In summery, I keep things very natural and relaxed. I focus on details and candid moments. I capture those little emotional cues that tell the story of an individual. For me the wedding story is a lineage of images, each somewhat like a frame from a scene in a film, pieced together to create an album of beautiful memories. Cinematic, emotional and true to your day. You, the bride and groom, groom and groom or bride and bride are most important to me. I don’t want to shoot for my ego or portfolio, I want to shoot for what will honour you and will tell the story timelessly, ready for whenever you want to revisit the day that was the one you married the love of your life.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Weddings With Dean Raphael
"I don’t like to pose"
I know, I don’t either. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable in any way and I respect having a large camera in your face can be intimidating and unnatural.
I take great pride in my work and I believe that the emotions felt in the moment the photograph was taken are the emotions visible in the image, frozen for eternity. So I do my best to stay away from ridged moments, unnatural smiles and awkward poses. This works for you and for me.
What I do focus on is keeping it real, natural and honest. I’m there to capture things as they are. To curate your day honestly with the true emotion. I look for moments of love, moments of laughter and tears of any kind. I’m looking for the moment that really was.
Sometimes I may prompt a little angle change to optimise the light, I might ask you to stand a particular way to balance the composition of the photo and I may ask you to look each other in the eyes but that’s because I know it’s real love and that’s what I want to capture. For you.
The most important thing for me is to have fun. And for you to do so as well.
You have so many photographers to choose from and it can be overwhelming.
My advice is to pick one you resonate with, not just from the pricing perspective, but from the look and feel of their photos, from the detailed moments they capture to the complete story they tell and from the life they live.
Please contact me for pricing.
Destination weddings and unique locations will involve travel costs.
I do customise what I offer to the individual requirements of a couple. I believe in sharing and I know not everyone has the same budget or ideas or ways of doing things. In fact I encourage weddings to be a little different to the norm.
I want to be available for anyone that connects with my work and my life on a meaningful and honest level.
I’ll do my best to come up with a plan to accomodate outside of the pricing-box, however sometimes it does come down to limitations of travel and availability, please ask, I love an open and honest conversation and will endeavour to do my best to fit in with your needs.
It honours me and sends shivers down spine to know I’m providing you with a visual story of a day that was for you to reflect on for eons. To know that my art is the way you'll view this story.
If you're on a last minute quest or looking deep into the eye of the future I will do my best to accomodate. Short notice often works out better than you think and long term parking is a great way to secure exactly what you want.
I have found a beautiful work-life balance and it means I spend a lot of time travelling and living in places away from Melbourne or even Australia.
I’m a little nomadic in my ways but I know I will always be returning to Melbourne and Byron Bay in Australia.
Otherwise I frequently visit my yogi friends in Bali, India and Thailand so you have a good chance of booking me there as well.
All locations are possible and may involve an agreement on travel costs.
We like you, how can we meet?
I like you too. I hope it’s real love. We can meet in a coffee shop or juice bar or in the park or along the beach. Maybe we can even do a little yoga together. I don’t have a permanent studio as I like to move around a lot.
Initially upon first contact this may be a Skype meeting or a phone call as I’m frequently roaming around Asia. From there we’ll definitely meet when I’m next in the area.
Most frequently for weddings you will find me in Melbourne, Australia.
Image Handover, Turnaround & Quantity
I supply all selected images edited on USB in both high and low resolution.
Selected images are the photographs that I have meticulously chosen, edited and colour toned to curated your wedding documentary in the most beautiful, honest and emotional form.
Because every story is different each album varies in numbers. I don’t have a limit here however I do promise a minimum. For example a Full-Day would be a minimum of 250 images. On average couples would receive 400-600 images.
The final package is usually delivered within three-six weeks from the wedding date. Wedding Books will be delivered 1-2 months following the wedding. Any changes to these will be communicated in the process.
Do you have a second shooter?
I shoot weddings on my own. If we need a second shooter that budget is added to the total cost of the booking.
Second shooters are great for weddings larger than 100 guests. It's not essential but it can help increase the ability to photograph your guests and their shenanigans and funny-business you may otherwise not see.
Weddings increasing in numbers beyond 150 are highly recommended to have a second shooter.
The second shooter is someone who I work with and train in order to honour consistency and quality.
What type of packages do you offer?
I make myself available for a full day which means I am there for you, for up to 10 or 12 hours as chosen by the client in the booking process. I love to document the initial parts of your day when you're getting ready. I'm looking for those real emotions and here is where you're psychologically 'getting ready' as well as how you move about arranging the beginnings of your day.
Skip forward a little and you're all on the dance floor having a wild boogie, the transformation between then and now is an incredible journey and the story is written on all the faces throughout your day.
Spending the entire day with you allows me to fully capture and curate your story honestly, raw and true to the moments that were.
Any extra hours beyond the designated amount may be billed.
My photography is a fine art, it’s never the same as before and is always evolving to new levels. I frequently take time off and when I revisit I find new light, a new way of seeing something for the very first time all over again. This is a constant journey, an evolution and an extension of myself. This is my life. Some people call it a job or a profession but I am sticking it to art, creation and we’re all born to create, this is simply how I do it.