Questions about the package
I have never shot a wedding where I haven’t met the couple beforehand. I’m well aware that I’m sharing in one of the most precious days of your lives, and I think it’s important that we have a relationship before it begins. With this in mind, we would normally have two meetings:
The first catch up is a great opportunity to meet each other and ensure we get along well. We’ll usually discuss preliminary ideas about locations and photography styles and have a bit of a brainstorm. If you aren’t really sure what you want, I can walk you through a wide range of different approaches and show you examples of the finished product. I find this is a great launch pad for finding the approach that reflects your unique style, and ultimately, photos you love.
The second meeting is usually a few weeks before the event, when you’ve had more time to think about those initial ideas and how you want your day to run. It is a time to discuss all the details and fine-tune the timetable and photographic approach. From there, you don’t need to do anything except practice your smiles! Well, at least for your photography.
For all of the photos you receive, I correct white balance and contrast, remove spots, and perfect the cropping (the cut). I also apply film effects (black and white, sepia, cross processed slide film etc.) to a selection of images – I tend to find that looking through 500 photos is a little more interesting this way. To get an idea of the sorts of things I do, have a look through my portfolio of wedding photography.You can also see three complete sets of wedding photos.
After you have received your photos, if there is a particular image that you would like to have altered – reproduced in black and white for instance – let me know. I used to work as a professional photo manipulation artist, so if there is a photo that you love, but need an ex-partner removed from the background, a stray hair put in its place, or you would prefer to have lost a few more kilos before the wedding day, I can do that to a couple of images too.
After you have received your images, you can email me a list of up to 100 of your favourite images to put in your online gallery. At the same time, you can let me know what you would like the password for your gallery to be. I will notify you when the gallery is ready for viewing. After that, it is simply a matter of telling your friends and family to check it out!
Questions for organising your day
I like to spend at least an hour with the couple and bridal party between the ceremony and reception – excluding travel time between locations.
However, if you’ve only got 30 minutes, we can still make it happen. Doing it this way means it is likely to be pretty fast paced, and will limit the number and range of photographs we can take. It’s worth keeping in mind that it often takes a bit of time for the bride and groom to relax in front of the camera.
I’m happy to keep shooting for as long as you want me to, but if you allow more than a few hours, I would recommend that we stop somewhere during this time for a beer/coffee. This can result in some lovely casual photos and give everyone’s cheek muscles a chance to relax. The bride and groom might be keen to keep taking photos for hours, but the bridal party usually needs a rest!
Security, payment and technical questions
In our initial meeting, you’ll receive a copy of the contract, and a link to my booking page. When you decide that you’d like me to be your photographer, you can head there and fill in your details. You will then receive an invoice for a deposit, which can be paid via direct deposit.
You will receive a second invoice for the remaining amount at least two months before the wedding. Payment of this invoice is due two weeks prior to the wedding
I shoot with Canon Digital SLR’s (5dmk2’s to be precise) and use a range of professional series lenses
- 24-70mm 2.8L
- 16-35mm 2.8L
- 70-200mm IS 2.8L
- 24mm TS-E
- 45mm TS-E
- 100mm Macro IS 2.8L
- 50mm 1.4
- 85mm 1.2L
I love my Elinchrom Quadra Ranger flashes, and use them along with Canon Speedlites. After the event, I carry out extensive backups of all images and the edits I do to them. Most of the processing is done in Adobe Lightroom, using professional grade calibrated monitors to ensure accurate colour reproduction.
Other common questions
Yes, I’ve photographed weddings in many parts of Australia, and a number of international destinations as well. I’m always keen on getting out and about.
If you would like to have me as your photographer in an interstate or overseas location, please contact me to discuss price. It may not be as expensive as you think – I do not charge anything for travel time and am often happy to split the travel costs, especially for international weddings. There’s no reason it can’t be a bonus for all of us!
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