Ben Newnam Photography

5.0  ( 140 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.


140 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

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.

February 2023

I don't even know where to begin! Ben exceeded my expectations in absolutely every way. He was fun but professional, extremely experienced and really catered to our needs and what we really wanted to channel and celebrate in our wedding photography. I was so impressed with how discrete he was all night! No one knew he was taking photos half the time and he captured the most amazing candid photos. Thank you Ben for the amazing experience we had with you and truly capturing the most memorable and beautiful moments of our special day! You blew us all away!

Olivia K.

Ben Newnam Photography

Thank you so much for your brilliant review Olivia. You have encapsulated my work ethic and the way I approach weddings to a tee.

April 2019

Words cannot express how thrilled we are with Ben's beautiful photos from our wedding! They capture the entire day so perfectly and really tell a story! He fit right in with everyone on the day, making us all feel relaxed and getting into the spirit of the event! He wasn't intrusive at all and went seriously above and beyond to get the perfect shot (lying down on soaking wet grass, standing on a 6ft narrow fence!) We got all of our photos super quickly and when I say all, I mean literally all (3900+ photos!). No stressing about having to choose which ones we liked the best, which is a huge plus over other photographers. His prices are more than reasonable, especially for the quality of the photography. He is a real talent. Do yourself a favour and book Ben for your wedding, you won't regret it!

Melanie W.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Mel, love your review thank you so much💕 and loved your wedding. I had such a great time being able to capture all the candid natural moments.

February 2024

Very pleased with Ben's photos. He just knew when to take photos and when to organize guest and bridal party to take photos. Ben did an amazing job and I highly recommend

Joshua D.

January 2024

I could not have wished for a better photographer for my wedding. Ben was amazing to work with, he was so happy and made the process feel stress free which is exactly what you want for your wedding. I was very happy with the price point. To top it off Ben captured the most amazing images that my husband and I will treasure for many years.

Kimberly P.

Ben Newnam Photography

Hey Kim, Thank you so much for your brilliant review. I'm thrilled you love your images.


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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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