Sheri McMahon Photography

(8 reviews)
Service Area
Byron Bay, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Southern Highlands, Newcastle, Melbourne and more.
Business Hours
By appointment
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Sheri McMahon is a fine art film wedding photographer. Destination weddings, NSW weddings, and elopements are all in her bandwidth. You’ll love her soft, subtle approach and the timeless, heirloom photographs she creates.

Where do you find one of the best film photographers in Port Stephens? Right here. Sheri has learned her trade from some of the best in the industry. Her attention to light and detail is unmatched. Best of all? She’s patient and relaxed — a delight to work with.

Sheri does fine art wedding photography in Sydney, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Mudgee, Hunter Valley, Bowral and the Southern Highlands, Byron Bay, and beyond. Her work also includes interstate weddings, destination weddings and elopements.

Sheri’s use of light and her soft approach to photography makes any couple look gorgeous. You don’t have to be a model to feel like one on your wedding day.


How would most of the couples you’ve worked with describe your wedding day personality, Sheri? 
Actual words from past brides:

  • "We found Sheri to be relaxed, friendly and easy-going and highly professional"
  • "The experience with Sheri was amazing, she was so calm and patient"

If this is what you're looking for in a wedding photographer, I'm so thrilled you have found me! I know we will be a perfect fit.


What’s the number one thing you always do or recommend when couples are nervous in front of the camera?
It’s more than okay to feel nervous! Please know that I do not expect you to be models. My job is to direct you in a way that helps you relax, feel natural, and be your true comfortable selves in front of my lens. You do not need to practice poses, study Pinterest pins or let the nerves take over. 


If we can organise an engagement session, I highly recommend this. You not only get to document this important milestone, but it's also a great way for you to see how I work, and for me to see how you interact with each other. By the end of the session, you’ll feel like Tyra Banks and wonder when your big break in modelling will come! Don’t worry if you’re feeling nervous, I’ll be sure the end result is something you will love!


Do you usually meet with couples prior to their wedding day?
Absolutely! If we live closeby, we’ll organise a day and time to meet for a coffee/tea and discuss your wedding plans and day together. I'm fully involved with my clients, and most of my brides message me once a week with their plans and vision, ask me questions and my thoughts on the styling, etc. I’m here for the whole journey. It's rare that we haven't met before the day. Even with destination weddings or interstate, I arrive a good day before so that we can meet up at the venue to scope things out together.


Do you offer engagement photoshoots or any other type of photoshoot before the wedding?
Sure do and these are my favourite sessions! Engagement shoots, lifestyle indoors, intimate inside sessions, and bridal boudoir. A boudoir shoot is perfect as a surprise gift for your partner as well as experiencing an empowering moment of appreciation to your body.  


What types of wedding photo albums do you offer?
When it comes to choosing your albums, I choose only the finest. Beautifully custom-crafted from fine archival grade materials from a professional print lab, offering you a lifetime heirloom wedding album that will be passed down for generations.


Do you shoot film or digital?
I'm a hybrid photographer meaning, I shoot film and digital. Film is my go-to for all those intimate, romantic moments and details. WHY? It captures light and skin tones perfectly and creates these dreamy, timeless images my clients love. Digital has its place too, and with a balance and workflow for both, I create a gallery of heirloom images for you.


Do you usually work alone or with a second shooter and/or photography assistant?
90% of the time I have my assistant with me, and if required and specified, a second shooter. This is optional and to the discretion of the couple after we’ve discussed this option with you. Each wedding is unique in its own way, and some smaller intimate weddings don't require having a second shooter, so we suggest investing this money into an album or engagement session instead. 


Can you tell us whose photography inspires you?
My all-time idols in the photography realm are all film shooters.
Having learnt from one of them is a real dream: Erich McVey. The other photographers I’m inspired by are Jose Villa, KT Merry and Lauren Fair. You must check out their work — you'll see why I fell in love with the medium of film!


What are your favourite local photography locations in and around Sydney?
This one if hard, as I have such a broad range of places I love to shoot, and this all depends on the couple I'm working with. To name a few:

  • The beaches of Port Stephens (love!)
  • Caves Beach clifftop near Sydney
  • The iconic Sydney Opera House & Botanic Gardens
  • Gardens around Bowral & the Southern Highlands


Tell us about your packages.

All of my packages come standard with the following:

  • Private online gallery to view all images and share with family and friends
  • Full resolution of professionally edited images on a USB
  • Full printing right to images with no watermarks
  • Safe storage of your wedding day images for 12 months on my hard drives system
  • 30 Fine art 5x7 professional prints in a keepsake box with your USB
  • Wedding day timeline prep
  • Unlimited communication
  • Additional wedding planning help. You’ll get my list of must-have wedding vendors know and trusted in the industry.


Optional additions are available, including things like:

  • A second shooter
  • Heirloom wedding album
  • Engagement session
  • Boudoir session 
  • Wall art to display in your home


How many hours should we book your wedding photography services?
I suggest a minimum of 8 hours and I highly recommend 10 hours. This gives you great coverage for your day with no important moments being missed.



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Wedding photography must be booked by 31August 2021. 

Questions and Answers

Do you travel?

Sheri McMahon Photography

YES! I welcome travel all over Australia.


(8 reviews)
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1 Apr 2018

Sheri is incredible and so professional, passionate and organised. She took time to explain the process and came to meet us in Sydney beforehand. I highly recommend Sheri. My family loved Sheri also and she made me feel so calm on the day and her excitement went through the whole day and made me feel so special. Incredible photos and she captured intimate classic moments and captured fun moments for us as well.

20 Oct 2017

Sheri is amazing at what she does, her photos are classic and elegant. Sheri listened to what my now Husband and I wanted and she was able to photograph our day the way we imagined it to be photographed. I couldn’t recommend Sheri any higher than I already do.

Sheri McMahon Photography  

Hi Erinn, Thank you so kindly for this beautiful review, your wedding day was truely magical. Wishing you both a beautiful life as husband and wife. May your years together be full of love, happiness and blessings. Sheri x

6 Oct 2017

Sheri is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Her passion and eye for detail is exceptional. Would definitely recommend her as a wedding photographer.

Sheri McMahon Photography  

Thank you so kindly, Anne. You and Jeremy were absolutely amazing to work with so at ease with each other and your love just sparkled all day. Xo

8 Oct 2020

Sheri was a pleasure to work with. Very professional and down to earth. Sheri helped manage the speed bumps along the way and was very involved with the whole process. She kindly offered suggestions during the lead up to the photo shoot, which was greatly appreciated. Sheri's images are feminine and romantic which is what I envisioned for the shoot. I loved how she used film, which gave an authentic and timeless feel to the images and my work.

14 Sep 2019

Sheri.. Wow we are lost for words! You were absolutely amazing on our wedding day! Matt and I are we’re so inlove with our sneak peaks and then we got our whole wedding photos back and you honestly couldn’t have captured our day any more perfect! You were very professional and very well organised! I feel privileged to have had you as our photographer on our special day!! Note to future brides she will NOT DISAPPOINT!! 😍

Sheri McMahon Photography  

Oh, thank you Demmi. It was such a pleasure to have captured and been apart of your wedding day. A real gift! Xo

29 Sep 2018

Sheri was professional, full of ideas and a load of fun but most of all, her passion for fine art film photography shone through both on the day of our wedding, and in our photography collection we received in the weeks after our magical day. Not only was my now husband and I impressed, so were our guests with many commenting on the amazing and professional service we received on our day.

23 Mar 2018

Sheri was absolutely amazing! Right from the start she made an effort to understand what my husband and I were looking for. Sheri's guidance and experience was very much so appreciated on the day. We could not be happier with our wedding photos (both portraits and candid shots).

24 Mar 2017

We couldn't be happier with the beautiful wedding photographs Sheri took for us. Every detail was captured. Sheri is very organised and has good people skills which meant that our photo time between ceremony and reception was well utilised giving us all the photos we were after. She is flexible and easy to work with. Choosing Sheri has proven to be a fantastic investment and one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Our wonderful memories that have been immortalised in photographs.

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