Hi there, I’m Spencer
A South Coast wedding photographer based in Austinmer, NSW.
As a youngster I grew up in South Australia and you’d generally find me on the beach, cruising around our farm or working at the local vineyards. When I was old enough, I set off on the hunt for a bit of adventure and found it up and down the east coast. Life took me over west where I met a beautiful lady, and after we spent some time travelling around Australia, we were married and off backpacking for a while before coming back to Australia and producing a couple of long haired scruffy beach kids and settling to life on NSW’s South Coast.
We won’t be young forever, I won’t have young kids forever – all of us are slowly moving through life and to document these days while they’re still here in front of is, to me, so very important.
For the longest time, I’ve been drawn to the way things look and how that makes them feel. Photography especially has always had an innate appeal and while I can never tell entirely why that is, I know it’s in part because it sits at the crossroad of authenticity and interpretation. What is being documented is reality but what is produced passes through a filter of someones perspective and so by viewing it, you’re understanding the photographer in some small way.
Being able to create an image that doesn’t just document what happened but truly shows what it felt like to be there or how it felt to be in that moment – there’s nothing like it. There’s nothing better than finishing an image and knowing it perfectly translates all those things you felt into something tangible.
Photography was simply always a part of my life. It has constantly been my way of processing the world and remembering what’s important in life.
My Photography Style
Everyone has felt awkward having their photo taken before. I know I have. And so I seek to treat people like human beings, not just some object there to be photographed. Connecting with the people I’m photographing allows me to make images that are warm, genuine and nostalgic.
I’ve always felt that with wedding photography, it’s the real moments that carry the most weight. Real emotions, real reactions; these are what hold value as time goes on. So while of course I’m there to offer direction, my aim is to create space for real things to be felt – and in my experience, this is what leads to the best photographs.
While I’m always open to listening to any specific photographs you want, I don’t photograph weddings from a set checklist. This means my focus is always on creating the most beautiful photographs possible at a wedding, as opposed to only taking ‘wedding photographs’.
But if you’re looking for buzz words, my style sits somewhere between documentary, editorial and cinematic. My approach simply seeks to make beautiful photographs that reflect you both and the day you had.