Wedding shot third in contest
AS Bree Frey leant on a shovel in a vacant block of land in her wedding dress, she did not think she would become the subject of an international award-winning photograph.
The picture, created by former NewsMail photographer Rhondda Scott, beat about 10,000 other entries to win third prize in the International Aperture Awards.
Bundaberg photographer Ms Scott said she came up with the idea as she was talking with the bride-to-be about potential wedding shots.
“Bree mentioned her future husband was going to have these really cool crocodile skin shoes and she said she could kill him for those shoes,” she said.
Titled ’Til Death Do Us Part, one half of the photograph was taken on the day of the wedding, with hubby Lucas’s feet hanging out of the boot of a Chevrolet as Bree grips the shovel.
“Lucas was a little bit iffy to start with, just because I was burying him, but we’re so happy with it,” Mrs Frey said.
Ms Scott took the other half during a Sunday drive to Biggenden when she spotted an “old and lonely” church.
She merged the two shots to make the art piece for the happy couple.
The photograph hangs above the couple’s lounge and has attracted a lot of attention.
“A few people have come over and not realised it was me at first,” Mrs Frey said.
Ms Scott said she gave all her couples an art piece as part of their wedding packages.
“We try to make every art piece different and quirky,” she said.
The photographer said it was about combining the emotions of the bride and groom, and the “feel” of the couple with the art piece, to get the perfect shot.