A Gift of Love | Blue Mountains Photographer |

Every now and then it is lovely to get a reminder, an affirmation that all the love and energy I give is received and appreciated. I got this email on Monday morning coming into the office, after knowing my client had bought her Gift Voucher for her best friends Baby Shower gift…

“Hi Ann,
Thank you so so much for the gift certificate and information for Jordyn & Zo. I actually got a bit teary (in the best kind of way!) when I opened the envelope. You have been exactly the kind of person I was hoping to find to do these photos, I can’t thank you enough for your kind help and flexibility, and for your extra bit of effort and care.

Again, Thankyou!


I am so glad Kate loved it so much. But if you are being generous in giving a gift such as a Bub to Bump Package, you want to have something gorgeous to give your loved one so they can share the excitement straight away, don’t you think?

I got the inspiration for my gift vouchers from my own wedding invitations. For a number of weeks in our planning phase we visited paper stores, researched online, did the rounds of some more markets and stores, and then decided to purchase from ‘Amazing Paper’ on Enmore Rd, Enmore, Sydney. The ‘ingredients’ of our delicious invite were from various sources, as sustainable and suitably matched as we are to each other. Which is perfectly..

For a while I was considering getting a DIY package to put together, or buying specifically designed invites printed in recycled materials from someone far away on ETSY, or generally, online. I personally love being creative, in my photography and in other areas such as craftiness.. so we made our invites and I am so proud of them, you can see why I would continue the theme every chance I get in my business.

The deep brown backing card is called ‘Bier Bock’, at 250gsm it was the perfect weight for a backing card and is made from recycled beer waste. What Australian groom would not relate to that?  I mean, even I think that is an awesome usage of waste products! The divine top sheet is ‘Via Felt Cream Text Paper’ and is 30% recycled and made using wind generated electricity. I am proud of the research and commitment we put into our invites, and that I can make top quality, even luscious gift vouchers for my clients to give to their families, each handmade with love.

The smoothly textured green top sheet is a Japanese paper made using all natural fibres using traditional techniques that involve the use of no chemicals whatsoever. Each layer is held together using some simple zig zag stitching with the sewing machine. Even following the invitation theme each voucher has a magnetic strip on the back so recipients can post it on the fridge as a reminder to get their family organised for an adventure in their favourite location with me!

I feel each lovingly handcrafted gift certificate represents an aspect of who I am as a person as well as a photographer; committed yet not abrasive in my commitment to the environment, creative and passionate with a quietly understated sophistication..

But most importantly, it is made specifically to each client. There is no pile of pre-printed vouchers sitting here waiting to be mailed out to every Tom Dick and Harriet. They are Bespoke creations made just for you. By me.

What a gorgeous Baby Shower gift. I can’t wait to meet Jordyn & Zo, and capture this beautiful last phase before they become parents together.

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