Photography rated high on Mr. Big’s and my list of “things we wanted” for the wedding. As many a bride, blog, and bee has said before me, once all the décor is packed down and the guests slowly drag themselves home, all that’s left are the memories and the pictures.
And Mr. Big and I have pretty shoddy memories!
For us, our search to find just the right photographer was a hard one. We wanted to find a photographer who is not just able to take photos that capture the moment and the people, but also to understand our personalities and provide everything we need. This was emphasised further by the fact that Mr. Big and I aren’t very photogenic (we like being spazzes).
Case in point / Personal photo
The “sane” thing to do would’ve been to look locally.
I’ve posted inspiration from numerous photographers on the ”˜Bee who are Hunter Valley/Central Coast locals. Photographers like Something Blue Photography, Cavanagh Photography, the quirky Popcorn Photography (careful, has music which plays when you click!), and my personal favourite, Photography on Hermitage, all made it onto my “should possibly contact” list. But the reason I didn’t pull the trigger?
You see, Mr. Big and I don’t really want an album. Just digital prints and unlimited access to said prints. “Paper” prints would be great, but weren’t necessary. You would’ve thought that would lessen the price at least a little bit, but it wasn’t the case. The search for our photographer frustrated us to no end. Mr. Big was suffering from sticker shock and I was attempting to find anyone who could provide us with all we wanted without the excessive price tag.
What made it even more frustrating?
We wanted a photo booth and a videographer as well. That meant we had to pocket away some money to afford a photo booth, a photographer, and a videographer. Mr. Big and I tried to get ourselves to stop. Loving. The photo booth. But it was too hard. We wanted it.
We wanted it bad.
And we weren’t willing to sacrifice a videographer either. I remember watching my parents’ wedding video as a kid, and my uncle’s wedding video as a pre-teen, and thinking it would be awesome to have a wedding video when I were to get married. Mr. Big also has a saying for this wedding: “We’ll only do it once”¦let’s make it the best thing ever!”
So what could we do?
Well, hive, we gave up. For about a week at least. We just didn’t touch or even poke at the subject of the wedding. We enjoyed being engaged, we stayed in and watched movies and cuddled on the couch. We just didn’t want to handle it.
And then one day, after stumbling across a particular post on Polka Dot Bride, I found StudioSomething. Curious, I clicked on their link and flicked through their photos. Impressed, I went to their information page.
The first line of this page?
It’s a little small, but it reads: “You’ve heard we’re awesome, right?” / Taken via Studiosomething’s information page
Now, if you know me, or if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll probably have realised I use the word “awesome” a lot. Like, a terrible amount of lot. I am “awesome”-addicted.
Barney knows where it’s at.
To see those five word emblazoned on the information page was enough to make me turn to Mr. Big and pronounce, with wide eyes:
“I WANT THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS.”
(I kid you not, hive. Mr. Big was alarmed at my enthusiasm.)
What’s more than their spectacular use of the word “awesome”? They take amazing photographs and the team are quirky, intelligent, and amazingly skilled at their work.
They’re not just amazing, but they understand our personalities. They know we’re not really the typical couple. They tailor their shooting styles to the personalities of their clients, they collaborate with the couple, and most of all, they have fun! Their photographs capture more than just the couple and the wedding. They capture the love, laughter, tears, and sheer beauty of the moment!
Our first meeting with them was at a café in Bondi where we bonded over coffee and the traditions attached to our wedding. They asked us what we wanted, what we liked, why we wanted to do the wedding in the Hunter, and they basically just got to know Mr. Big and me.
We emailed back and forth a lot after that. Despite the fact that we loved StudioSomething, we knew we needed to do some shopping around. Mr. Big is all about choice, so he and I wanted to see what else was out there.
However, after finding another photographic outfit that seemed like a good fit, meeting up with them, and falling into the Venus Fly Trap Effect (dubbed by the wonderful Mrs. Waterfall), we hurried back to StudioSomething. No other photographer made us feel as comfortable as StudioSomething’s Ellen and Phu, the two we had met up with that day in Bondi. They treated us like people, not like customers, and we definitely didn’t feel like we were being swindled simply because the word “wedding” was attached to our particular event. They were still professional with us, but friendly and conversational as well!
And their photos are. Absolutely. Magical.
I love the way they shoot in black and white as well as colour, and they put so much emotion into their photographs. They’re extremely talented and bonus—
They do photo booths and stop motion.
Check it out for yourself:
So with all of that, we were a complete and total goer for StudioSomething.
What do you guys think? Did we make the right choice?
(All photos and video copyright to StudioSomething unless otherwise stated)
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
- The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines