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Cole Studios offers professional, affordable, high-quality photography and the best value in the Illawarra, South Coast and surrounding areas. At Cole Studios, we’re all about capturing that special moment for you, forever.

Family Photography (location & Studio)

Photography Packages

We have two family packages.
All our packages include all digital images.
Packages include:

Package 1

Direct Family
$495
  • One Hour Session
  • Outdoor Location Session
    Location session around Wollongong
  • Colour and Black and White Images
  • Digital download of all images
    Colour & B+W set included
  • Each Image Edited
    Colour + Exposure Adjustments

Package 2

Extended Families
$695
  • Two Hour Session
  • Outdoor Location Session
    Location session around Wollongong
  • Colour and Black and White Images
  • Digital download of all images
    Colour & B+W set included
  • Each Image Edited
    Colour + Exposure Adjustments

The single family package is for one direct family only. That includes mum, dad and the children. The extended family package includes mum, dad, children and any extended family members (nan, pop, aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews) etc.

WOLLONGONG WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS

The best locations for formal photos. Popular spots that couples ask for time and time again.
 
One of the most common questions asked by Wedding couples is “Where are the best locations to take formal photos?” Below you will find a fairly comprehensive list of the best Wollongong Wedding photography locations. This list is by no means complete, but these are the popular spots that couples ask for time and time again. Some locations are relatively close and others require a bit more driving time. The formal photos are the photos between the ceremony and the reception. These locations are crucial to the success of your Wedding photography and Cole Studios know all the locations for the best photos. If you are a Cole Studios customer, please ask away. If you are not a Cole Studios customer then please contact your own photographer for any advice and photography locations as any further information is exclusively for our customers.

Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Wollongong Botanic Gardens is a very scenic place for Wedding photography. There are lots of great backgrounds and they change with the seasons. At the gardens there is an old fig tree that we love to photograph under, as well as the Rose Gardens and the old red Japanese bridge. It is a very convenient and very picturesque location. There is lots of street parking and limited onsite parking with easy access right into the garden. Disabled and wheelchair access is good and there are also public toilets. It’s a fantastic location to shoot photos, and close to the center of Wollongong. 

George’s Vintage Village

This is our exclusive secret location. We don’t give out the address to anyone but our own customers. If you have booked Cole Studios we will show you were it is, if you have not booked us then we suggest you ask your own photographer. If you are after a rustic vintage feel for your photos then please consider George’s Vintage Village. George has invested a lot of time (and money) making a fantastic wedding location for formal photos. Before each wedding George (pictured) sets up all the props for the location. Bookings for this venue are just $100 and guarantee’s you exclusive access to the venue (you wont have to compete with any other wedding parties for up to an hour and a half). Bookings are essential. This is a Cole Studios recommended wedding photography location.  

Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens

The Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens are located at the top of Mount Ousley just up Cabbage Tree lane from Fairy Meadow. There is a large pond with a little jetty pushing out over it. This is also a great place for a ceremony. There are lots of scenic places to shoot Wedding photography and the gardens are fairly close to Wollongong. This location has disabled and wheelchair access and public toilets. Plenty of onsite parking. More images coming soon (when the park is open!). 

Sandon Point

Sandon point is at Bulli, right next to the beach. It’s a scenic location for the ceremony and formal photos. There are views right out to the escarpment and the other direction right out to sea. Currently there is construction work going on but this work is scheduled to finish mid year. There are public toilets onsite, however we are not sure if they will still be there when the construction finishes as they are portable toilets. There is disabled and wheelchair access with plenty of onsite parking. 

Glennifer Brae

Glennifer Brae is one of the oldest Manor’s in Wollongong and is open to the public. The old sandstone building makes for great backdrops and the surrounding gardens are very photogenic. There is plenty of parking onsite and toilets at this location too. If yo are after something a little different that is still a relatively well kept secret, then consider Glennifer Brae in Wollongong.   

Belmore Basin (The Lighthouse)

Belmore Basin is the area that contains the smaller lighthouse in Wollongong. There is a small beach and it has a rustic feel which I like. There is lots of parking and easy driving access right to the waters edge. There is disabled and wheelchair access but no Public toilets. Plenty of onsite parking and a great place to shoot photos. 

Kanahooka Pier

Overlooking the lake is Kanahooka Pier. The pier is an old wooden pier and has a rustic feel about it. Its very long and lends itself to some very artistic and natural light shots. Disabled and Wheel chair access but no public toilets. Plenty of onsite parking. 

Pier 4 – Port Kembla

Down at the docks, just around from where the huge ocean cargo liners anchor, there is an old breakwater pier called Pier 4. Rusty old train tracks run the length of the pier and the background is pure ocean as far as the eye can see. It’s a historic place to shoot with a rustic kind of feel. An old wooden walkway towers out over the waters edge. Pier 4 is a very scenic place to have your formal photos taken. Has disabled and wheelchair access and public toilets. Plenty of onsite parking. 

OUR STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY PHILOSOPHY

There is something beautiful about studio photography that you just can’t achieve outdoors.

We have several packages below that include all photos in a digital download in high resolution printable format. Our philosophy has always been to be upfront with our customers and there are no hidden costs.

We are also re-introducing quality Canvas Prints at great prices.

Our studio is also pet friendly, so you can bring your fur baby with you!!

OUR STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY PHILOSOPHY

There is something beautiful about studio photography that you just can’t achieve outdoors.

We have several packages below that include all photos in a digital download in high resolution printable format. Our philosophy has always been to be upfront with our customers and there are no hidden costs.

We are also re-introducing quality Canvas Prints at great prices.

Our studio is also pet friendly, so you can bring your fur baby with you!!

All studio session include a digital download of all high resolution printable images, no watermarks. Sessions are in our ground level studio in Tullimbar. We have seating, amenities and change areas. We can also organise Hair & Makeup on request.

Our Studio has ducted air conditioning for year round comfort.

Family Session

60 Minutes
$395
  • 60 Minute Session
  • Direct Family Only (mum dad + children)
  • Individual Images & Combinations

Extended Family

90 Minute Studio Session
$549
  • 90 Minute Session
  • Entire Extended Family
  • Individual Images & Combinations

Couples

60 Minutes
$395
  • 60 Minute Session
  • Individual and Couple images
  • Personal Intimate Artistic Shots

Portfolio

30 Minute Studio Session
$249
  • 30 Minute Mini Session
  • Agency, Instagram, Facebook, Beauty
  • One Person Only

FAMILY & TODDLERS

Family is everything. Its amazing how fast the little ones grow! This session is aimed at family photography. Babies from 7 months and the entire extended family. These shots also make fantastic christmas presents for the grandparents as the little ones grow so fast. For toddlers the ideal age is around 8 months when they can sit up but just before they crawl.

We guarantee you beautiful lifetime memories… Personalised Gift Certificates available.

Portfolio / Instagram / Beauty

You are young, you are in your prime, so why not treat yourself! This session is designed to capture a nice set of images to look back on when you are older or maybe you might want to increase your Instagram presence. Or maybe you want to get into the modeling industry…

This session also makes a great gift too. We have personalised gift vouchers available. 

Couples

Thi session is all about your love as a couple. We don’t have a lot of samples to show here as even though we have done many many session like this, the photos are intimate and just for you. We don’t even keep copies. The samples we have here are all with the express permission of the clients. We will create a gorgeous intimate set of images. Many couples hang an image in their bedroom.

We can also supply the canvas prints so the images never leave the photographer and your privacy is assured.

 

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    Product Videography
    Corporate Identity

    Staff Photography Options:

    If you require something even more catchy, we also offer outdoor studio lighting for that perfect background and vibrant colours. We can also provide Hair & Makeup on request.

    Product Photography

    Just a Few of Our Many Commercial Customers Include:

    • MMJ

    • Linsol

    • Ugly Fish

    • SportsMaster Australia

    • Spartan Sports

    • Bridgestone

    • Michele’s Patisserie

    • Bidvest Food Services

    • Workout World

    • LJ Hooker

    • Clobber Leather

    • GoTransit Advertising

    • Sarikini

    • Platform 3

    • University of Wollongong

    • LendLease

    Commercial Photography Specialising In:

    Venue Photography

    When customers are deciding on a destination for their dinner they are “Googling” more and more now. The photos of your venue inside and out often determine if they will come to your venue or choose another venue instead. The shots need to be crisp and vibrant and have plenty of punch. We call it the “hero shot” factor. We provide basic image editing in all of our packages. This includes noise reduction, exposure adjustments, stitching of multiple images together and colour correction.

    Detailed image by image editing is available at an additional hourly rate and is not included in the session fee.

    At Cole Studios we specialise in this style of photography. We have all the equipment, the ideas and the eye to capture shots that best show your venue. A few examples from our many  venue photo shoots are below.

    Product Photography

    Product photography is a specialist field of its own. At Cole Studios we have the equipment and the knowledge to make every product shine. No matter how difficult to photograph the product, we will deliver every time. We use a Macbeth Colour Checker to ensure accurate colour of your product as well.

    Reflective products such as glass or chrome will have minimal reflection since we use our advanced techniques. We have specialist sand blasted translucent white product tables to photograph your product, with a smooth gradient background. We can also provide you with a ‘Hero shot’ (which is the shot that people see that makes them want to buy your product). Hero shots are usually themed to stand out from your competition.

    We have strong editing skills in house so we can enhance the hero shots and even create the advertisement layout for the magazines you may want to advertise in.

    We have a flat rate of $30 ex.gst per product with a minimum spend of $120. For a large quantity of products we do an hourly rate of $275 ex.gst. This includes the photography and deep etching (cutting the image from the background).

    Graphic Design

    At Cole Studios we can supply a graphic designer who can liaise with the publisher directly and let you get back to the more important task of running your business. Our purpose is to offer you a complete service, from the design to the photography to the layout to the finished advertisement. We are masters of our art. The graphic designer is available at an extra charge on an hourly basis.

    View some of our recent work in the gallery below.  

    Advertising Photography

    As with product photography, your advertising photography is crucial to the success of your product and your business. Cole Studios consults with our customers to find out exactly what they want, then we provide ideas. Most importantly we listen to you. Our passion is creativity. We love to create breathtaking images with our vibrant photography and innovative ideas. Our studio will work with you every step of the way to ensure the final result is the advertising photography that is perfect for you. We do this without the large price tag many agencies charge. Here are just a few examples of our many commercial photo shoots. 

    Experience – The Difference

    We have a crucial edge over our competitors in advertising photography as we have a history of magazine photography that goes back to 1999 when we had our first published photoshoot. Our competitors may exaggerate their experience and do not have a complete portfolio of awarding winning photography like Cole Studios. Our photography skills and ideas have been scrutinised over many years of experience by some of the best in the business. Since 1999 we have had over 400 published shoots in many different magazines.

    This has taught us how to setup a shot for an advertisement, how to colour correct and compose for all the various elements needed. Little things like the colour profile, the page edge bleed, the centre edge bleed on a DPS (Double Page Spread) all make a big difference when the advertisement appears in the magazine. We produce our commercial work in CMYK, ready for offset printing. All our photography has been adjusted to compensate for the smaller colour gamut of CMYK (as opposed to RGB).

    We now use the Canon EOS 5DS for breathtaking image clarity and detail. These cameras are 50.6 megapixels, so you will have incredible detail in your images. This purchase again shows our commitment to you to provide you with the best possible photography at the best possible price. We utilise portable studio lighting for vibrant rich colours when shooting outdoors. The results are just like in the studio but with a punchy background. There are many advantages to this.

    Advantages such as  image clarity, vibrant colours and professional results. Cole Studios uses the Broncolor Verso A4 Lighting system for outdoor studio photography. This is the best equipment available on the market today anywhere in the world. This is your guarantee of the best possible results.

    See the results you can achieve by using our outdoor mobile studio lighting below. 

    Your Complete Online Business Solution

    There are no limitations, we can do it all. We like to call this our ‘one stop shop’ and our clients really see the cost benefits of only having to deal with one company to get their entire business solution implemented. 

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    Terms & Conditions

    (The Fine Print)

    At Cole Studios we believe in always being upfront with our customers. We have fixed pricing for our services and we have service guarantees for photography delivery. We have fair pricing and always put in 100% into every photography session. Our customers are always welcome along at a session. Our Guarantee:

    We will provide your commercial photography back within 2 business days. Our sessions include photography and basic editing only.

    They do not include detailed photo by photo editing however this can be arranged with our graphic designer on an hourly rate.

    All our prices are ex.GST.

    For first time customers we require payment up front before any photographs are delivered.

    Our Payment Terms are 7 days for payment. If different terms are required this must be agreed before hand.

    Two Late Payments will result in all future payments being required upfront. 

    UAV Drone Photography & Videography

    Photography & Videography

    Our Drones are the latest technology assuring you of the best possible Quality. Before each flight we speak to our customers and find out exactly what you want. We then customise each project to your exact requirements. Our photographs and videos have been used for many purposes such as advertising, film, marketing and corporate events. 

    Our Drones have 4K cameras that can record in any video format up to 4K @ 60fps. We generally record everything in 4K at all times as we can easily downscale the video as needed. This gives our customers maximum flexibility. The Drones we use all have live HD feeds directly back to the DJI Smart Controllers. Our customers can see exactly what is being filmed and have live input into the final product as its being filmed. We encourage customers to get involved and value your input immensely.

    The still camera function on our Drones offer incredible detail at 20 megapixels which is big enough for almost any application (even a billboard). Our Drones shoot in RAW format so the editing and finished product is simply breathtaking. We can even shoot burst mode to get a sequence or that absolutely perfectly framed shot. As we are real photographers / videographers we add this element to our service offerings.

    Progress Video

    We offer scheduled time frame GPS aerial progress photography. Our drones are programmed to fly the exact same GPS path every flight. We can take a photo at the same airborne GPS location each flight. With these photographs you can build up a series of shots from your site each week (or what ever time frame you need) to end with progress shots of the build from start to finish always from the same vantage point. We also offer aerial videography with the same options as above. At the end of the project we produce a progress video that starts from earth and ends with a finished building at each stage of the build. 

    Commercial Imagery

    There is something uniquely different about a Drone shot for your new project. We can capture angles that previously were impossible (or at the least very expensive). We can provide regular construction progress photographs and videography as well as marketing materials. We are real photographers, so we see the angles many Drone only operators don’t. We have 20+ years of photography experience.

    There are many different options for commercial photography. Some of our past customers have asked for progress shots as a building or development is being built, others have asked for a completed set of still images & video once their project is finished. What ever the requirement we can provide a great service that covers all your requirements.

    We are a very responsive company. We can photograph & film your commercial project and have the photographs and video back to you the next day if required (our normal time frame is five working days). In some cases we have even had the imagery back the same day. We understand that time is money! 

    Site Inspections

    Our Drones offer LIVE video feed in high resolution, so you can actually watch what we are doing and guide the drone for the perfect shot or angle that you need. We can record in 4K video for super clear images and take 20 megapixel still images. We can fly up to 400 feet (higher with CASA approval) and can fly within one metre of most objects. Our Drones are super accurate even in the wind. Note we will only fly where it is legally allowed. Some sites are flight restricted but we can let you know if your site is ok to fly & gain permission legally to fly there.

    It’s a lot more cost effective to send a drone into a hard to reach or dangerous environment. We can fly to virtually any location and take detailed images. Rather than sending a manned team up, our drones can do the same work in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the costs.

    You will be able to watch a live high definition feed and guide the drone pilot to exactly what you want. The photos and / or video will be available shortly after landing to verify the results were achieved. We do this onsite so if there is any need to do more photos and video we can do it then and there. This way we can guarantee the results. We have a flat rate for each site, no matter how many times we go up into the skies! 

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      Wedding Videography

      Below is some feedback from one of our wedding film customers. Elisha almost did not get a video. Elisha decided at the last minute to do it. A wise decision as they could all re-live their most special day.

      Hi Jason, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and Bobby for the amazing job you guys did for our wedding day. The photos and video were second to none and we couldn’t be happier. We originally weren’t going to have a video, as so many people said it was a waste of money cause we would never watch it, but I’m so glad you convinced us to do it. It was the best decision we made and money very well spent. You captured our special day perfectly and we are truly grateful. Your work is spectacular and you have given us a lifetime of memories. Our close friends have just got engaged so I will be sure to pass on your contact details to them. Thanks again, we are very happy with your work.
      Jared and Elisha Priest
      Kind Regards

      Wedding Film Packages

      Package 1

      Ceremony Only
      $995
      • Ceremony entrance
      • Full length ceremony
      • Signing of certificates
      • Leaving the ceremony
      • Digital download of Film

      Package 2

      Ceremony & Formals
      $1495
      • Ceremony entrance
      • Full length ceremony
      • Signing of certificates
      • Leaving the ceremony
      • Formal Photoshoot Highlight
      • Length of one song (3-4 mins)
      • Digital download of Film

      Package 3

      Ceremony & Reception
      $2495
      • Ceremony entrance
      • Full length ceremony
      • Signing of certificates
      • Leaving the ceremony
      • Reception Entrance
      • Speeches (full)
      • Cake Cutting
      • Bridal Waltz
      • Father Daughter dance (optional)
      • Digital download of Film

      Package 4

      Ceremony, Formals, Reception
      $2795
      • Ceremony entrance
      • Full length ceremony
      • Signing of certificates
      • Leaving the ceremony
      • Formal Photoshoot Highlight
      • Length of one song (3-4 mins)
      • Reception Entrance
      • Speeches (full)
      • Cake Cutting
      • Bridal Waltz
      • Father Daughter dance (optional)
      • Digital download of Film

      The Fine Print

      We have spent a considerable amount of money investing in new equipment, software, training and techniques to bring this product offering to the market at this price point. In order to keep the pricing low and the quality high we have made T&Cs that you must accept before booking our wedding video services. 

      Terms & Conditions

      Please Read Carefully
      Our wedding packages are not sold or offered as a standalone product at this time. You need to book your wedding photography with us first.

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        Beauty & Boudoir Photography & Videography

        What is a Bridal Boudoir Session?

        It’s a sensual boudoir photo shoot for brides-to-be who want to surprise their lucky partner with beautiful and classy, yet provoking images on their wedding night.

        Most ladies bring their wedding lingerie, garter, shoes, stockings, veil and sparkly jewellery to the shoot for the true wedding night look!

        You can wear whatever you like to the photo shoot, the choice is completely yours.

        Why not mix it up and cover a range of styles, cheeky, sexy, theme, bridal, sensual etc? 

        Boudoir Session Packages

        We have two packages to suit most budgets. If you would like a customised package please contact us. 

        Boudoir in Studio

        The Boudoir Session is photographed in the privacy of our studio in Tullimbar. This session is more about you and is not a themed session. We provide ten edited images that you can put into your own album as your gift to your Groom on your wedding night. Hair & Makeup is not included but is available on request at an additional fee.

        Boudoir on Location

        There is nothing quite like a Boudoir session in a beautiful location. The beauty about this session is you get to choose where you do the session. You can be anyone you ever desired! A beautiful old style heritage B&B (booked by you), the beach, a themed session, the choice is yours. The only limitation to this session is your imagination! 

        In addition to the packages above, the entire set of photos can be purchased digitally for $249.

        We also offer canvas prints for your bedroom. Please refer to our Canvas Print page for pricing.

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          Pet Portraits

          Package 1

          (inc. tax and GST)
          $495
          • One hour session in our studio.
          • Pets and family included.
          • Colour Correction and basic editing all images.
          • Digital Download of all images (sent via a web download link).
          • Colour and B+W Images (two full sets).

          Package 2

          (inc. tax and GST)
          $595
          • One hour session on location.
          • Pets and family included.
          • Colour Correction and basic editing all images.
          • Digital Download of all images (sent via a web download link).
          • Colour and B+W Images (two full sets).

          About our Pet Photography

          It’s very sad to think about it, but you won’t have your fur baby for ever. Whilst your fur baby is a newborn furbaby or even when they’re in their prime as an adult, make the time and come and see us. We promise you lifetime memories that you will cherish way after your fur baby has crossed the rainbow bridge and the tears are finally replaced with happy memories.

          For us, this is about creating memories. 

          Quality Canvas Prints

          Why choose a Cole Studios Quality Canvas?

          Canvas Print Pricing

          Quality Canvas Print

          $129
          • 20″x30″

          Quality Canvas Print

          $159
          • 20″x40″

          Quality Canvas Print

          $189
          • 30″x40″

          Custom Sizing Available – Please email size for pricing.

          A Cole Studios Quality Canvas being assembled & wrapped for collection.

          About our Canvas Production

          Our canvas prints are made in our studio. We source the best quality canvas which is a fantastic start. The whiter the canvas the better the colour reproduction. Then we edit the photo to perfection and make sure there are no colour casts or imperfections in the image.

          Next we attach the canvas with our custom made stretcher bars to ensure a drum tight fit. We then stretch the canvas over our individually made thin profile frames. Finally we add string to hang the canvas and wrap the canvas in bio disposable plastic for collection.

          When you purchase a canvas from Cole Studios you are not only buying a quality product (far better than anything you can buy online) but you are also supporting a local Wollongong business that employs four people.

          Wedding Photography

          Choosing the Right Photographer for You Wedding

          There is so much choice these days when looking for a Wedding Photographer on the South Coast. When you start discussing your wedding plans with your friends, it seems like every second person is a photographer.

          So how do you choose a real photographer as opposed to someone that just likes to take photos? 

          How do you know they are fully qualified to capture the biggest day of your life? 

          How do you know you will be happy? 

          Here are few tips to help you find the answers and the right photographer for your wedding day.

          Wedding Photography Packages

          We have several packages to suit almost any budget. 

          Cole Studios may look expensive but we are not. Our pricing is very competitive and our packages have many extras.

          Please contact us to discuss your wedding requirements and obtain a quote.

          Include in your Photography Package

          At Cole Studios we don’t simply take photos, we spend our time and take amazing photos your state of the art technologies and years of our experience. When you engage us for your wedding photography we provide following extras.

          Mobile Studio Lighting – Breath Taking

          This is the secret to creating rich vibrant punchy colours, every time, in most conditions. We were the first photographer to introduce Portable Battery powered Studio Lighting into the Wedding industry in Wollongong. Before us, no one else used this type of technology and even now, only a select few professional photographers utilise Mobile Studio Lighting. But why is that?

          The simple answer is that our lighting rig is exclusive, something that only pure professional photographers would purchase and maintain.

          It all sounds great but what is Mobile Studio Lighting?

          It’s a lighting system where we set the camera exposure for the background; which could be a rich blue sky or a dark beautiful thunderstorm approaching… Whatever the sky is on your Wedding Day, we will capture that sky…..

          The Mobile Studio Light is like a giant flash, portable and very bright. We light you both at the same brightness as the background. So you have a beautifully lit foreground subject and a vibrant background. People often say our photos look ‘Alive’.

          See some of the examples of our photography using Mobile Studio Lighting.

          Natural Wedding Photos Using Available Light

          Available light is also known as natural light. Cole Studios utilises a lot of available light as well as our award winning studio lighting. We generally do both styles and our customers are very pleased. Natural light gives the image that soft warm feeling and is a very popular style we offer. The main difference is, natural light looks softer with warmer colour tones. Studio Light looks much more vibrant with rich punchier colours and incredible image clarity.

          See few examples of our Photography using Available Light. 

          Rain and Storm Wedding Photos

          Just because it rains on your wedding day doesn’t mean the wedding photos won’t be spectacular. Some of our best work has been on wet raining days. At Cole Studios we have very experienced photographers.

          Our glass is always half full, not half empty and we will always find a way around the bad weather. We know under cover locations and we know the best places to get out of the storm as we are local experienced photographers. Some of our best work has been on stormy days just like the photos below. Ask yourself, if these were your wedding photos would you be happy?

          For your outdoor ceremony we do recommend an undercover backup location. 

          Night Shots – To Complete a Perfect Wedding Day

          One of the challenges for a modern photographer is low light and night shots. Cameras don’t perform as well as the human eye in low light and at night. It is up to a Professional Photographer to be able to manipulate the camera settings in Manual mode to best achieve a crisp sharp exposure in very low light. We are masters at low light photography.

          Candid – Great Unexpected Results

          The Candid photos are the ones that everyone loves the most, the special or the silly moments when people don’t know they are being photographed. These are the memories that remain long after your special day has come and gone. Cole Studios has packages that utilise one or two photographers to photograph your Wedding. One of the main jobs of a second photographer on your day is to capture the candid moments. 

          Attention to Detail

          At Cole Studios we are always looking at the background and the smaller details in our photography. Your job on your big day is to enjoy the day and let us worry about all the little things. Recently we were on the “Pontoon” on Sydney Harbour and the ceremony was at sunset. Everything went extremely well and it came time to sign the certificate.

          As the couple sat down I was looking at the background. I politely asked the couple to move the table which they did. The results speak for themselves. This is one of the differences between a real photographer and someone that just takes photos. If I had not intervened then the background would have been much less interesting. Picture yourself here, which background would you prefer? And this is what Alicia Bree said, the bride in these photos….

          “A huge shout out to a wonderful photographer and his side kick. Both you and Shane made our night. You went above and beyond, literally turning the boat around to get the best shot you could. Your experience definitely paid off, dealing with a large bridal party with a very short time frame and yet you still captured every moment. Thanks for bringing fun and enjoyment to our wedding shots! Thank you!! Mat & Alicia!”

          Important Questions to Ask Your Photographer

          Here are some very important questions you must ask your photographer before paying any deposits etc. Read our answers below.

          All of our photographers are first rate and do a stellar job. Regardless of who attends you are guaranteed a fun day with amazing images. We are all professionals here and all love our art. This is our passion! 

          Each package has a different number of hours. After the time has expired, each additional hour is priced at $140 per hour per photographer. We discuss this during the consultation process and work out a time line that works best.

          You can select a package that will use one or two photographers. We use an assistant when needed, however they are not always needed. There is no extra cost if we use an assistant and this is at the sole discretion of the photographer.

          The package includes  hours of coverage (this depends on the package you select), prints and a USB Presentation set of all images in high resolution. Our USB sets have a full Colour & a full B&W set of images on the USB. You are free to do whatever you like with the images at a later date. They are completely yours.

          During the average Wedding we usually take approximately 1200-1500 photos.

          Absolutely, we have a price list available for your perusal.

          Absolutely, we are very open to input and requests from you. Many brides send us photos as they see them. We keep a file and on your special day we will replicate them (as many as we can).

          Absolutely. We have backup equipment and have considered every possible failure scenario. We even run dual memory cards in our cameras in case one memory card fails. We carry at least two of everything, even the very expensive Mobile studio kit we use. We have had failures before on shoots and we have always had extra equipment to cover those failures. Failures are very rare as we use the best equipment possible. We have built redundancy into all our procedures and equipment.

          Yes we do, Anthony Edwards covers me if I am sick. He shoots the same as I do and is trained by me. Having said that, in 16 years and over 1400 Weddings, I have never had to have a day off due to sickness at a Wedding. Even with a fractured left arm, I still photographed a wedding three days later. We have every possible contingency covered. We take our job and the faith you put in us very seriously. We wont let you down. 

          The photos are immediately saved on dual memory cards right in the camera. This means every photo taken actually has two copies. When the memory cards are full, they are stored in special humidity free cases and zipped up in the camera bag. On arrival back at the studio (at the end of the night) they are immediately uploaded to our computers and also backed up to our RAID 6 Synology storage device. But we go even further and then backup to a second RAID 6 storage device. Your precious photos are very secure and we have multiple copies. We even keep a back up copy in our massive Chubb fire proof safe, just to be extra sure.

          Absolutely. As long as we have taken our photos first, we then give others an opportunity to take their photos. We like to take the first photo so that everyone is looking at our camera. The only exception to this is other professional photographers. We have had issues in the past where people are starting their own photography business and basically come in after we have setup each shot, then put it on their Facebook as their own work. This is not allowed.

          We take lots of photos with lots of variety at our Weddings. We use studio and natural light, we take fun and also more romantic shots. We have never had an unhappy customer. We don’t miss anything. We are very proactive.

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