Wedding photography throughout the city of Melbourne often means that brides will take advantage of the beautiful natural garden settings which the city offers. Once free- many of these stunning locations have restrictions on wedding photography, which is seen as commercial photography- because the bridal couple are paying the photographer a fee for photographing their wedding. In instances like this, permits need to be sought at least twelve weeks before the day, and iif required, any fees are to be paid.

Weddings in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens have the privilege of being in one of the city's finest, most photogenic gardens. If you would like to have your wedding photos in the Royal Botanic Gardens but not get married there, you will need to contact management and apply for a permit to do this.

Wedding Photographers Melbourne point out that consideration must be given to the time you allow for the permit process to run its course. You should commence your application no less than eight weeks before your wedding date. This will allow for the inevitable wading through the bureaucratic red tape, and if your application proves unsuccessful, there will still be time to seek alternate wedding photography locations.

Equally important are some enforceable laws relating to wedding photographers in Melbourne utilizing the gates and entrances to the Royal Botanic Gardens as a backdrop.

Wedding Photographers Melbourne has received a copy of a letter distributed to members of the Wedding Car Association. The letter outlines a "no tolerance" policy to wedding photography in driveways around the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kings Domain, Queen Victoria Gardens or Alexandra Gardens.

Melbourne Wedding Photographers and Wedding Hire Car operators are strongly urged to look for legitimate parking bays in the vicinity of these gardens. Park Rangers, Council By Laws Officers will now book offenders without warning. Police will book offenders too - with the additional loss of demerit points.

The primary cause of these situation developing, is the rush for "the shot" in what is almost always "not enough time" on the wedding day. The most common problem is the wedding day plan, wedding ceremony timetable or running sheet being unachievable.

Wedding Photographers Melbourne cannot over emphasize the need to plan for more time to be made available for photography - otherwise be prepared for a "no we can't do that" from wedding hire car drivers.

If you are a bride-to-be planning a wedding or wedding photography in Melbourne, then please keep in mind that the popular  areas can quickly become congested, and wedding hire car drivers and operators need extra time to park legally - which means more time allocated between the wedding ceremony and reception. Be sure to allow time for your wedding phtographer to park their vehicle and transport the equipment to the photography site.

Wedding Photography in Melbourne City - Permits and By-Laws for Wedding Photographers

Wedding Photographers Melbourne City and CBD district have had a startling revelation recently. The Melbourne City Council, as well as South Melbourne Police made some points concerning wedding photography in their respective precincts. The following wedding photography Melbourne specific information was made available to us via the Wedding Car Association of Victoria.

Wedding photographers planning to engage in wedding photography Melbourne, are asked to direct their attention to specific directives which concern them. A brief outline of these appears below, and it should be mentioned that Melbourne council officers and the police can - and will enforce these rules.

Wedding Photography Melbourne City - Monday to Friday

Wedding Photography is no longer permitted in most lanes within the Melbourne City Central Business District, during weekdays. Wedding photographers have been the cause of a growing number of complaints to Melbourne Council. Wedding photography has interfered with people going about their daily business within the city precinct.

Weekend Wedding Photography Melbourne City and Central Business District

Wedding Photography is no longer permitted in most lanes within the Melbourne City Central Business District before 1pm Saturdays.

Wedding Car Drivers, who might have been tolerated by Council officers and Police (were they ever tolerant to anyone?) will have hefty fines issued (and lose demerit points if booked by the police) without initial warning or caution. It goes without saying that wedding photographers conducting photography in Melbourne will be subject to the same remedial action. It seems the times - and methods of professional wedding photography- are a changing! Once the professional wedding photographers got in and got out, with the shots captured in moments - not minutes or many minutes -  a friendly nod or wave, was all you needed to get you the time you needed.

(Perhaps it takes longer now, because new school wedding photographers need to check the pic with the review button and LCD screen - my goodness how would they cope if they were shooting transparency film - with a minimum of 3 days' delay before results could be seen?)

In particular, the areas of concern are within and around:

  • Flinders Lane
  • Hosier Lane
  • Market Street
  • Bond Street
  • Duckboard Place
  • All lanes fronting onto Flinders Lane, Lt Collins St, Lt Bourke St
  • Federation Square
  • City Square
  • All "No Standing" areas
  • All "No Parking" areas.

Heavy fines will be given without warning to drivers. If Police are issuing fines, drivers will also lose demerit points.

As a person planning a wedding in Melbourne City or intending to visit Melbourne City for the purpose of having wedding photos taken, it is imperative that you factor in the extra time that finding a legitimate parking spot takes, Keep in mind that you will need to make your way from the car park to the city streets for wedding photography, then back to your wedding car again.

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A touch of colour could be just the thing to set off black and white photography!

All our wedding photography is captured in colour, and channel mixing in post production yields better tones in the covered images. In the examples shown here, we have kept the bride's red bouquet as a constant, not changing its hue or saturation. We've modified the overall tone in everything else within the scene in the two images below, to give you an idea of some of the subtle differences that selective toning can make, to the overall mood of an image.

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The above example shows sepia toning, at a very low intensity or strength; while the example below shows a blue tint of the same numerical value applied to the image.

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Many people would consider either of these two images to be "black and white" but when viewed alongside a true monochromatic ( black and white ) photo, the differences are immediately apparent.

A great deal of your perception of what is written here, depends on the device you are viewing this website on. Even two monitors with the same model number from the same manufacturer, connected to identical computers, will be different. Next time you're near an internet cafe... check it out!

Smoking Hot!

Check out the wedding photography shown below- from a lane way in Melbourne city- a smoke machine provided the effect, and we cooked up quite a storm! Black and white and part colouring in this instance, draws all the initial attention to the neon sign... just the effect we - and the bride and groom- wanted!

Alternative Wedding Photographer Melbourne Image in a dark alley

We have an incredibly high powered, solar smoke machine- a unique gadget which we use to create images like this, on location. It creates beautiful ethereal effects almost anywhere- forests, old buildings, alleyways and grunge settings- speak with us if you would like shots with smoke!

The machine runs without electricity- so that means we can concentrate on the artistic side of wedding photography without having to worry about cables and complications. Adding some sizzle to wedding photos has never been easier.

Potters Warrandyte

One thing to keep in mind if you are considering trucks in your wedding photos, is the amount of parking space you have in which to move. Trucks are huge and any errors in alignment amplify themselves in photography, so the parking needs to be angle-perfect for everything to work in seamless harmony.

Checkout our Potters wedding gallery for more pictures from this visually engaging wedding.

We offer special rates for wedding photography, to customers of Potters Wedding Receptions.

Potters Receptions

If you anticipate millions of wedding presents, it might be worth considering a Kenworth truck as transport from your wedding reception. Otherwise, Kenworths make awesome night wedding photography props, for people who are into trucks and the trucking life.

These huge Kenworth monsters are shown at the wedding reception venue "Potters" which is in Warrandyte