Carissa of Elk and Fir is a travelling photographer based in Rockhampton who brings her artistic eye to weddings, elopements, relaxed couple portraits and elegant boudoir. She wants you to focus on the party-making, not the photo-taking, and will often go unnoticed capturing all the action on your wedding day in her candid style. As a self-confessed hopeless romantic, she loves learning people’s stories and creating beautiful pieces of art to reflect them.
What should couples keep in mind when planning their wedding photography?
Timing! From the moment I meet my prospective couples, I set up a timeline for their date based on sunset. So when they venture into the wedding planning world, they know so much in advance! What time will hair and makeup need to be finished? When should mum and dad arrive in the morning? When can we fit in a first look? The answers are all on their timeline.
What are couples surprised to learn about what you do?
That I’m not all about photos! I also provide bridal coaching throughout the lead up to the wedding. My couples are shocked by how much I help with the planning, but I’ve been involved with so many weddings, I’ve seen it all!
What do your couples say they love most?
Just how amazing and helpful the planning process is, and how relaxed the shoot is!
How do you create a great experience for your couples?
Apart from an open book meet and greet, the next best thing is an engagement shoot. This is complimentary with every wedding booking and where we’ll really get to know each other. It’s all about snuggling with your love, and the end result is not only amazing images but a realisation of how darn easy it is!
What are some wedding photography ideas you’ve seen and loved?
I’m a huge lover of mountains, cliff edges and snow, so I follow a lot of overseas photographers that shoot in my dream areas. This includes Iceland, Scotland, Yosemite National Park, New Zealand, the Arizona desert, Utah, Colorado, and let’s not forget the Greek Isles!
What’s your best wedding advice for couples planning right now?
1. Do your research, meet with vendors and book your favourites at least 12-18 months in advance so you don’t miss out! Then you can sit back and relax a little and enjoy the planning stage.
2. For those brides who have partners that are totally not interested in photos, don’t panic! Just make sure you have an esky full of drinks and copious amounts of food.
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