Wedding location that Sydney photographers don’t like

Well, you probably have read “Best Wedding Locations in Sydney” that some people have wrote but how about the wedding locations that we (wedding photographers in general) do not like?

I probably should not generalise as there are some photographers in Sydney out there that might like the locations, so I probably shouldn’t say “we”.

You probably know it but in any photography, the lighting is the most important factors for the best results. Not the models (couples), not the angle, not the compositions or not the backgrounds.

As a wedding photographer myself, I have 100% control of capturing the best results while we are having the location shoots.

How about during the ceremony?  

Unfortunately, I can’t stop the ceremony because your expression on your face is not the best or you may have people walking behind during your ceremony but I can’t tell them not to do during the time.
I basically need to photograph whatever it happens during the ceremony .

Same as the lighting, sometimes I know that I can do better if I could shoot from the other side but it means that you won’t have water or flower arches or Harbour Bride or Opera House as background.  
Instead, you will have your guests as your background which is not an ideal.

Then one bride asked me the other day if there are wedding locations that I don’t like (or hard to photograph).
Then this location popped out in my head straight away.

That is Hickson Road Reserve for me.

I have photographed weddings there many time in the morning, during the day or late afternoon but I must say that the location has bad lighting through the day. (unless it’s cloudy )

Plus so many tourists are walking pass and stop, or have a little nap on the grass area right at venue. Zzz…

I don’t want to be too negative but if you would like to book me and has not decide the venue yet, please please please avoid the venue for the best result!!

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Destination Wedding to Japan!

Today I have an exciting new to share with you all.

I will be traveling to Japan to photograph traditional Japanese weddings in Kyoto and Tokyo!!

When I say, “Traditional Japanese weddings”, my clients will be wearing traditional Kimono & Hakama (for the boys) and having the ceremony at the shrine.

I will there in the middle of May for two weeks to photograph 2 Japanese weddings and a few wedding magazine shoots also.

Stay tuned!

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Japanese wedding photographer Katsu Nojiri

One thing that I always ask to my clients… Please do me a favour!

When I meet my clients for the first consultation,  there is one favour that I always.

That is to give me a lift from wherever I am starting (usually from the bride’s place or a hotel room) to the ceremony, then to the location shoot and to the reception venue.

It’s almost impossible for us to find the car park especially in Sydney’s CBD during the ceremony and location shoot.

If your wedding is Blue Mountain, Gerringong or Hunter Valley, that is fine but only when you are having your wedding in Sydney. 
So I won’t lose you and easy to follow you around all day to photograph your best day.

If you are planning to have your wedding in 2019/2020, please let me know early as more than half of my Saturdays in 2019 are already booked. 

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Taking bookings for 2019

Taking bookings for 2019

This might sound a bit sales pitchy but our Saturdays in 2019 are filing super super fast.
Most of weekends in 2018 are almost all booked out and now we are taking booking for 2019 and 2020.

Usually between June and August are quiet months for all Sydney’s wedding photographers but a lot of weekends up to July are already filled with a lot of weddings this year. (When am I gonna get my holidays..? Hmmm…?)

I do have a few professional photographers working for me just in case, I am already booked but on your wedding day but if you prefer me to photograph your wedding, please get in touch early!

I will be photographing a wedding in Prague in January 2019 for the first time!
Please let me know if you are planning to have your wedding around the time in Europe.
I am happy to travel!

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Taking bookings for 2019

 

 

FREE Pre-wedding photo shoot?

FREE Pre-wedding photo shoot?

FREE Pre-wedding photo shoot?

I offer FREE Pre-wedding photo shoot when my clients book their wedding with me.
But unfortunately, it’s for lucky limited clients only!

In order to receive a FREE pre-wedding photo shoot, you will need to:

1: Book me at least one year in advance from your wedding day
2: Book me 8 hours package or above

Usually I offer Pre-wedding photo shoot for $700. So That’s is big saving there.

The session goes for about 45 minutes to one hour at Centennial Park or Observatory Hills during the week. (Sorry, all my weekends are booked out usually)

For me, pre-wedding shoot is like a practice session for your wedding day.
Pre-wedding shoot is a great way to get used to be in front of my big camera, too. 

And yes, you will receive all your images after your pre-wedding shoot, too!

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FREE Pre-wedding photo shoot?

How does your wedding photography packages work?

How does your wedding photography packages work?

“How does your wedding photography packages work?” 
This might be one of your questions that you may have when you choose your wedding photographers for your big day.

My wedding packages are affordable, super simple and straight forward. No catch or hidden prices that you have heard from your friends or family.

Before I explain my wedding photography packages, this is one thing that you should know about my packages.

That is ” You don’t need to choose your package when you book me.” 
In fact, you only need to decide your package three weeks before your wedding date.

So please secure me first, so I won’t book any other jobs on the day, in case your agenda changes last minute. This way, I can be flexible to your requests even on your wedding day.

So now, let’s talk about my packages. You will see two different packages with different hours.

1: Data Only Packages:
This one is super simple.
If you would like to receive your jpeg images on USB, please choose this package.
This packages are affordable for everyone.
Price ($1900 – $2900 depends on how many hours you would like me to photograph your event)

2: Complete Packages: 
The name of the packages explains all.
You will receive your jpeg images on USB just like Data Only Packages.
You will also receive:
1 x Premium Highlight Slide show
1 x Deluxe Flush Mounted Leather Album (20 Pages)
Price: ($28000 – $3800 depends on how many hours you would like me to photograph your event) 

Let’s say, I start at 2pm at your hotel room (Getting ready) and I stay till the end of the reception at midnight. That is 10 hours. So you can choose either 10 hours of Data Only Package or Complete Package.

Once again, you can decide your package later. 

If you like my work and packages that I offer, please contact me ASAP as most of my weekends will be booked out 6 months to 1 year in advance, especially Sydney’s spring and summer time.

Please follow us on Instagram for our latest photos!

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Affordable Wedding Photography packages in Sydney

Same sex marriage will be legal in Australia

Same sex marriage will be legal in Australia

Same sex marriage will be legal in Australia

WHAT A HUGE DAY IT HAS BECOME FOR AUSTRALIANS.
Yesterday was such an emotional day for most of Australians.

Same Sex Marriage low has passed!!!  What a fantastic day!

For the last 2 years, I (Katsu) have been pushing for Australian Marriage Equality through my photos.  Being as a gay wedding photographer myself based in Sydney, Australia,
I have always wanted to do something for my LGBTQI community that helped me though some hard time.  

Gay and lesbian Wedding Photography in Sydney

Same Sex Marriage law has passed! – Katsu Nojiri Photography

I have marched the rallies, I have signed the petitions, I have tried to educated people around me but it was not enough I thought.

One day I had to ask myself, “I have been photographing weddings for the last 20 years, but how many Gay & Lesbian weddings here in Sydney? ”

” Only a few..”

People still have have their commitment ceremonies but it’s just not quite the same.

Then I thought, “How about I started taking photos of Sydney’s happy same sex couples?
Then show my work to people out there?”

“Photography gives strong impacts to the people and tell stories.”

This is when I have started taking photos of Gay & Lesbian couples and people love it!

I wanted to do my bit which is photography. Supporting our gay community in Australia through my work.

Once again, WHAT A FANTASTIC DAY it was yesterday! December 7th 2017!

Author: Katsu Nojiri (photographer)

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Same sex couples can get married in Australia! - Katsu Nojiri Photography

Same sex couples can get married in Australia! – Katsu Nojiri Photography

 

 

 

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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wedding planning in Langkawi

Do we need more than one photographer?

Do we need more than one photographer?

This is one of the questions that I always get asked by my clients when they book me for their wedding.

The answer can be tricky but usually I tell my clients ” Do not waste your money, use it for something else! ”

I guess that the answer can be different depending on the style of wedding photography or possibly the size of your wedding, also.

What I mean is…
As you might have noticed, my photography style is documentary style. (Natural & Candid)
It means that I don’t need those crazy lighting equipment (or reflectors) when I do the location photo shoot at the place like The Opera House, Harbour Bridge,  Botanic Garden or The Rocks area.

I photograph you naturally whatever happens on the day. 
That’s why I don’t ask couples to too much and suggest awkward pose that you might see on the wedding magazines.

If you have booked “Posed & Glamour” style wedding photographers, they will probably need those studio lighting sets even when it’s sunny outside.

Another reason that I don’t like to have the second photographer is, I don’t want them to be in the photos when those “Moments” that I photograph.

Plus, usually you will be paying around $800 – $1,000 more which you could use it for our honeymoon!!

If you are planning to book your wedding photographer here in Sydney, Melbourne or Thailand or Malaysia, please contact me early!

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My wedding booking for 2017 are filing fast. Please contact me to check my availability when you set the date!