Why should I get an album?
Your wedding album is the one item you will have left from your wedding day, that will allow you to share your unique story for generations to come. While Facebook alone allows you to share thousands of images, a physical momento adds a whole new dimension: it enables you to share intimate moments with your family, while sitting around the album, reliving your day together. Our albums are built to stand the test of time, so years from now, your memories will be perfectly preserved so your kids and grandkids can pile on your lap and see the day that you two shared when you got married. We take into account the personalized story of your day and custom design it to tell that story. This is a piece of family history that you will have for forever. See our album page
for more information.
Do you offer an engagement shoot?
Yes! We understand the importance of an engagement shoot for our wedding clients, that is why we would like to extend to you an offer. If you book us as your wedding photographers we will photograph you at an engagement shoot, for free – a value of $450! This deal includes photographing time, preparation work, travel, editing and an online gallery to view, share and purchase your prints.
Why should I do an engagement shoot?
At Avodah, we believe having an engagement photo session is important for several reasons. First, this time allows you, as a couple, to get comfortable in front of the camera with your photographer, and figure out how you work best together before the main event. For more information see our engagement page.
What to think about for the location
Do you know where you will have your photos taken? Here are some of our favourite places. We would love to discuss options with you!
How about a back alley with a fire escape, an old warehouse with interesting metalwork or worn windows? Graffiti, brick with peeling paint, or old signage can all serve as fantastic backdrops. If you are adventurous and like to explore, this setting can add striking contrast.
Natural settings are popular because outdoor light is so flattering and easy to work with. Most public parks work well for this type of session, or anywhere with trees, long paths, open grassy spaces, or ponds and fencing. If you like to be active and moving, a natural setting will provide the most freedom.
Couples who like a controlled setting or clean lines, and don’t want to worry about the elements or other contingencies might prefer the simplicity of the studio. Avodah offers a variety of props, furniture, and lighting to complement any style.
What are your passions? Channel that into a customized shoot somewhere you love. The barre at a dance studio? The golf course? With your surfboard at the beach? The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination.
What should I wear?
If you want a timeless portrait that is still fresh and stylish 25 years from now, here are a few things you can wear to achieve that look.
- Dark denim is flattering, and it photographs better than light or distressed washes.
- It’s important to put together layered and multi-piece looks. A cropped blazer, lightweight leather or denim jacket to layer over a dress or jeans can keep its modern edge.
- Bold jewellery is a great way to make a statement and stay on trend.
- If you’re wearing something sheer or sleeveless remember to wear the proper undergarments to prevent any awkward or revealing poses.
- A neutral belt can cinch a dress or flowy top that might otherwise look bulky on camera.
- For outdoor shoots, a fedora adds flair to a pretty sundress.
- Avoid anything with a large label, brand name, or graphics splashed across the front. Big stripes and prints can also be distracting.
- Pay attention to footwear. Your feet won’t be hidden in every shot!
- For inspiration, look through our galleries, Pinterest board or stop by your favourite local boutique to gather ideas.
All the Details
Yourself in Print: a little planning is all it takes for a polished and stylish session that you’ll remember forever. Here are a few essentials to bring along to your session.
- A brush, hairspray, headband or clips for any hair emergencies.
- Lipstick, gloss, and powder for facial touch-ups.
- Lint roller and static guard spray.
- Hats, jewellery, scarves, or other accessories.
- If you wear glasses, keep in mind that some lenses show glare on camera. Think about visiting your eye doctor to see if you can borrow a similar set of frames without lenses.
- Props! Hockey skates, paint brushes and canvas, a cello, soccer balls, flowers, textbooks, ballet slippers, even cars, bikes, or pets can add visual interest to your portraits.
- Don’t forget to get a good nights sleep before your session and stay out of the sun. You’ll want to be energetic and alert without that sunburned or ‘just pulled an all-nighter’ look in your eyes!
Tips for Being Camera Ready
A little preparation goes a long way. Here are some things to keep in mind as you anticipate your big moment.
- Most stylists recommend having your hair cut two to three weeks prior to your photo session. Your hair will look healthy, you’ll be used to working with it. This applies to both girls and guys.
- If you want to try different looks during your session it’s best to start with your hair down. Adding accessories like headbands and clips, can leave marks or flyaways in your hair.
- Subtle make-up, when properly applied, beautifully highlights your eyes, plays up your bone structure, and nicely evens out your complexion. Stay away from anything shimmery. Neutral lips are sophisticated and timeless.
- Clean up your eyebrows! This is another one that applies to the guys as well as girls. Monobrows are never in vogue.
- Guys, shave the day of your session. If you want some scruff or sideburns, make it look intentional, not shabby.
- Don’t forget your nails. Neutral or clear polish looks best. A full manicure and pedicure isn’t necessary, but clean and trimmed nails are! Are you still with us, guys?
Do we travel?
Yes! We absolutely love traveling. Meeting new faces and exploring amazing creation is our passion. Please get in contact with us if you are planning on having a destination wedding and are in need of a photographer and/or videographer!
Why should I book Avodah for my wedding services?
The photographer wants to shoot the best possible imagery while the videographer wants to capture the best possible footage. This means when the pressure is on, the other individuals tend to prioritise their service above the other. Through using the same company, you align the business priorities and both teams are incentivised to create the best combined product. With our Fusion Collections, more time is spent in planning, there is more effective communication and we all coordinate better shots, together. In addition to this, we share the same common vision and style making the end result a beautiful piece of art.
Do you sell the disc of images?
Absolutely! We will provide you with a USB drive containing all of your final imagery and a private printing release that allows you to print your images at your leisure. The quality of your images WILL be affected depending on where you get your images printed, so included in our printing release are our professional recommendations for the highest print quality and durability over the years.
What does Avodah mean?
We believe the gifts we use in our business have come from God, hence the name Avodah which translates from Hebrew as “work for God”.
What does Image Bearers. Image Makers mean?
We believe that we are made in the image of God and this influences everything we do in business. Our very business is intended to communicate that purpose.