Hello May

The lovely team at Hello May got in touch with me many moons ago. In fact, it was before they even launched their blog, let alone their magazine. They were looking for photographers to provide content, advertise etc. I’d been approached like this before, but this time was different. They just seemed to get it.

My gut, and more importantly Brooke’s gut said yes, so I was in.

For me, my photos are like little puzzle pieces that fit together to tell the story of the couple’s wedding day. Sure, the location and the details are important, but it’s those natural and genuine moments that are what it’s all about. It’s what makes each wedding so special. Hello May totally get this and continue to share wedding stories and inspiration with their readers while staying true to what weddings are all about.

So it’s no surprise that in just over a year Hello May has become one of the biggest wedding blogs and magazines in all the land, and I’m proud to have been apart of it from square one.

Hello May issue 4 is ON SALE NOW and stocked in newsagents nationally. Emily and Grant’s wedding is featured inside and are on the front cover too!

Stockists can be found here - www.hellomay.com.au/magzine/stockists

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Matt Smith - Thats an awesome achievement mate. Super stoked for you! Looks great, cool couple.

Katie + Corey

When doing anything creative, we find inspiration from inside and out. It could come from anywhere but for me, what fuels me most is people. When I photograph a wedding day, I love that I get to be so intimately involved and share in what will be the best day of the couple’s lives. I get to see them in a depth that even their closest friends and family may never see, the ‘real’ them. That is what inspires me.

The day before the wedding Katie and Corey picked me up in their car for a catch-up. We grabbed a coffee and they showed me around their home town of Tauranga, New Zealand. As we drove around exploring the place, we chatted about all kinds of stuff, just getting to know each other. We didn’t even talk about the wedding that much. It was fun and gave me a a real sense of what these two are about. They welcomed me into their lives and gave me their complete trust to capture their wedding day. It’s all I could ask for really.

Katie and Corey are such a kind and laid back couple who celebrated their wedding day in way that was so true to themselves. They both have such a peacefulness about them, so it’s no wonder that they found each other. In fact, that’s what their whole day was like, peaceful. 

Until the end that is, then it got a little crazy.

Dress - Lover, Hair – Blow Hair CoMakeup – Rococo Beauty Bar

 Music – Matt Corby ‘Resolution’ (buy on iTunes here)

Pete Bartlett - Really lovely work!

Dan O'Day - killer job my friend… #nailedcentral

David - dude! awesome work

Matt Smith - That setting for the ceremony is seamless! What a beautiful moment for the couple. Love the brides dress to mate, simplicity. The raw old factory is epic also.

Sachin - inspiring wedding .. love their style. I pinned a lot :)
Beautiful work man!

Nora - Awesome work. Especially love that black and white shot under the tree. Simply stunning.

Shahriar - Beautiful work. Love your b&w images and there’s so much energy in your dance-floor shots too. Great work.

David Campbell - WOW, insane! Amazing coverage and what an awesome venue.

lisa lacroix - What a beautiful, wonderful wedding. This couple makes me smile with them :)

Amber Hughes - This wedding is stupidly awesome from start to finish! I love all the genuine moments you’ve captured and the portraits are fantastic. Seriously loving the wedding party shots.

Chelsea parsons - You are seriously awesome. What a treat of a wedding to shoot!

Aleksandar Jason - Amazing as always amigo!

Heather Elizabeth - UGFH! This Wedding. Everything about it was so damn good. And your photography was top notch. Cheers!

Jessie - LOVE this wedding! The close up black and white of them looking down is so timeless and beautiful!

Anton Chia - Great couple! Love the dance floors and the ceremony shots!

Mandy - What a gorgeous couple, I love all of the photos. The shots with the willow tree are my favorites, but I have a thing for willows. :)

kit - beautifully captured! love all the details!

Rachelle - Absolutely love the bridal party shots and the couple portraits! This wedding looks insanely fun. Katie and Corey are also ridiculously good looking and obviously have great style!

abbey deer - This wedding is stunning! i know its not in america hahah so where is this?

tim coulson - snoop dogg.

Damian Burcher - What a great location and a great couple. Love the tender black and white one of them hugging and also the one where they are defocussed and the curving road behind them, sort of signifies their future journey, great pictorial metaphor.

Kim - Beautifully captured. Such a sweet and loving couple.

Sinereh Soleimani - What a beautiful wedding! I absolutely love the photos of them walking with the cows in the background.

Donna Nugent - Beautiful work Eric – I love seeing a wedding through your eyes!! Can’t wait to see Belinda’s NZ wedding too – you rock :)

Sarah Williams - So beautiful! x

Sandra Davis - Such beautiful work Eric

Lucy Spartalis - Lovely work as always, Mr Ronald x

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If you know me then you’ll know I’m a pretty driven and passionate person in a quiet, under the radar kind of way. Rarely do I take a moment to stop and smell the roses, so I’ve decided to do it now in blog form.

It feels like yesterday that I was slaving away in my 9-5 job. I worked really hard at what I did, I was good at it, and was pretty successful too. It meant nothing though, I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing. I felt like I was selling my soul and losing touch with who I really was.

I lost my brother to cancer back in 2007. He was 25. His last words to me were ‘don’t waste a day’. It’s exactly what I needed to hear and is something I’ve lived by ever since. It’s why I do what I do today.

Almost a year ago now, an email popped up in my inbox. I had a quick read and nearly trashed it thinking it was spammy advertising stuff. It was an email from Germany from a crowd called Gestalten. They wanted to use some images in a wedding book. I was a little sceptical but gave them the benefit of the doubt. Late last year, the book was released. I had two weddings featured inside and one of my images on the front cover. It’s now selling literally around the globe. I never knew it would be such a big deal.

When I held the ‘JUST MARRIED’ book for the first time, I must confess, I shed a little tear. It might seem silly to you, just some wedding photos in a book, but it was a big deal to me. It was a milestone. I reflected about how lucky I am to do what I love, with the person I love, and making other people happy. I also thought of my brother Lee, how proud he would have been, and how much I wanted to thank him for giving me the courage to do what I love.

I’m going to take photos as long as I enjoy it. There’s so much I want to do with my photography. I have so many more pictures to take, but right now that doesn’t matter, I’m just thankful for today.

Thanks to my couples, thanks Brooke, Mum, Dad, Lee, Charlie, Spoony, Rohan, Scottie, Shannon, John, Oli, Lilli, Em & Soph, Tamarin, Jonas, everyone who has helped me, everyone who has given me an opportunity and everyone who is a part of my life.

To REALLY say thanks, I want to give away some stuff….

• 5 copies of the ‘JUST MARRIED’ wedding book

• 1 Engagement Session shot on film anywhere Australia wide

• 1 Wedding Photography package worth over $7,500 anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region (includes an engagement session, all day photography on your wedding day, all of my travel expenses, and a fine art album)

TO ENTER

I want to hear from you. Tell me about yourselves. What’s your story? What do you do? What have you got planned for your wedding so far? Don’t worry, it’s not about an exotic location or fancy details, it’s about you.

I want to spread the word, so I also ask that you please ‘like’ my page and share this post on Facebook.

Please email me at ERIC@ERICRONALD.NET and use the subject heading ‘thank you’. Please let me know what date/s you have in mind for your wedding as well.

Entries close midnight February 28th. I’ll pick the winners and announce them soon after.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

(added 5/3/2014)

Wow, I really can’t express how overwhelmed Brooke and I have been reading so many beautiful entries. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster reading through all of your stories and we feel very privileged to have you share them with us. A big thank you to all of you for taking the time to enter.

It was so difficult to choose winners but it had to be done so here goes…

Winners of the ‘JUST MARRIED’ wedding book -

Karen Kuttan, Erika Hildegard, Louise Menz, Jasmine Banks, Phil Stefanovski

Winner of the Engagement Session shot on film anywhere Australia wide -

Chiara Van Hooren

Winner of the Wedding Photography package -

Kate Greenwood

Rasha - Congratulations Eric on the success of Just Married, you deserve it as you’re a wonderful dude and a fantastic photographer!

Bianca - I was touched by your story and sorry to hear about your loss. You’re such an inspiration and I love everything you do. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos, your story and this awesome thank you give-away!

Weeli Goh - Well done Eric! Love your work

Suzie - Thank you for sharing this with us. I’ve been following your gorgeous work for a while now, even before I worked in the wedding industry (you were actually a huge inspiration for me to take the leap and start filming weddings for a living). I’ve shared this on my Facebook, I think all couples who get to be photographed by you are very lucky indeed. I actually have two weddings coming up working alongside you (in April, I think. Possibly May) and I can’t wait to meet you. Thank you :-)

Lilli Waters - No, thank YOU Eric. You are truly an inspiration. Love ya always Bananaman xxx

David Moore - With two brothers of my own I was touched by your story and can’t imagine being in the same situation. Your honesty and ability to lay it all there out are what make your images so special. Keep being awesome.

Scott Kittelty - Really nice gesture Eric, but wouldn’t expect anything less from you. I remember you telling us your story at the JP workshop and thought how amazing it was that you’ve done exactly as your brother had wished for. All the best mate – Scott.

Dijana - Eric, my gosh, I didn’t know that about your brother, sorry for your loss. I imagine he would be really proud of how much arse you’re kicking and that you have found something you love doing. Going to share right now, what a beautiful gesture x

Lucie Curry Chéenne - Beautiful words Eric, and what a journey! Amazing work.

Simone nuroo - You are a special person Eric:) Glad to see and read that you are happy. We only live one life. May you continue to be blessed and I know that your brother is looking down on you with such pride, Sim x

Donna - What a lovely gesture Eric, I know I speak for all your couples you have dealt with when I say that we are also very lucky to have you in our lives doing what you do every day.

You are a special person! x

Donna, your goat loving bride haha

Jonas Peterson - So happy for you, Eric. And so well deserved.

Lucy Spartalis - Hey dude, I did not know that about your brother, I’m so very sorry to hear that. Good for you for finding such strength and courage through such a horrific ordeal. I’m sure your brother would be very proud of you xx

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