Where are you based?
I’m based in Melbourne, Australia with my office located in Cremorne.
Will you travel to shoot my wedding?
I absolutely LOVE to travel and will happily pack my bags! Interstate or international it would be amazing to join you on your wedding adventures. Although Melbourne based, I photograph rad wedding celebrations across Australia and overseas! My travel fee varies depending on your location but generally I ask you to cover my airfares, hire car and 2-3 nights of accommodation. Nothing flashy, just enough that I get a good night’s sleep! I will provide you with a custom quote but I’m generally happy to provide special rates for overseas weddings.
How would you describe your style?
I capture the intimate, ‘in between’ and authentic moments of loved up couples. I adore capturing romance and raw emotion which tends to fall on the playful, energetic side of the spectrum. My couples who are open-minded, willing to allow me into their lives for a day and believe that capturing memories are important. Overall I seek the unique, quirky and beauty in unassuming places.
What camera equipment do you use?
I’m currently shooting digital with my kit including 2 Canon camera bodies and an assortment of high quality lenses. Plus two flashes, memory cards and a few other things.
Do you have a second shooter or is it just you photographing our wedding?
I prefer working alone on a wedding day as I can be present in the moment and work in a photojournalistic manner. Less paparazzi, more happy wedding day vibes! In certain cases a second photographer is appropriate, for example large weddings with 150+ guests or long travel times between ceremony & reception locations, however this is on a case by case basis.
What are your thoughts on same-sex marriage?
I’m absolutely stoked that Australia has finally legalised same-sex marriage! Marriage equality is important and I love being part of same-sex wedding celebrations.
Where can I find your prices?
To view my pricing guide please contact me via my contact form or email me at [email protected]
Can we meet you?
Yes definitely, jump onto my contact page and send me a message. A wedding is a very intimate day so getting along with your photographer is an important part of the process. The only way you’re going to know if we are the right fit is if we meet up in person. I work from an epic shared office space in the cool Melbourne suburb of Cremorne and usually have availability during the weekdays either day or evening. Let's chat over a coffee / wine!
When will we see our photos?
I always share an initial 'sneak peek' gallery of approximately 50 images within 2 weeks of your wedding day. The full online gallery and USB containing low and high-resolution images will be sent to you within 7 – 8 weeks after the wedding date.
How many images will I receive?
I don’t believe more is necessarily better and I don’t count photos when I’m editing. The photos are telling the story of your day but for a full day of coverage it usually falls between 500 – 800 images. Varying factors influence the amount of images received – such as large bridal parties vs no bridal party, the length of coverage time, the addition of a second shooter, big styling budgets vs. small registry office weddings etc.
Do you offer prints & albums?
Yes, they are one of my favourite parts of the process. There is something nice about preserving moments in a tangible book, especially with so many digital photos being taken every year, every week….every minute! Having digital files is great but having a custom designed album is better. Check the 'albums' section on my website or get in touch to hear about my full range of fine art albums and prints I offer my clients.
Do you accept credit card payments?
Yes, I accept credit cards or direct deposit for all payments.
We think you’re the right fit for our wedding day, how do we book you?
That is wonderful news! I always like meeting up with my couples in person before anything is ‘official’ so send me an email via the ‘say hello’ section and we can arrange a time & place to chat. If distance is a problem then a Skype date is great too. Once we’ve chatted and you’ve chosen your wedding photography package, your date can be officially confirmed with a $1100 (inc GST) retainer and signed contract. The balance is due one month before the wedding date. The entire booking process is completed online making the process short and sweet!
My venue is asking for your insurance information. Do you have that?
Yes my insurance cover is wedding specific and is an important part of my contract that keeps both the venue, you the couple and I protected from anything that could potentially happen along the way.
I don’t really like getting my photos taken and I get quite nervous!
Not to worry, you just concentrate on getting married and I will take care of the rest. Most of the day you won’t notice me as I tend to be a documentary photo ninja. Trust me, having your photo taken is easy peasy and actually really enjoyable! There will be no awkward posing, rather some gentle direction given throughout your portrait session. I can’t guarantee there won’t be some love gazing involved but overall we are going to create some killer shots and have an awesome time.
Is photography your full time job?
Yes and I love it!
Did you go to photography school?
Yes, I completed a Bachelor of Arts Undergraduate (Graphic Design & Creative Advertising) at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Many of my units were photography based but to be honest I’ve learnt the most from other photographers that I worked with prior to starting my business in 2014.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?
The very first wedding I attended as a photographer was in 2012 but during this time I spent a solid few years learning and shooting alongside talented wedding photographers. Amanda Alessi Photography officially began in 2014 in Perth, then moved to Melbourne in 2017.
Do you only photograph weddings?
I prefer shooting weddings as I love the mix of creative portraiture and documentary elements that comes with a wedding day. I find it very fulfilling knowing my images will only become more meaningful as the years pass. The images play an important role in a family’s history – especially when loved ones are no longer alive. This said I also enjoy working with small businesses and have worked with many over the years including One Fine Day, RSPCA, Bauwerk x Meghan Plowman, The Raw Kitchen, Baby Spa, Suppa Club and Grouch & Co.
What happens if your memory card corrupts and you LOSE ALL OUR PHOTOS!?
Oh gosh well I’m sure many photographers and brides / grooms have this fear. Keeping images safe is of utmost importance to me – I can not stress this enough. The systems I have in place ensure the likelihood of this happening is slim to none. For example, I shoot with two camera bodies with two cards in each (SD and CF) which write the same images to both sets of cards...meaning that if one card fails I have the exact replica on the SD / CF version. I won't bore you with all the details but I can assure you my processes are solid and your images will be in safe hands. This is just one reason why it’s so important to hire a professional photographer on your wedding day.
Do you offer discounts for weekday or winter weddings?
I don't offer any discounts for weddings that fall on weekdays or during low season (winter). The photography coverage itself is only a small part of the workload for each wedding - most of my time is spent post wedding backing up, curating, editing, exporting and so on. Pre-wedding includes a meeting, emails back and forth in regards to timelines / locations plus I usually scout for portrait spots. It would also be unfair to other couples who are paying full price.
This FAQ page is great but I have more questions! What is the best way to contact you?
If you fill in the contact form on my ‘say hello’ page I will get back to you as soon as I can. If you don’t hear from me within a few days your message may have got lost in internet land so a message via my Instagram page.