ABOUT MY APPROACH
TO ADELAIDE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
I want you to love your photos, but I also want you to love the day they were taken on. I work pretty consciously toward creating an atmosphere where you can relax, have fun with the bridal party, and enjoy a few intimate moments to yourselves in front of the camera. Creating the right atmosphere is step number one of great wedding photos.
Being able to spend a reasonable chunk of time in the morning chilling with both sides of the bridal party is a really important part of getting the feel of the day right. After a relaxed brew with the boys and a lazy champagne with the girls the dynamics of our group shift towards me being one of the bridal party, which leads to much more natural, genuine photos. It’s one of the reasons I really enjoy shooting full length wedding days. I don’t start early because I’m a huge fan of staged photos of guys straightening ties in the mirror (because I’m not) but I do love documenting a bunch of friends sharing a meal and having a great time together.
In the afternoon, there’s a time to feed the fun, crazy energy of a bridal party, and a time to take the couple away from the crazy and give them the space to enjoy a few intimate moments together. I work with the flow of the day instead of against it because it not only makes your day more enjoyable, but it leads to more authentic, vibrant wedding photography too.
My wife and I live in the middle of a beautiful bush block in the Adelaide Hills with our lazy fur-baby greyhound. We walk together almost every day and are often plotting my wife’s novels while we do.
These days the scrub we live in has become a whole new hobby for me. I’ve gotten all nerdy about the bush regeneration we do on the block and volunteer with groups like Bush for Life in the nearby national parks when I can find the time.
I suppose you’d call me a coffee snob. I still don’t know how to feel about the fact our coffee machine cost as much as the camera I shoot with, or which of those items gives me more pleasure. If only the coffee machine was also a tax write-off…
My life before wedding photography was a weird mix of economics, mechanical engineering, and product design. I had my first wedding photography job as a favour to a friend and about eighteen months later was so busy (thanks to word of mouth around little old Adelaide) that I had to quit my other jobs. I haven’t looked back since.