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2017 ABIA Bridal Awards – Photographer of the year finalist

I’m pleased to announce that SvenStudios were a finalist of the recent Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) South Australian Awards on Tuesday. In addition to being a finalist in the 2017 ABIA Bridal Awards, I also just missed out on a podium finish, finishing 4th in the state. You can view all the results for all vendors – not just photographers on the ABIA website.

The way the ABIA awards work is actually quite unique; previous clients of each supplier are asked to rate each aspect of the supplier’s service out of 100, and from an aggregate score of all previous scores, ABIA determines if they would be eligible for an award at their Award night. Thanks to all my previous couples who nominated SvenStudios for these awards, because of you SvenStudios scored an amazing 98.68% perfection score! it’s because of this unique method of determining winners of awards that the ABIA Awards are often compared with the Logies of the wedding industry. This year I have also had success in winning a National Photographer of the year title with the AIPP – another professional organisation I belong to – but their awards system is based solely on the professional qualities of images I produce.

With these recent awards, I’m so happy to say that SvenStudios really is the complete package when it comes to wedding photography – being in the top 4 wedding photographers at the 2017 ABIA Bridal Awards judged on clients experience, and an AIPP photographer of the year title for technical ability.

2017 ABIA Bridal Awards finalist

In my never ending quest to provide the best possible wedding photographer services in Adelaide, I align myself with relevant organisations that best represent what SvenStudios is all about. These organisations include the AIPP – or the Australian Institute for Professional photographers and ABIA – the Australian Bridal Industry Academy. The former is solely to do with professional development in creating industry-standard imagery and the latter is all about client relations – or how previous brides have felt dealing with my business.

Master Photographer of the AIPP Achieved

I’m delighted to announce that as a result of this year’s Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Photographer of the Year awards, otherwise known as APPA, I have come away with no less than 3 gold awards and a silver with distinction award along with the newly earned title of ‘Master Photographer’. The magnitude of this achievement is hard to articulate without sounding boastful, but what has happened here is a goal many professional photographers share. Simply achieving any award at the national awards, or even the state awards is no easy feat as winning an award shows the image presented shows that the photographer displays superior visual communication skills and ability beyond standard professional practice.

Master Photographer of the AIPP

These national awards I not only managed to win 3 GOLD awards, but I even came away with a national title of Australian Professional Photographer of the Year in the Science category. These awards, and all the previous awards I have achieved means that I have reached the prestigious level of Master Photographer with the AIPP, which is what the red ribbon in the image below represents.

One may wonder why I’m not winning the Wedding Photographer of the year title, what with being a professional wedding photographer and all. But as I’ve explained before when I won the 2016 South Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year title, the ability to even have a chance of winning any of these tiles shows and incredible knack for visual communication and ability behind a camera. Much of the skills required to win both of these titles are the reasons why my wedding photography looks the way it does, it’s all part of my style and how I approach taking photographs.

Sunday Mail featured weddings

Recently the Sunday Mail newspaper of South Australia featured not one, but two recent weddings I’ve covered in and around South Australia as an Adelaide wedding photographer. You can catch the articles in the June 26th, 2016 edition of the paper on pages 78 and 79.

Sunday Mail featured weddings

The first of these weddings is that of Gemma and Ryan’s wedding at Utopia Waterfall Gully. The Sunday Mail dedicated an entire page for the feature and published two photos from the day. However I feel they could have possibly cropped them a little better, but oh well 🙂

To paraphrase the article –

It was the handmade touches at the wedding of Ryan Morrison and Gemma Sneddon that encapsulated them as a couple. When Ryan proposed to Gemma at a fancy dinner while on holiday in melbourne, the ring box he presented her with was a handmade book. And the ring, made of aircraft grade titanium, adorned Gemma’s finger when she and Ryan exchanged their vows. At their ceremony and reception, held at Utopia at Waterfall Gully, 80 guests celebrated the future ahead for the newlyweds. Their bridal party included Justin McArthur, Shannon Ryan, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Natalie Rose, Carly Wilamowski and Wayne Bickley. Gemma made paper flowers from book pages, while her dad made custom wooden LEGO head ring boxes. They chose their own music playlists and hand-dyed fabric with text on it to make custom vests. “We wanted the wedding to feel like ‘us’,” Gemma said. They also had two cakes, one which was made of cheese, and had LEGO in the bomboniere. “It was cool watching people barter and trade for the mini figurines they wanted,” she said. The couple celebrated their honeymoon, or “mini moon”, at Victor Harbor. Gemma, 28, works in library customer service and is the daughter of Hal and Jacqui Sneddon, of Holden Hill. Ryan, 30, is a PhD student and the son of Karen Bartel, of Junee, NSW.

The second of the weddings featured in this edition of the Sunday Mail was the wedding of Wendy and Steve who held a wedding with traditional Chinese elements while being wed in the Brougham Place Uniting Church.

To paraphrase the article –

Making a promise to be there for each other through life’s highs and lows, was a wedding highlight for newlyweds Wendy Tran and Steven Goldsmith. Wendy, wearing a dress from a bridal boutique in NSW, was joined by bridesmaids Linda Duong, Anna Mai, Bernadette Chan and Priscilla Tran. Sam was joined at the altar by groomsmen Sam Solanki, Ethan Parsa, Ashley Hepworth and Adam Mai. The newlyweds and their 130 guests then continued celebrations at the Ballroom and Kozak Bar in Hindmarsh. The couple, who are both medical scientists, spent their honeymoon in New Zealand, exploring the north and south islands. Wendy, 27, is the daughter of Hong Ngoc Mai and Tai Tran, of Mansfield Park. Steven, 25, is the son of Peter and Evie Goldsmith, of Edwardstown.

The Advertiser wedding of the week

This week I was awarded the ‘Advertiser wedding of the week’ from the Adelaide-based Newspaper The Advertiser. Published on page 30 of the Weddings section in the Monday 27th October edition of the newspaper, the Advertiser wedding of the week was actually a wedding I had shot almost 2 months prior.

Renae and Craig’s wedding was held at the Coriole Vineyards in Mclaren Vale and was a wedding that took advantage of my flexible hourly-based wedding package so to be awarded the Advertiser wedding of the week was quite a surprise as I did not have shots of the groom’s preparation, nor most of the reception. Renae and Craig said that the Advertiser had been in contact with them looking to use their photos for a feature in their paper, but I did not expect to be the Advertiser wedding of the week.

Advertiser wedding of the week

If the font is too small and hard to read in the image above, here is the writeup-

FOR Craig and Renae, when it comes to sentimental proposal locations, Devil’s Peak, in the Flinders Ranges, ticked all the boxes. After all, it was where the couple – who met through a friend – had their first date and lived for a year. So it was fitting then for Craig to ask Renae that life-changing question during a picturesque location.

For the happy duo, creating a relaxed atmosphere at their wedding was first and foremost. They chose McLaren Vale venue, Coriole Vineyards, to host both ceremony and reception. Family and friends travelled from near and far for the occasion, including guests from as far as Hong Kong. The reception venue was dressed in a rustic theme, and guests were treated to a Bracegirdle’s chocolate fountain and a candy bar. But when Then by Brad Paisley began to softly play, it was time for the bride and groom’s first dance as husband and wife.

Renae said the day was filled with highlights from start to finish. “But the standout moment would have to be dancing the night away with family and friends,” she said. The bridal party included Rebecca Scully, Belinda Kelly, Jodie Grimm, Michel Smale, Tim Brice and Hamish Smith. Pageboy was the couple’s son Rily Watson. Renae, 31, is the daughter of Francis and Ellen Watson of Marino. Craig, 36, is the son of Chris Ranger, of Glengowrie, and the late Mike Ranger.

Article by Roxanne Allan of Advertiser Weddings

Associate of the AIPP Awarded

As a result of my recent success at the National AIPP Photography Awards I have been conferred the status and honour of ‘Associate of the Australian Institute for Professional Photography (AIPP)’ which means my photography has been of a consistently high standard over the past few years that I have been a full member of the AIPP that I have ‘gained rank’ if you will. Being an Associate of the AIPP is a step below being a Master Photographer of the AIPP which as a full member of the AIPP for only a few years is quite a difficult goal to attain. However being awarded an Associate status is the first step towards that.

As a result of my new status of an Associate of the AIPP I now have a few more post-nominals to put after my name. Instead of my former status of an ‘accredited professional photographer’ with the post-nominals of ‘APP’ I am now an ‘Associate of the AIPP’ with the post nominals of ‘AAIPP’. Therefore with the addition of all my other post-nominals from completed degrees and whatnot my full name is now ‘Steven Paul Duncan Mteach BA DipCIT AAIPP’ bit of a mouthful eh? Perhaps in the future I’d like to add a pHD to the list 🙂

The honour of becoming an Associate of the AIPP reaffirms my belief that the standard of my photography is of a high level and that my clients can rest assured that if they choose me as their photographer they are getting an industry recognised photographer of a high calibre.

Associate of the AIPP

To showcase my new title I’ve been sent a certificate detailing the honour and a yellow ribbon with medal that I will now wear at future formal AIPP mixers such as Awards dinners. Master photographers wear a red ribbon while grandmasters wear black.