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Meet Ayzia from Ayzia Jade Photography. She is one of our talented local photographers, capturing and documenting weddings all over the South West. Let’s get to know her and learn some tips and advice about getting married in the Southwest. Don’t forget to check her out!
Firsty, tell me about your business and how long have you been capturing weddings in the South West?
My first wedding I photographed in the South West was in 2010 at Bunker Bay. My approach is very laid back & I have a very documentary style & a knack for capturing moments with people. I love working with light & the various forms you get on any given day in the south west.
Describe your photography style.
Earthy | Laid Back | Genuine | Rich
How did you become a photographer?
I have been studying photography at school since I was in grade 8. By year 11/12 I had developed a hobby outside of school and had my own film and digital cameras I spent most my time with. My parents purchased a wedding venue in the country. One of their brides mentioned they weren’t getting a photographer because of their budget. My Mum put my hand up for the job and I learnt the value of word of mouth young as before I knew it I was photographing her bridesmaids weddings!
I had a really natural, laid back and documentary style back then but it didn’t really suit the mould of a 2006 wedding photographer. This was a cultural wedding and I think along with photographing the events it just felt like being on a ride capturing all the cultural events, the emotions and documenting such a time in life for the couple. They were wrapped with their final product and when I went to their house, seeing the way the photos helped them relive the day – I knew there was something about photography that had a special place for me.
I finished school and moved to QLD. Here I studied at the Griffith School of Art & commenced my degree in Photography. Years later I became a full time photographer and travelled all around Western Australia, Australia & even overseas for the odd destination wedding.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
As a wedding photographer you really don’t know what you are going to get and the challenge is what I love. I love seeing the different ways people choose to celebrate, whether large or intimate. Being from a family of story tellers, I love hearing the backgrounds of not only my couples, but their families & friends. A camera gives you this great access into peoples lives that is so special to be apart of.
Most of all personally & professionally I love to grow/develop and in photography there is so much room to explore and push yourself in photography as its always developing/changing
What’s your favourite location to shoot in the Southwest?
Anywhere with a raw coastline and that afternoon glow!
What are your top tips for future brides and grooms?
Research low light time and allow for pictures in the flattering light. Get everyone around the dance floor for your first dance, then when the first dance is over people are more likely to jump in – and raise hell as people are usually ready to party if its later in the night so drop a beat and get it going!
What would be your best advice for future brides and grooms to pick the perfect place to have their wedding photos?
Have trust in your photographer. When I look for a location – I look for its distance from the venue. I try and keep this within 15-20mins MAX because I believe that nice light is the key.
If the venue has locations onsite – bingo. Also pick relevance to you as a couple.
What is the ultimate time to have wedding photos in between the ceremony and reception? What is your ideal timeline as a photographer?
This is something I really like to go over with all my couples.
Research the sunset time and work 1.5 hours back from there. That’s the ideal time I prefer to photograph the bridal party. This light not only brings everything to life but is flattering for skin tones.
Best piece of advice for future brides and grooms.
Try not to compare and do it your way. Trust in your amazing vendors because the south west is full of them. Also try to collaborate on photo locations with your photographer, you may love the look of something but at the particular time of day it may be not as ideal. If you are organised – sit back and enjoy the day, don’t let little things that didn’t go to exact plan get to you as that really is the nature of weddings and well, life!