Staging a wedding is like putting your love story on show. That’s what it felt like for me.

It wasn’t quite fear and trepidation. More of a situation where I needed people around me that I felt totally at ease with. People that I could be open with. Even though I had been to my fair share of weddings, being an onlooker just isn’t the same. Anyway, you want to be so comfortable you can be openly expressive. This will so pay off when you see your wedding photos.

For these reasons I always keep the mood light and enjoyable, especially on the wedding day.

But are you ready to take the lead in your very own show? To do justice to your photos,  this Byron Bay wedding Photographer needs to ensure you are at ease and chilled.

This is your day for enjoyment. An occasion to take time out and take pleasure in everything that is going on around you. I am about recording those special moments, the emotions, the energy and the joy. The stars of the show have to be real people having a really fun time. Whether it’s the wedding party looking to party or just the two of you, we will capture this once off day of your life. The day you and your partner want to remember.

Of course you will want to relive each moment.

I love it when Brides and Grooms say that they felt so at ease and therefore hardly noticed I was there. To get those candid photos, the Byron Bay wedding photographer has to make themselves scarce. Nothing looks natural if the subject is wary.

To make sure I get the best result, I focus on finding out what couples have in mind. I want to achieve their dream, not mine. Every picture choice is personal for the reason that I feel I shouldn’t tell anyone else what they will like. Furthermore the reason I provide so many images is so that couples then can make their own choices.

The story of your wedding day is your personal treasure trove. I provide at least two versions of each image according to your choice (e.g. raw colour, black & white, sepia, etc.) for the reason that you really have a great experience with your Byron Bay wedding photos when you select your own favourites.

The saying ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ is an understatement. If I show two people some of my photos and asked them to rate the shots, they will rarely agree. Just being a Byron Bay wedding Photographer doesn’t qualify as a style know-all.

Some like arty effects, some like formality, some like dark moody images, some love the harvest look. Then there are the photographic tricks we use such as utilising extreme depths of field. We can increase aperture to reduce focus to a short range or we can slow down shutter speed to see movement. Then there is time lapse or distortion with wide angle or telephoto lenses. There are so many filters and photographic gizmos that I can’t recall why I bought some of that gear.

On top of that, the beauty of a digital image is that it can be modified using Photoshop to something totally different.

My aim is simply to understand your requirements and what your style is. On top of that, your experience has to be memorable and fun.

Because I treat the recording and telling each wedding story in pictures as critical, I do the shoot with an easygoing fun attitude to ensure that the vibe is upbeat.

First of all, everyone feels a sense of appreciation with the picturesque natural scenery and the idyllic climate and even more when the results are stunning.

Call to discuss how I can make your Byron Bay wedding photos experience mean the world to you.

Then there is the canvas. We are so lucky with so many stunning venues around Byron, Broken Head, Lennox Head and Ballina. From white beaches to old farm buildings and tropical forests. All around the Northern Rivers NSW and Byron Bay, the country is rich in colour and form.

And did I mention the Byron Hinterland? So often there is a new venue or a lane way that is waiting to be discovered. There are the quaint villages of Bangalow, Federal, Eureka, The Channon, Newrybar, Binna Burra, Eltham, Clunes and many more within a stone’s throw.

For any Byron Bay wedding photographer, this is gold. Every location a gem!

First of all, it is OK to be fussy.

I say it should be more than OK for the reason that you are paying someone to record your wedding day. It should be law.

Your wedding photos must be just what you had in mind. No what your Byron Bay wedding Photographer has in mind. Above all, these wedding photos are for YOU to enjoy.

Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what anyone else likes. They can have their say when they get married.

The great advantage with Byron Bay is that there are so many magic locations to choose from. Beaches, headlands, rivers, waterfalls, streams, mountains, rain forest, gardens and plantations.

Likewise, there are so many novel street-scapes around Ballina, Byron Bay, Ewingsdale, Bangalow, Lennox Head – the list goes on.

No wonder there are more than 1000 weddings and elopements in Byron Bay every year!

To ensure your Byron Bay wedding photographer will produce the ultimate wedding photos for you, above all it helps if they are: –

  • VERY ENTHUSIASTIC about creating images that tell the story of your wedding day
  • A FULLY qualified professional photographer
  • 300+ wedding shoots
  • A LOCAL so knows all the best locations
  • ABLE TO demonstrate an enviable network of wedding contacts and local knowledge
  • GOING TO ARRIVE early and leaves LATE
  • NEVER PRECIOUS and allows other guests to snap away
  • HAPPY to give you the original images when requested
  • GUARANTEES early delivery of your wedding package

My interest in photography switched from industrial to weddings when my wife Jacqui became a Marriage Celebrant in 2009.  I then found myself  shooting weddings from Byron Bay and beyond to get enough images for Jacqui’s website.

This was an epiphany. I was hooked.

Overnight weddings took first place on my list of to do’s. And what could be more satisfying than covering weddings around not only gorgeous Byron Bay but interstate as well.

Images move people. The sensory overload of emotions is canned forever. A point in time.

Apart from family and friends, surfing far-out places and skiing the best slopes on the planet, I can’t think of anything else that comes close to capturing the romantic moments of a couple on their wedding day. It hits the spot every time.

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So be sure you feel completely comfortable and most of all you don’t feel judged by your Byron Bay Wedding Photographer.

That way you can be openly expressive and this will pay off big time when you see your photos.

Gary Patterson Photography

formally Gary Patterson Collection