When you capture a wedding what part of the day is the most special?
For me one of the most special parts of the day is when the groom sees his wife to be for the first time as she walks down the aisle, this is always a great photo opportunity and can capture real emotion from the groom.
Talk us through being a part of the wedding, from when you meet with a couple from the enquiry stage through to the day.
I have booked weddings without having met the couple previously but I do recommend if possible that we meet up before making any booking.
These meetings are just a very relaxed chat over a coffee with no pressure at all and gives us a chance to discuss the type of photos that you are looking for and how the day is going to run. I feel that it is important that we get to know each other a little and that you are comfortable with us because we are going to be spending a lot of time together on the day and if we get along well it will be reflected in the photos on the day.
Once you have booked us for your wedding then we get stuck into the details of where we need to be and at what time…I will also go to the church and to wherever we will be doing the bride and groom and bridal party photos prior to the day to find the best photo opportunities. This is an important part of my job as it helps the whole process to flow smoothly and is less stressful for everyone involved if I already have a plan of what we are doing and where.
From there it is a matter of counting down until the big day and helping out wherever I can with any other issues that may arise, I do make contact with other suppliers to introduce myself which I think is a nice touch especially if you are having a videographer, again very important because we will be working closely on the day and the celebrant to discuss the ceremony.
Once you’ve been a part of such an important day, do you keep in touch?
It`s a funny thing about photographing a wedding, we may have several meetings before the big day and then we may spend 8 or 10 hours together (or more) on the day and I do feel that we become friends but once I have delivered your photos that story is over but it's lovely to know that as their new family grows I can be there for christenings, birthdays and anniversary celebrations!
What is your favourite memory from a wedding you have shot?
I was recently contacted by a couple to photograph their wedding in McLaren Vale, it was just a small and intimate ceremony with the couples parents invited to come to Australia from England to visit but they didn’t know that it was to be to attend their Wedding, the looks on their faces was priceless!
View our wedding photography captured in Adelaide here
As an interstate couple getting married (live in WA but getting married in SA) we put the shout out that we were looking for a photographer who could understand our situation, be great with communication and who could work without having a formal introduction.
From the very first interaction with Mark we were put at ease, he was one of the very few photographers who took the time to call us instead of just sending through a generic pricelist, which was huge for us.
He was very easy to work with and was able to adopt tactics into the day to help not only the kids focus on the camera but the groom also.
If your the type of person who just wants to relive the photo moments quickly then no need to worry, Mark had a selection of photos sent to us within a day and the entire package within the week. We can't fault his work or his efficiency and we are really happy with the results.
Donna and Simon