Search for a wedding photographer brisbane on Google and over 600,000 results come up, and the same occurs for other wedding professionals, it’s a crowded marketplace filled with many creative and talented people. To help you search through the proverbial haystack I’m interviewing different wedding experts and I ask “What makes you different?”

Matt Palmer, York Street CreativeWho are you?

I’m Matt, one half of Matt & Lee, young married couple, music enthusiasts, and people who met through a love of photography.

What was the first photo you took, ever?

I was one of those 4 year olds rocking a commodore 64, so I got into technology (back then Kodak disposable film cameras) pretty young. I can’t remember my early days of snapping but the first sophisticated photo I took was of the alley and bins behind Hooters. That’s right, I made Hooters and garbage look debateably sophisticated, quite an achievement for a young creative.

Name the favourite wedding you’ve photographed and why?

My own wedding! My wife and I married in Geiranger Norway and being a tourist driven town, there wasn’t much in the way of photographers available. My wife and I decided that we would document our own wedding, which was a lot of fun for us and meant I had an excuse to photograph my wife. I don’t recommend this to anyone inexperienced but given our background in wedding imagery, we really planned what we wanted, set our expectations, and ensured we could make it happen.

As for other people’s weddings, they are all special to me and I love hearing from the couples I have worked with, especially on future anniversaries. The most significant wedding I photographed was of Cara and Bruce. Their wedding was the one that really got me hooked on wedding photography. Their day was full of love, fun and family. It was a day truly catered to them both. It felt unique, individual, and I was part of a really special moment in time. I have been fortunate that the couples I have photographed since have also been really special.

What makes you different?

My life experiences with massive highs and lows, my love of design, my experience in photographing music, sports, commercial, kids in hospital wards prior to weddings. All of these things have educated my eye over a very long period of time. How I can see the world, a wedding, and the people in it, and how the camera is an extension of my eye, mind and body, and the ability to problem solve in tight spots is what might separate me from others. When I photograph a wedding, I never leave anything in reserve.

Top three photos you’ve taken?

The top shots for me are those that bring me personal joy and reflection. I’ve been printed in lots of glossy mags for weddings, architecture, music, sports and so on. But these 3 shots tell a small story about me.

Matt & Lee in Geiranger. I knew I wanted to take this photo of Lee and I on our wedding day months before we were even in the country. Considering we had a tripod weighed down on the edge of a cliff to photograph us, also on the edge of a cliff, we didn't do too badly! This photo has some wow factor and I like to give all of my clients that, cliff or not.

Matt & Lee in Geiranger. I knew I wanted to take this photo of Lee and I on our wedding day months before we were even in the country. Considering we had a tripod weighed down on the edge of a cliff to photograph us, also on the edge of a cliff, we didn’t do too badly! This photo has some wow factor and I like to give all of my clients that, cliff or not.

I spent many years photographing musicians from Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Muse and lots of other big names. One of the shots that most resonates with people however is of the feet of punk dancers at a terribly lit punk gig. It's an incredibly simplistic shot that breaks all the boundaries in music. I was crouching in the first row with people jumping all over me. I turned around and took this shot. It was the first music assignment I was sent by a magazine to cover.

I spent many years photographing musicians from Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Muse and lots of other big names. One of the shots that most resonates with people however is of the feet of punk dancers at a terribly lit punk gig. It’s an incredibly simplistic shot that breaks all the boundaries in music. I was crouching in the first row with people jumping all over me. I turned around and took this shot. It was the first music assignment I was sent by a magazine to cover.

Jokulsarlon, Iceland. My wife and I traveled throughout Iceland after getting married in Norway. It was the most creatively fulfilling place I have ever been, and I am not sure that a place has ever excited me or made me feel as alive as Iceland did. It really is an immensely beautiful place that calls for me every day!

Jokulsarlon, Iceland. My wife and I traveled throughout Iceland after getting married in Norway. It was the most creatively fulfilling place I have ever been, and I am not sure that a place has ever excited me or made me feel as alive as Iceland did. It really is an immensely beautiful place that calls for me every day!

York St Creative, York Street CreativeContact Matt Palmer at http://www.yorkstcreative.com or matt@yorkstcreative.com