How would most of the couples you’ve worked with describe your wedding day personality?
I stole these words from my past client reviews:
Super chilled, easy going, trustworthy.
A legend (yes, someone did say that!)
All our family and friends loved him as well.
He has so much passion and love for photography and it shows
Super dooper professional, yet knows how to make everyone around him completely comfortable.
He's just like one of the family.
Definitely makes me feel at ease.
Takes the time to get to know you.
Loves a laugh.
A genuinely nice person who actually really cares about your day.
Takes an awesome picture.
What’s the number one thing you always do or recommend when couples are nervous in front of the camera?
Everyone needs a bit of TLC and practice in front of the camera, That's why I wholeheartedly recommend you have a photo session with your photographer before the day.
Unless you're a supermodel, most people feel really uncomfortable having their photos taken. Someone even told me that having a root canal is more fun. That's a true fact. I can help make it less painful with a complimentary engagement (pre-wedding) photoshoot.
It’s very relaxed and easy – just the 3 of us. It’s yet another way for us to get to know each other and a great way to ensure you both feel calm and comfortable on your wedding day.
Do you usually meet with couples prior to their wedding day?
Yes, I'd love to catch up for a quick coffee and cake somewhere and chat about your wedding day. I'm around anytime for a phone call or email to ask anything you want before the day. All part of the service.
Coffee order: Double shot latte with no sugar, thanks
Do you offer engagement photoshoots or any other type of photoshoot before the wedding?
With all of my collections, I provide a complimentary 1-hour “together session” where I give you a quick 5-minute lesson on how to be less awkward in front of the camera, show you my best hints on how to relax, tell some really bad dad jokes to make you laugh, and then we'll put that all into practice for the next 45 minutes. Give us 15 minutes and you'll even forget that I'm there. My clients often say that the together session was the best idea ever and really helped them relax on the wedding day (one less big thing to stress about).
What types of wedding photo albums do you offer?
I only offer the best for my clients, so I exclusively use Queensberry Albums — the Tiffany & Co. of the wedding album business — to showcase your wedding photos. Handcrafted in Auckland, your album is customised to your styling preferences. Once you have one, it will become a family legacy item that you'll treasure forever.
Do you shoot film or digital?
I photograph digitally and I process my photos in a quite timeless way that’ll look really, really good in 10, 20, 50 years’ time. I don't add funky filters or things that make it look trendy or hipster. What you’ll get are photos that you'll be proud to show everyone, anytime.
Do you usually work alone or with a second shooter and/or photography assistant?
For the most part, I work alone as I've done enough weddings to know where I need to be and where, however I can't be everywhere at once. I do recommend having a second shooter for at least half of the day if you have a larger wedding with lots of guests (normally over 150) so you can have more angles, and I get a bit of help organising your family photos to turn around things faster. Also, it adds peace of mind just in case anything happens, so it may be worth it just for that alone.
Can you tell us whose photography inspires you?
My dad. He was a wedding photographer when he was younger and he's inspired me to become what I am today. I know he's proud of me even though he’s never really said it (maybe it's a dad thing).
I don't have one photographer who inspires me. What does inspire me is: my clients, their story, and getting to really know who they really are. Making them happy inspires me to keep doing what I love again and again.
Can you share a couple of your favourite local photography locations?
As a Sydney wedding photographer, I’d say Centennial Park is one of the best locations around for wedding photos and/or engagement photos. Anything by the water with a view (that's a lot of places around Sydney).
Tell us about your packages.
Well, I have 3 photography packages that work for most of my clients, ranging from 8 hours to 14 hours. They all include a Queensberry wedding album because I feel that everyone should have one. They are really *that* good.
All of the things that make my services unique:
A multi award-winning photographer (That's me! Awards include ABIA NSW Wedding Photographer 2018 - 2nd Place Runner Up & ABIA NSW Wedding Photographer 2017 & 2019 - Top 10)
Superb lifetime online gallery access for your photos
My "Safe as a Bank Vault" backup
Speedy 4-week turnaround
Engagement session to make you feel at ease before the dat
Handcrafted fine art prints in a lovely wooden box
I’m about stuff you'll be proud to have for the rest of your life — less of the crap you don't need, like USBs and things that won't stand the test of time.
How many hours should we book your wedding photography services?
As long as you can! Which, for the most part, means from you getting ready to at least the part where everyone is on the dancefloor. You don't need to cover all of the party, as you can only have so many drunken photos grooving to YMCA and the Nutbush.
You never know when that "moment" will happen, whether it's the little things that you didn't even know happened or the big moments, your wedding photos are the only thing that will remain with you for the years to come, so you should prioritise them.