Candid Wedding Photography – Sydney

Hi,  My name is Jay. I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in Sydney. Over the last 15 years I’ve been photographing families; documenting one of the most important days of their lives.

I learned to take pictures over 20 years ago in the era of film photography. My training and education is old school, however my wedding photography style is much more contemporary. 

My wedding photography style

I see it as a combination of candid and fashion photography. I shoot candidly because I want to document the wedding as it happend. Unscripted, spontaneous, real. This style is also called a photojournalistic or documentary wedding photography.

A wedding is a very personal event and every culture has it’s own traditions and customs. I don’t want to interfere in those moments. I stand back to observe, capture and document. I want your wedding album to reflect exactly what happened on that day, as you remembered it, not as your photographer staged it for you. I will be around the entire day, quietly observing and documenting your day how I see it; naturally and beautifully.

The other side of my photography style is more of a fashion photo shoot. These would be images of the bride and groom and the bridal party. A wedding is a day when you look the most beautiful. You are wearing an amazing dress and your hair and makeup are immaculate. I want to make sure that all that work gets captured properly. You’ll need something good for your Instagram, after all.

For these images I will find the best location available. With the best light and background. I will direct you and your groom to make sure you are shot in the most flattering light and you get images you will cherish for ever. 

I will shoot the bridal party in a similar fashion, to make sure that every one who put so much effort into their outfits and makeup has a beautiful portrait to show for it. Also, while I direct you for the best poses and expressions I love capturing your own style and character. Quirky or traditional, as long as it’s yours. Most importantly, I will try to make the portrait session a fun experience. You will get to play a supermodel for a day; and that’s not a bad gig.

If you want to know more, please send me an email and we’ll meet for a coffee and a chat. Hopefully my style of wedding photography will fit your vision of your special day.

Pricing

$2400

Full day coverage. This is photographic coverage of your entire day, from bridal preparations through to well after the first dance. Up to 10 hours of coverage. I am at a wedding usually until about 9:30 pm.

If you requite a photographer beyond the 10 hours; someone to cover the rest of the reception, dancing, etc, I will organise an event photographer at a lower rate.

Second photographer

I work with a second photographer/assistant for at least part of the day. A second photographer takes care of the groups and family images, assists with the portrait session and often shoots the event from a different angle. There is no extra charge for the second photographer.

Online gallery. Ready 2 weeks after your wedding this gallery offers free downloads for you and your guests, it’s password protected, and is now my main way of delivering your full-res wedding photos.

  • Albums. 50 image albums start at $750
  • Engagement session – $500
  • Framed fine art prints start at $275

If you are having a midweek wedding or need reduced coverage, the price is $250 per hour; drop me a message about your plans and I’ll let you know what I can do for you.

Black and White Wedding Photography

I love black and white images, especially candid wedding images. I think that they still have a place in modern wedding photography. When I strip the image of all the color and glitter, I show the essence of the moment, the raw emotions without unnecessary distractions. Black and white photography lends itself very well to wedding photography because there aren’t many events more emotional.

There are still images that require colour. Details, flowers, settings, the dress, the shoes. I will process images in colour when I think the colour plays a vital role in the photograph. All my candid wedding photographs are captured in colour, and then processed into a black and white image. Talk to me during our initial consultation to determine how much of the photography coverage you’d like in colour and how much in black and white.

Traditional Wedding Photography

As a candid wedding photographer I will try to capture moments while being unnoticed, but there are also times where traditional portrait posing still has its place. Candid wedding photography has only been around for just one generation. Wedding pictures taken before that were usually heavily posed and staged. If you want to make your parents or grandparents happy, take a couple of portraits where both you and your partner smile and look straight into the camera. I will be more than happy to capture these posed wedding photographs for you and chances are that these will be the images your grandparents will have hanging on their walls.