How it all started!
It all started for me in 2005. I had a degree in Multimedia Design and just came back from travelling around the world snow boarding until disaster struck, I broke my neck on the slopes (fractured C2) and had to spend the next 6 months in a neck brace following a major surgery. Although this accident seems terrible to some people, I was young and didn’t really comprehend the seriousness of the injury, so just continued life as if it was a small inconvenience.
The great news was, my flat mate at the time was creating wedding album designs for a photography studio in Port Melbourne and they were running behind in their post production department. So, with my multimedia design skills, I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to get my first job, begged the boss to give me a chance and luckily got my foot in the door in an industry I knew nothing about!
So, with my trendy neck brace on, I spent the next 6 months working at the studio retouching wedding albums. I quickly started to appreciate the amazing photography and for the first time thought, I want to be a photographer! Again, I was on a mission, I begged my boss to give me a chance and teach me his skills. And again, luckily he took me under his wing and taught me everything he knew over the course of the next year. My neck brace came off, and I started shooting weddings at the age of 22.
I will never forget my first wedding, big Greek wedding, 16 people in the bridal party, 8am start, full reception coverage PLUS 1.5 hours of night shots in the city and their hotel room afterwards!! Definitely jumped straight into the deep end, and survived!
Anyways, long story short, I moved on from that company and worked with a commercial/fashion photographer for a year, learning the ins and out of his business, followed by another year at a SUPER busy funky family portrait studio in Richmond, again absorbing as much information as possible. I then knew I was ready to start my own business.
I combined all the styles of photography that I had learnt over the 3 years, edgy fashion photography, high energy fun, silly, funky family portrait photography created my own style. I became a Melbourne Wedding Photographer and Epic Photography was born.
I have now been a Wedding Photographer in Melbourne for almost 10 years and have photographed close to 800 weddings (at the time of writing this), and I feel so lucky that I have found this profession as it still gets me jumping out of bed everyday ready for new challenges, amazing locations, loving couples, excited friends & family and seeing the uniqueness of all the different weddings I shoot, it really is the best job (if you could even call it that) in the world!
Over the years I have learnt a lot about being a Melbourne Wedding Photographer and have experienced almost every single scenario imaginable! From sun, rain and hail to fainting grooms, breaking down bridal cars and flooding reception venues! I’ve ‘almost’ seen it all, and the best part is, I know how to deal with any circumstance and more importantly help the couple turn a potential negative into an absolute positive, awesome, fun opportunity to take advantage of!
When it comes to portraits and posing, in a nutshell, I HATE POSING! When it comes to Wedding Photography Melbourne I couldn’t think of anything more awkward or uncomfortable. BUT, I do find that giving some guidance or direction can go a long way. When it comes to portraits and posing, in a nutshell, I HATE POSING! When it comes to Wedding Photography Melbourne I couldn’t think of anything more awkward or uncomfortable. BUT, I do find that giving some guidance or direction can go a long way.
Imagine being in an amazingly beautiful location, and you’re ready for photos, but how are you going to know what to do or what the photographers vision is? I won’t tell you to look at a specific spot, adjust your body into a certain awkward position, move your little finger one millimeter to the left and then smile for a prolonged period of time!! HA! I feel uncomfortable even typing it! BUT I will tell you to hug each other, pinch her bottom 🙂 do a nosey nosey and other cute fun things! I will probably also get you to run, spin, jump, laugh, be yourselves and just have FUN!
I regularly shoot weddings in the city, but also love getting out of town too. I am constantly photographing weddings in the Dandenong Ranges (Mount Dandenong), Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Daylesford, Geelong, Ballarat, the Surf Coast and Gippsland as well. I also shoot destination weddings in tropical Port Douglas, Hayman Island, Bali in Indonesia and even in America!