the shed was obvious to me but I could understand that it may not be so evident to all. I needed to paint the picture and show the potential of this space as a perfect Wedding venue full of country charm.
The results of this collaboration are more than I had hoped for and I appreciate the businesses who gave their time and talent to bring my idea to life. Links to these suppliers are found below.
The Goods Shed has a rich history and was constructed in 1913 when the railway reached Dirranbandi. The now decommissioned railway line and surrounding structures form part of the Dirranbandi Rail and River Precinct. This project will see the area utilised by locals and tourists celebrating the area and its historical significance.
As part of this, the Goods Shed is available as a Wedding and Events venue. Not only does it offer rustic country charm but also a convenient location. The options for photography are plentiful without leaving the Railway precinct. During the editorial shoot, I utilised the shed, the railway lines, cranes, the surrounding plant life and rustic fences. Access to the main street businesses is within a few minutes walk at most. This includes accommodation that could be used by guests of your wedding.
Picture this...... The shed is decored in your chosen style. It is the perfect blank canvas featuring timber and tin, overhead beams and gorgeous large barn style doors. Opening these large doors allows for viewing of the spectacular country sunset from inside and creates a beautiful soft warm light. Wedding guests would enjoy this whilst having a beverage and canapes. Meanwhile you are with your bridal party and photographer creating stunning images of your day, all within a stones throw of your reception venue. Family, friends and children that you may wish to include in portraits can be part of it and then rejoin the other guests.
After capturing hundreds of weddings myself, I understand the time constraints and logistical troubles of a wedding day. The luxury of having many backdrop options along with gorgeous golden hour light all in one location is a dream come true. If I could offer one piece of advice to couples, it would be to allow yourself time to soak it all in, to just enjoy. After all the planning and anticipation, it is over in a flash. A venue such as the Goods Shed allows you to designate time to photography (as we all want to) in a relaxed, non-pressured manner. Perfect!
I could easily continue to champion this amazing venue but I will now let the images speak for themselves. I hope it paints the picture for you of how amazing a Wedding day or other event can be in this space. It is also available for hire for photography.
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Biggest thanks to all those involved.
Laura, Evan and Laena are a local St George family who gave up their time to be my models. They did an amazing job and we had so much fun too!
Laura's hair was done by our very own Dirranbandi Hairdresser Holly of Dirranbandi Hair and Beauty.
Make-up was done by the incredibly talented Brooke from Shea Beauty in St George.
Laura's jewelry was kindly donated by The Linen Cupboard. Dirranbandi's amazing boutique shop.
Styling and photography by me! Laura K Photography. The dress was sourced from Nest and the bouquet from Premier Cane and Flowers Toowoomba.
The Dirranbandi Goods Shed is available for hire for Weddings, Events, Corporate Functions and photography. For information and/or to organise a walk through please email firstname.lastname@example.org. OR alternatively phone the Dirranbandi RTC on 4625 8411.