Mark Teague Photography

1 5 4.9 (17 reviews) 
Service Area
Based in Pakenham, servicing all areas
Business Hours
By appointment only
0432 304 003

Expert Advice

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Can I ask my photographer to remove a small tattoo from my wrist?

Or would makeup be better?

I don't see any problem with this. As a photographer, I would be ok with not charging for some shots, but if you were looking to remove it from every phot, it would have to done at an hourly rate for the editing. Most photographers are happy to help with a small amount of images, but not an entire shoot without charging :)

Will photographers photoshop my body?

A good photographer will use flattering poses to ensure that you look gorgeous irregardless of body shape. On a few occasions, I have done some slight tucks here and ther, but only if the shot was gorgeous, but the pose was not quite as flattering as it should be. The bride would never be told. If it needs to be done, it should be so subtle that you can not tell.

I am looking for a Photographer between 1000-2000?

Could someone please help me regarding photography. I am looking for a photographer in the price range of 1000-2000. I am not after a wedding album. I would ideally like the HD edited photos on USB. Thank you :)

Happy to help. Prices start from $1295. www.markteaguephotography to download my packages :)

I'm looking for a photographer that can fit into my small budget of 5,000 in melbourne?

My venue is in the yarra valley, I like candid images

Please check out my website and download my packages. You will be surprised, I promise :)

Hope to talk soon.

Do photographers always have a second shooter?

No they don't. A second shooter is great if you have the budget. If you love the photographers work, as a test to see how awesome they are, just ask if they normally have a second shooter. 

is pre-wedding photography common in Australia like it is in China?

I find that the getting ready photos are where a couple can learn to relax around the photographer. Not common in Australia to do shoots prior to the wedding day.

What was the worst wedding you have been to and what happened?

I have never seen a bad wedding. They are all amazing in their own special way.

How important are photo albums? :)

A wedding album is your legacy. After your wedding is over, your flowers are dead, your cake is long gone, and your wedding day is a lot of amazing memories, your photos are the only thing that you have to cherish. Your wedding photos are something in life that become priceless. Do not think that you can just get the files and do an album later. In 10 years shooting weddings, I have never yet had a couple come back after their wedding to buy an album, which is sad. An album is so special, and will outlast you. You don't need technology to open an album. Without technology, your didgital photos are nothing more than a memory. Print your photos!!! 

Most couple these days have gone from wanting digital files, to also printing albums.

Does the photographer drive themselves to the locations?

Would the photographer come with us or drive themselves?

Yes, yes, yes!

How much time should we spend taking photo's?

Your photographer can help you plan out your entire wedding timeline. I don't quote based on hours, my packages simply include parts of the day. If I am there for longer, so be it. Whatever it takes to get it perfect :)

Any tips on what to ask a photographer before booking?

I think there are three important boxes that need to be ticked before booking your photographer. 

  • You must love their work, as this is your photography legacy that will outlive you, and you want to really enjoy looking back at your wedding photos
  • You must like the photographer, so always meet with the person that will be shooting your wedding, not just the person running the studio
  • Thei price must be within what you can afford, although it is worth stretching your budget for a great photographer

How long willl it be before you received each item you will purchase. 

Do they have a backup plan incase they can't make it.

Do they have a three point back up plan for your photos? This should be two copies of your photos at their place of business, and the third online (cloud based). This ensures that your precious photos are safe.

How many weddings do you book per weekend?

20-25 per year. This means the quality of service, your experience, and your finished products are nothing but the best. I like to know who I am shooting for, and immerse myself completely in to your special day.

do i specifically have to tell my photographer what shots i want, or should i trust them

ive read heaps of forums with brides saying their photographer missed the 'dress hanging up shot' etc. to avoid this happening to me, should i be making a list of shots i want for my photographer?

If you like a photographers style, and samples of their work, the best thing you can do is trust their judgement and experience. Of course if you have some ideas, a good photographer will always be open to trying new things.

whats the difference between cheap photographers and expensive ones?

like is it experience or talent or does it depend on if they are full time? I'm looking to spend between $2000-2500

You might be really lucky, and get someone great that is just starting out, and needs to build their portfolio, but I would never trust the most important photos of my life to a newbie. Experience and a track record are very important. 

can i ask the photographer to only be present at the ceremony?

Yes you can, but the best photos are taken when you are getting ready, and also in the location shoot after your ceremony. You won't ever regret spending more money on your photos, but you could face a lifetime of regret it if you don't. I hope this helps :)

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