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?”
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.