Look great in your wedding photos

Not a lot of people enjoy having their photos taken, but it’s your wedding day so you’re going to be in front of your wedding photographer pretty much all day, so how do you look great in your wedding photos? As a wedding photographer who has shot many dozens of weddings, let me give you some advice. Even with the perfect wedding dress, make-up, hairstyle, it’s not how you look to the eye that makes you gorgeous in your wedding photos, but rather how you look to the camera. This is why celebrities and models always look different in those tabloid magazines without those teams of make-up artists and Photoshop masters, they all know this to be the case. All that matters is how you look to the camera when it comes to producing great wedding photos.

Tips to look great in your wedding photos

Tip 1 – Lay off the fake tan

Yes, being tanned is attractive, but if you’re like 99% of brides out there you’ll be wearing a white, or near white dress which causes even the most subtle fake tan stand out more than it has to. This isn’t to say that all fake tans are bad, but consider perhaps doing it a bit earlier than you would usually just so it fades into a more natural look days before your wedding day. Fake tans are especially noticeable when you’re standing next to your new husband and your skin tones are horribly mismatched. Any wedding photographer worth their salt can mitigate the worse effects of having a fake tan, but when a photograph has you both near to each other it becomes more than obvious and near impossible to fix in Photoshop.

Tip 2 – Relax and have fun

Easier said than done right? If you’re not used to being around giant cameras, having your wedding photographer in your face all day can be daunting and you probably wont be thinking about how to look great in your wedding photos. Just remember this is your day and everyone around you wants you to have the best possible experience, especially your wedding photographer. Remember all those wedding photos you were looking up on pintrest before your wedding day? Well they are all real couples too, why do they look amazing? Because they are enjoying themselves. Your photographer should be able to make you comfortable, have a bit of a sense of humour and be relate able to you. It’s very important you meet with your photographer before your day, if not for an engagement shoot for a coffee and chat. Perhaps bring along personalised props also? Perhaps your really into AFL football? bring a football and you can play marks up? Fan of swords? bring some! It’s all part of the fun.

Tip 3 – Move about

There’s nothing worse than a photo shoot where all the photographer wants you to do is stand in one spot and stare at the camera. Move about, hug and kiss your husband, talk and laugh at each other while looking in each other’s eyes. Start to think of how you and your husband touch each other, hold each other, or kiss each other. What’s your favourite way of leaning into him or hugging him? Your wedding photographer should be able to coach you in this regard, but the honest feelings you show towards one another are always the best images.

Tip 4 – Time your shoot

Generally Adelaide weddings happen around 3pm, with 4-6pm free for a photo shoot. This time is not the worst, but it’s also not the best time to be taking photos in Adelaide. Due to the sun being very harsh in the South of Australia, often the best photos are taken as it starts to get a bit dark, after 6pm. That’s said however you can plan your photo locations to be shady areas leading up to the later periods where you might like a nice sunset photo taken on a beach? So if you want to look great in your wedding photos, think about where you want to go and when. If I’m your wedding photographer I can suggest some locations based on the time you’d want to be there.

St Pauls Hahndorf wedding – Belinda & Jono

The wonderful wedding of Belinda and Jono took place at the St Pauls Hahndorf church for their ceremony, then for their glamour photography ventured into Stirling and Port Noarlunga beach before heading to the Middlebrook Estate Winery in Mclaren Vale for their reception. Belinda and Jono had me as their wedding photographer for the entire day, taking advantage of my generous full day wedding package, and what a beautiful day it was!. Just before the ceremony we were getting a little worried that the day was going to ba an absolute stinker of a day, pushing 40 degrees for most of the week, the morning of Belinda and Jono’s wedding was no different. Fortunately, just as Belinda was walking up to the Church, it spat for about 20 seconds, cooling the whole day just that little bit.

Preparation photos

Jono was being prepared in Klemzig, and had the most awesome grooms men gifts I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Far from the usual things groomsmen have trouble with when getting prepared, for this wedding they’d be learning how to wield a katana. Jono bought them all an engraved katana sword as a groomsmen gift. How awesome is that?

Belinda was being prepared in the couple’s apartment in the Adelaide CBD. It was clear that Belinda and Jono thought along the same wave lengths as as soon as I walked into the door and she saw me eyeing the Lord of the Rings sword they had on their wall, she immediately started swinging it around! Belinda was prepared in next to no time and we were on our way to Hahndorf.

St Pauls Hahndorf wedding ceremony

The St Pauls Hahndorf church is part of the Lutheran Church of Australia  and dedicated in 1858 by German settlers who left the German provinces of Posen, Silesia and Brandenburg to escape religious persecution in 1838-39. However, the original church that stood became worn and dilapidated by the late 1880’s and it was decided a newer church was to be built. And that is the building we see today. It’s still over 126 years old, as this new church was built as the new St Pauls Hahndorf in 1890.

Glamour photos

After walking around the grounds of the St Pauls Hahndorf church a bit, the original plan was to head to Kuitpo forest for some Australian themed wedding photography, however, due to the extreme heat during the week the forest was closed, so we had to find an alternative. I suggested a little known oasis that is the Woorabina Reserve, complete with a lake harbouring native turtles and koalas. Of which we saw two while walking about. After, on the way to the reception venue in Mclaren Vale, we headed to the Port Noalunga beach for a few beach shots.

Middlebrook Estate Winery reception

Belinda and Jono’s wedding reception was held at the Middlebrook Estate Winery in Mclaren Vale. A bit of a trek out from Hahndorf, but I certainly know what they chose this venue for their reception. The staff are fabulous and the setting is stunning, particularly at twilight as the sun just crests the horizon. The vineyards and gazebo,surrounded by sprawling grass is beautiful.

The entire day was an absolute blast and I’d like to thank Belinda and Jono for having me be their wedding photographer!

How to save on your Wedding Dress

I recently covered a wedding where the bride had managed to score her wedding dress for s measly $50. This wasn’t some horrible train wreck of a wedding dress either, like the cheap examples below, it was a lovely, elegant and well made dress. And to top it all off, she said she actually bought 3 dresses as they were so cheap! She did this by finding a closing down wedding tailor and buying out their stock before they went under. Anyway, this gave me a bit of an idea, I’m sure a lot of you brides out there would be looking for some tips on how to save on your Wedding Dress? Well as a wedding photographer, I’ve covered many dozens of weddings and I’ve come across a few simple tips on how to save on your Wedding Dress.

Tips on how to save on your Wedding Dress


1. Avoid shopping on line

Yes, on-line is cheaper, yes there’s a larger range to choose from, but just take a peek at the images below and imagine yourself in their position, and these are not isolated incidents. Occasionally I will rock up at a brides place of preparation, ready to take some rocking wedding photography when lo and behold they unwrap their bridesmaid or wedding gown, not having opened it in fear of dirtying the fabric and it wasn’t what they ordered :/ Different size, colour, style, whatever, it wasn’t what they wanted. So if you want to know how to save on your wedding dress, why don’t you first support local vendors, and then not have to pay through the nose for a last minute dress or crazy shipping costs.

2. Know your price range before you shop

Buying a wedding dress is often a highly emotional affair, which vendors can pick up on and cause you to start spending over and above what you expected, or budgeted to pay. If you’re familiar with the TV show Family Guy (s10e21), there is a scene about this exact scenario. The dress was out of their budget, but the salesman talked them into buying it all the same because he picked up on the bride’s emotions. Try to only try on dressed that you know you can afford, do not get tempted by that more expensive dress as you know once you put it on you’ll have to cut back on more important things, like a few extra nights on your honeymoon.

3. Check out ‘Trunk Shows’

Trunk Shows are wedding dress designers and vendors showcase their new styles in a bit of a fashion show, and try to offload their old designs for sometimes as much as 50% off. Adelaide holds such shows quite often in the form of the bridal fairs at the Adelaide show grounds, or even the convention centre, just keep an eye out for them.

4. Get lucky with sales and changing stock

The bride that I mentioned at the beginning of this article found that closing down store on a whim, and I’m sure you all know the feeling when you find an amazing deal in a sale and how lucky you were to find it? Well what if I told you that many brides I’ve met have had a wonderful secret on how to save on your wedding dress, and that is to purchase the floor sample of their dress. Sometimes stores will be offloading their old stock and the floor sample is always the hardest to offload, so that particular dress would more often than not go for a song.

5. Plan way ahead of your wedding

Planning months in advance of your wedding will save you money in a number of ways, first you know what you want, you have a reasonable budget and you can take your time choosing and hoping for that amazing bargain. Second if you leave it too late you may have to spring for huge express shipping fees just to make sure your gown is with you on time.

6. Use your credit card

If for no other reason than to gain more frequent flyer points when you make your wedding gown purchase so you can stretch out your honeymoon!

Best Wedding photography of 2015

Well then, that’s another year done and a very successful one too for SvenStudios. I have been the wedding photographer at 21 Adelaide weddings over the past year and it’s time to look back and reminisce at the best wedding photography for the year!. This year I’ve put together a simple little slideshow to best showcase the best wedding photography I’ve taken throughout the year. This selection of photographs are only my personal selection and after having produced over 400-500 photos per wedding, I’m sure my clients are bound to have other favourites, but these are mine.

I’ve also made a list of the weddings featured within this slideshow so if you’re curious of the wedding’s venue please feel free to browse the list. Bookings for 2016 are filling in fast! With 15 already booked for 2016, and 4 in 2017 as of the time I’m writing this! I tend to cover on average around 20 weddings a year, so in order to book your date with the most natural and artistic, award winning wedding photographer in Adelaide be sure to contact me and organise a meeting! I’d be free to meet up for a chat at any mutually convenient time. My wedding photography prices are some of the most affordable AIPP-accredited rates in Adelaide so I certainly do encourage you to consider SvenStudios for your wedding photography!

Best wedding photography from 2015

Wedding nerves and overcoming them

Just imagine your wedding day, about to walk down the aisle to the arms of the man of your dreams, or you’re standing there at the altar waiting 20mins after your ceremony was supposed to start, and wondering if your fiancée is going to show up at all…

A lot of planning has gone in to today. A lot of work. A lot of energy and emotion. You’ve had a great morning getting ready and you know this will be the best day of your life… then why are you about to choomp your nails off from the knuckle? You stomach feels as though it’s down by the beach and you’d love to join it.

If the world ran on logic, you know this day will run well, you’ll be partying about at your reception in about 3 hours time after having had your wedding photography taken by the best wedding photographer in Adelaide, so what is there to worry about?

Overcoming wedding nerves

All of this is a good thing and is completely natural. Being nervous keeps us alive and wedding nerves just show us that your senses are on overdrive! you notice that little bird singing that annoying song, your heartbeat, the tick of the giant grandfather clock in the entrance way to the church. You notice things you wouldn’t normally.

Your nerves are what have enabled you to get everything the way it is, the way you’ve dreamt it should be and the way it’s going down today. You’re not nervous you are EXCITED. Tell yourself that. Your body has no way of telling the difference between “I am nervous!” and “I am excited!” So instead of getting anxious, try to train yourself to tell yourself how excited you are instead, as it’s all the same thing neurologically speaking.

You have nothing to be nervous about, your wedding nerves are just you being excited about all your hard work coming into fruition. Get out there and marry your life partner!