Katie and Marshall's wedding. PICTURE: Nicola Lemmon
Katie and Marshall's wedding. PICTURE: Nicola Lemmon

TOP FOUR: Mackay’s best wedding photographers

AS PART of our Best of Mackay 2019 series, readers were asked to nominate a wedding photographer who they thought were worthy of the title of Best of Mackay.

 

We tallied the votes and these are the top four:

VOTE HERE

The Lost and Wild - Jake Birch and Hollie Thwaites

The Lost and Wild pride themselves on a photojournalist approach to shooting weddings. PICTURE: Jake Birch and Hollie Thwaites
The Lost and Wild pride themselves on a photojournalist approach to shooting weddings. PICTURE: Jake Birch and Hollie Thwaites

How long have you been in photography?

We actually met through Instagram with our photography. I was into travel and Hollie was doing make-up at the time. We've been doing weddings for about three years.

What is your go-to piece of equipment you're covering or the trusted item you always find yourself reaching for?

We are always looking at new lenses to keep up to date with the latest. I am also waiting for the new Sony mirrorless to come out.

What is your speciality?

I would say our speciality is capturing the day and moment as it unfolds. We are kind of like photojournalists for weddings.

If your memory card failed after a long wedding shoot and only two photos survived, which photos would you hope they were?

The kiss and the rings!

 

Nicola Lemmon Photography - Nicola Lemmon

Miki and Steve's engagement. PICTURE: Nicola Lemmon
Miki and Steve's engagement. PICTURE: Nicola Lemmon

How long have you been in photography?

I started in 2011. That was when I first learnt how to use a camera. I was studying speech pathology at the time. After I graduated, I worked for six months and gave it the flick and started wedding photography. I really liked the creative side of it and loved capturing body language and love.

What is your go-to piece of equipment you're covering or the trusted item you always find yourself reaching for?

My 35mm lens! It does not leave my camera the whole wedding day. I shoot with two cameras. My 35mm stays on one (camera) the whole day and I swap lenses on the other. It lets me get a little closer to the couple and makes them more comfortable.

What is your speciality?

I would describe it as candid, romantic and warm.

If your memory card failed after a long wedding shoot and only two photos survived, which photos would you hope they were?

The moment immediately after they get married and are walking back down the isle. All the nerves are gone and it is the first minutes of their new life. The second would be anything else that captures the emotion of the day. His face as she walks down the isle or both of them crying during the parents' speech. Something like that.

 

Deanne Woods Photography - Deanne Woods

Ella and Nick Jackson's wedding. PICTURE: Deanne Woods
Ella and Nick Jackson's wedding. PICTURE: Deanne Woods

How long have you been in photography?

I started around my kids a couple of years ago. So I've been in it about five years just working around the kids.

What is your go-to piece of equipment you're covering or the trusted item you always find yourself reaching for?

I'm a Nikon girl. So my dream camera is the Nikon D850

What is your speciality?

Families are one of my passions! With weddings, it is something I am increasing in every year. I think capturing weddings is not just about shooting the day, it is about the moments and relationships which are not expected to be photographed.

If your memory card failed after a long wedding shoot and only two photos survived, which photos would you hope they were?

Definitely a photo of the bride and groom together as well as a family photo. It does not have to be the whole family but a photo that captures a really special family relationship.

 

House of Lucie - Khara Deurhof

Eddy and Ash celebrate their wedding. PICTURE: House of Lucie
Eddy and Ash celebrate their wedding. PICTURE: House of Lucie

How long have you been in photography?

I've probably been a wedding photographer for nearly seven years. This is my first year working full-time but I've been a photographer for nearly 10 years.

I kind of fell into it. I always loved it, but I was planning to be an art teacher.

What is your go-to piece of equipment you're covering or the trusted item you always find yourself reaching for?

The item I could not live without is my Canon 35mm lens. It pretty much stays on my camera 90 per cent of the time. The next item on my list is the 24mm lens and I would really love to get my hands on a tilt shift lens.

What is your speciality?

My style is kind of a documentary approach to the day. I guess it is a combination of being a fly on the wall for some of the day but also having fun with the couples and getting them smiling and happy. I like capturing those candid moments and pride myself on documenting the shots that people miss sometimes.

If your memory card failed after a long wedding shoot and only two photos survived, which photos would you hope they were?

I want tosay first that would never happen- I always shoot with two memory cards. But hypothetically …

I wouldn't say the first the first kiss, because I just don't think that is my style. I would want the shot of them seeing each other for the first time on that day. Whether that is a first look coming down the aisle or another moment. I think that is a really special photo because it is just full of emotion. The other shot would be the bride or groom with their family or grandparents - for me shooting weddings is not just about the couple but about the family also.


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