What does a wedding day even look like? How much time do you need to allocate to each part of the day? What time of day/ colour scheme/ locations look best for photos?...
The good news is that with a few hundred weddings under my belt, I know a thing or two about them. So put on the kettle on, make yourself comfortable and let's go through a few things together:
This is probably the first concern my couples have when they come to me. My response is simple: Almost all the people I work with are not professional models and have never been professionally photographed. As such, I do not expect them to know what to do. It is my job as a photographer to guide you to make you look your best while still your authentic self, and have fun in the process.
Let me tell you one thing: There's no "usually". I've seen it all from having the wedding on a Monday to skipping the cake to wearing sneakers to having pink hair, and everything in between. It's your wedding, you make it the way you want it. If you are from a strong cultural background however, you may want to incorporate traditional formalities.
This varies greatly from wedding to wedding, and ultimately it's up to you. However, as rule of thumb and from experience, these (below) are the times allocated for photography for each part of the day. Of course, the order may be different, with an increasing number of couples opting to have portraits done before the ceremony. Make sure you add travel time to the below:
- Getting ready - 2 hours (bride), 1 hour (groom)
- Ceremony 30 minutes
- Post-ceremony congratulations/ family photos 30-40 minutes
- Location shoot (bridal party/couple portraits) 45 mins - 1 h
- Reception until all the formalities are done + 30 mins of dancing
Yes, absolutely! Editing is a crucial part of the final look of the photos you will receive. It ensures consistency of colour palette, temperature and overall look and feel. I always make sure the photos are not over-processed to ensure their timeless quality. Wedding photos need to transcend trends and look just as beautiful to your grandkids!
As a side note, all the pictures given are high resolution with no watermark.
I currently use high end Canon professional cameras and lenses and update as newer models come out. This ensure quality images that capture light beautifully with amazing detail.
Lenses I mostly use:
50mm f/1.2 for capturing moments throughout the day as it's neither too wide nor too narrow
85mm f/1.2 for beautiful portraits without distortion and flattering skin tones
16-35mm f/2.8 for those epic extra-wide scenery shots
90mm f/2.8 macro for brilliant detail shots like rings and cufflinks
My style of photography is primarily photojournalistic. It means that we'll capture the day naturally as it unfolds. I want you to have real memories of the day, not fabricated ones. You should not even realise we are there. The only part where we'll actively ask you to do things is for the portrait shoot. Even then, I like to call it "directing" as opposed to "posing". I will help you move into the best light and make sure you're standing at the most flattering angles, but you will still be doing things you normally do, like walking, talking, sitting, laughing etc.
Booking is very simple:
Step 1 - I send you a draft contract to review.
Step 2 - Sign and return the contract via e-mail, along with a $1000 deposit to secure your date.
Step 3 - Payment balance is due 1 week prior to the wedding date.
Step 4 - Have a fabulous day
The photos are delivered in a beautifully tiled online gallery. This is the best way to view and share your precious memories. The photos can be downloaded individually or as a whole set directly from there. And if you don't want to share, that's ok too, I can make your gallery private. Complimentary USB keys are also available on request.
Beautifully crafted photos take some time, so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Yes, I've shot many weddings nationally and internationally. Anywhere within 1 hour drive from Sydney CBD would be considered local. If your wedding is taking place further than this, a travel fee may be required, please contact me for a custom quote.
Yes absolutely! A huge part of my work covers photographing weddings from a wide range of cultures including Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Lebanese, Indian and more. I've shot dozens of tea ceremonies and other rituals. I love, embrace and respect the diversity of the wedding world.