Hi there, and thanks for taking the time to check out our website. I’m Jon, an experienced and AIPP accredited candid wedding photographer, and I’m dedicated to creating beautiful, natural images and capturing all the details and emotion – wedding photography Melbourne style 🙂
Although I started out as a portrait photographer, I absolutely love shooting weddings and that has been my focus for the last 7 years. My approach is to capture your amazing day in an unobtrusive, friendly and relaxed way, while making sure to make those beautiful images you’ll love forever.
I’ve photographed more than 300 weddings at venues all across the state, including on the beach, gardens tiny and enormous, large churches and small chapels, backyards and bistros, wineries – pretty much any venue you can imagine.
I’m also very aware that your day is about you two – not the photographer! So I make sure I’m there to create images that you love, without making you feel awkward or all weird and “posed”.
Wedding Photography Melbourne
Although I’m based in the Yarra Valley, I travel everywhere for wedding shoots.
If you’d like to catch up for a (free) meeting or talk on the phone, contact me to have a chat about what you’re looking for from a photographer on your wedding day, that would be brilliant. My focus is on allowing your individual personalities, as well as your connection as a couple, to shine through in your images, so a catch-up or two before the day really helps me to do that.
I have a professional and unobtrusive approach, and I create natural, candid and relaxed images.
I love the unique and special moments of wedding days, and I’m committed to providing you with beautiful images that capture your big day as it happens, providing you with memories that will last forever.
A comment I often hear from clients is that “we didn’t even notice you being there” – and I love that. My job is to capture all the elements of your big day – the details, the emotion, and the events – and being ready to catch everything that happens, while staying in the background. I’m there to play a part in helping you to have a brilliant day (it’s supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not a chore!), while making sure you get exactly what you want from your photos.
Pricing, Packages and more Info
As soon as I get your enquiry, I’ll check my availability for your date, and if I’m available I’ll send you back our Client Guide that has all the pricing info (as well as a bunch more information).
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Preparations, Ceremony, Portraits and Reception
Often in meetings with couples, especially those who haven’t been married before, I am asked the question “So, how does it all work? How does the day run? What does natural or candid wedding photographer really mean? What does a typical “wedding photography Melbourne” day mean when you shoot our wedding?
And although all celebrations are unique, they’re usually made up of the phases of getting ready, the ceremony itself, portraits with family, friends and the bridal party, and then a party to celebrate. Not always in this order! We often do “first look” shoots where the couple see each other for the first time before the ceremony itself, and sometimes even bridal party and family shots beforehand as well. It’s completely up to you – it’s your day – and I’m there to capture everything that happens (and give you a hand or some advice if you’re not sure when to do what 🙂 ).
If I’m covering your preparations (check out our Client Guide to see our different packages relating to wedding photography Melbourne) then usually I’ll start with the groom (or one of the brides if we have two!), and then head on to the bride’s “getting ready” spot. This might be a hotel, private house, or at the venue itself depending on what you’ve arranged – I’ll go wherever I need to, and we’ll have worked out a photography timeline in advance based on your arrangements for the day.
During preparations, I’ll take detail shots of all the things you’ve prepared and thought about for your special day. For grooms, this is usually things like cufflinks, ties, buttonholes, watches and gifts – all the accessories. And for brides, it’s thinks like your dress, shoes, flowers, and jewellery. It could also be your invitations, special memories and mementos from loved ones, that kind of thing.
Then it’s time to get ready – for grooms, that means ties, jackets, and buttonholes, and maybe a celebratory drink for good luck (and maybe to steady the nerves;) ).
For our brides, it’s time to put that beautiful dress on – your bridesmaids will help you out with that. And they’ll help with shoes, your jewellery, anything else that you need to be ready for your big moment.
And for both brides and grooms, we will then have time for some portraits of you both, along with your bridesmaids and groomsmen
Well, the ceremony kind of has a life of it’s own, which is perfect for a candid wedding photographer – you two won’t even notice me, as you’ll be too busy getting married! But I’ll be there to capture some pre-ceremony shots as guests arrive, the bride as she makes her entrance, and all the special moment that make up the wedding ceremony. Formalities might include exchanging rings, some vows, signing the register, and of course the all important first kiss 🙂 .
Then, when you’re declared to be married, it’s really special to spend a few minutes being congratulated by your family and friends.
If you’d like to do a big group shot, now is the time to do it, while we have everyone together, and then while I have everyone’s attention I’ll ask some people to say behind for formal portraits – we’ll have a chat in advance of the day to talk about who you’d like to include in those.
Then usually – but not always! – it’s time to go and get your bridal shots done. Some with your whole bridal party together – including and special little ones and kids who’ve helped you out – and of course those shots of just the two of you together.
For your bridal photography, we can either stay on site (if that’s part of the reason you chose the venue), or we can go to one or more locations – give me a call or email me an enquiry and we can have a chat about your thoughts on how that might work.
Reception – Candid Wedding Photographer
It’s party time! And that means you celebrating with your loved ones together for the first time as a married couple. Whether it’s a full-on formal reception with hundreds of guests or a backyard celebration with a few of your besties, I’ll be there to capture those special moments, formal and informal. Wedding photography Melbourne formalities are often things like a first dance, speeches, and cutting the cake, and later on you might do a traditional bouquet toss and say thanks to your guests before waving goodbye – plenty for a candid wedding photographer to capture.
Either way, if you’ve booked me to cover the full day, that’s exactly what it means. I’m not someone who will ask you to do a fake first dance or mock cake cutting – my full day coverage includes up until the end of the reception or 11pm (and if that doesn’t fit in with your plans, let me know and we can customise a package to cover exactly what you’re after).
A bit more about me …
I really love shooting weddings – way more than I would when I decided to start Millgrove Photography back in 2011. It’s just such a privilege to work with couples on their big day, spending time being a little part of the huge celebration, meeting their lovely families and friends and getting the opportunity to take photos in some stunning locations at the same time.
I started out studying Film and portrait Photography at Deakin Uni back in the mid-90’s. We were shooting on film back then, so I learned everything from the ground up, including detailed lighting and technical stuff (using things like light-meters and falloff ratios), through to shooting large-format portraits and lots and lots of conceptual photography. The little campus I was at was called Deakin Rusden, and although it doesn’t exist anymore, it was like a little art school where we focussed very much on high-concept areas, as well as the technical skills to make the images happen. Although I went into Uni really wanting to focus on filmmaking, I realised that photography, and specifically portrait photography, was what I really wanted to focus on, and where my real photography passion lay. I’m not usually seen taking a camera out to capture sunrise at a remote location, or getting a close up of a butterfly – taking candid shots and portraits of people is what I’m all about.
Although I’ve shot more than 300 weddings over the last 7 years or so, I think I actually enjoy it more now that I ever did (now that I’m not so nervous before very wedding day!). I love lots of little moment throughout the days, but the few minutes before the bride arrives still makes me very excited, every single time.
I’m a pretty laid back person, but when I’m focused on the job I’m 100% into what I’m doing. Although I can be quite serious when I’m “switched on”, I love to have a laugh and spend photo sessions chatting with brides and grooms and their friends and family . We’re here to get awesome photos where we look like we’re having fun and enjoying ourselves – why not actually have fun and enjoy ourselves while we’re at it!?
Check out some recent work …
- Sault Daylesford Wedding – Georgie and Jack
- Eastern Golf Club Wedding – Shuk and Tom
- Carousel Melbourne Wedding – Steph and Josh
- Wedding Venues Melbourne – Hannah and Tom
Awards and Accreditations
The Australian Institute of Professional Photography is Australia’s peak accreditation organisation for professional photographers, and I’m proud to have been recognised as an Accredited Professional Photographer by the AIPP.
As taken from the AIPP’s website;
“An Accredited Professional Photographer is a photographer, who doesn’t just claim to be a “professional” but earns that title by successfully completing the rigorous AIPP accreditation process.
Accreditation is designed to give you, the consumer, confidence that your Professional Photographer is a proven, experienced, technically capable, professional practitioner, who complies with all legal business requirements, has appropriate insurance and who is willing to agree to the mandatory Code of Professional Practice and to the requirement to continually improve their photographic skills by committing to continue their professional development.”
I’m also an Approved Member of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy, having finished in the Top 10 wedding photographers in Victoria for the last two years (as voted by actual couples across Victoria), and I was also voted the winner of the 2017 Brides Choice Awards for the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs (after being runner up at the 2016 awards).
I’m proud to be a strong supporter of all marriages between two people who love each other, and have been a Partner of the Equally Wed community since 2016.
Kind words from our couples …
I bring a relaxed and professional approach, and my goal is to make beautiful photographic memories of all the little (and big!) moments that make up your unique day.
Don’t take my word for it though – here’s what our clients say, and why we’re a 5-star Top Rated Supplier on Easy Weddings …
“From the first meeting we had with Jon we knew he would be the perfect photographer for us. He was so easy to speak to and understood exactly what we wanted in a wedding photography Melbourne option. On the day he made the whole process so much easier, he worked perfectly with everyone including the kids. Everything was easily done with no pressure and was actually lots of fun full of laughs. The whole photography experience was perfect. The only thing better was the finished product, the photos were more than we could have ever imagined and I love each and every one of them. Jon made our day so pleasant and gave us the most magical photos that we can treasure forever and we will be forever grateful.” – Crystle N
“Jon is an amazing photographer who has captured our special day perfectly. He listened to what we wanted, captured and created images that will remind us of how great our day was forever. I would recommend Millgrove Photography to anyone, if your celebration is big (or like ours, small and intimate), Jon will be able to record everything you want and so much more.” – Keera T
“Jon was extremely professional and made us feel relaxed and comfortable during the day. After the portraits, you didn’t even notice him there! He wasn’t intrusive, or in anyone’s way – and we got so many brilliant photos for such an affordable price. Very happy! Would recommend Jon to anyone! ” – Casey D
“Jon was absolutely fantastic. He was professional and accommodating to all of my requests. He spent all day with us from getting ready with my husband, getting pics of me getting ready, the ceremony, reception and shots of us leaving. He was with us for over 12 hours, and the photos look amazing and are exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. ” – Eileen T
“Jon did such a great job. He was so professional and easy-going. We met with him before the wedding and made a plan, which was great because the actual day was such a whirlwind. We got so many beautiful shots throughout the day and night. ” – Brooke C
I only photograph around 40 weddings per year, so don’t wait – shoot me a message using the form below, or chat with me using the little green button on the bottom right, and let’s have a chat about what you’re looking for, and making it happen! 🙂
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