a few things
you should know
You probably have dozens of questions floating around...this is after all a big celebration that you are organising. Until we sit down together, here's a few answers that might help you both in deciding whether we are the right fit for one another.
1. CAN YOU HELP US PLAN OUR RUN SHEET?
Absolutely. Fi is a wiz with admin. She constantly draws upon her event organisation background to help many of our couples create a seamless flow of events. She’s available every step of the way to help take the pressure off the planning process.
One of our biggest focus in the organisation of your day is to create enough space between the motions for you both to bathe in those moments of joy and remember that experience with the people you love. A poorly curated timeline will lead to stress, and that stress will show on your imagery…and no amount of editing will erase away those experiences.
2. WILL WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET ONE ANOTHER BEFORE THE WEDDING?
We would expect nothing less. We believe in the importance of connection and that extends to the connection between us as the photographer and the two of you. We prefer to meet with our couples before we exchange any of the formalities, to make sure there’s a little bit of magic between us all. All meetings are organised via Google Meet.
3. Will you travel for our wedding day?
We would love to. Most of our wedding adventures are located in either Sydney, Blue Mountains or the South Coast, but love to travel further if the opportunity comes up. Reach out if you are getting married interstate or internationally.
4. HOW WILL WE RECEIVE OUR IMAGES?
Within 2 weeks from the wedding day, you will receive a highlight gallery from your day while we work on the rest of the wedding gallery. The completed full gallery will be available in your personal secure gallery online within 10-12 weeks, in both high and low resolution with a mix of colour and black and white images – which you can share with your nearest and dearest.
5. DO YOU SHOOT ELOPEMENTS?
Reach out about our elopement rates.
We have been lucky enough to shoot such an intimate adventure between souls, and also acted as witnesses.
It would be an honour to do so again.
6. HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS TURN UP ON OUR DAY?
For elopements, either one of us will turn up as a solo shooter. For all other weddings, you will have the both of us. Why two you ask?
Every wedding, we shoot together as a husband and wife team. It's part of our coverage and the way we tell your story. We split up and shoot the preps at the same time instead of adding on extra time for coverage. Likewise, we can often be in two different places simultaneously to cover varying elements of your day. We are creatively supportive to one another in the lead up to the day and on the day itself, having the two of us adds value for our couples by being able to cover different angles of the same story at the same time. One of our strengths resides in candid coverage, not just of the two of you but of all guests on the day. We are also one another’s backup on the day should anything happen.
Our storytelling is unique and it's because we both bring a depth of experience and two unique ways of seeing the same thing.
By having the two of us on your day, we can concentrate our attention into capturing raw candid moments of not just the two of you but of your guests too. We capture the moments when guests are in fits of laughter or crying
during speeches. Your wedding day is absolutely about the two of you and we will tell your story in a way so that you shine in the imagery. With this said, we will not forget that your day is also about the biggest fan club that you invited to share in your celebrations, to witnesses the moment your relationship moved from one a couple loving life together, to a couple that bound their insides together.
7. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BOTH BEEN SHOOTING WEDDINGS?
Bobby has been documenting weddings since 2001 and ran his own business back in LA.
Once moving to Sydney in 2012, we continued the adventure, and Fi joined along. Fi turned her passion full time back in April 2016.
8. HOW LONG SHOULD WE SCHEDULE FOR OUR PORTRAITS?
At a minimum, you should be looking at no less than 30 mins with your wedding party, and an additional 45 mins for your wedding portraits. If you want to factor in more time, we won’t be unhappy…but not too much longer as we want to get you back to your guests to continue the party.
Photos with your wedding party (if you decide to have one) will bring much exuberance and laughter to the day and will be a chance for you all to let loose a little now that the nerves of tying the knot is sealed.
The time allocated for your portraits will go much quicker than you expect (as will so much on your wedding day). It’s also the first time you will both be alone on the day as a newly married couple so it is a beautiful way to enjoy a pocket of calm during the revelries to celebrate together away from the rest of your guests.
This does not include your family formals. We run through all this at our meeting so that it makes sense and doesn’t feel overwhelming.
9. WHAT’S THIS I keep HEARing ABOUT “good LIGHT” ON A WEDDING DAY?
The best time of day for your portraits is typically in the lead up to the last 2 hours of sunset, with your couple portraits falling in the last hour. During Winter weddings when the sun sets sooner in the day, it’s often easier to take advantage of the golden hour.
In Summer, the sun sets much later in the day, so try to schedule in an additional 10 mins during that time to sneak out of the reception for some alone time…with us. We promise to be a chill third wheel.
10. WE ARE SUPER AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA AND WOULD PREFER TO KEEP IT ALL CANDID. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE?
Truth be told, each and every one of us is super awkward in front of the camera. We'll be there every step of the way, with a subtle direction or two to help you forget about the cameras in our hand.
We have a plethora of ways to make you feel disarmed and comfortable, whether you're introverted or extroverted. So much of how we create imagery comes from the connection we forge with our couples. We'll have you in fits of giggles with one another or lost in a bubble of vulnerability – either way, all we ever endeavour to capture is the essence of who you are with one another.
Be weird, be loud, be intimate, be quirky…but more importantly, just be you. And here’s a teenie tiny secret…every single person you see on our portfolio felt the same way you do, but they walked away from their day remembering the experience and can step right back into that feeling each time they look at their wedding story.
11. WHAT TIME SHOULD WE HAVE OUR CEREMONY IN THE SUMMER / WINTER?
To be honest, it is hard to say because everyone’s day and flow of events are different. As a general rule though, if you are getting married in Summer, consider having your ceremony start at something like 4pm, and your reception a little later in the day. The Summer months can be harsh in light and incredibly challenging in temperatures. You and your guests will be grateful!
12. CAN WE INVEST IN A FINE ART ALBUM?
You sure can, and we highly encourage you to do so. The biggest injustice to your wedding imagery is to keep them on a computer. The best way to relive your memories and to bring it all back to life is to invest and create a Fine Art Album, so that not only you but your children, parents and grandchildren can re-live the memories, and remember who you both were at that point in your lives together.
In an environment where everything is electronic and for the moment, where technology fails constantly, it’s important to print your memories, to create an heirloom for now and the generations to come. To find out more about our Fine Art Albums, click the tab below:
13. WHAT ARE YOU INSPIRED BY?
Our biggest inspiration is how people connect, watching the way they interact with one another, witnessing the subtle ways their bodies tell one another that they are home in their presence.
Movies and music clips teach us new ways to see and manipulate light while feeding into our cinematic desires.
14. What creates a beautiful wedding?
A wedding is fundamentally about “marriage”…the weaving together of two individuals to create a life lived in unity. It’s a partnership. The creation of a new Team that you will always be rooting to win. Therefore, it essentially comes down to two things:
1. Self-betterment … because you will never be comfortable in your own skin unless you have a healthy relationship with yourself. There can only be beauty in the acceptance and wonderment of imperfection.
2. Creating a healthy relationship. Relationships take work. They are living, breathing fireballs of ever changing emotion. Working towards being the best team you can possibly be - fuelled with respect, love and trust - is a great foundation.
Everything else is the cherry on the wedding cake.
15. WHAT IF IT RAINS ON OUR DAY?
First things first, cloudy days are the best days for imagery. No harsh light or shadows on people’s faces. Just dreamy light.
The weather can't be controlled on a wedding day so we say embrace it as part of the story. If there’s rain, then the day becomes all the more dynamic. We encourage our couples to invest in clear umbrellas for all the bridal party so we can have some adventures together. But, if it’s utterly torrential rain during your portraits, then we shall wait it out for a break in the rain and dash out in the moments between the rain.
Have fun with the process. At the end of the day, the most important part is that you both get married to one another. Everything else is the cherry on the delicious cake.
16. How do you approach your wedding work?
Our couples are not just "another booking" to us. We thrive off connection and the connection we make with our couples. Each day is unique to us, because you are unique and so is the exquisite thread that binds your relationship together.
We love learning about the intricacies of love through the eyes of our couples. We can only grow as people and in our art through the bonds we create with those that we work with. You, the couple, are our muse, and learning from you and your journey through life is what brings life to the work we do on your wedding day.
Everything we do together, from the first email to our goodbyes on the dance floor is all an investment, from us and from you. Each day is a 50:50 process...the trust you invest in us, and the trust we invest into your story.
17. How would you describe your imagery?
Warm, cinematic and honest.
Everything we do is about celebrating connection and light between the two of you.
Fiona + Bobby Photography acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live + work. We pay our respects to their elders past, present + emerging. We express our gratitude for the sharing of their land.
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