How do I book?
Once you have your date simply contact me to check for availability, there is a $700 booking fee and we’re ready to go!
How far in advance should I book?
2 Years of Covid restrictions have caused a backlog of couples wanting to get married. As people are feeling more optimistic (in other words totally over it) booking enquiries are increasing. I would encourage couples to book early as popular vendors generally get booked first.
Before Covid, weekends between September and April were very popular, there is a quiet trend emerging for winter weddings in the Coffs Harbour area, many couples have clued into the weather being kinder and more comfortable for all concerned. In addition, photographs will have a softer and warmer look PLUS the colours that the change of season brings are awesome!
Do you have payment plans?
Absolutely! If it helps make managing your life and finances easier then feel free, you can pay as much or as little as you want, when you want and there is absolutely no additional cost for doing so. Just let me know at the time of booking.
When is payment due?
The balance of payment for Wedding Photography is due 14 days before your wedding day.
Payment for photographic goods such as prints, albums etc must be made in full at the time of ordering.
Do you travel?
Absolutely! I am based in Coffs Harbour NSW but am available anywhere I am wanted. To date I have worked the Australian East Coast from Brisbane to Hobart including Sydney, Byron Bay, Canberra, etc.
What is your photographic style?
There are three parts to this question.
Part 1 – How I shoot. I’m pretty unobtrusive and laid back, I let the day unfold with a minimum of intervention. In other words – you will be able to enjoy your wedding, from time to time I will quietly direct people to get the essential shots done but I won’t turn your day into a “Wedding themed photoshoot”.
Part 2 – How I interact. I’ve photographed weddings for a wide range of clients, from ultra shy people who feel uncomfortable being photographed through to models and even other photographers! In doing so I have learned to adapt my approach to individual couples in order to make the photography easy and even enjoyable!
Part 3 – Shooting and editing style. Whilst there are obligatory “look at the camera” shots for the most part I would say that my style could be described as candid and natural. If you check out my Instagram feed you should see what I mean – there are very few shots of couples looking at the camera because I want to capture the emotion between the couple rather than the couples interaction with the photographer.
Photoshop / Airbrushing
Photoshop is more than just a button you push to make a photograph look better. It is a huge program that provides an enormous amount of options to modify a photograph – it also takes a lot of skill and time to do properly.
Every image you see will have been edited – cropping, adjusting light, colour, contrast etc – these are “Global Adjustments” across the whole photo.
The “Global Adjustments” I use naturally soften the skin and compliments the work your makeup artist has done. This is the extent of retouching performed on the images in your gallery.
If you are selecting images to be printed in an album that I am producing or in the prints I supply you as part of your package I normally remove minor blemishes and occasional stray hairs. It is however important to note that if it is blowing a gale or if there has been a major makeup malfunction retouching may not be possible.
These images need to be assessed individually because of the size and variety of things that can go wrong.
If you spill a “mega pint of red wine” down the front of your dress it is extremely unlikely that these images can be edited to remove the stain, I can assess images to see if it can be done and provide a quote to edit the stain or inform you if it is impossible.
If you have a tag sticking out I will often let you know on the day but removing something like this or other minor blemishes is not included, a quote can be provided on request.
Can you make me look thinner? As a professional photographer I use my experience to photograph people in a way that creates flattering angles using camera settings, lighting and certain poses on the day.
Whilst I am able in some instances to make someone look slimmer using editing software it takes a considerable amount of time and work to make the effect look genuine, for this reason this work is not conducted across your gallery of final images. If there are images in which you would like this work done I will provide a quote where asked.
We’d like that person/thing Photoshopped out of some images.
This falls under the same category as “Body Modification”, it can be done in some instances but these images will need to be assessed individually and a charge will be applied to remove the person/object.
How many images will I receive from the day?
This is a really hard question to answer because of the many variables, the number of images varies according to the number of guests, length of coverage and many other factors. In saying this I usually deliver between 50-100 images per hour.
Clients see all the shots from the day except those that have issues with focus, are unflattering or those used to enhance other images – ie where one element is taken from one image to add to another image.
Black and white versus colour, do I get a choice?
Yes you do! If there is a black and white image you will get a colour version, in saying that not all colour shots look good in black and white but I’ll let you know.
As part of the planning that is included in your booking fee I like to meet with clients and gauge their taste in desired shooting, imagery and editing styles – some people like to really get involved, other are happy to just let me do my thing.
How much photographic coverage do we need?
Most couples choose coverage that starts with the bride and groom’s preparations and progresses through the ceremony, group and formal photos plus the beginning of the reception. For this reason it is important to work out the logistics and timing for your day, my packages start at 5 hours and go from there.
At the time of booking you do NOT have to choose a package, normally couples are in the very early stages of planning so making a choice at this stage just adds stress. My suggestion to couples is make plans for the day and avoid tight schedules – place your emphasis on a stress free, enjoyable, easy going wedding rather than a tightly run and stressful one.
Do you photograph LGBTQI Weddings?
YES! En Vogue is all for love – if you love someone and you want to marry them then I will be honoured to photograph it for you.
Do you offer Engagement Sessions?
Yes, I strongly suggest couples consider an engagement shoot – it gives everyone an opportunity to work out the most natural and flattering poses and it is an excellent way to minimise nerves for the big day. Whilst grooms in particular can be reluctant to participate, I have found that it has made them far more relaxed and natural on the big day. The good news is that a FREE Engagement shoot is included in my Deluxe, Premium and Platinum packages.
“I’m really awkward in front of the camera!”
Guess what – so am I! In fact, I developed my style of photography based on the fact that most people don’t feel super comfortable in front of a camera either! If you do feel super comfortable in front of a camera and want to rock your shots I can use my experience photographing models to produce some fashion style work for you.
When photographing weddings I tend to shoot candid moments in a minimally invasive way so that you won’t feel awkward or uncomfortable. When it comes time to the posed portraits, I have plenty of simple techniques to make you look stunning and the overwhelming amount of feedback that I get is that I made people feel at ease.
My friend/family member also wants to photograph our wedding, is that ok?
Yes and No.
Yes, if your friends and family are using phones and tablets for snapshots – totally cool.
No (and it is a hard no), if they are wanting to “help photograph the wedding”. The reason is because it will impact on my ability to deliver the number and quality of professional images AND it will slow down your wedding day due to your friend needing the time to take their photos.
Where this most often causes issues is delays arriving at the reception, this means that your food service will be impacted (ie dry/cold/overcooked) and that first dance you had planned will either have to be done early or you’ll need to extend your coverage (which will result in an additional bill).
What I suggest to couples is the following.
- Invest in an “Unplugged Wedding” sign and ask your celebrant to tell your guests that you’d like them “to live in the moment” rather than taking photos or videos.
- If your friend/family member is difficult feel free to blame me, tell them your photographer has a “no camera policy” as part of the contract and that “they have a right to stop taking photos if people bring a camera”. This often annoys them but at least they are annoyed with me rather than you. On the day, if this family member is being painful just let me know and I’ll diplomatically handle it for you – I am happy to be your a**hole if it makes your day less stressful.
When will my photos be ready?
I normally upload a “hero shot” to your socials on your wedding night if you approve.
The short answer is 4 weeks on average depending on a number of factors. If you have a huge wedding and/or there is a second photographer it can take longer to collate, edit and synch your photos.
In any case, please rest assured that the time taken is due to more work is be put into making your images look their very, very best.
How will the photos be delivered?
Your images will be delivered via an online gallery in the first instance and then on a customised USB. The online gallery provides you with download options suitable to share on social media and the USB has images that are suitable to print.
Every wedding package includes a print/album voucher which provides a high quality, Australian made, archival quality album or archival quality prints.
How long does it take to deliver an album or prints?
The company that produces my albums is located in Sydney. I have chosen them because they produce the finest archival quality albums I have ever seen and have received recognition internationally for their products. Every album is hand made in Australia to the highest standards and the average turn around is about 3 weeks (they’re busy and they put quality before speed).
One you have your gallery you simply need to choose the images you would like printed (most couples choose around 60). From there I set about planning the layout and send you a draft copy which I can tweak, once you have approved the layout and paid for the album I send it to the manufacturer and it is printed. The time taken between the couple receiving the gallery, making the image choices, approving the layout etc varies according to how quickly these steps are taken.
Thanks for reading 🙂
Have a question I haven’t answered? Please feel free to get into contact with me via email or phone to ask any questions you may still have.