Just started this little Sydney wedding retouch from Monica & Mark’s wedding on the weekend and I couldn’t help myself stopping to post a handful. Great smiles. Awesome couple. Superb day. Love the results. I’m not sure if I’ve got much more I can add at this stage as the shots showcased here are by far the best way I can illustrate just how cool this day was.

Meet Ethan everyone (via this little vintage retouch/feature). It was Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park portraits time. This is the second time I have photographed this little man, the fourth time I have photographed his brother (Lachlan) and the sixth time I have photographed their Mum & Dad, Peter & Amy. And that is super-bloody-cool, I love it. I mean. You spend...

Around this time of year I have come to call my Photographer’s Winter. Basically, with things a little quieter on the shooting front June/July-ish this is the time where my camera comes out a little for personal reasons, as pictured here.

Now family getaways are always fun (as are the Blue Mountains I reckon) but from a photography perspective it is super cool to put my family in front of the lens. Not to mention, simply wandering around with the camera over my shoulder and shooting whatever catches the eye is always fun. Yes people, without sounding too sentimental it is a special time behind the camera for yours truly. And being very much an annual event it was only natural I give it a name like the Photographer’s Winter. 

July days don’t come much better for us than this one! Sure it was a little chilly but Tash & Michael are the coolest, most easy going couple (btw so is their dog Cudo – pictured several times below) and all up it made for the best day – not to mention wedding photography at Allegro always offers a wedding photographer that something special.

We started with the getting ready snaps in Kellyville before moving onto the Allegro Function Centre and staying put for the remainder of the day. Everything was perfect! Smiles everywhere you looked. Sun shining. Quality wedding gurus/suppliers all over the place, ie: Toni (celebrant) making sure everyone was sorted, Vov (music maestro) creating the perfect atmosphere, Glenn & Kay (owners of Allegro), one in the kitchen cooking up a storm and the other quietly helping in the background making sure everything is to Tash & Michael’s liking/plans – like I say, it was perfect.

It appears my experiences across 700+ weddings have made me a kind of Sydney wedding planning guru, instead of a ‘Master of Ceremonies’ maybe a bit of a ‘Master of Weddings’. I suppose it is only natural. As a professional wedding photographer I work to provide the best solution for everyone throughout the entire day. The couple. Their family. Their guests. The countless other wedding professionals involved (sometimes twenty or more). It can be a lot of boxes to tick and unless you have genuine experience in Sydney wedding planning some key aspects can be sadly overlooked. So, in no particular order here are a bunch of tips straight off the bat that will help guide you in putting together the perfect wedding day.

Having captured Brett, Bri & Eddy in Brooklyn late April this is how ‘The Completed Portrait’ has ended up this week – as 40+ professionally retouched portrait photographs showcased in one of our custom designed albums (printed for us in Japan). As a people person, portraiture specialist and (Sydney based) North Shore portrait photographer check out the examples of our classic and candid style below as we have showcased the entire 30-page design. #stoked #lovethefinishedproduct

The Completed Portrait

Product: our “Designer Album” style
Product Specs: 7″x7″ size. Hard cover. Matt prints. 30-pages. Opaque cover sleeve. Three copies.
Design Brief: “Old School” ie: going back to our 90’s heritage by subtly adding film grain, borders, lighting flare points, cross-processing colour , film light leaks and some of those good ole inevitable negative scratches.

(Poor Audrey loved the first couple of ‘daddy throws’, we promise!)

Just a quick little feature of two classic family portrait sessions this week, one at Lisgar Gardens in Hornsby and one at a private residence in Kellyville.

Essentially I have taken the same approach to both shoots (ie: loads of cuddles for mum & dad and simply mucking around capturing the family doing what they do naturally) and we have gone a little vintage-ee in the retouching (ie: washed colours and tones, rough borders as well as some added textures and light flare). All in all I have had fun, I know Julia, Jono, David, Pinar, James, Ezra, Audrey & Theo did and I love the reality of what I have snapped and how it engages the children as well as the parents – not to mention in twenty-years (plus) time I’ve always thought that looking back at images that have genuinely captured reality (ie: as it is/was) will add so much more value to what we have done together.

Driving to the Hunter Valley on May 5 (no, actually a long time before that) we knew we were in for a great day, Jade & Blake are simply the kinds of people it is cool to hang out with let alone be trusted to cover their wedding day with photography & film. Turns out we were right! It was a bloody great day in the sun at ‘Ironbark Brewhouse’ (starting at ‘Peppers Creek’ for the getting ready bit) and sitting here typing away it is hard to work out ways the day could’ve been any better. I mean, scroll through the following 100+ photos and you’ll see what we mean.

Here is a quick 15-20 image showcase of a series of shoots we have just wrapped up over the last 12-months. Meet Magnus. Photographed a one-month old, six-months old and one-year. Captured at the family home, Brooklyn and Fagan Park. Some 300 or so portrait and family images all capturing the first year of Gus in the world. Officially the package...