Brisbane’s Best Wedding Cinematographers & Photographers

Divine Studios have a passion and a talent for documenting your wedding in stunning still and moving-images. Captured by our award-winning photographers and filmmakers, our wedding videos and photographs are professional and high-definition.

Our style is natural candid, to give you an effortlessly beautiful record of your special day.

Relive the anticipation, preparation, and transformation of the bride and groom; the excitement of the ceremony; the elation of the reception and after-party. Detailing every toast, tear, and smile, our photo and video packages are the perfect partner to your memories of an unforgettable occasion.

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Since 2002, we’ve catered to couples from across Australia and those here from abroad. Our creative team travel throughout South East Queensland, working at venues including the Customs House, Victoria Park, Sails Noosa, Maleny Manor, Stamford Plaza, Sofitel, Emporium Hotel, Marriott, Mirra, Moda Portside, Bistro C, Old Government House, The Treasury Hotel, and many more.

Casino Hotel Brisbane Wedding Photos

Wedding ideas are often found in the most interesting places! This Treasury Casino & Hotel wedding was held amongst many close friends and family. The boys decided to bust out a bottle of gin after breakfast and then moved downstairs for a photoshoot including the...

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Customs House Wedding photos

Customs House Wedding photos

Lisa and Marky’s Wedding was recently held at the Customs House in Brisbane. This beautiful couple wanted a small intimate wedding with lot’s of fun to share with their friends and...

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OUR HAPPY COUPLES

Hey Normy,

Thanks so much for the video. It rocks. We both love it big time. It was great having you all there on the day to make it so damn fun and to see this as the result… great work!

Thanks again,

Tim & Melissa

FAQ

WHY SHOULD WE HIRE DIVINE STUDIOS?

Our vision is to capture the emotion of the day and to let our couples enjoy every moment of their wedding.

We’re a passionate, professional team of down-to-earth photographers and cinematographers. We’re widely recognised as some of the top wedding cinematographers in Australia.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING & FILMING WEDDINGS?

We’ve been photographing weddings all over Australia and internationally since 2002. We added videography to our services in 2007 and cinematography in 2009.

We’re accredited by the Professional Photographers Association of Queensland, and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. All our photographers and filmmakers have won professional awards. Although we generally work with weddings, we also capture a select number of high-profile corporate and commercial works, as well as portraits and headshots.

WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?

The storytelling aspects of filmmaking have been instrumental in developing our candid style for both photography and film. It’s important to us that our couple’s wedding day unfolds naturally. Capturing the emotion of the event is our goal: we therefore use a documentary-style of photography and videography. Divine Studios caters for couples who are looking for emotive, candid, award-winning photography and cinematography. Our philosophy is to tell stories, capture emotion, and to connect with each and every couple we work with.

Capturing a live event such as a wedding presents a certain amount of unpredictability. We feel passionate about capturing the ceremony and speeches in their entirety: we therefore use three camera-angles and dSLR technology. This not only gives us a cinematic look and the best possible picture quality, but as these cameras are also relatively small, we’re able to be professional and unobtrusive.

Our cameras are all synchronised to the local time so that when we design the album, the images are in perfect chronological order. This achieves photojournalistic authenticity.

    WHAT KIND OF COVERAGE DO YOU OFFER?

    Our most common coverage of the day is 10 hours: this can be adjusted to suit your needs. We usually work with one or two photographers/cinematographers for each event. Many of our couples hire us to do both photography and film, as this allows us to capture your wedding in a consistent style.

      DO YOU HAVE BACKUP EQUIPMENT?

      Yes. We use the most robust professional practices in terms of the security of our photography and footage. Our cameras shoot simultaneously to two memory cards which makes loss of data virtually impossible. Once we have downloaded all our images and footage, we create two additional copies, one of which is stored offsite. When we deliver the photography and films to our clients, we keep the photography and footage for around 60 days. It is important that couples secure backups of the photographs and films soon after pickup.

        HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE END UP WITH?

        Most couples order albums that are between 50 and 90 sides in length. All the images from the album are included on a USB. We strongly recommend couples have the full experience and the final product of a professionally designed, edited, and retouched album. With our combined-experience of over 30 years between designers and printers and our focus on quality and longevity, we guarantee superior results that cannot be achieved by printing an album with a consumer retailer.

        WHEN WILL WE SEE OUR PHOTOGRAPHS?

        We have a state-of-the-art colour-correction workflow that allows you to visit anywhere from the day after to a week after the wedding. Normally, we like to have a day between the wedding and the album-ordering, but we understand that some of our couples fly out one or two days following their wedding. We therefore have our editors process the wedding as quickly as possible. Full art-working and retouching of the images is done once you choose the images you would like to display in your album.

          WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

          Light or medium rain isn’t generally an issue for us. Overcast weather is usually much more desirable than strong sun throughout the day, so light to medium rain is in many ways positive for our photoshoots. Even heavy rain and thunderstorms can be overcome, so there’s no need to worry about the weather.

          If the weather begins to pose a problem, we have plenty of fail-safes:

          • Umbrellas: ideally transparent/see-through, or black or white. These can be used as props in the photos.
          • There are always locations available to photograph away from the rain. We find that the two best places in Brisbane for photographing on a rainy day are around GOMA and near the Emporium Hotel.
          • It’s easy for us to reshoot photos a few days or weeks after the wedding. We’re happy to do a two-hour shoot in better weather inclusive of our wedding photography collections if our couple feels this is important to them.
          DO YOU WORK WITH ‘MUST-HAVE LISTS’?

          We usually avoid ‘must-have lists’ and photo itineraries based on what we are trying to achieve, which is to naturally capture the emotion of your wedding day. We prefer to be aware of the environment, the mood, the lighting, and backgrounds available by planning in advance, and may consult you via email about photographic ideas to use for inspiration during your photoshoot.

            DOES HAVING A TAN MEAN BETTER PHOTOS?

            Any professional wedding photographer understands the importance of skin-tones and how cameras and lenses affect these. We usually decide on skin-tone settings a few days prior to the wedding. Ultimately, our lenses and camera settings will have a significant effect on skin-tone and will influence how your photos are edited.

            This is one of the reasons why we use an accurate colour-correction workflow, as consistent skin-colour and a perfectly white dress are major focuses when we are capturing a wedding. Though editing software allows us to adjust colour-levels if necessary, we advise our couples to be subtle when going for a pre-wedding tan treatment, as it can look obvious and overdone if not done carefully.

              DO YOU RECOMMEND A ‘FIRST LOOK’?

              A ‘first look’ is when the bride and groom see each other before walking down the aisle, usually an hour or two before the ceremony. Seeing each other one-on-one is a very intimate and personal moment, and capturing this with photography and film adds something special to your wedding album. For some couples, it makes sense to take your couple’s photographs before the ceremony because of timing or ease. We therefore recommend you consider a ‘first look’ when booking photography and film services.

                WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TAKE PHOTOS?

                There are two instances in the day that are most conducive to beautiful photos, when the light is best for capturing wedding images. These are when the bride and groom have just finished getting dressed at the home/hotel, and during the last hour of light before sunset. During both times, the light can be softened and sculpted to create perfectly lit portraits. The last hour of light before sunset usually allows a balance between the couple and the sky: the soft, warm light of sunset can be used as a key-light or a backlight. This is why we generally have our photo shoots in the late afternoon. Morning or lunchtime location photos are usually not desirable for location photographs, as the light is harsher.

                  DO WE CHOOSE THE MUSIC FOR OUR WEDDING FILM?

                  Before your wedding, we’ll ask you for five to ten of your favourite musicians. We use this list to influence our music decisions and often will search for some lesser known songs by that artist. To create a completely unique and personalised wedding film, we prefer to use lesser-known songs when editing a film. This makes sense from a copyright stance, and makes the final product original and memorable.

                    CAN WE REQUEST CHANGES TO OUR ALBUM & FILM?

                    Many wedding photographers pre-design wedding albums for their couples. We like to give our couples as much control of the wedding album and film as we can, because it’s your wedding and emotions that we’re capturing. It’s therefore up to our couples to select the photos and footage with the most meaning to them. We allow our couples to take as much time as they need on the day of the album ordering to choose the photographs for the album, as the following viewing will include presentation of the final printed album.

                    Any changes requested to be made to the wedding films are not inclusive of our collection unless we have made an error, which we will promptly fix. Any creative changes, such as changing music, adding or deleting footage are considered creative changes. Creative changes will be charged at $250 per hour, which reflects the time needed to export and master the film a second time.

                      THAT SOUNDS GOOD, BUT WHAT'S YOUR PRICE?

                      Our photography and films start at $2950 each. Depending on extra coverage and extra photos for your album, we’re happy to work with you to customise our services for your wedding. We have a retainer of 30% of the initial collections you order: this balance is payable around the time of the wedding, and is non-refundable with our commitment to capturing your day.

                      We have price incentives for weddings held Monday through Thursdays, as well as incentives for booking us for both photography and film. Because we know from experience that no two couples have the same wedding or needs, we heavily customise our services for each couple.

                      HOW DO WE HIRE YOU?

                      The best way to arrange our services is to call Norm on 0410 144 132 and request an appointment any time Monday or Thursday between 9am and 8pm.

                      If you can’t come in for an appointment and you’ve made sure we’re available for your wedding date, it is best to call Norm on 0410 144 132 or the studio on 3122 8250 to make s payment either with EFTPOS (credit card), PayPal, or direct deposit. Once you have decided to book us we recommended confirming our availability. as we cannot secure your booking until payment is received and there are usually other couples enquiring for your date if it is still open.

                      Norman Benecke

                      Head photographer & cinematographer

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                      Phone: 0410 144 132

                      Address: 3/14 Amelia St, Albion, Brisbane QLD 4010. By appointment.

                      Our business hours are 9am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday

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