A photographer essentially becomes an extension of you and your family on your Wedding day. They are there for all of your once-in-a-lifetime moments (his face when you walk down the aisle, saying “I Do” with tears in your eyes, throwing the bouquet, cutting the cake, the first dance, ahhhhh I could go on!) and will hopefully provide you with a collection of candid, natural and timeless photos thereafter.
This week we touched base with the lovely Niki from Niki D Photography and Film to find out a little bit more about her journey into Wedding Photography, and what you should be taking into consideration on your once-in-a-lifetime day!
Can you tell us a bit about Niki D Photography and Film?
We are an award winning, Tamborine based, Family run business. We Photograph and Film beautiful weddings from the Sunshine Coast down past the border into NSW and of course Mount Tamborine.
We have an award winning Photobooth that is a must for any Wedding Reception. Tons of laughs and always entertaining!
We all love what we do! We are so passionate about providing our clients with everlasting beautiful memories, we are very lucky to be able to do what we love!
How long have you been a wedding photographer? Tell us a little bit about the journey you went on to become a wedding photographer.
I studied Photography at school back when you had to develop your own photos in the dark room. It was so much fun! I loved it from the start! I then lived overseas for a couple of years and travelled which just made me love it more! When I came back to Australia to get married myself, it was then that I thought what can I do to make this love of Photography into something more!
A friend let me shoot her special day and I fell in love! The emotion and timeless moments that make up a wedding day are just so special and I feel blessed to be able to do what I do.
Do you travel for weddings?
Yes please! Take me with you.. wherever you want to go I will follow!
How would you describe your style?
Candid but directed. I know a lot of people have never had professional photos taken before so although I love to watch the day unfold and tell your story, I understand some direction is needed to get those beautiful styled shots that make you go awwww! We have been described as Classic with a Modern twist. We like straight lines and having a ton of fun!
Why do you think photography is such an important part of a couple’s big day?
At the end of the day, once the dress is put away, all the guests have gone home, and the music from the Reception fades.. you have your images. You have your beautifully hand crafted Album. You can sit there and relive each and every moment over and over. The beauty of having a Photographer like me is I capture all the hidden moments, the secret looks, the smiles so full of love its magical. The beauty of then having our Videographer is that you get another completely different view of your day to treasure always as well.
What advice do you have for couples when they are thinking about their wedding photography?
Meet with the Photographers! You will be spending majority of the day with your Photographer you have to at least like them a little! We do free coffee dates so we can chat about what you have planned for your day and get to know each other a little.. we also do free engagement shoots so we can get to know you even more!! (we promise we are not stalkers haha) And make sure you look at what you are getting in your package, not just the price! And people, seriously, get an Album! They are the most amazing things EVER! You will love it! Your kids will love it! We even do Parent Albums so that you can earn extra brownie points!
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
The creativity that comes with doing this for a job. Meeting with people that are creating the most special day of their lives and the energy that comes with that. Listening to speeches. Seriously. Some weddings just have the most amazing speeches! I must admit I have cried a couple of times! haha.. The joy that comes with handing over a clients images and Album. Hands down best job ever!
Do you have a favourite wedding photograph? What is the story behind it?
One of my favourite wedding photos involved wading through shoulder high grass (repeating in my head – there are no snakes, there are no snakes…) climbing up onto an old railway bridge about a metre above my head with my cameras, to help a beautiful Bride in her fitted vintage lace dress climb up, praying that it wouldnt catch on anything, to get a stunning sunset shot with the mountain range in the background. It was worth every panicked heart beat as I avoided spiders and their webs that were un-naturally large! As you can see we bend over backwards for that perfect shot!
Can you tell us a little bit about the packages that you offer couples.
Our packages start at $2400. We have 3 packages to choose from including Album and 2nd Shooter options. We sit down, chat and customise something that is perfect for you. We can add a Videographer or Booth, a Parent Album or 2. We make sure you are super happy about how your Wedding Day is going to be captured.
What can couples expect when they visit your stand?
Me with a silly grin on my face. Ready to have coffee!
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