Celebrating our one year anniversary, my wife and I decided that it was time to get behind the camera, instead of just in front of it. I am an up and coming fine art photographer in Melbourne – my name is Jay Cao. I have a love for light and capturing the smallest of details and sweetest of emotions to tell my couples’ stories. With my wife an important part of my photography business, Qlix Photography, I felt there was no other way to celebrate our wedding anniversary than through this incredibly light and airy anniversary shoot – captured by me!

The Timber and Stone Retreat located in the picturesque Malmsbury region of country Victoria was chosen as the location for the shoot because of its raw beauty and farm house romantic feel. Built by the owners after years of collecting French and Italian architectural elements, this property looks like it should be in the centre of Provence. With incredible light and rugged surroundings, all other details of the shoot where kept soft and light to juxtapose the terrain around them.

With an eye for detail and a love for food, my wife and I celebrated with a picnic of fresh produce sourced locally. Before setting out for our picnic, I tenderly watched my wife Wendy get ready and presented her with a letter promising to love and cherish her forever, and to love and protect our soon to be born baby. We were not only celebrating our wedding anniversary, we were also celebrating a new chapter in our lives as we prepare to welcome our first child and become a family. It was truly a special shoot for us.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful photoshoot to celebrate such a special occasion; the images are just so lovely – what heartfelt memories for you both.

About Qlix Photography: Hi, I’m Jay Cao! Since the age of seven,  I have been a photographer unknowingly, though life took its place, I have rekindled my love for photography and now I am a passionate film photographer. My dream is to keep the craft of film photography alive through means of fine arts so that future generations can experience what I have come to call joy.