Welcome to Our Studio.

For those in love, getting married, or for families wanting to capture images of their little darlings, you have come to the right place.

We are a little boutique studio located in Caringbah. And photos are our LOVE. We have photographed hundreds and hundreds of weddings, capture amazing image of couples and families for over 23 years.  OUR  philosophy is quite simple we capture LOVE JOY and LAUGHTER, in the most natural way possible. Enjoy browsing through our website, and if you like what we create and would like to get in touch and visit our studio please give us a call 9526 8288

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THIS IS WHAT WE DO 

WEDDINGS

My goal is to capture the bride and grooms personality. To ensure their wedding photos are a true representation of who they are! After meeting a couple and talking to them about their wedding it becomes apparent to me quite quickly how they should be photographed. Personality is everything!

No two couples are the same. Each couple is the sum of it’s parts, and when they are together this magical personality is born. Some are reserved, some are very outgoing, and the dynamic that is created during a wedding is always different.

No two weddings are the same to me! I honestly think that’s why I have been photographing for so long. Every bride and groom are individuals and their photos need express that individuality that makes them unique..

Many of today’s studio’s offer only a certain style or look. For example they may only photography is a style of “candid photograph “ or say they are “ lifestyle /environmental photography studio”. I in fact don’t say that…. at all.  You are unique and your wedding images need to reflect that magic.

Communication is really important to me. Being able to educate couples about the expected light on the day, the timing for their photography schedule, ideal locations or time of year their getting married, and so on is very important to me. Just to  ensure the couple gets the absolute most out of their wedding photography. After years of photographing weddings I have amassed a huge range of tips to help you enjoy your day most. That includes making sure you like having your photo taken! Yes I have heard it all and we always manage to have a great time together. That in essence is my job.

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Whether they are of families, newborns or kids the same principle applies. I adjust the style or lighting or location to suit the personality. It’s a simple natural approach and philosophy that works for me and my clients. I try to work in a really relaxed manner and capture people and especially children spontaneously interacting during the session, there’s nothing worse than a forced smile!

PETS

Well what can I say; they just bring a smile to my face every time. Who wouldn’t love capturing their craziness. Pets are truly the best photo props, they just bring so much entertainment to my photo sessions. My Pet project “Shire Tails” started over a year ago. Whilst photographing these sessions has been an real eye opener, we most importantly have also been raising funds for Assistance Dogs Australia.

http://www.assistancedogs.org.au

A truly amazing non profit organisation that trains dogs to help humans with Disabilities. I feel truly honoured that through my craft of photography I’ve been able to raise much needed funds for such a wonderful cause. For more on “Shire Tails” go to our PET Tab on the website

Our Guarantee

We are so dedicated to our work and customers, and we are so confident that we will give you wonderful wedding experience, we offer a 100% money back guarantee to all bookings made from 1/9/2016 and onwards.

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Chanei and Tim’s Le Montage Wedding

Chanei and Tim’s Le Montage Wedding 

This was just a  magical wedding, with absolutely no detail left to chance. Chanei could honestly be a wedding planner! The tones and colours of the wedding were beautiful, and the attention to detail at the reception was simply amazing.

sutherland-shire-wedding-photographer_0103The photo locations and lighting were absolutely superb and nothing was too difficult for their bridal party. Hyde park and Observatory Hill never disappoint and provided such incredible backdrops to their photos. And a wharf at Le Montage just added the final touch to their wedding images.

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So many incredible wedding vendors helped make the day run smoothly and almost all shire based.:)

Gown http://dressense.com.au/

Hair http://www.tanyaireland.com.au/#!/HOME

Make up http://www.themakeupsocietyaustralia.com/

reception at http://www.lemontage.com.au/

Styling https://www.facebook.com/pg/piccolopoppi/about/?ref=page_internal

Transport http://www.rollupinarolls.com.au/

 

Belinda and George’s Ottimo House Wedding

Belinda and Georges Ottimo House Wedding. 

What an incredible perfect day these two were blessed with.

They both looked amazing, their bridal party were a bunch of fun. The weather was perfect and the location to die for. Horses, barns, lakes, rustic scenery, Ottimo House is a photographers dream, and a couples perfect reality, what more can I say.

Lots and lots of dancing, lots of laughs and great company, and some beautiful photos if I do say so myself :)

Venue: http://www.ottimohouse.com.au

Photography and video http://www.diamondphotography.com.au

Make up https://www.facebook.com/dazzlebykilyne/

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Bridal Preparation Guide

Here is my ‘Bridal Preparation Guide’ for your wedding day to help you be prepared and have a stress free, enjoyable morning.

There are always lots going on the morning of your wedding day.  Once your makeup & hair team arrives, it’s fair to say that the rest of the day goes by so quickly.

So here is my Bridal Preparation Guide suggestions for the big day

diamond photographyGETTING READY LOCATION

Just consider the light. Some brides love the idea of getting ready at a hotel, others want the sentimental surrounds of mum and dads home, or where they grew up. Either way, just ensure you get ready in a room that has lots of available light, not only will that help your makeup artist but it will work great for photography as well.

Try, I know it will be hard, but try and limit the clutter to one space, so that when it comes time to photography there is a nice neat area.

You want your chosen getting ready place i  a nutshell to be to be bright, pretty, uncluttered and large enough for everyone to fit.

Don’t forget, if you’re having your wedding in the warmer months, I definitely recommend a getting place with air conditioning so you are not overheating whist getting ready for your big day.

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I HIGHLY recommend hiring professional hair and makeup artists that come to your location the morning of the wedding. This way you are able to relax and enjoy the process. There is nothing worse than all of you having to rush back and forth to a salon and worry about traffic, timing etc.

Don’t forget to have a trial either, I love doing engagement session for my clients and l always get my brides to have their make-up done, then they can get a feel for how long it takes, and also make sure they are truly happy and confident with their makeup artist. You really don’t want a hiccup with make up on your wedding day.

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I notice a lot of the time that brides underestimate the time it takes for everyone to get dressed and ready! I can’t work a schedule out for you makeup artist or hairdresser because its not my profession, but I can advise you on allocating enough timing for your photos. Here are a few of my tips to make things run a little smoother on your day;

I allow at least one hour for photographing the bride and her bridesmaids. So let’s say your ceremony is at 3pm.you need to consider your travel time to the church/ceremony location, and then work backwards. In my opinion the biggest pitfall brides make is they tell their makeup artist and hairdresser “my photographer will be here at 1.30” so that’s when they finish up. Do you know how long it takes to get into a wedding dress?. You need to allow 30 mins (time can vary depending on whether you have a zip up dress or lace up dress), for your dress, jewellery veil, shoes etc.

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So be sure you don’t miss out on all those gorgeous “before your married photos”. The other hiccup we see quite often is the bride having her hair and make-up done last! This really can be a problem, if we arrive to a home and all the bridesmaids are ready but the bride is still in the makeup chair, it really does affect the schedule. We can only take so many photos of the bridesmaids. But if one of the bridesmaid still needs makeup and hair done, it’s not such a big deal, we have a tonne of photos we want to take of the bride, the bride and her parents, sibling etc. So the bride should never ever go last when it comes to hair and make-up.

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I hope my hints and tips help in getting you to the ceremony on time!!

Diamond-Photography-VideoCathy xx

 

Are you still looking for photographer to suit your wedding day?

If you would like to check my availability, give me a call on 9526 8288

 

A Queen Victoria Building Wedding

A Queen Victoria Building Wedding

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Is this not the most magical, romantic location? QVB you are a photographers dream location

What a gorgeous venue this is. So much old world charm and romantic features. Stephanie and Andrew were married at Our Lady SacredHeart Catholic Church in Randwick in July. They had an amazing sunny clear skies winters day. Their photo session started at the Iconic Sydney Botanical Gardens.

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Glorious winter afternoon in Sydney Botanical Gardens, perfect location for wedding photography

Such a gorgeous place with with not only beautifully kept gardens with amazing colour but also an incredible and picturesque back drop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s Iconic Opera House.

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beautiful bridal party, great location, absoluetly gorgeous grounds to photograph in

What a gorgeous venue this is. So much old world charm and romantic features. Stephanie and Andrew were married at Our Lady Sacared Heart Catholic Church in Randwick in July. They had an amazing sunny clear skies winters day. Their photo session started at the Iconic Sydney Botanical Gardens. Such a gorgeous place with with not only beautifully kept gardens with amazing colour but also an incredible and picturesque back drop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney's Iconic Opera House. This then followed with a photography session at the Queen Victoria Building in George street, Sydney. Whats not to love about this place? This amazing building has incredible architecture, stairwells, stained glass windows, you name it. A Queen Victoria Building Wedding reception followed in the Tea Rooms High ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and gorgeous floral arrangements set the stage for a romantic reception. Enjoy our highlights of this gorgeous couples, perfect winter wedding.

such a cute little bunch, who were so excited to be photographed

This then followed with a photography session at the Queen Victoria Building in George street, Sydney. Whats not to love about this place? This amazing building has incredible architecture, stairwells, stained glass windows, you name it.

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gorgeous bouquet by Verdaflore flower merchant at Oatley

A Queen Victoria Building Wedding reception followed in the Tea Rooms

High ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and gorgeous floral arrangements set the stage for a romantic reception.

Photo Session location  https://www.qvb.com.au/ and https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

Reception Venue http://thetearoom.com.au/

Transport http://www.broadwayweddingcarhire.com.au/

Florist http://www.verdaflore.com/

Photography by http://www.diamondphotography.com.au/

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Wedding cake.

 Wedding cake, so much to choose from.

Its one of the oldest wedding traditions.
As weddings now are days are so personalised, the choice for the wedding cake is truly limitless. Gone are the days of the simple fruit cake covered in white icing. Thank goodness, just quietly!!
Multiple layers are definitely the range with an eclectic array or flavor’s now available.
The wedding I photographed last weekend had a really unique wedding cake a fig and almond cake with a beautiful ganache frosting (definitely not low fat I can tell you), but it was divine and definitely  original!

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Naked cakes (ie not iced) are all the range on the internet and Pinterest at the moment> As are cheese cakes, as in slabs of cheese stacked on top of each other to look like a cake. What a great alternative if the bride and groom are not sweet eaters.
Cup cakes are also very popular easy to serve as well, they can be absolutely beautiful if done properly. Be warned though, a mediocre job could see your wedding cake look like a little kids birthday cake.
The traditional wedding cake, ie white iced are still ever so popular, and with cake decorators getting exceptional fancy with their detail, some cakes are truly spectacular.

If your are not a great lover of sweets!! Here is an option for you.

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In a nutshell though, for today’s modern bride, almost anything goes!!!

If your after some great wedding cake flavour ideas follow this link.Its awesome, truly! It even tells you what cake flavour goes with what filling, and what goes with the ideal cake covering!!

http://www.popsugar.com/food/Wedding-Cake-Flavor-Ideas-30442542

Happy Planning!

Article © 2016 Diamond Photography & Video, written by Cathy Tiddy, Australian award winning AIPP photographer.

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Should you have a Wedding Video?

To have or not to have a wedding video.

I get asked this question often by couples who book me to take their wedding photos. Everyone is different. But let me ask you this? Will you regret not having one? That is the real question you need to ask yourself!

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I myself was not that interested in a wedding video, but I knew I would one day regret it, so we had one, it wasn’t edited, no fancy highlights and special effects, just the coverage, as it happened on the day.
I loved it, it’s the real thing, its how the guests saw my wedding on the day.

Videography can be quite an expense so if you want all the bells and whistles, ie cinematic editing expect to pay on average $4000 to $6000 and sometimes more. This amount of money is not in everyone’s budget. If its not, consider engaging someone who can at least provide the raw unedited footage of your day, this will cost about half as much, and you will still come away with some fantastic memories. Remember your wedding day will go so fast, your vows will probably be a blur. Video is the perfect way to watch all those tiny little moments you missed on your special day.

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A quote from a bride who wanted a video but the groom was not fussed, this is what she sent me after she watched her wedding video.
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“Wow, I have to say I’m MOST pleased about the video, we barely new the videographer was there. I’m so happy I talked Greg into having it, we were able to recap so much of the ceremony that we truly missed, I think because we were so nervous and focussed on our vows. All those special moments, Greg got to see me at home before the wedding and I got to see him pacing nervously before the ceremony at the church. Thank you thank you thank you it’s just perfect!”  Angela Catlins.
If you have any questions about videography or photography feel free to touch base with about our package options,call 9526 8288

Happy Planning

Cathy x

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Then look no further. As a mum I can tell you there is only so much perfume and chocolate you can appreciate!!!

Give a gift that is truly personal. Nothing is more treasured than family photos.

When was the last time you got everyone together!! Has it been years? Then this is a no hassle, shopping free, crowd avoiding…perfect idea.

The voucher includes a portrait session and 11x 14″ mounted art print.

Simply call our studio and we will have the voucher out to via mail you in less than 2 days. TOO EASY

Call us on 9526 8288 ( studio@diamondphotography.com.au) to reserve yours today. First 10 vouchers will receive a complimentary AVEDA hand cream, valued at $39

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