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You want a photographer but you NEED a storyteller …

Weddings are about many things … standing up in front of all those dear to you,  the ones who have grown with you & helped to make you the person you are, & saying “He’s it – the one & only one for me” & celebrating the fact that everybody there will probably never be in the same room together again – now that is something to celebrate ! And that’s where we come in…..

Are you still with me …… ?

We can make your wildest dreams come true, whether you are imagining mountains, beaches or rainforests, we have shot in all the spectacular locations & venues that the region has to offer & can help you plan your day to maximise the light & conditions. We are located just over the hill & down the road from Byron Bay in the bustling Northern Rivers.

You wouldn’t invite a stranger to your wedding would you …… so click this link or pick up the phone & give me a call, tell me about yourself & your plans.

Testimonials

Tara & Dan

” Hi Ben,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your wonderful work on Saturday. We were over the moon with the work that you did – you both did an absolutely amazing job. We honestly cannot express our gratitude enough.

The sneak peek photo is AMAZING – I’ve had people ask me left, right and centre for your details – and we had quite a few engaged couples at the wedding, so I directed them right to your website!

Thank you again for everything. ”

Lena & Linc

” Hi Ben,
An enormous thank you to you  for everything yesterday. You were the first person I secured for our wedding nearly 1.5 years ago and I knew from your very first email back that there was something special about you.
I haven’t even seen the pics yet (well we’ve seen a few sneaky ones!) but just your presence, professionalism, ability to capture the candid moments and get us feeling comfortable surpassed all our expectations.
It was a pleasure having you at our wedding and we’re so thankful that you could help us capture the best day of our lives.
Can’t wait to see more! “

The Ninja of Photography

The Ninja of Photography ( or why you need a second shooter )

In a nutshell this experience illustrates why we shoot weddings. It’s not about frilly things, or photo booths or vintage anything – it’s about the sum of who you are, by the people you share your life with.

You may be aware that Jodie shoots with me at all weddings, covering the ceremony & afterwards. This has many benefits as we can cover two things concurrently or the same thing from two different viewpoints. We can shoot something as it happens & also shoot the reaction to it by loved ones/family/friends etc. It becomes about anticipation & communication – much like the art of wedding photography itself.

 I have an example to show you & it is a bit outside what I have just said but nonetheless will make you smile. During Sophie & Rodney’s Southport wedding in 2009 we had arrived at the the Kerle family home & I had gone straight outside to organise some family formals while Jodie hang about inside, observing quietly the goings on. Sophie’s father David, one of Australia’s most respected urological surgeons, & his father were in the lounge room together. David’s father was at the time suffering from Alzheimers Disease & through the day had mostly not been in total cognition. Then, without warning, he saw his son, recognised him, & shouted his name while they warmly embraced just like a father & son who had not seen each other for a long, long while.

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It visibly moved everybody in the room, some to tears. Jodie said it was like David reverted to being a young boy again in the way he smiled & felt the enveloping warmth of his fathers hug. Me ? I had no idea it had happened, as I was outside running around with a sheet of paper in my hands. And I would never have known of it either had Jodie not been there.

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The upshot is that if you don’t see something happen then it may as well not have. But it’s a nice thought to think you may have everything covered at least once in a while…………

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Me. By Me

I love photography. This is not, however, why I am a photographer.

I love life. I love people. I love making people happy. I love the thing we call family & all its maddening intricacies & nuances. These are the reasons I am a photographer. The camera is a magical, marvelous tool, but only a tool. It is what the tool allows me to communicate that makes me a photographer.

I didn’t fall in love with photography at an early age. I didn’t grow up in my Dad’s darkroom, in fact he did not even have one. He taught maths at the local high school. Until I bought my first camera in 1999 I had hardly used one. My parents raised me & my two brothers with all the love they had & no one was particularly mean to me growing up, apart from the kid on the end of our street. I am pretty sure he went to jail years later.

For the record I love coffee, red wine & spicy food & have two of the three most days of the week.  I love cold, rainy days & my ugg boots although not so much if we have a wedding to shoot.

Having said all that, I was always fascinated by people & loved to observe them. How they talk with their bodies & their eyes. I always loved storytelling, & thought everybody had a story to tell.

I grew up in the Northern Rivers & left, as soon as I could, to see what the rest of the world looked like. Three years ago I returned, after marrying my best friend, the beautiful Jodie, in a garden near Daylesford, with the warm spring sunshine falling gently on our faces.

Now life makes a lot more sense ……..there is a third member of our little family. Elsie Isabel Lynch makes me wake up & with a smile & keep smiling during the day. She was born on the last day of Winter 2010& four hours after the birth all three of us were in our home to begin our lives together. Because one was not enough we now have the beautiful Maudie Rose, the girls love their sister, especially when they are not killing one another.

Ten years ago something began to eat me up. I realised that we all looked at things differently. I realized I could communicate how I saw the world, with a camera. I realized the power of emotional connection with a subject. I knew I had to find out if I could be really good, great even, at something that I loved. I bought a 35mm SLR, & a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400. I haven’t looked at things the same way since. I had a vehicle to take me somewhere and show who I am.

I now have the best job in the world. People pay me money to do something I love to do, because they love the way I look at the world.

 

They said, “You have a Blue Guitar.
You do not play things as they are”
The man said ”Things as they are,
Are changed upon the Blue Guitar”

Wallace Stevens,

The Man With The Blue Guitar