Dan Luke Photography

Rating
1 5 5 (17 reviews) 
Service Area
Sydney and surrounding areas / Happy to travel  View Map
Business Hours
By Appointment

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HOW LONG DO YOU STAY ON THE WEDDING DAY?

As long as you let us! In other words, from the getting ready stage to the drunk-on-the-dance floor stage.

MY FRIEND TAKES NICE PHOTOS, CAN’T I JUST GET THEM TO DO IT?

Well, yes you can, but ask yourself this: Do you want to put pressure on your friend or do you want them to enjoy your wedding with you? We’ve heard so many sad stories of friends or family members missing key moments, not being able to cope with dark rooms and changing weather, or worse still, getting too drunk to produce quality photography. Why take the risk with the most important day of your life? Chances are they will not have the relevant experience nor talent. If you need to save money, find savings elsewhere and leave your memories in the capable hands of a professional.

I’VE SEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER OFFERING ALL DAY COVERAGE FOR $1500 – WHY DO YOU COST AS MUCH AS YOU DO?

Every photographer has the right to charge what they feel is an appropriate fee for their work on your wedding. Our rates are based on the amount of coverage you get with us, as well as the amount of preparation, passion and absolute hard work we will put into your images and albums after the wedding. Our pricing reflects the high quality of our work comparable to many photographers who charge less, it is a simple as that. You’re also paying for an internationally recognized, professional and experienced photographer, not an average one and an assistant. Looking at a photographer and thinking the price seems cheap? Do this quick calculation: Take the number of hours they are likely to work with you on the day, add another 3-4 days of processing time, then total it. Now divide that by the fee – would you work for that hourly rate? Do you need to consider album design and other products too? If the answer is no, then you may get what you pay for.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK ON THE DAY WITH YOUR BASE COVERAGE?

For clients who require up to eight hours of wedding coverage, natural documentary style photographic reportage kicks off the day with bridal preparation, capturing details, the expectation and enthusiasm of the big day ahead. We can also cover groom prep if you’d like this. Throughout the wedding we’ll unobtrusively record your day through great distinctive photography. After the ceremony, we’ll go for a portrait session, making sure you have plenty of time to enjoy your own party. Our photographic coverage culminates shortly after your first dance, just long enough to capture some atmospheric dancing! We like to capture the essence of you, the sense of time and history that is your day with all your friends and family having a great time.

I AM HAVING A SMALL WEDDING, SHOULD I STILL HAVE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY DONE?

Definitely! Take the pressure off a family member and book a photographer for the ceremony and reception drinks, then they can properly enjoy themselves. We do tailored packages at special rates for small weddings and short coverage.

WHERE CAN WE GO FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT?

Almost anywhere. We like to shoot somewhere different and a place that means something to you but we can also suggest places if you’re happy to go with our ideas. For out-of-Sydney locations we may ask for travel expenses to be covered.

DO YOU CARRY SPARE EQUIPMENT AND DO YOU BACKUP OUR WEDDING IMAGES?

Yes, I'm a bit obsessed and have multiple camera bodies and most lenses. Your images are backed up automatically, as I shoot, and then again at home and again, and again…

ARE YOU INSURED OR AFFILIATED TO ANY SOCIETIES?

We have Public Liability insurance to the value of $20 million. Our equipment is fully insured! We are award winning members of WPJA – Wedding Photojournalist Association and WEP - World Elite Photographers, which is all invitation only groups of the highest quality photographers in the AU and the world!

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET ILL OR GET TAKEN BY ALIENS?

Having been in the wedding industry a number of years we’re lucky enough to have a tight knit group of similar photographers, who would be our first port of call in the event of disaster. We then have other emergency cover and back up groups of photographers whom we could call upon. The wedding photography industry is a great place and everyone is willing to help out if disaster strikes. This has never happened though in over ten years of shooting weddings

I AM HAVING A WINTER WEDDING, WILL A LATER CEREMONY TIME CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHY?

It’s not a problem as such if you book a photographer who knows what they are doing, but we definitely wouldn’t recommend a time later than 2pm if you want to have group shots outside in the light. Make sure you ask any photographer you are considering to show you a full winter wedding they have shot; it is very different to shooting in the summer. We still shoot mostly natural light in winter but some photographers will up their use of flash, something to check if you find it intrusive.

I DON’T WANT THE STANDARD COVERAGE, WILL YOU DO LESS (OR MORE)?

Of course, we will tailor a package for all our clients, so tell us your plans and we will give you a custom-made quote. We understand you may feel having photos just up to the wedding breakfast is enough (although not half as fun!) but we are also a rare breed of photographer who will stay until the very end of the night. Just get in touch if you would like to know more.

HOW DO YOU APPROACH A CIVIL PARTNERSHIP OR GAY MARRIAGE?

Just like any other wedding!

OUR PRIEST IS WORRIED ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER DISRUPTING THE CEREMONY…

Well if you choose DLP you can reassure them that I’m very quiet during the ceremony and also that I never use flash in the church.

WE LIKE YOUR WORK BUT YOU HAVE NEVER SHOT AT OUR VENUE BEFORE…

This really isn’t a problem at all. Choosing a photographer who hasn’t been to a venue can be a good thing, they will see the venue with fresh eyes, giving you a set of unique wedding photos. That works for me

IF YOU SHOOT DOCUMENTARY STYLE, DOES THIS MEAN YOU WON’T DO GROUP SHOTS?

Not at all. We think there is still a place for group photos at a wedding, as it tends to be one of the very few times that families get together.

WHEN DO WE NEED TO BOOK YOU, HOW DO WE DO IT?

If you’re thinking about photography, then book now! We generally take bookings 12-18 months in advance and shoot a limited number of weddings a year, but it’s not out of the question for us to accept a booking with just a few days’ notice, if we are available. We will send you our contract and take a $400 booking fee. The balance is then required for payment 2 weeks before the wedding. Most people tend to book in their venue, followed quite soon by their photographer, as good photographers do get booked up early.

WE’RE NOT GETTING MARRIED FOR A FEW YEARS BUT LIKE YOUR WORK, SHOULD WE WAIT UNTIL NEARER THE TIME?

We wouldn’t recommend it. Most clients book us between 12 and 18 months in advance, and some have signed us up two years in advance. Remember we can only ever shoot one wedding a day and once we are booked we are booked, so don’t miss out. By booking early you also make yourself immune from any price rises, as we always honor your original quote. Saying this, do always check your date, even if it is only a few months away as you never know!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?

Whilst you’re enjoying yourselves on honeymoon, we’ll be attached to our computers tweaking your images to bring them to their full glory and show them to you on our blog. We always love the idea of them waiting for you on your return from honeymoon and will strive to achieve this, but realistically in busy periods we can take up to four weeks. But you wouldn’t want us to rush them right?

DO YOU RETOUCH AND EDIT THE IMAGES?

We shoot in RAW format, then we individually process and edit every single successful image from your wedding. Di does an excellent job there. This involves creating unique color effects, converting images to attractive black & white, and we will do blemish removal.

DO YOU DO USB/DISC ONLY PACKAGES?

Yes, and if you change your mind and decide to have an album, you can always add it later, also getting it in the package is always more affordable. Think about all those holiday/birthday photos on your pc. How often do you look at them? If you go for the disk only chances are you’ll make a few prints and then they’ll sit in a drawer or on your computer, and you’ll never look at them enough. With an album you have a physical, tangible thing to look at with ease, to touch and remember, easily accessible to show people how fantastic you looked. We also favor coffee table books, which can hold many images, which really allows us to tell your story and doesn’t feel like a big bulky thing that has to live underneath your bed.

HOW DOES THE ALBUM DESIGN PROCESS WORK?

After you’ve selected which images you’d like in the album we will design the layout in the best way possible to tell the story of the day. We will email you a proof to look over and approve your album for printing.

WHAT IF IT RAINS ON OUR WEDDING DAY?

We’re professional wedding photographers, so if we’re not prepared for the rain who will be! Embrace the weather and you never know what you’re going to get :) We’ll never drag your guests out into the elements but for the two of you it’s worth a little water for some epic images – rain can make for great photo opportunities!


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