Month: June 2017

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Why you should have an Engagement shoot!

“Being engaged is a very special period in your life”

Being engaged is a very special period in your life, just as important as the wedding day itself. Sure you’ll have photos on your wedding day, but this is different! Your wedding is the day planned for a party with your family and friends, but an engagement shoot is all about YOU.

It’s a little window of time in your life. A slice of time that perhaps may be only a few months to a few years long so you’ll want some beautiful photos to look at for the rest of your life. They mark the beginning of a lifelong journey together.

“Spend some quality time together”

It’s the perfect chance to spend some quality time together. Treat your photo shoot like a date. Get your makeup and hair done, bring a bottle of wine and dress in something you might wear to a nice evening out or how you might dress for a special occasion. Engagement shoots should be easy going and less formal than your wedding day so you can expect a very relaxed, fun atmosphere. Our engagement shoots are slow paced, relaxed and informal and allows you to really soak in the time you have together.

“Get comfortable in front of the camera”

Many people feel threatened by a camera pointed in their direction. Getting comfortable in front of the camera before the wedding day is the best way to overcome this. Once you have a chance to get used to being photographed and to relax into the process, you’ll be amazed at how comfortable and natural you can feel. Having an engagement shoot gives you a chance to develop that comfort BEFORE your wedding day. An engagement shoot gives you the freedom to practice for the big day, but in the privacy of your intimate romantic partnership, and not in front of an audience of family and friends.

“Is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer”

Having an engagement shoot is a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and see if you work well together. They will be spending your entire wedding day by your side so its so important that they compliment your wedding, make you feel relaxed and natural rather then being another stress to worry about! Get to know their shooting style and learn how they direct you while giving them the opportunity to learn about you, your story and what makes you you.

“You get beautiful photos!”

Save the date cards, thank you cards, a wedding website, a guest book … all of these are important aspects of your wedding planning that you can use your beautiful photos for.

Amazing photographs are created when you have a trusted relationship between you and your photographer and that’s why at Rawn and Pallow Photography we believe having an engagement shoot is the best way to develop a personal relationship with all of our clients.

If you would like get to know each other better and see if we are compatible for your upcoming wedding please get in touch.



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My 3 most important photography mistakes!

I make mistakes ALL the time! Little ones, big ones, embarrassing ones, dumb ones. Mistakes on top of mistakes. We all do, life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable.  Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making photography mistakes and these are 3 of my most important lessons I’ve learnt to make me a better photographer.


When I started photography I was all about mastering the technical aspect of it. I was obsessed with lighting, exposures, compositions, all that boring stuff that my couples really didn’t care about. In a controlled scenario with plenty of time on my hands I could produce some beautiful photos, but in a live photoshoot situation with strangers I still cringe when I think about how I approached it! I’d setup my couple who were in the moment enjoying each others company. Next I would setup my light, walk away and take a photo. If the lighting wasn’t correct I’d walk back and adjust it. Then i’d walk back, give some instructions, play with my camera dials. All while the atmosphere was turning stale and my couples getting more awkward. I was passionate, but passionate for the perfect shot rather than the couples experience and at the end of the day I learnt that it doesn’t matter how beautiful you think your photos are if you don’t capture the moment.


My G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) started small. First it was a tripod. Then I needed a reflector. Next minute it was a speedlight, lenses, a new camera, bigger car, even a studio! It’s all good wanting to evolve and upgrade but I was crippling myself with thoughts of inadequacy if I didn’t have these things. It held me back from being confident in my service, product and self worth. It’s when I started to focus more on the customer experience that I was able change my mindset and kick my gear addiction. I still have my wish list, but i’m not held hostage to it. The lesson I have learnt is that having the greatest gear doesn’t matter, it’s the photographer that makes the photo. I’ve learnt to concentrate on other important aspects of running a successful photography business and to let go and be grateful to do what I love with what I have.


When I first started out I had great visions of grandeur about the kinds of images I would create. I was inspired and ready to share my passion and skill with the world. What I didn’t know is that much of that visual magic is knowing how to engage with my subjects, post production, and understanding light. It’s all good to dream but rather than trying to be perfect from the get go I had to work through my photography apprenticeship. Going straight for the jugular left me frozen and overwhelmed not know where to start and not being satisfied with the work I was producing. Now I take each shoot as an opportunity to be better than my last. To keep evolving, upskilling, making mistakes, learning from them and moving forward.

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5 Reasons you DON’T want me as your Wedding photographer!


I’m sorry guys, but if your into laughing and having fun it just “ain’t gonna work”. Photos look so much better when you hide your emotions and besides it takes a lot of energy trying to cue peoples reactions. I’m the professional here so let me aim my camera at you and dial back that smile.



Why all the questions? This isn’t an exam, it’s a Wedding. Who needs these pesky questionnaires and meetings. If your stressing about covering the ‘details’ then you’ve lost me already. I planned on rocking up to your Wedding and freestyling. “I’m an artist” man, trust me. Want organisation?… next.



I live by the mantra “whatever it takes for the shot”. This may mean standing directly in front of you during the ceremony or  I may need to take a thousand photos with my flash on machine gun mode. “WHATEVER IT TAKES”. If you’re looking for somebody polite and unobtrusive… sorry, i’m not your guy.



What makes me stand out from all the other wedding photographers out there? Is it my experience? Is it my customer service? My personality?… NO, It’s that I have an expensive camera. It’s a fact. Better cameras take better photos. At the end of the day you are just wanting amazing photos right? Well if I take thousands of photos with an expensive camera then odds are you’re going to come out with some good ones. Do the math. Let’s bypass the formalities, if your wanting some level of service besides just taking photos, i’m sorry I can’t help you.



6 weeks for delivery? Woaaah, I do have a life. Expect your photos in about 12 weeks and don’t expect one of those fancy wooden boxes either. I’m running a business here not a charity. Photos look best and are cherished more when they are on a USB. You know, all those times the family sits around the computer looking over your photos. Wall art is obsolete. Frames are lame. If your going to spend thousands of dollars on a photographer why waste any more on putting your photos on the wall. Thats why I don’t encourage albums or prints. Lets save us both the hassle and stick to digitals.


So if you don’t want to use me as your Wedding Photographer then don’t be in touch.