Wedding planning is exciting, new territory but there is a lot to consider. It is probably the first time you will think about the photography value of a location. The task of selecting wedding photography locations is important and can be daunting, so here is my take…
The University of Sydney
For a traditional and regal wedding shoot, visit the University of Sydney. This location has so many stately shoot options, not just the Quadrangle. We capture images from outside The Great Hall, and on the steps. As well as inside near the vined doorways and on the grass in the Quadrangle. You can also book the opening to the Quadrangle and get a car shot there too. The popularity of this venue means you need to book in a time slot (details below), so keep that in mind when planning. It will be busy and there will be a lot of foot traffic, but it is worth persevering.
To book contact: Nina McIntosh (University Venues Officer) via email@example.com or 02 8627 4667.
The Great Hall at the University of Sydney is one of our favourite wedding reception locations to shoot. See Images Above & below.
Add The Rocks to your list if you like aged concrete backdrops with a European vibe and tree lined shots. Easy parking and minimal foot traffic here means more time for taking photos and less time providing crowd control. We often take extra time to do some solo portraits with the Bride here, and sometimes the Bridal Party can enjoy a few drinks across the road and watch on if time permits. There is also a great spot under the Harbour Bridge for a car shot, or at the end of the road it can cater for multiple car shots overlooking the water and Harbour Bridge.
The Rocks is one of our favourites, See Images below.
For great sunsets, schedule time at Observatory Hill. In fact, pair Observatory Hill with The Rocks to give your shots a mix of architecture and nature finishing with a sunset on the hill – it is only a five-minute walk between the two under the Harbour Bridge. There is a place at the end of the road that can cater for multiple cars in shot here too.
See some of our images below shot at Observatory Hill.
Sydney Opera House
If some light rain is forecast for your wedding day, think about heading to the Sydney Opera House. Cloudy skies mean less tourists, so you’ll be able to get some epic shots of a clean Opera House. Even on a sunny day it’s perfect, if there are people around, our team will ask them to move, and they are normally more than happy to do so for weddings. We also love using the textured walls of the Opera House up close too, so your shots will not be all about the iconic building but also about the textures. Parking is hard here, so your photographer should ride along with you. We can take wedding photos on-site without prior a fee here, but keep in mind that we will need to seek approval for wedding cars to be taken on site.
The Sydney Opera House also houses one of our favourite wedding reception locations to photograph. I'll be posting a Sydney Venues post soon.
For a lovely relaxed spot to shoot, with low traffic generally, choose Paddington Reservoir. With a bit of extra space, you will really have time to relax and settle into the shoot. You may end up being in the company of a few other weddings but don’t let this worry you, we can take turns. We particularly like to use the metal chairs and the form-set modern concrete as props. It is a more modern and minimal version of The Rocks in terms of aesthetics. From a photographer’s point of view, it is best used on days that are not too dark as it is below ground level. But we can always change locations at the last moment while we watch the weather for you on the day.
More images below shot at Paddington Reservoir.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
If you’re after columns, the Art Gallery of NSW and the State Library have the best in Sydney. Parking is easier at the Gallery than at the Library, and the Gallery also has the paragon out the front. The Art Gallery can be busy with lots of foot traffic, but the wait is worth it for a few key images through the columns overlooking the park. See below.
At the very centre of the city, Martin Place offers some really versatile options for your wedding photography. It features lovely columns and less foot traffic than the
Art Gallery but also offers more modern architecture among the nearby laneways and shopfronts. The open mall, shaded areas and undercover archways mean we can easily shoot here in any type of weather and at any time of the day. Additionally, the fact that it is nearby many other great photography locations, and that we don’t need a permit, means we can keep this option up our sleeve to work with the weather on the day. Parking is hard here, so it's best to let your photographer travel with you. More images below.
If your wedding is on the North Shore, or if you have time to spare, Bradley’s Head is unbeatable for the sunset and is one of our favourites. From here you can see the city skyline while perched above the water with a beautiful rocky outlook. Parking can be hard at Bradley’s Head, so get your photographer to travel with you for this location. The beauty of this spot means it can be hard to secure, and you’ll need to book well ahead (details below), but it is worth it.
To book contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9585 6570
That's some of our fav locations that are realistic within most wedding timeframes in Sydney, but for couples sessions, we offer out-of-sydney locations too.
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