sam + Jim
It’s hard to put into words the joy that is Ali Bant and her photography. Her photos speak for themselves. We asked for exceptional candid photos, and the odd portrait, that wasn’t ridiculously priced and we got those in abundance. It’s what we didn’t think to ask for that makes her the person we would recommend again and again in a heartbeat. Kindness, warmth and attention to detail can be hard to find at times. However from the first email, to the time we finally got to meet this phenomenal lady, that is what she gave us. Combined with the upmost professionalism and a wicked sense of humour, we had an unforgettable day. Ali is the woman who in a tiny wedding consisting of 16 guests, felt like a part of the immediate circle while seamlessly moving around it, doing what she does best. It’s not every day you start off with a photographer and leave with a friend.
amy + helen
Ali from Smith and Archer is incredible. Ali was much more than a photographer for our wedding, she wore various hats leading up to and on the day. Amongst them she became our friend, our counsellor, and our local ‘finger on the pulse’ of the Macedon wedding world. Her style was relaxed, candid, fun and supportive. She didn’t bat an eyelid when plans changed last minute (even though this meant no time for confetti! Sorry Ali!) and made us feel so ok with doing whatever we were comfortable doing on the day. She captured both our families and friends so perfectly, not just in a ‘stand and smile’ kind of way, but special images of them actually full of love and happiness. We have so many pictures to treasure from our day. The sneak peak she sends (the next day!) is something not many photographers would do. Everything went so fast and was such a blur that it was just so special to be able to re-live it the next day and not have to wait months for an image. You are one very lucky couple if you can get a hold of Ali for your photography needs. She will make you feel special, important and really listen to exactly what you need. I doubt there are many photographers quite like her around so get in quick!
Georgia + Vince
Ali was the first (and only!) photographer we met, as we knew from very early on that she was the one for us.
Throughout the planning journey, Ali was both creative and flexible, offering numerous photographic suggestions but also being more than willing to adopt our own ideas and thoughts.
On the big day, Ali was such a calming and happy presence! Without the slightest imposition, Ali was able to snap our loved ones relaxed and unposed - absolutely hitting the brief we had asked for! In addition, Ali provided gentle guidance to Vince and I about how and where to stand to create the best angles, backgrounds and lighting.
We cried looking through our beautiful wedding photos - Ali was able to capture the day perfectly and just as we remembered it. Cannot thank you enough!
zora + michael
We always knew that finding the right photographer was one of the most important steps of the whole wedding planning process to us. And we knew Ali was the one the moment she suggested putting flower crowns on our Alpacas at our first catch up (even though we didn’t end up doing that because we were too busy having one of the best days of our lives). Since Zora’s family was coming from overseas for the wedding, it was really important to us to get great photos of the guests, as this may well be the only time we’ll ever get the two families together in one place. Ali certainly delivered, there is not a single person missing from the photos and she really captured the atmosphere of the day. Neither of us usually enjoy having our photo taken, but with Ali it all just felt effortless and we have the most stunning pictures to remind us of our big day forever.
Celebrant for Harriet + Andy
Oh my flippin' gosh Ali - these are so good! You are a superstar lady!
Your editing skills are superb and your easy going nature made the bride and groom (as well as their guests) feel so relaxed during getting their photos taken on a hot day!
You've aced it x