If you’re looking for something a little different from your wedding photos; something that will bring your special day to life and WOW you with the beauty found in every face and every location, then you might like to consider speaking with Anthea from Anthea & Lyndon Film and Photography in Canberra.
Anthea works alongside her now husband Lyndon (congratulations guys!) to make a truly remarkable film and photography duo who are passionate about what their work, and your big day.
I spoke with Anthea this week to find out more about her business and how Anthea & Lyndon can assist Canberra couples with their wedding day plans…
How long have you been a wedding photography and video duo, tell us a little bit about the journey you went on to become wedding photographers and videographers
I studied photography at CIT in Canberra and then at ANU’s School of Art, and Lyndon studied film and TV at USQ in Toowoomba. After studying, Lyndon worked with a commercial TV and video company here in Canberra for about 7 years. I was exhibiting my photography work in galleries, selling prints at markets, and doing documentary photography for not for profit organisations in Canberra and overseas.
4 years ago, and 2 years into our relationship, we realised that we had the perfect complementary skill set to start a photography and video business together. Then we got married ourselves on New Years Eve!
What are some of your favourite aspects of being a wedding photographer and videographer?
Speeches are definitely one of our favourite parts of weddings. They’re moving, emotional and heartfelt, and they’re such a good insight to the couple and their relationships. That’s why we’re so passionate about video. When the people you love the most stand in front of all your family and friends and speak about their relationship with you, having an audio record of what they said is invaluable. Will you be able to listen to their words in a few decades time? Will you be able to show your kids or your niece or nephew what their grandparents said on your wedding day?
When couples book Anthea and Lyndon for their wedding do you work always work as a photography and video duo, or do you work on different events solo?
We’re both at every wedding, whether a couple books us for photography, or video, or both. We think we make a good team with a male and female perspective, and it means we can be in two different places at once! The walking up the aisle moment – we can capture both reactions at the same time.
Do you shoot digital and film or simply digital?
For weddings we’re all digital. I did a lot of film photography during my studies and would spend hours on end developing and printing in the darkroom. I’d love to make more time for film photography again someday.
What are your favourite photographic styles when it comes to shooting weddings?
Documentary wedding photography and cinematography is what most people want today. We see photographs and video as an emotional connection to the day, rather than simply a record of what happened and who was there. Having a good connection with your photographer / cinematographer is key, that way you’re comfortable being yourselves around them.
Often the time that couples spend with us can be a bit of quiet reflection with each other, a rare moment of alone time on their wedding day. The magic happens when you look at each other instead of the camera. It’s about your relationship with the person standing next to you, not the person taking the photo.
Do you have film and photography packages that couples can choose from?
You can hire a wedding photographer for anywhere between $2,000-$8,000+, and the same goes for videographers. Just like any other service, prices vary greatly depending on how experienced they are, package inclusions, and the quality of the end product and the service they provide. We’re priced in the mid range, similarly to other photographers and videographers with the same quality of work and level of experience.
Wedding budgets vary enormously, and so do priorities. You can create a beautiful event for 20 close family and friends with an afternoon picnic in the park, an elopement or a cocktail style party. Or you can have an elaborate 3 day event for 300 guests in a historic building in the middle of Sydney. Either way, we’d recommend focussing on hiring businesses that can work with you to do an awesome job, rather than getting the best deal you can and compromising on things that are really important to you. It’s not about how much you spend, it’s about allocating your budget according to your own priorities, and working with people who can do the best job within that. That’s what we found with our wedding.
Start out by asking yourselves what is most important to you, what are your priorities and values? Is it the dress or the venue or the food? Maybe even write a list. Photography and cinematography is a priority for couples that work with us.
Do you have a limit of how many couples you book a month? When is the best time to book in?
On average, couples tend to book around 9 months out from their wedding. Photography and video are usually the second priority after locking in a date with a venue.
When you aren’t behind the camera what do you enjoy spending your time doing?
Our ultimate weekend would be camping in a national park with a group of friends, floating down rivers, exploring and swimming in the ocean. Or being guests at weddings!
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