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  • Writer's pictureAsh Hughes

Photographing my first wedding: Laura & Heath, Lorne Hotel

I didn't know where to start, I didn't know what I was doing, I didn't know if couples wanted to book me, I didn't know if I had the right gear.. But I made the leap and with a little help from others I was on my way in the wedding photography business..

I put a call out on my landscape Instagram account which has quite a large following for any couples, photographers, venues that wanted to hire me, free of charge, so I could start to build a portfolio that I could then use to sell my services to others. The results were overwhelming at first, I think I had 7 bookings locked in - COVID wasn't even a thing at this stage at the start of 2020, but it did end up cutting the numbers back to 3 when events come to a standstill. I could work with that though.

First wedding off the rank was Laura and Heath. Now I've known Laura since high school when we used to skip class to play cards in the "common room". Who needs an education when you're winning at cards, right? Anyway when Laura saw the post she had a photographer booked, and asked if I'd like to come along in a second shooter capacity. Now usually in these situations as a second photographer, you're there to take shots and then hand your memory cards to the main photographer at the end of the day. Luckily I could keep mine, edit in my style and start the ball rolling with my world of wedding photography.

Laura and Heath's day was beautiful. Perched under a huge beachfront tree for the wedding ceremony on the Lorne foreshore, sunshine glowing and everyone down for a great time. The details of all the little things was something that I hadn't noticed at all the weddings that I been a guest at in the past, and only now when I was looking for these details for the photos that I was amazed at what really goes into wedding planning. We hit the pier for some bridal portraits followed by the Lorne Swing Bridge area for some more with the whole bridal party in tow. Before finally settling in at the Lorne Hotel to dance the night away. How lucky was I to now be in this world of weddings, and kicking it off in style with some great people in one of Australia's greatest coastal towns in Lorne!

Venue: Lorne Hotel

Hair: Shalo Hair

Coordinator: Astrid Styling


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