About Me

Here’s me, in short: age 32 / tall / bearded / ex-lawyer / traveler / music lover / wine drinker / cat owner. Based in the Southern Highlands an hour south of Sydney. Will shoot weddings anywhere and everywhere.

Here’s a longer version:)

On February 1 of 2013 at 4pm, the day before my own wedding, our marquee collapsed and was ruined in a storm. Hmmm…….

Everything was ready. The entire wedding was prepared – completely DIY.  We had organised a private property for the ceremony and reception. We had purchased a marquee. We had trawled garage sales and markets for vintage tea cups, saucers, plates and cutlery. We had hired a pizza oven. We had chosen a celebrant that we thought represented us: young, vibrant, passionate. We had constructed our own dance floor, had run 200m of fairy lights inside our marquee.  Organised each guest to bring a salad as a contribution to the pizza. Organised desert. I had made probably the most kick-ass playlist known to mankind.

And finally, by 4pm, the day before the wedding.. there was no more to do. The marquee was completely setup, the tables all set, ready for the next day.

Then out of no-where a freak storm came in, picked up our marquee, threw it on the ground. The marquee was ruined. Our table settings were destroyed.  We had to deconstruct our tables, remove all our place settings, and rush it all to a nearby shed (it was raining). By 7pm we had no tables setup, no decorations,  and an 80 person wedding the following day. And a busted, unusable marquee.

You see, weddings don’t always go as you plan they will. In fact, they never do.

I ended up having an absolute blast at my own wedding. I wouldn’t change a thing (we ended up getting a better marquee!)

I did learn something very important.  A wedding is many things: a celebration, a ritual, a gathering of family and friends; a dinner, a dance, a tear, a smile and some laughter; a drink, a memory, a future.  A family.  A flower, a dress, a ring, and so many other tiny details.

But I feel that this is over-complicating things. A wedding is, quite simply, this:

–       one person (man, or woman)

–       and another person (man, or woman)

–       exclaiming to the entire world

–       that from the billions of other people out there…

–       they choose each other, forever

Nothing else really matters.

And THAT is why I became a wedding photographer.  Because of love.  The ability to be involved in, and be able to document, the single thing that connects every human being on the globe.  Deep down, love is the reason we all keep going.

Why should you book me? Well, I guess ultimately I don’t want to just be another fish in the sea. I don’t want you to book me because I’m a photographer within your budget in your area. I want you to LOVE my work, and to like me as a person. I want to work with people with whom I will be friends.

So, let’s be friends:)

  • Erika Jarquin - Hi Thomas how are you? I’ve booked my wedding with you for 2014 just wondering if you could contact me regarding the pre wedding shoot on 04010 76 795 or I can contact you if you just send a number through. Cheers ErikaReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anderson - Hi Thomas,

    I really love your work and wondered if you would mind sending me a quote of your costings? My fiancé Andrew and I are getting married on the 24th of October in Kangaroo Valley this year and we have just started planning things, which is why I’m contacting you.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Kind wishes,

    BecReplyCancel

  • Sarah Campbell - Hi Thomas,

    You’ve popped up on my facebook and I thought i’d have a little look. Having a meeting with a photographer next week- but not gettting a “eureka” moment feeling when looking at the shots. Yours on the other hand, we love!

    Here’s our deal- we are getting married 9th Jan 2016, 10 minutes outside of a VERY small little town called Opunake, Taranaki, NZ. We will be in a marquee on my parents dairy farm, just up the road from where we live. I am marrying the love of my life, Gary, who is from Essex, England- so we will have an international crew as well as my enormous, crazy extended family. And our dog Stanley. The glorious Mt. Taranaki sits at large in the background, and the wild west coast is only 5mins down the road.

    You said you love NZ. You will love it here! If you surf/hike/windsurf/mtbike/love good scenery and nice “rural folk” then lets negotiate!

    Look forward to hearing back from you.

    Sarah CampbellReplyCancel

  • Susana and Claudio - wow that’s one hell of an intro
    We love the work you do and hoping you are available Aug 21st 2015 at 330pm Ravensthorpe albion park Wollongong
    Could you send us some more info of prices and the kind of packages you offer

    Thankyou Susana and ClaudioReplyCancel

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