Lunch Wedding is a new trend?

Lunch Wedding is a new trend?

I have noticed that It seems quite popular to have “Lunch time wedding” these days.

Like today, my clients Rob & Maya has their wedding ceremony started at 10am at The Centennial Park followed by the lunch reception party at Centennial Homestead.

When I first received my first “Lunch Wedding” inquiry last year, I thought, “Oh, that’s unique” But these days, I am getting more and more. It must be a new trend to have a wedding on Saturday or Sunday around the lunch time.

I guess that it’s make sense for everybody. A lot of people are off, kids are fresh, and elderly won’t get too tired. Plus people eat or drink less during the day, so it will be cheaper to hire the venue, also.

Since Europe and USA has not been so safe to travel, I have noticed that more tourists are in Sydney and more Japanese couples are here to get married!

My wedding booking for next year has been super fast this year. My Saturdays are almost all booked out until March next year 2018.

If you are planning to have your wedding in Sydney or NSW have not booked your photographer yet, please let me know early!

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Wedding planning in Langkawi

Wedding planning in Langkawi 

I had an opportunity to photograph another wedding in Langkawi, Malaysia last weekend.

Although I am usually based in Sydney Australia, I travel around Asia (Mainly Malaysia, Thai and Japan) between May to August to photograph weddings when Sydney’s cold in winter.  Yes, I am not a winter person and trying to avoid as much as I can.

I am actually writing this blog from my rented apartment in Kuala Lumper in Malaysia.

My Australian client Bec and Dave booked me over a year ago through my previous client (bride) who is mother of two now.

Since both Bec and Dave are from Sydney, I have met them at the cafe in Surry Hills to discuss their wedding in Langkawi this time last year. I remember that they have asked me where is the good place to get married in Langkawi then. 
They have just started to plan their wedding there.

Since most of people get married on the private beach or pool deck area at the resort hotel, I have recommended them to have their ceremony and the reception party at 5 stars hotel there.

My favourite has to be Andaman Resort where I always stay when I visit there for holiday and wedding photos.

Their hotel resort is in the jungle and you will see a lot of animals like monkeys, flying fox, big lizards or hawks. Their hotel is massive and it’s a full of nature.
Of course the ocean is right in front of you and the sunset there is just stunning!

Langkawi is only one hour flight from KL.

Their wedding was on Saturday and I arrived their Friday morning, so I can enjoy beautiful island before their wedding day.

We had a quick chat at the hotel lobby and make sure what to photograph on the day.
Bec & Dave gave me the agenda, so I will know what’s happening on their wedding day. 

It’s gong to be a big day!!!!!

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How does your wedding photography packages works?

How does your wedding photography packages works?

This is one of the questions that I get asked when people are searching for their wedding photographers.

My packages are simple, straight forward, no catch or hidden prices.

Before I go on more details, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DECIDE YOUR PACKAGE WHEN YOU BOOK ME.

Please just message me to check my availability, then we go from that.

Anyway, back to the packages, firstly you might want to decide what you you want after your wedding.  

Let’s say A or B?

A:  All your data on USB.  
You will receive all your colour images beautifully edited on USB.
So you can print, enlarge, post them on your blog, Instagram or Facebook yourself without any additional cost.

B: All your data on USB, Premium Leather Album and a Premium Slideshow
You will receive all your colour images and black & white images on USB. (same as A)
Plus you will receive a premium leather cover album (20 pages) and a highlight slideshow.

Once when you decide A or B, you will need to decide how many hours you would like me to photograph your wedding.

Let’s say, I am starting from your hotel room (or your place) getting ready an hour before your departure to the ceremony. 

Let’s say your ceremony starts at 3pm, so maybe I start 1pm photographing you getting ready for about an hour, so that 2pm. Getting in a car and drive to the ceremony arriving 2:45pm at the ceremony.

The ceremony usually goes for 30 minutes or so, then we do group photos, family photos for about 30 minutes or so. Then we go to your favourite photo locations at the places like The Rocks, Opera House, Harbour Bridge etc until the reception starts around 6- 6:30pm.

Usually the reception party ends around 11-11:30.

Most of my clients would like me to stay till the end, then I am starting from 1pm and finishing around 11pm. So that is 10 hours.

So you can choose my 10 hours package of A or B.

That is how my wedding photography packages works.

I must say that my packages are fair and affordable. I have not changed my pricing since 1996. (which I think that it’s crazy a bit….)

I hope that you will like my work and packages that I offer!!

Please message me early if you are engages, most of my Saturday will be booked out through the year!

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Affordable Wedding Photography in Sydney

Affordable Wedding Photography in Sydney
– How to find your wedding photographer –

I would like to share this “Non-Cool ” story with you all today.

Since I have been photographing weddings since 1996 (20 years go! ), I meet so many couples. When I say “many”. I am talking about over 1,500 couples.

Every year, around 8 – 10 couples comes to me AFTER their weddings with different photographers saying something like…

” Hi Katsu, we should have booked you for our wedding, our photos turned out to be terrible with this xxx photographer… Have a look… I would like to put my dress on again so we can do the photos around the park with you. Is it possible?”

I still get shocked when I hear from people like this. But now every year I get these kinds of messages from poor couples at least 8 – 10 times a year , sometimes more.

I always ask them how it happened after all those research to find the right photographer for their special day?

Usually they say……

“We thought that we booked him / her but we booked them…. We saw some great photos on their website, hanging some beautiful weddings photos on the wall at their fancy studio but those photos were taken by someone who used to work there for many years go we found out later….”

“We were told that we will have 2nd or 3 rd photographers for FREE plus their main photographer. So we have booked them. Then we have received so many photos but none of them were good. Almost every single photo, their photographers are in the background. The main photographer was too busy to train them and missed so many great opportunities.”

When you choose your wedding photographer, you gotta make sure who is coming to your wedding, knowing compare what you are comparing with, ask your photographer to show their whole set of a wedding not some good ones from all different weddings.

That is my tip for the day!

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Great Review from my happy clients

Great Review from my happy clients

Today, I would like to share this feedback with you all!

Hi Katsu,

Photography was the first thing I wanted to book for our wedding day, so it was important to find the right person for the job. If you ask anyone that knows me, they will tell you how much I treasure photos.

your job is important as a wedding photographer, wedding photos are often the last thing remaining of a couples life after 3 or 4 generations. “How awesome is that? And that is your job!”

From the time I booked you, I have found you to be friendly, professional and happy to answer that I had about the day.

On the actual wedding day, you were discreet and respectful of the ceremony and ceremony space. The bridal party and guests felt relaxed around you, and most importantly you captured beautiful images to last many lifetimes! WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

We also had fun watching beautiful the slideshow, and the framed portrait and prints are so lovely!

Wishing you the best of luck and success in the future of “Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu”

Thank you again, Katsu!

Jessie & Tomo xx

This means a lot to me. This is why I love my job!

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Wedding photographer in Sydney

Wedding photographer in Sydney (Katsu Nojiri)

Although I still direct you how you pose, stand or smile during the location photo shoot as well as traditional family photos and group photos straight after your ceremony.

I am one of those discreet wedding photographers that you don’t even notice I have been photographing your moments naturally on your special day.

The way I photograph is natural, contemporary and candid. I won’t ask you to do silly (and embarrassing!) poses that you may have seen at The Rocks area on the weekends in Sydney. (unless you want me to do that is!)

The main thing is that all my clients enjoy their very special day.

And it’s my job to capture those moments. If you are a kind of person that  smile and laugh a lot, you will make my job easier. 🙂

Organising your wedding can be stressful, however once if you book me, you can forget about your photography.

I have 19 years experiences as an award-winning wedding photographer in Sydney and most of my clients have been referred from my previous clients. You can call me a king of recommended wedding photographer in Sydney. Hahaha!
I don’t advertise my business anywhere but I still run my business after 19 years in this tough industry. That’s because all my clients from 1996 has been referring me to their family and friends.  (BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MY CLIENTS!!)

If you set your big date and looking for your wedding photographer in Australia, please contact Katsu ASAP. Katsu will travel all the states to photograph your wedding. (Mainly Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast)

Oh, one more thing, I get booked out about 6 – 10 months in advance on the weekends. (Especially on Saturday) Please contact me early to avoid disappointment!

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Music

Music and Entertainment

Music has a way of connecting people of all ages and from all walks of life.
There are several opportunities through the day where the tasteful addition of selected music will enhance and add a memorable touch of romance.

Book your entertainment at least 6 months before your wedding day or risk disappointment.

DJ:
DJ have become the choice of music entertainment at weddings. They are versatile, have a great selection of music, and are cheaper than a live band.

A good DJ is worth their weight in gold because they don’t just play music. An experienced DJ will be able to build a festive, jovial atmosphere by getting everyone involved with their commentary and games.  Some DJ will even act as your MC.

Tell the DJ what music styles you want, for example, country, contemporary, swing etc. Also make a point of explaining what you don’t want. Get the mix right to please most of your guests. Your DJ should have a song list for you to choose from as well, but let them finalise the order of songs. A DJ will play about 15 songs an hour.

It’s good manners to sit the DJ at the table as a guest of your wedding. Leaving them out would look a little mean-spirited.

I know some good DJs that I worked with in the past. Please ask me if you are looking for one.

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Wedding Photography Awards in NSW

Wedding Photography Awards in NSW

We are proud to say that we’ve had the honor of winning some of the most prestigious awards in 2011 again!

We are one of the top wedding photographers in NSW according to Australian Bridal Industry Academy.

The Annual Bridal Industry Awards are held each year to determine the best wedding suppliers in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA.

These awards are determined by past brides who have been through the process of selecting their bridal suppliers and have then rated them on the quality of products, service, value and staff.

To determine the nominees and finalists, the brides were asked to give scores out of 100 for the quality of product, quality of service, value for money and attitude of
the staff of those suppliers who serviced the needs of the bride before, during and after her wedding day.

We’re proud that so many brides chose to highly rank our services among the scores of other wedding photographers they could have chosen.

In the last few years our wedding photographer Katsu Nojiri has also received numerous prestigious awards in recognition of photographic.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss about your wedding planning.

Kate & Adam

Award-winning photographer Katsu Nojiri

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