Sep 292015
 

When I first met this lovely couple, they told me they wanted their wedding photography in Fitzroy gardens and a late afternoon ceremony at The Pavilion in the gardens.  I was excited.  We all met in the gardens before the ceremony.  I took them to some of my favourite spots for natural and fun photos with couples and wedding photography.  At one point I caught them laughing at my enthusiasm.   They said they could now see why I was excited as I showed them places they didn’t see when they first chose the place they wanted to be married.  The day was simply lovely and the wedding, as they all are, was beautiful.

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  • This wedding was in July 2011
Aug 042015
 

  • The days are warmer and the evenings are longer – but it can get windy!  I love a veil blowing in the breeze. They can help create some georgeous shots but only if it’s securily pinned on, and not too tight to cause a headache.  Your hairdresser should be able to give you some tips on keeping your veil in place until the reception (when they seem to have served their purpose)
  • Do you have hay fever?  Speak to your florist about your flowers. Maybe consider talking to your doctor about temporary relief for the day (try this beforehand so you know how you’ll react).
  • Daylight savings is on Sunday 4th October 2015 where we turn our clock forward at 2am.  Yep, I’ve seen guests turn up exactly 1 hour late.  If you wedding is on Daylight Savings Sunday, I suggest you mention it in your invitations, just in case.
  • Spring brings lots of events, especially in the city.   Check what else may be happening on the day and let your photographer and drivers know – don’t get stuck in event traffic or roadworks on your way to your favorite location or worse, the ceremony
  • Swap mobile numbers with your photographer and a phone with the bridal party on the day but please remember to switch off during the ceremony – obvious I know but ….
  • Let your suppliers such as flowers, cars, video know of any change in locations.
  • My friends call me the backup queen (batteries, cameras, flash … almost everything!) and I’m a huge fan of having a location backup plan just in case and especially in Melbourne with unpredictable weather.  We’ll chat about having a plan B at your wedding consultation. Of course, I have my brollies & they make for great photos if you’re happy to brave it.
  • You trial you hair and makeup – why not your photography with an engagement portrait session.  I have a wonderful e-session addition we can talk about at your wedding consultation.  I usually recommend we trial a location and get some magical engagement portraits.  Clients have used these images on their invitations and guest books for your wedding day.

* these tips are friendly hints only and not instructions, guarantees, or professional advice

Jul 052015
 

Affinity Photography winter wedding

As a professional photographer, I get to see many different weddings and like to pass along what I can

Understandably, couples hope for a beautiful blue sky day for their wedding.  If you’re having a winter wedding in Melbourne you may not have the blue sky but you will have a wonderful wedding.  Here are a couple of tips that can help a winter wedding be just that little bit easier.

  • Obvious but, it can get cold, especially with shorter days. The temperature can drop quickly at a winter wedding, and starts around 4pm.  If you are still expecting to be on location at that time, having coats or wraps (especially the ladies) to pop on between the location and car keeps everyone warm and happy.
  • If you are planning an afternoon winter wedding, the sun will set early.   You wont get the wonderful outdoor background for your family formals and couple portraits in the dark at the end of the day – Adjust your schedule to cater for a shorter day.  Here’s a great chart of Melbourne Sunrise and Sunset times http://www.timeanddate.com
  • If you are on location, even if it’s not raining, the ground can be a bit unfriendly to shoes.  Carry loads of tissues, or even a towel, to clean off shoes before your entry to the reception.  A portable hairdryer can be handy if the bottom of the dresses are damp (even to warm up your feet before a night of dancing).
  • Umbrellas!  A must to have on-hand.  I always carry them and Receptions and cars sometimes have them for guests and the whole bridal party – a good thing to ask if you’re booking for a winter wedding.
  • It’s football season so locations near ovals may have NO parking available and lots of traffic.  Check what else may be happening on the day (and let your photographer and drivers know) – don’t get stuck in event traffic or road-works on your way to your favorite location or worse, to the ceremony.  Allow extra time as bad weather can often lead to bad traffic.
  • Always communicate with your photographer.  If there’s something you really want to do, let me know!!
  • My friends call me the backup queen (batteries, cameras, flash … almost everything!) and I’m a huge fan of having a location backup plan just in case and especially in the winter.
  • Enjoy your day whatever the day brings, rain, hail, sunshine (sometimes in Melbourne we’ll get all 3) – have a happy memorable wedding day.

* these tips are friendly hints only and not instructions, guarantees, or professional advice

© Affinity Photography 2015

Mar 192013
 

In beautiful countryside of Eltham, Ballara Reception Centre delivers an all in one service.  From my view as a photographer, this can be good and not so good.  The good is the time for photographs which is not taken up by travelling between the ceremony, locations, to the reception.  The not so good is that often, there is not enough room for beautiful, intimate photographs of the couple and the bridal party and all the guests milling around waiting for the reception to begin.   Ballara has the space.  Whenever I’ve photographed at Ballara it’s been easy to move from their on-site chapel, to my favourite family formal spot, then gather everyone for a group photograph, and then scoot the bridal party off around the lake with the gazebo and a couple more little spots on the grounds.  Barely noticing that there are more than 100 people just meters away.

 

Ballara Wedding Photography  Ballara's gazebo on the lake

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