– Where are you based?
We are located in Cremorne, on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. About 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD. From here it’s easy to get to weddings in and around Sydney, up the Peninsula to the Central Coast, and down to the Southern Highlands.
– What gear do you use?
I use Canon equipment. I shoot with multiple full-frame cameras, and a mix of Canon prime and zoom lenses.
– Will you travel for our wedding? Interstate? Internationally?
Yes, yes, yes. In a heart-beat. I generally shoot about 15 weddings each year in regional NSW, and also a couple overseas.
– We are very camera-shy people. What can you do to help us with this?
Our shooting style is organic. We go for a walk, talk about stuff, and capture you guys relaxing after your ceremony. Just be yourself. We will tell you if something that you are doing doesn’t look good in camera. We capture a few “mantle-piece” shots for grandma, and then we have some fun with you and your bridal party.
– Our wedding venue wants us to provide our photographer’s insurance details. Do you have insurance?
Yes. I have $20 Million in public liability insurance, and also equipment insurance for all of my camera gear. I can provide certificates of insurance on request.
– How many photographs do you take at our wedding, and how many will we receive?
I average around 100-125 photos per hour. As you can imagine, people sometimes blink in photographs, so I cull out all the bad shots and provide you with all good photographs from the day. This approximates to anywhere between 700 and 1300 images. I edit all images by hand to provide a unique collection (there are no doubles).
– Will you edit our images?
Yes. I individually edit all images by hand so that every final photograph is awesome to look at. I don’t want to give you images that you won’t like.
– What about printing?
The final photographs are ready for printing. They will be provided at 300dpi in their maximum sizes available. When you receive your images you can take them wherever you like to have them printed. Here is something to keep in mind: When I edit your photographs, I colour grade the images to my print lab (which is in Melbourne, by the way). My lab has provided me their printer profiles to enable me to get a good approximation of the final colours. Each print lab is different (meaning one Kodak store in Sydney is different to another Kodak store in Brisbane), so there may be very subtle differences in what you receive from your printer to the digital photos. If you tell me where you want to get your photos printed, then I will be happy to edit the images according to their printer profile – but I need to know this information up front!
– How long does it take you to provide the final photographs from our wedding?
On average I will have your wedding photographs ready within 4 weeks. During busy periods, this may stretch out a little, but I’ll let you know if this is the case.
– If we book you, will you photograph our wedding or will you organise someone else to do it?
I photograph all weddings myself. Period. The idea behind hiring us is that you get our style. This goes for cinematography too…
– Do you use a second photographer?
Generally, no, however it depends on the couple’s requirements. This is because there are lots of variety between photographers. To get two photographers to shoot the same way is very tricky, and after trial-and-error, I’ve realised that most clients are actually better off with just one shooter. I do the running around between bride and groom preparation to get full coverage (It’s actually not very difficult!). Further, it’s a lot easier to blend in with your wedding guests when it’s only me, and this is frequently how we capture the most candid, genuine moments. If you choose cinema coverage I photograph your wedding with a cinematographer – side by side. We work together to capture everything. Not to mention, it’s also cheaper for you guys!
– Do we need to provide you with a meal?
That would be brilliant! We like to have a short break around the time that you are having your main meal, this way we’re done and ready to party with you, camera in hand.
– My uncle Bob has a nice camera and wants to bring it with him to our wedding and take a few snaps. Is this OK?
Of course it’s OK! Most guests at your wedding will have a smart phone and will want to take a selfie with you. We only request that they stay with the crowd and be a little subtle with their photography. Consider having an “unplugged wedding”, which means that all your guests turn their phones off during your ceremony. This way they are focused on celebrating with you and not their cameras.