The Light Industry

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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 :)

We would love to photograph your wedding!!

Our Bronze Photography package fits within the budget you listed. We can also customise details of the package to best suit your vision for the day! Please see the link here for more details:

Hope to hear from you soon!


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Do photographers always have a second shooter?

It's common knowledge that second photographers are often junior assistants. So long as this is communicated up front, this cost should reflect evenly in your quote. It's also true that a second photographer is not essential. However - most brides don't want an "essentials only" wedding. So if you have extra budget, go for it!

The most cost effective way to get two experienced professionals to capture your wedding is to book your photography & videography package through the one company, requesting that both crew have significant photography & videography experience. This enables both to leveridge their skills and tag-team throughout your day, swapping equipment for each aspect - to maximise the photos & video coverage you receive. 

Many weddings that I've attended (as a guest only) where there are two photographers, it appears that they are not working at full pace. I think this occurs because they appear to only be thinking within "their zone", as a photographer... And, since there's two of them - they take it a little easier. So as a rule, it is always a safer bet to book a photographer who also has significant wedding videography experience. Videography is often a tougher workload, and these people are more likely to think creatively outside the "generic photography" box for you!

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

Unfortunately, the two worst weddings were: 1) when the bride treated one of her bridesmaids (a sister) badly during her speech (the bridesmaid ran out after the speech crying) , and 2) when the bridesmaids had treated the bride badly in the lead up to the wedding (there was relative calm on the day but things blew up following the wedding).

*Lesson Learned: Don't feel compelled to have a bridal party, even if all your other family members & friends have had a bridal party. If you seriously think there could be disunity in the bridal party on your wedding day, play it safe & keep things small.

Another regrettable wedding/event was when I attended (as a guest) & the photographer clearly had very little idea what they were doing. I took about 20 casual/simple photographs of the day & they turned out to be the best wedding pics the bride received! / Note to self: if you hire monkeys, you get peanuts.

Do photographers like to have a photo list from the couple?

Yes - some couples do benefit from filling out a list/table that describes arrangements of key family/formal photographs. This is particularly useful when there are large families with a lot of formal photographs to get through, or when there might be strained/complex family relationships - and the wedding couple want the photographer to inconspicuously direct people to specific areas of the photograph. Sometimes this list helps the couple to refine how many different formal photos they actually want too.

A list of photos can also help the couple to communicate more clearly what style of photography they prefer. Even if their preferred genre is 'candid/journalistic', a photo list informs the photographer what type of lenses, lighting, other photographic elements and options for future editing are preferred by the couple.

What do I do if my photographer said I'd get my images back in 5 weeks and now it's been 8?

Do I have the right to be mad

Just like any professional business, sometimes there are legitimate delays. However if the photographer hasn't informed you of the reason why, that's disappointing. A quick phone call to understand the reason/s for the delay would be the most recommended suggestion. Nevertheless - if the delays mean that the photographer has broken the contract, you could be entitled to compensation - eg. extra editing / printing / albums etc... This could then work in your favour in the long run.

How do I ask my photographer for a partial refund if she was late on the day of the wedding?

A great photographer should really offer a discount or offer an alternative benefit, without the Bride & Groom needing to ask them for it. It's their big day, and the couple already have enough on their plate without needing to worry about chasing up on what may not have worked out as planned. If the photographer doesn't offer first, sending them something brief and in writing (eg. an email) is probably best, perhaps within a few weeks following the wedding.

Matching the discount/added benefit, to what would equal the time lost is probably different to every couple. But again, a great photographer should already know what matters most to the Bride & Groom and if they missed significant events they should compensate accordingly (eg. extra printing, better quality printing, extra editing, or reduced fees)...

What are the benefits of a first-look photo shoot?

We're getting married in a garden so I'm worried that my partner will see me coming and lose that wow factor. What are the benefits of doing a first-look photo shoot instead?

For some, this could certainly be a great option. But remember - nothing can fully create the ambience and atmosphere of a wedding ceremony in action. Surrounded by friends & family, built upon by anticipation of the marriage that is to become official - this only comes together once.

There are many other "first looks" on the wedding day too: the first look after vows are said, the first kiss, the first smiles after being officially married. These are all part of the beauty and wonder of a wedding.

All the best for your big day!



Are there any melbourne photogs that do Boudoir really well?

An experienced photographer should easily be able to incorporate this into your wedding photography package. The only additional requirements to an normal shoot are some pre-arranged privacy from the bridal party and perhaps some extra lighting (eg if you're planning to have most of these photos inside). Scheduling in a bit of extra time in the photography shoot would ensure you receive a good range of quality shots too. Feel free to contact us at The Light Industry - we would be most happy to help.

All the best for your big day!



Nice spots to get wedding photos in Melb CBD?

Hey there,
Key factors to consider other than what "cityscape" you might want as a background, are: the season & weather on the day, the time of day (taking shadows into consideration, as there are lot in the city) and perhaps most importantly I think - the variety of backgrounds you can achieve with the minimum amount of travel. For instance, I'd be thinking about which CBD locations give easy access (defined as: walking around in high heels) to cityscapes, parklands, river views, wide open areas, narrow alleyways. 

It's always good to run these locations through prior to the day with drivers / car suppliers. Some CBD locations can be difficult to park in, particularly if you have a Limo. It will also give the drivers time to map out the most time effective & risk averse travel route, to maximise the photoshoot time.

All the best for your big day!



how close should my wedding photos location be to my ceremony and reception?

like is it too much to ask for photos to be somewhere half an hour drive away??

If this is what matters most, I think go for it! Obviously being realistic about planning your day's schedule is important. However a great photographer should always be planning to make things as time efficient as possible. A few things to think about in preperation for this would be:

- Making sure there's plenty of snacks/entertainment for the bridal party along the way

- Confirming with the driver/s about the safest & fastest routes to ceremony-photoshoot-reception

- Making sure the photographer is very aware of the locations, to minimise the preperation/packup time at your ceremony-photoshoot-reception

- You may also consider having the photographer travel in the bridal car. That way you could get some shots along the way. Or if any of the schedule changes on the day, at least you're all then together and can maximise photo time.

All the best for your big day!



how do i get everyone to line up so we can do the 'leaving reception' photo?

im stressing about the little things haha

A great photographer should have already discussed this with you, well prior to your wedding day. Generally an MC would direct guests to whatever has been planned with you beforehand, but if they can't (or don't), the photographer could possibly step in to assist.

Often the lighting can be less at this time, people can be walking around everywhere and therefore significant planning/creativity is involved to capture the best photographs at this moment of the evening. A great photographer should be very aware of the lighting at every point along your journey to say goodbye and then walk out of the reception venue. It will affect the lenses and the artificial light that they (should) have prepared to introduce into the shots they take.

All the best for your wedding!


should i have an engagement photoshoot?

say i do an engagement photoshoot to see if i like the photographer. what if i dont like them? then ive just wasted money?! how do i figure out if i have a good photographer without seeing them actually shoot photos of me?

This can be a great option. Some benefits include:

- See how your makeup trial might appear on a photoshoot.

- Have photos to use for your Engagement party invite, and a thank you card to follow up

- Experience how a wedding photographer might work with you on your big day

- Help you to be more comfortable with professional photography, prior to your wedding

- Give you a break from the wedding planning phase that makes up much of the engagement season, and help you to celebrate that season too!

All the best for your big day :)


does every photographer offer budoir shoots? or just specific ones?

My experience is that most photographers are happy to offer budoir shoots. But that doesn't mean you'll get equal results with them.

Portrait photographers are commonly more experienced with the customised lighting conditions, which is something that usually goes hand in hand with budoir. If they can incorporate their skills and equipment into your wedding day (ie. not purely restricted to their artificial confines of studio lighting), then you are onto a winner.

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