Location We Love: Sydney Opera House

Fast Facts

Where is it? On Sydney Harbour, a 10 minute walk from Circular Quay
Portrait styles: Glamorous, contemporary, artistic
Our favourite time of the day at the Opera House: night time when it’s lit up and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is twinkling in the background

Known for being one of Sydney’s major tourist attractions, the Opera House offers so much for portraits and wedding photography. It gives images a sense of place and grandeur, and looks stunning at any time of the day.

For Portraits

Because of its interesting architecture, there are so many ways to take photographs here. For a family photo or an engagement shoot, the stairs are the perfect place to start as those incredible sails rise up behind and dominate the background. Photos taken like this look great in black and white (for a more dramatic or romantic effect) or in colour (there’s just something so iconic about that building set in front of a deep blue sky).

For Weddings

Opera Point Marquee (located inside the Opera House and boasting views of the harbour) hosts superior receptions with help from Matt Moran’s ARIA Catering. The elegant space lends itself to a variety of themes and has always photographed for us impeccably. The images we’ve captured for couples here have always oozed the sophistication the space supplies. Ceremonies can also take place outside Opera Point Marquee, with the water, bridge and Rose Bay creating the ideal backdrop.

For wedding photography before or after the reception, we love to take plenty of snaps of our couples strolling along the promenade with the Opera House in the background. At night, there’s nothing classier than photographing the bride and groom under the streetlights with the harbour bridge in the background. We can’t think of a more magnificent Sydney location!



It’s All in the Details

One of the things we love about Sydney weddings is how brides and grooms go that extra mile with their details, really bringing their ceremony and reception to life. This also makes their wedding stand out from the crowd – when a couple’s personality shines through, we can capture some really special moments. These are often the photographs our clients fall in love with the most when they come in for their initial viewing.

The idea of adding personal details to a wedding can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a little cheat sheet we’ve written up based on weddings we’ve photographed in the past. These elements of the ceremony and/or reception have created brilliant photo opportunities and have been enjoyed by all in attendance.

Why not:

  • Wear a bright coloured pair of shoes under your wedding dress – they look stunning in contrast to all the white
  • Choose a theme that means something to you both (eg. sports, the ocean, travel, nature, books, music, food, wine) – don’t go overboard with it but instead incorporate it into elements such as the seating chart, place cards, wishing well, table numbers, invitations, programs or bonbonerie
  • Give some attention to the ‘getting ready’ phase of the day – that means hanging your dress on a gorgeous hanger, allowing us access to your bridal jewellery and shoes, and (if you’re getting ready at home or your parents’ home) telling us about sentimental areas in the house that we could shoot in
  • Write your own vows – words written by you and coming from the heart will have everyone in tears or make them laugh (perfect for the camera!)
  • Consider forgotten areas – make time to explore your ceremony and reception venues so you can take note of any corners that need decorating, vases that need filling or blank walls that could use some love and creativity

Our clients continually inspire us and awe us with their talents for organising beautiful, unique weddings. Take a look through these photos and you’ll see what we mean!


Kids Portraits

Having portraits of your children at different stages of their lives is wonderful and are pieces of art that will be treasured by you and your family forever. It can be tricky to get the kids as excited as you about having their portrait taken though! Never fear. We’ve come up with some ways to get them interested and that will lead to even greater photos.

Research portrait ideas as a family – perhaps you’d like to theme it this year, try out some new poses, hold up signs, wear the same colours or include the dog and cat? Pinterest is a good place to start gathering these ideas and we encourage you to think outside the square!

Let them pick their clothes – with some gentle guidance, of course. They’ll feel more comfortable and in control, leading to more natural pictures being taken

Choose a location that’s fun for them – the beach, the local park, the local bowling alley or miniature golf centre, Luna Park, Taronga Zoo. If they’re enjoying their surroundings, their smiles will be genuine and plentiful. You’ll also be making memories as you go!

Let them be who they are – we want to capture their unique spirits on camera and deliver portraits to you that are original and heartfelt

For more inspiration, take a look at our selection of sibling portraits. We are bursting with ideas to help you and your family get the most out of your session, so make a list of your likes, dislikes and let us know a bit about your kids’ personalities. Then we can get creative, prepare a fun day and take the best images possible.

The school holidays are the perfect time to have a family or sibling portrait session. Please call or email today to book a spot for the September holidays.


Night Photography at Weddings

For some Sydney wedding photographers, this might be a challenge. But not for us! We adore night photography and we’re experts at capturing good quality images no matter what time of day it is. There’s something just so magical about nighttime and it creates a fantastic range of shots in your wedding album, truly telling the story of the day from start to finish.

Taking photos at night is also a great way for the bride and groom to take a breather during their reception. Although receptions are a lot of fun, they tend to go so fast and can be overwhelming with lots of chatting, dancing, speech making and cake cutting! We like to take our couples outside to slow down the night. It’s also a good time for them to catch up and talk about how they’re feeling and to just enjoy each other. This is when we like to photos – when they’re too wrapped up in each other to notice the flash going off! These images feel intimate and often make stunning pieces of art.

If night photography is something you’re considering for your wedding, keep this in mind when you pick a reception venue. Does it have a garden, courtyard or interesting landmark that could work as a backdrop? Or perhaps the building itself is elegant, historical or looks incredible lit up in the dark? Think about the area the venue is located in too. There could be a bustling street with bright lights close by where we could take exciting photos, a viewing point that overlooks the city, or a park decorated with pretty fairy lights. When you get in touch with us, let us know what you’re thinking and we can give you some ideas or let you know what has worked at your venue in the past.

Now enjoy these photos of our lovely clients who have lit up the night sky with their love and were thrilled with the results!