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Wedding Photographer Victoria Blue Print Photography shoots a wedding at Lindenwarrah Winery at Milawa, Australia

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Wedding Photographer : Blue Print Photography  
Couple : Georgia + Matthew
Wedding Photographer Victoria
Ceremony Location : Lindenwarrah Winery at Milawa
Reception : Lindenwarrah Winery at Milawa
Wedding Date : 25th February 2014

Tell us a little about yourself??

Some would say I have an obsession with black and white photography and fine art prints. Comes from when I started developing my own prints in a wet darkroom with the fumes of developer, stop bath, and fixer filling the air. I love finding inspiration from other creative outlets like painting sculpture, architecture, film etc.

For me wedding photography is all about telling a couple’s story with a collection of both photo journalistic and fine art images. Each image we take has a purpose to reveal your day as it naturally unfolds in front of us. We want your photos to instantly transport you to that precise moment, being able to relive the very same feelings over again.


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How do you think or would like people to describe you?

Relaxed, professional and very passionate about everything creative.

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Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?

Matt and Georgia’s wedding was held at Lindenwarrah Winery in the gourmet town of Milawa. Nice dry, hot 36-degree day with a cool breeze blowing in the shade. Their country wedding was held under the big tree on the front lawns of the estate. After the ceremony it was off to the towns old Flower Mill where I went a little crazy putting together the images I visualized.

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How did you get into wedding photography?

Had a close friend, who loved my personal black & white photography, ask me to photograph his sisters wedding. From there, I started working for a studio. I learnt a lot as to what to do but more so what not to do when running a photographic business and went out on my own and set up Blue Print Photography.

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How long have you been a wedding photographer?

Around 11 years.

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Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?

One mistake I learnt early on was trying to be everything to everyone, which make you a jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-none. I refined my photo reportage style by drawing inspiration from personal projects that were transferred into my weddings. I also add a high end album rang that my clients would love to showcase their images. Made sure everything was delivered on time, to their upmost expectations. Focused on the type of wedding I would like to shoot, such as this country wedding, and directed my advertising to this market segment. The key to success for me is to always be able to adapt and change your own style and be true to your creative vision.

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What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?

Primarily one who’s style they love and who they feel comfortable with, like an old friend, to tell their personal story. I’m still a firm believer that an image file only becomes a photo when it’s printed. A wedding album signifies the first chapter of a couple’s lives together and the visual narrative that will be handed down to future generations. The tangible experience of holding the photos in your hands is something that a screen can never fully replace.

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How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?

A lot through the Internet, blogs, and social media with word of mouth keeping the referrals coming in.

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Why do you think people hire you?

I’m pretty easygoing and very passionate about the art of photography.

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How many weddings do you average per year?

22

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Whose wedding would you love to shoot?

A full 5 day Indian wedding with elephants and white horses.

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If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?

Either Iceland due to its panoramic isolated landscapes or Cuba for all the richness of it people and city.

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What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?

I have 3 Nikon cameras, two speedlights, and radio slaves for off camera flash photography. Predominately use prime lenses like 50mm and 85mm but cannot do without my 24-70mm or 70-200mm.

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What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.

Always remaining claim regardless of what is thrown your way on the day.

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Do you have an approach to a wedding?

My style is very much storytelling as I don’t want to miss any moments.

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Who or what inspires you?

Light and the way it can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Best & Worst marketing idea so far?

Best would be targeting a specific segment of the wedding industry that matched with my reportage style.

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If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?

Sculptor

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Share your favourite image of the day and why?

The pageboy, gazing into the wedding ring, marks one of those timeless moments that you just cannot script.

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Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?

Finding inspiration in other creative means like painting, sculptures, film etc to constantly refine and develop my photographic style.

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What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?

Respect for telling your couples unique story.

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Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?

Even though he,s not a wedding photographer, Jean Loup Sieff is a hug inspiration especially the way he sees light and composes his images.

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Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?

Simply being able to do what I do for a living. Photography.

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