Ben Newnam Photography

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(102 reviews)
 
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Sydney - Nationwide - International
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7am - 6pm
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Voted Top-100 wedding photographers in Australia/New Zealand by acclaimed photography website SLR Lounge & the only photographer on Easy Weddings with over 100 Five-Star Reviews who can honestly say they will personally be with you every step of the way.

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.


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Who will be photographing my wedding?

Me.  Ben Newnam.  I wouldn't trust anyone else ??

What advice can you give when looking for my ideal wedding photographer?

Now that's a great question and I have a great answer. 

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. ??

Can I meet the photographer who will be photographing my wedding?

Absolutley.  I wouldn't have it any other way. Btw it will be me, Ben Newnam that you meet

How long before we receive our images?

Approx 4 weeks

How many images do you take at our wedding?

Depending how long you have me for.  Generally between 1500-3000 images

Reviews

(102 reviews)
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26 Oct 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!

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.

10 May 2019

We cannot thank Ben enough for all his hard work on our big day as well as the process of editing our photos afterwards. Ben is a professional, punctual, thorough and experienced photographer who we had a blast with on our wedding day. There were endless amount of laughs throughout the entire day and we put our complete trust in him to capture beautiful moments of our wedding. Ben went above and beyond for us. He exceeded our expectations and we are very grateful to have met as well as chosen such a talented photographer. We highly recommend him and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Thank you so much again!

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Anita. That is such a great review thank you so much. 😊🙏 I got so many great shots at your wedding I had a hard time picking my favourites. Thanks again and take care.

29 Apr 2019

Would highly recommend Ben! He is such a passionate photographer, very friendly and knows how to capture the perfect photo for the most special moments.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Em. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a couple of brilliant reviews. Cheers Ben

10 Oct 2020

Ben! What a legend! He goes above and beyond to make sure he captures the perfect moments (even stand on top of a pole & balance on wire to capture the perfect sunset photos). We had Ben photograph our wedding in October 2020 and we couldn't be happier. Ben was a delight to have around on the day, he made us all feel relaxed and have fun while taking the photos. Ben knows exactly what he is looking for when he photographs and his talent shows through his work. We highly recommend Ben for your special day!

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Chantelle, Thank you and Nathan so much for your brilliant review. You both are the Legends. You took this whole 2020 thing in your stride and had a blast in spite if it all which is a testament to you both. Thanks again and take care.

21 Mar 2020

From the moment I first contacted Ben I knew I wanted him to be my photographer. Not only are his photos amazing but he was always so helpful when I had questions. I was so happy with the end result and couldn’t recommend him more

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Lorraine, thank you for taking the time to share your thought with your brilliant review.

22 Dec 2019

Ben was amazing! We loved how he phoned us to make initial contact (instead of email) and we were impressed by his portfolio. Ben's photography was amazing, he captured the moment brilliantly and with the highest professionalism. He had a lovely manner, he was flexible and he took fabulous photos without being intrusive. Ben fitted in well with the wedding and he knew exactly what and where photos should be taken. He used brilliant equipment to take action and family shots. We loved working with him. The photos are a wonderful memory we will cherish forever.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Mel, Thanks so much for your brilliant review. Your wedding was one of a kind and we loved the lemons and flowers thank you 😊

1 Nov 2019

Where do i start... Ben is an extremely talented photographer who obviously loves what he does. Our first meeting with Ben was very relaxed, he made us feel comfortable and was able to answer all our questions. From the time of our first meeting up until the big, day he was happy to answer any random question I may had and ensure that he was organised and ready from his end. On the day, he made myself, family and guests feel at ease. He was very patient with our children in helping getting them organised for the photos . He offered many different suggestions and ideas to ensure we got the best photos we could. During our reception, you didn't even notice him walking around taking photos, he blended in very nicely !! Our photos turned out amazing and we are very grateful he was able to capture those special moments.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Gemma, thank you so much for taking the time to write your detailed review about your experience. Thats greatly appreciated. Take care. Cheers, Ben

19 Oct 2019

Ben captured our country wedding in October so perfectly! From the first time we met Ben we got along with him so easily which made the day that much better. He is dedicated and passionate about photography and that reflects in the quality of his work. We had a few photos sent to us two days after the wedding so we could share them with family and friends and then the other photos were sent to us within 3 weeks. We can not recommend Ben highly enough! He has given us the most incredible photos to cherish for the rest of our lives.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Hilary. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your brilliant review. I had a blast photographing Amy and your wedding. You both made the lengthy trip to Mudgee totally worth it.

18 Oct 2019

Ben was really great to work with, and he accommodated our plans with water taxis and walking around the botanic gardens. He fitted in well on the wedding day and coordinated some amazing photos for us. He turned around a sample of retouched photos quickly and they were lovely. We would highly recommend Ben as a wedding photographer.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Allison. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with your brilliant review. Loved the water taxi ride too 😊

5 Oct 2019

Ben was brilliant - the work that shows in his portfolio is exactly what you get. Whimsical, magical shots that heighten every moment captured. Could not rate him high enough!!!

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Jade. Thank you so much for your brilliant review. I love the word whimsical you used to described my work. I can see that in some of my images in particular the surreal looking ones that I play around with in Photoshop 😊 Take care. Cheers, Ben

21 Sep 2019

We wanted to say a massive thank you to Ben and recommend him to everyone looking for a wedding photographer. We were absolutley thrilled with our photos, he captured every moment beautifully and judging by the amount of photos we received, he must have been everywhere at once. He was friendly and professional and did not stop the entire night. He stayed in touch with us in the lead up to the wedding and answered any questions promptly. His experience and friendly approach allowed us to put our trust in him for our big day and he exceeded all expectations. 5 stars just isn't enough, we are over the moon we picked Ben!

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Amanda, Thanks so much for your brilliant review. It was an absolute please to capture your wedding day and engagement shoot.

27 Apr 2019

We knew we wanted to have Ben for our wedding the moment we saw his gallery. It was only a matter of time, asking if he was available for our date and also meeting with him in person that we knew we had made the right choice to pursue his creative talent. Not only is he extremely professional and is amazingly talented at his craft, but he is a genuinely kind and nice person. Very prompt on communication, and happily answered all of our questions. On the day it was a pleasure to have him there, he worked very well with our videographer as well. He made the day enjoyable with lots of laughter along the way. We highly recommend him and his talent to all future brides and grooms.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Sarah, you have written such an excellent review. It covers my whole business philosophy to a tee. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. Take care.

12 Apr 2019

Ben was great to work with! Our photos are gorgeous and we got them about one month after the wedding :) Highly recommend him for your wedding!

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Kelly, thank you so much for your review. I am thrilled you love your images. Take care.

6 Apr 2019

Unbelievable. From Climbing trees, jumping in lakes to laying in dirt. Ben is the best by far. Can not thank him enough for everything

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Michael. Cheers mate for the brilliant review. Happy to jump in the lake for your guys Lol!!! Thanks again.

30 Mar 2019

Incredible. Amazing photos that really capture the spirit of people and the event. Never even noticed him at the wedding but he was everywhere snapping photos. Easy to work with. Very professional output. Highly recommend him for any special occasion.

Ben Newnam Photography  

Hey Anje, Thanks so much for your review that's so greatly appreciated. I hope you are enjoying the Nemiroff and let me know if you hear of any other good Vodkas. Cheers, Ben


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