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Nicholas ♥ Melissa | Partridge House Wedding | Somerton Surf Life Saving Club

Nicholas ♥ Melissa | Partridge House Wedding | Somerton Surf Life Saving Club

Wedding Photos Blog of Nick and Melissa. Ceremony held in Partridge House and reception at the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club. Adelaide wedding photography is by Scott Goh Photography

(How To) Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1- Natural Light Photography)| Adelaide Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1 - Natural Light Photography)

I am a Professional Wedding Photographer in Adelaide, SA. The purpose of this post is to answer our Facebook friend Wang Brooks's question: "I wish that if you can share information about light and visual angle." Part 1 and 2 will focus on the Light aspect of the question. Part 3 work on the Angle on how I see things. wedding photography lighting

Personal Disclaimer: These blog posts are what I do and how I feel about Wedding Photography Lighting. It is subjective and there is no right and wrong way of doing it.

Part 1 - Natural Light Photography

Part 2 - Wedding Photography Lighting (Using Flash)

Part 3 - Working with Angle (TBA)

Photographing in a wedding is not all about MY PHOTOGRAPHY that takes priority over everything. I do not centre myself as "Scott is the photographer and he wants this and that". I have to meet schedule, live to my expectation (to perform), to ensure that I am able to produce the best with what is going on (in terms of wedding photography lighting).

Now, Light!

Wedding Photography Lighting can be as simple as Natural light to complicating multiple Flash lights. I use a combination of natural and flash lighting in different situations.

Natural Light Photography

Why natural light? It's easy, less equipment (flash) to buy and carry quick. Often a photojournalistic way of capturing moments without being discovered.

When is natural light not suitable? Here's some reasons I can think of.

  • Ambient lights is brighter than subject, this means that you have a darker subject in a well exposed photo.
  • Some dark wedding venues when you can't even see clearly.
  • When you want to use artificial light to create a more dramatic photo.
  • Save you some $ by not buying more lights.
  • Fill flash to clean shadows - portrait. Especially in afternoon sun.
  • You need to freeze fast subject in motion.
wedding photography lighting
wedding photography lighting

Above is an example of using natural light during pretty dim wedding reception venue in Windy Point, South Australia. Light source is the heater light just above the bride.

1:Gears: Often not a must, but this helps a lot in low light condition wedding reception venue. You might just have to use a camera body with good high ISO capability paired with a "fast" lens. Lens that can go wide like f/1.4 such as a prime lens. Here is a link to my gear list. Here's an article on what lens should you use for wedding photography. I will try to update my gear list to include my wedding photography lighting gears use.

2: The first light source and often the main light is the Sun. Most photographers will begin their journey as a natural light photographer who don't supplement additional lights in a wedding. I am one. Know where the sun is coming from.

3: Observe the Shadows. This is the key. Apply to indoor and outdoor. When there is light, there will be shadow. Watch the shadow on the face. In an outdoor portrait for example, your couple might be under the tree, watch how the tree branches are creating shadows on their face. If so, move them around or use fill flash. When I start at my groom or bride's place for their prep, I like to walk around the house and observe the lights. Is there direct sun light coming in from the window/sliding door?

4: Make use of Any Available Light such as the videographer's video light. This can be a good substitute for off camera flash light. Some photographers dislike to work with videographers video light but i love it. Likewise, in a reception. I love to use the DJ lights as well. This creates a really good ambient lights even if it's bright green light on someone's face. It's the mood. Lights from bedside lamp, torches etc can be useful too. Just look around.

wedding photography lighting
wedding photography lighting

Image Above: Videographer is standing on my right. I am borrowing his light in this portrait. Way too easy! wedding photography lighting

5: Mobile phone light, YES! Use it! You do have a light source with you everywhere you go. I use my iPhone light to lit up the details when i need them.

6: Should I overexpose or underexpose? In general, I expose for the skin of my bride and groom. Take the photos in RAW format and this save you lots of overexpose or underexpose of the skin. wedding photography lighting

7: Avoid Afternoon Sun. As a natural light photographer, if you are not using any flash for fill, try to avoid afternoon sun as it will cause harsh shadow just below the eyes.

8: Do not to place people facing the sun. Pretty self explanatory.

photography lighting
photography lighting

Image Above: I took the photo of the bridal party facing the sun. Why? The wind from the sea will not mess up their hair when they are facing the sea & sun. I did turn around and take another photos of them back-face the sun/sea. Their eyes are better as they are not looking at the harsh sun but their hairs are flying in front of their face.

Thank you for reading our article on wedding photography lighting and hope you will find these wedding photography lighting tips useful as a natural light photographer.

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Scott Goh Photography

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Tips for Wedding Second Shooters | Adelaide Wedding Photographer

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Tips for Wedding Second Shooters / Photographers - Dos and Donts

I’ve worked with a lot of wedding second shooters over the years and have started second shooting. Here's some basic principles that should help you to become a solid wedding second shooter. wedding second shooter

(1) Do sync your camera time with the primary photographer. Helps putting all photos together from different camera in good timely manner.

(2) Do use higher capacity cards like 16 or 32 gig cards. It is easier to work with less cards than more to prevent lost of cards.

backup for wedding cards wedding second shooter
backup for wedding cards wedding second shooter

(3) Do remember to always keep it relax and fun. Often your manner reflects the business of the main photographer. Behave well, respect and have fun. This will lighten the mood while shooting. wedding second shooter

(5) Do not shoot over the primary photographer’s shoulder. You’ll end up with duplicate images and you will have the eyes of the bride looking at your camera while the groom's look at the other photographer. Big NO NO here.

(6) Do not control nor position the bride/groom/bridal party to the way you want while the primary photographer is shooting.  Ask the primary photographer if he/she allows and if so, do it after he is done.

(7) Do help organize the groupings during the family formals. This is your primary responsibility during the formals.

(8) Do take detail shots in case the primary photographer might miss any. Have a list of the detail shots if you can't remember them.

(9) Do make sure that you’re always shooting from a different angle than the primary. Link to point 10.

(10) Do try to avoid being in the primary photographer's view. You can always duck down and use the  B&G to block you out of the primary photographer's view. This takes practise.

(11) Do not make direct contact with the B&G before or after the wedding. They are not your client. wedding second shooter

(12) Do not pass out your business cards during the wedding. If asked, hand out the primary photographer's card.

(13) Do take photos of the primary photographer interacting with the wedding party and guests. These interactions were part of the day, so go ahead and document it.

(14) Do take all you can to keep yourself safe and watch for the safety of all others. Bring your own water. Keep your water level high. Do not attempt shots from dangerous level and places. Before you move into any bushes, take a stick and brush around it before you step into the tall bush (in case there's any snake in there).

(15) Do keep an eye on the equipment while the main might be in another room/location where the equipment is out of sight. wedding second shooter

That’s is it. Being a second shooter should be fun without the stress and pressure as the main shooter! Stay professional even as a second shooter and use your common sense.


Adam ♥ Marnie I Adelaide Wedding Venue - Utopia Waterfall Gully

Adam + Marnie I Adelaide Wedding Venue

Adam and Marnie got married on a very special and meaningful day for both of them. Marnie and the girls were getting ready at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide. This hotel is located on Waymouth St, Adelaide. It's location is very centralised and easy to get to. Surprisingly, I did not have any problems with looking for a park! Certainly a good option for those who wants a nice, no fuss place for getting ready.

adelaide wedding venue
adelaide wedding venue
wedding slippers
wedding slippers

These thongs are just perfect.. The things I love about them are the fact that they are all labelled, so that I won't get the people mixed up.. LOL(just joking). Seriously, they have to be more comfortable than those high heels:) Adelaide wedding venue

wedding rings
wedding rings

This is one of the ring shots that I love most. I used the mother of bride's handbag to produce this elegant image.

Let's have some photos of the groom and the boys getting ready too. Traditionally, these aren't that popular but they are becoming more in demand.

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wedding boys
getting ready
getting ready
groom cuff links
groom cuff links

Love the smile on the bride's face.

bride getting ready
bride getting ready

Weddings can be one of the most emotional day ever!

mother's look
mother's look

The beautiful bride... Marnie...

bride portrait
bride portrait

Wedding Ceremony - Utopia Waterfall Gully

They have chosen Utopia as their wedding venue. This Adelaide wedding venue is located at Waterfall Gully Road. It is one of the best Adelaide wedding venue. It also provides both ceremony and reception services.

down the isle
down the isle
sand ceremony
sand ceremony

Marnie's idea of having her family in a "heart shape."

I just love the scenery here and of course the waterfall for bridal portraits.

Hahaha... I remember this...

Look at this beautiful wedding venue.

One of my photography style during the reception is to capture the guests while they are having a great time.

Games such as this one certainly had brought joy and laughter to the fun crowd.

For those who have a sweet tooth...The mouthwatering desserts at this amazing wedding venue.

Just have to love the lights... They create a romantic ambience, just perfect for a wedding venue.

For any enquires, please contact us at:

To view some of their wedding photos in our Facebook page, click here

To view our previous wedding blog in Boxi and Yue, click here

Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day


To save cost on wedding, get someone close to you whose good at organising things. Perhaps a mother or your bridesmaid. Share the load with more than 1 person. Tasked John for the flower, Mary for the cars and Bob for the reception.

On your wedding day, you will be able to divert all communications from wedding suppliers to this/these person. You need to ENJOY the day and it's lessen your stress.


In fact, all weddings I have been are very well-planned.

Share the schedule with families and friends who are helping out. Make sure that the florist, videographer, photographer etc knows where they will be at the schedule time. If they need to contact someone during the day, divert them to the wedding planner.

If your venue is in a place with limited car parking spaces, get your guest to arrive earlier than your "usual" time.

Always plan for the wet weather. Bring umbrella during winter season and water during summer.

After my last discussion with my clients, I always print out the itinerary of the day.


Allow time for congratulating and well-wishes from friends and families after the ceremony. Enjoy the moment. Do not rush.

Allow some time to rest. It's a tiring long day.

Allow time for travelling and looking for a park. Cater for traffic conjestion.


Make a list and get someone (maybe brother/sister) who knows the families to get them ready for the photos.

Always starts with a big group as its easier to get people to leave.

Consider starting with elderly. They may need chairs.

wedding 01
wedding 01

Photo locations - Prioritised your photo shoots locations from the must-have to the least. This ensure that you will surely have the photos at the beach (that you must have). You might be running out of time for the last location at the hill (which is the least you like) and that's should be ok.

Bride can be late and this is a fact. Do not stress if you are running late.

Lastly, ENJOY your day.

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wedding fun

10 Things to Consider before Hiring your Wedding Photographers

10 Things to Consider before Hiring your Wedding Photographers

Here's the top 10 Things to Consider before Hiring your Wedding Photographers. Enjoy!

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wedding photographers

I am a professional newborn, event and wedding photographerss, a Professional Member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). I like to share a few pointers to couples who first start out planning their wedding. The purpose of this article is to give (you) bride-to-be and/or groom-to-be more information to think about before making their decision on the photographer.

Here are few questions for thoughts...

1. Does the wedding photographer have their ABN?

Running a photography business is just like any other business. Professional wedding photographers would have registered for ABN. Having an ABN does indicate that this photographer is serious and should have been in the business for some time, hence having an ABN. The simplest way to know if a business has an ABN is via their web address. For example,, having the “.au” indicates that this business has an ABN. An ABN is a requirement to register a web address ending with “.au”

2. Does the wedding photographershave insurances cover for their equipment?

I have seen professionals/semi professional who accidentally drop/damage their camera while on the job. What happens if these photographers demand $ from you as you may be liability to a certain extend for what had happened?

3. What sort of camera equipments are they using? 

I am aware that only professional/amateur photographers know what is good or bad. Personally, I used top grade Canon lenses with top-tiers camera bodies (with equally good backup). I believe all my clients deserve to be in front of my L-series canon lenses for the price that they have paid. L-series lenses are the "Luxury" series normally used by professionals. Of course I am aware that there are other third parties lenses that perform as good as the Canon L-series. If your ceremony is in a church that flashes cannot be used, then the L-series fast lenses may be the only capable lenses to capture your wedding in low light condition. Do you want to pay >$1000 and found that the photographers are only using beginner DSLR with kit lens for your wedding?

PS: Here is the link to my professional equipment.

4. Do they have equally capable camera backup?

Malfunction in camera is rare these days but it can happen. Do you want to risk your wedding with photographers without a solid backup camera? If they do have backup camera, is it as good?

5. Does the camera body have memory card backup function?

I am only familiar with the Canon camera body series. Only the Canon 1d-series and the latest 5D camera bodies have backup facility. With a click on the camera shutter, the photo can be saved in 2 different memory cards. If 1 card is lost, I still have the next. Not only can camera fail, memory cards can fail as well. What is going to happen if your photographer tells you that your wedding photos are lost because the card is corrupted? There is a few ways to prevent this from happening but different photographers are different.

6. Does the wedding photographer offer a backup photographer?

Photographers are not made of machine and we do get ill. So what happens when your only wedding photographer is really sick and are not able to photograph your wedding? Will there be a replacement?

7. Who owns the copyright of the photographs? 

Strictly speaking, the photographers own the copyrights to all the photos that he/she has taken. In the past, it's a common industry practice that photographers do not release these copyrights to clients and you have to pay more to own the copyright for your own usage. But this still exists with some traditional photographers. I believe that wedding moments are yours to keep and yours to share, hence no restriction are put on the photos that client received. Clients are free to distribute them and use it for any purposes. Make sure you ask this question. wedding photographers

8. Watermark/Logo and High resolution images? 

Some wedding photographers (being a businessman who runs a photographic business) are smart enough to label all photos that are given to their clients with the photographer's watermark/logo. Extra payment will be needed to get a copy of the images without their logo. We provide our clients with high resolution images without any watermark/logo.

High resolution is a very subjective issue. Photo resolution differ from camera model to model. Our high resolution images are at least 2000 pixel width. If you really want good size resolution photos. Do check with the wedding photographer what is the resolution given.

9. Colour vs B&W? wedding photographers

I heard from people that their wedding photographers gave them images either in B&W or colours. With a single image, you either receive a B&W or Colour photos (not both).

I believe that clients deserve all the images in both Colour, B&W. We also provide a third set of processed edited which we call "Artistic". Hence, with a single same image, our clients will receive it in Colour, B&W and Artistic style (All processed). You can always convert a colour photo into B&W or artistic. But you can never convert a B&W back into colour.

10. Lastly, Engagement/Pre-wedding Photography?

Test them out. Couples love to show their love to their friends and relatives. Photography is a form of expressing this. This is often mistaken for engagement party photography. Photos from the engagement session can be shown in a slideshow in wedding receptions. It can be printed onto album to showcase it in the reception or canvas printed in the living room. Couples will often learn how to pose together comfortably. By having experiences photographing together before the wedding day helps minimising photography stress during the actual wedding day. Posing in pairs is different to teenager studio photo shoot. Poses are photographer style dependent. It is (always) enjoyable with memories that will last you forever. It's often a way to know your photographer (wedding) and perhaps conclude any strengths and weaknesses of the photographer whom you are entrusting your BIG day to. Yes, can you test the photographer before the big day? wedding photographers

Are you still unsure? It is often worth testing your wedding photographer out in an Engagement session before the actual wedding day.

In conclusion, I hope i have shed some lights in helping you deciding on a good and reliable photographer. Enjoy your hunt for your wedding photographer. By the way, South Australia does have some very good professional photographers!

Cheers, Scott

Member of the Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) [The only international member in South Australia] Accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) 0416500989