Wedding photography frequently asked questions

These are just a few questions to help you with your decisions.  If we can help with anything else, please contact us today! 

I have started researching wedding photography and it all seems rather expensive. Why?

There’s no doubt that wedding photography can seem expensive at first glance, but bear in mind that wedding photography is not an ordinary purchase but an investment. As an experienced, award winning wedding photographer, Benn has spent years in his profession, perfecting his art, knowledge and skills, so he is able to perfectly capture your wedding memories. Long after your dress is hung up, your cake has been eaten and your guests have departed, it will be your wedding photographs that help you to look back and remember the excitement of your wedding day.

The equipement and training costs for Benn to reach his photography level of experience are over $65 000!  Benn will carry over $40 000 worth of the highest quality, professional grade camera & backup equipment on any one shoot, (and lets not mention the insurance premiums please!), plus there are around 45 hours of studio, office and location in every full length wedding that we shoot, rather than the initial thought of ‘just the day of shooting’. Add the office running costs to that, and well, you probably get the picture…!

Of course, you will find cheaper. There always is. Ultimately, it is your wedding day and you must do what is right for you and your budget. Just please bear in mind that every photography business will charge according to their experience, creativity and business professionalism.


What is Benn' style of photography?

His photographs speak for themselves; Stunning, timeless, with lots of colour and dramatic landscapes.  We believe you deserve exceptional wedding photographs.

One of the most frequent things we hear is that our clients don't feel comfortable having their photo taken, but of course, want to look their very best on their wedding day. Benn is a master at making people feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. He is a geniune and friendly guy and exactly the type of person you want around on a potentially stressful day, and interacting with your wedding guests.  As well as capturing the stunning photos you see on our website, he's also renowned for being in exactly the right place for those special moments that describe the story of your day - he's been described as a photo ninja on several occasions!  


How will you make our wedding photographs unique and personal to us?

We believe the best wedding photography images come from a close relationship with the bride and groom and take the time to ask the questions about what’s important to you, while you plan your wedding. You wedding day is yours alone so, regardless of how many times we have photographed a particular location, Benn will make sure that you have the individualised, personal wedding day memories that you deserve!


Does Benn have professional accreditation?

Benn is an award winning photographer (QLD APPA and International Loupe), and a member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and is bound by a strict code of ethics. Blue Sky Photography are also current finalists of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards (ABIA awards), as voted for only by couples who have used our services, so you can rest assured knowing we guarantee excellent client service and professional products.


Do we get all of the photos?

Of course!  The only photos we won't give you are the ones you wouldn't want - for example, pulling a funny face or with your eyes closed!


Do we get the digital files or are there any restrictions on these?

No restrictions on which files we give you whatsoever!  You will receive the digital files and they are yours to keep and share with your friends and family.


Do you travel and how much would you charge?

We love travelling and have photographed weddings, overseas from England to Hawaii.  We also travel Aus-wide and charge minimal travel costs (flights, accommodation, transport).  As for travelling around this region, no travel fees are charged.


Do we receive colour or black and white photographs?

You will receive a combination of black and white, colour and other editing that display your images to their best effect. Your personal preferences will of course also be taken into consideration so be sure to advise us before your wedding day.


How long after our wedding will our photos and album be available?

If you have not chosen to have an album immediately, the images will be ready within a month on a prettily packaged usb. If you have booked an album, immediately after you have received your images we begin design.


Do we enter into a legal contract?

Yes. Blue Sky Photography has a wedding agreement designed to protect both you and the studio. This is a standard wedding agreement and is backed by the AIPP. We go through the details of the contract at your appointment. You may take this contract away to read over and sign before returning it to us. 


What is your payment policy?

To secure your wedding date, we ask for a $750 non-refundable booking fee. This can be paid by direct deposit, cheque, Visa or Mastercard. Your wedding photography package balance is due two months prior to your wedding date.


How far ahead should I book?

Book as far ahead as you can! Not only will you lock in the package price at the time of booking, but as North QLD is a very popular destination wedding choice, it’s not only Saturdays that are popular, but weekdays and Sunday’s as well. Get in touch today!


Can my family take photos too?

Your guests are welcome to take photos too! All we ask is that we are not impeded in our service to you. However, more and more couples are opting for an ‘unplugged’ wedding and asking their guests to refrain from taking photographs during the ceremony, just the wedding photographer. It appears that too many brides are walking down the aisle to a sea of Ipads and phones instead of smiles!


Your prices are a bit out of our budget, what can we do?

Ultimately, it is your wedding day and you must do what is right for you and your budget. Do bear in mind though that we may be able to offer you flexibility for custom packages to help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs and to see how we can help.  We also do offer gift certificates that you can put on your wedding registry so your guests can help you towards an album of your choice.