Same Sex Wedding Photographer

same sex wedding photographer

If you are on the look out for a same sex wedding photographer, I would love to help out! Hi, my name is Andy Williams and I have been photographing weddings for over ten years. I have also been photographing same sex weddings since they (finally!) became legalised in 2017! So you know you are in good hands. Behind experience comes reliability.

“Hey Andy – Just want to say a massive thank you for the photos. They are absolutely amazing and everyone has been so impressed. It has really tied our wedding in the most beautiful way”. Aaron

My first ever same sex wedding as a photographer was a (semi-legal!) wedding in Beerwah for an amazing couple Millie and Nat who had been legalised in New Zealand and were having their showcase ceremony for friends and family here in Queensland. Since then I have photographed close to 50 same sex weddings, my latest one being the wedding of Aaron and Brody on the Gold Coast.

Being a Gold Coast wedding photographer, I have photographed at most venues, including QT Hotel where Aaron and Brody said their ‘I Dos’! Its an amazing venue with a fantastic private upstairs area, with amazing gardens flowing onto a private wedding ceremony deck!

The ceremony was officiated by the bubbly Mel Yusia who added an awesome splash of humour and emotion to the ceremony!

Gold Coast Wedding Photographer

The ceremony itself was filled with emotion and tears. Following some group shots we headed to the beach for some groom and groom wedding photography.

I love photographing on the beach. Although a busy Saturday afternoon does make for more challenges! The boys (and I!) ended up in the water but we got some amazing shots then headed back for the festivities!

The boys booked our 2-hour Elopement Wedding Package. We have several wedding photography packages to suit all days! You can check them out here.

Wedding Photographer Redlands

wedding photographer redlands

Having lived in the beautiful Redlands for almost ten years, I know the area very well and have photographed well over 100 weddings in the region. If you are on the search for a wedding photographer Redlands, I’d love to hear from you!

Jen and Bruce called me for their amazing back yard wedding in Sheldon and were delighted with my suggestions for bridal party photography! A Redlands-based wedding photographer knows the best spots for photos – a local always knows best!

We started with some bridal prep photos at Jen’s parent’s place, then I headed to Jen and Bruce’s property for the nervous tension phase of the day! I was delighted to see Fiona Eady from Ceremonies by The Bay was the celebrant for the day – being a local herself she knows the area well and her fun and laid back delivery is always welcome! https://www.ceremoniesbythebay.com.au/

The ceremony was amazingly delivered, with plenty of humour, emotion and tears!

I always the taking the group photo at a wedding – it is usually the most difficult photo to get as you need to have 100+ people looking at the camera at the same time and smiling! And sometimes we have an escapee!

Redlands Wedding Photographer

And following the ceremony we headed to West Mt Cotton Road for the bridal party photos! This is always my favourite part of the day when the bride and groom can finally relax and I get to be creative!

We had an amazing sunset and fantastic light so I was a happy Redlands wedding photographer as we headed back for the reception!

So if you are looking for a fun, relaxed wedding photographer in the Redlands, I would love to hear from you!

“Just wanted to say thankyou so much for our photos – they are absolutely beautiful! There are so many nice moments that you captured perfectly so thankyou so much”

Mt Tamborine Wedding Photographer

mt tamborine wedding photographer

Anyone who has ever met me knows how meticulous and obsessively detailed I am with wedding arrangements and timings! So how strange it was to photograph a full day wedding without being in charge!

Bjorn Schmal from In Love Weddings had contacted me to help with the wedding photography for Lee and Tim for their Old Church wedding on Mt Tamborine. The plan was for Bjorn to look after the video side of things, and me the photos. I jumped at the chance as Bjorn and I have worked together before and we share a very similar outlook on capturing weddings, and he’s a great bloke and top videographer too! (https://www.inlove-weddings.com/)

We met for a coffee before the wedding and ran through the plans, then spent a fun and relaxed couple of hours capturing Tim and his boys, and Lee and her girls getting ready.

Being an experienced Mt Tamborine wedding photographer meant that I knew the venue well and had photographed there before. We were also blessed with fabulous weather so headed outside for some family photos.

Old Church Mt Tamborine

Bjorn and I work very well together and never get in each other’s way! Having photographed and videoed over 20 weddings together, we know how each other work and have an awesome synergy! We also share the same sense of humour and our relaxed outlook on life takes away all the stresses from your wedding!

Once the getting ready photos had been taken it was time for the real deal! The ceremony! The Old Church has a beautiful chapel that makes for fantastic wedding photographs regardless of the weather!

One of my favourite things about Mt Tamborine weddings is the number of photography locations available! We first headed to the rainforest then Hang Glider Hill for sunset. Oh wow, how amazing do the photos look!

And following a beautiful sunset, it was time to party!

Should I Feed My Wedding Photographer?!

should i feed my photographer

Should I feed my wedding photographer is a question I get asked a lot! And my answer is always the same; if you want to!

A lot of wedding photographers will insist on being fed at your wedding but I understand that if I had a ‘normal’ job, you wouldn’t be shouting my lunch! So I am fairly flexible about it! It is always lovely to have something to eat during a long work day, but it isn’t a deal breaker for me!

The truth is, wedding photographers work very hard and rarely, if ever, get a break, so having a meal towards the end of the day is always very much appreciated and can kick start those energy levels just as they begin to wane! And most, if not all, wedding venues have a ‘supplier meal’ option that will cost a fraction of a guest meal – usually somewhere around the $20-$30 mark. A good wedding photographer will not spend an hour eating – we understand that being in the right place at the right time is absolutely paramount for capturing amazing images, so we will eat quickly, and will be back photographing before you’ve picked up your fork!

And the reality is that there is not usually another option for a wedding photographer to eat! Venues do not let photographers bring in their own food, and it is very rare for a venue to be so close to another food outlet that it is worth a vendor heading out to eat.

In conclusion, you should never feel obligated to feed your wedding photographer, but when there is no other option it always very much appreciated! And keeping those energy levels high will benefit you ten times over!

Wedding Photographer Under $1000

One of the most commonly Googled search items for couples planning their wedding is Wedding Photographer Under $1000. With increasing costs, both within the wedding industry and throughout the economy in general, couples are looking more towards minimising their wedding budget, and we are here to help!

A Thousand Miles Photography have always been about providing the highest quality of photographs but without the luxury price tag. If you are looking for a wedding photographer under $1000, we can certainly help!

Our wedding photography packages start at $890 for our 2-hour Silver Package. This includes a personal meeting via Zoom, 2-hours of photography on the day and your edited, high resolution digital images delivered by USB or DropBox. There are no watermarks and having the high resolution copies means that you can print your own copies, thereby avoiding inflated photographer print fees!

If you are looking for a bare bones, pash and dash style of wedding with just the ceremony and a few beautiful bridal party photos captured, we offer midweek one hour budget wedding photography packages too! Contact us with some details and we will let you know a costing!

We would love to capture your wedding day but understand the necessity of budgets! If you are wanting a wedding photographer under $1000, we would love to hear from you!

And you can see all of our wedding photography packages at this link.

Rustic Wedding Photography

rustic wedding photography

One of the most searched wedding phrases over the last few years is ‘rustic wedding photography’. And it’s not hard to wonder why! Rustic weddings have maintained their popularity because of the timelessness of the imagery and the countless options for beautiful backdrops.

Karen and Ben had originally contacted me to photograph their wedding back in 2019, but then Covid struck and Karen’s UK family were unable to travel. After a few date changes, they locked in 26th March 2023, their venue of choice was the amazing Cowbell Creek in Austinville. I had been there before but had never seen it so green and so beautiful, and in spite of a bit of British rain early in the proceedings, the day was a huge success!

I arrived early (as always!) and photographed the ‘nervous tension’ part of the day. Was the wedding going to be inside or out? Would the rain stop? Ben and his boys were there early, and Karen was impressively on time too!

With the rain radar looking busy, we opted for an indoor ceremony, which was of no consequence at a venue like Cowbell Creek as the Plan B is as amazing as the Plan A!

The ceremony had plenty of tears and was filled with emotion. With the rain abating I was able to take the bridal party around the property for some rustic wedding photos!

Cowbell Creek is the perfect venue for rustic wedding photography. There are limitless locations for photos, and I was like a kid in a sweet shop choosing the best options!

From animals:

To barns:

To trees:

And fields:

To everything in between!

And so to the barn for the reception. And what a reception space it is!

Rustic Wedding Reception Photos

Wet Wedding Photography!

wet wedding photography
wet wedding photography

After all the months of planning, one thing you will never be able to control is a wet wedding! Although rain on your wedding day is not as ironic as Alanis Morissette would have you believe, it can, on occasion, hamper your best laid plans!

So what to do if you have a wet wedding?! My advice? Sing in the Rain!

wet wedding photography

And that’s precisely what Jessica and Harry did when the rain fell relentlessly on their wedding day! They say that rain is good luck; well if that’s the case these guys will have the greatest marriage of all time! Their wedding at Cedar Creek Lodges was fantastic. It was one of my faves! Yes it was wet but with rain comes clouds, and cloud cover gives amazing, softened light. Honest!

When it comes to the best outdoor photography conditions, an overcast sky wins hands down! There’s no squinting, harsh shadows or blown out backgrounds; and using an umbrella forces you to get up close and personal!

We managed to get some fantastic umbrella photos, and then headed indoors at Cedar Creek Lodges’ reception area for some awesome indoor shots, but there was one spot that Jessica was super keen to have some photos taken and the rain made that impossible!

The fallen tree at Cedar Creek is one of the best photo spots on Mt Tamborine but during wet weather it becomes slippy and dangerous and, on occasion, is under water and inaccessible!

Wedding Re-Shoot Photos:

So when I had another job at Cedar Creek a few months later, I emailed Jessica and asked if she wanted to get dressed up again and do a wedding re-shoot and get some photos on the tree! To say she was keen was an under-statement!

So if it does happen to rain on your parade, try not to stress! Wet wedding photos look amazing, and there’s always the possibility of a re-shoot! And think of the luck it will bring ;)!

“OMG you’re amazing! The photos are amazing! Thank you! So in love with them!”

Albert River Winery Wedding

albert river winery wedding
albert river winery wedding photography

Albert River Winery Wedding Photography

Having photographed there several times, I have to say Albert River Winery is one of my favourite venues for wedding photography! There are so many locations for amazing wedding photos, and the staff are fantastic! Tash and Shane had an Albert River Winery wedding this February and had the best day of their lives!

The day started with some bridal getting ready photos. Di from Di’s Hair Design was making magic when I arrived (check out her website: https://dihairdesign.com.au/) – we have worked together before so had a chat before I dived into the photos! The girls were very organised and had everything ready for when I got there!

Tash was a little nervous but I prefer a more photojournalastic and candid style of photos for the getting ready part of the day so wasn’t too invasive! After an hour of photos, I headed to Albert River Winery for the wedding ceremony!

I was delighted to see that Mel Price was the celebrant for the day! We had chatted prior to the wedding but had never worked together but Mel is fantastic, fun, organised and a breath of fresh air! (https://www.facebook.com/people/Melissa-Price-MPM-Co/100063609785217/)

Tash relaxed once the ceremony was completed! We did some family photos and a group shot, then everyone headed to the barn for pre-reception drinks as the bridal party had their turn to shine!

Albert River Winery has some fantastic spots for bridal party photos and we used them all!

And once the sun had set and the bridal party were relaxed, the reception started and went on into the small hours!

Receptions are always a lot of fun at Albert River Winery – the outdoor dance floor is an amazing spot to while the night away!

albert river winery

Sirromet Winery Wedding

sirromet winery wedding

They say that weddings are like your children: you should never have your favourite! But every now and again I will photograph a wedding that goes straight to the top of my faves! Jennifer and Bryan’s Sirromet Winery wedding was one of those weddings!

I had met Jennifer and Bryan on a family photo shoot earlier in the year (thank you Kylie for organising that!! I will be forever in your debt!) and they mentioned they were getting married at Sirromet Winery and asked if I was available. Sirromet is 7km from my house and is easily one of my favourite wedding photography venues so I jumped at the chance!

Jennifer and Bryan are such a gorgeous couple that you can’t help but fall in love with them! After getting ready in one of Sirromet’s posh Sanctuary glamping tents, we headed out for bride and groom photos!

Being a local means I know the best spots for Sirromet winery wedding photos! It was a truly gorgeous day and the loved up couple didn’t stop smiling!

The ceremony was to be held at the Laguna; one of my favourite places to photograph at Sirromet. The guests had started to arrive so I captured the ‘nervous tension’ phase of the day before Jennifer and Bryan’s arrival!

I was chuffed that Cheryl Landsberry was officiating that day! Cheryl is an awesome Brisbane bayside celebrant with whom I have worked several times! She always makes the ceremony personal and fun! You can check out Cheryl’s website here: https://cherylwedding.com/

The ceremony was one of the most emotional weddings I had ever photographed, with more than a few crying shots captured!;) I tend to join in with the tears but I get away with it, being hidden behind a camera!

One of the best things about a Sirromet Winery wedding is the different options you have for post-ceremony socialising! Jennifer and Bryan chose the cellar door for post-ceremony drinks, before heading into the barrel room for their reception.

From all accounts the night was a great success and dancing went into the small hours. Thank you for an amazing day MIL and FIL, and congratulations on the best wedding day ever!

Best Wedding Photographer Brisbane

best wedding photographer brisbane

To capture your most incredible of days, you want the best wedding photographer Brisbane for the job! Andy Williams of A Thousand Miles Photography is your man! I truly adore what I do for a living and have never once taken my job for granted! It is an absolute pleasure being present for your most magical of days and the best wedding photographer Brisbane will do you proud!

I was lucky to be invited to photograph Ruth and Tony’s amazing St Mary’s Anglican Church wedding at Kangaroo Point in January, and what a day it was! As always, I arrived early to capture the ‘nervous tension’ phase of the day, where the groom checks his watch, and there’s a buzz of excitement as the guests arrive! St Mary’s Anglican at kangaroo Point is a gorgeous church and incredibly photogenic, and with amazing views back towards Brisbane and over the Brisbane River, it is always one of my favourite wedding venues.

St Mary’s also has a fantastic lawn area for post-ceremony drinks and canapes. We hovered for an hour or so to grab a group photo and plenty of family photos against the brickwork of the church before heading to Kangaroo Point cliffs for bride and groom photos.

The wedding reception was at Nota Restaurant at Paddington, and I had been a bit nervous about getting there as some guy called Elton John was playing at the Suncorp Stadium, but the traffic was managed surprisingly well and we even had time for some urban chic photos around Paddington’s backstreets.

I had never been to Nota before but it is a gorgeous place with fantastic staff and great decor, and an awesome location for a wedding function!