If the thought of posing for hundreds of stiff wedding shots has you dreading the formalities of your wedding, you’re definitely looking in the wrong places for photographers. There are so many amazing and creative photographers on the Gold Coast, who love to incorporate vintage romance and quirky humour into their work. They’ll be hiding in the corners of rooms capturing all of those beautiful moments that tell the story of your day, without you or your guests even noticing. You might not be there to see every heart-warming moment, but they sure will be!
One such story-teller is Sophie from Sophie Baker Photography. When we sat down with her to talk all things Weddings we could literally feel the love emanating from her ~ She is one passionate lady!
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’ve been shooting weddings since 2009. I was in the middle of studying my degree in Photojournalism when I was asked by a friend (who had seen my documentary work) if I could photograph their wedding. Coming out of a photojournalism field, had it not have been for that moment, I don’t think I would’ve touched weddings with a 10 foot pole, but as it turns out, I love shooting weddings – A LOT! I had no idea just what I was getting myself into when I said “yes” to that first wedding or the adventures that it would take me on – but it has been beyond incredible. They’re little documentaries every time and there is always an incredible story to tell. I’m a documentary artist at heart and I’m fascinated by human connection – and what better place to document such a phenomenon than throughout a wedding day – it’s everywhere, it’s the entire basis of the day itself. Everything snowballed from that one wedding back in university, and I’m forever thankful for that call in the middle of one of my lectures, hahaha.
What are some of your favourite aspects of being a wedding photographer?
The people. My gosh, the people. My couples, I seriously love them to bits, just when I think I couldn’t possibly have any more room in my heart for more people I shoot another wedding and spend another day up close with another couple and before I know it my heart has grown even more. So many people have no idea just how incredible and special they are and I can only hope that they see what I see when they view their images.
When couples book Sophie Baker Photography for their wedding are you a solo photographer or do you have a team working with you?
Just me, baby! Sometimes I have a helper, especially for hustling family photos, but there’s something special about flying solo and really being able to fly-on-the-wall effectively.
Do you shoot digital and film or simply digital?
For my professional work – weddings, portrait sessions, photojournalism etc. I use digital, but for my own personal and creative outlet I use film. So my film work definitely influences the way I work with digital and it comes out in the final product.
What are your favourite photographic styles when it comes to shooting weddings?
I describe my style as a fusion between fine art and documentary. I really love documentary photography and it’s where I’m rooted, but over the years I’ve also really loved exploring the freedom of creative fine art photography, and having explored these two widely different mediums they’ve both become mixed into the way I work on a wedding day.
Can you tell us a little bit about the Wedding packages you have?
My packages start at $3400 and can be completely customised for those couples who know exactly what they want and what their budget is. If you’re not quite sure, then my set packages are designed to give you exactly what you want even when you aren’t quite sure what that is. Just swing me an email at sophiebakerphotography.com/#contact-form for my information PDF.
Do you have a limit of how many couples you book a month? When is the best time to book in?
The current trend for me is anywhere between 3 to 12 months in advance, so it’s a wide scope! Which is why I do encourage people to book in “asap” but also, I find some people say “oh we didn’t enquire because we just knew you’d already be booked” – but I’d encourage people to enquire regardless, because you just never know! This June I booked a wedding two weeks in advance – two weeks! – and while that was a new record for me it was still an opening that the couple happily snapped up and another love story I was SO excited to photograph.
Do you offer engagement packages or pre-wedding shoots?
I do offer engagement sessions, in fact, every couple who books a wedding package with me that includes an album gets a free engagement session, whee!
Do you walk through locations before the wedding / with the couple before hand?
I also will do locations scouts of any new locations that I shoot at, which is usually when the weddings are on private properties.
What other photography does Sophie Baker Photography do?
I also do lots of documentary work and my passion project as a photographer outside of weddings can be found in Outland Denim (coming this September!) which is an ethical denim brand helping to break the cycle of sexual slavery and poverty in Cambodia.
When you aren’t behind the camera what do you enjoy spending your time doing?
I love baking, especially on rainy days, and when it’s sunny I love exploring new places far away from the cities or getting on big jet planes and exploring the rest of the world. I also have a very soft spot for Japan and all things Japanese, and my guilty pleasures include things like Antiques Road Show and, yes, The Bachelor.
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