Blue Mountains Wedding Photographer
Hi, I'm Richard
As a Blue Mountains wedding photographer, I specialise in photographing weddings which take place within the natural environment. Whether your wedding occurs on a farm, somewhere surrounded by trees, in an open field or on a lookout high above the surrounding escarpment, this is where I find the most inspiration!
My goal as your wedding photographer is not only to capture all the festivities and emotional moments that come with your wedding day in a candid and natural way but it's also to help make sure your day is extra special, one which is filled lots of fun and laughter. Through my photography I plan show your true personalities and the love you share with each other, your family and friends. I will document each and every detail, no matter how small so that you are left with a collection of timeless images which tells the complete story of your wedding day. At Lonely Hunter Weddings, I understand that your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event and it's for this reason I aim to provide you with an unforgettable experience from start to finish!
Just because I am a Blue Mountains wedding photographer doesn't necessarily mean that this is the only area that I service. I have deep seeded love for travel and adventure. So if you are planning to hold your wedding, I want you to know that there is no distance I won't travel. To encourage bookings in new and exciting locations, I don't charge any extra for weddings located within three hours drive of Sydney.
Want to know more about myself or my approach to weddings? If so, you can view my about page. Alternatively, if you have any further questions or would like information on my pricing and packages, please fill out the contact form on my site and I'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible.
Elisa & Thomas
Bec & Nelson
Jane Lu & James
"Richard did an unreal job at photographing our wedding. Whilst we were working through the issues with COVID impacts Richard was extremely responsive and accommodating with any changes we may have needed to make.
Leading up to the day he would consistently check in, ensure we were ready and ensure he had everything he needed for the day. Absolutely helped put us at ease.
He has a natural ability to make you feel comfortable and ensure those candid shots are achieved! We were hoping to at least get a few photos that we would be happy with out of the day, however all the photos we received were perfect!
We would have no issues recommending Richard to anyone looking for a Blue Mountains wedding photographer!"
"Richard was absolutely amazing, his photographs were beautiful, professional and delivered in a timely manner. Even our guests noticed how He went above and beyond to get the perfect shot. Richard did not stop all night and was able to capture each moment naturally as it happened. Also the keepsake box that was delivered was absolutely beautiful. We would highly recommend anyone wanting a photographer for a wedding, utilise Richard for a premium service!"
"As a professional wedding photographer, Richard is very skillful and has a great eye for details. Finding the right wedding photographer can be stressful. After contracting many photographers, we knew he was the one. We found him on Instagram and were immediately amazed by his portfolio. He is very switched on and great at responding to questions effectively. He likes to get to know the couple he is working with and provides many useful suggestions and ideas. On our wedding day, it was raining and dark, we only had limited time and one location to take photos, but Richard handled the pressure well and delivered stunning photos. Richard will take beautiful and memorable photos for your wedding and will spend extra time creating the right photos for you, not because he has too.
We were really pleased to have him on our wedding day!"
Frequently Asked Questions
While I normally like to let my photography do all the talking, on this occasion I feel it’s important to highlight what makes Lonely Hunter Weddings so special and what sets me apart from others.
I believe it's the personalised approach that I take towards working with you on your wedding. In other words, I want to get to know you, your personality, what you're looking for in a photographer, the vibe you’re after and the different types of images that you are hoping to create. I want to get a solid understanding as to the outcome you would like to achieve so that when your wedding day arrives, we are all on the same page and I can set about bringing your vision to life. The reason I take this approach is that I understand your wedding isn’t like every other, it’s unique and your photography should be too! As a Blue Mountains wedding photographer, I also believe that working like this will give us the chance to get to know each other and in turn will leave you feeling more comfortable to be yourself on the day.
For me, I like to photograph in a natural, candid and unobtrusive way. This means I like to capture the events and moments of a wedding day as they unfold. If I were to categorise this photographic style it would probably fall under the categories of photojournalistic and documentary photography. There are some sections of the day where I offer a little more guidance but for the most part, this is how I prefer to photograph. During these times, I will offer advice based on where I believe the lighting and backdrops to be best, this is done so as to achieve the best possible photos. When it comes to framing, I always aim to use a mix of time and wide shots so that there is plenty of variety in your photos. Shooting this way also means that the landscape and setting will be captured and I feel this is equally important as it aids in telling the story of your wedding day.
Want to know more about the different types of photographic styles that can be used on a wedding day? If so, then feel free to have a read of this article I wrote which these wedding photography styles in more detail.
As a professional Blue Mountains wedding photographer, I feel it’s my responsibility to only use the best equipment when it comes to photographing your wedding. I really mean that! I want you to look upon your images and see superb image quality. In order to achieve this level of quality, it means there is no other option than to use the best gear available. The last thing I would want would be for my images to look like something which could have been taken on an iPhone or a relatives camera.
When shooting on any given wedding day, I will always have two cameras on me at any one time. This is done for two reasons. The first being, I don’t have to change lenses very often which reduces the chances of missing a moment. The second is so I always have a backup camera on hand in the unfortunate situation where one should malfunction or break.
When it comes to the brand of equipment I use, I don’t believe it gets any better than Canon. Whether you know much about photography equipment or not, I have listed all the equipment I use on any given wedding day 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
- 2x Profoto B11+
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro (drone)
- Sirui Tripod
I most certainly do! I currently operate out of Sydney but that doesn’t mean that I only photograph weddings in this area. Truth be told, I love to photograph weddings in new and exciting location! The reason why I love photographing in different locations is because it keeps this job of mine fresh and interesting!
Because i'm a Blue Mountains wedding photographer who loves to travel, the areas that I service include, The Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney, Southern Highlands and South Coast areas.
While I’m always photographing in these areas, I also encourage and welcome enquiries & bookings for weddings Australia wide and internationally.
For all weddings which take place within a 3-hour drive of Sydney, I DO NOT charge any extra for travel. Should your wedding take place outside this area, then I do incorporate a small fee. When it comes to any additional fees for travel, this is something I try to keep to an absolute minimum. Any travel fee is merely designed to cover my food and travel expenses.
I don’t want you to have to wait months to receive your wedding photos and this is why I always try to deliver them in a reasonable time frame.
My process as a Blue Mountains wedding photographer is as follows when it comes to delivery of your images.
- In the 3 to 4 days after your wedding I will send through your highlight reel. This will contain roughly 70 - 120 images and will give a nice overview of the entire day
- You can expect your remaining wedding images (entire collection) to be delivered within 3-5 weeks from your wedding date
Your remaining images (the entire collection) will be delivered within 3-4 weeks following your wedding.
When you first look at the prices a wedding photographer charges, you may think that we are charging a premium simply because it’s a wedding, correct? This is actually a pretty common misconception. Despite what many people think, these prices are actually quite reasonable. As a rough guide, if you were to break down the amount of work involved, you would probably see that on average most wedding photographers would invest around 40 hours of work per wedding and that doesn’t take into account any taxes or overheads. Want to know more about what’s involved? If so, it may be worth having a read of this article I wrote on the topic ' why wedding photography costs so much’.
In short, I will do everything possible to avoid posing my couples. In my opinion, doing this would only leave you looking stiff and lifeless in your photos and that’s the last thing I want. Instead, I would much rather introduce movement or encourage you to interact with each other. I feel it's this approach which helps your personalities to shine through and in turn, creates a much more natural-looking photo.
In short, I will do everything possible to avoid posing my couples. In my opinion, doing this would only leave you looking stiff and lifeless in your photos and that’s the last thing I want. Instead, I would much rather introduce movement or encourage you to interact with each other. I feel it's this approach which helps your personalities to shine through and in turn, creates a much more natural-looking photo. Occasionally, some do request a little more guidance and that’s something I am more than happy to provide if you feel you need it. My goal though when taking photos is simply to create an environment which is relaxed and fun, so that you can feel free to be yourselves.
On the day, I will also provide guidance as to where to find the best light and backdrops. This is done so that we can achieve the best possible photos.
When it comes to my photography, I do consider myself to be a natural light photographer. This means that I prefer to use the natural light produced by the sun rather than an artificial light produced by a flash. Let me guess, you're now thinking “well what happens when there is no sun?”. Great question! Only when there isn’t enough usable light would I start to use flash. Two instances where this could occur would be in a really dark room or at night. Flash is needed in these two scenarios to prevent the quality of your images deteriorating to a point which is not desirable.
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.
Yes, I love helping my clients organise their timelines. I 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’.
If you would like to view my Blue Mountains wedding photography pricing and package list, the best thing to do is fill out the contact form on my contact page and I will send you out a copy, usually within 24 hours. I do not list this on my website as I much prefer to get to know a little about each couple and their wedding prior to sending it out.
Should you wish to make a booking, Lonely Hunter Weddings will require a copy of our wedding agreement to be signed and returned and a $1000 deposit to be paid. If you would like a copy of this agreement and the details on how to pay the deposit, please let me know and I will send you across all the required information.