McKay Wedding Photography

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Capturing beautiful natural photos of your wedding day

If you're looking for beautiful, natural, and fun filled memories of your wedding day then we’re a perfect match :)

I prefer the moments of your day to unfold naturally so my approach is relaxed and low key - often the best photos are captured when you simply laugh, smile, and enjoy your day without interference!

Living right in Bowral I know all the best photo locations at our amazing local wedding venues. I am also a preferred supplier at most Southern Highlands venues and a well known and trusted member of the local wedding community.

With over 15 years experience and 600 weddings captured I have seen it all... this means you can be confident you are hiring a professional and reliable photographer capable of handling anything.

Being a boutique studio run by just myself and my wife you will receive a highly personalised service from start to finish. By only shooting a limited number of weddings per year I guarantee I will be totally committed to YOUR wedding.

I'd love to catch up and discuss your plans - happy to meet up on the phone, zoom,  or in person in Bowral :)


I'm a relaxed person who enjoys a good laugh. Weddings are a real buzz for me because not only do I get to capture amazing moments and all kinds of emotion but I get to meet so many cool people. I live in Bowral with my wife and three kids and we enjoy a wonderful lifestyle on an old farm property where we have chickens, bees, fruit trees and a huge vegetable garden. We try really hard to be sustainable and leave a minimal footprint on the earth :)

Mr Darryn McKay


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Six hours coverage with edited high-res files delivered on USB within 3 weeks of your wedding date

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I live in Bowral so any weddings in the Southern Highlands so I know all the local venues like Bendooley Estate, Centennial Vineyards, Peppers Manor House, Peppers Craigieburn and others really well.

That said I am happy to travel to Sydney weddings and all along the South Coast.

Yes! I have an awesome professional level drone that takes high quality images. The unique angle of a drone adds a really different perspective on your day.

I shot my first wedding in 2006 and since then I have photographed over 600 weddings!

This means I'm really comfortable at a wedding and have a relaxed approach to the day. Less stress = more natural photos. I have also seen a LOT... heavy rain, late wedding cars, cakes falling over... you name it I have probably dealt with it.

I have a candid approach to a wedding and I want the photos to "look natural". It's important you 'be yourself' and not to look stiff or uncomfortable in weird poses.

Most importantly to have natural looking photos you need to be having a good time, laughing, smiling, and being relaxed about your day. This is where my personality and approach is so important as I do make people feel comfortable: they have a laugh, smile and relax..... this creates the mood for natural and beautiful photos.

I use Canon professional cameras and lenses using two cameras on the day with another as a backup plus multiple lenses.

The cameras have dual card slots so your photos are stored on separate cards.

At home I have backup hard drives and cloud based storage as well.

35 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

January 2021

Darryn is fantastic, we loved his photography style! Darryn was so accommodating to all our requests and enquiries in the lead up to the wedding. During the wedding he was so easy going, such a pleasure to have around. I would definitely recommend McKay Wedding Photography to any engaged couple. It was a great bonus that Darryn was very familiar with our venue, so he knew where to take us for the best shots. He was really laid back and easy to be around and he was fantastic including our dog in the photos as well. Thank you Darryn for all your work and effort!

Valentina N.

May 2019

Loved working with Darryn, he made the whole photo experience fun. He captured the mood of the day ( love and fun ) and the quality of the images is amazing. Very easy to work with and great value for money . Would not hesitate to recommend Mckay Photography.

Erica D.

February 2018

Darryn was amazing! Everything from our meeting beforehand to making it fun on the day! His shots were amazing and he quickly turned around all our photo's so we could share with friends. We are so proud to have his photo's around our home.

Anita M.

April 2024

Darryn did our engagement shoot and wedding photography. He was really positive and friendly, and made us feel comfortable and at ease (we are normally a bit camera shy). The photos he took are really stunning. We also got a sneak peek of some pictures very quickly after the wedding which was a bonus. We are grateful for his hard work and would highly recommend him for your wedding!

Catherine M.

October 2023

Darryn was so easy going with what we wanted to capture on the day and whenever he saw a perfect picture opportunity he suggested it to us which was amazing! He was professional and nothing was ever a problem. I highly recommend Darryn McKay

Kim K.

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Is this an unreasonable photography timeline?

2pm - final stages of getting ready shots, both boys and girls on the same property 3pm - ceremony, no group shots or congrats afterwards, 3.30pm - straight into family shots (14 people all up, 2 families) the property then a few bridal party shots at same location as family shots, 4.10pm - Bridal party and bride & groom shots off property (5 min drive) 5.30pm - Bridal party re-entrance going into reception, 6.20pm - Sparkler shot 6.30pm - Dinner 8pm - Cake cut and first dance

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The preparation time is ok but a little short. I'd recommend 20-30mins each for boys & girls, and then allow a good 15-20mins before the ceremony starts (to capture guest shots, the set up etc). So 1.30pm start time will be much better - just means less rush = better photos.

Straight after the ceremony I'd allow some time for mingling & congrats from guests etc. It's a nice time to capture some candid photos vs going straight into formal / family photos.

Will it be dark for a sparkler photo at 6.30pm? Ok if it is a winter wedding...

How far will wedding photographers travel and how do travel fees work?

We're considering a destination wedding but wondering if we find the photographer we love, will they travel, and how do they charge for that?

McKay Wedding Photography

Travel for a wedding is a lot of fun - a new location is always exciting and a chance to get away is awesome too. But there are travel costs and time out of the calendar to be part of a destination wedding.

Personally I charge for flights, accommodation (2 nights) and any local travel required (eg transfers, hire car). 

What questions are important to ask of potential wedding photographers?

Aside from price of course. What should we be asking photographers to help us narrow down our selection?

McKay Wedding Photography

I think the main things to ask about are:

-Experience: how many weddings have they worked at? have they worked at the venue?

-What is their style: get a good idea on how they see their work 

-Personality: finding someone who matches your personality is a must


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