How Do I Choose a Wedding Photographer?

Knowing how to choose a photographer can be tough. We have photographed a lot of weddings and spoken to a lot of couples over the years and have put together some tips.

You need to find a photographer/s that you get along with.

You spend a lot of time with your photographer, more than you will spend with most of the other people at the wedding (your soulmate excluded).  🙂  This means that you need to get along well with them. Some of the best weddings we have done are ones where we feel like part of the family by the end of the night. As a photographer you build a bond with the couple in the lead up to, and over the course of the big day. Weddings are momentous occasions and you want to be surrounded by people you like.

You need to like the photography

If you have a style in mind then seek that out in your photographer. Generally the work that the photographer/s have on display will be their style of shooting. While creative folk can be flexible with the shooting style and ways of working, you generally do not want to ask them to shoot in a completely different style. This ensures that you are getting their best work.

Know how they work

How do you want the day to run? If you want the photographer to document the wedding candidly with minimal intervention then you need to be sure that your photographer can work like that. If you want set-up and posed shots at every step of the way then you need a photographer who can create those moments. Generally a photographer can create a range of posed and candid photos throughout the day but you need to know how the photographer works and what their preference is.

Are you talking to the photographer that will shoot the wedding?

Some larger wedding photography companies will have multiple photographers that will shoot with them. You want to make sure that the person you have been talking to and planning your photography with will be the one shooting the wedding. If they are not, then you need to meet the person that you will be working with and see specific examples of their work.

The Price is Right (Come on Down)

Sorry bad pun… could not help myself. Price is obviously a factor when planning the wedding and you need to balance the budget with each of these other important factors. Within reason the price is the last thing to consider, I said within reason. 🙂

At the end of the day you need to be happy with your photographs and be proud to show them off for years to come so invest the time in getting the right person for the job.

Words by Daniel Smith

Lauren & Glen Sneak Peak

Here is a quick sneak peak from Lauren and Glen’s wedding at Belgenny Farm. Was a lovely day. More coming soon…


Sharif & Megan

This beautiful Autumn wedding took us down to the picturesque Southern Highlands, to Briars Country Lodge. Set to a backdrop of falling autumn leaves and a setting sun, Sharif and Megan’s garden wedding was, quite simply, divine!

Rebecca & Corey – A Bilpin Wedding

With Love Bugs and “Pixie Puffs”, this beautiful Bilpin wedding had an attention to detail and perfectly stylised personal touches, that captured and celebrated the spirit of this gorgeous couple. We had so much fun!!!

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For Eternity Bridal Expo

What a big couple of days it’s been at the For Eternity Bridal Expo in Penrith this past weekend! Was so awesome meeting so many excited brides and grooms to be, along with their entourages of supportive family and friends. Looks like we’ll be busy bees come Autumn and Spring 2014 : ) They certainly are popular times for getting married! Here are a few pics from our stall…

Chris & Hayley – A Newcastle Wedding

Here is a gallery of a wedding we photographed in Newcastle, NSW. Both Amy and I lived in Newcastle before our move to Sydney and we love to come back. Chris and Hayley’s wedding was elegant, vintage themed, relaxed and a lot of fun to photograph. Overall an excellent day!


Christmas Gift Vouchers

Christmas Gift Voucher
Smith Photography – Christmas Gift Voucher

Stuck for a gift idea with Christmas only around the corner? A photo shoot gift voucher could be just the answer!

SMITH Photography’s digital Christmas gift voucher’s are available for purchase from now until Christmas day. These are great for last minute shoppers as they can printed from home, or sent digitally to your special someone. Order by Wednesday December 19th to have a printed version sent to you.

Photo shoots can take place at a destination of your choosing*. Extra time and options available upon request. Please enquire for pricing.

The $70 voucher entitles the bearer to:

  • 1 hour of photography time.
  • 1 of 8″ x 12″ print of your choice.
  • 2 of f” x 7″ prints of your choice.
  • The option to purchase more prints or images on disc.

Purchase now with PayPal or credit card:

Contact Smith Photography for more information.

* This includes a total of 1 hour travel time to shoot location, to and from Sydney city.

Regan & Bianca Maternity Shoot

Maternity - glow

We were very lucky to photograph a couple of sisters who were pregnant at the same time – only weeks apart. Half of the photographs we shot in a park in Taree and the rest in a portable studio that we set up.

Thanks to the two very beautiful sisters Bianca and Regan.

Maternity - glow

Black and white maternity - belly x2

Pregnant sisters

Close up black and white - two baby bellies

Maternity by the river

Maternity portrait

Black and white maternity photos

Pregnant belly

Maternity photo in a park

Vinage maternity photography

River side maternity photography - Taree

River side maternity

Sunny background maternity photography

Two prgnant women