One Tree Hill

This is a property that locals and fellow photographers have dubbed, “One Tree Hill”

This location has been very popular over the years, and why wouldn’t it be? It’s beautiful. I don’t blame couples for wanting to have some of their images captured at One Tree Hill, Maleny.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. I was in Maleny with my wife Sarah and we saw a wedding photographer’s advertisement on the wall of a health foods store in the main street. At the time I hadn’t really broken into the Maleny wedding scene so I had no idea where this amazing place in the photo was. I called the number of the photographer on the sign and asked her if she minded telling me where this beautiful spot was located.  Unfortunately she wouldn’t say! “Sorry, I can’t tell you as it’s private property!” At the time I thought she was a bit rude but I didn’t really dwell on it too much afterward.

Then one day, maybe a year later when my wife and I went back to Maleny to have dinner. I got a bit lost and by chance we passed One Tree Hill! I slammed on the brakes and pulled over. When I got out to have a closer look I noticed it was over-grown and unkept and it seemed the owner had ensured it was no longer useable for wedding photography.

I have since learnt that numerous people weren’t respecting the property or the fact that it was someone’s actual yard. They had either left rubbish behind or left the gate open letting the cows out. Some people weren’t leaving the required donation in the owner’s letterbox and someone had even driven in, gotten bogged and torn up the grounds trying to get out.

It was a little sad to see it was no longer available, but I completely understand why.

Fast forward a few years and I had finally begun photographing more weddings in Maleny. By this time One Tree Hill had been made available again to Maleny Wedding Photographers and everyone was happy. Then once again a few bad apples fell from the tree and this time the pin was pulled and the only people who could access One Tree Hill were locals who had express permission from the owner.

This is when I realised why that photographer I had called years before was so adamant that the location’s whereabouts was not disclosed.  It’s a paradise – a place that needs to be cherished and treated in the highest regard so that we wedding photographers and clients may be blessed enough to continue to use it for years to come.

The image below was captured of Mark and Lauren last weekend. We were blessed with dramatic clouds in the background and subtly diffused sunlight (behind paper thin cloud cover) from the side.


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