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  • G’day! My name is Rebecca Joy.

    Some call me Rebecca, others "Becks," & my Dad lovingly refers to me as "Beckaroo." Take your pick! When I'm not behind my camera or working my day job (I double as an accountant), you can find me at the beach, snuggling up with my furbaby or learning to be a domestic diva.

    I love being married, photographing you getting married, and being able to tell your story after the vows.

    Thank you for stopping by & I can't wait to meet you!

We’re nearing the 8-month mark of living away from home (well, actually Kyle is at 1.667 years).  Aside from friends+family who are obviously missed, there are some things without which I am really tired of living.

Here’s what I am craving/have been living without:

-Trader Joe’s.  I miss pretty much everything they have to offer, but especially: roasted red pepper soup, cookie butter, the best-ever microwave mac ‘n cheese lunches, edamame, & Joe-Joe’s.

-Netflix.  Streaming TV shows & movies hasn’t caught on down under.

-Cherry Coke.  I found it at a department store once for $3.95 per can.  Because of that, in my mind it does not exist here–if it did, I would be breaking the bank for my caffeine fix!

-$4 Martini Night.  The “cheapest” martini I’ve found in Perth? $18.  I can’t wait to take advantage of Mesh‘s sweet deal the next time we’re home!

-Melty cheese.  We have yet to discover a store that sells Velvetta or anything similar to its deliciousness.  Boy, do I miss mom’s queso recipe with Velvetta…

-Speaking of cheese, shells & cheese is another thing that does not exist here.  One of my all-time favorites, especially after $4 martini night!;)

-Pepperjack cheese.  I miss tossing it in my scrambled eggs, on a salami sandwich, in quesadillas… it’s just so good!

…moving on from the cheeses…

-Superstores.  I think I took them for granted.  Growing up in the U.S., I thought it was normal to purchase a greeting card, hand weights, have photos printed & pick up a prescription all at the same store.  Here, that’s not so much the case.

-College basketball.  This was my first March where college basketball Madness wasn’t the only thing on television (it didn’t air here at all!).  Sad days.

-Free refills.  The only place I’ve found down under that let’s you refill a soda for free?  Ikea.

-Fast internet.  Some days our “high-speed” is reminiscent of dial-up.;)

-My car.  I haven’t driven in 8 months!  It’s pretty cool that we’re able to rely on public transport here, but I miss cruising in my smiley, bright blue Mazda3.

-Shopping.  I still haven’t adjusted to Perth’s cost of living and experience sticker shock every time I go window shopping.  Guess I’ll just have to stock up on new wardrobe items the next time we head home!

Most of all, I miss this snuggly little rascal…

Little Buster Boo is going to be soooo spoiled when Kyle & I make our next trip home!  I can’t wait for all of the puppy snuggles & kisses. :D

I have been waiting for this weekend away from the city for soooo long (okay, a couple months)– and it finally happened!  We took advantage of the long Labour Day weekend and ventured south for our first excursion to Margaret River.  I can not say enough good things about this trip… the weather was perfect, location=gorgeous, delicious wine was flowing, the beaches were the prettiest I have ever seen.  I can’t wait until our next trip down there, but until then I’ll have to tide myself over with these lovely images…

Day One:  We started the morning with a stop at the Rivermouth.  That particular beach was closed because the waves were crazyyy strong!

Beach selfies!!!;)

Aren’t our friends the cutest?!

See!  I didn’t exaggerate the craziness!

Oh, heyyy husband!  You’re cute!;)

Second stop: Wineries!!!  We started off at Swings & Roundabouts, then made our way to Driftwood Estate where the images below were taken.

The rest of Day 1 was spent strolling through town, taste-testing olive oils, sampling venison sausages & going to Tropfest.  Want to see photos?  Check out my feed on Instagram @rebeccajoyphotos!

Now, onto Day Two… Beach Day!!!

The first beach we went to was a liiiittle too rough, so we ventured just around the bend to a calmer bit of water.  Of course, Kyle & I couldn’t take the easy way and follow the marked paths.  Instead, we took the road less traveled & did a bit of rock climbing!:D

Where we were headed… so close!

We made it!  The image below is the cliff we decided to scale…

Goodbye, beach… and helloooo, winery!

This was my favorite winery of the whole trip!  Everything I drank at Vasse Felix tasted like magic.

Day Three:  Our goodbye tour of the coast… lots of pretty beaches & crystal clear water!

Okay, okay… one last winery.  They pretty much had to twist my arm to go to one more!;)  kiiiiddding!

Hands down, Wise has the prettiest view of any winery we visited.  I’m trying to convince Kyle that if we ever have a vow renewal or Australian wedding (haha, like that will happen!), it needs to be here.  If neither of those transpire, I would loooove to photograph someone else’s event there!  *hint hint*

Last stop:  The Busselton Jetty

I’m a little (a lot) nervous about sharing this next photo with you, but it’s just too funny not to.  I would like to title this trip’s outtake as “commitment.”  It’s not every day you see a photographer hop out of the car in a bikini to snap some pictures!  The end result was definitely worth the awkward stares & random whistles I received by other drivers.  Special thanks to Sunny for snapping this iPhone pic!

Thanks for checking out our mini-vacation!  For more outtakes and fancy iPhone pics, click on over to my Instagram & follow me for almost-daily updates… @rebeccajoyphotos

Interested in booking RJP for your Margaret River event??  Email!  hello@rebeccajoyphotos.com

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