Ben Newnam Photography

5.0  ( 152 reviews ) · Sydney - Nationwide - International · Show Phone
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THIRD PLACE - 2023 NSW PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR!! ABIA Australian Bridal Industry Awards. Without a doubt, one of our favourite and most trusted wedding photographers. Ben will personally take care of your wedding photography from start to finish. No nasty surprises . All you have to ask yourself is "Do I like his photography?"

Are you struggling to find the right wedding photographer?  With so many choices and without a word of mouth recommendation it's hard to know if you are getting a quality photographer that will do the right thing by you.


The best way to measure the quality and reliability of a photographer when searching purely online, is to critically view their portfolio and read reviews from past clients.

The three elements that make a great wedding photographer are...

(1) The ability to capture quality photography, consistently throughout the whole day, with a handful of "hero" images thrown in for good measure :)

(2) The ability to relate to all types of people and to be able to put people at ease under stressful situations.

(3) Great customer service.  That means, answering all correspondence in a friendly approachable way in a timely manner and delivery of goods on time.

Ben has many five star reviews, so you get a really good idea of other peoples experiences.

Still not convinced? There is always the gallery of Ben's work and plenty more on his website & blog.

Because photography is so personal and subjective, Ben would rather you be the judge of his work rather than trying to convince you of his ability as a great photographer.

If you would like to learn more feel free to make an appointment where you will be able to discuss your wedding photography needs with Ben personally, he is happy to come to your home for a portfolio viewing any week day or night.

About

Having photographed over 1000 weddings, I know how to handle every possible scenario. The most common compliment the bridal party say to me, while I'm photographing is "I love your dedication a passion". I go where other photographers won't in order to capture the perfect image for you. Going knee deep in water, climbing a tree or laying in the dirt. Stock standard imagery doesn't inspire me and that's why I love shooting for couples who are also passionate about and prioritise photography.

Ben Newnam

Owner & Photographer


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Me.  Ben Newnam.  I wouldn't trust anyone else ??

It may seem a conflict of interest having a wedding photographer give advice on choosing the right photographer for your wedding. To a degree you would be correct. After all, I would be crazy not to want you to book my services. Wouldn’t I?

I really enjoy photographing couples who love ?? my images and also who like me as a person. Not only does it make my day enjoyable, knowing that my clients appreciate and value my photography but also connect with me as a person. The upside for the client is if they truly value me professionally and personally then they will be more responsive and positive towards me on their big day. That can only help in capturing couples in their best light and at their most relaxed state. This only make for better images.
After all, on your wedding day, you will be spending more time with your photographer than with your family and closest friends. So it only makes sense that you will want some kind of positive vibe towards your photographer.

All my time in wedding photography I learnt that there are two types of photographers. 1) Business people who go into photography and 2) Photographers who go into business. Similar words, two very different meanings. I consider myself the later.

More often than not I have found that the companies that employ a team of photographers and offer fairly generous looking packages are generally the “Business People that go into Photography”. They work on volume to make a profit. More often than not it’s just a business to them. They may have packages that are hard to understand, even for myself. Or worse, packages with hidden costs.

Then you have the photographers who shoot alone that may also have a second shooter to carry the bags. These are “Photographers Who Go in to Business”. They may be a little more expensive, but they are with you from start to finish. From the initial consultation right up until the delivery of your album or digital files. You may strike it lucky by finding a photographer that is just starting out who produces great work and has generous packages. Who are charging less than they are probably worth, simply to build a reputation and portfolio. But even then, the newcomer doesn’t have the experience and haven’t been subjected to many possible unexpected situations that unfold at weddings.

The sole shooter takes great pride in their own work. They are the type of people who can not bring themselves to trust anyone else. They know everything is on them. It’s their business and they look after it like it’s one of their own children. No one will ever care for your own business as much as you do. So when you are the owner and photographer, you care just as much about the photography as you do about the business.

Lets say you walk into a large wedding photography studio that hires a dozen photographers. Chances are you won’t know who will be shooting your wedding until a few weeks out from your wedding. Just as important, you won’t know if you connect with the photographer who will be photographing your wedding.
All the images on their walls could have been taken by any one of their shooters. The images on their walls and in their portfolio albums have been hand picked from the dozen shooters to represent them as a company as a whole. Meaning from all the photographers at their disposal, they are bound to collate enough great images to put together a portfolio. Again, that doesn’t mean that the certain images you like in their portfolio will be taken by the photographer that will be photographing your wedding. For all you know the photographers whose images you like may well have moved on.

On the other hand, when the sole shooter shows you their portfolio you know it’s their images and they will be the one photographing your wedding. You have a better representation of how your final images will look.
The big companies can also offer a second photographer to sweeten the deal. Thats great and all, but again, do you know who the second photographer will be? They could offer a dozen photographers to photograph your wedding but if some are straight out of photography school and the rest total newcomers without the knowledge and experience about everything that goes on at wedding then they really can be a liability as opposed to an asset. Keep in mind if the second photographer were very good, chances are they would be in business for themselves. Being paid their real worth.

Even if there are some seasoned professionals working for the bigger companies, what guarantee will there be that they will be photographing your wedding?

Now I am not suggesting that the larger companies don’t produce some fine work. They do. But it can be hit and miss, depending on who ends up being your photographer. You really need to decide if you are willing to take the chance in the hope of getting the photographer that connects with you personally and shoots the of style of photography you like, just to save a couple of hundred dollars.

The advantage of the sole shooter who is a seasoned professional. Meaning they have experienced virtually every possible scenario at a wedding. They can more often than not be a calming influence on a tense situation. When an unexpected situation arises, the season professional will know how to handle it. Things such as a sudden turn of weather, the season professional will know where to go. Even wardrobe malfunctions the seasoned pro will most likely have a solution. Generally it involves Hollywood tape ?? I think you get the point. Even in tense situations the seasoned professional will still be able to deliver images you will be proud to show off to your family and friends.

The four big questions you should be asking large wedding photography companies, or any photographer for that matter, including myself, is this.
1) Who will be shooting my wedding?
2) Can I meet the photographer who will be photographing my wedding?
3) Can I see their portfolio?
4) What is included in my package and are there any hidden costs? Be aware of the up sell, whereby, for example you will be given say 20 sides included in your album package. But they will design say 50 sides and then ask you to cull the pages or pay extra to have more than the quoted 20 sides included. That extra number of pages can equate into the thousands of dollars.

Wedding photography is one of the few things you have to get right, the first time. It’s not like say, buying a dodgy pancake maker that you can just take back and get a replacement or refund. The final product is the final product and no amount of photoshopping will correct bad photography. No amount of apologies from the photographer will make up for not getting along with them on your day, who just ruined the whole vibe of the day.

At the end of the day it is about your perceived value a photographer offers you. Value to you may mean quality work, first and foremost. It may mean the experience the photographer has and the peace of mind they give you. It may mean very generous pricing. As you may only want a very basic coverage and not too fussed if they images aren't much better than your guests photographs.

As much as I would love to capture your wedding day, my style may not be to your liking and that is fine. Everyone has different tastes. But keep this in mind when searching for the person that will capture the memories of one of the most important days in your life.
If you do like my photography and are searching for your ideal wedding photographer then lets talk. Make an appointment to meet and see if you also like me as a person. ??

Absolutley.  I wouldn't have it any other way. Btw it will be me, Ben who you meet

Depending how long you have me for.  Generally between 1500-3000 images

Its never happened, touch wood. If I am ill I just soldier through.  If I am unable to photograph your wedidng I know other great photogrpahers that could help out.  

Depending on what part of the day I am covering.  If say for instance I am capturing the ceremony, the images will be candid.  I am always looking for the right moment to capture the peak of emotion.  If we are out on the location shoot the images will be a mix of candid and some with more direction involved. Even then I make the posed ones look relaxed and candid.  Much of the style is dependant on how the images are treated afterwards as taking the shot is only of of it.  I create a mix of natural and stylised treatment that has the Wow!!! factor.  Mainly natural though.


152 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

May 2024

We were totally blown away not only by Ben's excellent quality and quantity of photos but his warm and personal service. From first contacting Ben he responded very promptly and without any pressure to go ahead, he was friendly and helpful, talked us through all the possible details of the day and gave us a good idea of what to expect if we went with him. We also appreciated knowing that Ben would be the photographer on the day and not someone else that we hadn't spoken to or seen their work. We were working with a modest budget and despite Ben's expertise and experience his pricing is very reasonable and so we were able to find a package that worked within our budget. Once we proceeded with Ben he was very responsive to our questions and communicative throughout the planning process. When it came time to plan the details of the day Ben struck the perfect balance of making sure important parts of the day were covered while leaving space for us to enjoy the day with friends and family and capturing candid moments in between. We had such a great time on the day with Ben, he went above and beyond to get plenty of great shots for us in a variety of locations with a mix of posed and candid shots, and worked really hard to make us feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. His second photographer Jesse was also such an asset and captured some incredible shots and we are so thrilled he brought a valuable second perspective to the day for us. When we got our photos back we were impressed by the large quantity of high quality photographs with a natural edit which allowed us to relive all of the moments of the day and pick plenty of personal favourites from different parts of the day and with friends and family. We also loved the 'photographer's choice' subset of photographs with the enhanced edit, which gave us a wonderful highlight reel of the day from Ben's perspective with a few stunning shots which really stood out. Overall we couldn't be happier with the quality of the product and the service provided by Ben and at such a reasonable price it was excellent value. We would highly recommend Ben and his son Jesse to anyone in search of a skilled, dedicated, friendly wedding photographer.

Kate A.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Kate! Wow!! your review is going to the top of my list and highlighted. It encapsulates everything I strive for in my photography. Thank you so very much. I can see the amount of time, effort and care you put into this. You and Ryan were an absolute joy to be around.

December 2023

Ben is an outstanding photographer, but an even better person. Right from our initial meeting 12 months out from our wedding it was clear how seriously he took the responsibility of capturing all the precious moments from our big day. He spent the time to get to know us personally to ensure he could provide exactly what we were after and that it would suit our needs and personality. His rapport with our guests was wonderful and the quality of the finished product was outstanding. Ben also kept us well up to date with the entire process from the conclusion of our wedding to the day our photos landed in our inbox. We would definitely recommend Ben and his services to any couple looking for the perfect wedding-day photography.

Mitch J.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Mitch. I love your writing style. Thank you so much for your review. it was an absolute please capturing yours and Ange's big day. All the best with bub. I'm sure the room erupted when you told them all on Christmas day.

March 2023

Ben Newnam is all my husband and I could have asked for in a wedding photographer. From the very first time we talked to him he was attentive to our requests and did everything possible to capture our special night. Ben liaised with the Emcee to make sure he was in the right place when all the special moments like the speeches, cake cutting and first dance occurred. But he didn’t need to, because throughout the night he captured so many moments of laughter between family and friends. His framing and lighting skills are amazing and he made everybody look like superstars. And Ben didn’t forget about the quiet people, like my husband’s grandmother, who he sought out on his own initiative and took so many perfect photos we never would’ve thought to ask for. We are so grateful we have these pictures to cherish!

Jana R.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Jana, Thank you so much for your brilliant review. Yourself, Nathan and all you family made me feel so welcome like no one at a wedding ever has. It was an absolute pleasure to capture your big day and I was more than happy to go above and beyond my normal above and beyond. Hope to see you all around, Take care.

July 2024

Ben was so wonderful to work with. He offered suggestions, provided guidance, was easy to communicate with, and was considerate of our expectations. Our photos turned out so well, we couldn't have been happier with the result.

Belinda T.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Belinda! Thank you so much for your awesome review. I'm thrilled you loved the experience and your photos'. All the best with bub.

July 2024

Ben Newman was absolutely amazing. His level of communication was spot on . He always made himself available to you . He made both of us feel so comfortable. We could not recommend Ben more highly . His photo's we perfect we could not have been more happy.

Peter H.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Peter! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your brilliant review. Your speech literally had me tearing up which I will remember forever. I could feel the love in the room. Say hi to Peta from me. Cheers mate, Ben


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How to decide on a wedding photographer

Hi. There are so many amazing wedding photographers out there, I'm getting decision anxiety. How do you know your photographer is the one for you? Thanks!

Ben Newnam Photography

Hi there,

It may seem a conflict of interest having a wedding photographer give advice on choosing the right photographer for your wedding.  To a degree you would be correct.  After all, I would be crazy not to want you to book my services. Wouldn’t I?

I really enjoy photographing couples who love my images and also who like me as a person. Not only does it make my day enjoyable, knowing that my clients appreciate and value my photography but also connect with me as a person.  The upside for the client is if they truly value me professionally and personally then they will be more responsive and positive towards me on their big day.  That can only help in capturing couples in their best light and at their most relaxed state. This only make for better images.

After all, on your wedding day, you will be spending more time with your photographer than with your family and closest friends.  So it only makes sense that you will want some kind of positive vibe towards your photographer.

All my time in wedding photography I learnt that there are two types of photographers. 1) Business people who go into photography and 2) Photographers who go into business.  Similar words, two very different meanings. I consider myself the later.

More often than not I have found that the companies that employ a team of photographers and offer fairly generous looking packages are generally the “Business People that go into Photography”.  They work on volume to make a profit.  More often than not it’s just a business to them. They may have packages that are hard to understand, even for myself. Or worse, packages with hidden costs.

Then you have the photographers who shoot alone that may also have a second shooter to carry the bags.  These are “Photographers Who Go in to Business”.  They may be a little more expensive, but they are with you from start to finish.  From the initial consultation right up until the delivery of your album or digital files.   You may strike it lucky by finding a photographer that is just starting out who produces great work and has generous packages.  Who are charging less than they are probably worth, simply to build a reputation and portfolio. But even then, the newcomer doesn’t have the experience and haven’t been subjected to many possible unexpected situations that unfold at weddings.

The sole shooter takes great pride in their own work.  They are the type of people who can not bring themselves to trust anyone else.  They know everything is on them. It’s their business and they look after it like it’s one of their own children.  No one will ever care for your own business as much as you do.  So when you are the owner and photographer, you care just as much about the photography as you do about the business.

Lets say you walk into a large wedding photography studio that hires a dozen photographers. Chances are you won’t know who will be shooting your wedding until a few weeks out from your wedding.  Just as important, you won’t know if you connect with the photographer who will be photographing your wedding.

All the images on their walls could have been taken by any one of their shooters. The images on their walls and in their portfolio albums have been hand picked from the dozen shooters to represent them as a company as a whole.  Meaning from all the photographers at their disposal, they are bound to collate enough great images to put together a portfolio. Again,  that doesn’t mean that the certain images you like in their portfolio will be taken by the photographer that will be photographing your wedding.  For all you know the photographers whose images you like may well have moved on.

On the other hand, when the sole shooter shows you their portfolio you know it’s their images and they will be the one photographing your wedding.  You have a better representation of how your final images will look.

The big companies can also offer a second photographer to sweeten the deal.  Thats great and all, but again, do you know who the second photographer will be?  They could offer a dozen photographers to photograph your wedding but if some are straight out of photography school and the rest total newcomers without the knowledge and experience about everything that goes on at wedding then it really can be the blind leading the blind.

Even if there are some seasoned professionals working for the bigger companies, what guarantee will there be that they will be photographing your wedding?

Now I am not suggesting that the larger companies don’t produce some fine work.  They do.  But it can be hit and miss, depending on who ends up being your photographer.  You really need to decide if you are willing to take the chance in the hope of getting the photographer that connects with you personally and shoots the of style of photography you like, just to save a couple of hundred dollars.

The advantage of the sole shooter who is a seasoned professional.  Meaning they have experienced virtually every possible scenario at a wedding.  They can more often than not be a calming influence on a tense situation.  When an unexpected situation arises, the season professional will know how to handle it.  Things such as a sudden turn of weather, the season professional will know where to go. Even wardrobe malfunctions the seasoned pro will most likely have a solution.  Generally it involves Hollywood tape ?? I think you get the point.  Even in tense situations the seasoned professional will still be able to deliver images you will be proud to show off to your family and friends.

The four big questions you should be asking large wedding photography companies, or any photographer for that matter, including myself, is this.

1) Who will be shooting my wedding?

2) Can I meet the photographer who will be photographing my wedding?

3) Can I see their portfolio?

4) What is included in my package and are there any hidden costs? Be aware of the up sell, whereby, for example you will be given say 20 sides included in your album package. But they will design say 50 sides and then ask you to cull the pages or pay extra to have more than the quoted 20 sides included. That extra number of pages can equate into the thousands of dollars.

Wedding photography is one of the few things you have to get right, the first time.  It’s not like say, buying a dodgy pancake maker that you can just take back and get a replacement or refund.  The final product is the final product and no amount of photoshopping will correct bad photography.  No amount of apologies from the photographer will make up for not getting along with them on your day, who just ruined the whole vibe of the day.

As much as I would love to capture your wedding day, my style may not be to your liking and that is fine.  Everyone has different tastes.  But keep this in mind when searching for the person that will capture the memories of one of the most important days in your life.

All the best in your decision making

Should our bridal party be an even number?

Is it better to have even numbers for our photographs?

Ben Newnam Photography

  • Only if you have OCD. Seriously though. It looks fine having odd numbers. I have photographed weddings where there were four bridesmaids and one groomsman. Photos looked great. My philosophy is have who you genuinely want in your bridal party otherwise it’s disingenuous and embarrassing for the token person just making up the numbers.

Any tips on what to ask a photographer before booking?

Ben Newnam Photography

I have written an article on this exact subject. I hope there is some useful information in there for you.

http://bnphotography.com.au/wedding/no-second-chances/

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