Creating Photographic memories you’ll cherish forever.
Byron Bay and Lennox Head photographer, Mark Atkins has been photographing weddings in Byron Bay, Lennox Head and the Northern Rivers for 10 years. Mark's style is casual and candid, letting things unfold in front of the camera and capturing the moment with perfect timing which makes for beautiful photography of your Wedding Day.
To see samples of my wedding and engagement photography check out my portfolio below. Click the text below each image to be taken to the individual gallery where you'll find a gallery of images.
10 tips for choosing a wedding photographer
When you're looking at wedding photographers photos, take note of the styles you like. Choose a photographer who shoots in that style and be guided by them and you'll end up with wedding photography you love.
It's pretty important that you're comfortable around your photographer and that they can put you at ease. I'd suggest meeting with a few photographers whose work you like and see how you gel.
This will ensure you end up with natural-looking wedding photos and thoroughly enjoy your day.
I can appreciate everyone's budgets around weddings are tight and that there's a heap of expenses. But before you consider trying to save a few $$ by doing your photography on the cheap, I ask you to think about this.
The cake, drinks and food will be gone by the end of the night, the dress/suits won't likely be worn again ever, but in 15-30 years time you'll still be looking at your wedding photography.
Great wedding photography doesn’t just happen by accident. It's the culmination of the right person with the right equipment. I've spent years lusting over new photography gear and I regularly update my camera bodies and lenses, spending $1000's annually.
In my current kit, I have three professional Nikon digital camera bodies including the Nikon full-frame Z6. I have a range of lenses covering from wide-angle to super-telephoto all of which are fast prime glass.
Make sure you start the process of looking for your photographer as early in the process as you can. Photographers can often be booked out months in advance, so I suggest contacting any you really like and check their availability.
You might ask if they will hold the day for you, I will always hold a day whilst you decide. I will only contact you and ask you to commit if I get another request for booking on the same day.
A pretty good sign you're dealing with a professional wedding photographer will be their ability to offer you printed product of your wedding photos.
All professional wedding photographers will have associations with professional printing labs who produce high-quality albums and prints. I offer a wide range of prints and wall mounts along with a good selection of wedding album options.
I've known of photographers who have put their partner in a dress and shot stylised wedding photos in the perfect light at the perfect time of day. That's fine and all, but you need to know that your photographer is capable of producing exceptional results in even the most trying conditions.
Ask to see a gallery of wedding photos from a few weddings rather than just rely on a few random best photos on a website or Instagram.
Does your photographer have more than one camera body and multiple lenses. What would happen if a camera failed during the wedding, could the photographer continue.
I have three professional Nikon camera bodies including the Nikon full-frame Z6. I have a range of lenses covering from wide-angle to super-telephoto all of which are fast prime glass. Which allow me to shoot in all types of lighting and weather.
A professional photographer should have adequate insurance cover in case of something happening to their gear or to one of your guests. If there was an accident involving their equipment and one of your guests you would want to make sure they held insurance cover.
Ask about the details of the package. Will the photos be individually post-produced? How many images should you expect?
I shoot RAW. I do so because it gives me the maximum amount of data to work with in Lightroom. I edit each photo individually deciding to apply Colour, Black and white or sepia to images.
The details are important, make sure you fully understand what your wedding photography package is, ask questions and if possible request a wedding photography contract.