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      Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer

      Wedding Photography for the Wild at Heart

      Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer


      Joshua Mikhaiel

      My name’s Joshua and I’m a wedding photographer specialising in relaxed country weddings in the Southern Highlands, South Coast & Blue mountains. If you’re getting married anywhere in Australia and want more than just pretty pictures from your wedding photographer then I’d love to have a yarn. Wedding photography to me is about so much more than just a few hundred photographs. I strive to strike the line between beautiful fine art photography and photojournalism. I want to give you a window back into the most special celebration you’ll ever have. A gift to remember the beauty of marriage in the hard times and the good.

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      Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer

      Wedding photos are a bit of a funny thing aren’t they. At least that’s what I thought when my room mate asked me to take his wedding photos for him 10 years ago. I had just bought my first camera and I had no idea what wedding photography was about. I was studying journalism and had my heart set on being some sort of crazy war correspondent, hiding in the trenches with just a notebook and a film camera. Hard hitting photojournalism appealed to me. Cheesy loved-up wedding photography did not.

      To my surprise taking a photojournalistic approach to his wedding was actually super fun, and by the end of the night I was hooked. I wanted to photograph as many wedding as I could. I’ve tried to keep that story-telling approach to my wedding photography all these years and 350 weddings later. To me wedding photos should represent how the moment felt, not just how it looked.

      My job is to transport the viewer into the war-zone (let’s be honest weddings can get wild) as much as I would transport someone to a literally war-zone in in the Middle East. Picture’s shouldn’t just be visual, I think if I’ve done my job well they should really make you feel something. Have an emotional texture to them, not merely seem “pretty”.

      I grew up on a farm not far from the Blue Mountains and have always had such an appreciation for the beauty of Australia’s rugged landscapes. I find so much inspiration in the wild outdoors of this beautiful country and the love stories that inhabit them. I think I’m mostly drawn to rougher textures in my images. It feels more real somehow.

      If I’m shooting in the city I love grungy, industrial, warehouse type locations. And when I’m in the country I love photographing in rugged landscapes that haven’t been tamed too much by human hands.

      I think love is like that, and I think the location you choose for your wedding really acts like an extra character in the scene. Love is wild, it’s messy, it’s not easily contained or understood. I like to shoot in a way that portrays that through the images. So that the story has a texture of it’s own, wrapped up in who you are as people. I would hate to ever give you photos that were “pretty” but didn’t feel authentic to who you are as people.

      I love photographing weddings in the Southern Highlands & South Coast because I think that region holds the tension of beauty and ruggedness really beautifully. There’s so many incredible venue’s there that have both really stunning gardens and old houses and beautifully planned out form to them. But also feature huge wild oaks, open grasslands and pine forests that take your breath away.

      In 2015 I was given the absolute honour of being named one of Rangefinder Magazine’s top 30 Rising stars in the world. Being named among some of my absolute hero’s was pretty crazy humbling. But also a cool signpost that choosing to ditch the traditional cheesy wedding photography and choose to tell stories in the way that was personal to me was working ok.


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      Australian Elopement Photographer

      I’ve been photographing elopements around Australia for the last 5 years and it’s become one of my favourite things to photograph. There’s something beautiful about the intimacy and simplicity of an elopement. Stripping back all the non-essential elements and focussing in on what’s really important. The connection you share & the few absolute closest people in your life.

      I’ve been so blessed to photograph elopements at some of the most incredible locations around Australia already but I’ve put together a list of all of my favourite locations that I’ve photographed at and a big wish list of places I’d love to photograph an elopement at.

      My wife and I chose to have a really intimate wedding in Tasmania last year with 18 of our closest friends & family and we wouldn’t have traded it for anything. It was such a special day and keeping it small meant that we could get everyone to the incredible location we wanted as well as make sure we had time to be present to everyone there & combining the wedding day & honeymoon trip was a killer bonus too.

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      Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer

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      Thanks so much for considering me to capture your wedding day. It's such an honour to be asked to document such a huge moment in people's lives. I look forward to hearing your story.

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