Winner of my little contest and I’m off to Darwin

Over the past few weeks I was running a bit of an instagram-based contest to celebrate surpassing 10,000 followers on the platform. To enter and be a winner of a photoshoot worth $400 all you had to do is pick out your favourite photo I had posted on my instagram feed and repost it on your own. The winner of my little contest was @Bossthebullmastiff! This lucky pooch will soon be running about in front of my camera for a bit of a shoot 🙂

Thanks goes out to all the other entries I recieved! my follower count is now over 12,000! Instagram has proven to be quite a neat little vehicle for advertising my photography across the world, having booked a photoshoot in Darwin I’m heading off to tomorrow, and a wedding in Greece next year! I’d love for you to give me a cheeky follow too by clicking ‘follow’ below. 🙂

Just a heads up also, I’m very keen on expanding more into the wedding photography scene in Darwin, and I recently launched my Darwin Wedding Photography webpage to better broadcast my willingness to be competitive up there, and offer some awesome wedding photography!

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Darwin Wedding Photography webpage launch

Ever since Mark and Kathryn’s wedding I covered in Darwin back in 2016, coupled with my increase in popularity via my instagram account, which allows me to broadcast my work at a global scale, I’ve had a few enquiries for Darwin Wedding Photography, which I think is pretty awesome! As a result, I’d like to announce the launch of darwinweddingphotography.com – a website dedicated to what I offer in darwin in regards to my wedding photography. Nothing is different in regards to service – aside from the slight increase in price due to travel costs.

I love covering weddings in Darwin, as the whole city is set up with different biomes of scenery all over the place, and the sun sets in the Northern Territory are to die for! I love it so much in fact that I’m keen on covering as many weddings as I can in the North End, while still being very competitive with prices for wedding photographers up there!

I still use a video I produced while covering Mark and Kathryn’s wedding to showcase how I work at weddings to all  new clients, and one of the main comments I get back from people who view it is that I’m able to properly capture the landscape aspect and colours so prevalent in the Northern Territory, which is what I’ve always been aiming for whenever I cover a wedding. The great thing about expanding properly into Darwin Wedding Photography is that I can now do what comes naturally to me more often! Check out the video below.

My background in Landscape and Scientific work lends itself well to the whole idea of capturing the background story of the day in all my wedding photography, and Darwin is so famed for that kind of work that I’m very excited to announce this kind of expansion! 😀

How to include guests who can’t attend your wedding

More often than not, when organising your guest list for your wedding, you’ll find out that some guests you have a deep connection with cannot make it due to any number of reasons. These guests are people who perhaps are too old and frail to venture out to your wedding venue, or perhaps they are living overseas. I thought I might make a bit of a list of ideas I’ve seen when covering weddings as a wedding photographer of how to include guests who can’t attend your wedding.

Ideas for how to include guests who can’t attend your wedding

Live stream your ceremony

Providing of course that your wedding venue has good mobile phone coverage, you could opt to live stream your wedding ceremony via your mobile device. Modern smartphones with cameras all have this ability whereby you can set up a face to face call with the guest that could not make it and instead of facing the camera towards yourself, simply turn it around so that it’s facing the altar. In this way your guest can participate in the wedding ceremony in real time.

If you’re a little more tech minded one could also set up a live streaming event with a service such as livestream, where you’re able to hook up a camera with a PC with an internet connection. Using this kind of service more than just one guest could watch the stream at once.

Record a video message to play at your reception

One wedding that I fondly remember was the wedding of Michaela & Paddy at the SC Pannell Winery where the reception featured a video of well wishes from guests all around the world who could not make it. The reactions from Michaela seeing the faces of loved ones talking to her via video was a beautiful addition to the day.

Make use of a Videographer

As a wedding photographer, I’m often working alongside a videographer, and I will be soon expanding into this area as a new service. The best use of a videographer is of course having a full video documenting your wedding day in ways that still photography cannot. A great idea for how to include guests who cannot attend your wedding is to hold a viewing party at some point after your wedding where you can take your video to the guests who couldn’t make it. You can also opt to send a copy of your video to guests abroad, or even use the internet.

Represent guests not present with their photo

Having guests who could not make it represented by framed photos is a wonderful idea to remember those who could not make it for one reason or another. This idea is often used for those guests who would have loved to attend but who had passed on before the wedding date.

My favourite application of this idea I saw at Kirstyn and Tom’s Nepenthe winery wedding where Kirstyn had attached an image of her grandfather to her bouquet so that he was with her the entire day. Was beautifully touching.

These are just some of the ideas I’ve picked up throughout the dozens of weddings I’ve covered. If you have another idea to perhaps add to this list I’d love to hear about it!

 

Destination wedding photography

As you’re reading this I’m on location in Darwin for a destination wedding, which I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while, ever since the bride and groom contacted me from Darwin to provide destination wedding photography for them. At first I was a bit surprised, as obviously, SvenStudios has always marketed ourselves as the premier choice for Adelaide wedding photography, but I was also overjoyed as the concept of destination wedding photography was intriguing for me. I’m an avid traveller and have made a name for myself in not just wedding photography, but also fine art landscape photography so being able to combine the two at this destination wedding in Darwin sounded awesome! Of course I accepted the invitation to cover their wedding!

One interesting thing about planning a destination wedding is the fact that local suppliers in places such as Darwin – or any niche location for that matter – may end up charging you the Earth when compared with a supplier closer to home. In this case I was chosen as their wedding photographer as my wedding photography prices, in addition to airfares and accommodation, were cheaper than any local photographer of similar skill set in Darwin! If you are planning a destination wedding, please do consider taking along a trusted supplier, such as myself to cover your wedding as having someone local cover your wedding may result in overpaying for a result you may not love as much as if someone you know and trust were to do it.

I would be more than willing to cover your destination wedding and would be keen to work out a deal to cover my travel expenses and your destination wedding photography package. As I’ve stated earlier, travelling is a huge passion of mine and I’d jump at any opportunity to travel with you to share your love anywhere in the world, and I promise to make it cost effective for you!

Launch of Steven Duncan ART

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Steven Duncan ART, at http://StevenDuncanART.com.

Working in my free time recently, I’ve developed a website dedicated to the art side of my photography. SvenStudios.com is now wholly dedicated to the wedding photography and event coverage side of my business, where at Steven Duncan ART will be dedicated to Fine Art prints. I’m an award winning photographer in not only wedding photography, but also Landscape, Illustrative, and even Science photography. I also like to dabble in digital painting and concept art.

Steven Duncan ART

Steven Duncan ART

Steven Duncan ART will showcase all my my fine art pieces I produce while not shooting weddings. I’m also a huge fan of digital painting and concept art, so I’ll also be using the site for that. I understood that the majority of visitors to SvenStudios were looking for their wedding photographer, as opposed to a fine art landscape photographer, which is the reason for developing this new website.

If you’re looking for a nice fine art print of a landscape, or painting I’ve developed, Steven Duncan ART also provides a secure shop to buy prints.

If you’re a fan of landscape or fine art photography, or just my photography and art in general, please visit Steven Duncan ART, and please support me by liking the Steven Duncan ART Facebook page.