{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2018} A memorable Christmas with Jen Stocks

Jennifer Stocks is one of the kindest, talented, friendliest person I know. She is an artist who takes an immense amount of pride in her work and someone who manages to capture your family’s love in a moment in time.

Jen is one of Australia’s most sought after and celebrated photographers and has won more awards than she can poke a stick at! 

She prides herself on fresh, contemporary images that are honest and often breathtaking. 

She captures moments in time so you can keep them for always.

Jen is a professional newborn, baby, child & family photographer servicing the Central West and surrounding areas.

Our family has had the pleasure of working with Jen on numerous occasions and she captures those pivotal moments between moments – you know the ones that I will want to relive as we all grow.

Jen offers a wide range of photography sessions to suit your needs. My favourite are the Sunset Sessions. These are casual afternoons spent capturing your family. They don’t take nearly as long as a full session but help update photos of growing children and families.  Plus it’s WAY easier keeping a toddler in check for a shorter period of time!

If you want to capture memories, then you need to contact Jennifer Stocks Photography today.

| Phone: 0400 858 071 |

| Facebook: @jenniferstocksphotography |

| Email: hello@jenniferstocksphotography.com |

| Website: www.jenniferstocksphotography.com.au

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Jen is super keen to make sure everyone has the best Christmas ever so is offering one very lucky winner a Sunset Session*. This comes with 30 high res digital images! 

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Jennifer Stocks Photography’s Facebook Page as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Thursday 20 December 2018.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2018 Rules

*Condition: Travel charges may apply for sunset session outside the Forbes area*

{Girl Crush Tuesday} Local superstar Jennifer Stocks

We have some pretty hard girl crushes. These are the types of ladies that stamp their style on the world. They are the type of people that will always be remembered and little girls grow up wanting to be. They are women of substance.  Women that make the world a better place.

Happy Girl Crush Tuesday everybody.line4Today’s girl crush is a very special one, she is someone who I not only professionally admire, but more than that, I personally love.

Local superstar  Jennifer Stocks is quite possibly the Central West’s most admired photographer. She is undoubtedly stamping her authority over the photography landscape of Australia. She is talented, innovative and quite simply a creative genius.

Last week she was named the 2014 Australian Institute of Professional Photography NSW Professional Photographer Year. That is MASSIVE!

Jennifer is an absolute star. She is energetic and clever, smart and enthusiastic – she really epitomises girl power at its finest.

Plus, not only is she professionally successful but on a personal level she is an absolute champion. She is a wife and mother to four children. She has three growing and busy boys and one deliciously perfect daughter.

We salute you Jen, you really give all little girls someone to aspire to. Have a dream, work hard and you will be rewarded.

Images: Katie McKay Photography, Kisschasey Photography

Images: Katie McKay Photography, Kisschasey Photography

{Christmas Prizeapolooza Update) A beautiful family’s canvas

Just before Christmas we had our first ever Christmas Prizeapolooza. This was a fabulous success and we will never be able to thank the many local businesses that jumped on board and helped us celebrate the festive season by giving away loads of brilliant and generous gifts to some very lucky Nesters.

One such winner was the delightful Danielle Ballinger.

Danielle won the  sensational Jen Stocks Photography prize. Here is what Danielle said about the win:

 “I was quite chuffed that I had actually won something! I never win anything! Thank you so much to both The Central Nest and Jennifer Stocks Photography for my gorgeous new canvas. It has pride of place in our living area, and is my favourite image of our family from our session with Jen, when our baby Georgie was only a few weeks old. I cannot believe that it is nearly 12 months ago, scary to think how quickly time flies and my babies are growing up. Thank you so much to Jen for her amazing talent in capturing the characters of our family and thank you a million to the always informative, entertaining and very generous Central Nest (aka, Kayana!) xox Danielle”

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We can’t think of a more deserving winner and thank Danielle so much for sharing a picture of her gorgeous canvas (and beautiful family!).

If you would like the very talented Jen Stocks to capture your own family so beautifully you can find her here -> www.jenniferstocksphotography.com.au

{Love Birds} Leigh & Stuart and their happily ever after

“For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. “ Rosemonde Gerard

There are some weddings that simply show true love. This wedding is one such example. A combination of impeccable taste, exquisite attention to detail and handmade touches make this honestly one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen. Leigh and Stuart show what love is and how simply beautiful a wedding can be. Happily ever after is not a term to be used lightly but sometimes it is just right. Here are Mr & Mrs McLean – Happily Ever After.

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The Love birds: Stuart McLean, 27 year old diesel mechanic & Leigh Stapleton, 29 year old Teacher

Ceremony: In Carcoar at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. We wanted an intimate church with lots of character and beautiful light for our photographs.

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Reception: Athol Gardens, Blayney. We looked at every venue in the district but when we walked in to Athol Gardens we both knew it was perfect for us. Stunning gardens and an outdoor terrace that suited our taste to a tee.

Theme: Just a mixture of our favourite things- black, white, beige with a touch of lace and a splash of electric blue

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The Dress: Ivory, strapless, silk gown with a ruched bodice and flowing skirt from Wendy Makin Couture Leigh says she tried on so many dresses and loved them all! She made a top 5 and chose this one mainly for the gorgeous silk fabric. She added a flower from another dress she loved. Leigh says ‘I wore electric blue shoes for my something blue, my grandmother’s pearls for my something old and wore my sister’s veil as something borrowed’.

Groom & wedding party attire: The bridesmaids wore dresses floor length chiffon dresses from Seduce in a soft dusty pink.

Groom & Groomsmen wore light grey suits with white shirts and white silk ties.

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Hair: Wavelength Bathurst

Makeup: Macquarie Skin & Day Spa

Decorations: Table centres- large 3 wick candles wrapped in black lace & ribbon

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Bonbonnieres – Little jars of Rhubarb jam (made by the bride) & White violas in beige ceramic pots with custom labels made by the bride

Food:

Canapés: Prawns with chilli & lime salt; Arancini balls with spinach and buffalo mozzarella; Duck in crisp wonton cups; Chilli feta and crispy pancetta crostini

Mains: Herb crusted rack of lamb on a bed of creamy potato mash with roast vegetable salad or Spanish chicken breast with quince sauce, green beans, potato gallette and baked butternut pumpkin

Dessert: Vanilla Pannacotta and slow roasted rhubarb with a vanilla tuile or Chocolate Hazelnut praline with chocolate sauce

Cake: One tier tall round carrot cake with layers of cream cheese, covered in butter cream icing and topped with fresh roses the same as the bouquets. The Bride says she made the cake herself (even though everyone thought she was crazy – but really she says she is just too picky to trust anyone else) and the cake topper and bouquets were by Florabundance.

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Drinks: Local Wines from Cumulus and Angullong and a selection of beers and spirits.

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks from Jennifer Stocks Photography– the most amazing photographer! Jen usually only photographs babies and families but we twisted her arm as an old friend to capture our day. We could be happier with our photos taken around beautiful Carcoar.

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Rings: The wedding bands are Quorra purchased at WJ Coote and Sons. Leigh has a white gold diamond wedder and a plain band either side of my engagement ring and Stuart chose a thick white gold plain band.

Stationary: All stationary was handmade by the bride including the invitations, service booklets, escort cards and table numbers. The stationary supplies were purchased at Fantasia in Bathurst.

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Music: The couple chose country music singer Kaylee Bell to perform at the church and she further entertained the guests in the garden at Athol afterwards during drinks and canapés.

Special moments: The bride says she started crying before she even pulled up at the church! Then she walked in and saw that half the church was crying including the groom & groomsmen! – She says as soon as she saw Stuart standing there she couldn’t help but smile.

Our beautiful guest book was a wedding gift from a very special friend. She drew a tree and our guests put their finger prints as the leaves and signed it. We have it hanging on the wall in our house as a reminder of our special day.

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Our amazing honeymoon in France and Italy was definitely a highlight too – an experience we will never forget. The most special thing for us was having our favourite people together to help us celebrate!

Guests: 100

Cost: Approximately $27,000.00reception

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Stockists:

Reception: Athol Gardens – 84 Newbridge Rd, Blayney – 02 6368 2639

Photographer: Jennifer Stocks Photography – 0401 004 373

Dress: Wendy Makin Couture – 07 3823 0111

Bridesmaid dress: Seduce

Hair: Wavelength Bathurst – 97 Keppel Street, Bathurst 02 6331 5086

Make upMacquarie Skin & Day Spa – Shop 2 / 169 Howick Street, Bathurst 02 6332 2062

Flowers/cake topper: Florabundance – 90B Bentinck St, Bathurst – 02 6332 1822

Rings: WJ Coote and Sons 69 William Street, Bathurst –  02 6331 3017

Stationary: Fantasia 2/91 Rankin St, Bathurst NSW 2795 – 02 6331 8688

{Prizeapolooza} Jen Stocks Photography

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Some people are just ridiculously talented. Like if you are lucky enough to be in their presence when they are creating their ‘art’ you are simply blown away. I feel that way about the wonderfully skillful Jennifer Stocks.jen stocks logoFirstly, for the purposes of being upfront I should disclose that she is a part of my family. I have known her my whole life and am proud to call her friend.

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Jen is one of Australia’s most sought after and celebrated photographers and is a fully accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). As evidence of her wonderful skills and talent she has won numerous awards for her work both at a state level and nationally.

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The best way to describe her photography style is fresh, contemporary, pure and simple. She captures moments in time so you can keep them for always.

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She is a professional newborn, baby, child & family photographer servicing the Central West. I can honestly say she regularly amazes me with her sublime work and the sensational care she gives her clients.

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Jen is taking some well-deserved time away from her business for 12 months to spend some more quality time with her little birdies (she has four!!) but I assure you will be back, bigger and better then ever in the not too distant future.

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line4To celebrate all that is wonderful about the Christmas season and to thank her wonderful clients for their support, Jen is offering a very special prize to one lucky Nester. If you have had your life captured through Jen’s lens in the last three (3) years she is offering the chance to win one of your images printed onto a 20inch x 30inch canvas. This is huge and would be an amazing way to display your family’s image for a lifetime.

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Jennifer Stocks Photography’s Facebook Page as well as The Central Nest’s facebook page and let us know! Winner will be drawn 5pm Monday 30 December 2013.

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