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Daniel + Gaetano

Real LifeThe Chroniclers
Daniel + Gaetano

The idea of an engagement photo shoot is not a new one, it’s a step that many couples throughout the ages have taken to mark the occasion of their engagement, but the idea of a styled engagement shoot is still a little bit more on the up and up... Having said that though, here at Groom + Guy we LOVE the idea of styled engagement shoots – the opportunity to have super stylish images that are just that little but more fantastic to mark an engagement gets a big tick from us!

So, given how much we love the idea, when we received a sample of some images of a styled engagement shoot that Deanna at Bonavita Photography did at Cape Schank in Victoria for a same sex male couple from Melbourne, we jumped at the chance to share them.

Before we get into the story of the lucky couple Daniel and Gaetano, we asked Deanne to share with us a little bit about herself, her career and this shoot. Here is what she had to say…

“Bonavita Photography was officially established in 2011. I photograph predominantly weddings and engagement sessions. My background is in fine art photography and education. When I completed my degrees I turned down the stable career prospects of teaching to pursue whole heartedly my passion for photography and people. Each wedding commission I take on is held very close to my heart. I love what I do. It's my passion. The day I wake up and view what I do as "just business," is the day I will stop doing what I do.

“I love being able to incorporate a high level of creativity into my work. My style is natural and relaxed. I always keep it real, capturing the connection between my clients with my camera. I never ask anything of my clients that is not authentic. The connection I make with my clients is so important to me - it’s the reason I do what I do.

“As part of the LGBTIQ community myself, being able to photograph same sex couples makes it all that bit more special.

“I first came across Cape Schank while bushwalking and knew instantly that I wanted to photograph here. A few months later an opportunity presented itself to photograph Daniel and Gaetano, who were looking for some photographs to celebrate their engagement, and I felt that Cape Schank was the perfect location for them.

“Together we talked about the shoot, we wanted to create something that was moody and evocative, that showed the connection between the two boys as well as incorporated the stunning scenery around Cape Schank. We planned on a late afternoon session, with the sun already dipping towards the horizon when we arrived. We photographed through to dusk. It was peaceful, relaxing and made for the perfect backdrop.”



Bonavita Photography is based in Melbourne and Deanne is available to travel Australia wide and beyond.

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