Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Tom Hall Photography

Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Tom Hall Photography

Hi, my name is Tom Hall and I am a Brisbane Wedding Photographer. Firstly, thank you for visiting my website. Considering Brisbane has so many wedding photographers, it means a lot that you’ve chosen to see what I’m about.
Brisbane Wedding Photographer

My Style

Your wedding day is about you – not me. My job as a photographer is to retell your story, not mine.
I strive to create the kind of atmosphere where people feel relaxed. I want you to feel happy and free to be yourselves. I want for you to be completely at ease while knowing that if you ever need any assistance, I’m there for you – all day.

Why do I stay for 12 hours? The story of a wedding doesn’t start at the ceremony and end at the start of the reception. A wedding day is exactly that; a day!  Considering your wedding is such an important once-in-a-lifetime event, I feel there’s no other option than to ensure all of it is captured.

Behaviour

I’m not a bossy or overly controlling photographer. I am always happy and easy going when I work. I love what I do!

Posing

If you’re not keen on the idea of posing there’s no need to be concerned. I love to capture weddings in a reactive and candid fashion.
However, if you feel a little posing might suit your wedding photography, but you require a little guidance when it comes time for the location images after the ceremony, I’m only too happy to help. I will ensure the process is fun, easy and completely natural. If you’re someone who loves posing and getting your swag on, then great. We can do that too! After all, before weddings, I started my journey photographing models and fashion, so I also thrive in that style and environment. My job is to adapt to the infinite different personality types that exist and I love the fact that no couple is ever the same.

Destinations

As well as being a Maleny and Brisbane wedding photographer, I am more than happy to travel throughout Australia and overseas.

I sincerely hope you enjoy looking through the many pages of my website and seeing some of the many weddings I’ve captured over the years. I invite you to contact me as I would be very happy to photograph your wedding.

Have a great day or evening.

Tom Hall AAIPP.
Fully Accredited Associate AIPP Brisbane Wedding Photographer

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Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Tom Hall Photography

Award Winning Brisbane Wedding Photographer

Below is a list of the wedding photography awards I’ve won to date. I am very honoured and grateful to have been recognised for both my photographic style and service to my clients.  Thank you to my clients, family, friends, supporters, judges and the AIPP!

2016

State Awards

2 Silver awards 2016 AIPP Queensland Awards 2015 (QPPA) – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

1 Silver award 2015 AIPP Queensland Awards 2015 (QPPA) – Portrait Photography Awards Category.

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2015

International Awards

2nd Most Popular Wedding Photographer Worldwide  – WIEA 2015

National Awards

Silver Distinction award 2015 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

Silver award 2015 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

Most Popular Wedding Photographer in Australia – WIEA 2015

State Awards

Most Popular Wedding Photographer in Queensland – WIEA 2015

2 Silver awards 2015 AIPP Queensland Awards 2015 (QPPA) – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

2 Silver awards 2015 AIPP Queensland Awards 2015 (QPPA)– Portrait Photography Awards Category.

3 Silver awards 2015 AIPP Queensland Awards 2015 (QPPA)– Illustrative Photography Awards Category. 

City Awards

Most Popular Wedding Photographer in Brisbane – WIEA 2015

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2014

International Awards

9 Bronze Awards –  Loupe International Awards 2014 – Wedding Category.

2 Bronze Awards –  Loupe International Awards 2014 – Portrait and People Category.

2 Bronze Awards –  Loupe International Awards 2014 – Landscape Category.

National Awards

Silver Distinction award 2014 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

Top 3 Most Popular Wedding Photographer in Australia – WIEA 2014.

State Awards

Most Popular Photographer in Queensland – WIEA 2014.

City Awards

Most Popular Wedding Photographer in Brisbane – WIEA 2014.

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2013

National Awards

Australian Professional Photography Awards Top 3 – APPA Wedding Category 2013.

AIPP Associate Honours 2013.

Gold award 2013 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category. 

Silver Distinction award 2013 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category. 

2 Silver awards 2013 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

State Awards

Silver Distinction award 2013 AIPP Queensland Awards (QPPA)- Wedding Photography Awards Category.

Silver award 2013 AIPP Queensland Awards (QPPA) – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

2 Silver awards 2013 AIPP Queensland Awards (QPPA) – Portrait Photography Awards Category.

Silver award 2013 AIPP Queensland Awards (QPPA) – Illustrative Photography Awards Category.

International Awards

5 Bronze awards – International Loupe Awards 2013 – Wedding Category.

1 Silver award – International Loupe Awards 2013 – Wedding Category.

1 Bronze award – International Loupe Awards 2013 – Illustrative Category.

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2012

National Awards

4 Silver awards 2012 AIPP National Awards – Wedding Photography Awards Category.

State Awards

Silver award 2012 AIPP State Award (QPPA) – Portrait Photography Awards Category.

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2011 

International Awards

 Global People and Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 – Global Photo Awards

Brisbane Winter Wedding Photography

Brisbane Winter Wedding Photography

Let’s talk about Brisbane Winter Wedding Photography (and surrounding areas in Queensland). The last week has been even busier than the weeks before. Daily enquiries have increased tenfold. The same thing happened last year. As soon as signs of Spring began to appear people think about weddings more.  It’s July and today will reach 28 degrees (82.4 fahrenheit). Apparently Mother Nature kicked Winter out of the party early this year. And it’d seem that when Winter’s not around brides start thinking about plans for their own special days again. This has me thinking about Winter and why it doesn’t seem to be as attractive an option as Autumn, Spring and Summer. Perhaps this is where I should step in and offer some insight into why Winter could just be the perfect option for your wedding day.

It rains less in Winter

If you pop over to Bom and check out this climate table you’ll see that June, July, August and September offer the lowest average rainfalls for the year. As far as greatest fears go, the rain falling on a couple’s special day tops them all. Brides and Grooms are often very concerned about rain. Personally it doesn’t bother me, but what does bother me is when my clients are not enjoying their wedding as much as they could. When it rains and people start crying, it becomes more of a challenge for me to photograph joy. I like challenges, but not those ones. 

The light is softer

If you’ve ever watched the sun in winter you would’ve noticed that it never passes overhead. In Australia the sun in the cooler months moves from East to West much lower through the sky than in Summer. If you haven’t noticed here’s a helpful diagram 🙂

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The lower angle of the sun means softer and less intense light. When it comes to wedding photography softer light is great – especially on things like skin and light coloured clothing.

No sweat

People wear more clothing at a wedding. If you think back to the last time you were so hot that shorts and a t-shirt didn’t seem to make things more bearable, you’ll probably recall you were sweating. Now imagine how much more sweat you would’ve produced if someone had told you to wear more layers. Sweat at a wedding is not a great look. It doesn’t look good on clothing and it certainly doesn’t look good mixed with makeup. It leaves a lot of people flustered and that’s not the kind of emotion most associate with a wedding day. You won’t have that problem at a winter wedding. 

Easily fixed

In Summer in Queensland if you’re not in air-conditioning there’s a fair chance it’s hot. Unless you’re happy diving in a fountain or running under a hose in your wedding dress, then there’s really nothing else you can do about it. When people can’t escape the heat they feel trapped which for some is an overwhelming experience. At least in Winter, if it’s cold you can put on extra layers like a beautiful shall and guys can throw on a jacket and a scarf. It’s so much easier to layer-up the clothing and fight the cold than it is to escape the heat on a wedding day. 

Less Competition 

There are less weddings in Winter. This means that if you’re going off-site for photos you’re less likely to run into lots of other bridal parties. This increases your chances of having access to the photo locations you love. I often shoot weddings up in Maleny. In the warmer months if we’re shooting at “One Tree Hill” it’s not uncommon for there to be a line-up of bridal parties. No one likes waiting for their turn to be photographed at a famous landmark. Competing with other bridal parties for access to photo locations reduces photo time. It’s a far better option to be able to arrive, shoot, then leave and go on to the next location. Let’s face it, everyone wants variety in their wedding collection, but if you’re standing around for half an hour waiting to shoot at “your” spot, that’s not as easy.

It Can Often Be Cheaper

In spite of there being so many positives, Winter weddings are still considered to be “off-season”. Because of this it’s not uncommon for some wedding venues and suppliers to offer incentives to secure bookings in the quieter months. Not everyone does, but if you’ve got any chance of enjoying a discount or some kind of bonus, you’re more likely to do so if you’re planning a Winter wedding. 

We Live In Queensland

If you’re still unsure about Winter being an option for your wedding day it might help to consider that we live in Queensland. Winter here is not like winter in other places. Like I mentioned before, today will reach 28 deg. OK sure, that might be unseasonal, but the average for this time of year in QLD is still a very comfortable 20-24 degrees.

Thanks Murphy!


So, I think I’ve made a darn good case for why Brisbane Winter Wedding Photography is so great. However, there is something else I must acknowledge: Murphy’s Law! He often has a knack for crashing the party when we least expect it. Just when nothing looks like it could go wrong, it does. No matter how well you plan your event please know that it’s almost impossible to create a contingency for
every situation. Yes, it can rain in Winter and yes the cold can be uncomfortable, but look on the bright side; if a cold and unseasonal storm manifests on your winter wedding day, at least your photos will look amazing 🙂

Why am I a Wedding Photographer?

Why am I a Wedding Photographer?

 

I’ve been a wedding photographer since just after I got married in 2007. For over 8 years I’ve been capturing people’s big days and having an amazing time in the process. I’ve established myself and I’ve even managed to win a few awards along the way.

To be honest I never thought I’d become a Brisbane Wedding Photographer. I always thought I’d end up being a singer. Before I picked up a camera, music was my idea of the ultimate form of creativity. I loved the fact that I could sing and put a smile on people’s faces. However, the day I photographed a wedding was the day I experienced the joy of creating something that two people could treasure for the rest of their lives. Photography is so personal and the rewards I get from that are indescribable! The day I discovered this was the same day giving up the dream of becoming a rockstar became a piece of wedding cake!

When I initially made the choice to focus on photography (pardon the pun) more so than my music, a lot of people told me I was stupid and that I was making a huge mistake – a lot of people! Now days though, I think they understand why I made that choice. I think they can now see that I’m truly happy being a wedding photographer. I think they can appreciate that there’s great value in having a job that brings joy to others as well! It’s that very reason that I can’t possibly regret how things have turned out.

How can I regret my decision when I get to meet people like Ross and Rachelle?

I know I thank people a lot, but my gratitude never ceases, so neither should my need to express it 🙂 I want to take this opportunity to thank Ross and Rachelle for booking me and for trusting me with their incredibly special day! I’d like to share some images from their wedding. Ross and Rachelle are amazing people and are the perfect example of why I wouldn’t ever want another job! I can’t help but smile every time I think of their wedding!

 

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Love is Art

Love is Art

They say that art is that which evokes an emotional response. If that’s the case, I can’t think of anything more artistic than love. Love is Art! Love evokes more emotion than anything else! My whole life evolves around shining a light on love and all it’s greatness. Yes, it’s my job, but if I wasn’t a wedding photographer I can assure you I’d find some other way of drawing people’s attention to it. I’ve always been emotionally governed – in love with love. I’m not suggesting love’s always been good to me – it hasn’t, but no matter how tough things have gotten for me in the past I’ve never discounted love as the most significant and important feeling we can experience. Without it, we have nothing!

So naturally I’m inspired by people who become swept up by that magical four letter word. While I’m pointing a camera at those who are lost in each other, nothing else matters to me. Capturing those kind of moments are what I live for. Love is literally what gets me out of bed every day! In a perfect world I’ll live out my days photographing people hopelessly in-love with each other. If that’s the plan for me then I’d have to say I’m well and truly ok with it 🙂

Here’s a little piece we created on the weekend. Greg and Chrissy met in the paint section of Bunnings! As soon as they told me their story at our meeting I threw this idea out there. Thankfully they loved the suggestion and now they have this image to forever help to celebrate where their relationship began! After being a wedding photographer for almost 9 years and hearing so many of my client’s stories, I’ve learned that love can appear anywhere! It doesn’t care where!

Love is Art and I’m confident Greg and Chrissy will continue to create it forever – together!

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When Should I Be Ready?

When Should I Be Ready?

Brides often ask me, “When should I be ready before the ceremony?”
I thought it might be a good idea to answer here. Of course I can only answer this question for my own clients as other wedding photographers possibly do things differently.

For me, I like to leave the prep location at least 20 minutes before you leave to travel to the ceremony. This gives me enough time to make sure I’m set up at the ceremony location and ready for your arrival. It’s easiest if we count back from the ceremony time and work it out from there.

Let’s say the wedding ceremony starts at the classic Spring and Autumn time of 3pm. If it takes 15 minutes to travel there then I would leave the prep location to head to the church/venue/garden at 2:25pm. You would then leave for the wedding closer to 2:45pm.

I like to capture bridal portraits before the wedding and this usually takes around 60 minutes (max). So I would recommend being fully dressed by 1:25pm. If you then count back however long you think it would take to put your gown on, then that’s the time you’d need to tell your MUA and Hair Stylist to be finished by.

So if you think getting dressed would take 25 minutes, then ask your stylist/s to ensure your makeup and hair is done by 1pm.

Obviously these times would change depending on the distance between the prep and ceremony locations as well as how long you think getting dressed would take. If it helps any I would always suggest that it’s best to over estimate times. You’d be really surprised how fast time flies and how things that are normally quick and easy seem to take longer than expected. Getting ready on a wedding day is nothing like getting ready at any other time in your life.

Here is an image I captured with Michelle who was ready early enough that we could go and capture some pre-ceremony portraits. I’d like to thank Tasleema Nigh and Nicola Reardon for doing such an amazing job on the day and ensuring the girls looked absolutely amazing with heaps of time to spare!

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Makeup: Tasleema Nigh
Hair: Hair By Nicola
VENUE: Weddings at Tiffany’s
CELEBRANT: Pastor Jim Cameron
FLOWERS: Tiffany’s Flowers
MUSIC: 16 Strings String Quartet
VIDEOGRAPHER: Lemon Tree Film House
ACCOMMODATION: Lemon Grove
CAR: Wedding Cars of Maleny
CAKE: Coast Wedding Creations

 

Tamborine Mountain Wedding

Tamborine Mountain Wedding

I finally got to shoot a Tamborine Mountain Wedding at the very beautiful Tea and Niceties! I remember many years ago I saw a wedding at this venue (I think it was called The Pavilion back then). I thought how cool it would be to be able to photograph all those happy people. Fast forward a couple of years (and a few more on top of that) and here I was finally living the dream I’d had so long ago.

What a great little place! So many nooks to create images in. A photographer could easily fill an album with wedding photography only captured onsite! Everywhere you turn it’s awesome – especially for a wedding photographer. What makes the venue extra special is that it just happens to be on Tamborine Mountain!

I wanted to share this image of Kelly. Kelly looked beautiful and wore one of my favourite wedding dresses of the year so far. I absolutely loved everything about her styling. I’ve always been a fan of lace, but when you mix with a hooped A-line don’t be surprised if you hear me gush when I see it!

Everything about Paul and Kelly’s wedding inspired me.

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Dress by: Pronovias
Venue: Tea and Niceties
Makeup: Lara Quinn
Hair: Aleesha Darke

 

 

A Rainy Wedding Miracle

A Rainy Wedding Miracle

When I left on Saturday morning to drive down to the Gold Coast and be Matt and Alyce’s wedding photographer I was ready for a day I wouldn’t forget, but I wasn’t prepared for a rainy wedding miracle. After all, the weather was terrible! With 80km winds and a predicted 200 millimetres of rain to fall between 10am and 4pm (which ended up being over 280mm), it was easy to imagine that this would be a wedding like no other.  I wondered how Matt and Alyce would keep it together.

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Considering all of the love and time they’d put into their wedding plans over the past 12 months (as well as thinking back over my past experiences with other rainy weddings), I was imagining I’d walk through the door to see nothing but tears. I was so concerned about the effect the weather might have on the couple that during the drive down I was rehearsing what I’d say to them if they became emotional. I was also trying to figure out the best way to elevate their spirits if need be.

However, when I finally arrived and saw Alyce and Matt’s beautiful smiles I can’t tell you how relieved I was and how happy I felt for them! At this stage there was clearly still hope that the day would go ahead as planned and that the rain, though very much an inconvenience, wasn’t going to win the upper hand. Everyone still intended to drive out to Piggabeen where Matt and Alyce would tie the knot.

Prep was awesome! The most common sound I heard all morning was laughter. Every single person in that room was supportive, positive and jovial and I can’t commend everyone enough! Not one person said anything negative that might’ve changed the mood. It was one of the most enjoyable mornings I’ve ever had at a wedding!

Just before everyone was due to leave a very happy prep and travel to the ceremony location in NSW, Alyce’s Mum told us that the roads had been cut by flooding and that there was no way to get to the wedding. Then when the announcement was made that the ceremony would instead be held in the upstairs lounge room of the same hotel we’d been all morning, I paused and held my breathe waiting for Alyce’s response. I was so inspired when she replied to her mum by saying, “OK, great!”

So they got married in a lounge room overlooking the wildest seas I’ve seen in years. Even though the weather outside was gloomy and miserable, inside it was as if the sun was shining! Alyce and Matt’s motivation for their wedding was; to get married. The very real prospect of their plans going out the window didn’t put a dampener on their wedding ceremony. I was floored by Matt and Alyce’s class and grace! I think the fact that they’re so besotted with each other made having to get married in the lounge room seem like it was the plan all along!

But that’s not the end of the story – merely the first part. Sure, Alyce and Matt had successfully exchanged their vows, but where would everyone celebrate? The reception was also planned to be held at the Piggabeen property. Here we all were dressed to the nines in the lounge room of a hotel in Coolangatta faced with the new reality that none of us would be driving to Piggabeen, NSW. Nor would we ever see the fully decorated marque on the property that they’d so lovingly prepared for the big day.

So Alyce’s sister got on the phone and called a local radio station who then put out the call to ask if any venues would donate a wedding reception space. It was a massive ask and I can honestly say I didn’t expect a great response, which is why I was completely blown away when the Arundel Hills Country Club so graciously put up their hand! I want to take this opportunity to congratulate their General Manager, Marcus Sullivan and his amazing staff for turning what may’ve been a rather unfortunate evening into an event that paralleled other very well planned weddings. I’d also like to give a huge shoutout to Tammie Fowler, owner of interior design company Style onQ for also throwing herself in with such little notice to do her amazing part in saving the wedding. The room looked great!

I’ve been in this business for a while now and what both Style onQ and the Arundel Hills Country Club achieved was truly unfathomable! Everyone threw themselves into saving the day and I’m now so happy that for the rest of Alyce and Matt’s lives they’ll get to look back on their wedding day and remember that they wholeheartedly enjoyed every second!

Matt and Alyce’s very (very) rainy wedding was a testament to the fact that if love is the motivation for marriage then nothing can take away from it.

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