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, June 24, 2010

Sophia and Alex's album

I've been working on an album for Sophia and Alex this week. They were married last year in Autumn at St John's Church, Toorak with the reception at 9 Darling Street, South Yarra. It was a cold, dark and windy day. Brrrrrrr! Here's some selected pages.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ellen and Paul's wedding - Brighton Baths, Brighton.

I love the couples and families I work for, and I'd worked with Paul's family before so I knew this wedding would be a blast. Early on there were thoughts of having the wedding in Hawaii but eventually the Brighton Baths were chosen. Beach was the key theme for the day and rain was in the forecast but it held off. While the ominous cloud and dull light doesn't make for that popular, carefree and sun-loving modern Australian bride look, it does deliver a great mood.

After the beach we headed toward the pier with an interest in getting a Melbourne skyline shot. The bridal party helped keep Ellen and Paul relaxed while I tested the set up. When ready I asked them to look at each other, think about the day, and then kiss. Natural and passionate ... nice one guys.

If any one is thinking of getting married in Hawaii I'd love to go.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Minka at Federation Square

It pays to carry your camera everywhere. A few weeks ago our family went to a concert at Federation Square in Melbourne. I wasn't planning to take any photos but I always carry a camera and one lens - usually the lens I use the least. That way I have to practice with it, I love limitations. In this case it was my 17-35 2.8. After the concert my daughter Minka was playing with a balloon and for the first time all day I saw a photo.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Naomi and Domenic's wedding - Christ Church and The Prince, St Kilda, Melbourne.

As it moves toward Winter in Melbourne some recent wedding shoots have been pushed for time and light. Naomi and Domenic came out of the church with about 30 minutes of available light remaining on a dull day.

As a wedding photographer this is what you are paid to handle. It’s a pressure situation, you need to get great shots in a short amount of time, yet you also have to be cool and fun because it’s your personality that will make the shots look natural and beautiful. So while the 100 or so people exiting the church thank the couple (and eat up time) you quietly sweat it on the inside while staying relaxed and friendly on the outside.

If you are on the ball you have foreseen this situation and discussed it with the couple during a meeting a few days earlier. So you already have a plan plus a few tricks up your sleeve. After the most important family and friends have made their congratulations you calmly move in congratulate the couple and explain that it’s now time to round up the bridal party and take some photos. We go around the corner of the church and make some shots – standard stuff. It’s a bit stiff but you keep shooting, watch the clock, watch the light, watch the crowd start to disperse and in your mind plan out the next 15 minutes. It’s important that the bride and groom understand you are in control but you can’t yell or make scene.

The plan is to move to The Prince, it’s close and we walk with the bridal party, this helps loosen the mood. I find some nice spots in the street and I do everything I can to make the bride and groom feel relaxed, I want them to smile naturally, I also encourage the bridal party to help. The vibe is good - happy, laughing and intimate, this is the moment and I get the shots. Of course, I’m standing in the middle of the road dodging cars with a 70-200 lens, at about 1/80th, shooting wide open at 1200 ASA but that’s sometimes what you do with wedding photography. Now it’s upstairs to the reception.

Monday, June 7, 2010

PMA Show 2010

Busy day yesterday at the PMA show in Melbourne. I attended some seminars and volunteered a few hours telling people about the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. This huge photo show is on again next year in Ballarat during late August and September 2011. If you are a photographer looking for a place to exhibit get in touch with the BIFB people now. Check out their web site for more details. Last year I exhibited in the core program with a MAP Group show called Mapping Ballarat. Here's a couple of the pictures.

Beyond Age Exhibition

Another successful showing of the Beyond Age Exhibition in Alexandra on the weekend. The show is now off to Taggerty for the weekend 12-14th June 2010. Some information can be found at the Murrindindi Shire Council. If you are in the area please have a look - it's free.