Northern Beaches & Sydney Wedding Photographer

Northern Beaches & Sydney Wedding Photographer

Hi, I'm Richard

I am the owner, award-winning photographer and creative director behind Lonely Hunter Weddings. As a Northern Beaches & Sydney wedding photographer, not only is my primary goal to leave you with a collection of timeless memories that you will cherish for years to come but it's also to make sure you thoroughly enjoy your day by laughing, dancing and having fun along the way. I do understand that a wedding day is a once in a lifetime event. Through my wedding photography, I aim to tell your love story by documenting all the festivities and raw emotions that come with such an event.

I am a Northern Beaches & Sydney wedding photographer but that doesn't mean I only service this area. I love to travel for weddings! Because of this love for travel and shooting in new locations, it means I don't charge any extra for weddings located within three hours drive of Sydney.

As a Northern Beaches & Sydney wedding photographer, I want to keep you informed, so if you would like more information about me or my services you can view my about page. However, if you have any questions or would like to enquire about my pricing and packages, I welcome you to get in touch via the contact page.

Recent Weddings

Elisa & Thomas

Wedding Reel

Bec & Nelson

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Jane Lu & James

Wedding Reel


Jess & Rick

"I cannot even begin to thank Richard enough for his amazing work! He did the most beautiful job of capturing our wedding day. Our photos are perfection.
He arrived bright and early with a big smile and made sure to have lots of perfect locations picked out for us.
I cannot even begin to thank Richard enough for his amazing work! He did the most beautiful job of capturing our wedding day. Our photos are perfection! He arrived bright and early with a big smile and made sure to have lots of perfect locations picked out for us. Every detail of our day was captured with care and exactly as I would have hoped for.
Not only is he a brilliant photographer but also a great guy! Easy to communicate with, fun and easy-going but also incredibly dedicated and hardworking! Richard went above and beyond for us all day! He quite literally ran through bushland and rock hopped into the middle of a river just to get our perfect shot!
I can assure you that Richard will capture every beautiful soulful moment of your day and give you a tonne of perfect snaps that will forever bring a big fat smile to your face.
Thanks a million, Ric. You're the best!"


Daniella & Lachlan

"Richard was absolutely amazing in the lead up to and on our special day. He was extremely organised and very professional to deal with. As my partner doesn’t enjoy taking photos Richard and Jaden made us feel so comfortable with there calm and friendly manner, allowing us to just be ourselves which is exactly what we where after! Could not have done a better job!! His assistant Jaden was also a delight to have around on our wedding day. Richard worked extremely well alongside our videographer to capture some truely amazing pictures that we will cherish forever.

The time frame in which we received our highlight reel was fantastic along with the rest of our photos. The keepsake box we received in the mail was such a beautiful surprise. I have already and will continue to recommend Lonley Hunter as I believe he is fantastic at what he does (evident in his photos) and will not disappoint you for your special occasion!


Nadia & David

"Richard, thank you so much for an incredible set of photographs to commemorate our wedding. You truly managed to capture the spirit and essence of the day and we could not be more thrilled with the end result. Every single person we’ve shown the photos to has also commented on what an amazing job you did, and we have some very tough critics in our midst!

Your effort on the day did not go unnoticed. We appreciated you arriving early, giving just the right amount of direction without making things feel orchestrated, making everyone feel extremely comfortable, and for being an all round champ on the day. We really appreciate how organised and calm you were and your incredible eye for detail. We felt like you had everything under control and the results speak for themselves.

You have a truly special gift, Richard. We are incredibly grateful to have booked you as our Sydney wedding photographer and we’ll cherish our photos for many years to come."

Lesleigh & Chris

"We have just received our photos from our wedding day and we can not be any more happy with them!! We can not stop obsessing over them!!

Your wedding day is such a big moment in your life and choosing the right photographer was super important to us! We wanted to have photos that we were in love with and could cherish forever! We spent a long time trying to choose the right Sydney wedding photographer to capture those photos and Richard has blown our expectations out of the water!!

First of all, Richard was always very responsive via email and was always there to answer any questions we had and provided us with great constructive feedback leading up to the day, and on the day. Richard is so talented and knows how to capture those beautiful, natural moments in time. He listened to exactly what we wanted on the day and throughout the whole day he was constantly trying to find those perfect shots!! He did an amazing job of making us feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.
You can see Richard takes pride in his work and is very passionate about what he does! We received our highlight reel and all our 925 wedding photos very quickly and beautifully edited!

Could not recommend Richard more highly!! We will be recommending him to all our friends and family! Thank you Richard for providing such special photographs that we will cherish for a lifetime!!"

Anna & Tom

“Richard! What a pleasure to work with someone so professional and organised! You’ve managed to capture our day perfectly and made it look better than it was! You have not just produced beautiful images, but captured the personality of the day. Very very special. Beyond words. We couldn’t have gone with anyone else. Anyone there thinking of booking Lonely Hunter? Just do it! Simply amazing, easy to deal with, highly recommended, 5 stars all around"

Kerrie & Nathan

"Richard and his associate were amazing on our wedding day. Their friendly and calm personalities made us feel so comfortable and relaxed and like we had been friends for many years. Their approach definitely helped us forget that we were having our photos taken (which is something we really are not a fan of). We received both our highlights gallery and the remaining photos so quickly. Our photos are AMAZING and were captured just the way we asked! Richard was always prompt in replying to any queries we had and was always pleasant to deal with. So many of our guests complimented Richard and his team and all said that every time they saw them they were always busily capturing our day! Richard was creative and went above and beyond in capturing our amazing photos and nothing was ever a hassle. Without a doubt we, along with all our wedding guests, wouldn't hesitate recommending Richard and his team!! You won't be disappointed, Richard was definitely one of the best decisions we made!"

Frequently Asked Questions

Photography by a northern beaches & sydney wedding photographer

Why should we choose Lonely Hunter Weddings?

There are plenty of photographers out there who can take great photos. So to answer this question, I feel I need to highlight what makes Lonely Hunter Weddings different.
While I could talk about my photographic abilities, I feel the real difference lies in my personalised approach when it comes to working with you on your wedding. Every wedding is unique and I want your experience to also reflect that. Lonely Hunter Weddings will not treat you or your wedding as simply another number. Instead, I aim to work closely with you and get to know you as a couple, so that together we can achieve your desired result. The benefit of working this way will mean that by the time your wedding day arrives, you won’t just be a client for me, you will be a friend.

What is your photographic style?

I photograph the majority of a wedding day in a photojournalistic/documentary style. This is a process of capturing the moments and events as they unfold. I will, however, provide some guidance throughout the day based on where I believe the lighting and composition to be best. This is done so that in any given scenario we can achieve the best looking results. I always try to incorporate a good mix of tight shots and wide-angle shots which include the setting and surrounding environment as I feel this also helps to tell the story of your wedding day.
I don't like to pose couples and will do everything in my power to avoid it. Instead, I prefer to introduce movement and get my couples laughing and interacting with each other. This approach will ensure your wedding photography has a more natural look.

If you are unsure as to the style of photography you like or would like to know more about the difference between each style, then feel free to have a read my article on wedding photography styles.

What type of equipment do you use?

As a professional Northern Beaches & Sydney wedding photographer, I pride myself on delivering the highest quality possible. I don't want to deliver photos which I believe could have easily been taken on a relatives camera or iphone. I want you to see a quality in your images that you haven't seen before. In order to achieve this, it means I need to use top of the range equipment.

In addition, I always shoot with two cameras, this is done so that I don't have to constantly change lenses. This means no moment will be missed and I will always be ready when one presents itself. It also acts as a safety net in the unlikely event that one camera should break.

Canon is my brand of choice when it comes to camera equipment and I wouldn't have it any other way. For those that know a little about camera equipment or for anyone who wants to do their due diligence through some research, I have listed my equipment below.

- Canon 1DX Mark II
- Canon 5D Mark IV
- Canon prime lenses: 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.4
- Canon 70 - 200mm f2.8
- Canon 16 - 35mm f2.8
- Canon macro 100mm f2.8
- 2 x 600 EX-RT Speedlights
- Profoto B11+
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro (drone)
- Sirui Tripod

Do you travel for weddings and is there an additional cost?

Of course! Lonely Hunter Weddings is based in Sydney, but that doesn’t mean I am limited to this location. I love to travel and will go just about anywhere for a wedding. I thoroughly enjoy shooting in new locations, this is because it keeps my job interesting and fresh. Predominately I take bookings for wedding photography in Sydney, The Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, South Coast and Southern Highland areas. However, I am available and happy to travel anywhere in Australia or Internationally for weddings.

For weddings located within a 3-hour drive from Sydney, I DON’T charge any extra for travel. If your wedding is located outside this area then I do charge a small fee. This fee is merely designed to cover my travel and accommodation expenses.
For any wedding which requires a flight interstate or overseas, all I request is that the flight and accommodation costs are covered.

How long will it take to recieve our wedding photographs?

I always aim to get your wedding images delivered in the quickest time frame possible.
This is because I know you are eager to see your images and share them with family and friends.

Following your wedding day, I will begin working on your highlight reel. It will consist of roughly 100 images and will be delivered within 3-4 days of your wedding.
Your remaining images (the entire collection) will be delivered within 3-4 weeks following your wedding.

Wedding photography is expensive, why is that?

Most people only see wedding photographers for an 8-12 hour period during a wedding day. Because of this, it's easy to assume that we get paid quite handsomely for one day's work. In fact, there is actually a lot more work which goes into wedding photography. From the moment we receive an inquiry up until we have delivered the finished product, we will spend on average, 40 hours on a single wedding. If you would like to read about the entire process then you can check out our article on ' why wedding photography costs so much'.

Do you pose your couples?

Personally, I really dislike the word 'pose' and all that it represents. I try to avoid asking couples to stand or hold a position for a given period of time which will result in a photo looking cold, stiff or lifeless. This act of posing isn’t a true representation of what would naturally take place and I don’t want that feeling to come through in your photography.
Instead, I try to photograph these moments a little more candidly. I'll provide guidance based on what I believe looks the most visually appealing in terms of setting and lighting scenarios. But when it comes to my couples, I usually try to encourage some form of interaction or movement. As a Sydney wedding photographer, I find it's this approach which tends to have a much more natural and positive effect.

Do you require a shot list?

Sure, if there are a couple of photos in particular that you would really like captured then please let me know and I would be happy to capture them for you but providing a full shot list really isn't necessary. Providing a list of photographs to take would also prevent me from being present to capture any real moments as I would constantly be looking down at a piece of paper. It can also take away the creativity I use to deliver the types of photos you see on my website.
As a Sydney wedding photographer, I have plenty of experience photographing weddings and I already know what to look for and the type of photos that are usually found in wedding albums. So please trust in me and my process rather than providing a shot list and I'm sure you will be much happier with the outcome.

Do you use flash, strobes or artificial lighting?

For the most part, I am a natural light Northern Beaches & Sydney wedding photographer. When shooting during the day, I prefer to use the ambient/natural light which is produced by the sun. I don’t like to use flash, strobes or any artificial lighting equipment during the daytime unless it’s absolutely necessary. When day turns to night and there isn’t enough usable light available, only then will I begin to use flash within my photos.

Do you edit every single image?

Yes, all images will be personally edited and colour graded by Lonely Hunter Weddings. I have spent a large amount of time defining my signature editing style and this will be applied to your wedding photography. The editing process will include everything from basic adjustments and colour correction through to some more in-depth creative editing on certain images which lend themselves to it. Your collection of images will contain both colour and some black and white images (up to 30%). I will not Photoshop or change body shapes, however, if there is a small pimple on your face which you are concerned about, I can remove that.

Will you help organise our wedding day timeline?

Yes, I love helping my clients organise their timelines. Being a professional Sydney wedding photographer means that I always want to deliver the best wedding photography package possible and to do that, your timeline will also need to be constructed with photography in mind. It's for that reason, I'm more than happy to lend a hand here. If you’re wondering how I put these together, then you may be interested in reading our guide to ‘ creating a wedding day timeline’.

How will you safeguard our images?

To make sure that your images are safe at all times I have put in place certain measures that are strictly followed both during and post-wedding day. Some may think this is overkill but I don't believe you can be too careful when it comes to dealing with memories as precious as these!

On your wedding day, Lonely Hunter Weddings will always shoot using cameras which contain no less than two memory cards per camera. This means that each camera will always record the images that are taken to two separate memory cards.
This is done so that there will always be a backup copy in the unlikely event of one memory card becoming corrupt.
Following your wedding day, all your wedding images will be imported and stored on THREE separate external hard drive. Once the images are uploaded onto these external hard drives, they are always cross-checked against the memory cards to ensure all have been transferred correctly. One of these external hard drives is always stored in an offsite location so as to safeguard your images in the event of a house fire or burglary.
Once the editing process has finally been completed all your edited images are then uploaded to an online gallery where they are safely stored in a cloud server. Another copy of these images will also be transferred onto your personal USB device which will then be sent to you via registered post.

How do you prepare if you're shooting a wedding at a venue you haven't worked at before?

If you make a booking and I haven't worked at your venue before, I will always take my time to prepare and do as much research on the venue as humanly possible. This will always involve a visit to the venue in the months or weeks leading up to the wedding so that I can have a good look around and familiarise myself with the area and the features which make your venue unique. Quite often, I will also arrive a couple of hours early on the morning of the wedding so that I have enough time to take a second look and see if anything has changed since my last visit. Doing this research and planning means that I will know all the best spots for your photos and will have already formulated a game plan so that there is no wasted time and nothing is left to chance when the day gets underway.

Can we jump on a phone call or have an in person meeting before booking?

Absolutely! Having a phone call or meeting prior to booking is always a great idea. Not only does this give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have relating to wedding photography but it also means that we can get to know each other a little better in order to work out if we are a good fit. After all, you will be spending more time with me than any other vendor on your wedding day, so it's important that you take the time to make a decision you're happy with.
Depending on whether you would like to have a phone call, skype chat or in-person meeting, I am available and would be happy to schedule a time with you at your request.

How far in advance do we need to book?

At Lonely Hunter Weddings, we receive multiple enquires daily from couples who are looking to secure their date, so you should really aim to book in as soon as you have finalised a date. We also only take on a limited number of weddings per year so this just another reason as to why it's important not to wait when it comes to booking LHW as your Sydney wedding photographer.

If you are after a general guide though as to how far in advance should book, there is one important factor that will influence this answer - The time of year or month that you are planning to get married. As I'm sure you may be aware, we have busy seasons and slower seasons. Some months for us are more popular than others and these book out much faster. If you're curious as to what some of these popular months are, then you may be interested in having a read of our article ' The Best Months To Get Married In Australia'. As a guide, we would normally recommend booking in at least 12 months in advance. If you really want to give yourself the best chance to secure your ideal date then making a booking around 14 or so months in advance would be advantageous. At Lonely Hunter Weddings, we don't like to take on bookings too far beyond this as it can be difficult for us to know our own movements that far in advance.

What options do we have if you are already booked on our requested date?

If I am personally already booked on your requested date, I will always notify you in my initial response to your inquiry. Within this email, I will also give you the option to use one or two of our talented associates to help cover your wedding day. All of our associates currently work with Lonely Hunter Weddings on a regualar basis and have been selected because their shooting style and approach is similar to ours. A big benefit to using our associates is that all your wedding images will still go through our usual editing and colour grading process so that that they have our signature Lonely Hunter look. Please let me know if this is an option you are interested in.

What are your rates and how do we make a booking?

If you would like to receive a copy of my Northern Beaches & Sydney wedding photography pricing and packages then please fill out the form on my contact page and I will send you across a copy. Unfortunately, I don’t have this information listed on my site as I like to make contact with each couple prior to sending it out.
If you then decide you would like to secure your wedding day, LHW will require a $1000 non-refundable deposit and a copy of our wedding agreement will need to be signed and returned. Simply let LHW know that you would like to secure your date and I will send you all the required information to make this happen.

Do you offer any services for other photographers?

I don't currently have any services for photographers but there is something big coming!
Keep an eye on the Rollareel page to know when it drops!

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