Sarah Godenzi » Yarra Valley Wedding Photographer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about wedding photography?

Before getting in touch, see if I’ve answered your question below and if you can’t find it, feel free to give me a call or use my contact form to send me a message!

Absolutely! I’m based in Bentleigh East, Victoria, but I love travelling and am happy to travel to all corners of the world to photograph your wedding (or anything for that matter!) On top of my photography fee, I’d need you to cover the cost my flights and accommodation. For more information, the best thing to do is just get in touch with me and we can have a chat about the details.

In all my years doing wedding photography, I’ve found that 8-10 hours is the ideal time to capture a wedding – from getting ready up to well into the reception – perfectly. See, my job isn’t just to take pretty pictures, but to tell the story of your wedding, which wouldn’t be much of a story with parts missing! Also, some of the candid shots I capture during the pre-wedding preparations are often just as special and breathtaking as the ones taken later in the day.

No problem, I can stay as long as you need. In these cases, an hourly rate of $250 will apply for each additional hour.

If possible, avoid the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead (usually 11am – 3pm) because this harsh light can cause unflattering shadows and highlights on everyone’s faces… not to mention the dreaded glare squint! Try to schedule your bridal photos for a time of day when the sun is at a lower angle (the last hour of light before sunset is brilliant!) For winter weddings, it’s best to have an earlier ceremony or, alternatively, have your portraits taken before the ceremony because it can get dark fast. It might not be very traditional, but it can take a lot of pressure off and give you more time to enjoy the celebration.

It’s time to pull out the umbrellas that just “happen” to perfectly match the theme of your wedding. (Better safe than sorry, I always say!) In all seriousness though, some of the most incredible pictures and priceless moments have come from weddings photographed in “miserable” weather. All you need to do is relax and embrace whatever happens on the day – rain, hail or shine. Which, if you live in Melbourne, can come all in one day!

Thanks for asking! Yes, please. After all, nobody likes a “hangry” photographer, so if you could cater for me that would be greatly appreciated.

I love being able to get to know you before the big day. Having more of a connection is great since you’re more likely to relax and enjoy the session with me, plus I have a better idea of your personalities and how capture them on camera! If it’s not possible to meet in person (due to a busy schedule or you living interstate/overseas), we can always do a phone or Skype chat.

You’re not alone. Most of us feel a bit awkward when we need to pose for photos, which is why my job is to relax you and get you laughing so you don’t even notice you’re being photographed! Oh, and I’ll give you as much direction as you need to create natural, flattering poses that have you and your bridal party looking your absolute best.

A first look is a moment “set up” by a wedding photographer for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony, allowing the photos to catch that magical first reveal which tends to be very emotional and special. Normally, bride and groom would agree with your wedding photographer on site away from family and friends to give them privacy and to make that moment just for them.

I believe that there are absolutely no rules when it comes to weddings, it’s a celebration that should reflect your relationship. You can get ready separately or together – it’s all up to you. I personally got ready with my husband (and our fur baby) before our own wedding and it was one of my favourite moments of the day. And yep, we still blubbered all the way through our ceremony… just in case you thought it would ruin the magic!

This is your day, so you need to do whatever feels right for you and I’m happy to support you in whatever that may be.

Yes! I’ll provide fully edited, high resolution images for you to keep (and reprint to your heart’s content) as well as beautiful albums and prints. Digital photography is wonderful, but you have to admit that there’s nothing like seeing your photos in person, whether in an album or on your wall.

All of my wedding packages include 650+ high resolution, edited images for you to keep. The actual quantity varies slightly from wedding to wedding as it depends how much I cover on the day. You’ll also receive an online gallery to share with all your guests and those who couldn’t make it on the day.

I also offer prints if you would like quality enlargements for your walls or to give as gifts, and highly recommend considering an album as well. There’s something magical about seeing your gorgeous photos on high quality art paper in a coffee table book. It’s something special you can share with your children & grandchildren for years to come.

During peak wedding season you can expect your photo collection within 6 weeks of the big day… but since we know how painful waiting can be, I’ll send you a few little sneaky peeks along the way! You can share your photos on Facebook and through email, so all your friends and family overseas can enjoy the story of your incredible celebration.

Once we’ve had the chance to either meet up (or at least get to know each other over the phone) let me know that you’re ready to book and I’ll send you the paperwork for to read through and sign. That will also include my bank details so you can transfer a 30% security deposit, guaranteeing our availability on the date requested. The final payment will be due four weeks before your wedding.

Still have more questions?

Call me on 0430 353 727 or get in touch via my contact form – I’m always up for chat!