Ahh, the age-old debate. Should you wear a train on your wedding day?
It’s a tough call really. On one hand you have this pre-existing belief that in order to feel like a princess on your special day, you have to indulge in that extra length. Is there ever going to be another time in your life that you will be able to wear something so extravagant? On the other though, you have to think about the obstacles that you’re going to face on your big day.
A wedding dress that has a bit of length has nothing on a full train. Are you going to be walking up and down stairs? How are you going to ensure a picture perfect finish at the end of the aisle? Do you have a fabulous made of honour that is prepared to pick up your train at your every beck and call? Are you honestly prepared for the trek through dirt, mud and grass, and what it could possibly to do your dress? Are you going to be able to join in on the dance floor without getting pulled back if Uncle Sam accidentally mistakes your train for the dance floor?
These are all the questions that you have to ask yourself when choosing what features your dress will have. If you want the best of both worlds, most bridal boutiques in Melbourne will have detachable trains that you can wear during your ceremony but remove during your wedding reception. This gives you a great opportunity to showcase a completely different dress. Some bridal boutiques will also have accessories that you can utilise to transform a dress such as a sash or fabric belt that will add to the surprise when you walk into the room looking like a completely different bride.
Having a detachable train is probably the most practical decision you can make if you’re torn between your fairy-tale dress and reason. So ladies, what lesson have we now learnt? It’s your wedding day and you’ll wear the dress of your dreams you want to.
It’s a lot more common than you think. You both exchange vows, rings and say I do. But what happens after the novelty has worn off and your husband stops wearing his wedding ring everyday?
Most Melbourne women immediately jump to conclusions. Why would he not want to profess his love for all to see? What reason could he possibly have for not wanting to wear his own wedding ring?
The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that men are often forgetful creatures who may not remember to put their ring on each morning. Men don’t take nearly as long as women to get ready, so sometimes the usual shower, breakfast and out-the-door ritual is just a habit. The most common thing that we often hear from women is that their husband won’t wear the wedding ring because it is ‘an occupational health & safety hazard’. Yes you, rolling your eyes right there – he’s actually right! Take a moment to think about the potential risks of wearing a ring when operating machinery. Is he a chippy? If so, do you really want that expensive piece of jewellery to be scratched and damaged? Well why won’t he wear it when he plays sport, you say? This too is a recipe for disaster. And no, he cannot wear it on a chain on his neck when playing football, can you imagine men flying through the air trying to grasp onto him only to rip on that chain and watch the ring fly through the air?
Sure, there are Melbourne men who are able to wear their wedding rings in their workplace environment. The rings don’t actually pose a threat to their safety and one would assume that there really isn’t a reason for refusing to wear the ring?
Well the answer is ladies, that some men just don’t like jewellery. Yes, some men love their leather bands, their chains and their rings but sometimes, they just don’t. A ring is a ring and your love is eternal, there’s nothing more to it.
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One of the things I have always loved about wedding photography is watching the vibrant energy that the girls in a bridal party share once they have forgotten about the formalities of the day – the ceremony, the reception, the videographer and yes, even the photographer.
It’s so easy to become absorbed in the stress of ensuring everything is perfect, but it’s also important for me, as your wedding photographer, to encourage you to enjoy it and to remember it’s not all about hard work on your wedding day.
One of the best ways I find to do that is with a toast!
A few moments to take a break, raise a glass of bubbly, reflect on the past and imagine the future. The girls in your bridal party are your closest friends and dearest family, and you’ve no doubt shared countless hysterical moments together.
I just love hearing your bridesmaids talk about the antics you’ve all encountered over the years. And, while I’m blending into the background allowing these moments to unfold naturally, capturing those candid sparks of cheerful banter and relaxed celebration (most likely stories you won’t be sharing in your speech), I will have captured some truly happy emotions through my lens.
I’ve always found that some of the best photographs ever taken were when people didn’t even know they were being photographed. These moments share an insight into your life and personality that is authentic and natural, but they don’t always happen on their own.
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement, a spark of something to embrace without being over-directed. Sometimes we just need a connection, a chance to unleash the joy by someone who can connect with people quickly, naturally and who can seduce people into dropping their guard – a guard often put up when a photographer shows up.
You’ll even get to witness my cheeky side – I have a ball at weddings – I can be silly or cheeky, flirty and fun, it’s the time in my life when I can actually get away with telling the most stupid jokes I know. Just wait and see – I bet you laugh! And there are no better people in the world to make fun of than a videographer! Trust me – I know!
What I truly want to capture on a bride’s wedding day is the natural energy and relationships she shares with her bridal party, and by taking some time out of the day’s preparations, popping a cork and raising your glasses, you’ll have a chance to truly savior this moment, because believe me, your wedding day will go fast.
We’ve all taken photos that we thought were great until we had them printed and discovered an undesirable reflection somewhere in the shot.
But what about a planned and desirable reflection – have you considered those for your wedding album?
Reflections can offer uniqueness to a photograph by creating an additional creative element in your photographs.
You’ll probably be surprised at how many everyday things you can capture a reflection in; picture frames on walls, a marble bench top, a sheet of metal, windows, mirrors, in fact, any kind of glass or shiny surface can act as a vehicle to capture a reflection in. And of course, as pictured we can’t forget about the power of water – even a puddle on the ground can create an interesting line of sight and elevate your wedding photographs to an entirely new level.
There are many things to take into consideration when capturing a reflection in a shoot, your wedding photographer needs to understand how to use the sun and external elements when incorporating reflections, and consider distance and clarity. Luckily for you, these technicalities are not something you need to concern yourselves with, that’s your wedding photographer’s job. Your job is to make sure the photographer you choose can incorporate these factors into his shoot.
I just love capturing well-placed, creative reflections in a photograph – I love the diversity it brings to a photo, and the depth and contrast it adds; it’s an element of style I’ve worked hard to perfect throughout my career.
Take the bride and groom’s position in this Melbourne riverside wedding photograph, when you look at the couple’s reflection in the water, it looks like they are resting against the banks of the river, when they are actually sitting closer to the middle of the plank bridge. This all comes back to where you are placed in the photograph, and it takes a trained eye to know where and how to place the subject of a photo to achieve balance in the final photograph.
Over the years trends in wedding photography have changed and evolved to include many new fads and ingenious ideas, but one constant always remains; most people want a certain level of creativity mingled with the classics throughout their wedding album – an element of surprise that brings a smile to the face.
A creative photographer draws inspiration from the world around him; a funky buckle on a shoe, a sunbeam hitting a crumbling concrete post, a vine ravishing a wall on an autumn day or, as you see here, the characteristics of a row of concrete posts.
Creativity is a mindset – the skill and ability to capture light or find artistic angles that not everyone can see, in a natural and authentic style.
But creativity alone doesn’t produce an inspiring or stunning photograph, the moment of inspiration can be taken but it requires skill on the wedding photographer’s front to execute the final, breathtaking artwork. There are techniques to be mastered in order to achieve photographic genius, techniques that only come from hard work and constant practice, and a deep desire to create the perfect wedding photograph.
This photography showcases a sense of fun on the wedding day, the colourful glow in the groomsmen’s hearts – or on their feet as the case may be – these brick posts with the green trees in the back-ground of the picture was the perfect way to illuminate the spirit, vibe and their cool attire.
It’s important to find a wedding photographer who can establish your level of creativity and explore the interesting and the diverse in this world to give you a collection of photographs you’ll cherish forever and long to share with everyone you encounter. A photographer who’ll find a creative angle that holds interest to you and your groom, with genuine perspective, that captures the spirit of you and your wedding day and that are, above all else, visually dynamic.
The possibilities are endless!
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Choosing to accessorise on your wedding day can often be a difficult decision. Earrings, bracelets, a necklace, a bridal headpiece? The thing is, you don’t require all of these things to make your bride look complete. One of the most beautiful features of a bride on her wedding day is her neckline, so a necklace is often not required and earrings & bracelets are often passed down through generations, which essentially become the ‘something old’ that you would add to your unique look. But what about a bridal headpiece? Would you use a clip with beading or pearl detail? A delicate headband? A flower or flowers? A veil that clips in for the ceremony & out for the reception?
Recent trends have seen women wearing headbands made entirely of flowers, especially for boho or quirky weddings. A simple, classic headpiece with detail is often the most popular choice as it is something that can be passed down for generations to come. And last, but not least is the traditional clip-in veil that is used for the wedding ceremony & then either removed or pulled back for the reception.
For some inspiration, ‘Bride La Boheme’ features unique and handmade bridal pieces that completely transform any bridal look into something from a fairytale. With unique and individual designs, your look will be unlike anything guests have seen before. Anna Campbell on High Street in Armadale, Melbourne is also a perfect place to start. You will find different ways to enhance the look you are after & will be able to envision the different ways you can accessories on your wedding day.
You don’t have to stick to traditional bridal concepts on your wedding day. Why not try something different, mix it up & see if there is something unique that makes your day truly memorable?
I was super excited over the weekend as I was heading out to do a personal shoot – something I have not had the opportunity to do for over 12 months. I knew the subject I wanted to photograph, I knew exactly where I was going to stand, I knew the type of light I wanted to capture, I knew what camera settings would work best – I had a strong vision in my head of exactly how it was going to look. This was a very well-known Melbourne icon, a landmark that has probably been photographed thousands of times but I was going to shoot it from a unique angle, creating something different. I was also going to use some creative long exposure techniques to showcase the subject in an unusual way.
I certainly achieved my vision – everything panned out, the light was good, the low angle provided an interesting perspective. I had 2 or 3 captures that looked good on the back of the LCD ready for some minor post processing – all done. As I was going back to the car, I walked past an abandoned ramp that disappeared into the ocean – not much there, just bits of rotting wood and a gate preventing access. I must have walked past this ramp a gazillion times, never paying it much attention as the better known landmark always dominated my thoughts.
I am not sure what made me stop and linger a bit longer, perhaps is was knowing that I had the hall pass from the good wife or maybe it was the shadows and light on the sea as the sun had vanished for the day. I’m glad I did as beauty is so frequently found in simplicity. It’s really all around us, sometimes in the not so obvious places, sometimes in the old – you just need to slow down and “look” with fresh eyes.
You’ve found the man of your dreams, your perfect Melbourne venue, location & dress. Next on the list? A photographer. There’s only one problem – your fiance is an awkward mess in front of a camera. He hates the thought of having to show a vulnerable & romantic side to himself in an extremely public way. He knows how important this is to you & the pressure is building on him, which makes him scared he’ll disappoint you or worse, ruin your day.
They’re going to tell you that the key to a good wedding photograph is to ‘just be yourself’, but there are many key factors that influence just how naturally beautiful the final product will be.
You need to realise that not just any photographer will do and you certainly need to do your research. Make sure that the business is a reliable & reputable one and view as much of their portfolio as you can. A great photographer will adapt to the result that you are after with his or her own stylistic features. Don’t be scared to ask for a certain ‘feel’ or ‘look’ to the photographs as your photographer doesn’t want to stage looks that don’t come naturally to you. If your man is afraid of a little limelight, explain to your photographer that you prefer candid, natural & observant photographs. Your ideal photographer will adapt to the style & feel that you are after & will be there to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
You want a photographer who isn’t afraid to adapt to your own style by capturing the very essence of your relationship in a way that you see yourselves. You want someone who gives artistic direction, not someone who requests routine staged positions that you’ve seen a thousand times over. You need someone who understands your vision & ensures that the photographs reflect your personality.
A good photographer is the key to making your man feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera, and is often the difference between an okay photograph and an amazing one.
“If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”
Beyonce uttered those very words that resonated in the mind of every female in a long-term relationship who had a bare left ring finger (all hail Queen B). However, one must remember that Beyoncé was reminiscing about a former love at the time. For those Melbourne girls who are happily in relationships with a long-term partner, the words can hit a little too close to home.
You’ve been together for years, you bought a dog together, you moved in together, then you bought a house together & now you prefer to drink red wine at home together on a Saturday night in front of the fire while all of your friends are out on the town. His parents love you; you’re practically already a part of the family. The only thing missing is that rock on your finger.
So, when a guy loves you & commits to you – he is supposed to propose, right? Here’s the thing, it’s not always that simple. Girls, cut the guy a little slack as the last thing he needs is even more pressure on him to say those four magical words. But how hard can it be to get down on one knee you ask? Let me explain. Proposing is actually a very difficult act for a bloke. He’s about to get judged by his family, your family & everyone you both know. Basically, his purchase is about to become the topic of the town. And it all revolves around how much money he splashes out on a diamond ring & how extravagant he makes your proposal. It may seem like the norm, but spending three months salary on a wedding ring when you have a mortgage and bills to pay isn’t something that comes easily. If he did decide to purchase a sapphire or alternative gem – he’d feel as though he had failed to provide you with the fairy-tale wedding proposal & ring that you’ve always dreamed of and face criticism from his friends & family.
Presenting his partner with a ring is one of the most masculine & status defining things that he will ever do, and sometimes there is too much pressure placed on his ability to afford such a thing. Of course you want a ring that is beautiful, special and unique. But does it have to be thousands and thousands of dollars and result in a personal loan?
Your guy truly wants to give you the whole world. Believe me, if he has made a commitment to you in more ways than one – he loves you. Sometimes though, we need to learn to focus on the true meaning of an engagement rather than an excessive proposal & a quarter of your mortgage worth of diamonds on your ring finger. A rock is nice, but a loyal & loving husband is probably better.
Pre-wedding photography is a great way to document your adventures while planning the biggest day of your life. It’s also a beautiful way to celebrate the love you share before you’re engulfed in all of the activities on your wedding day.
Your wedding photographer can embrace your story from the engagement celebrations to the time spent planning, the pre-wedding parties and personal connections, all the way through to your very special day and beyond.
Exploring those candid moments through photography in this momentous life journey really captures the significance of your love and relationship.
Rekindle the Love and Excitement
Pre-wedding photography is a beautiful way to explore and celebrate each other. It can be a fun and gentle reminder of the love you share, and help you remember why you fell in love in the first place.
Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience; your pre-wedding photo-shoot can be a relaxed break from the chaos, rekindling the love and precious emotions of your relationship by giving you both the opportunity to express your feelings for each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Or for the dare-devils out there, in an adrenaline packed adventure – I’ve known pre-wedding activities to even include sky-diving! But whether it’s adrenaline or a peaceful encounter beside the seaside, a pre-wedding photo-shoot will give you memories to cherish forever, and a few hours together you will never forget.
The Advantage of a Different Location
Let’s face it, there are places in Melbourne where you would love to hold your wedding that aren’t a realistic place to take photographs on your wedding day.
A funky café, your favourite garden that’s on the other side of town from your church or venue, a grand high-rise in the middle of Melbourne, or a unique rock-face overlooking the ocean on a secluded beach…
I’ve met many couples over the years that have looked back on their engagement party wishing they’d taken the time to arrange an engagement photographer for their celebrations. More often than not, whether it’s due to space restraints, budget restraints, or perhaps a wedding that is being held overseas, most couples invite many more people to their engagement parties than they do their wedding. By including your wedding photographer in your engagement celebrations, you can document the special moments you share with those who may not be attending the formal wedding celebrations.
The added bonus of pre-wedding photography – it’s a great test run for the photographer to get to know you, your groom, and your family and friends who will surround you on your wedding day! Plus a beautiful, pre-wedding photograph makes a gorgeous bonbonniere for your up-and-coming wedding!