In­lighten Pho­tog­ra­phy

From be­hind the lens, this pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tures your big day’s most spe­cial mo­ments

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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