People have been asking where I’m at. And the answer really depends on when you ask. I currently have two wedding photography businesses, this one – Port Douglas Photography and also Bendigo Wedding Photographer – Shaun Guest . They are harmonious in that when Port Douglas is busy Bendigo isn’t, and visa versa. It works in 6 month seasons and is seamless.
A little History. I’m Victorian 100% , I grew up in country Victoria and developed my love for photography and completed all of my study in Vic, so is Shelly, it’s our home. In 2001, wanting change and a little adventure, we packed up the car, left Melbourne and did the 3 day drive north to Port Douglas. It was the best thing we could have done. Port Douglas welcomed us as it does everyone with big wide open arms. It’s a really beautiful, unique little village with sooo much soul and for us has become our second home. We started Port Douglas Wedding Photography there. Our little girl was born there and was soon followed by our twin boys. It was a ten year long bear hug and in that time Port Douglas Wedding Photography grew into a really great boutique wedding photography business that I am just so proud of. I honestly know that as a wedding photographer I have done my best there, I’ve taken photographs there that are firsts for the local industry, I’ve treated the locations and the light differently and with more respect than any other wedding photographers before me. I’ve met and photographed over 500 wedding couples and every year since I began I feel as though I’ve gotten better at it and most importantly, I still love it.
The only issue Port Douglas had for us ,was the low season. Nov – March, five months of hot, wet, humid, cyclone looming no wedding hellness. Not what we signed up for at all, but we had the answer. 6 months in this home, 6 months in that home.
With a little location/school/business research, mammoth effort and and 3 extras, Shelly and I packed the car again 10 years after the first time , and made the return trip home to Victoria. Parents, brothers, sisters , lots and lots of cousins for the kids, fresh eyes and with a whole lot of enthusiasm, we decided on Bendigo.
So back to the question, “Where am I at” ? Business wise there is a general rule which is, I photograph weddings from Bendigo servicing all areas of Victoria , from November – May every year and then Weddings in Port Douglas from May – Oct, there is flexibility in the start and finish dates and this is dictated by bookings. Port Douglas Photography is strong and booking out early as it does every year and Bendigo Wedding Photographer , having just finished my first season is looking like it’s going to be the same as Port Douglas.
If there is any doubt at all about how this works, please contact me here for Port Douglas Wedding Photography and here for Bendigo Wedding Photographer – Shaun Guest and I’ll clear it all up for you.