Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer

Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer

Hi, I'm Richard

I am a Southern Highlands wedding photographer who specialises in documenting couples in love and their pictureque garden/country weddings. I for one, understand just how important it is to find a wedding photographer whose style fits seamlessly with the type of wedding that you are planning. This is why I relish the thought of capturing weddings which take place amongst the rolling hills, open fields and evergreen backdrops which are found in the Southern Highlands.

My goal as a Southern Highlands wedding photographer is to capture every intrequte moment of your wedding day and preserve all these wonderful memories for you in a timeless manner. Your wedding day is likely to be a rollercoaster of emotions and I plan to catpture these for you in the most respectable way possible so that you can look back in years to come and re-live each and every moment.

With Lonely Hunter Weddings as your Southern Highlands wedding photographer not only does that mean I am there to capture your day but also to ensure that you laugh and have fun along the way. Additionally, I strive to keep my couples relaxed and at ease through day. I am also there to provide guidance at any point should you require it.

Additional Information

Just because I am a Southern Highlands wedding photographer doens't mean I can confined to only this area. Travelling is something I am very passionate about and love to do. So when it comes to booking weddings within a three hour drive of Sydney, I don't charge any extra for travel.

Being a professional Southern Highlands wedding photographer, means that I always like to keep my couples informed, so if you would like to find out a little more about myself or the services that I offer then feel free to check out my about page. Alternatively if you would like a copy of my pricing and packagelist, then I would love for you to get in touch via the contact page.

Recent Southern Highland Weddings

Ayfer & Lomu

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Jess + Rick

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Elise + Jono

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Testimonials

Tara & Tomek

"Richard's attention to detail and professionalism was best demonstrated by him showing up to the venue ahead of our agreed time to scope out the best shots and lighting. Richard was easy to work with and took all of our needs into account. He made sure the experience was perfect, for both us and our families. Would thoroughly recommend him for your special occasion.”

Logan & Ebony

"Hiring a photographer for a wedding, engagement or special occasion is both critical to capturing memories but also to experience them. On your big day, you don't want to worry about ensuring you are photographed with special members of your family. You also want to be confident that you will walk away from a once in a lifetime kind of day with life long tokens to remember it by.

Richard captured my partner and I perfectly. He was so calm and relaxed that we couldn't help but feed off that energy and just be ourselves. Richard is dedicated, hardworking and committed to getting the perfect shot. In fact, we had to force him to sit down and eat because he wouldn't stop snapping photos of us. He blended into the background so that we barely noticed he was there, but when we got all of our photos back, he had captured each and every moment of our night perfectly.

I cannot recommend Richard enough. I think all you have to do is see examples of his work to see why! Thanks again Richard, we really appreciate all of your hard work and what you have given to Logan, myself and our family."

Simon & Charlotte

"We were so lucky to have found Richard and have already started recommending him to people for their weddings! It was so special having Richard and his associate there to capture our special day. They truly went above and beyond. Not only were they photographers, but we truly felt they were friends which made us so much more comfortable. The photos are amazing and capture all the fun and emotions we had. We can’t wait to hang some of these photos on our wall to remember our wedding day for years to come."

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should we choose Lonely Hunter Weddings?

Over the years I have spent countless hours perfecting my photography skills and my editing process. I have done this so that I can proudly stand behind my products when the time comes to present them to my clients. While I believe producing a high quality of work to be fundamentally important, I also believe in creating a memorable and personable experience for each and every couple.

At Lonely Hunter Weddings, I aim to create a personal connection with my couples. I don’t want you to simply feel like another number. Your wedding is uniquely you and your experience should be too. I aim to work closely alongside my clients, going above and beyond so that we can achieve the desired result together. I feel it’s this approach which really separates Lonely Hunter Weddings from other wedding photographers within the industry.

What is your photographic style?

Being a Southern Highlands wedding photographer, my photography style tends to be centred around a photojournalistic/documentary way of shooting. For those that are not familiar with this type of photography, it’s the idea of capturing moments and events as they occur.
The bride/groom prep and location shoot, are the only two sections of the day where I will provide a little guidance. This is done so that together we can achieve the best looking results.

If want a little more information on the different photographic styles that wedding photographers can potentially use, then I suggest you read my article on wedding photography styles.

What type of equipment do you use?

There are many different types of photographic equipment that I use throughout a wedding day. Although, I am sure this question is slightly more directed toward the quality of equipment rather than the type. Rest assured as a professional Southern Highlands wedding photographer, I only use the best in quality. When I say best, I mean top of the range. I spare no expense when it comes to selecting the type of equipment used to shoot a wedding.
My primary objective is to produce a quality in my images that simply cannot be matched by an iPhone or relatives camera.

Canon is my brand of choice when it comes to photographic equipment. As a wedding photographer, I always use two cameras. This means no changing of lenses or missed moments.

If any potential couple is curious as to the exact type of equipment I use, I have listed it 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?

Travelling is something I am very passionate about. Shooting at new venues and in new locations keeps things fresh and interesting. So the answer to that is YES, I actually welcome bookings in new locations. There is no limit to how far this Southern Highlands wedding photographer will travel. I am available for bookings Australia wide and internationally. Most of our work currently takes place in the following areas: Central Coast, Southern Highlands, South Coast, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Newcastle & Hunter Valley.

For wedding photography bookings within a 3-hour drive of Sydney, I don’t charge any extra for travel. Sydney is the centre of our travel radius because it is situated roughly halfway between the Southern Highlands and the Hunter Valley and these are areas in which we want to work. For bookings outside of the 3-hour radius then we only charge a small fee. This is intended to merely cover travel and accommodation expenses. The same applies for interstate or international bookings.

How long will it take to receive our wedding photographs?

Following your wedding day I will begin sorting through the thousands of images that were taken. Within the 3-4 days following your wedding, I will have a highlight reel which consist of roughly 100 images. This will be put together by Lonely Hunter Weddings and sent to you. This is done so that you can share some images of the day with friends and family.

I normally like to allow a 3-4 week turn around time for delivery of a whole wedding to my couples.

Wedding photography is expensive, why is that?

Contrary to what some may think, there is actually quite a lot of work which goes into wedding photography. A much larger amount of hours in fact than 8-12 hours that we are seen for on a wedding day. Everything from inquiries to location scouting and editing needs to be accounted for. As a Southern Highlands wedding photographer, I will spend on average 40 hours on a single wedding.

If you would like to get a better understanding on this process, then I welcome you to have a read of this article ' why wedding photography costs so much'.

Do you pose your couples?

This is one of the more common questions I come across. The true answer is, no, I don’t like to pose couples. I dislike like the idea behind a photo which could potentially look cold or lifeless due to a couple holding the one position for a given period of time. Instead, I prefer more natural movement and interaction between each couple within my imagery. I believe this creates a more authentic and natural looking image.
I will, however, make suggestions based on my personal opinion of where I believe the composition and lighting two be best.

Do you use flash, strobes or artificial lighting?

When it comes to shooting throughout the day, I am a natural light Southern Highlands wedding photographer. I avoid flash and strobes during this period unless I am working in an incredibly dark space and an additional light source is needed. I like to use the natural light which is produced the sun, this is because I feel its the most flattering form of light.

When the evening arrives (night time), I will use flash which is attached to my cameras. This is because in some dimly lit reception venues there isn’t enough usable light to produce clean sharp images.

Do you edit every single image?

All images that are taken by Lonely Hunter Weddings are edited by myself in studio. In my personal opinion, I wouldn’t class unedited images as a finished product. All images, no matter who has taken them should undergo some form of basic editing. For LHW, this includes everything from basic adjustments to colour correction. I will give some images which lend themselves to it, more in-depth editing so that they have some artistic edge. The edits which I provide my couples can contain colour and up to 30% black and white images. Please note, I do not change, adjust or photoshop body shapes. However, if there is a small pimple on your face which is of concern, I can edit this out.

How many images can we expect to receive?

First of all, it's important to understand that every wedding day is different. Some can be large action packaged weddings while others can be smaller and more relaxed in nature. The weather can also be another factor when it comes to the number of photos taken on a wedding day. With all this taken into consideration though, you can usually expect on average around 100 images per hour of coverage. For example, an 8-hour package would usually contain around 800 images. On some occasions it may be slightly less, while on others it may be slightly more, it really just depends on the day.

Will you help organise our wedding day timeline?

I feel it is important to get the timeline of your wedding just right as this can affect the running of the whole day. It’s for this reason I am happy to work with my couples to help organise their timeline. As your Southern Highlands wedding photographer I want to make sure I deceiver the best wedding photography possible. This means I also have a vested interest in helping you get your timeline correct.

If you’re curious as to how these get put together, then you may be keen to check out our guide on ‘creating a wedding day timeline’.

Will it be you "Richard" who is our photographer on the day?

Even though I operate under the brand name 'Lonely Hunter Weddings', if I am available, it will always be myself 'Richard' who is your photographer on the day. If I happen to already be booked on your requested date, then I will definitely inform you that I am not available in my initial response to your inquiry.

At which point, if you would still like Lonely Hunter Weddings to cover your wedding day then there is the option of using one of our associate shooters. At Lonely Hunter Weddings I have a small team of associate shooters who work with me on a regular basis. All are extremely talented and have a very similar shooting style to myself. Using one of our associate shooters also means that all your wedding photos will be edited by Lonely Hunter Weddings and will have our signature look. Please let us know if this is an option you are interested in.

How do you ensure our images will be kept safe at all times?

This is a great question and in my opinion, it's probably one that doesn't get asked enough when clients are seeking out a professional Southern Highlands wedding photographer.
To keep your images safe, certain measures need to be put in place both on your wedding day and after to ensure these precious files never get lost, stolen or damaged.

When it comes to my photographic equipment, each of my cameras takes two memory cards. This means that each camera can record your images simultaneously to both cards. The reason that I always record images to two cards is so that in the event of one memory card corrupting, there will always be a backup.
Following the wedding day, as soon as I arrive home, I place one set of memory cards in a draw and begin copying the other set onto two separate external hard drives. When copying images to hard drives, I always cross-check the imported images against the memory cards to ensure all have been copied correctly. From here, I then copy your files one more time to a third external hard drive which I keep stored in an offsite location. This is done so that in the event of a burglary or house fire, there will always be a backup copy of your images.
Once the editing process is complete, I then upload your edited images to an online gallery which uses a cloud hosting service to store the files. After the upload is complete, I will then transfer a second copy of your images to a personal USB which is then sent to you in the post with mail tracking and signature.

Is it important to find a photographer who has worked at our venue in the past?

Absolutely not! I believe this is one of the most incorrect pieces of information couples often get told.

Sure it's important to be familiar with a venue and the area that surrounds it but you don't need to have worked there previously to be familiar with it. For example, for any venue that I haven't worked at, I will ALWAYS set time aside to head out to the venue and take a good look around beforehand. Usually, I will do this in the months or weeks leading up to a wedding. Sometimes I'll often arrive extra early on a wedding day and allow myself enough time to have a good look around. I always do this for venue's I haven't worked at because I feel it's important to know the area and have a game plan/plan of attack going into a wedding day. That way nothing is left to chance!

It's also important to remember that photography is more so about light and each day the light can be different. There are many factors like the weather, time of day or even time of year that can influence the lighting conditions.
Sometimes, I'll return to a venue that I have worked at in the past and the lighting scenario is completely different which means I often need to find new spots or angles to work with. As an example, a wedding photographed at 4pm on an overcast Autumn day would be photographed completely different from a wedding which took place at 4pm on a sunny summers day. All I'm trying to say is that it's more important to find a photographer who understands how to find good quality light than it is to find one who has simply worked at the same venue in the past.

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

If you’re curious as to what my pricing and packages consist of, then I welcome you to get in touch and fill out the contact form on my contact page. Unfortunately, I don’t freely list this information on my site. This is because I like to get to know a little about the couples who inquire with me prior to sending it out.
After receiving my price and package list, should you decide that you would like to proceed and lock in your requested date then LHW will require a, $1500 deposit. Please let me know if this is the case and I will send through the additional information required to make a deposit.

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