This is the wedding photography blog for Melbourne based photographer Brent Lukey.

Brent combines a documentary and editorial style capturing classic, natural moments without making the day feel like a photo shoot.

He will travel anywhere, but mostly gets about Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, and Geelong.

You can contact Brent on 0427 483 836 and look at more work at his web sites.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

back in the office

Calibrating the monitor to start work again today. I also shot a wedding on Monday so it's been a busy break.

Spent Christmas in Tidal River at Wilson's Promontory, just us and the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Buddhist families. I hardly got the camera out, while Hannah (my 6 year old) shot loads with her new camera - a Fuji XP10. It's waterproof, dust proof, shock proof and small. Donna and I liked it so much we bought one too.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Courtney and Tom's wedding - St Michael's and Comme.

The ‘Paris end' of Collins Street and surrounds is a Melbourne wedding classic. There’s St Michaels, The Scots’ and The Baptist church then any number of photo locations to choose from – laneways, fashion store facades, cafes, Federation Square, building foyers, The Windsor Hotel, Parliament House and the Treasury building - even Fitzroy Gardens is close by.

For Courtney and Tom’s intimate wedding we kept it simple (as is my way). After the ceremony at St Michael’s we walked some lanes and avoided other weddings, moved toward Spring Street then back down to Comme for the reception.

Great Wedding Songs

So the wedding date is set and now the fun stuff begins. Yes, it's time to plan the best party of your life and it's time to choose some great wedding songs. 

But wait! While searching your music collection it appears that the songs you love and share are not quite right for a wedding. Turning to your fiancĂ© you make a passionate case that 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is the best love song ever written and it should be played while exiting the church, but you know it's not going to happen ... and that's where we might help.

Here you will find a list of truly great wedding songs that are alternative, sincere, cool, modern, fun and maybe just a little bit punkGreat Wedding Songs - have a look.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gembrook Project - Sue Jarvis artist

More work from my current project on the town of Gembrook in Melbourne's outer east. Sue Jarvis is an established local artist who exhibits regularly and has work hanging in the State Library of Victoria.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Anita and Michael - Gardens House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

There are many couples who plan great weddings without the hype or puff. Anita and Michael had a garden ceremony and cocktail party at Gardens House in the Royal Botanic Gardens here in Melbourne. Gardens House is a hidden gem for a wedding - it's private, historic, surrounded by magnificent gardens and is well catered for by Peter Rowland. The coverage began just prior to the bride arriving and finished a couple of hours after the ceremony (conducted by Sylvia Johnson). No preparation shots, no locations, no driving, no great length of time away from the party. After the ceremony we arranged some family photos, took a brief walk around the house and that was it - photos done, party on.

Monday, December 6, 2010

nerd alert - free web gallery software

Generally, I use Adobe Bridge or Adobe Lightroom to make proof galleries, and find the Lightroom presets better for HTML output than Bridge. Either way at times they are cumbersome programs for making web sites - especially if you have to load all the images into Lightroom again. The other day I found an excellent, free, simple and endlessly customisable program to make simple HTML galleries. It's called Quick Gallery and it's great. Take a look.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

rainy melbourne wedding - crown metropol, newman college and the harbour room

It rained and rained on Saturday but with good planning, a fabulously enthusiastic bridal party, and helpful drivers we didn't get too wet and made some beautiful shots. Thanks also to the Crown Metropol for being on side with the use of their lobby. More shots to come.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

weddings last weekend - Gardens House, St Michael's and Comme

Two great weddings on the weekend. A sophisticated cocktail party on Saturday at Gardens House in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, and then on Sunday a cool Italian wedding in the city at St Michael's in Collins Street and Comme. Photos to come next week. But here's a few of my instant favorites.

I love finding candid moments of parents and grandparents at weddings.
Here the bride and groom's parents watch on during the ceremony.

At this point we are midway through family photos - a slow time on any shoot.
I'm talking to the person helping me with the family, then turn around, see this,
grab the camera and shoot. It's the bride's father and grandfather waiting for
direction. Look at the way the bride and groom are just into each other while
waiting. I love this stuff - different stories in one shot, truly documentary.
Weddings are often like this, keep your eyes open and camera ready.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

canvas wedding art

Working hard this week finalising wedding albums for Christmas deadlines. Also taken delivery of this 2 metre long canvas that I made up for a wedding client. The final product looks incredible.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Andy and Landon's wedding - St Kilda Botanical Gardens and The Prince, St Kilda.

It's the people that make a wedding special and that doesn't mean you need a large group - I've shot weddings with just the couple and the celebrant that had great emotion. There are however other elements that can help make your wedding just a little more memorable. Landon and Andy had an intimate wedding in St Kilda that totally rocked. Helping make the day special were some great people and locations - St Kilda Botanical Gardens (the groovy public garden in the south), Jon von Goes as celebrant (hip, in the moment and sincere), The Prince for a long table reception (outstanding design, service, photo locations, and food), flowers by Kristina at VivaFlora (perfect understated beauty) and of course me. Andy and Landon's day was memorable, low key, and beautiful.