True love stories

About Us


Little Black Bow Photography was started by owner and head photographer Dearne Penman. With her background in art and photography and love for old fashioned commitment and story telling, photographing families and weddings was something that happened organically.

We mainly photograph weddings in Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens, Central Coast and Great Lakes, but if you love our style and would like us at your wedding that isn’t in one of these areas, please let us know because we do love the occasional road trip or plane flight! It’s important to us to be able to tell your story as it happens, this is why we pride ourselves on making the experience relaxed, fun and as non obtrusive as possible!

Little Black Bow Photography were awarded the ‘Wedding Industry Experts Award’ for ‘Most Popular Photographer in Newcastle & NSW’ in 2014 and 2015 and were an ABIA finalist in 2015. In 2016 we were the Official Photographer for Love in the Vines wedding festival. We have also been featured on various bridal blogs and in bridal magazines which you can on our ‘as seen in’ page.

The Little Black Bow is proud to be a part of The Wedding Collective NSW based in Carrington, a group of like minded vendors, all available under the one roof.

Meet Dea


I’m Dearne, but I go by Dea. Alot of people can’t pronounce Dearne too well…so I end up with variations..such as ‘Dern’ , ‘Dean’ and ‘Dearknee’…yep, I can’t work out how either! I am a mum to 2 free spirited mini men– I never knew my heart could be overflowing with love till I had these two (I also never knew that grey hair grows so quickly when you have kids!). I am a wife to a hunk-o-spunk husband, who is the one who encouraged me to chase my dreams. My dad is an artist, my mum owned a fancy dress shop for 15 years (that was started by my grandparents) and my brother owns Butler’s Customs and Cafe Racers.

I rekindled my passion for photography after my nanna passed away in 2003..after she died I sat and looked through her old photo albums and realised what I always wanted to be as a kid was a really important part in preserving people’s memories. My company is named after the black bow’s that were on my wedding dress and wedding cake.

I am inspired by people and their stories. I look forward to hearing your story!

(thanks to Hunter Valley Video for the BTS footage from  styled shoot with Your Wedding Ceremony, Botanica Bird, Lisa Brown Makeup, Kimberly Bates Hair, Atelier Rose at the White Room…thanks to my mum for the dance moves)

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