Cracking Byron Bay Wedding Photographers (and we do Portraits)

Hi, my name is Gaz. Ever grateful for living on the beautiful Byron coastline and being married to my loving wife Jacqui. We are both obsessed with making every wedding awesome You see, Jacqui is a fun Celebrant and I tell wedding stories (in pictures). Byron Bay is a top wedding destination but we happily travel interstate and overseas for special occasions.

I am the funnest of Byron Bay photographers you call when your wedding pictures mean the world to you. Yes, it has to be a fun experience and the vibe shows in the results.

Your Wish List is My Photo Mission

I love it when Brides and Grooms say that they felt so at ease and hardly noticed I was there. To get those candid shots the photographer has to make himself scarce. Nothing natural if the subject is wary.

To make sure I get the best result, I focus on finding out what couples have in mind. I want to achieve their dream, not mine. Every picture choice is personal so I can’t tell anyone else what they should like.

There is a very good reason why I provide so many images. Couples then have choices.

The story of your wedding day is your treasure trove. I provide at least two versions of each image according to your choice (e.g. raw colour, black & white, sepia, etc.) so that you really have a great Byron Bay Photographers experience.

Fabulous Photogenic Locations

Then there is the canvas.

We are so lucky with so many stunning venues around Byron, Broken Head, Lennox Head and Ballina. From white beaches to old farm buildings and tropical forests. All around the Northern Rivers NSW and Byron Bay, the country is rich in colour and form.

And did I mention the Byron Hinterland? So often there is a new venue or a lane way that is waiting to be discovered. There are the quaint villages of Bangalow, Federal, Eureka, The Channon, Newrybar, Binna Burra, Eltham, Clunes and many more within a stone’s throw.

For Byron Bay Photographers this is just magic. Every location a gem!

And yes, photo shoots are F U N !

But are you ready to take the lead in your very own show?

To do justice to Byron Bay Photographers, my job is to ensure you are at ease and chilled.

This is your day for enjoyment. An occasion to take time out and take pleasure in everything that is going on around you.

We are about recording those special moments, the emotions, the energy and the joy. The stars of the show have to be real people having a really fun time.

Whether it’s the wedding party looking to party or just the two of you, we will capture this once off day of your life. The day you and your partner want to remember.

Of course you will want to relive each moment.

What is it that makes a great wedding photograph?

The saying ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ comes to mind. If I show two people some wedding photos and asked them to rate the shots, they will rarely agree.

Some like arty effects, some like formality, some like dark moody images, some love the pastel cottage look. Then there are the photographic tricks we use such as utilising extreme depths of field. We can increase aperture to reduce focus to a short range or we can slow down shutter speed to see movement. then there is time lapse or distortion with wide angle or telephoto lenses.

There are so many filters and photographic gizmos that I can’t recall why I bought some of that gear. On top of that, a digital image can be modified using Photoshop to something totally different.

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Again, personal taste comes into play

It is OK to be fussy. I say it should be more than OK when you are paying someone to produce your wedding photos. It should be law. Your wedding photos must be just what you had in mind. After all, these wedding photos are for You to enjoy.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else likes. They can have their say when they get married.

The great advantage for Byron Bay Photographers is that we have so many magic locations. Beaches, headlands, rivers, waterfalls, streams, mountains, rain forest, gardens and plantations. So many great streets around Ballina, Byron Bay, Ewingsdale, Bangalow, Lennox Head – the list goes on. No wonder there are more than 1000 weddings and elopements in Byron Bay every year!

What you want with your Byron Bay wedding photographers

MUST BE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC about creating images that tell the story of your wedding day

MUST MAKE SCARCE while quietly capturing those special moments

GOT TO BE A FULLY qualified professional photographer

A LOCAL so knows all the best locations

CAN GUARANTEE early delivery of your wedding package

WILL COMMIT to deliver images to your taste – call and I will explain how I achieve this

IS EXPERIENCED with over 300 wedding shoots

CAN SAY that there has never been an unhappy Bride

SUPPORTS gay rights and believes in marriage equality (same sex marriage)

ALWAYS HAPPY to deliver a wedding photography package to your budget

HAS AN enviable network of wedding contacts and local knowledge

ARRIVES early and leaves LATE

NEVER PRECIOUS and allows other guests to snap away

GIVES you the original images when asked

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I spent years shooting landscapes and took on industrial photo jobs but wanted to photograph people. And what could be more satisfying than covering a wedding day.

Weddings are fast paced. Taking on weddings meant I could create images that move people. There is the joy and the emotions but there would be no room for error.

A Diploma of Professional Photography was the lever to start a Byron Bay Photographers business. I started cheap but didn’t care so long as I was getting amongst it. Now I look back now and realise that I have had so much pleasure from a truly enjoyable journey.

The best bit is that there is plenty more to come!

The Kodak Box Brownie

Well the results were not worth showing off about.

After Uni I got my hands on Dad’s Hanimex. He was not pleased but it lead me to buy my own TTL Pentax 35mm film camera. Photography became a serious hobby and there was a regular procession of lenses.

Then I got into dark room developing and printing. I could fill my evenings with processing black and white and beautiful rich colour Kodachromes. Creative, but not very family friendly.

As the family grew, so did my camera collection. My initial photographic sales were industrial. Not creative but a start.

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Great Images

Great images not only tell the story of your special day. They show the emotions, the dynamics and those special moments in fine detail.

Think about it. Your wedding shots enable you to relive your day for many, many years to come.

Ask any happily married couple something about their wedding day and out comes the album . . . .

Worth every penny!

Here’s to a great wedding.

Call me on 0439 866 337 to talk about your ideas.

All the best

Gary Patterson


Byron Bay Photographers