Phil and I go back a long way… twenty years to be exact. We played in both the Applecross concert and swing bands and were mates all through highschool. A lot of kids who pick music as a subject during highschool already have some sort of music study behind them. Phil started music in his teens which is considered pretty late (when you come from an asian family like me)… and his choice of instruments?
The clarinet and sax (-a-ma-phone).
In primary school I played piano and studied music theory (thanks to my parents’ persistence) but in highschool, I decided to learn drums and percussion which was an easy transition. Phil probably started a bit behind but through his dedication he quickly caught up to everyone and unlike most people (myself included) who drop music when choosing university majors, Phil continued on and music has become his profession. If you know Phil, he’s known for his quick wit and uncanny ability to make a joke out of anything and that’s probably one of the reasons we got along so well (that and the countless hours of band practice). I studied engineering and Phil chose music and we lost touch over the years until about 2010, more than 10 years later when somehow (facebook?) I found out that he was playing a lunchtime concert at UWA.
I decided to drop in and was blown away by what 10 years of focused practice can bring to a craft. Not long after that, we caught up over Pizza and it was like nothing had changed… we just looked older and our joke repertoire had grown thanks to life experience. This is starting to sound a bit like a romantic comedy so I’ll leave it here but Phil ended up coming to my wedding and playing “Blackbird” which is one of my favourite pieces. He brought Alex as his partner to my big day 5 years ago and it turns out she went to school together with my brother!
So five years after I get married (almost to the day), Phil and Alex tie the knot and it was my absolute pleasure to be there for a dear friend and shoot one of the best days of his life. Even though I was into photography as a hobby back in 2010, I’m glad they waited 5 years because it has taken me that long to develop my craft so I could return the favour.
The other awesome thing was that so many of the guests at the wedding were creatives too and it was great to meet so many highly skilled artists. The band on the night was also probably the best Jazz band I’ve ever heard at a wedding, so talented the guests would applaud mid-song after the solos.
So here are my personal favourite images from the day.