Interview with Krazy Kevin where we talk weddings including Bridezillas
Kev: It's crazy Kevin out and about on Power FM for our business section and I've got a lovely gentleman here. What's your name?David: David, David Rook I’m a Toowoomba wedding photographer. Kev: Now David, I met you at a country wedding quite recently and you are a wedding photographer. Tell us all about wedding photography. David: Country wedding photography is what I chose to do instead of fashion or real estate photography because wedding photography it's about life. A wedding is that one day, hen life happens. All the good and the bad bits come out in people, the beginnings and the endings of things, like you're going away from your parents but you're developing your own relationship and building your own family. That all happens on the wedding day and there's such an inevitability about a wedding too, because no matter what happens the wedding goes ahead. If it's raining it doesn't matter. If the groom forgets the wedding rings it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter, it's just got this inevitability about it and it only happens once so you've got to be onboard. That's what I love about wedding photography, the pressure. Kev: We're talking about wedding rings missing and things like that, anything ever happen like that? David: Oh yeah. I was at a wedding and I was doing this freebie and it has, we all had the big joke. The big joke is like where's the wedding ring and you went, oh hang on. Just recently, I photographed a country wedding out at Goombungee just outside Toowoomba. It was really overcast, threatening rain day, soon as the bride stepped out it rained and as soon as they said I love you and kissed and ended, it stopped raining. Kev:Sun came out. David: It did for the wedding photos. Kev:I follow your great wedding photography website and you're sort of like, I've got this different slant on taking wedding photographs. It's like getting the real Australia and the brown Australia. David: Yeah, because our skies are so big and there's nothing more beautiful to photograph than nature. You can't beat that and we've got lots of it in Toowoomba, so that's where I tend to photograph weddings and that's why I tend to specialize in country weddings. Kev: Have you had any people asking you for different types of wedding photographs? David:Well, I recently photographed a wedding in the CBD of Toowoomba as well, so it's no big dramas, but they always ask me for something different and they sort of hire me because of my look, because of my style. My wedding photos tend to be different from everyone else's anyway. Kev: You of course sit down with the clients beforehand and chat to them all about what they want. David:Yeah, we'll sit down and like we muck around. I really do enjoy it. By the time you finish the wedding day, you become part of the family. A bride has to be able to trust you. Weddings have got to be done properly and to get to know the bride and groom on their wedding day is a lot of fun. Kev: It's a bad subject to talk about but have you had any bridezillas? David: I think bridezilla is an unfair term because I think they're just girls who know what they want and if you can't deliver and they get angry at you, who's fault is it? They employed you to photograph their wedding and if you can't do it, they’re going to get cranky & if you can't deliver, It's a problem. David Rook: But one thing people really should do. They say, "Oh, I just want all the digital prints." We just recently lost my mother-in-law, but we found their great grandmother, my wife's great grandmother's wedding album. David Rook: And so we were able to go through the album and go, "Oh, that's Auntie Florence when she was 19, and this is blah blah , and that's this and this and this and this, and oh, look how young he was and look at what they were wearing." And they were able to remember and remember a day from nearly 100 years ago, today. And you can't do that if you've got a USB or a hard drive. Printing is still relevant today, more relevant today, because you will always be able to get ... You will be able to look at the wedding photos every time. David: They can jump on the web, www.davidrookphotographer.com.
Bunnyconnellen will be at Highfields Wedding Expo.
Choosing your wedding venue with photos in mind.
Wedding Photgraphy in Toowoomba can be tricky. But having your wedding photos at your wedding reception venue is an idea that should be considered when choosing a wedding reception venue. First and foremost, decide on the type of wedding you want, the reception venue will set the tone for you wedding. Will you have a casual or formal wedding? Its your wedding and it should reflect who you are as a couple.
Your wedding day is so hectic, and time is short, that’s why you spend so time planning your wedding. Time is so precious and time management is essential to your wedding because it’s your day. Having wedding photos is fun and an important part of your day but you want to have fun and celebrate with your friends and family. Even though Toowoomba isnt hat big. Travelling between ceremony and photo locations can take a lot of time.
But if you choose a wedding venue that is in a beautiful in Toowoomba or any other country wedding location not only will take stress out of your day, but you’ll save time for the all-important partying and celebration.
During your wedding day is time management your time is vital. I love taking wedding in Toowoomba and in the country, they are important, but you don’t want to spend all your day moving from one location to another location. You lose some much time in cars travelling form location to location to get the perfect photo. Don’t forget organising your wedding party in multiple cars can be like wrangling cats, especially during the excitement and fun of celebrating your wedding. Country weddings are beautiful and I love taking wedding photos at sunset , the light is softer and flattering. The earth turning won’t stop turning because you’re getting married and the lack of planning could see you miss this opportunity of stunning sunset photos. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you only get one chance to get the wedding photos of your dreams.
As a Toowoomba wedding photographer I have my favourite wedding reception venues in Toowoomba and across the Darling Downs, I love Toowoomba wedding venues that are beautiful and has variety of places where you can have your wedding photos. If you have booked a quality Toowoomba or country wedding venue they should also supply nibbles and drinks while you are having your wedding photos. Having your wedding photos at the reception venue will make your wedding day run a little smoother.
If you choose your wedding venue wisely you can save time and have all the beautiful photos your wedding album can hold or hang on your wall. Ensuring you w plenty of time to party and have fun.
Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect venue.
Before you make an appointment to see a wedding venue go window shopping and use Google image search creatively.
This is a tip I use to plan a wedding shoot and discover hard-to-find wedding venues. Either in Toowoomba or anywhere on the Darling Downs. If it’s my first time covering a wedding at a new venue I enter the name of the region plus the words ‘wedding venue’ into Google e.g. ‘Toowoomba wedding venues’. Then, click on Google images tab and scroll through other weddings that have taken place in that area. This will lead you to blogs of Toowoomba wedding photographer’s. They will have lots of photos of other Toowoomba wedding receptions at unique wedding venues you may never have discovered by doing a typical Google search.
When you have found a wedding venue you like on Google then get a little stalker-ish When you have found a wedding venue that interests you.
Its time to let your inner-social-media-stalker out. After you have done your research on google and found other weddings that have been held at your favourite venue – look at their social media accounts and look for reviews from previous weddings. Don’t be afraid to try hashtags you can tiptoe your way on Instagram. It’s a great way, to get a more personal view of a Toowoomba wedding venue. Look for links to Toowoomba and Country wedding photographer’s blog for more photos and ideas.
When you do go in and see a wedding venue go in prepared.
Chances are you and your fiancé be meeting with a few different Toowoomba wedding venues before you decide your favourite. If you see them all in one weekend and especially if you see them all in one day they can become one big blur. I always suggest you get a little prepped before you go. My biggest tip would be to take a few selfies. Taking selfies during your viewing is fun you can share them on social media. The biggest advantage is you won’t have to trust your memory to remember all the unique and beautiful elements of each venue.
If you don’t know where to start, ask your photographer for their advice.
If you know where you want to get married in Toowoomba or another rural setting but you are struggling to find the right venue, ask your photographer they will know most if not all the Toowoomba or country wedding venues. From their personal experience the will, be able to tell you which Toowoomba wedding venue photographs the best. An experienced photographer might have a few suggestions of other venues you haven’t discovered.
Do some extra looking and visit wedding blogs.
Wedding blogs are a tremendous source of inspiration for ideas when it comes to styling your wedding reception.
One of my personal favourites, to photograph weddings is the award winning Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard.
Bunnyconnellen was a former Dairy farm named "Hillview" .
At Bunnyconnellen it has always been their ambition from the beginning was to start growing their own food from garden/paddock to plate and to follow a less demanding lifestyle. This was achieved by planting an olive grove closely followed by a small parcel of wine grapes.
Bunnyconnellen then progressed to include a Cellar Door outlet, Function Centre, and B&B.
Bunnyconnellen is the benchmarked for quality. They test the integrity of their products by submitting them to the rigors of the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. The Fine Food Show demands high standards of the competitors and the team at Bunnyconnellen has been rewarded with no less than 37 medals over the last several years.
Bunnyconnellen has also been awarded a Gold medal at the Vogue Entertaining & Travel Magazine awards as well as a Silver medal in the 2013 Original World Marmalade Awards, held at Cumbria, UK.
Which ever venue you choose please keep these final ideas in mind when you are choosing your wedding venue.
Contact the venues first to see what dates are available.
(dates in the spring are the most popular)
Choose the Venue that best reflects who you are as a couple.
(if you love the country lifestyle, go for a country venue, its your day it should reflect who you are as a couple)
Write your guest list before you start to look at venues.
(If you want 300 guests and the venue can only handle 50 people you might have to rethink your venue of choice)
Good planning also requires a good budget.
(Have a budget and stick to it)
Think of your guests and do they have special requirements.
(Are any your guests elderly and have walkers or in wheel chairs?)
Think About your photos and is the venue in a beautiful location?
(If all they have is gravel carpark it won’t make for beautiful photos)
Stay True to Yourselves.
(Its your day)
Thanks to Michael Krause from Urban Focus Photgraphy for the help with the video.
I am known as a Toowoomba wedding photographer in, Queensland. But I also enjoy doing do corporate head-shots.
I recently did head-shots for Marc Phillips, he is a real estate agent at Crestmont Realty Group here in Toowoomba, Queensland. He is a great guy, born and raised in NSW, after having a successful career in the NSW police department, he went to USA and became a very successful realtor.
Missing Australia he decided to return, always hungry for fantastic results he chose Toowoomba, because Toowoomba is a city that is rapidly growing and will continue to grow for many years. We the addition of the second range crossing and the newly built Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport and the development of The Toowoomba Enterprise Hub, will ensure Toowoomba is the center of business in southeast Queensland for many years. If you would like Marc to sell your house or help you buy a new house in Toowoomba, you can contact him through Facebook or phone him on 0455150990.
Real-estate agent’s head-shots are seen everywhere but they are so important to everyone. When you own your own business, people like to associate a face the company. It gives your business a personal touch.
Your head-shots should appear on your website social media and even business cards. It is often a customer’s first point of contact with your business. Therefore, it is important to have, professionally photographed head shots.
Professional photography works for you 24 hours a 7 day a week. By having a professional portrait on your “about us” page, you can give your business a professional appearance. Most people want to see a photo of the person they’re doing business with. When you include a portrait on your website, your business becomes more personal, making it more human.
I always enjoy doing head-shots it gives me an opportunity to meet other business owners and hear your story. Book your session now Phone 0411323814 or Contact Me
Luke & Taylah Maree
This couple are so much in love with each other. Their close relationship and affection for each other is what made this engagement photography session at Toowoomba’s Queens Park so much fun.
We started shooting late in the afternoon in the soft light of ‘golden hour’, just before sunset and we continued into the early evening. Queens Park Toowoomba is well lit at night and has lots of atmosphere, it almost feels like Paris.
Across the road from Queens Park is Toowoomba’s Cobb & Co Museum and is beautifully lit at night. We were spoilt for choice and created so many photos in the one location. Queens Park at night provided lots of inspiration. It was a shoot with lots of creativity and everyone had fun. We used the same spot twice but with different angles and created another series of photos.
Luke was happy because he didn't have to smile. I encourage him not to smile which made him smile and relax. Check out their YouTube slideshow.
Brett & Rebecca
Brett and Rebecca
Engagement shoots are becoming popular. This is an engagement shoot I did this September in Queens Park Toowoomba.
Brett and Rebecca are a lovely couple. I met them at the Highfields Wedding Expo which is hosted by Event Illusions a wedding hire company based here in Toowoomba. Queens Park is always poplar with couples. The engagement photography session was a week before Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Toowoomba’s major tourist event. The Toowoomba Regional Council do an awesome job with all parks and gardens. Queens Park is set across more than 25 picturesque hectares, the parkland has been enjoyed by generations of locals and regional visitors since it first opened to the public in the late 1800s. Queens Park is in the middle of Toowoomba, so it’s always easy to find a car park.
The soft afternoon light always makes for beautiful photos. They have a beautiful daughter, she managed to be the centre of attention in lots of the photos. It was great to see Brett & Rebecca are so focused on their daughter. It was relaxed engagement session and we had lots of fun. It’s exactly one year today until they get married. Check out their entire Gallery Follow me on Facebook or Instagram.
Here is their Gallery
Dave & Belinda
Cooby Dam Engagement Shoot.
Hey, here is an engagement photography session I did at Cooby Dam for Dave & Belinda.
Cooby Dam is located just 20mins drive outside Toowoomba. Cooby Dam has been supplying water to Toowoomba for over 60 years. We chose Cooby Dam because it has so many locations. We used the dam wall, bush tracks and there is a old pump houses which provided an industrial look.
We did the engagement shoot in late the late afternoon for the light of the golden hour. I am really pleased with this engagement Dave & Belinda are such a great couple. They are so glamourous some of their photos could easily be an add for a jeans company.
I made a YouTube slideshow for them so they can share with their friends.
Fun fact is Cooby Dam was the location of the lunar radio receiver for the first moon landing in 1969.
Their Gallery is on my web site here.
This was a very special family photography session. It was a 50th wedding anniversary.
The family celebrate this remarkable achievement at a family members house at Hodgson Vale 10 mins drive outside of Toowoomba.
All three generations came together to have a good time during this very special occasion. It was great to cover this event I was only there for an hour, so I didn't take up too much time. I managed to get all the kids Mums Dads Uncles and Aunts in one spot for a group photo. After the group photo I got individual portraits and family shots.
It was a busy hour but not a bad effort for such a short time. You can see all their photos here.
Leslie & Mel
Jack & Sarah
Apex Park Gatton Engagement Photos
It has been the season of engagement photography shoots.
This is Jack & Sarah and their engagement shoot.
I always enjoy engagement sessions. Engagement sessions is ideal way to meet the excited couple and get to know them before they get married. It’s the best way to see a couple interact with each other in a casual environment before the pressure of their wedding day.
Engagement photos are important because it’s the last time you will be photographed as individuals. Jack is arborist and suffered a work place injury where a branch hit him in the face. It didn't slow him down too much though, he healed and had fun during the engagement shoot. They brought their kids all to the session. The kids were great fun and jumped into the photography session with Jack & Sarah. They are great kids and being a bit cheeky made for great photos.
We went to Gatton's Apex park, it has been established on natural wetlands, which support a wide range of plant and animal life. It was known as was known as Cleary's Swamp. Gatton is 40-minute drive from Toowoomba. Gatton’s Apex Park is picturesque wild life reserve and has a variety of beautiful locations. To be able to create a variety of photos in one area is real luxury.
Late afternoon is my favourite time to shoot because the light is soft and beautiful. With some photographic skills the sun makes a stunning back drop. A great couple, in a beautiful location with fun kids it makes photography so easy.
You can see all their photos here.
Grant & Lilly
Engagement Photos At Toowoomba U.S.Q.
I love being a wedding photographer in Toowoomba.
Engagement photography sessions are casual and relaxed also lots of fun, but without the pressure of the wedding day.
Lilly & Grant picked the University of Southern Queensland’s Japanese gardens for their engagement shoot.
The happy Toowoomba couple decided have engagement photos at U.S.Q’s Japanese Gardens because Lilly has a true passion for martial arts and has coloured belt ranking belts in 3 different martial art disciplines. Since Lilly is so dedicated to martial arts and has an interest in Asian culture, the Japanese Gardens was the logical choice to reflect who they were as a couple.
The University of Southern Queensland’s has interesting lecture halls and teaching facilities which provided even more locations for fun photos.
You can see all their photos here.
Ron & Jill
A country Wedding at the Bunya Moutains.
Most wedding in Toowoomba and the country are a Saturday but this was a mid-week wedding.
Mid wedding have the advantage of being cheaper venues are cheaper. You have enormous choice as well, since most weddings are on a Saturday the competitions for popular wedding venues can be fierce.
The location for Ron & Jill’s wedding was the stunning Bunya Mountains National Park. The Bunya Mountains has magnificent rain forest and growth forest and is a wedding location that makes for beautiful wedding photos. This wedding location couldn’t be more Australian. The recently engaged couple are both from the land. Jill works in a small country town and Ron is a successful farmer. There was Kangaroos grazing close by and parrots flying around during the wedding ceremony. The ceremony location and the nearby wildlife reflected of their love for the Australian bush and country lifestyle.
Ron & Jill were an encore wedding couple and their wedding ceremony wasn’t just the coming together of a loving couple but the coming together of two families to become one. They both come from large and have large families themselves the wedding guests was most family and very close friends.
You can see all their photos here.
Steve & Suzy
Hey, Here is a family shoot I did at East GreenMount. Winter light is so beautiful.
Toowoomba Downs Club
Applebom Beauty, Hair & Wellbeing
This is a personal project I did with Courtz Baker at Applebom Beauty, Hair Wellbeing at Toowoomba. We shot this in the salon against a clean wall. It was a fun afternoon with lots playing and experimenting.
22 James St, Rangeville QLD 4350 (07) 4613 0065 www.applebom.com.au
This is a corporate event I covered for Schiavello Systems (QLD) Pty Ltd 265 Coronation Drive Milton Queensland 4064 T +61 7 3368 3388 F 07 3876 2130 www.schiavello.com. It was launch to celebrate their partnership with bene, http://bene.com/en/. These are 2 exceptional companies that are involved in construction, construction and design. They showed off their new range of office furniture. This furniture was so cool and well worth a look.
This was a great shoot. Koral the little mans mum built a set in her back yard for this cake smash. We put him in the back yard with a cake and let him have a great time celebrating his first birthday. He even had a bath in the back yard to wash off the excess cake. It made for great photos and very practical as well. So much fun.
Engagement Photography at Toowoomba's Japanese gardens.
Being a wedding photographer in Toowoomba I do alot of enggament shoot and this is a engagement shoot I did at Toowoomba Japanese Gardens near Toowoomba’s USQ “University of Southern Queensland”.
It was a beautiful Toowoomba winters day, not cold just cool late in the afternoon to get beautiful engagement photos because of the soft light.
I met Dennis and Tyanna at the Highfeilds Wedding Expo and we talk about their wedding day. It was a week later when they called me and booked their engagement shoot. Getting gorbeous engagemnet photos is important for Dennis and I, Tyanna says “but its also to photograph our kids because its special day for them too”, As a Toowoomba wedding photographer I know that engagement photos are important. This is the last time will be photographed as individuals before they become joined when they are married.
Marriage is not only a beginning but its also a ending. Its unique time when your engaged its when you are excited and hopeful and before the and married life begins. Dennis and Tyanna were lucky enough to be able to bring her parents along to Toowoomba's Japanese Gardens. The parents where there to keep an eye on the kids while they were getting their engagement photos done. But the temptation was too great they jumped into the photos as well.
The grand kids are too cute and it was an opportunity that could not be passed by. It was the first time that grand dad was able to get photos with his grand kids. “Time just got away from us and we just didn’t have time to get photos of grand dad” Dennis told me “he is always helping out and doing jobs”. This may only happen once that grand dad and the grand kids that they get photographed as a group and in its memories that everyone will have share.
“We have some secret plans for these photos” Tyanna told me “we cant tell you just what they will be but we need to book you again soon Dave” This had me intrigued at the time but I do know the reason but now and I happy to say that I know what the reason but I just can’t tell anyone else just yet. Toowoomba's Japanese Gardens are beautiful and taking the engagement photos late in the afternoon we had soft light and it was just beautiful. The sun was just starting to that golden glow. The kids being so cute made this shoot so easy. Cute kids and parents with lots of personality made it easy to get great photos.
We can’t forget the grandparents who helped out by watching the kids. The time they watched the grand kids is important too because all they could do was just spend time together. There weren’t any phones to answer, jobs to do or TV to watch, it was just time together. “Thanks Dave we had a great time” are great words to hear at the end of shoot “we can’t wait to see the photos “ are also great to hear. They had fun and I had fun too. It hard to believe that i have job that is so much fun and I to get paid as well. I am very lucky. Just gve me a call on 0411 323 814 if you would like have fun relaxed and vibrant photos too.
Dennis & Tyanna
Here is Dennis & Tyanna's wedding. It was a surprise wedding, they told their guests that it was a engagement party and naming day. They had the ceremony and reception at the Crows Nest Golf Club. It was the place location for wedding photos it was so beautiful and Tyanna's mum has strong connection to the golf. It was so friendly and relaxed and lots of fun too.
This was such a great location but Garnet Lehmann Park has been redeveloped. It was the last time I was able to a shoot at the park. I would describe the par like a Disney forest. Lots of trees but with well cut grass.
Downs Club Toowoomba
How do you choose a wedding venue with a country homestead feel when you live in Toowoomba?
You live in Toowoomba and you love the being on the land, but your friends are city dwellers and it’s hard to organise a country feel wedding but have the convenience of a city.
Toowoomba is the gateway to the Darling Downs and surrounded by farms and the rural lifestyle. Trying to find he perfect wedding venue is not an easy task. But it is almost impossible to find a wedding venue in Toowoomba that has history and the old-world charm and still be in walking distance to night clubs, that has excellent parking and is a beautiful location for wedding photos.
To find venue with all these features should be a impossible mission. But we can’t forget important things like gorgeous set up fine food and wine cellar that would make any wine lover weak at the knees.
You have an aesthetic theme in mind for you wedding and you want to keep it convenient for all your guests who might need accommodation after a long day of celebrating your wonderful day. You will need to remember to have easy access for grandparents who might be on walkers or even wheel chairs. Couples tend to underestimate the variety of guests needs they will need to cater for when they invite a large group of peoples age can vary greatly, and you want your guests to fun and your wedding to be memorable.
A little while I photographed a wedding setup for a venue that not meets theses requirements but exceeds the expectations of any wedding couple. The historic Downs Club is Toowoomba’s premiere private club for socialising and members of the business community. Established in 1889 with an award-winning wine cellar. Not only hosts corporate events but is ideally suited as wedding reception venue.
The Downs club is a unique venue because it has so many locations for romantic photos but is best known for their silver service, gourmet food fine. But they can make 180 cocktails for up to 110 guests. The level of service is very impressive, the Downs Club is well suited for a country wedding in the city.
The Victorian architecture makes for elegant wedding photos. Some wedding photos ideas are:
• Opening a bottle of champagne of the veranda a while overlooking the Toowoomba CBD.
• Intimate photos in the extensively stocked wine cellar.
• Grand entrance photos in the remarkable main entrance hall.
• First dance photos in the ‘Middle Room’ which has a space for a live band.
• Laughs and congratulations around the main bar.
The Downs club is always staying on top of the latest wedding trends and can deliver and deliver a wedding reception that will be authentic to you as newly wed couple. The wedding venue will look gorgeous with your input and ideas. Its conveniently located in the heart of Toowoomba and is walking distance to night clubs for those who want kick on and celebrate your wedding late in to the night.
The staff welcoming and accommodating during the shoot and were able a real delight to work with during this photo shoot.