Unplugged Wedding?

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As I sit here with this mornings Latte, I pondered, how can I help  Brides and Grooms in the preparation for incredible Wedding Photography & IT hit me. As a Wedding Photographer, I LOVE unplugged Weddings!!!

Unplugged Weddings??

In today’s world, there’s hardly an event that isn’t uploaded to the Interweb within seconds of the actual event. Of course, Weddings are one of the most shared occasions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Guests seem to be in competition as to who can upload the “first” picture of the Bride. My heart literally breaks when a “Guest Photographer” (or Uncle Bob) ruins an otherwise lovely image or jumps in front of me while I’m capturing a key moment from the day. Over the years, I’ve seen a progression of huge smiles, happy and encouraging faces as the Bride is escorted down the aisle to faces and backs of heads hidden behind cameras, mobile phones and monstrously HUGE iPads lining the aisle.

Unfortunately, I often have Guest Photographers compromise the Bride and Grooms images. I have perhaps hundreds of images of the back of Uncle Bobs head as he’s jumped into the aisle for the perfect image of the Bride being escorted to the man of her dreams. When you pay a sizable amount for Professional Photographer, you expect results and want every moment captured. I hate to say it, but sometimes, I don’t have an incredible image to show the Bride and Groom because Uncle Bob…. Uncle Bob’d it.

Unplugged Weddings are amazing!

Unfortunately, while Uncle Bob’s doing this, he’s not paying attention to your ceremony. Rather, he’s staring at his screen, hoping to get the “killer” shot to share with his 1200 Facebook friends. How can you change this? How can you ensure all your guests give you their full attention on the biggest day of your life? Have an Unplugged Wedding!

Ask your Celebrant to read something similar to this:

“Good evening Family and Friends. We will be starting the Wedding of __________________ and ___________________ in a few minutes and ask you to please silence your Mobile Phones. The Couple also requests the following: We want you to be able to really enjoy our Wedding Day, feel truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired Professional Photographers who will capture the way the Wedding looks – and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax and enjoy how the Wedding feels. We respectfully ask that everyone considers leaving their cameras, phones and iPads off. Of course, we will be happy to share our Wedding Images with your afterward!” 

Or have a cute board like this

Of course, there is a hidden upside to limiting people’s social sharing of your wedding: it forces guests to be in the moment. We’ve all become so used to sharing what we’re doing online, that we sometimes don’t know how to turn it off. Sometimes the reminder to put away your phone, to put down your camera, comes as a relief. I don’t have to document this one, I can just experience it. Thanks for that.

As an example, here’s a funny news item about exactly this: http://vimeo.com/75820951

Wedding suppliers GALORE!!

Ballarat Wedding Supplier

I’ve recently noticed the number of Brides (& the odd Groom) asking on Social Media about Ballarat Wedding Suppliers spike. After pondering on it (& asking myself the question), how can I help without only promoting my business?

When I see a newly Engaged couple on Facebook asking for recommendations of Wedding Suppliers, I’m ofter reminded of Seagulls looking for a Chip…….

Ballarat Wedding Supplier
Ballarat Wedding Suppliers

Yes, the requestings friends, family, strangers & randoms all throw their “chip” into the pile, while Wedding Suppliers seem to clamber over each other to get the chip – Mine, mine, mine, MINE…..

For Brides and Grooms from outside of Ballarat, finding a Wedding Supplier can be even more daunting than for locals – they don’t know our area. I can only imagine the image above is an exact representation of how our Industry looks to them. Ballarat is known for it’s history and style. It’s a sought after location for weddings in Victoria and many brides and grooms consider Ballarat a destination wedding location for it’s amazing gardens, venues, activities and accommodation options. But, how do Brides and Grooms wade through the countless Wedding Suppliers, recommendations and names being dropped?

My thoughts are: Ask your already booked suppliers for their recommendations. We all work with each other & know the great from the average. My goal is to help make your Special Day the ABSOLUTE best it can be & there’s no way I’d suggest an average supplier. We all have a metal list of amazing Wedding Suppliers & are very happy to recommend the Best of Ballarat.

My thoughts or Two Cents: Ask your already booked suppliers for their recommendations. We all work with each other & know the great from the average. My goal is to help make your Special Day the ABSOLUTE best it can be & there’s no way I’d suggest an average supplier. We all have a metal list of amazing Wedding Suppliers & are very happy to recommend the Best of Ballarat.

Personalised Wedding Photography?

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Each week I’m contacted by Brides and Groom’s enquiring about Wedding Photography. It’s been mentioned a few times that other photographers they’ve contacted have been… hmmm.. hard to deal with.

This article isn’t here to badmouth other photographers. But, it ticks me off how arrogant some of them are. How can they dictate to a Bride & Groom on their Special Day how things will run, what type of images will be taken, what Wedding Photography Packages are available. It’s the Bride & Grooms special day and as Wedding Suppliers – we’re their “employees” for the day!

After a vent, this article is really about how I work with Brides and Grooms to personalize their own Wedding Photography Package.

Like other Wedding Photographers, I have prepared Photography Packages. I have 3 of them. They range from 5hrs through to complete coverage and all include 2 Photographers with images supplied via an Online Gallery. This is one of my points of difference when comparing me to other Ballarat Wedding Photographers! Currently, I’m the only one who provides images with my Online Galleries. You can share your images directly to Social Media, download them to your computer, phone or device and email images directly to Family & Friends. I think it’s an incredible alternative to CD’s and USB’s as the images are stored on “The Cloud” (for 10yrs) where they can’t be lost, scratched, stolen or ruined by Ninjas. 

Some of my packages include things like an Engagement Shoot, or Canvases and Prints, Albums &/or Parent Books, even Save the Date and Thankyou card Templates. Importantly, though (& the reason for this Blog Article) – ALL of my packages are guides only!!!

Each and every package can be personalized to suit your needs better. If you have a BFF who can make your Templates, an Aunty that works in a PhotoLab, a sister who can put albums together – then we can easily take them out & make your very own Wedding Photography Package. Or, if there’s no packages that you love, I can make one JUST FOR YOU as we chat over a great coffee……

What better way to have someone document your Wedding Day, than through a package you have created for your big day! 

Collab with time!

Lydiard Street

For the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, I was asked to Exhibit some of my works. After a lot of careful consideration around content, I realised the theme was standing in front of me the whole …….. TIME! It’s inevitable: things change over time. 

My exhibition allows us to see what has been and what is, in the same scene. After collecting historical photographs of Ballarat in a secondhand bookshop and through the Max Harris Collection, I made art with time and capture the everchanging city.

Bakery Hill
Lake Wendouree
Bottom of Sturt Street
Looking east from the top of Town Hall Tower
The Botanical Gardens
Looking East on Sturt Street (opposite the Town Hall)
Dana Street Hill (out the front of Uniting Ballarat)
Looking south on Lydiard Street (out the front of The George)
Looking West on Sturt Street

Choosing an incredible Photographer?

Ballarat Wedding Photography

Latté time…

I did a quick Google search for Wedding Photographers in my area just curious of how many there were for Brides and Grooms to wade through. In Ballarat alone, I counted 46 Photographers! Then there’s Photographers from Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Daylesford or Horsham who advertise they travel. There’d have to be close to 200 different Photographers a Ballarat Bride and Groom could choose for their day! This scary number isn’t restricted to my area, it’s a global dilemma.

So, how does a Bride and Groom choose the perfect Photographer for themselves? It can be a daunting decision, but hopefully this Blog article will help!

I did a quick Google search for Wedding Photographers in my area just curious of how many there were for Brides and Grooms to wade through. In Ballarat alone, I counted 44 Photographers! Then there’s Photographers from Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Daylesford or Horsham who advertise they travel. There’d have to be close to 200 different Photographers a Ballarat Bride and Groom could choose for their day! This scary number isn’t restricted to my area, it’s a global dilemma.

So, how does a Bride and Groom choose the perfect Photographer for themselves? It can be a daunting decision, but hopefully this Blog article will help!

  1. Firstly, you need to organise a budget. Without an idea of the amount you’d like to spend you could be wasting time. Also, decide what level of service you want for your day. Do you want an engagement shoot, an album, a second photographer, prints or a canvas, a HUGE coffee table book?
  2. Have you chosen your style yet? It’s a great idea to have your style sorted before meeting with your Photographer. That way when viewing their images, you can view their photographer’s style and choose if it’s a great match for your own.
  3. Research, Research, Research… Chat to friends, family, colleagues about photographers they’ve used. Every photographer has a different style, view their style and images. Ask to view a complete Wedding, every Photographer can show you their best 50 images. By viewing a complete Wedding, you get a great understanding of their Photographic style.
  4. Make a list of questions about photography for your day. Here’s a great start…..
    1. What do you cover?               
    2. What’s your experience?               
    3. What are the costs of different aspects of the day – Ceremony/location/reception?               
    4. How much time is required for imagery?               
    5. What is their style?               
    6. Do they provide guarantees for services?               
    7. Do they have a backup for bad weather?               
    8. Is travel cost extra?               
    9. Is there an overtime fee?               
    10. Are the images edited?               
    11. How long after the Wedding will I get my images/prints/books/etc?
  5. Meet with 2 – 3 Photographers. You must get along with them. They’re going to be with you, your family and friends for hours & hours. So you need to feel comfortable, you need to like and trust them. Otherwise, there could be some strange expressions in your images that need explaining to your Grandkids.
  6. Book and confirm as soon as you’ve chosen your incredible Photographer! If you take your time, they might book your day with someone else.

Your Wedding Day will be one of the most treasured days of your life. Think carefully about choosing your photographer, ask questions and don’t be pushed into rash decisions. Congrats and goodluck!