From behind the lens, this photographer captures your big day’s most special moments
When did your love of photography begin?
When I was a teenager, I found an old camera lens lying in a gutter, and I desperately pleaded with my mum to buy me a camera. We weren’t exactly well-off and it was a stretch for her, but she made it happen. Every day I thank my mum for making that sacrifice, because that’s truly where my love of photography began.
When did you shoot your first wedding?
I was about 17 years old. I’m now 41 and I’ve shot over 1000 weddings. I’m extremely lucky to have found my passion at such a young age.
What do you love most about your job?
The people. I’ve tried doing product and architecture photography and I just don’t have a passion for it. I absolutely love getting to know my couples and taking photos that I know they are going to love and treasure for the rest of their lives. I often get asked, ‘Don’t you get sick of working weekends?’ but I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I love the energy that occurs on a wedding day, the intensely beautiful moments that occur between family members, the craziness of the drums at a Lebanese wedding and the moments that make me cry during the speeches. I love being a part of all that – and if that means working weekends, so be it.
What’s the best part of working within the wedding industry?
Working with passionate people is definitely the best part of the industry. Most people are small business owners who are doing what they love. Every weekend I’m working with different suppliers and vendors, but at the end of the day we all have the same goal: to make the dream wedding of our happy couple come to life. No-one works in the wedding industry for the money.
How would you describe your style?
A mix of elegantly candid photos and dramatically artistic photos.
Any memorable weddings?
There was a Lebanese wedding at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney – for 1350 guests! We had five team members just for shooting the stills and we were literally running from table to table just to cover every guest shot.
What are you asked most by brides?
‘What if it rains?’ And the answer is, you get amazing photos! We shoot every weekend of the year so unfortunately sometimes it rains. But I think that it almost makes me try a little bit harder. I even love highlighting the raindrops to create a really epic masterpiece.
How far ahead should brides book?
Just ahead of one year out from your date. Most importantly, meet your photographer before you book them to see their work, and make sure you click.
Should they bring references?
References of what you like and what inspires you are great. But at the end of the day, book a photographer that you love and trust and leave it up to them. Lighting, weather and people can impact what is possible, so it’s more important to aim for a feeling and style, rather than an actual composed shot.