Grant Hoskinson Photography

Rating
1 5 5.0 (7 reviews) 
Service Area
Sydney / Australia / Worldwide
Business Hours
Mon - Fri 9am-6pm
Weekends shooting weddings
Phone
02 9190 0250

Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Grant Hoskinson Photography offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.


How much notice do you need for overtime requests?

You can just tell me on the night if you want to extend your photography package hours. Some people decide during the reception that they'd like a longer coverage. I'm always happy to stay longer on the night if couples decide last minute they'd like more time.

What questions should you ask when searching for the right photographer?

Also legal to make sure you are covered, documents to watch for or enquire regarding booking what should the photographer give you to seal the deal.

Just love the style they shoot. That's the most important thing. And make sure theyre the sort of person you'd want to hang out with for a good part of your wedding day.

What are the newest trends in wedding photography?

My advice is to stay clear of trends. Trends date. Just choose someone who's style you like. The most important thing is that you love the photos. To choose a photographer whos style is classic, natural and has a good flow will ensure that you'll love showing your wedding photos off for decades. It's important to research a photographer and choose them because you love their style.

Should our bridal party be an even number?

Is it better to have even numbers for our photographs?

Not at all. Some of the worst wedding photos i feel are shots of a bridal party all lined up, girls on one side and boys on the other. All very rigid and extremely posed. A more random mix of people makes for much more natural looking bridal party photos. 

Should we have a "first look"?

Personally I love a first look. Some great expressions and emotions happen on a first look. I'm all for choosing your own style of wedding and loosening up the whole list of traditions. You want to do a first look - go for it.

Why should you hire a professional photographer for your wedding?

To get great photos. If getting great shots is a priority for you then you should definitely hire a professional. But if youre going to spend money on a professional then make sure you really like the style of photos they do. I assume that if a couple is considering not getting a professional photographer then the reason is they probably dont want to be overly posed and directed. So in the end if they do decide to hire a professional photographer they should get someone whos style is more photojournalistic and natural. Not someone who is going to get your bridesmaid to throw your veil in the air a bunch of times while he tries to get contrived, cliched and posed pics.    

How long will a wedding photographer stay at our wedding reception?

Depends on how long the couple wants me there. Some couples just want up until the end of the formalities while others want right up until the end of the reception. Its all up to you.

What questions should I be asking my photographer, and my florist?

Look at the photographers website. Make sure they have large selections from each particular wedding. Even ask to see a whole wedding. Ask what options are available regarding 2nd photographers. Ask if they customise their packages to suit you and the amount of hours you'll need. Mostly just love the style they shoot. My advice is to choose a photographer because you love the pics they take. Then work out the details with them after that.

Looking for candid/natural wedding photographers in Adelaide area?

If this sounds like you, please drop a comment and I'll check out your portfolio x

I'm in Sydney but I travel all over the place. Happy for you to look at my website to see how awesome I am.

Cheers

Grant.

I can't decide on wedding photographer... any advice on knowing who to choose?

I don't even know where to begin!

Yes you should choose me. But seriously you should choose someone who's style of photography you love. Also choose someone with a calmness of personality. Find some photographers who's style grabs you. Then meet with them and get to know theyre personality. If you can find someone who's work and style you like and who has a matching, complimentary personality to you then you're well on the right track to choosing your photographer. 

can anyone be a wedding photographer?

Is there a course or training specific?

No.

Do photographers always have a second shooter?

I offer the option of a 2nd shooter. I think if you're going to pay for a 2nd shooter you should ask the photographer how experienced they are. The 2nd shooters I use are all experienced photographers. Some photographers will charge for a 2nd shooter and then bring along someone who's main function is carrying the photographers bag or passing lenses but not actually shooting and with little or no experience. For me a 2nd shooter will get wide shots and different angles during the ceremony so that i can stay close to the front, shooting the ceremony itself. A 2nd shooter will get lots of mingling shots of guests and wide establishing shots of the different parts of the day (church, reception venue). THe 2nd shooter will get different angles of the location shoot and will usually be less visible than the main photographer allowing them to shoot more candidly and not be noticed. THe 2nd photographer can go early from the location photos to the venue to get shots of the reception room before the guests go in and get the details there if the main photographer is still busy on location with the bridal party.

However I wouldnt call a 2nd shooter essential to have, but it does give you a wider variety of shots. 

  

is pre-wedding photography common in Australia like it is in China?

Yes it's popular but it's a completely different ball game to the pre wedding shoots they have in Asia. In Asia couples spend a whole day in many different locations and many different outfit changes. In Australia it's a much more relaxed affair. Usually about an hour in a more casual style of dress. Usually outdoors somewhere in nice light. 

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

Family photo lists, yes. But I'm not a fan of clients showing me shots they want that are nothing like the style I shoot that they've seen on my website. Especially if time is limited.

Photos then venue?

We are loving Lyrebird Falls for a venue but at this stage am unsure if we are getting married in a church or garden (my partner has been married before). I was wanting to have a ceremony then bridal party goes to the CBD for photos then off to the reception. What would be the best way to tackle this? im stressing big time as I don't want to inconvenience anyone.

Just make sure you leave adequate time between the ceremony and reception to get to the CBD, have your photos, then get to the venue. The order of events that you've described is pretty much the normal order of a wedding.

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 you've factored in enough time between leaving the church and the walk in at reception then thats fine. In winter you need to be particularly conscious of what time the sunset is. You dont want to be driving for half an hour as the sun is setting then arriving in the dark when you get to your location.


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