Tanya + Ashley’s Newcastle Engagement

Newcastle is the predominant city in the Hunter Valley region. It comprises a pleasant coastal environment surrounded by a relatively large amount of undisturbed natural features – including heaps of sandy beaches, rock pools and caves! This makes a Newcastle engagement session an awesome idea!

An interesting part of Newcastle’s economy and very recent history is that Newcastle is the largest coal export harbour in the world. Newcastle exported more than 150 million tonnes of coal in 2013. The Hunter Valley region as a whole contains large volumes of coal currently mined for domestic and international energy markets. One particular coastal feature just south of Newcastle, in an area called Catherine Hill Bay, is a large coal exporting facility with a long jetty. Although the jetty is now decommissioned, the jetty makes for a beautiful rustic backdrop.

The combination of Newcastle’s historic features together with a beautiful natural environment lead me to recommend Catherine Hill Bay to Tanya and Ashley. We caught up on a warm summer afternoon to document their Newcastle engagement.

Tanya and Ashley have been together for a number of years, and both are from the Newcastle area. They’re a fantastic couple and perfectly matched for each other. Both Tanya and Ashley are super fit and energetic, and they were an awesome couple to photograph. We met up together for their engagement photography session and caught a beautiful sunset. It was one of those evenings where the clouds parted to make way for a stunning golden hour; almost especially for these guys. I am super excited to photograph their wedding later this year at the Merewether Surfhouse on Newcastle’s awesome Merewether Beach…

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