Choosing your wedding photographer

Planning a wedding can be a very overwhelming time. The most overwhelming is perhaps the very beginning stages as you start tackling what at first seems like a never ending list of choosing and booking your venue, celebrant, bridal party, stylist, decor, florist, clothing, and photographer – to name just a few.

Each component is important in bringing to life the wedding day of your dreams and each will have a different level of priority with you and your fiance and allocated differently in your budget. The perfect couture gown is the priority for some brides while others they are happy with a simple, classic gown off the rack. Some brides want a silk flower bouquet to keep rather than using fresh flowers. One couple will not negotiate on the perfect waterfront location and another will celebrate with their guests in their backyard.

While I may be biased, I do feel that one area couples can not compromise or negotiate on is their wedding photography. A good photographer can bring an entirely different element to your wedding and in how you remember your day. A good photographer can make an off the rack gown look like a couture gown. A good photographer can make a bouquet of silk flowers look like they just came from the flower market. A good photographer can make your parents backyard look like a secret garden. A good photographer can take away the stress and guesswork and help you enjoy your wedding day.

Angela Higgins

A photographer you have chosen based solely on budget thinking that photography is not an important element, may not be able to give you these things but if you’re going to invest in an experienced photographer with a consistent portfolio of beautiful weddings, here are a few things to consider to help you choose your photographer:

1. ASK FOR REFERRALS FROM FRIENDS AND VENDORS
Having someone else’s stamp of approval is very encouraging and gives you a unique insight to their own experience. Having said this, it is important to not book a photographer on referral alone as your friends taste in photography could be very different to yours. Once you have your recommendations you can then “weed out” photographers that don’t appeal to you through your initial connection with their photographs.

2. FIND A CONNECTION
With your list of photographers, understand what it is about their photographs that appeals to you (or doesn’t appeal to you) to help you short-list. Do you like the portraits of brides and grooms look relaxed and in love in close up, intimate photographs or do you prefer more stylised portraits with a wide angle and sweeping backgrounds? Is it natural light or flash photography that you prefer? Once you have established what you like and don’t like, you can then contact the photographers who’s work you have a connection with for more information about their services.

3. LOOK FOR CONSISTENCY
While looking through a photographers portfolio (online or in person), look for a consistency in their work. Is there consistency with the lighting, post-processing and the “feel” of the photograph or does it feel a little haphazard? Is the editing the same from wedding to wedding or does it change considerably? Don’t be afraid to ask a short-listed photographer for access to see a completed wedding from start to finish to understand what you can expect for your own photographs.

4. UNDERSTAND YOUR INVESTMENT
Discussing how a photographer chooses to value their work is an entirely different conversation but you need to understand what you are getting in return for your investment. When and how will you receive your photographs? When can you expect your wedding album? What will happen if the photographer has to cancel the booking? There are also intangible service offers that you will get in addition to the photography. For example, I only accept 25 bookings per year so I offer an exclusive service to my clients as well as high end products from the best artisans in the world. Each photographer will provide a different service but a good service offer will help streamline your planning process and your experience on the day and following your wedding.

Happy wedding planning!

Origrami – Printing your instagrams

I do love the digital age in terms of photography. Being able to share moments so quickly with people from around the globe has its advantages but I also feel that when we look at photos in a digital format, there is the tendency to speed read through them. We don’t hover as you do with a printed photograph. We don’t read between the lines as much. We have so much information to filter through that it is a shame as a photograph has many elements of interest and they can be overlooked as you race to see the next image.

Now I’ve been instagraming for a couple of years, I love the medium and being able to scrol through this virtual scrapbook of my life but I still wanted to be able to sit down and hold something tangible like I do a printed photograph and to put away to reflect on by myself or with my family. You know when you pull out a photo from a box of photographs and the next thing you realise is you’ve been sitting there for hours revisiting your memories? That is the feeling I want when I look at a photograph. To immerse and get lost amongst my memories.

During my search recently for a way to print my Instagrams, I came across an Australian based company called Origrami. In no time at all, I had 36 of my favourite instagram photographs selected, printed and sent to my doorstep in a perfect little package. There are a number of ways you can print them and sizes and I chose the Retroprint pack. With dates and locations printed on the back, I will always remember these souvenirs from everyday life to special occasion.

The fantastic team at Origrami were kind enough to gift me with one Retroprint pack to give to one lucky person so they too can print their instagram memories. All you need to do to be in the running is repost this instagram photo and tag me in your regram. Easy! The winner will be announced on Saturday at 12pm WST. Good luck!

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Poppy Bouquet Bridal Inspiration

Last spring, my friend Jappalin of Flower Talk and I decided to make the most of the beautiful spring flowers and pulled together a bridal inspiration editorial in one week. Style shoots normally take a couple of months to pull together concepts, the team and the venue but we had an amazing team that jumped at the chance to bring our vision to life even considering our short time frame to take advantage of the best flowers of early spring. In hindsight I can see I was wearing rose coloured glasses, feeling so inspired having just returned from France but we managed to pull together a beautiful editorial with a focus on the amazing flowers of the season that is just beautiful to look at.

The first look of the shoot was featuring the beautiful bottle brush flowers and the second was a kaleidoscope of poppies with an amazing feathered Wendy Makin gown.

Thank you to 100 Layer Cake for also featuring this beautiful spring shoot who loved it just as much as we did.

Venue: Brookside Vineyard // Hair & Makeup: Kassy Wong // Floral Design: Flower Talk // Furniture Rentals: The Corner Store // Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin from Samantha Wynne Boutique // Model: Elise Natalie // Photographer: Angela Higgins 

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Perth Pop Up Wedding – Chapel Farm

Back in June I was fortunate to be part of an incredible team with Dru Soltys and The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator to bring to reality one single day for couples to tie the knot in a fuss free way without having to sacrifice style. I am so happy for all the couples who became husband and wife and I wish them a lifetime of happiness and it was so amazing to be part of the day. Basically each couple had an hour available on the day for their private, intimate wedding ceremony. Afterwards, they shared in some cake and cocktails and we then wandered the grounds of Chapel Farm for a few portraits to help them remember their wedding day.

We are so pleased to see the photographs from the Chapel Farm pop up wedding featured over at Polka Dot Bride today and I wanted to share just a few of my favourites. To see more from the day please pop over to Polka Dot Bride.

Due to such an amazing response following our Chapel Farm wedding, we announced a new date for another pop up wedding with the original creative team on the Queens Birthday weekend at Lamont’s Bishop House. We were overwhelmed to sell out for this date within one week and have now released two more dates for the first half of 2015 available. You can find out all the information at perthpopupwedding.com and to register your interest.

Venue: Chapel Farm // Bouquets and Flower Styling: Blossom & Thorn // Flower Crown: Fox & Rabbit // Event Styling and Design: The Butcher, The Baker, The Stylist & Creator // Celebrant: Dru Soltys // Photography: Angela Higgins

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Bunker Bay

“The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears and the sea.”

I couldn’t imagine living far away from the coast. There is something about spending time on the shore that is immediately soothing. The waves rush in and recede out and the sound is perhaps my most favourite sound in the world.

This week we are taking some time to get away in the south west for a few days. No kids. No dogs needing medicine. No meals needing to be cooked or groceries to be bought. The last couple of months have been more hectic than anticipated and its nice to be able to take some time together to reconnect before the warmer months begin and we see even less of each other. I always love it down south in the winter where everything is so green and the landscape just begs to be explored through trails and bush walks amongst the lush forests.

I realised as I started to think about going away that I hadn’t yet shared my photographs from our trip to Bunker Bay for my birthday weekend in April. So what better time than now for you to also take a quick getaway down south for some sun and sea.

All photographs on a mix of colour and black and white film including Ektar 100, Porta 400 and 800 and 400TX on both my Mamiya 645 and Pentax K1000. 

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