Another year has passed and I’m super excited to say that 2018 has been a cracker of a year for both SvenStudios, and myself personally. 2018 has seen me transition into being a full time wedding photographer with SvenStudios, putting aside my previous career as a primary school Japanese teacher, a role I had held for 8 years, with SvenStudios as a part time venture. Now I can say SvenStudios weddings, and my artwork at StevenDuncanART has allowed me to go full time, which is absolutely awesome! Not as awesome however than the birth of my lovely daughter, Chloe! Cute as can be, both my wife an I have enjoyed being with her all year, with me working from home and her on maternity leave. It’s been a wonderful year with incredible opportunities opening up which makes me excited to see 2019 come around!

2018 Weddings

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Weddings Covered

2018 Weddings

During 2018, I covered 26 weddings as a wedding photographer, and a further 5 solely as their photo booth operator. This number is a little down on last year’s 33 weddings covered, but this allowed me to cover other things, such as my first baby shoots, website designing and other freelance work. I actually ended up with a total number of clients exceeding than of 2017. As of writing this blog I have 20 weddings booked in 2019 so far, so I’m certainly looking at surpassing this year’s number of 26.

I put together a bit of a video with 1-3 photos from each of the 26 weddings I covered in the last year below

I’m looking forward to launching my annual wedding photo of the year contest where each couple during 2017 gets to nominate a single favourite photo from their wedding which will be voted on. The winning photo will receive a large framed or mounted copy of their image! As of writing this blog I still have 3 weddings to edit and complete, so look out for further information towards the end of January!  I’ve sent out emails to all my 2018 bridal couples with some responding with their entries, but if you’re reading this and you haven’t sent in your entry yet – please do!

One of the most exciting parts of 2018 for me is the interest I’ve received to cover weddings abroad. This year saw me take a wonderful trip to to the remote Tiwi islands, north of Darwin to photograph the engagement shoot of Jane and David . They put me up in their home on the islands, and hosted me on a bit of a camping adventure where I in return shot some lovely photos of them. I will be covering their wedding in Darwin later in the year as their wedding photographer. I’ve actually put a bit of work into gaining more weddings in the top end with my offshoot website https://darwinweddingphotography.com  Through which I’ve received a number of enquiries.

I’ve also garnered a bit of interest internationally! I’m going to  be covering a wedding on the Greece island of Santorini in 2019, while I’ve also received enquiries for Fiji and the UK! I will be certainly hoping to book more weddings abroad as I love to travel!

2018 Awards

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Awards Won

As far as awards go, I didn’t win any national photographer of the year titles as I did last year, however I did receive some rather special accolades! Being included in the top 15 wedding photographers nationally in the Capture Magazine’s Emerging Photography Awards is something that is very highly regarded amongst  professional photographers, and I was super chuffed to be  included! I was also a finalist again in the South Australian ABIA awards in the photographer category for the second time, and the photobooth category for the first time. I also managed to get into the top 10 in the Australian Photography Awards (APA) in the Mobile category, while also taking out the Marion Gallery M’s Ian Wellding Emerging Artist prize at their annual community Art exhibition.

Within the AIPP, I managed to win 4 state based awards – 2 silver distinctions and 2 silver awards at the annual State Photography Awards – earning me a finalist honour as one of the photographers of the year, while also earning 4 awards, 1 gold and 3 silver awards at the national version of the awards, which puts me within touching distance of achieving my second Master Photographer title (M.Photog I) which I’m excited for this year.

New Toys!

I’m a huge sucker for toys, especially when they help me be the at the forefront of wedding photography innovation and uniqueness. This year I was keen on earning my RePL drone license and learning about all the proper legal ways to use a drone at weddings in Australia, so I journeyed to the Gold Coast after receiving my RePL license, and now I’m soon going to be a trainer for new drone pilots within SA for Autonomous Technology, which nicely ties in my previous career as a teacher with my new one as a photographer.

I’ve recently gone out and upgraded my Phantom 4 Pro drone with the new, much more portable and manageable Mavic 2 pro with it’s Hasselblad camera sitting on the front – It’s always been a dream to own a Hasselblad, and now I do! 😀

This is all well and good, but I’ve been offering aerial drone services for years, whats really different about this year is that I’ve just got my hands on a Gladius Mini underwater drone! Yes it’s a submersible drone, divable down to 100m with a professional standard camera! You know, for all those underwater weddings I do… Well anyway anyone keen on having their wedding underwater, or even to go for a swim on your wedding day, I’d love to tag along! 😀

Art Work

As I mentioned before, I’ve found it easier this year, without having to worry about a 9-5 job to get out and do some more personal artwork. This year saw me curate my first fully art exhibition of my solargraphy I do around Adelaide, which earned me the title of Science Photographer of the year nationally in 2017. As of writing this blog post, the work is currently on display within the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Blue Heart Gallery and will be there for another month or so. Part of the sale of the works will go towards the WCH Foundation.

I’ve also managed to get out and about interstate, in the Gold Coast and in Tasmania to shoot some lovely scenes from those states. A bit of a video of waterfalls in Hobart is available to the left. For more, visit my art website at https://stevenduncanart.com

What’s coming in 2019?

2019 should be an interesting, and very busy year! I have 12 weddings booked within January to March, and I’ll be heading over to Greece early June before heading up to Darwin in late June for weddings! I’ll be looking forward to potentially earning my first gold bar on my Master Photographer ribbon with the AIPP. I’ll be undertaking some business caching with the industry renowned Mark Rosetto in the early months of the year, which should see me offer even more to my clients than ever before!

Looking forward to it!

OH! If you’re engaged or know someone who is, I’m looking to celebrate the new year and this festive season by offering a bit of a discount to anyone who spins my coupon wheel! Coupons offers close on January 12th, so hop in it!

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