I have all your questions answered!
How fast are you as far as turnaround time, weeks, months etc.?
I provide all of your edited images within 2-4 weeks. Sometimes (depending on my current workload) they may even be ready earlier. Read what brides write about my turnaround times. I cannot begin to tell you about some of the horror stories that I’ve heard about other photographers taking months after months to get your precious moments to you then there are some who have… simply lost your images or just went out of business. Sad but true. This has never happened under my watch nor will it ever happen with me because I back up all your images in 4 different places.
Why do you like shooting weddings?
As odd as it may seem, I started out as an electrician during the week and a lifeguard on weekends. I enjoyed shooting motocross enthusiasts and their extreme stunts for fun but I also wanted to make sport filming a job too. One day a wedding photographer who I didn’t know found my number on a CD and loved my motorbike video. He said come and film a wedding for my business as you have a great eye for filming. I was asked to bring my camera skills to shoot a wedding. It was the first time I went to a wedding in my life and I was filming it. It changed my life. The results so wow-ed my them that they recommended me to others and suddenly discovered something that I truly loved to do. In essence, I found my dream job one that not only makes me extremely happy but all the couples I have worked with as well. In short, I am a genuine people person. I love being around joyful people and what better way to do so than at weddings. I sincerely love capturing wonderful memories for couples and the creative challenges that it presents.
What are you like to work with?
My deep experience with photographing weddings allows me to remain completely relaxed and very competent with any situation I encounter especially if any kind of difficulty arises (which does occasionally happen). Above all, I remain respectful, full of energy and I get along with everyone from young to old and with all the other staff members I come into contact with during your momentous day. I have been to over 450 since 2007.
What are your tips for couples who are a little bit nervous about getting the photos? How do you get them to relax around you?
My strategy for relaxing camera shy couples is first, (if we can) do an engagement shoot. When we do this there is fine opportunity for me and the couple to get to know each other better, not only to build a trusting relationship but to create a comfortable atmosphere when I am doing my work. Second, I’ve found that mirroring the couple’s energy level works great and I usually just up my enthusiasm level a bit more in an effort to get theirs up incrementally. If they’re shy and reserved so am I with a tad more passion. If they are energetic and adventurous then so am I, again being slightly more spirited. I always let them know that even I am not the most at ease person in having my own photograph taken. The key is being yourselves as a couple and letting the sincere emotion you feel for each other come out. The simple joy of being together and expressing that energy gets stunning results.
Could you describe your style in detail?
I would call it a documentary style like that of an impartial observer, very raw and with a candid feel. However, I always do this with a touch of glamour and I make sure to catch that sparkle in your eyes! Your deep emotion will come through with a genuine and natural joy. This is what separates me from most photographers, it is not just the images themselves, but the energy that I bring to your wedding day and my willingness to provide a peak experience for you. This translates into breathtaking photography and a wonderful adventure for you on the greatest day of your lives.
What’s your favourite part of capturing weddings?
For me it has always been about the expression of deep emotion and captivating natural light. When it is just me and the couple doing our location photography during that window of golden glowing light as the sun’s setting I get my own goose bumps going as the now married couple stare into each other’s sparkling eyes with love and genuine devotion. There is an authenticity in those moments that seem to go in slow motion. In them is a heartfelt resonance that I simply adore.
Online gallery available?
100%! I will provide you with an online gallery, just like this complete wedding from Monica and Lindsay at Maleny Retreat. View here : https://lukemiddlemiss.pixieset.com/monicalindsay-1/
Your family and friends can download any, or all of the images and even print them from here. Your online album will be both user friendly and allow you to easily navigate throughout and make choices that you can be completely confident in.
We’re a bit nervous about being photographed, having forced smiles and awkward poses, how do you handle this?
Over the years I have developed a knack for making everyone feel comfortable around me. This comes from being a sincere and genuinely fun person. Because of this my work always appears natural and full of joy for all my couples. I use a variety of little tricks to I’ve developed during my long experience to make sure everyone comes out looking like they have had the best day of their lives. I’ve developed a kind of insight that allows me to find the optimum locations in any given situation. This ability gives couples some space to be themselves and allows the love they feel for each other to come shining through.
What do you do if the weather on our day is bad for an outdoor wedding?
With 10 years of experience in the wedding industry, I have shot weddings in all kinds of situations and in fact, some of my best work has been under what others might consider adverse circumstances. I have multiple strategies for these less than perfect weather conditions. I consider them not as some kind of unfortunate predicament, but as a unique opportunity to capture dramatic light and through breathtaking compositions. The results are unforgettable images captured with artistry and panache.
Any special discounts available for say, off season weddings, weekdays?
This is possible, just let me know your wedding date and I will do my level best to look after you where I can.
Are all our photographs edited?
Yes, the images I photograph will be carefully edited and given to you. I comb over each and every photograph utilising the latest lightroom software judiciously applying minimal, subtle changes including cropping, adjustments to the overall color as well as sharpening and a carefully considered use of black and white as well. I keep all my images looking as natural as I can.
What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
Above all, deep experience and genuine artistry. I am, how does one put it? A worshipper of sunlight and emotions. I pursue and use this natural light as a foundation to frame deep emotion and embrace the love shared between couples. On the same hand, I capture images of your cherished family, wedding party, friends, and guests at their charming best. Whether it is a fleeting instant of a delighted child in attendance, or a beloved elder family member I bring to my work both deep abiding respect and endearing wonderment. I blend into your day and in a way, I also become a member of your wedding party. I am a natural down to earth person who never forgets why I am here and I do so with real joy because I too am having the time of my life. I scoop up the moments of your beautiful wedding knowing full well that I am creating a repository for your emotion and your lifetime. While doing so you will find me a calm, relaxed and completely professional individual fully capable of sharing in the joy your exceptional day. When you look at your wedding album or that special image you decided to have enlarged and put up on your wall as a cherished heirloom you will know that it was real emotion and true love that I captured for you in an ephemeral moment of time.
How do you make it fun? Wedding photos can drag on a little and some people dread them.
I am a joyful person and my photo shoots are never a drag, I dispel any dis-comfort or even dread for some by mixing things up a bit. I do this with fun little vignettes, like piggy back rides, lifting the love of your life up in the air, or even create some provocative situations. For example, imagine this, your love suddenly has to take a job elsewhere for a number of months, now you have only a few minutes together before they leave. What would you do? These types of provocations create a new situation for them to express true appreciation for their relationship and the results are magic.
If we have chosen an unusual location for some or our photography do you arrange the appropriate permissions?
Rest assured that I will organize everything for you regarding permissions and locations. During the time before your wedding day arrives, we will catch up either online or meet in person (if possible) to speak to you about any concerns you may have prior to your big day whether this or anything else for that matter. Oh and I love adventure, unusual locations can result in awesome photographs!
Are all of our photographs in color or do you do any black and white?
Generally, around 65% of your images will be in color and 35% in black and white. I adore black and white photography and have a good sense of what images look their best this way. However, always feel free to speak with me about this before your wedding as I am totally open to your vision as well!
What are your top five moments in a wedding to capture? EGS: The kiss, the grand entrance, the dress before she puts it on, the makeup getting done.
There are so many precious moments in a wedding celebration however among my favourites are the intimate quiet times when no one else is about and the deep realisation that they are now a married couple sets in. They may be looking at their rings together, or staring with mile wide grins at each other. When they see one another in their wedding finest just before the ceremony is also one of those truly authentic moments of both surprise and love. Exiting the ceremony as well is very precious, a moment of both joy and a bit of relief especially that wow look they exchange. Among the most treasured are when their parents congratulate them, it remains an instant of deep fulfilling emotion.
How many pictures do we get?
My rule of thumb is to capture approximately 30-50 images per hour while photographing, which I think is a great start. All of these images are fully edited too. With that said, I do tend to shoot more images if your wedding is 8 hours plus, so roughly, multiplied by an average of 50 images you are looking at 400 photographs guaranteed. In most circumstances, I provide even more as I work rapidly and get shots from a variety of great angles. (Let’s be honest, it’s always more)!
As far as physical wedding albums, what is the process and how can we know what it will look like upon completion?
Together we have a series of meetings after your wedding during which I can show you our sample albums, or we can do a video call. My albums are superbly crafted using beautiful materials. The results are albums that look like works of fine art.
What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
I provide sumptuous fine art wedding albums that are both modern, thoroughly stylish and made of the finest premium materials available. And yes I will help you every step of the way when creating your unique album. I like to first create an album layout for you as a start and then invite you to view it on a large screen monitor at my studio where we can then sit together with a nice glass of bubbly (if you like) and together create your dream album. In this comfortable setting, you can ask all your questions and provide complete input on the final touches as you see fit.
What makes a wedding easy or hard to shoot? The venue? The couple? The light?
Every wedding like every couple is unique each brings its own challenges and opportunities to capture the spectrum of human emotion. Each one has its own demands and its moments of effortlessness. Every wedding is a live event with many aspects totally out of anyone’s control especially the weather! Any given venue contributes greatly to the ease or difficulty of capturing momentous images. With that said adaptability has been the key to my success (and come prepared for anything). As a lover of light my vision is sensitively tuned to use it and create magic images. Whether the day is bright and sunny or full of dramatic clouds filled with rain each can be used to my advantage. However first and foremost I am there for the couple, to make them happy with full respect for them and their guests. I adore taking those gorgeous candid shots, capturing fleeting moments full of enchantment.
Can we provide you with a shot list?
I would hope that you would trust in me enough to not provide a shot list, however please talk to me about what ever you want. I’m here for you.
Are you insured and can you provide our chosen venue with certified proof of this insurance?
I am completely insured and yes I can provide the appropriate documents if your venue requests them from me.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I currently use only the latest model professional Canon 5d Mark 4’s Cameras and Sigma Art Series Lenses. Killer combination! I do not believe in using cheap gear and cutting corners.
How long have you been in business and how many weddings have you photographed?
I have been in the wedding industry for 10 years and have shot over 450 weddings! Many of the weddings I have shot are (humility aside) truly extraordinary. I have photographed in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy and in the entrancing city of Venice. I have shot beautiful destination weddings all across Australia from the Whitsundays to the uber-chic urban centers of Melbourne, Sydney and all across Queensland as well.
What happens if we have to cancel our wedding, is our retainer refundable?
No, unfortunately, you will forfeit your deposit and that is because I have held your wedding date to the exclusion of others who wish that same date, however with that said your final payment (which is due one month before the wedding) will not be billed to you. I understand that sometimes exceptional circumstance can occur and while I truly sympathize with that, however, I cannot put my livelihood in jeopardy because of such.
Do we have to feed you?
If I am at your reception, yes (dinner would be very nice) I do require some good fuel to do an awesome job.
Can family and friends take pictures too?
Of course, they can, in the final analysis, though this is up to you. I do suggest you do some research beforehand into having what is called an “unplugged wedding”. My photographs look so much more natural this way without having someone block my shots with their smartphone in hand. Honestly, it is not a good look.
In trying to get to know you better could you tell us about yourself, what do you do for fun, hobbies, etc.?
I live very close to the beach on the Sunshine Coast where the opportunities to get outside and experience a life full of adventure are abundant. Thus, I lead a very active lifestyle and enjoy a variety of sports in the great outdoors. I also admit to having a deep affection for my sweetheart Caitlin and my devoted dog Roxy and all animals for that matter. I flat out love the thrill of this way of life!
Can we create a customized package?
Certainly, just let me know what it is you would like for your splendid wedding day. I can offer a variety of options that you might not have considered e.g. aerial photography, steady-cam, even underwater!
Do you do same sex marriages?
Of course, I do. If you wish, please click on the following link and view a wonderful highlight film as an example. https://vimeo.com/32612107
How many weddings do you do a year?
In the past I have done over 80 weddings in a year however, I have scaled this back in the last couple of years. I have found that I can offer a far more personal touch and now strive to do 40 to 50 weddings per year.
We would really love to have our images published on a wedding blog or in a wedding magazine, can you help us with that?
YES, we can do this for you. We know most of the major publishers in the industry, so you’re in safe hands when it comes to getting your images to a publisher, or website that is right for you.
How much time do you recommend we allow for photos with our bridal party?
I find I get the best results if you allow 1.5 hours (if your day takes place at the same venue in close proximity to the intended location) and 2 hours of shooting if we have to drive somewhere else to get the job done.
We have heard about photographers losing all their data has this ever happened to you?
No way! This has never happened to me because I record to multiple cards simultaneously to ensure that this precious data is not lost. In addition, all of my gear is professional grade and very well maintained with lots of TLC!
Do you backup your images?
Yes, I am one very cautious, highly competent professional and backup all of your data to three separate hard drives. Two of them in my studio and I keep one off site for extra protection.
How far are you willing to travel?
Basically anywhere on the planet! I had a couple fly me to Italy to shoot their wedding last year, that was amazing.
What advice do you have for getting the most out of our wedding photography?
The most important advice I give is to number one, fully enjoy your wedding day with your beloved, your family, friends, and guests. Leave the rest to me and I will capture every moment for you. I will also send you (in advance) additional emails with further advice on what types of rooms in which to prepare for the day, appropriate backgrounds and above all natural light. You have no doubt put in a lot of time planning all the details of your monumental wedding day and my brief is also to capture and preserve all the effort you have put into this. I like to get all the precious little details and the surprise instants often missed by others.
Do you drink alcohol while you’re working?
Never. I remain a consummate professional with all of my valued couples and consider anybody who did so should find another gig!
Do you work well with other suppliers/vendors?
The wedding industry is a wonderful business to be a part of and it is one that is very close-knit with some amazing suppliers on offer. We are all here to provide the best service we possibly can, so yes, I respect and work well with all other creative wedding professionals. With 10 years in this industry, I may already know your chosen suppliers which is great. Click here to see some of my Favorite suppliers in the industry.
Do we get to keep the negatives/original images e.g. RAW?
Generally, the “RAW” files that are generated are un-use-able by you that is unless you have the necessary software to open them. For this reason, I keep all RAW files and you get all the edited images in a standard and common .jpg format. Also, note that RAW files are VERY heavy on the data side.
Who retains copyrights?
We both do. This is your wedding, so you may do whatever you wish with your images and my studio gets to use your images on our social media platforms and website unless you specifically ask us not to and I will, of course, respect your wishes.
Do you ever attend the rehearsals?
Yes, if you would like me to. However, in my 10 years in this industry, I have only been to 1 rehearsal.
What if we want everything documented is it possible to get even more images?
This is one of those time where I ask you to please trust me, I will provide you with hundreds of images and you will be delighted.