Wedding Tips – Photo Shoot

Wedding Tips – Photo Shoot

“So how long do we need for the photos?” This is one of the most common questions. So here it is.

The ceremony usually goes for 30 minutes maximum if it’s civil ceremony. (more like 15 – 20 minutes). If you are having your ceremony at the church, it will be more like 30 minutes to 90 minutes depends on your minister.

Usually, straight after the ceremony, we will do group photos (before people wonder off) followed by family and friends photos. This usually take about 30 minutes.

Location Photo shoot: Minimum of 1 hour up to 2.5 hours.
Please add on traveling time between the locations. 
I would like to have about 45 minutes to 1 hour at each location for better results.

Then we travel (or walk) to the reception party where all your family and friends are enjoying the canapés and drinks.

This is the opportunity for me to photograph your cake, decoration in the room as well as your guests are mingling.

And this is a opportunity for you to have a little break in the bridal room. Yes, it will be another 5 – 6 hours to party after that!

Yes, it will be a fun day but also a long day for you. So please have buffer time especially in the morning before your ceremony. A lot of time, the wedding won’t run on time, and that is when you get stress because the schedule is running late.

Buffer time is the key!

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Wedding Tips - Photo Shoot

Wedding Planning Tips – Morning

Wedding Planning Tips – Morning

Bride: 1 – 1.5 hour & Groom: 30 minutes – 1 hour

If you would like me to photograph your “Getting Ready Bit” either at your place or the hotel room, I would like to have minimum of 1.5 hours hopefully for the bride and minimum of 30 minutes – 1 hour for the groom. Plus I need to add traveling time between any two locations.

Usually I go to the groom’s place first then I go to the bride and we go to the ceremony together.

Hair & Make-up artists – 1 hour before your departure

By the time I arrive to the bride’s place or hotel room 1 – 1.5 hours before we leave to the ceremony, I would like your Hair & Make-up artists to be finished and ready go! It is so that I can photograph your little details such as bouquets, dress, accessories and of course you, your bridal party and family’s “getting ready bit” better.  
It means, when I arrive to your room, that’s when you gotta say BYE to your lovely Hair & Make-up artists.

Hope this little article will help you to plan your day better!

Wedding Planning Tips - Morning
Getting Ready in the hotel room – Wedding Planning Tips – Morning

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My article was featured on the Japanese media!

Katsu Nojiri Japanese Wedding Photographer Sydney

All in Japanese but there you go!

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記事はこちらです

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What does our clients say about our service?

Wedding photography by Katsu Nojiri - Dunbar House

When you decide your wedding photographer (s), I believe that you will firstly check their work to see if that is your style or not and most probably whether that is in your budget or not.

Then what would you do after?

When I search something or someone to hire or purchase, I always check their reviews.
So you will know what other people say about their services or products.

Some big companies are easily to be trusted but how about a little business like mine?
You can see a lot of my work on my website or latest photos from Instagram but how about the service?

Can he/she be trusted? How fast would we get your photos? Is he/she reliable? etc..

You will see our latest reviews on our goole map here!

On top on that, we are preferred photographer for Sydney Park Hyatt, Pier One Autograph by Marriott and Grand Pacific Group.

Hope that you now feel comfortable to contact us for your big celebration!

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My destination wedding schedule 2019

Although I am usually based in Sydney Eastern Suburbs, I travel a lot to overseas mostly for wedding photography and some for NY times.

It’s only mid January this year, but so far I am booked for, Malaysia the end of this Month, March for Brazil, May for Japan, June for Israel and July for Vietnam.

I know that it sounds crazy but it’s all happening a lot this year too and love it! This does not include any of domestic travel like Melbourne or QLD.

This also sound crazy but more than half of my Saturdays in 2019 are already booked out.

If you are planning to have your wedding this year, please contact me early!

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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!

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?