Suzanne & Mat`s Wedding at Montsalvat
Irene & Aiden`s wedding at the Windmill Gardens Plumpton
Wedding photography is a fun, crazy & fast paced way to make a living.
Is it stressful ? - No.. Not if you know your job.
Ive been shooting weddings for just under 30 years, and covered 1000`s of them.
Our coverage style is Candid, Formal, Natural and Posed.
We cover each moment as required, whether its a candid moment or set up stylized shoot.
Photographers & What makes a Professional Wedding Photographer.
There are so many photographers out there today
Digital has made everyone a professional
So what makes a professional photographer?
Photography is all about light.
Understanding light is what separates a professional from your typical snap shooter.
So many times I hear from photographers " The light isn't right, or I only shoot available light.
If a photographer can only shoot when the light is right.. then they are not a professional.
"I only shoot available light" simply means I Don`t Understand How to Control Light.
I don't use fill flash = My phots are flat and dull.
Whatever the weather or light throws at us on your wedding day... We can shoot beautiful images.
As a wedding Photographer (and photographer in general) the light hast to be always right.
Learning to use fill flash and balance daylight is the number one thing that separates a professional from all the rest.
We don't use Photoshop!
Photoshop takes time and money...
All our images are correctly exposed at the time of taking the image.
I use the simple rule - expose for the skies and fill in the foreground/subject using fill flash/ reflectors/studio strobes.
"I don't shoot at night"
I have heard this one so many times from "Professional Photographers"
Once again - I cant use flash.
I love to shoot after dark.
Some of my best images are taken after dark. I love mixing night lights with flash to create stunning images
Can you shoot a wedding with 1 camera ? NO
Over the years Ive had cameras fail, Dropped lenses and had flashes explode.
Without backup its Game Over - try explaining to the Bride your only camera just broke !!!
For Weddings I Shoot Nikon.
Over the years Ive used Nikon,Canon, Hassleblad ,Pentax & Olympus -
Nikon may not be everyone's choice but it works best for me.
The Cameras I use are the Nikon D610 & D7200.
A D7100 and D5200 are on standby just in case.
The D610 is a 24Mp Full frame with stunning low light capabilities.
The D7200 gives excellent image quality and the crop factor gives that extra reach when needed.
For Lenses i use the Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 85mm 1.8 as my go to lenses.
For ceremony closeups and the Reception the Tamron 80 - 200 2.8 is extremely handy.
All wide angle landscape style images are shot with a Tokina 18mm 3.5
The other lenses I have - as backup are the Tamron 24- 70 2.8 and Nikon 28mm 3.5.
4 Yongnuo Speed lights. Of camera triggers.
LED Lights & Studio Strobes
Softboxes, Reflectors, Portable Power Packs for Strobes.
We always carry enough gear to replace anything that breaks.
If it rains we can set up a full studio indoors in minutes.
I own too many camera bags!!
I transport gear in a large rolling case and just take the gear i need at the time - the rest stays in the car.
My favorite bag is a $20.00 canvas bag I found on eBay.
Its cheap and ugly and dosn`t scream Expensive Camera Gear Please Steal Me !!
If moving around a lot, i like to use a small canvas backpack.
Your Wedding Day
We shoot your full day.
No time limit
(Ive seen photographers leave 5 minutes before the bouquet toss because their time is up)
No extra charge for locations.
We are with you for your full day to ensure your day runs smoothly.
If possible we give a pre wedding shoot to get you comfortable in front of the camera.
Its Your Day
We will fit in with you and make your day as stress free as possible.
We do ask for half an hour of undivided attention for us to capture your couples shots.
How Many Images Do You receive ?
We don't take 1000`s of photos.
We take enough to cover your full day.
A typical full day is app 800 images.
Our images are delivered via digital download.
Our wedding Video service covers your full day with an 8 to 10 minute highlights wedding film and coverage of your reception and ceremony.
About a year ago we added video to our packages.
Whilst we still love shooting weddings as photographers, Video adds a totally different element to your wedding day.
Its great to look through photos of your day, but to see the day bought to life in video format is a completely different experience.
With today's social media the experience can be shared online with family and friends - especially those unable to attend the day.
Our video style incorporates both a " Fly on The Wall" approach, along with posed setups to get the shots we want.
Our 30 years of wedding photography experience lets us set our signature poses as a starting point and then bring them to life.
The Gear we use.
We shoot with a variety of equipment depending on the style of shot we require.
We use a combination of Sony 4K Camcorders, Panasonic G series Mirrorless and DSLR`s.
We use the latest steady cam tech with Zhyun Crane Gimbals
Audio is captured with both camera mounted Mic`s, Lapel Mics and portable recorders.
Aerial shots make great establishing shots to give a totally different view of your wedding day.
When possible we add drone footage to your wedding highlights film.
This is subject to weather conditions and flying regulations.
We are based on Phillip Island and travel Australia Wide.
Here is a short example of some drone footage form one of our wedding highlights films.
We cant show the full film as it is a private video at the clients request.
We can now offer cinematic aerial footage to our wedding films.
Filming is subject to weather conditions and flying regulations.
Katie & Jesse`s Wedding Video
Cynthia & Sangs wedding @ Werribee Mansion
Cynthia & Sang celebrated their wedding at the amazing Werribee Mansion.
As always Melbourne put on its traditional weather with only minutes before the ceremony, in rolls a thunderstorm.... So head for cover and the ceremony took place under the Mansions verandahs
The only one getting wet here is the photographer !!!