Weddings at Lavender Bay Sydney?

Within North Sydney, there is a little area known as Lavender Bay.  Over the years this small area of North Sydney, has become a favourite location for wedding photography and wedding ceremonies.

There are two Churches in Lavender Bay.  Christ Church which is Anglican and St Francis Xavier with is Catholic.

For photography, a great spot is down by the water of Lavender Bay.  The entrance into the park can be hard to find from Lavender Street (if it is your first visit).  Also it is really important to know that many larger cars like limos will find it very hard to enter the park.  If you are wanting your photography to be captured at Lavender Bay, I always highly recommend my couples tell their wedding car company, that we are going to Lavender Bay.  Make sure they have checked out the entrance and small road leading down through the park, if they have not been there before!

I have put together a slide show of photographs captured at both Lavender Bay churches and photographs captured down by the water.

Usually I have only ever seen one or two other bridal parties down at Lavender Bay while I have been photographing.  However I have to be honest and say the last time I was photographing a wedding at Lavender Bay,  there would have been about eight other bridal parties having their photographs taken at the same time.  Lavender Bay isn’t as secret as it used to be years ago but if you visit, you will understand why the word has gotten out.

Lavender Bay is a gorgeous spot for a wedding!

Map Lavender Bay Sydney


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Sydney’s dust storm provides interesting light

Like every Sydneysider today, I awoke and looked out my window and thought ‘Oh my goodness what is going on?’.

The huge dust storm that swept across inner NSW then Canberra, reach Sydney early this morning.

With the rich reds you couldn’t help yourself being amazed at the colour of the light (and I don’t believe it is just a photographer thing).

My attention then turned to the weekend weddings by thinking ‘what if this is the weather we will have for Saturday and Sunday’s weddings?’

With that I picked up my camera and started to have a look at what creative photographs could be taken in this light (assuming the bride and groom would even want to go outside in this weather).

This was the view from our front room office at 8.00am this morning.  May I add no enhancements have been added,  just the wonder of light in a red dust storm.

View from our office window of Sydney's dust storm

 

 This footage of the dust storm from our office window was taken on a Canon 5D mark 2 camera (the one with live view and video functions).

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Affordable, creative, professional wedding photography in Sydney?

For years I have believed the title of this post was an oxymoron.  Yes in Sydney there are many creative, brilliant and very professional wedding photographers but none you would say are really cheap and affordable.  As they say “you get what you pay for”.

To be honest I believe the ‘bottom end’ or cheap or affordable wedding photography service has meant couples were often confronted with unprofessional, non creative and unreliable wedding photographers.

Today proudly I announce to Sydney that there is a real alternative in the wedding photography industry.  VFM Photographers’ is a totally new and exciting concept offering couples access to some of Sydney’s top wedding photographers for only a fraction of the cost.

It took a long time for me to establish VFM because I had one problem that I needed to solve. The problem is how does an affordable wedding photography company attract top, creative, professional and experienced photographers?

Top photographers wouldn’t want to book an affordable wedding for another company ahead of time because they know it is likely they will book a wedding for themselves and hence make more money.

Now I have come up with a solution. This solution is kind of like ‘last minute.com’ or ‘wotif.com’ for photographers. When you book your wedding with VFM your wedding date is secured no matter how long away your wedding date is. VFM will allocate one of our top class photographers from our roster two weeks before your wedding date.  This is the reason why VFM can attract professional and experienced wedding photographers.  

VFM is able to offer an affordable wedding photography service because you will not meet your wedding photographer before your wedding date but you will be guaranteed to have a very experienced, professional and creative wedding photographer (for the price of a budget and average wedding photographer).

 

VFM Photographers Mission

To offer creative wedding photographs captured by professional and experienced photographers for an affordable price.

Give every wedding couple access to beautiful and creative wedding images even if they are on a very tight budget.

 

View VFM Photographers website


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Secret Sydney wedding locations no 2 – Fairlight Beach

 

Well it isn’t the main Fairlight Beach that I am referring too. Even though the main Fairlight beach is really only visited by locals it can still get busy.


The beach I am referring too is only about 50 metres away from the main Fairlight beach area. It is hidden these days with long grass like plants and you need to walk over rocks to get there. For these reasons I have always had this beach to myself, even on a Saturday in the middle of summer!


This post will help you find this cute little Sydney beach. Also included is a slide show from a recent wedding.  The photographs were taken at this exact location after the ceremony was held at the Norwegian Church in Fairlight.


This smaller beach in Fairlight would make a perfect, intimate location for a wedding ceremony.

 

 

 

 

Google Fairlight Beach, Sydney map

 

 

 

 

 

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Secret Sydney Photography Locations – Chinamans Beach

There are many lovely spots throughout Sydney for wedding photography.  Many spots though lovely for wedding photographs are extremely popular and hence crowded.  Locations like ‘Mrs Macquaries Point’, ‘Observatory Hill’ and ‘Dawes Point Reserve’ in the city, can be so busy that it is not unusual to see five or more wedding bridal parties having their pictures taken at the same time (can get crowded).

 

Sydney has far more to offer in regards to photography locations than just the ‘normal’ locations that everyone goes too.

 

Want to know where these beautiful and secrete spots are?

 

My first post, on the series of secrete Sydney photography locations is about Chinamans Beach in suburb of Mosman.

 

Google Map to Chinamans Beach

 

Below my own youtube video shows how to get to the beach (remember I am not a videographer but a photographer so the footage is a little dodgy J ).

 

This is a top spot that few people even living in Sydney know about.  Makes a wonderful spot for a wedding ceremony and or wedding photographs.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Wedding Thank You Cards – a new idea!

As a wedding photographer I am always looking for new products and ideas that will benefit wedding couples…. and as a business owner I am always looking for new technology that not only improves my business but also helps my clients.

 

I am really proud to announce a new ‘arm’ of my photographic business.  Sarhn McArthur Photography can now offer all wedding couples (even those who are not using Sarhn McArthur Photography as a photographer) the ability to send thank you cards from the comfort of their lounge room with their computer.

 

No they are not E-Cards but real cards!  People can now go online and select from thousands of pre designed cards or even upload and design their own card (using a wedding photograph for example).

 

Once you have selected your card front, selected a font, typed your personal message on the inside, then press send on the computer screen; Australia Post will print and send your card to anywhere in the world (and you didn’t have to leave the lounge room).

 

Want to try sending a card for free??

 

I am offering anyone who leaves a comment on this post the opportunity to have a free gift account for two weeks.  I will even give you enough funds to send a couple of free cards to give it a go.**

 

Simply leave a comment and make sure you include a correct email address (will not be published).  I will then email you back all the details which will include your username and password to access your free gift account.

 

This is opened to anyone, anywhere in the world (you don’t even have to be getting married).  I am also happy to make this offer available to any photographers reading this post (I know there are a couple of you J ).

 

Hope you enjoy this new technology as much as I do!

 

 

 

**  Offer is only for a limited time.

**  Sarhn McArthur has the right to refuse anyone the offer who she believes has dodgy intentions.

 

 


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Sydney Weddings and the Weather Considerations

 

Do you want to know something that many photographers around the world have discovered?  This phenomenon proves to me that the number one concern for most bride & grooms is the weather they will experience on their wedding day.

 

What is this truth that I write of?  On any day of the week (even within the busy wedding season) if it is raining outside then our phone will not ring.  I have even noticed that we will not receive emails from wedding couples who live in Sydney when it rains.  It is as if couples don’t want to even think about their wedding plans on a rainy day. 

 

So with that realisation shared, here is some information to consider in the planning of your wedding day in regards to the weather.

 

Tides

Having a beach wedding ceremony on the sand?  Then check when the tides are due to come in.  Sydney Tide Times 

 

Sydney Tides at Weddings

 

Light

Unless you are living in Norway during the middle of summer and can enjoy the benefits of the midnight sun, fading light will be an issue for you and your photography.  You can check the sunrise and sunset months before your wedding day and thus can book your wedding ceremony & reception based on these times.  Sydney Sunset & Sunrise Times  

 

Photographic useable light is different than sunset.  The last 10-15 min before sunset is usually very dark, however I have used this light at times for some moody, creative ‘end of the wedding day’ type photographs.

 

Sunset Photographs Sydney Weddings

 

Wind & Rain

Your best defence is to be thinking of wet weather alternatives at the time of booking your ceremony and reception.  Hoping the weather will be ok is not a plan and denial is not a strategy.  It isn’t a bad idea to start your search for photographers at the same time as ceremony & reception venues, as they can be a wealth of information on wet weather locations and strategies for bad weather.  If they don’t help with this kind of information then it will quickly help you work out the better photographers to book.

 

Once you have planned for any weather conditions, five days before your wedding you can start to check the weather forecast.  Don’t do it any earlier as you are only going to drive yourself crazy and the information is not going to be accurate (be kind to yourself). Sydney Forecast 

 

If the forecast predicts rain then contact your photographer and venues if you need to discuss those wet weather strategies.  With the rain can come a change of light and often really moody cloud cover, which I see as an opportunity to get some really creative photographs.  Having a number of large golf umbrellas on hand is a really good idea.  Black ones help with the moody shots and the all white ones (though really hard to find) are great for keeping the rain off but allowing some light through onto the face.  Be careful that the umbrellas selected does not have any company logo’s or writing on them – as they will show in your photographs.

 

Rain Wedding Photographs Sydney

 

May the sunlight warm your face, the wind be blowing gently and there be no mention of rain on your wedding day.  Have a wonderful day!


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