From the moment I saw her Instagram, I fell in love with Lucy’s work. And when I apporached her about a styled shoot, she was just so genuine to chat to that I knew I had to feature her in this series. Her work is stunning and if you don’t believe me, feel free to skip to her website and check her out.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wedding and portrait/lifestyle photographer based in Illawarra, NSW. I’m recently married and we have two adorable baby long-neck turtles! I launched my business in 2011 when I was living in Brisbane. At that point in time I was just capturing families and couples between Brisbane, Townsville and Wollongong. I’ve just passed my 3 year milestone as a wedding photographer where I truly found my passion for capturing love!
2. How’d you get into the wedding industry?
I got into the wedding industry by a friend of mine who I used to work with. He asked me to capture his wedding. Their wedding sparked my interest and 3 years later, here we are!
3. What are two things that Brides should know about before booking a photographer?
They need to consider the PERSONALITY and STYLE of the photographer. I always ensure I get to know my couples when they’re considering me to capture their wedding, to ensure that essentially, we’re the right fit for each other. I love a laugh and I find that when I’m in a meeting, it’s soon after that it feels like we’ve known each other for ages when we may have just met. It may be a weird concept, but creating this bond is so important to ensure that I can achieve the perfect images come their wedding day. Style also – by this I mean not only editing style, but shooting style. Every photographer is different in this aspect. I really like my sessions to be candid and natural, and consider my editing style to be slightly moody tones, whilst keeping colours as close to real as possible. This comes hand-in-hand with my first point, as it’s more of a challenge for me to achieve these fun, candid shots when my couple or clients are strangers (it’s achievable for sure, but this way my couples are more relaxed, as they feel they know me already! )
4. What’s your ideal couple?
I love when I offer my clients a challenge and they accept without question! I’ve had my clients in rainforests, up bush paths, crossing rocky platforms – the works! And here they are in full wedding attire, obliging with whatever wacky thing I’ve thought of to do. At the time they aren’t necessarily always sure why I’ve taken them off the beaten track, but once they receive their images back these shots are always the one most well-received. I like an adventurous couple, willing just to go with it!
5. Are there any trends you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I would love to see unplugged ceremonies continuing. An unplugged ceremony is where all cameras and phones are put down by guests and they are 100% present for the wedding ceremony. No eyes in devices or faces hidden behind technology; all eyes are on you both! It also makes our job, as photographers, easier as we’re not; capturing guests with devices covering other people’s faces, having phones pop up infront of us as we’re trying to capture a moment (and there have been times where this has almost made me miss crucial moments!), or having an aisle of cameras. Guests are excited, and want to help document the moment but let them be present and enjoy themselves, and let me capture the moments.
6. What’s one tip you want to give Brides on their Wedding Day?
To Relax!! This is so important and expressed by vendors time and time again! Things can go wrong. Things may not go to plan. It may rain. There’s so many variables, as theres so many factors that go into a wedding, but just relax. The day will unfold as it does, and if timing is pushed back by half an hour because something ran late or overtime – it doesn’t matter! The best thing is to embrace the day, don’t sweat the small stuff and just enjoy yourself!