How to totally NAIL post-ceremony photos.

As wedding professionals, we get asked all the time for advice. It’s very easy for us to say the lines “just do what you like!” as people who have literally done this hundreds of times, so I feel we need to go a step further. I know that my couples trust me and so I feel totally cool to let them know if an idea is not going to work, or to suggest something else.

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This moment here - post ceremony - is one of my favourite things to shoot. People are not only totally natural, but also mostly unaware of what I'm doing that they don't put their guard back up. And I'm not talking about my couples here, but the guests. So here are my tips to you, person reading this potentially planning a wedding, or about to be a guest at a wedding, to make this whole thing the best it can be:

1) Phones and Cameras away for everyone. BE PRESENT! Photographers don't care that you're also taking a photo. We know ours is going to be great, and we're not after a monopoly on photos, that's not why we ask this. The couple want to be able to see their loved ones faces - and they've hired me to photograph those faces, not their faces behind devices.

2) Stay close to each other, especially if it's just the one photographer shooting the wedding. I love being able to get as many of these moments as I can, so not to miss key people like parents and siblings, so let people come to you - it's your day, after all.

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2) In your planning, either on your invites or wedding website or whatever, let people know that there will be times for the "official" photos later. A great celebrant will help with this (my mate Married By Josh was here for this one), encouraging people to congratulate the couple now they're married instead of fussing about who's iPhone they're going to use to get a photo for their socials. Great, REAL moments have been, and will continue to be murdered by selfish guests - don't be that guy!

3) Brides - and Grooms for that matter - feel free to hand your bouquet to someone, because it can get in the way of great hugs (and also that fucker is heavy amirite?!) There will always be plenty of photos of you with it.

4) Work with a great venue and planner like Bebe's Country Weddings who knows their stuff, so that there's space for this all to happen and there's also something for the guests to do after they've seen you.

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5) How great are dogs during ceremonies, hey! Just remember to organise someone to handle them at a pinch when you want to do all the hugs.

Those are just some ideas, hopefully they help someone. I'm really passionate about helping people make the most of their day because a) I'm a nice guy and b) it makes for better photographs, so expect more of this stuff here and on the blog.

morgs x

Anthony & Lucy. Oakridge Winery. Yarra Valley Wedding.

“We read your whole story on your website, on the front page. All the way to the bottom. It really resonated with us.”

I first got to meet Ant and Luce at one of their favourite Chapel Street haunts, over dinner and cocktails. We’d Skyped, they’d booked me, but it wasn’t until then that we got to spend some time that I realised how excited they were to have me work with them. When you make things and people resonate with them, for me that’s what keeps me coming back.

This was their day.

Harmony & Liam. Gum Gully Farm. Victoria.

“We are coming down the aisle together. With a swing band. Is that your kinda thing?”

HELL YES my dude.

I caught up with these guys a few months before the wedding, when I was down for another shoot in Melbourne. We had burgers and beers and hung out with their dog.

Here's the thing.

My couples  tend to trust me, know me, so when I rock up on the day all their friends ask "so are you mates with the guys?"

I always have to reply “that I am now”.

I think this process is pretty unique to wedding photography, like, it's a strange mix of art, trust, technical, a pretty intimate access to people on an important day... and a little bit of luck and other special sauce. But that key element is the access. Making new relationships and new friends.

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"Every single time I look through our wedding photos I get goosebumps, I laugh and I cry! Such an amazing day that was captured spectacularly by Morgs. His style of photography and the way he captures all of those special moments is second to none. We wanted wedding photos that were real, raw and captured the emotions of the day - this is exactly what we got.. We couldn't have dreamt of a better photographer. And aside from his extraordinary talents, he's great to hang out and have a beer with! If he's booked out for your wedding day, move the date of the wedding! He's seriously that good!!!"

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