Friday, April 29, 2016

Go back to the future with a retro album package...


We've gone all retro this week with an analogue, back-to-the-future offer that even Marty McFly couldn't ignore. 

It's all about safeguarding your precious wedding memories for future generations. No matter what anyone says about digital archiving, hardcopy photos are still the best way of preserving your memories and so we are offering a wonderful, album only package, just like we used to do 10 years ago before digital packages became all the rage.

For just $995 you will get 8 hours coverage on your day with two photographers plus a 30 side, 12x12" hand-crafted flush mount album. You will also get our fabulous new personalised Wedding App with your selection of favourite images to share with family and friends, plus a secure, online viewing album to order extra prints and other products from.

Just like vinyl is having a huge revival, we think it's time for photography to go analogue too and you really can't beat a stunning album for bragging rights!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Your Wedding Photos Delivered in an App!

Our brand new Wedding Photo App allows us to give you a sneak peak of your stunning wedding day the very next day. Literally in a snap! Every Wedding couple will now receive their very own, personalized App the day after their wedding with a range of preview images you can share with family and friends. How cool is that?

Easily downloadable to smartphones and tablets (both IOS and Android), this is the perfect excuse to host an unplugged wedding because guests will be able to see a fantastic selection of the professional images the very next day. 

You can a sample app here.


If you'd like to know more, or discuss your plans in more detail, you can make an appointment to visit us at our studio or come along and see us at The Brides Market @ Twilight event on Sunday 22nd May (Book your tickets here.

Friday, April 15, 2016

We'll see you at Twilight...


Come along and chillax whilst doing some wedding planning in a stunning, Mediterranean style courtyard right heart of the funky Milton café district. Chat to us about your Wedding plans, collect a complimentary bottle of champagne, and maybe grab something to eat at one of the great food trucks. It’s all happening at 46 Douglas Street, Milton, from 4.30 – 8.30pm on Sunday 22nd May and we’d love to see you there. Pop along to The Bride's Market and book your tickets for an event you really don’t want to miss.

The Bride's Market @ Twilight
Sunday 22 May 2016
46 Douglas Street, Milton
4:30pm - 8:30pm


Trust - a small word that means so much...

This week's horror story in the media about the so-called Wedding Photographer who let her clients down in a big way is a big reminder that all that glitters isn’t Wedding photography. You are trusting precious, unrepeatable memories of an incredibly important day to one person (well, maybe two if you are having video), so what are the warning signs you need to look out for?

Experience – if someone is only 20, how many wedding have they honestly photographed – not taken pictures at, but actually been the lead photographer at? Yes, they may have been an assistant for their parents since they were 14, but how many Weddings have they really had full creative control over?

Physical location – if someone always wants to meet at a café, odds are they don’t have a studio, and if so, why not? Surely as a professional business they will have somewhere to operate from? It's also security for them and for you. If something were to go wrong it’s easier to go back to a bricks-and- mortar address than to chase down a mobile phone.

Hard to contact – why, why and why again? Unless you are in the middle of a shoot or appointment there is simply no excuse for not taking calls or responding to them within a professional, business-like timeframe (1-2 hours). Unless you’re moonlighting on the side of another full time job of course! If the phone rings and I’m in the studio or with another client I will always get back to the enquirer (by phone, text or email) within a couple of hours at the absolute worst. If your photographer takes a day or more its time to consider whether they really value your business.

Name Changes – Why? Big businesses don’t change their names unless they really have to so why would small businesses be any different? Name changes are expensive in terms of branding and unless you’ve got something to hide, you shouldn’t need to change. I have maintained the same business name for over 15 years!

Outsourced Editing – Is the photographer you are booking going to be the one doing the editing and if not, why not? Real professionals edit their own work to be sure of consistency – weekend warriors might outsource the service overseas so what happens to your images then? Will you find your wonderfully personal wedding imagery on a Chinese packing box or an Indian website?

Linked-in Profile mentions other jobs? Have a look up on Linked-in to see your photographer’s bio. If they don’t have one that should be a warning sign straight away, as should another, concurrent, position being listed! Are you just a few extra bucks on the weekend to you or are you their life blood? It's also a great place to check that they have had the experience of the weddings they claim!

Insurance and contracts – if you don’t sign an official contract with an ABN there is a danger you are unprotected should anything go amiss. Also, should anything untoward occur, there may be no reimbursement via public liability insurance available.

Are you my actual photographer – this is a growing trend with several organisations now contracting part-time and temporary photographers (many just amateurs), for weddings (just take a look at Seek - you'll see plenty of ads!). We see these companies making big promises with pretty stands at expos but we’ve heard first-hand stories of English as a second language when the photographer arrives or asking the Bride what they need to shoot – make sure you meet with YOUR photographer and make sure you complain, and tell other brides, if that isn’t who turns up.

There are many thousands of incredibly keen hobbyists and amateurs who can take wedding photographs, but there are far fewer professional businesses that actually do! Don’t get caught out and be aware that price is absolutely no indication of professionalism.