Drone laws relaxing from September

As some of you may know, I’ve been researching and looking into ways I can provide something that hasn’t become very widespread in regards to wedding photography yet, and that is aerial photography using a drone. I have recently purchased a drone and have been using it recreationally and producing some very nice images which I’m currently not able to commercially use due to current Australian law. However CASA, or the Civil Aviation Authority for Australia have just announced that “Commercial operators of very small remotely piloted aircraft will no longer need to obtain a number of regulatory approvals. This includes an operator’s certificate and a remote pilot licence.” Or in other words, we can all look forward to drone laws relaxing.

Drone laws relaxing

These new laws should come into effect from the end of September this year, meaning that the huge amount of fees and red tape required to currently operate a drone legally in Australia will be cut back quite a bit. Currently obtaining a drone’s ‘pilot license’ and an operator’s manual (UOC) from CASA can cost upwards of $10,000 total. This change will allow operators of small (sub 2kg) drones like myself to inform CASA of any intended flights via an online portal and operate commercially legally without the huge financial hit doing so would cost currently.

SvenStudios will offer drone wedding photography from October

As a result I can cautiously announce that SvenStudios will be offering drone wedding photography from October, provided of course that these changes to the laws go through. Pricing will be very competative and the whole experience should add a vastly different dynamic to your wedding photography!

 

Trinity Lutheran Church Wedding – Danielle & Adam

Danielle and Adam were married in one of the oldest little churches in South Australia on an incredible day amongst wonderful people. The entire day, despite being quite a long one for me was an absolute joy to be a part of. Their Seppeltsfield wedding was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rowland flat then headed off down the road for glamour photos at the stunning Seppeltsfield winery which I had visited for a previous wedding. Finally their reception was held at the rather interestingly built Barossa Weintal Hotel. Danielle and Adam took advantage of my generous full day wedding package to have me right from the beginning of the bridal party’s preparation at their hairdresser’s in North Adelaide, right through to the end of their reception in Tanunda.

Preparation Photos

As I said, I was with the girls first, which kind of breaks from my usual itinerary for a wedding day, but they asked me to take photos as they were having their hair done so I went! I always aim to cover exactly what my clients ask of me!

After about 30 minutes of taking photos at the bridal party’s hair salon, I headed to the place of preparation for Adam and his grooms men. I was quite surprised to find that one of his grooms men was Jono, a groom I shot his wedding for only a few months earlier! It’;s absolutely crazy how often I bump into people I had previously met at other weddings I cover. Adelaide is such a small city in many ways 🙂

After the grooms men I then headed off to the house where Danielle was being prepared with her bridesmaids and flower girls after having had their hair done. The decor in their house lent itself well to the taking of wonderful wedding photographs, with a marble table for closeups of rings and bridal affects through to a wonderful lit doorway to hang the wedding dress.

Trinity Lutheran Church Wedding Ceremony

The Trinity Lutheran Church in Rowland flat was built in 1853 after the disastrous flooding of the Hoffnungsthal settlement nearby. However the original church no longer stands as a new Church was built in 1955. A pretty little church, the building boasts a beautiful single steeple and large square lobby with 3 way doors. Two leading outside while the third into the chapel proper. The church is surrounded by easily accessible vineyards which we made use of for wedding photos.

Seppeltsfield winery photos

Directly after the ceremony, family photos and using the nearby vineyards for a few shots, we headed off down the road to the picturesque Seppeltsfield winery. The Seppeltsfield winery is an iconic winery in the Barossa region, with history dating back to 1851. The grounds offer absolutely amazing backdrops perfectly suitable for wedding photography.

Barossa Weintel Hotel Reception

The Barossa Weintel Hotel caters for weddings, big and small. Danielle and Adam’s wedding reception took place in their main room that was cause for much debate of what it used to be. The room was circular and it’s roof was raked into the centre resembling a rocket ship’s nose. While we were enjoying the marvellous fare provided by the staff, we put forward a number of theories, including grain silo through to old horse training building. Nothing really made a lot of sense for a number of reasons so it remained a mystery. Was a pretty room none the less, perfect for wedding receptions. Perhaps someone could enlighten me with a comment below on what it used to be?

Thankyou Danielle and Adam for having me as their wedding photographer and I hope you enjoy your wedding photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!