Karan ♥ Karen | Wedding | Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wedding | Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Karan ♥ Karen | Wedding | Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wedding | Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Fantastic wedding ceremony of Karan and Karen at the Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide and Reception in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Resturant. Be mesmerised by their wedding. Check out the blog to look further.

Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach

Wedding Photography Checklist A Journalist Approach

A Detailed Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach

There are lots of Wedding Photography Checklist that photographers new into the wedding industry use. Our menthod adds a journalist approach to the photos taken.

I always ask my clients if there's any things that they want me to capture. Sometimes, they want me to photograph them with their pet.

Groom Prep

  1. The Groom's place
  2. Rings
  3. Suit
  4. Prep Shots – Groom alone
  5. Prep Shots - Groom and Mum, Dad, Best man, Groomsmen
  6. Mum fixing boutonnière/button hole for Groom
  7. Groom and Family
  8. Groom and Bridal party
wedding photography checklist
wedding photography checklist

Bride Prep

  1. The Bride's place
  2. The Dress – Hanging or Draped
  3. Flowers
  4. Shoes
  5. Bride with dress
  6. Prep Shot - Maid of Honor & Brides Mom – Zipping/Tidying Dress
  7. Prep Shot - Bride Applying Make Up / Hair
  8. Bride fixing boutonnière/button hole for Dad
wedding photography checklist get ready
wedding photography checklist get ready


  1. Church Wide Shot (with & without guests)
  2. Bride walking down aisle ( Side Profile & Front )
  3. Father giving away bride
  4. Groom over the shoulder shot of bride ( & Vis Versa)
  5. Holding hands – Bride and Groom
  6. Bride & Groom Kiss
  7. Bride & Groom Leaving Church ( Receiving Line)
  8. Bride & Groom – Inside Limo Shot
wedding photography checklist ceremony
wedding photography checklist ceremony

Bridal Portrait (Skipped as these are portrait shoots of bridal party)

  1. B&G (full body, half body)
  2. Bride alone
  3. Groom alone
  4. Full bridal party
  5. Bride & GM
  6. Bride & BM
  7. Groom & GM
  8. Groom & BM
wedding photography checklist portrait
wedding photography checklist portrait

Reception wedding photography checklist

  1. Reception/Banquet Hall Outside shot
  2. Food Shots (Cocktail Hour, Drinks, etc.)
  3. First Dance
  4. Bride & Father Dance
  5. Groom & Mother Dance
  6. Bouquet Toss
  7. Guarder Belt Toss
  8. Cake Cutting, Bride and Groom Feeding each other
  9. Misc. Guests Dancing
  10. Speeches
  11. Centerpieces & Flower/Decorations
  12. Guestbook Signatures
  13. Gifts
  14. Small Children Dancing with Bride & Groom
  15. Bride & Groom’s Parents Dancing (Plus Grandparents)
  16. Smiles and laughers

Here's a link to our other wedding tip blog post - tips for wedding second shooters

(Before and After) Wedding portrait using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

(Before and After) Wedding Portrait using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

As promised, here's a couple of photographs from the Wedding portrait held last Saturday. I intentionally took photos with and without flash to show ;

1. How harsh the sun is.

2. How good is it to have the flash on.

The heat

I have to admit that I often get overheated after a day of summer wedding. In this wedding, I went home after the first hour of reception. When I reached home at about 9pm, had my dinner, I have to had 2 panadols and went straight to bed. I had tried my best to stay out of the sun but the heat must have got into me. I already had more than 3 litres of water during the whole wedding and my body still can't cope well with the heat (annoying!).

Wedding Portrait with Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

I started using the flash in the portraits in the groom's place. Used it for the bride's and the bridal portrait session too. I am very impressed with the lightweight of the Quadra flash unit. I bought along with me the manfrotto tripod to hold the flash head. There is this once that the flash unit did not fire when it was behind a big tree, out of the sight from the skyport. The bridal party was happily smiling for me and I realised that the Quadra was not firing! Annoying x 2.

At the end of the wedding, the battery is still at 75% full.

Below is the photograph without the flash.

Wedding portrait
Wedding portrait

Here is the photograph with the flash used.  Which do you prefer?

Wedding portrait with quadra
Wedding portrait with quadra

Here is a link to the facebook page containing the album of the beautiful wedding of this couple.

A link to the previous post on the Hands on of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra .

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Scott Goh |Adelaide Wedding Photography

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(Hands on) Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX

(Hands on) Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX

I am so excited about my new purchased of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX and 2x action heads with the new Lithium (li-ion) batteries. I am currently still using my 2 x canon 600ex-rt flash units. I want something more powerful for the summer sun in Australia.

The Research

I have been doing some research about the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra hybrid vs the non-hybrid. I have posted the questions on some Elinchrom pages.

Here is the direct answer from The Flash Centre: "Scott, there is no difference between the Hybrid and some of the later Quadra RX packs. The re-branding to "Hybrid" was to help indicate that these packs are compatible with both the lead gel and li-ion batteries (some of the very early Quadra stuff is not li-ion compatible without a modification).  If you want any further infer please feel free to PM us. Thanks".

elinchrom casing
elinchrom casing

After receving the message, I went head off and purchased one of the two remaining (in-store) Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX - the non-hybrid version with the new batteries. I am glad as I can spend the cash difference into getting the modifiers I want.


Here's some of the pictures about me unpacking the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. I did make a mistake. Just like most people who dont read the user manual and went ahead to charge the battery. I plugged the battery straight into the charger and after half an hour. The battery remained flat. Then I saw that there is a "fuse" that has to be inserted into the fuse's slot before charging. I insert it and went back into the charger!

Then I spent the next hour or so reading the manuals.

elinchrom quadra to go set action head
elinchrom quadra to go set action head
elinchrom quadra charging battery li-ion
elinchrom quadra charging battery li-ion

Skyport trigger

The skyport trigger is very light weight comparing to the Canon ST-E3 RT unit. A battery came with the purchased so all is good to go.

quadra unit
quadra unit
quadra turn on
quadra turn on

The first test

After the battery has been charged, I took my wife and my baby out for a quick photo shoot. Wife forbided me to post the photos so you will get to see some of my photos with the Quadra in the next post! All I can say is, it's easier to use than I thought! *EDIT* I briefly told her that I am blogging this and will be adding a photo as a sample to show the beauty of Elinchrom*

Next, I will be posting some photos from the wedding I took using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. Here is the link to the NEXT POST.

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Scott Goh |Adelaide Wedding Photography

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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!

wedding photographers
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