“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen
Choosing a photographer for your big day can be one of the most daunting tasks in the wedding planning process. For some, it’s the weight of knowing that all you’ll have after your big day is over (aside from the love of your life) are the memories from the day and the photos that help keep them alive. For others, it is the overload of information and package options. And for most it’s simply, ‘where do I begin?’.
We decided to dedicate the month of March to our talented Whitsunday photographers. This not only will showcase some of their favourite photos but also give you an insight into each photographer’s personality and style while answering some questions you may not have thought to ask.
Our first photographer of the month is Danny Mayson-Kinder from DMK Photography.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as very natural, not intrusive and aiming to capture as much emotion as possible.
In your opinion, what is a photographer’s role on the wedding day? Do you do much direction and/or posing on the day?
I always meet my couple prior to the wedding so I know exactly what they would like and how much involvement they will require from me. Some couples like to be directed to a certain degree but others would like me to stay more in the background and shoot candid rather than posed. I always make sure I know all the bridal party and family names before I begin and try to learn as much history as I can on everyone involved.
What advice can you give to couples when choosing a photographer and planning a wedding?
I think the most important advice I can give is to make sure a couple feels totally at ease with their photographer and can say anything they would like to. Also to remember that I am not only spending time with them but also with their friends and family and therefore the photographer needs to be very approachable and adaptable.
What questions should a couple be asking their photographer?
I think it is always good to ask as many questions as possible, especially to make sure they know exactly what their package includes and what they receive as a finished product.
What type of input do you like from your clients? For example, do you like them to give you photos of different shots and styles they like, just a simple list for group photos, or…?
Some couples say they are happy for me to do what I do, whereas others really want a particular style or certain shot and I am more than happy for them to bring me examples. That way, I know exactly what they have in mind. I always suggest that they do a list for family photographs as it saves so much time on the day and makes sure that they don’t miss any friends/family they wanted a photograph with.
How long have you been a wedding photographer and what are your previous experience and/or qualifications?
I have been shooting weddings for 7 years now. I have been lucky enough to shoot weddings on Hayman Island for a couple of years before setting up on my own company on the mainland in the Whitsundays. I am a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. I regularly enter photography competitions and constantly take part in online workshops/conferences, which helps ensure my photography develops and keeps me up to date.
What is your favourite place to shoot in the Whitsundays and why?
There are so many incredible places to shoot in the Whitsundays, it is hard to pick a favourite. The diversity is huge, from beach, to bush and everything in between. The light here is always changing and constantly encourages new approaches and angles.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us, and our upcoming couples?
I love being a wedding photographer and am honoured when a couple asks for me to photograph their special day. I give 110% and ensure that my couples have a wonderful photography experience.
Danny Mayson-Kinder Photography