Celebrate your wedding day, your own way!
Well, thats what my husband and I did and I love helping others do it too.
I love to photograph weddings that are a celebration of love, your love, surrounded by all of the people that you love best! Where there are plenty of laughs, confetti (when you are allowed to use confetti that is) amazing cake and maybe even a few (happy) tears. Weddings in a back yard, country hall, marquee, paddock or winery with just yourselves or 100 guests are my happy place.
Being a story teller I really like to capture all of your day from the quiet hours before your wedding when you are getting ready right through to the craziness of the dance floor, each part is amazing. I seek out the big moments, the little moments, the special moments, the quiet moments and all the other moments in between that when weaved together tell a beautiful story ....... your story.
I have several packages to suit your wedding and budget, they start from $1400. Each package includes:
- 4 hours of coverage
- a few sneak peeks on Smith & Archer's social media platforms
- all images from the day in both web quality (low resolution) and print quality (high resolution) : the web quality images will be sent to you in a private online gallery that you can share with your nearest and dearest, print quality images will be mailed to you on a USB along with a few other goodies!
Travel charges will apply to weddings that are further than 100km from Riddells Creek, I will let you know what the charges will be when I receive your enquiry.
To receive the full list of my wedding packages simply fill in the form at the bottom of this page and I will email you further details pronto!
How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely a combination of lifestyle and documentary styles of photography, with a sprinkle of whimsical through in for good measure. I love photos that have both light and shadows, blur and grain in them, light and bright is definitely not my style (but don't panic not all of my photos from your day will have these elements) . That essentially means that I like to take more candid and less posed photos of you and your guests. Shot lists are not my thing, the most amazing moments will just unfold naturally and you will probably not even notice me snapping away in the background!
Do we have to have portraits done after the ceremony? We are not super keen to have them ......
I hear you, I really honestly do understand because I HATE having my photo taken too; it feels super awkward, and who wants to feel awkward on their wedding day? Nobody. So I truly understand where you are coming from. And if you really don't want any portraits then I am certainly not going to insist on making you have them. HOWEVER, I strongly encourage you to acknowledge that it is going to be super awkward for you and then trust me enough to do it anyway. I promise that feeling a little awkward and silly will be totally worth it.
The portrait time is about MORE than just taking photos. Sure, that is what we will be doing most of that time. But it will also give you some quiet time away from the chaos of the day and to just have a moment to reflect and celebrate your love, just the two of you (and me!). Having that time to drink each other in and catch your breath is why the portrait time is one of my favourite moments to capture on your day! I will do some light directing and posing to help you feel relaxed (and less silly) and we can definitely bring some beers and bubbles with us to.
Portrait time is typically after the ceremony, but we can also do it before the ceremony with a first look. Generally allow at least 30 minutes to an hour for portraits, and because I try not to over complicate things, we will stick close by to the ceremony/reception (disclaimer: if there is a spectacular natural spot near your wedding though, be prepared to go for a drive with me - I promise to remove the kids seats!!)
How long should we book you for?
We can always discuss the length of time I am there for as there will be lots of things to take into consideration and it will probably be easier to figure it out over a coffee (or two!). I do recommend that you consider the package that includes 6 hours of coverage as that will generally give us enough time to get everything from getting ready to busting some rad moves on the dance floor!
Do you edit every image?
I most certainly do, taking the photos is only half of the job. I will spend many hours carefully editing each and every photo from your day
How long after the wedding will we get our photos?
I like to get your images to you 6 weeks after the wedding. Image delivery is a 2 step process. You will first receive your images on a online gallery within 6 weeks of your wedding and the 2 weeks after that you will receive a USB of your images in both web quality and print quality along with a few other goodies (but I am not going to spoil the surprise!!)
Can you organise printing and albums for us?
Right now, I am mentally high-fiving you because I absolutely believe that photos should be printed and appreciated, not just stuck on a USB stick. I use an Australian fine art printing company, their quality is amazing and you will certainly cherish them for many years to come. I also offer stunning 10" x 10" handmade custom albums that are so incredibly beautiful they will instantly become treasured family heirlooms. The albums are $1400 and I highly recommend purchasing an album for your wedding photos, in fact I think it is such an important investment that I offer a 25% discount if you purchase prior to your wedding (reducing the cost to $1050). Details of my print menu will be included with your print quality images.
How do we book you for our wedding?
The best way is to fill in the form below . I will let you know if I am available and send you my price list, we will have a chat on email initially and then hopefully organise a meeting in real life (either over a coffee or on the phone) and take it from there. To secure your date you will need to pay the deposit and sign my contract (but I wont send them out until after we have had our chat).
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, in order to secure your date you will need to pay a 30% non refundable deposit (but transferable). The balance is due 14 days before your wedding
We are private people and would prefer that you do not share any images from our day
That is absolutely fine, I will just send your sneak peek directly to you instead of sharing on social media and will not include any of your photos on my website (including my blog)
Do you photograph same sex marriages?
HELL YES! Hopefully soon the Australian government will get with the program and legalise same sex marriages, because love is love and EVERYONE deserves to have the same rights.
If you are interested in talking to me further about photographing your wedding please fill in the following form and I will be in touch!