A huge thanks to every one that took the time to look through the top 100 album on FaceBook. To be honest it could have been a top 500 there are just so many to choose from and so many that I love. There are a couple in there from quite a few years back and they are there, as some of my all time favourite wedding images…..
I have displayed them in order of the votes on FaceBook with the first image receiving 34 votes which is very cool indeed 🙂
This was taken at a Lakes Entrance wedding a little over a year ago. Sometimes when you have only a motel room to work with, it can be a bit of a challenge but they (In a lot of cases) have great big windows with nice sheer curtains that soften the light beautifully…. We hung the dress to get the normal details shots we take at every wedding. Normally the dress on its own creates a little anticipation… This time we asked our bride Simone to be in the shot, while she walked over we told her where to stand and what we wanted her to and think about… this has created a beautiful semi silhouette image still showing the details in the dress and we can just see the smile on Simone’s face….. What was the actual thought that went through Simone’s mind at this very moment, I guess only she will know, but that for me is part of the beauty of this image.
This image has it all, it’s classical, fun, romantic, and shows a lot of love…
Brides and grooms have been leaning out of car windows for decades… I remember Dean twisting and turning so he could lean out of the window wondering if he could actually do it, the windows in these old cars weren’t made for climbing out of… We took a series of shots but I knew this was the one I wanted, the one that speaks volumes of their love for each other, I was getting them to move closer and closer, “but you aren’t allowed to touch… now close your eyes… now think about how much you love each other”…
This shot is from a few years back, one of my favourite wedding images, maybe that’s because it has won me, state, national and even international awards… I was never really one for setting up shots with the intention of entering into competitions, but this is one of the few occasions I have and it worked… the dress, the light fitting, the clock, even the time showing on the clock and that beautiful backlight coming from both sides. If just one of these elements were missing it would have not have the same impact and balance…
We’ve all heard the saying, “a picture tells a story of a thousand words”, this image for me is a classic example of that… A Yarra Valley daytime wedding, here are the grandparents of the groom, it was actually their wedding anniversary on the same day it was quite a milestone anniversary as-well
I don’t think I really need to explain more, its pretty self-explanatory this one…
Nothing like a stormy sky for dramatic effect, also taken in Lakes Entrance (for those not in our area) we stopped at this particular spot on the bridge because of the curve in the rail. This did 2 things for us, the first, it gave me more space between myself and the couple, secondly we have used the shape of the rail to bring your eye in from the left right of the image. The curve in the rail leads you out to the couple, softening the image, as we want it to be as much about the moment our couple are having while contrasting that with the drama of the sky…. If we had just stopped where the rail would run straight through the image it would in effect, cut the image in 2…
This was a very funny moment to finish off what was an awesome fun day… This bridal party would have been 80% family, the groom and his 3 brothers made up the guys side and I’m not sure I’ve laughed so much while shooting a wedding… I have to admit this is the encore run, I missed the 1st tractor mono, I was driving back from shooting the bottom of Blue Gables Vineyard and was greeted with a bunch of groomsmen asking did ya get that shot, did ya?…. You can imagine the reaction when I said no, I missed it, hanging my head in shame….
So much to the groomsmen’s delight, I said you’ll just have to do it again for the camera…
This shot is one of my favourite bridal shots, its simple yet subtle, its elegant and being B&W, its classical… Its not even so much about a gorgeous bride, as it’s to show off the details in her dress and texture and details in the hairstyle. Just by using a plain background with no distractions by having the bride off centre and using negative space, you can’t help but look at the beautiful details in her dress and hair…
This is most likely my all time favourite wedding image… Lakes Entrance beach. We were walking across (what was the old foot bridge back then) towards to beach and the bride, Tracey, said to me … “now it’s time for the fun stuff/shots, the serious stuff is done!” Of course that’s what every photographer wants to hear at a wedding! I got the bridal party at the top of the sand dune… “on 3 guys I want you run towards me”…. That’s when the fun started, I swear half this bridal party went skyward haha. It was one of those unforgettable wedding moments, they pretty much launched of the dune, this is just a one of quite a few great shots. I think one of the best things about this image is the expression on everyone’s face. I’m not sure the guy to the far right will ever live it down…
This dress… one of the more unusual dresses I have ever come across and as a photographer we love the unusual, makes us think differently and create. The dress is also one of the most important elements that makes this image as strong as it is. Again, if you take just one of the main elements of this image it will lose most of its impact. Definitely one of my favourite wedding images.
Sometimes when bringing a 3rd element such as these Harley’s into a shot, keeping the background simple adds impact, it takes away the distractions.
All the attention is now directed to the subject and the main elements that make the image… A simple thing such as crouching down can also change the dynamic of an image.
As there were 3 images tied in the end, we decided to add this one in. 3 weddings are represented with 2 images each in this top 11 as voted by our fans. Again I want to thank everyone that did for taking the time to vote on their favourite images.
A very simple image that has impact, this is beautiful landscape picture, not just a typical wedding photo…
If you have taken the time to read through all of this, I appreciate that and I hope it was an interesting read.