Wedding Photography Collection

This is my second last day at work before I head overseas for a nice little holiday.

I thought for something different, I would upload a slide show of wedding photographs that I have taken over the years.  Some of the photographs are very recent, while others were taken a little while ago but as they are my favourites, I added them too.

I return to Australia and back in the office on the 3rd of December!

Hope you like the show!

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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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Taronga Centre Reception Venue

The Taronga Zoo Reception Centre is another one of my favourite wedding reception venues.

 

I like it because:

 

1)       Amazing view of the City of Sydney, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Centre Point Tower!

2)       Couples have the option of not only hosting their reception at the venue but also their ceremony.  There are different options for where the ceremony can be held.  One option is under cover (a good option if concerned about the weather).

3)       Bridal party photographs throughout the zoo, is a possibility.

4)       Other great locations near the zoo for photography.  See example photographs

5)       The food and service has always been exceptional.

 

My only note on this venue is that they appear to have a regular change over of wedding coordinators (approx every 18 months).  However this is probably the average amount of time wedding coordinators will stay at a particular job.  Read my post on ‘wedding coordinators’ for more information about this subject. Also I must say I have never heard anything bad about this venue, wedding co-ordinators, service or staff, only very happy reports.

 

Enjoy the photographs taken from the Taronga Centre.

 

 


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Real Wedding Day Story in Sydney – not for the faint hearted!

Those who have been in the wedding industry as long as I would be forgiven in thinking they probably have seen it all when it comes to things that can go wrong.  I personally do not have this opinion because of an incident that occurred about eleven years ago.

 

In fact it is such a weird and unusual tale, that when I am attending a party with friends who are familiar with the story, will inevitably by the end of the night say “Oh Sarhn, tell everyone your wedding story with the duckling”.

 

So here we go……… real wedding day story number three…….the wedding and the duckling story.

 

The story starts for me at Athol Hall; a little cottage restaurant in ‘Middle Harbour Sydney’, which boasts one of the best views of Sydney harbour and the city.

 

As planned I arrived before the ceremony to photograph the groom with his family and groomsmen.  The groom asked if he could get a photograph taken with the Kookaburra he spotted sitting in the tree.  “Sarhn, Kookaburras are my favourite animal.  I just love them”.  For those who are not familiar with the Kookaburra, let me fill you in…….it is a medium size Australian native bird that makes a very loud laughing noise, as if it is mocking your every move.

 

After taking the photographs with the Kookaburra, sitting in his old gum tree (sorry… promise not to quote from any more Australian children’s songs), we headed back towards the location for the ceremony.

 

The ceremony was beautiful as was the bride as she walked down the aisle.  Once the ceremony had concluded, family photographs captured and the guests thanked, we headed down towards the beach of Athol Hall.  This spot is a little secret beach in Sydney, which generally means you will have it all to yourself.

 

On the sandy beach I was photographing the bridal party candidly as they opened the champagne and laughed while swapping stories from before the ceremony.  It was around this time, that a very small duckling waddled out towards the bride.  Upon seeing the little, fluffy, yellow duckling the bride gushed “Oh Sarhn, can you take a photograph of the duck.  I just love ducks they are my favourite animal”.

 

This really was a photographer’s dream; a very happy bride, smiling and laughing bridal party and flower girls, amazing soft light with the backdrop of Sydney’s harbour.  Everything appeared perfect as I thought “these photographs are amazing”.

 

Unawares to the bridal party, looking on directly above in another gum tree was the Kookaburra.  Then before anyone could do or say anything, the bird swooped down, grabbed the duckling by the neck then flew back to its tree perch. 

 

“I thought Kookaburra’s only eat leaves” yelled one of the groomsmen as we all listened in horror as the duckling squawked from having its head and neck trashed against the tree.  “Oh mummy what is the Kookaburra doing” screamed one of the littlest flower girls, as I was thinking “oh how horrible we need to move away from here before the girls start crying”.

 

My thoughts were not fast enough because right at that moment the duckling’s body went limp as blood and features fell like rain upon the bridal party.

 

It is usually around this time when I have been forced to share this story at a party; someone will ask “What the hell did you do then?”

 

With that I say “I did the same thing as everybody else…………..I stood frozen in time for what must have only been a couple of seconds but felt like a very long, uncomfortable amount of time”.

 

It is interesting that it wasn’t immediately apparent but many days after the wedding that I thought about the irony in the story.  Is it ironic that the groom’s favourite animal killed and consumed the bride’s favourite animal?

 

Some may say it was a bad omen; others bad misfortune but I think the bride and groom looked at it as a really entertaining story to tell the grand kids (with the blood and guts taken out of course).  J

 

Beach at Athol Hall Sydney

These photographs were taken around Athol Hall but were not from the wedding ducking day story.    🙂

 

 

 

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Family Wedding Photography

 

 

Your actual wedding day is not the time to start thinking about what family groups you would like a photograph with.  It is not just Murphy’s Law but common sense that dictates you will forget someone.

 

Can I say this is especially true if either the bride or groom (or sometimes both) have step parents and or step families.

 

It is imperative not only for a happy wedding day but also many years of happiness after your wedding, to make sure the topic ‘family photographs’ is discussed before the wedding.  Then write a list!

 

Firstly sit down together with your fiancé privately, to talk about which family groups are important to have photographed.  Discuss if some of these groups are to be photographed with just the bride or groom or both?

 

Once you both have agreed upon the family group list then I would strongly recommend for all couples to show this list to their photographer.  Discuss the time needed for the amount of family group photos required with your photographer.

 

Now that you have an idea of how much time it will take and when during the wedding these photographs will be taken, then it is a very good idea for most couples to discuss this list with their parents (I say most couples as this is not the case for everyone – you decide for yourself).

 

This way you’ll have a better chance of avoiding this statement after your wedding “we didn’t get a photograph of Auntie Betty and her family with the bride & groom”!

 

Don’t ever assume that the photographer will know which family group photographs are important to you.  Make sure you tell your photographer. I would even go further and recommend emailing the list to the photographer.  It is always a good idea to have proof of what you have asked for.

 

 

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