Q: Are you any good?

I hope so! I've been around for a while. I've been taking photographs for almost 15 years!

Q: How would you describe your photographic style?

A: Documentary style, and primarily a natural light photographer. I grew up shooting on film, so I am careful and deliberate with my work.

Part of my style incorporates wider lenses: I find it helps create intimacy and a feeling of being 'in the moment'. I also love to find symmetry, and often break the more traditional rule of thirds technique when the moment calls for it.

I will always pick a genuine, candid moment over an outlandish 'creative' posed and stylised shot.

Q: How do I make an enquiry or booking?

A: Go to the "Make a Booking" page and fill out your details, or email me at hello@oliversmithphoto.com.

I will contact you within 24 hours to confirm availability, and answer any questions you might have.

After you have contacted me, we will usually set up a time for a brief call. During the call we will go through your day, and I will tell you about the next step.

Q: Why choose you?

A: In the end, you will probably choose me because my style suits what you want out of your day, and our personalities work well together. I'm a pretty relaxed person - but only because I know what I'm doing and have years of experience behind me.

But here are a few extra reasons:

(a) I have a lot of experience: I've been taking photographs for almost 15 years, a lot of that time being experience shooting on film, where you can't make mistakes.

(b) I am a secret gear nerd: I shoot with some of the best equipment in the industry, complimented by a full set of fast prime lenses. How many megapixels? All of them. What about bokeh? Did you say 9-blade curved aperture with ultra low distortion optics? Yep. I know everything about my cameras.

(c) I think quickly, practically, and out of the box: Sometimes things go a bit wrong. Usually not much, but a bit. Timings are pushed back, weather sets in, someone in the bridal party gets lost (really). I can adapt to all of these things quickly and without fuss. I won't get stressed about these things, and I will work hard to make sure you don't either!

(d) I focus on the real moments: There is a time and a place for posed photos (and it's usually a lot of fun), but I mostly blend in and wait patiently for the genuine moments and emotions to shine.

(e) I'm pretty thorough: I ask a lot of questions well in advance. On the day I know who the important friends and family are, and I will make sure I am abreast of any sensitive or personal matters.

(f) I don't take myself too seriously: There is something of a stereotype about the 'brooding artist' and the serious creative. I'm not like that. Life is short, and then you die, so I think it's important to keep it light and fun.

I'm also hilarious...well at least I think so...Gemma just rolls her eyes and mumbles something about 'dad jokes'...

Q: Okay, sounds good! What happens next?

A: If you are happy with the details we discuss, to secure the date, I will send you my agreement which you can accept online by clicking "I Agree", and I will ask for a deposit.

That will lock you in to your preferred date.

Q: How many hours coverage is included in the 'Full Day' packages?

A: I'm basically at your disposal all day, however long or short that may be. I don't go by hours.

I arrive when you tell me to, and cover everything until the end of the reception formalities (first dance, and a bit of the dance floor afterwards). 

I find that is the best time for me to 'bow out', because after that you will just want to spend time with your friends having fun.

If you want me to stay longer, just let me know. I will usually suggest a flat rate rather than going by hours.

If you opt for "Short & Sweet", again I am not held hostage to time. I arrive just before the ceremony, and will leave as everyone sits down for dinner (or equivalent). It doesn't include any preparation beforehand, or speeches and dancing afterwards. It is aimed at capturing the key highlights of the day.

Q: I hate getting my picture taken. Halp?

A: If I had a dollar...

But in seriousness, I understand that getting your picture can feel awkward sometimes, at least at the beginning.

I won't leave you hanging! I will be there to direct you and give you some gentle nudges on your way. It's all done in a very fun, unobtrusive way, rather than having me jump around barking orders.

It's part of the reason my full day package comes with a complimentary engagement shoot: we spend a fun afternoon playing with some shots, and get to know each other a bit more.

If you're still unsure, check out this great guide on fashionable poses.

Q: Give me a bit of a run down on how the day might go?

A: Great question! Sometimes you just want someone to finally fess up and give you an idea of how a wedding day pans out!

Of course every couple is different, and it varies widely. I am adaptable to your day: my aim is to blend in seamlessly.

But lets go through a very rough approximation of how the day usually goes (for a full day package):

(a) I arrive when you tell me to (usually a bit earlier to give me time to say hello). I will walk around and get an idea of the location, particularly if it is new to me;

(b) I will then cover the bride preparation (and if you are getting ready in the same spot I can also cover the groom preparation - we can work out the best mix of that during our consultation);

(c) We then move on to the wedding ceremony, where I will do my best ninja impersonation to capture the wonderful inception moment of going from engaged to married (yay!);

(d) I usually suggest at least two hours free between ceremony and reception to cover the bridal party, including sneaking off and have some fun with just the two of you. This is best done during 'the golden hour' - the hour or so before sunset and a little bit after sunset; and

(e) We then make our way back to the reception. I will  make my way around to everyone as they mingle. I will take a breather while everyone has dinner (nobody likes to see their eating face!). The speeches will usually come next, and I will be back up covering all of that;

(f) I will then stay until the end of reception formalities, which basically means after the first dance. I will spend about half an hour on the dance floor after the first dance, getting those last unforgettable memories!

As mentioned above, if you want me to stay longer, just let me know.

Q: What if I only want basic coverage?

A: I have recently added a new package called "Short & Sweet". It is aimed at capturing the best bits of the day.

But if you want to go custom, just let me know. I will listen to your specific needs and will do my best to come up with a package that suits your time and budget.

Q: What is the end result?

A: For a full day wedding, about 400-600 carefully edited photographs.

You will receive a full copy of the photos on a USB stick.

I will also give you a link to a secure online gallery that you can enjoy from anywhere. You can also order prints in lots of shapes and sizes and have them shipped directly to your door.

If you opted for an album, I will prepare a draft album layout for you to approve after your photos are ready. Once we have the final revision, it will be sent off to the printers and when it's ready it will be shipped directly to your door.

Q: Do you shoot same-sex couples?

A: YES! We are strong supporters of same-sex marriage. Everyone deserves the right to be married under Australian law.