Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mehtap and Scott - Stones of the Yarra Valley.

All parts of the wedding day have an associated story and as a photographer I'm trying to capture interesting moments that tell the story - getting ready, first look, family, build up, ceremony, congratulations, reception, speeches, dancing and so forth. Generally, the plan is to let the day happen and photograph the moments with sensitivity and creativity. It's that simple. The tricky part is knowing when to intervene and when to keep it flowing all while bumping between the video people, hiding or framing out the gawkers, running out of time, losing the light, keeping the dress clean in the rain or on the dirty street, staying safe but having fun on the road, and making sure it's about the couple and their wishes, their brief. It's not a commercial shoot, you don't have all day to get 10 amazing images with models, standby makeup, and an art director, you have minutes in real life conditions, so be cool, be real, be sensitive and communicate, direct when you need to, but let it go when it feels contrived and awkward. Oh, and remember, no matter how boring, some photos are essential - a small set of mantelpiece portraits, and in the case of Mehtap, a photo of those exquisite Louboutin shoes.

Mehtap and Scott's wedding combined a city 'first look' shoot, a bridal party shoot at Stones of the Yarra Valley and a family shoot in Healesville all before the ceremony began. A long day, a challenging day, but delightful, exhilarating, fun and emotional. A joy. This is but a snap shot. Many thanks to my assistant Michelle Jarni for her great work and support.

More photos can be viewed here -
A first look from high above the city, a kiss in Flinders Street.
It's genuine and emotional.








  






























































































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