What I like about my job

What I like about my job

The first time a bride look through her pictures, there is a very high likelihood that she will be moved to tears. If you have done a bad job, they will be tears of deep sorrow. If you have done a good job, they will be tears of job – the same tears that she cried when the groom cried when the groom read his vows and when her father made a toast to their happiness. These are the memories that you have frozen in time for her.
Other types of photography are important of course, but few are as emotionally charged as wedding photography in Sydney. What I like most about wedding photography is the fact that my clients think that I do is truly, important.

One of the greatest compliments I have received illustrated that point even more clearly when one of my past brides wrote to tell me how overwhelmed she was when she first saw her wedding photos. Soon after she decided she wanted to be able to give that same feeling to other brides, so she changed her career goals and now she in her second year of college on the way to becoming a wedding planner in Sydney.

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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About Wedding Photographer

About Wedding Photographer

Personality goes a long way. One of the most valuable tool you can have as a wedding photographer is the right  kind of personality. You don’t have to be the life of the party, but you should have a friendly and outgoing personality that puts people at the the ease almost immediately. If you don’t like people, or if you are impatient or easily frustrated with people that are always late and generally can not seem to get it together, then this job won’t be a good match for you. If you function well under pressure, if you are flexible enough that you won’t mind making last minute plan changes when the bride is late, and you like working with people, then this job might be a good match for you.

The last and most valuable tool that you need as a wedding photographer is knowledge. You need to develop your skills and understanding of photography to the point that taking picture is not more difficult thank walking across the room. When you seen an activity taking place, you need to move to the location that will allow you to tell the story with your camera. With practice, your eyes will tune into the types of locations that make good portrait backgrounds.

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Using the Tools

Using the Tools

The tools of the trade are few. As businesses go, wedding photography in Sydney requires only a small cash outlay to get the few pieces of high quality equipment necessary for the job. Learning how to use the equipment is the real challenge, because fortunately for photographers, having the best tools does not make you a good wedding photographer. Many excellent photographer use old, beat up cameras that are much less capable than the cameras many wedding guests will be toting around during and after the ceremony. However, as you probably already know, camera don’t take pictures, photographers do.

A great wedding photographer could do better with a point and shoot than what most people can do with a top of the line digital camera.

The specific tools that each photographer uses are relatively minor part of the wedding photography business. For example, when you admire a painting by Picasso, you don’t wonder what brush he was using. The tools that he used are as irrelevant as the choice of that vision are what makes the real magic of wedding photography.

Wedding photography is very different to those of who does fashion photography or landscape. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding in Sydney,
please contact Katsu to see his availability.

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Wedding story part three

Wedding story part three

Thankfully, a change is swirling in the air around the wedding photography industry. The move towards photojournalism is bringing with it a change towards letting go of being in control. a change towards allowing the bride and groom to express their  individuality by creating their own ceremony within the bounds of whatever religion they choose, without us “professionals” trying to force them into out own overworked perception of what a wedding should be.

We must remember that the bride and the groom hired us to create a beautiful record of their wedding, not to create the wedding itself. We must also remember that the purpose of a wedding is to announce publicly the couple’s agreement to be bound together as a family for the rest of their lives, and contrary to what some photographers seem to believe, a wedding is not a photo shoot.

In writing this blog, my wish is that new generation of photographers will continue the current trend of working in a more discreet fashion throughout the wedding day.

I am looking forward to capturing the beauty and emotion of the day without spoiling its uniqueness by trying to control it.

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My Wedding Story Part Two

My Wedding Story Part Two

Only a few weeks before this scene, I saw another bride in Sydney that stopped all that nonsense right in the beginning. She told them all how she wanted it to go, and if they did not want to do it her way, they could just pack up.
At first the minister did not want to comply, but when se told her father to ask him to leave, he changed his mind. She then proceeded to have a very quiet ceremony that went exactly her way, with no interruptions.

Those two very different experiences made me think about how those of us in the wedding business go about our business. Sometimes videographers, ministers, and we photographers forget to honour the sacredness of the wedding. We also so see so many weddings that we forget this is the first and perhaps only time the bride and groom will ever experience it.  Our familiarity makes us good at what we do, but it also wears away our perception of the sacredness of the event. Before long, each wedding is simply another day at work, and we are eventually temped to herd our clients through the paces.

To be continued to Part 3

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My wedding story

My wedding story

I was shooting a wedding in Sydney where the bride and groom purchased a “package wedding” from a large resort.

The package came with a minister, a videographer and all other essentials except the photographer (me), which the couple arranged separately because they wanted more than what the typical photographer provides. On the day of the wedding, I did my normal photojournalistic thing until just before the ceremony when the videographer arrived. This man stepped up with a loud voice and just took over the reins of that whole wedding. From then on, he and the minister ran the show completely, telling the bride and groom where to stand, when to move, where to put each hand, how to hold the pen, and even when to smile at the camera. They were arranging shots for me (which I did not ask for..) and then saying, “There you go Mr. Photographer! That’s is how we do it here! Easy right?”

When the first dance started, the videographer was at the bar but he came back charging back with a drink in his hand and a napkin flying in the air behind him. He was waving his hands and motioning across his throat at the DJ to cut the music. The DJ was ignoring him so finally he yelled “STOP!!” which of course everyone did.
Then he walked out on the dance floor and carefully placed the groom on one side, and the bride on other, then then he grabbed his camera and motioned for the DJ to start the music up again. To be continued to Part 2

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