BEFORE THE DAY
I shoot your whole wedding day for $4890. For this, you'll get the same coverage that you see on most of my blogs here. I don't time my hours, that's confusing. Put simply, I'm there from when both parties are getting ready until formalities are done & everyone is drunk and tearing up some shapes on the dance floor. Because I'm pretty relaxed with my coverage, I've got a few 'fine print' things around that in regards to timing and travel, to make sure people don't take the piss out of me. But for example, if you're getting ready in The Yarra Valley and your reception & ceremony is all at the one venue, that's the coverage you'll get. Most couples buy a super rad art album and prints too. Please email me via my contact page for my full pricing and info PDF.
How much do you charge for weddings?
No. I only specialise in photography. However, I can't stress the importance enough of choosing a videographer & photographer whose styles and ethics complement each other. You don't want this happening. (jokes) But seriously, check out my this page on my website for plenty of excellent options. I've worked with all of them a lot, we have a lot of fun, have very similar styles. And we always have an end goal of creating amazing work for our couples together on a wedding day. Having a videographer around who wants to keep stopping the day and set up every single shot and can really salt my game. Besides, I reckon it's all the imperfect stuff, that actually makes everything perfect. There are also a few videographers (who I won't list publicly) that I basically refuse to work with, because of ethics or because our styles are so misaligned. So PLEASE ask me about videographers, if you're looking at booking someone, not on my list.
Do you offer videography services?
Yes! Although I'm a Yarra Valley-based wedding photographer. I love being enabled to jump on a plane or go on a road trip to capture a wedding! I've been lucky enough to photograph a bunch of QLD & NSW weddings now. I'm off to WA in 2021 for a wedding and would love to cross Tassie off the list too!
I’m getting married interstate or in regional Victoria, are you happy to travel?
Have you considered an Elopement? Or a mini/micro wedding?
I've created a huge page on my website right here about Elopements with lots of ideas. Or access the Elopement page via my menu at the top of the bottom of this page.
I’m kind of freaking out about guest numbers due to restrictions around COVID-19. What can I do?
Do you work on your own or with a second photographer as well?
Majority of the time I do work on my own. I personally find this keeps things the most candid and unobtrusive. Also, a lot of the time there is videographer (or two) at the wedding as well. Therefore for 90% of weddings, having 4 cameras follow you all day can be pretty irritating & weird, for every party involved.
Having said that, I like to take a lot of photos of guests on your wedding day. If you are having a large number of guests (150+), I would recommend hiring a second photographer to assist in covering this. Also, if you are both getting ready a significant distance away from each other or the venue and it’s not logistically possible for me to cover that on my own, a second photographer (at a cost to you) may be required.
However, I always recommend everyone getting ready as close to your wedding venue as you can. From experience, spending a couple of hundred dollars on an Airbnb nearby makes an immense difference on the day, to help with keeping things as relaxed and stress-free as possible.
As a creative person, I love going into a wedding without having any expectations or predisposed ideas. As every wedding & couple is unique, I find that if anything is too pre-planned for the photos, that you may miss the opportunity to create real moments, that are yours, and not someone else’s. You also never know what the sun/weather/light is going to be doing at any time on any given day (especially in Melbourne!)
Somewhere you may have thought wouldn’t work well for photos, may have this amazing window of light at a specific moment, and vice versa. However, if it would make you more comfortable to do a site visit with me before your wedding, of course, I would be happy to.
Have you photographed at our venue before / will you visit location of our wedding if you haven’t been there before?
Unfortunately not. Wedding dates regularly book out on average 15 – 18 months in advance for photographers and I give priority and lock in those who pay a deposit first. Even if you have emailed me, and I was available at the time, that certainly doesn’t mean that I will be forever available for your date. The only way to be sure to book me in is to pay a deposit & sign a contract as soon as possible.
Can you temporarily hold our date whilst we decide?
Absolutely! It’ awesome to meet face to face before your wedding day. It gives us a chance to get to know each other better, and importantly, makes sure we are the right fit for each other, as we’ll be spending a lot of time together on the day. There’s a couple of great bars & cafes in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne I like to meet up at. We can then chat about your day over a coffee or beer. (depending on the time of day, haha)
If you would preferably do everything via Zoom, phone or email, that’s completely cool with me too.
Can we meet you in person before the day?
Do you offer an engagement / pre wedding shoot?
Yes, I do, these sessions are great because it gives both myself and you guys a chance to get to know each other a little more before the big day. We usually take about 1 – 2 hours and the best time is to start around an hour or so before sunset. You will get about 30 – 50 edited photos in high res, in an online gallery a couple of weeks after the shoot. Some couples like to use these images on save the date cards, or even in a guestbook, for the guests to sign at the wedding.
How do we go about booking you in?
Simply pay a $1000 deposit of your chosen option via bank deposit or credit card, and I am officially yours for the day! I also have an online booking form for you to sign and fill in details.
Your 'on the day' planning guide.
For all things related to; 'on your wedding day' - I've written a whole heap of different articles, to help out.
From family photo tips to having a first look or not, or getting the very best couple portraits you can, it's all there!
Grab a coffee, or wine (depending on the time of the day) and have a read through. I really hope you get something out of it.
AFTER THE DAY
In what format will I receive the images?
Your images will be uploaded to a beautiful, user-friendly online gallery for you and your family to view and download in high resolution and share your pictures as you please. If you are getting an album, it will be received a few weeks after the album proofing is complete.
I do not supply unedited ‘RAW’ photos of every photo taken during the day. To me, the actual sorting and editing process is just as much a part of the job as the actual wedding shoot itself. Which all makes for the final product in my own unique style that you will receive. The discarded photos are not usually worth keeping anyway; test shots, people blinking etc. While I have complete confidence in the quality of my images taken straight off the camera; would you ask your waiter for raw chicken at a restaurant?
Will you supply every single photo you take?
You will receive a minimum of 400 edited photos, but sometimes up to 900 or so. This amount varies depending on each day, the amount of time covered, the weather, what was happening, the number of guests, how good your friends are at dancing etc.
How many photos will we receive?
I will always send you a couple of edited ‘teaser’/’preview’ photos the next day after your wedding, so you’ve got something to view and share straight away. On average, the rest of the edited images will be supplied in an online gallery around 4 weeks after your wedding date. This depends on the time year also, if you are getting married in peak wedding season (October – April) – they may be longer. If you are getting married in winter when there are fewer weddings, probably a fair bit quicker.
How long will it be before we see any of our photos?
What do you do to the photos when you edit them?
My editing process is reasonably light and not over the top like some photographers I have seen. I don’t like that vibe of heavily retouched images that change the way people or the day actually looked. Colours are corrected and adjusted to maintain a consistent feel throughout all of your photos taken during the day. Some images I might intentionally under (or occasionally over) expose in-camera because I know what kind of feel & detail this can give me in post-production (see below). All your images are treated individually and given a bit of that extra ‘pop’ using Lightroom.
Also, expect roughly 20-30% of your wedding photos to be delivered in black and white. Copies of every image in both colour and black and white are not supplied.
Can you photoshop this, or that?
For the vast majority of my photos, I don’t actually even use photoshop. If there is something that would naturally dissipate with time, such as a pimple or blemish. Of course, I can remove that in the closer up photos if you like, however, in regards to eliminating weight, wrinkles etc. I applaud you to read this absolutely great blog called – I Cannot Make You Beautiful by an American photographer, Anne Simone. The title sounds harsh at first – but it’s a really fantastic read. I’ve directed a few people to it in the past, who have then changed their mind about wanting things photoshopped 🙂