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!
The world of wedding photography is an exciting and challenging place to be. If you are an aspiring professional photographer or simply an amateur that wants to learn more about wedding photography, you will find that the business can be easy to enter into in the way. After you have built some portfolio by either working with an established photographer like myself or shooting free for your friends or family, there is no shortage of eager clients who are more than willing to try you. It may take several years to work your way into the higher price bracket, but when you do, you may find clients willing to pay to reserve your services regardless.
The job definitely has its challenges. You have to learn to control your equipment in any sort of lighting conditions imaginable, with lots of hectic activity going on around you, and with lots of people watching and waiting on you and you will end up spending much more time running the business than what you spend shooting photos.
The rewards for your labor, aside from making a comfortable living, are that you get to perform a service that is extremely important to your clients. Many of them will tell you that your photos are one of the most important things happening on the wedding day, second only to the act of getting married. They want very badly to remember this day for the rest of their lives, and they trust you to create the images that will keep the memories alive.
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.
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.
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.
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