Category Archives: Weddings

Kinh & Hao Zheng’s day (photographer’s perspective)

Congratulations to Kinh and Hao Zheng on your day! It was a long day photographically , but one that was full of fun and laughs and informality sprinkled in with the requirements of a wedding day. From our end, this is how the day unfolded:

6am : Wake up, entertain Charlotte until breakfast and Marianne ready, then Dylan’s turn.

7:30am: Take Charlotte for walk to park

Let's go Daddy!

Let’s go Daddy!

8:30am: Get dressed for day, grandparents arrive to help with Charlotte day care for the rest of the day

9:00am: Double check gear list : 2X5dmk3, back up 5dmk2, CF cards, tripod, flashes, spare batteries

9:10am: Why isn’t B&G’s address on google maps???? Street view saves the day!

9:30am: Leave for pre-tea ceremony preparation shots

Millenium Falcon cuff links!

Bride’s Shoes

10am-11am: Informal family shots around house

Who’s taller?

11am-12pm: Tea ceremony and ongoing preparation shots

Gifts from the older generation

Preparations

12pm-1pm: Lunch! (Fantastic catering and the macaroons were a highlight!)

mmmmmmmmm!!!

1pm-2pm: Preparation for winery ceremony shots

Groomsman looking good

Bouquets all ready to go

2:15pm: Marianne leaves early for winery to place signs along the way

Onward to the winery!

2:40pm: Final preparations before bridal party and family leave in mini-bus to Bird in Hand winery

Tough guys!

Inside the minibus (ps. photography in small bumpy bus was a whole new challenge!)

2:40pm -3:30pm : Various people fall asleep on the bus!

Wake up Hao Zheng!

3:30pm-4:30pm: Part 1 of location shooting around  Bird in Hand winery

Down the lanes

The old shed

4:30pm-5:30pm: Ceremony

Flower girl

Yes!

5:30pm-6:30pm: Part 2 of location shooting around Bird in Hand winery

Stars of the day

Reception Venue

6:30pm-7:00pm: Venue shots before guests start to arrive, cake shots

Cake & lighting

7:30pm: Speeches and reactions, table shots with various degrees of Yum-Seng!

Lyrical speeches

Reactions!

More lyrical talent!

9:30pm Bridal waltz

The waltz

9:40pm onward: Various dancing shots including Gangnam Style!

Party Time!

Party Time!

10:oopm: Farewell to the party!

Starry skies a good omen!

10:45pm: Arrive home, start importing images, thank grandparents for caring for Charlotte 🙂

12:30am: Import and initial review and rating of images , then bed time!

The end result of cataloguing

The end result of cataloguing

Congratulations again to Kinh and Hao Zheng! We hope your image selection for high res files is an enjoyable one 🙂

I spy with my little lens…..

In early February , Marianne and I had the pleasure of photographing Skye & Brad’s wedding around the Adelaide CBD. A big congratulations to you for what was a fabulous day, and best wishes to you for the future! For the topic of today’s blog, I thought we’d share some of the images taken from different perspectives and focal lengths at any given scene. For most of the day, I was using the 70-200mm lens (hardly a ‘little’ lens) while Marianne stayed wide with the 24-70mm. The ‘feel’ of any given scene can be presented differently and this is the luxury we have of two photographers at our wedding shoots. These were all new locations as we had not photographed a wedding location shoot on the actual streets of Adelaide before. Two weeks prior, we had arranged another meeting to walk through the locations in the limited time we would have between the ceremony and reception.

Scene #1 : Outside the Majestic Rooftop hotel on Frome Road.

Long

Wide

Scene #2 : Alleyway

Long

Wide

Scene #3 : Crossing Frome Road

Long(ish)

Wide (from other side of the road)

Scene #4: Adelaide University

Long

Wide

Other things we tried:

Using a sunstar at weddings!

A cake’s point of view

Exposure blending

ND filters for longer exposures

Making use of the environment

All in all, we had a great time photographing the wedding and congratulations once again to Skye & Brad. Thank you for letting us record your special day and we hope the memories we captured will last you for a life time of happiness 🙂

One of many happy moments

-D&M

8 places, 8 celebrations, 8 months

At 8pm Friday 20th April, we finished our last of 8 weddings shoots for the 2011-12 season. Charlotte coincidentally was also going to be 8 months old that weekend. We thank Jillian & Sam for the opportunity to photograph their special day at the Adelaide Oval. Despite the demolitions going on, spirits were still high and we hope the images reflect your love of cricket! We are also deeply appreciate the stress endured and the love shown for Charlotte by our respective parents as they managed to look after her during these 8 days of photographing , followed by the week of editing afterwards. Starting with Jillian and Sam’s wedding, these are some favourites of ours from the past season.

Panoramic view of the grandstand of Adelaide Oval

Sam showing fine form with the bat

Rings & a well worn bat!

Sheffield Shield room

Entering the arena!

Presenting the rings

How was that!

Bat & Ball , go together like Bride & Groom

In with the crowd

Modern stairwells amidst old architecture

Jillian & Sam's scoreboard

Adelaide Oval by night - a vibrant burst of colour!

We wish Jillian & Sam all the best for the future. We certainly had a great time during our shorter than usual coverage of the day!

Now for a step back in time looking at our previous weddings for the season :

March 24 : Celia & Andrew at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

March 17 : Kirsty & Drew at Port Elliot

March 11: Yen & Malcolm at North Terrace

December 17 : Amy & Dylan at St Marks College

December 10 : Jane & Mike at Bird in Hand winery

October 29: Carina & Paul at Al Ru Farm

October 8: Alice & Matt at Bungaree Station

We look forward to what the new season begins this spring! With our growing commitment (literally) to Charlotte , we have decided to cap our availability at two weddings a month. So far, it looks like we will be returning to some familiar venues which always helps us be at ease and hopefully bring that sense to the bridal party and all involved. Thanks once again to all the brides and grooms who allowed us into their special day and we hope you enjoyed our services 😉 And now, some final packing before holidays!!!

-D&M