Affordable Wedding Photography in Sydney

Affordable Wedding Photography in Sydney
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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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When should I book my wedding photographer?

When should I book my wedding photographer?

This is one of the questions that the most of the brides will have when they set their wedding date.

I am not sure how the other states or countries works, but since I am based in Sydney NSW, the most of my clients are from Sydney or Blue Mountain. Then usually most of my brides books me 6 months to 1.5 months in advance.

Here is an example.

Most of my Saturday will be booked from mid January to April and September to mid December before Christmas time.  Sunday weddings has been very popular these days, too.

I will be traveling to Thailand (Phuket and Koh Samui) and Malaysia (Langkawi) for destination weddings during this time, too.

Last year, I have photographed over 50 weddings just myself and over 1000 couples in the last 20 years. Now you know how busy I get.

So once when you know your big date, please check my availability ASAP!

Please contact Katsu if you are looking for your wedding photographer in Sydney or Blue Mountain!

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Wedding Photography by Katsu Nojiri

Wedding Photography by Katsu Nojiri



Looking for your wedding photographer in Sydney?

Looking for your wedding photographer in Sydney?

Welcome to Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu!

Let us narrate your beautiful love story with some magnificently striking images. Being a professional photographer, our only aim is to capture every beautiful detail for your wedding album that you will cherish for rest of your life. We are not just a photographer but artist! Let us make your day just awesome!

Here at Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu we offer the exclusive range of wedding photography and videography services and we try to capture authentic shots. We never pressurize the couple to make some certain poses.

You just enjoy every moment of your special day and we will capture some beautiful moments of this day. We have a crew of skilled and highly talented photographers who are masters in taking inventive shots and dazzling angles.

With an aim to create some delightful, we follow modern and top-notch technology and equipped with cutting-edge cameras and other photography equipment. Show your romance, love and passion to each other through beautiful photographs is our forte.

In addition to the couple, we also focus on family, close relatives and friends in the wedding so that even a single emotion or moment will not be missed from the wedding album.

We attempt to cover all the rituals in the photos and cover all the functions before and after the wedding.

Depending on the client’s special wish we can entertain them and click some shots for them. We are behind our professionalism and working in this domain from last 20 years in Sydney and nearby areas in Australia.

With the impressive range of wedding packages, we can cater to all your needs and expectations. Browse our website, check out our portfolio and fix an appointment. We will be more than happy to assist you.

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Recommended Wedding Photographer in Sydney

Recommended Wedding Photographer in Sydney

You are engaged but don’t know where to start looking for your wedding photographer(s) in Sydney or Destination Wedding in Thailand or Bali.

There are so many wedding photographers here in Sydney and I often travel to photograph weddings in Thailand (or Bali) as well. When people contact me for the first time, I always ask how I find me. (since I don’t advertise my little business anywhere)

Then usual answers are either ” You photographed my family members or friends.” or ”
We saw all your reviews on Google and other review website. and I love that. 🙂 This means a lot to me and I get to meet my old clients at the reception party, too. 🙂

By then we have already good relationship with these people, so they usually book me on the spot.

The good thing about the way you book me is very simple. Fill in a booking form and deposit $300. Thats all you pay until 2 weeks before your wedding date.
You do not need to decide which package or pay until then. I make sure that I will be free all day in case you might want to change your agenda on the day.

If you are looking for your wedding photographer in Sydney or Thailand, please contact me to check my availability. Make sure to contact me ASAP as I get booked out most of the weekends in advance. (like 6 months-10 months in advance)

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The arrival of the bride is one of the most anticipated parts of the ceremony.
Arriving in style will be the talking point of the day and lots of fun for the bride. Being planning for your transport needs 6-12 months before your wedding day.

Look in the white pages under wedding cars, search the internet for wedding websites with service provider database, flip through wedding magazines and ask your friends and family for recommendation.

The groom’s arrival, in contrast, is an event in itsef. Traditionally the bride and her father ride in the first car to the ceremony. It’s very romantic to arrive in a limousine or Rolls Royce and adds to the sense of occasion, but equally spectacular might be to arrive on horseback or on a Harley Davidson.

Use your imagination. The second car to arrive at the reception in the bride’s mother and bridesmaids. However, you might want to hire a bigger car to try to fit everyone in.

Closest relatives and the bridal party will most likely need assistance in getting to and from the ceremony and reception.

You may also have to organise transport for the mother and father of the grooms, mother and father of the bride’s grandparents, ushers and pageboy.

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Bridal Shower Games

Bridal Shower Games

Bridal shower games usually centre on the bride. Make sure the games you play are suitable for people of all ages who may be attending.

Spike Rack:

Buy a selection of spices and cover up the names of the spices on the bottle with pieces of paper. Number each bottle before passing them around the room. Guests write down what they think each spice n against the corresponding number on the answer wins a prize. Give the spices to the bride to help start her own collention.

Love songs:

Each writes down their name and the bridal waltz from their own wedding. If the guest is not marries, they simply pick their favourite long song. Pass back to the host when finished.Then reads out each song tile one at a time.

What is the bride wearing?

Have the bride leave the room without warning. Guests have five minutes to write down as many items as they can remember the bride is wearing. When she re-enters, each person ticks what they got right. The one with the highest score wins a prize.

If you are planning to have these kinds of games at the reception party, please let your photographer know, so he/she won’t miss the moment. Having Karaoke at the reception party has becoming very popular these days, too.

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Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

The bridal shower takes place a few weeks before the wedding and is usually hosted by the maid of honour and or bridesmaids. If your bridesmaids have not offered to host a shower, ask a close relative to help.

Invitation should extend to close friends and those you intend to invite to the wedding. However, wedding showers don’t have to be exclusively female and anyone from co-workders to old school friends can host a wedding shower, with invitations even extending to the groom.

There is not limit to the number of showers you can have, but one is sufficient for most brides to be. Light snacks and drinks are usually served. The host then gathers every one to watch the bride open her gifts. The maid of honour sits next to the bride and keeps note of each gift and the giver.

You can always have your photographer for the event, so you can practice to be photographed, too.

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Organising your Wedding in Sydney

Organising your Wedding in Sydney

Here is a more traditional breakdown of wedding expenses.

It’s extremely rare and impractical nowadays to adhere strictly to these:

The bride ad bride’s family traditionally pay for:

gifts for the bridesmaids, accommodation for the bridesmaids, the engagement notice and any other press announcements, the engagement party, reception costs, including the venue, food, entertainment party, reception costs, including the venue, food, entertainment and flowers, groom’s wedding ring, ceremony and reception hire, wedding stationary (invitations, place cards), photography,  wedding dress and accessories,guest book for  the reception, stationary for the thank you notes, outfits for the bridesmaids, and a wedding gift for the groom.

The groom and groom’s  family traditionally pay for:

the rehearsal dinner, traveling expenses, drinks at the reception, purchase/hire of clothing (tuxedo, suit etc), bride’s bouquet, flowers for the
bridesmaids, bride’s engagement and wedding ring, legal paperwork (Marriage Certificate etc), wedding gift for the bride, wedding outfit, celebrant’s fee and the honeymoon.

The maid of honour and bridesmaids traditionally pay for:

a gift for the bride and grooms, contribution to the cost of the bridal shower.

The best man and the ushers traditionally pay for:

gift for the bride and the groom, own attire, a contribution to the cost of the buck’s night.

Paying for the wedding can become complicated when there are the maters of expenses for the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Groomsmen will always expect to pay their own way, and for most cases, so too will the bridesmaids. However you can always make your own arrangements if you are able to or feel you should make some contributions.

For example, you could offer to pay half of the cost the bridesmaid’s dresses or for the manicures.
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Sydney Wedding Photographers by Katsu Nojiri

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Who pays for the wedding?

Who pays for the wedding?

Nowadays, the cost of even the modest wedding can be astronomical.

In fact, the average of wedding costs AUD 23,000 according to the research in 2012.

Although traditionally the bride’s parents pay for most of the wedding, more and more couples are now paying for their own big day these days.

But whose responsibilities?

The groom is traditionally responsible for certain expenses which are:

Ceremony and Music, The bride’s wedding ring, Transport, The first night hotel and the honeymoon.

When I meet my clients for the first meeting, a lot of time both the groom and the bride comes together to see me. So they both can see me in person , view more of my my work, finding out what they are looking for in terms of wedding photography for their special day.

I also make sure that I give them good advise for their wedding preparatoion as I have been in the wedding industry for 19 years.

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Planning your wedding 2

Planning your wedding 2

The history of the bridesmaid varies across cultures, religions and time periods

The history of the bridesmaid varies across cultures, religions and time periods. In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied the bride to the groom’s village.

This “protective shield” of similarly outfitted bridesmaids was supposed to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.

However, the Western bridesmaid tradition seems to have originated from later Roman law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits believed to attend marriage ceremonies. The bridesmaids and ushers dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits wouldn’t know who was getting married.

Even as late as 19th century England, the belief that ill-wishers could administer
curses and taint the wedding still existed.

The way that they capture wedding photos during the time was very formal but we provide natural and documentary style at Sydney Wedding Photography by Katsu.
We obviously make sure covering group shots, family shots, friends or work colleagues shots (we call it formal shots) on your wedding day, also.

Please contact us if you are looking for a wedding photographer in Sydney!

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