How to Hire a Wedding Photographer in Australia

You have decided to say I do and it is time to organize the wedding. Endless doubts, they begin to assault you and you have not yet begun to organize it and you are already overwhelmed.

Organizing everything step by step, the estate, the wedding photographer, the dress, the trip … is a tedious process, but let’s put aside the nerves and stress and let’s enjoy the road. I always tell couples that a wedding is something that is prepared for a long time but that happens in the blink of an eye and sometimes we do not become aware of many of the things that have happened in it.

At the moment, trying to digest everything that happened, you thank the people who have accompanied you for making your wedding an unforgettable day while social networks are flooded with photos of your wedding.

At this point, I imagine that for many of you, the photography and video of your wedding will become at the top of your list of priorities, the essence of what that great day was and to remember as if you were living those moments again of nerves during the preparations, seeing your partner moving towards you or even how fun that first dance was.

Being so important to you, you must be very clear about what you need and that is why I am going to give you some tips for you to choose your wedding photographer in Australia.

WHAT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN HIRING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN AUSTRALIA

Define the work style you like (artistic or documentary).
You could say that there are currently 2 more or less defined aspects of photography, which sometimes combine and can be worked in equal parts during the celebration of a wedding.

The majority of couples the first thing they comment on is “we don’t like to pose”, so what is recommended in this case would be a documentary photograph, being there the skill and experience of the photographer that allows capturing those decisive moments with creativity.

We don’t like to pose, we prefer it to be something more natural.

Define a budget for the wedding photos

It is very important that you have an idea of ​​how much a wedding photo report really costs since sometimes the couples comment “we did not expect it to cost so much” and that is certainly something intangible and depends on many factors.

But if you do not find the difference between a very low budget and another 4 times higher, although it is very likely that the difference is obvious, if you are not clear, do not cut yourself, ask.

Without an established budget, wedding photos can be a service that seems overly expensive.

It is time to choose your wedding photographer

You have a list of possible candidates and it is time to question one of the most important questions. Do we really want you to join us at our wedding? If the answer is Yes, do not hesitate to hire him. But if the answer is No or we don’t have it clear, I recommend you keep looking.

If you are not at all clear that you want that photographer to accompany you for approximately 10/12 hours of your wedding, keep looking.

And then to opt for one or the other will be the most important factors for you who make you decide. To do this I leave a series of questions you should ask to know in-depth how your wedding day will work.

QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK THE PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR YOUR WEDDING

Who is going to be the photographer on the wedding day? Sometimes, you explain your idea of ​​a wedding report to a person and the day of the wedding is another that takes care of photographing you.

Could you show us full weddings? And if you have already worked at the place where we celebrated it, could you show us that wedding? It is easy to show photos that hook, but you have to take into account all the work and see the consistency of a complete report.

Do you travel? Are there extra costs for travel? If you like a photographer who is not from your area, get a quote to travel. If you plan on a destination wedding then it’s important to make sure that they can travel with you. See my favorite wedding venue here – Queensland Wedding Venue – Gabbinbar Homestead.

How long do they cover the photo report? A full wedding report should cover from preparations to bridal dance, there are photographers who limit their day and then charge overtime. Inform you of the extra hour price so that there are no surprises later.

How long do they take to deliver? Bridal photography requires a prudential time for editing (approximately 1 to 3 months). It is convenient to set an approximate date so that the wait is not eternalized.

What approximate number of photos do you usually deliver per wedding? As in everything, we do not want surprises, it is convenient to know it in advance.

Do you deliver the photos in digital format? I know that some photographers are reluctant to this practice. Ask.

Garden Photography Tips

gardenGarden photography has always been, since the beginning of it, one of the most used photographic styles, made and displayed. Without a doubt, capturing the beauty of our environment and capturing those places that we love so much when we visit them is one of the situations in which photography becomes more used and patent. We will collect tips for understanding and achieving quality photographs of finished gardens and garden design in the UK.

Types of garden photography

First of all we have to know that garden photography is often associated with photography of finished gardens and garden design. The fact is that within this style encompasses all types of garden, whether it be natural gardening, urban, or any type of it. The best way to understand or resolve our doubt is always to realize what is the reason to photograph and therefore which will be the goal of the photo shoot.

That is why, due to this, and before starting to take a photograph of this style (and indeed of anyone) we should try to preview in our head, and with our eyes, the photograph we want to make. More if possible in this type of photography; in which the study of the area, hours, light and environment interferes with the final result of the shot.

The location of the garden design also matters a lot. Taking pictures of professional garden design in West London will be different than photos of a run down old garden in a poor area.

Night or day for garden photos

The choice between day or night will make factors such as natural or artificial lighting key in getting good garden pictures.
Garden photography can be associated with any type of ecosystem or environment, and therefore the time of the same matter. We must take into account in the preparation of it, although an area can be great for the day, at night it does not have to be, or vice versa.

The choice between day or night, will make factors such as natural or artificial lighting are very important when it comes to any of our alternatives. Needless to say at the time of using one or other parameters, or one or other accessories.

Required equipment

Garden photography is usually a discipline that usually requires one of the most extensive equipment. The main reason is the great variability of environments that we can face and the innumerable situations of it. In spite of everything, there is a basic and important equipment that we should never leave at home if we want to get a quality photograph.

There is a basic and important equipment that we should never leave at home if we want to get a quality photograph
The main thing to get a garden photograph will be to have a camera with BULB mode or at least one camera that we can configure with slow shutter values. Although we can get compositions or photographs with fast shutter values, the availability of this is important because we are going to face situations where light.

What Happens on your Big Day?

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To address your queries before hiring a photographer, let me answer those common and frequently asked questions.

 

What is your style of photography?

80 to 90% of pictures I take are documentary style. It is focused on capturing candid moments during your wedding day – from the preparation to the reception. I put all these shots in a narrative presentation. 10% are photo shoots of the couple before the wedding. Many couples want shots as they appear fresh and not harried. The other 10% are posed shots or group shots as tradition dictates and most certainly would please the parents.

 

Do you travel for weddings outside the city or country?

As a former photojournalist, I have travelled almost everywhere and there’s nothing I would trade the studio for a day or two for than do your destination wedding.

 How do you present your albums? When do we get them?

Expect to get engagement and wedding photos 4 weeks after the date. It will be sent to your Gallery. 2 to 3 weeks for the album consultation and photo proofing. 12 to 14 weeks for the final album.

 

Should we see each other before the ceremony?

Absolutely. We arrange a 10 to 20 minutes meet up dressed up. Couples talk, relax and enjoy each other before facing the crowd and day ahead. Pictures during this time are fresh  and stunning.

 

Are other guests allowed to take pictures with their gadgets? It is not a problem. However, in the name of documenting the event, we will be announcing to all guests before the wedding about our task of documenting the wedding and that in no way are we to be interfered.

 

We may want to give you a shot list.

While I use documentary style, I use my own way of capturing those moments. 6 weeks before the wedding, you must give a list of family and guest for identification and for photos to be taken.

 

For payments schedules, retainer and insurance issues, let’s talk further when you email me.

 

My Favorite Wedding Venues in London

Part of planning for an unforgettable wedding day is choosing the best location that will fit the attendees of the ceremony and the guests coming in for the reception. These places are favoured and well liked:

Drakes Brighton.

A great place for an intimate wedding and reception while feeling the sea breeze.

Capacity: 40

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The Great Hall

Used to be known as Leyton Town Hall, this lovely and grand place has been renovated and is perfect for large wedding receptions. Its area is around 3,000 square feet and the ceilings display Victorian Brass chandeliers.

Capacity: 300

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One Mayfair

Near Oxford Street, this venue with its high ceilings and stained glass windows has hosted many events. It is the venue for a classic theme.

Capacity: 350

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Cliff Barns

This prairie cum ranch is located in Norfolk.  The Spanish-style courtyard is great for ceremonies. The interior is designed to look like a Mexican hacienda and is designed by Russell Hall.

Capacity: 80

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Somerset House

For a chic style wedding, choose Somerset. It has contemporary design rooms like the Portico Rooms and a Terrace that provides a view of the Thames.

Capacity: 100

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The Bingham

This Georgian townhouse with its serene views is ideal for photo shoots. The Garden rooms is great for weddings.

Capacity: 99

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Lyndon Syon Park

For a massive wedding reception of 500 guests, the Grand Syon Ballroom in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel is located in the wide Syon Park. The hotel boasts of luxurios designs special the Murano chandeliers that provides a fantastic backdrop.

Capacity:400-500

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Gravetye Manor

Ideal for garden weddings, this huge location holds 35 acres of gardens.

Capacity: 60

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Stowe Landscape Gardens Buckinghamshire

The famous landscaped gardens of Stowe is inspirational. In fact, many artists and writers choose the place to gather ideas for their craft.

Capacity: 100 (ceremony), 100(reception)

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The Trafalgar Hotel

To be married in the centre of the city is most convenient. Trafalgar Hotel has a fabulous rooftop bar to view the sights of the city and enjoy an intimate reception.

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