Choosing your wedding photographer is a big decision, maybe one of the biggest you will make regarding your wedding day and it is important to get this one right.
Once the food and drinks are finished and your guests have all gone home...apart from each other the only thing that will be left are your photos and all those precious moments...
So how do you decide which photographer to use, hopefully i can help you a little...
Of course the first thing to do is to look at their past work,check out their website, facebook page and of course their instagram feed...if you like what you see, give them a call, find out if they are available on your date and if so arrange to meet up face to face.
I really enjoy meeting a newly engaged couple for the first time,i feed off of their excitement and get excited myself discussing their ideas and the type of photos they are looking for, working out a rough plan of how the wedding day will unfold and just getting to know each other a little- this is so important because if we are going to spend pretty much the whole day together it is best if you are comfortable and relaxed with me which will then be reflected in the photos...
Of course be sure to check out their reviews...these are usually a pretty good indication of what you can expect from them ....
And finally something i have learned over the years...you generally get what you pay for, in other words going for the cheapest option is not always the best ,these are your `forever moments `so be prepared to pay a little more for quality and experience and i promise the extra expense will long be forgotten when you are enjoying those wonderful memories in the years to come:)
One of the things i love most about photographing an Adelaide Christening is that i never know what sort of reaction i am going to get from the star of the day...
Sometimes they are happy to sit still for me and take it all in...sometimes they think, i`m outta here...see you later !!
And sometimes it all becomes just a little too much...
But no matter what...the love from family and friends is everlasting and, as a christening photographer, i still get a kick out of being able to capture these precious moments that will never happen again :)
When Piaf first contacted me about photographing her Wedding Day and told me it would be held at Brooklyn Farm i was very excited at the photo opportunities this venue has, especially with Myponga Beach close by .
We had our fingers crossed for some good weather and we got ourselves a beautiful Adelaide spring day to celebrate their marriage...
We did have some communication issues about getting to one of our photo locations...:0:)
The Bridal Party really stepped up though and the bridesmaids carried their very heavy bouquets all the way up the hill and the groomsmen carried...themselves :)
I think you will agree though that it was worth all the effort to get this beautiful wedding photo for the Bride and Groom.
We decided to take it easy on the Bridal Party after that and had a leisurely stroll along the Myponga Beach ...
A perfect way to finish the Bridal Party photography and time to head back to the Wedding Reception for some serious celebration of Piaf and Damien`s marriage...
I absolutely love the time spent photographing a family before the formalities of a Christening. Everybody is excited, the Godparents and the Grandparents are at the home and everyone wants to be photographed with the star of the day...in this case it was Francesco who stole the limelight! He absolutely loved the camera, in fact, I swear he was posing for me...
These are just precious family memories for everyone involved and will certainly be looked back on with much fondness over the years...
The love between a mother and her son...
Even with all this going on during the Christening ceremony at St.Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in the city, Francesco was still looking at the camera....what a little legend. Certainly helped to make it a little easier for me to capture this beautiful Adelaide Christening.
When Lora and Damien first contacted me and said that they would be holding their marriage ceremony in Adelaide at Henley Beach I was hoping that it would be around sunset and that we would be able to take advantage of the beautiful soft golden light that we generally get at that time of the day.
When she said that it would be I was very excited and we organised to get together a few weeks prior to her Wedding Day and discuss the type of photography that she wanted and to look for the best photo opportunities.
After a lovely ceremony on the lawns at Henley Square I could see that it was getting close to that magical time of the day and suggested that we go for a walk along the beach and take advantage of the light...
Lora was very accommodating in agreeing to take her shoes off and walk along the sand and get her feet wet (and her wedding dress) but as you can see it was definitely worth the effort.
It was great fun to have their girls along as well and they really got into the spirit of it all to make it a great family event.
One of my favourite shots of this lovely couple and their family together celebrating their beautiful Adelaide Wedding.
Teneale and Jarrads wedding day was very relaxed one with a lovely casual vibe around the whole day.
With all of their friends and family together this was always going to be a wonderful celebration of their love for one another.
Their beautiful ceremony was held at the Wynn Vale Rose Garden where we also photographed the bridal party and all their friends and family.
With their three children running around enjoying the day we had to work hard to get the family photos but it was all worth it in the end!
Love this portrait photo of our beautiful bride Teneale.
The father of the bride and his daughter walking down the aisle...
There was no way he was going to share those snakes with his sisters:)
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
What is it about photography that made you decide you’d like to do it as a business?
I was given a camera for my 10th birthday and from that moment on I was hooked and I carried that camera with me everywhere and was forever pestering everyone and anyone to let me photograph them.
Over the years as my photography developed I found that I was being asked to photograph friends and family events and then my first wedding and it got to the point that I thought perhaps we can make a living out of this and Mezzino Photography was born.
What’s the best part of capturing a special event?
The best part of capturing a special event is the fact that I am creating wonderful memories for people and recording moments in time that will never happen again, our clients will be able to look back over the years and remember that particular day with great fondness and those memories will come flooding back all over again.
What do you look forward to most when working with your clients?
We get to meet so many people from all different walks of life and it is always fun to get to know a little about our clients, everybody has different ideas about how they would like us to photograph their event and we are always learning something that perhaps we can incorporate into our next shoot.
Your wife Gina helps you out at times, some people say working with your partner is challenging, would you agree or has it bought you closer together?
We work together well on a shoot, it is always good to get a different perspective to what I am seeing and Gina brings ideas from a female point of view that I may not see.
Of course there are always challenges but overall it has bought us closer together.
What do you look forward to most as you grow this business?
I am always looking to improve how the business runs and to improve my skills as a photographer so I look forward to seeing how both of those aspects are going to change over the years.
To speak to Mark and Gina more about how they can capture your special occasion contact them here
Mark has been a photographer for many years and loves to capture the moments you celebrate. His professional, helpful, prompt and down-to-earth approach is guaranteed to put everyone at ease at your event.