Wedding Photographer Wollongong

Your special day has arrived, and we would love to be a part of it! Cole Studios has been photographing weddings for over 20 years, working with bridal parties to provide truly gorgeous professional photography and videography. Using the natural beauty of the Illawarra as a backdrop, we know the best places to photograph on the South Coast. Being local, we have scoped the most beautiful locations to capture the perfect scenes for your wedding photography & videography. We work alongside you, helping to plan and create opportunities for us to capture each special moment. A great photographer doesn’t just take photos. At Cole Studios, we work with you to create timeless precious memories of the most important day of your lives.
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Choosing the Right Photographer for Your Wedding: Exploring Wedding Photography Options in Wollongong

Choosing the right photographer is important to encapsulate the essence and beauty of your wedding day, especially in a location as picturesque as Wollongong. Known for its breathtaking coastlines and lush, green landscapes, the region offers a plethora of stunning backdrops that only a local expert can truly capture. At Cole Studios, we provide wedding photography services in Wollongong, capturing your special day with the vibrant and exquisite detail it deserves.

Our deep understanding of the unique scenery and light conditions sets us apart. We are your local storytellers, ready to frame your moments against the most stunning views the region has to offer. From the serene Illawarra coastline to the rustic charm of its historic buildings and softly lit gardens at dusk, our team knows exactly where to take you for breathtaking results.

Hiring a local professional in Wollongong for wedding photography means having an expert who is adept at harnessing the natural light and capturing the spontaneous moments. We pride ourselves on creating a seamless and enjoyable photography experience that highlights the magic of your wedding day. Let us help you tell your story through photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.

HERE ARE FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU FIND THE ANSWERS AND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY.

  • Search Google for a generic term like “Wollongong Wedding Photographer”.
  • Inspect their work closely and look at all the details.
  • Take your time and look at each photo. Picture yourself right there, in those photos. Would you be happy with the results?
  • Are their photos bright and sharp (in focus)?
  • Are the photos unique and creative?
  • Do they have other customers you can talk to for reference?

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.

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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 and the image clarity is simply breathtaking…

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. 

TAILORED PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

At Cole Studios, we believe that every wedding has a unique story. From the initial consultation to the final delivery of your photos, we follow a collaborative and attentive approach. Whether it's capturing the morning light during your ceremony or the vibrant energy of your evening celebration, our team ensures your wedding album is as unique as your story.

Continuing our commitment to a tailored photography experience, we take pride in our ability to adapt to the diverse settings and themes of each wedding. Our wedding photographers in Wollongong are skilled with the camera and experts at reading the atmosphere and dynamics of your special day. This sensitivity allows us to capture candid moments that might otherwise go unnoticed – the quiet anticipation before the vows, the tearful joy of family members and the laughter shared between friends.

Understanding that wedding planning can be overwhelming, we strive to be as accommodating and unobtrusive as possible. Our wedding photographers in Wollongong are here to offer guidance when needed and to step back and let you enjoy your day, confident that every meaningful glance and every spontaneous dance move is captured beautifully. This is our promise to you – a wedding album that documents and tells the beautiful, unscripted story of your day.

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT

Our wedding photographers in Wollongong use advanced mobile studio lighting and high-resolution cameras to ensure every moment is captured with clarity and creativity. Utilising both natural light and sophisticated mobile studio lighting, we create breathtaking and diverse photographic styles. Our commitment to quality is evident in our rigorous backup procedures, ensuring not a single memory is lost.

WHY CHOOSE OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN WOLLONGONG?

At Cole Studios, we offer a blend of creativity and reliability, ensuring your wedding day in Wollongong is captured beautifully and memorably. Here are a few reasons to choose us:

  • Extensive Experience: With over 20 years in the field, we bring a wealth of expertise and a proven track record in professional wedding photography.
  • Local Insights: Our deep knowledge of the region ensures we find the most beautiful and unique locations for your photos, using the natural beauty of the area as a stunning backdrop.
  • Diverse Photographic Styles: We can capture a variety of moments, from candid shots to meticulously crafted compositions, ensuring a rich and varied wedding album.
  • Comprehensive Service Offering: We provide a complete package, including both photography and videography, capturing every aspect of your wedding day.
  • Secure and Meticulous Backup Processes: Our team employs rigorous backup procedures for your photos. This includes immediate saving on dual memory cards and multiple backup systems for ultimate peace of mind.

Choosing us means entrusting your wedding photography to a team that is dedicated to capturing your special day in a way that you'll cherish forever.

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.

WHO IS THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHER?
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!
HOW MANY HOURS OF THE WEDDING DO YOU COVER AND IF THE WEDDING GOES OVER WILL YOU STAY AND WHAT IS THE COST?
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.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS COVER THE WEDDING AND DO YOU HAVE ASSISTANTS? IF SO, IS THIS AN EXTRA COST?
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.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE AND DO WE GET A COPY OF ALL THE PHOTOS?
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.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NORMALLY TAKEN DURING A WEDDING CEREMONY / RECEPTION?
During the average Wedding we usually take approximately 1200-1500 photos.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT WEDDING PACKAGES WE CAN CHOOSE FROM?
Absolutely, we have a price list available for your perusal.
DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY SERVICES?
Yes, at Cole Studios, we provide comprehensive wedding packages that include both photography and videography services. We aim to capture the essence of your special day in a cinematic style, ensuring every significant moment is recorded. Our videography team works in harmony with our photographers to create a seamless and dynamic visual story of your wedding.
DO YOU OFFER DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY FOR WEDDINGS?
Yes, we are excited to offer drone photography and videography. Drone footage adds an incredible cinematic dimension to your wedding memories, capturing stunning aerial views of your venue and the surrounding landscapes. This unique perspective provides an awe-inspiring backdrop to your wedding story, showcasing the grandeur and scale of your celebration.
CAN WE GIVE YOU A LIST OF SHOTS THAT WE WANT? THERE ARE SOME PHOTOS I HAVE SEEN ON YOUR FACEBOOK PROFILE THAT I LOVE!
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).
DO YOU HAVE BACKUP EQUIPMENT?
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.
DO YOU HAVE BACKUP PHOTOGRAPHER IF YOU ARE SICK?
Yes we do, We have several photographers. We all shoot the same as I do and they are trained by me. Having said that, in 21 years and over 2000 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.
DO YOU BACKUP YOUR PHOTOS AND IF SO WHEN?
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.
CAN OTHER PEOPLE TAKE PHOTOS WHILE YOU ARE TAKING PHOTOS?
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.
WHAT TYPES OF PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN?
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.
How far in advance should I book my Wollongong wedding photographer?
Securing your wedding photographer well in advance is important. We recommend booking at least 6-12 months prior to your wedding date. Early booking not only ensures the availability of your preferred photographer but also provides ample time for consultation and planning, allowing for a tailored photography experience that aligns perfectly with your vision for the day. Whether you're dreaming of candid moments or beautifully posed shots, early booking is key to ensuring these precious memories are captured as you envision them. Contact us today to book a wedding photographer in Wollongong.
Do you offer customisable wedding photography packages?
Absolutely! At Cole Studios, we understand that every wedding is unique. We offer a range of customisable packages to suit your specific needs. From the duration of coverage to the style of photography, we work closely with you to ensure your wedding package perfectly aligns with your vision. Our goal is to provide a tailored photography experience that reflects the uniqueness of your special day.
Do you provide both candid and posed shots?
Yes, our team at Cole Studios excels in capturing a diverse range of photographic styles. We blend candid moments with beautifully composed shots to create a rich and varied wedding album. Our candid photography captures spontaneous, heartfelt moments, while our posed shots are crafted with creativity and attention to detail, ensuring a comprehensive portrayal of your wedding day.
How do we choose the right photography style for our wedding?
Choosing the right photography style for your wedding involves understanding the different options available and reflecting on what best matches your personal taste and wedding theme. Look through portfolios of various styles and think about how these styles would blend with the atmosphere of your wedding. It's also beneficial to have a detailed discussion with your photographer about your preferences and expectations to ensure that the style chosen truly reflects the essence of your special day.
How can we ensure our wedding photos look natural and not overly posed?
Communication with your photographer is important to ensure your wedding photos look natural. Express your desire for candid, relaxed shots and discuss any concerns about feeling awkward or posed. Remember, the best photos often come from simply enjoying your day while your photographer discreetly documents these moments. At Cole Studios, our photographers are skilled at making couples feel at ease and can provide guidance for natural-looking poses. We also focus on capturing spontaneous moments and genuine emotions throughout the day.
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Cole Studios pty ltd

Tulimbar (Albion Park) NSW
info@colestudios.com.au
0402 802 321

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