Cairns Botanical Gardens Wedding

Have you ever walked around the Cairns Botanical Gardens and really took it all in.   It is a beautifully stunning example of a tropical garden.  As a Cairns wedding location it is perfect for wedding photos.

I had a charming couple this week have their ceremony and photos there.  There were so many great spots that we stayed there for 2 hours wondering around the gardens and nearby tanks area.  I guess being a Cairns wedding photographer does have its advantages hey !

Also had the privilege of working with some awesome wedding professionals in Louise from Dynamic Weddings and Tim the celebrant from Cairns Tropical Marriages.


Tala and Michael

Photographing a Photographer

Photographing a Photographer

Let me tell you a little story…..  stay with me ’cause its a cool story….

A lot of international couples come to our beautiful region for their elopement wedding, so I get enquiries from all over the world.   Many are from the UK and this is where my story starts.

Roger, the groom, was communicating with me via email from London.  He asked lots of questions and they were not your average questions.  Not the ones that I normally receive from couples.  He wanted to know about my style, to see lots of my work, including entire weddings.   He wanted to know about my equipment and would I give him the Raw files.  Raw files are the really, really big unedited files out of the professional camera.  That last one was most certainly an unusual request.

Mmmm … I’m beginning to think that this guy knows his stuff and is probably a photographer.

Anyway, I won the wedding and thought nothing more about it until the day of their wedding came around. When I meet Roger and Avril, they were an older couple getting married for the second time.   A few of their adult children had also come out from the UK.  It was not really your typical elopement wedding with no guests.  The beach wedding went off without a hitch ( as they always do up here ) and we captured some great photos around Palm Cove.

Towards the end of the day, I’m really getting to know them more and mentioned to Roger that he sounded like a photographer in his emails.  “Yes I am a photographer”, he declared. “I’ve photographed a few people you may have heard of”.

“Oh”, I say “who is that? ”

“Princess Diana and Charles’s wedding was one you would have heard of”, Roger said.  “Also portraits her Majesty the Queen and Fergies wedding too”

What the !!!!!!

I’m glad I did not know who he was before I photographed his wedding.  I asked him some questions about the weddings and it turns out it was only the ceremonies in Westminster Abby (only…..) and did a little bit of checking and sure enough, he was who he said he was.

Cool hey !

Beach Elopement Wedding

Beach Elopement Wedding


Beach Elopement Wedding

Beach Elopement Wedding

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Best Wedding Photos

Best Wedding Photos

I set about making a new slide show of what I thought was my best wedding photos.  Once I had finished I had left out a lot of photos, but them my daughter watched it and told me to halve it !!  OK I guess she was right so I made it much shorter.

Do you like it?

You can see the actual photos and more in my gallery at this link

Black and White Wedding Photos

Who loves black and white wedding photos?

I have to say I do, but it really takes the right kind of image to look good. Photos with architecture, patterns and are not too busy work best.

Take for example the image taken at Paradise Palms. In colour it’s great, but in black and white it looks a bit flat. 


Paradise Palms has the most beautiful grounds for colour photos

All the greens of vegetation just become lots of variations of grey.

Black and White Wedding Photos need lots of contrast

Black and White Wedding Photos need lots of contrast

Then look at the one taken in the Shangri-la near Bar8. It is really cool as a black and white with the woodwork.

Great Shangri-la Cairns black and white wedding photos

Great Shangri-la Cairns black and white wedding photo

But what about something a bit in between? With digital photography we can do that and I really like the subtle toning of the 3rd photo taken in a Cairns cafe. What do you think?

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