Where are you based?
I live and operate on the Sunshine Coast. I have lived here my whole life. I specialise in Sunshine Coast and Noosa photography but am more than happy to travel anywhere in Queensland, interstate and overseas.
How would you describe your photography style?
If I had to describe my wedding photography style in words I would say this: I primarily like to photograph the events of the day with a leaning towards a romantic look. I look for moments as they unfold and capture the tears, the laughter, the funny and the absurd as it happens. In addition to some of the truly glorious wedding photographers in the world some of my influences are the great journalist and National Geographic photographers. They create beautiful, emotional and thought provoking photographs. I love to capture these moments with beautiful photography and tell a story of the day.
Also I endeavour to create photographs that look like actual photographs. Sounds ridiculous right? What I mean is I do not like over processed images with grass and skies that looks like they belong on another planet, eyelashes so sharp you could cut glass and filters that mirror the current Instagram trend. I am not putting that style of photography down. In fact I love some of the creative work I see done. I just personally think it does not lend itself to wedding photography. I think it is important to be able to look at your photos years down the track and they do not look dated.
Do you actually enjoy photographing weddings?
I do. Then again all wedding photographers would say that wouldn’t they? However I really really do enjoy wedding photography. The reason for me personally is because I enjoy primarily photographing people, moments and emotions. There are really no other events where you get such a diverse range of human emotion and interaction. This is what I love the most in photography… capturing genuine emotions and reactions. Also I love the challenge of photographing weddings. It has been said that outside of warzones and that sort of thing that wedding photography is one of the most challenging forms of photography to do well. So it was for these reasons I was drawn to wedding photography.
What happens if you are hit by a garbage truck or something before my wedding?
Well…being in hospital would make it difficult for me to shoot your wedding which would be depressing. Especially for me. Happily I have never missed an event to date but it is good question and worth asking. In terms of a replacement photographer I have a network of fellow professional photographers and depending on availability could fill in for me. And yes you will get a refund. I know this would not be ideal but there are options in the event of disaster. Just to be clear, I will not call in sick because I have the sniffles.. I would have to be at deaths door to cancel an event as important as a wedding. If this is something that genuinely concerns you please call me and we can talk about it further.
How many images will we get?
Just to get it out of the way, you will professionally edited images on a USB drive. In regards to how many… it depends. I am guessing you are sick of hearing that. Let the explain.It really depends on the wedding. If you are having a really small short wedding then it tougher to provide a lot of images. As a ballpark figure for all day coverage for a traditional wedding (traditional meaning Ceremony and Reception) we supply 500 to 700 images. I could supply thousands (anyone can) but I only deliver the best images.
Can we get an Engagement Shoot.
Yes this is an option and I consider it important for a couple of reasons. 1) You get some photos for the invitations and the guest book ( we print a custom guest book which is an awesome keepsake) 2) We can get to know each other a bit and get you as comfortable in front of the camera. This will really show in the photos from the wedding day, it really is the difference between good photos and outstanding photos.
Do we get Richard and not a different photographer.
Yes of course. I do not take bookings and get someone else to photograph the wedding. I will be the one with you from the early stages to the completion of your wedding.
Do you edit your photos yourself or do you outsource that work?
I do it all myself. I really wish I could outsource it as it is such a time consuming task but I just can’t do it for a few reasons. The first one being I am the one at the wedding so therefore I am the one who can remember what it looked and felt like. Also it is the only way I can provide consistent looking images from wedding to wedding. I just think that is not possible if it outsourced to a post-production company overseas. Frankly I feel that if I am being entrusted with the privilege of photographing a wedding then I should be the one to do the whole thing. The only thing I do not do is advanced Photoshop work. So say for example for some weird reason you wanted your Aunt Bessie removed from an image and replaced with your Aunt Jackie I cannot do that. Contrary to popular opinion this is something that is hard to do well. I do not have the skills to do it a professional level. I would outsource this and provide you with a quote for the work.
What is your editing style?
Hopefully the images on this website tell a lot of the story. I generally try to keep it looking as natural as possible. When editing photos of people my basic rule of thumb is I will remove anything that is temporary. So for example I photographed a wedding where the groom had somehow managed to scratch his face so I removed that scratch from the photos. Another example would be pimples… I will remove those as well. I will leave them if you want me to but most people prefer that to be touched up. I try and keep things essentially looking as they did on the day. My personal feeling that is if a current trendy filter is applied then it will badly date the photographs as the years go by. My feeling also is that it is a disservice to basically change the look and feel of the day that is many times meticulously planned by everyone involved.
How long until we get to see our photos?
My personal pledge is to deliver a selection of edited images for you optimised for email and Social media with 24 hours and to have all the images for you to review within 14 days.
Do we need to feed you?
No. Let me tell you a story. Years ago I was in a band and we had a gig where we had to recruit a replacement drummer for a gig. We were playing at a fancy function and the replacement drummer reused to play unless a meal was provided. We never bothered with meals as a band mainly because it was hard to get the timing right. He basically made us look like a bunch of prima donnas and that really stuck with me. If you want to feed me then that is great and I would certainly appreciate it.However please do not feel obligated in any shape or form to buy another meal for me. I always have an esky of food with me.
Can my family and friends take photos?
Yes indeed. I know many photographers will stipulate that they are the sole photographer. I personally have no problems with this. The only thing I ask that when I am doing family formals that I am the only one to do that. The reason being is that when there are multiple cameras in the area it can be confusing for the people being photographed where to look and can have an adverse effect on the images and slow the whole process down.
I do not see any family photos on your site… do you do them?
Yes I do. Even though I am primarily a “journalistic” style of shooter when it comes to photographing people I am actually a strong believer in them. Why? Well simply because these are the photos that will have everyone in them. I feel this is important because often people have travelled to be at the wedding. It may be the case where this might not happen again where everyone is in the same location. I also feel it is important to document this sort of family history. To be perfectly honest I find that for many of the family members that they are not keen on this part of the day. So I get through this a efficiently as possible and try to make it as easy and as fun as I can for everyone.
Do you use good equipment.
Yes. As boring as the details of this is, it is in fact an important question. The brand of the camera is not important, what is important is that professional cameras and lenses are used. There is quite a substantial difference between an $1000.00 camera package from Hervey Norman and actual professional gear. So what’s professional gear? To me the absolute main thing is cameras that can shoot to two memory cards at the same time and also cameras and lenses capable of shooting in low light. The last thing anyone wants is to have to go hat in hand and tell a couple that the images were lost due to memory card failure, it’s not like you can recreate the day. That is why myself and all other professionals use cameras that have two memory cards. It’s also important to have a backup camera in case one breaks down or I drop it in the ocean or something. If it is of any interest I use 2 x Canon 5D Mark IV camera and a half a dozen “L” lenses.
Do we need to pay a deposit and when is payment due.
Yes, a non refundable deposit of $750.00 is required when booking to hold your date, and the balance is due 30 days before the wedding.
Are you insured?
Can I have a second photographer for my wedding.
Absolutely . I have very talented people as second shooters to ensure we capture all the magic moments of the day.
Got more questions? Please do not hesitate in contacting me.