pricing, prints + albums, FAQs


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Marnie Hawson, Macedon Ranges wedding photography

Pricing + packages

Due to the amount of editorial and commercial work I do year round, I only work closely with a maximum of 15 couples per year, with packages starting at $4,300.

Packages are designed to be simple - just add or subtract an hourly fee to make up the hours that you need. Add on a fine art book or sort it out later. You don't need to know how much coverage you want right now - additional hours can be added on right up until the wedding date.

Fine art prints
+ books

Photos are meant to be printed! Don't leave them abandoned and neglected on your computer hard drive...

A print menu will be included with the delivery of your final images so that you can choose your favourite images for print, directly from your online gallery. The fine art prints aren't like your super cheap Big W prints (where you will see a big loss in photo quality), but are made from museum-grade 100% cotton etching rag and are a beautiful tactile material - printed in Melbourne and cut by hand. If you only plan on printing a few of your favourites, this is definitely the recommended way to do it. 

Fine art wedding album


Fine art books printed with archival inks on museum quality paper can be designed in two different styles - one is a formal 10" x 10" album with 50 lay-flat pages and the other is a softcover, magazine style album featuring a textured eggshell cover with 100% recycled interior matte pages - perfect for a more casual approach to an album. Both are designed the way I take photos - with an emphasis on telling a story. 

A discount is offered on albums when paid for before your wedding, and parent duplicate albums are also available. 

Fine art wedding album


What is your style? How do we know we're the right fit for each other?

My style of photography is documentary, and never staged. Most people think I'm one of the guests, and that's fine by me. I hunt for the in-between moments, the mood, and the romance in the ordinary. Some of my favourite photos are out of focus, I love movement, wind, stormy clouds and dark and moody photos. If you want portraits in front of multiple landmarks around the city while you leave your guests for hours, I'm not for you. If you want a laid back, unconventional or intimate wedding and trust me to capture all the little moments in my own style, then lets chat

We're not really into the posey kind of stuff...

Good, because neither am I. I like to document the day as it happens, and focus on capturing the emotion and people that are the most important to you. I'll never ask you to pose or do something that you feel is completely unnatural and awkward. If you're not a hugger, I won't make you hug. I won't take a fake shot of you signing the marriage certificate, I'll take a photo of you actually doing it.  

A lot of my couples tell me they feel awkward and shy in front of a camera, and I totally get it. Hopefully you will hardly even notice I'm there - I don't carry a lot of gear, and usually just melt into the background. People often think I'm a guest, and I've even been called a 'ninja photographer' before because when clients see the final photos, they don't even remember me taking the photos at the time.  

Will we meet before our wedding?

Yes, definitely. I love to chat to all my clients to ensure we're a good fit beforehand. I am based in the Macedon Ranges, about 50 minutes from Melbourne - come for a drive to my studio and we can have a coffee/tea/beer/wine depending on what time of day it is. If you're interstate or overseas or it's just plain to hard to get here, we can call or Skype instead. 

Will you hold a date for us?

I can't hold a date for you, but I can let you know if someone else enquires about the same date before you've booked me. However, it is a first come, first served kind of thing - so whoever pays their deposit first secures the date.

How do we book you for our wedding?

A $1000 non-refundable (but transferable) deposit will secure your date. I'll then send you a contract to look over and sign electronically, and the balance is due two weeks before the wedding. 

Do you offer videography?

I don't, but know some crazy talented people who do. Send me an email and I'll forward on their details. 

Do you travel?

Without a doubt - my passport is current, and I’m a Platinum frequent flyer! I love to travel, and we can sort out something to make an overseas wedding more affordable for you. For interstate or overseas weddings, you just have to cover my costs for flights, 2-3 nights accommodation, and car hire - but depending on where and when, we might be able to come to a better agreement. There is a $35/hour travel fee each way for locations more than 150 km from the Macedon Ranges, and a $200 accommodation fee (you don’t want me falling asleep at the wheel on the way home,  or you’ll never receive your photos!). All travel arrangements are booked by me.

 Do you bring another photographer?

It's just me, unless you really, really want a second photographer (perhaps to document the boys getting ready for instance), but I'm pretty good at getting everywhere I need to be. 

Do you work off a shot list?

I don't, but if there's someone or something special you really want captured on the day, just let me know. In regard to family photos, I get you to write a list and give it to someone that knows everyone. We then find a nice spot and stand there while your helper rounds up all the different family members required for each photo - easy! This generally only takes around 15 minutes, depending of course on how many different variations there are. 

Can you help us with our timeline?

I sure can. The most important thing with photos is the quality of light - great photos = great light, and we can control this for some of the day in regards to timing. I therefore recommend around a 6pm ceremony for summer to avoid bright, harsh sunlight, a million trillion flies (yes, it's Australia after all) and to leave enough time for portraits afterwards. If you're having a winter wedding (yay, oh how I love the cold!), then a 3 pm ceremony will leave enough time for photos afterwards before the day descends into darkness. If it's cloudy, everything will look amazing all the time - but you can't predict this when planning your timeline, so it's best to plan for the worst (i.e. bright sunbeams). 

I can also help with the rest of your timeline if you need it - I know roughly how long things take on the day in general and can help plan out timing.

How much coverage do we need?

 When determining how long you want covered by me it's best to figure out the very first thing you'd like photos of (i.e. getting ready, or just people arriving for the ceremony) - then work to the last photos you want (speeches, which can be planned before dinner if you like, or if you want crazy drunken dancing photos as well). A sweet spot is often around 6-8 hours, depending on what you think you'd like. 

How much time do we need for portraits?

Generally around 30 minutes is plenty, which doesn't include travel time. I always recommend to try and stick close to where your guests are instead of traveling far and wide - after all - it's all about the love, not the location. Being able to walk to the location is ideal - close, easy and minimal time away from your guests.

What is the best time for portraits?

One thing you can't control on your wedding day is the weather. However, you can do a few things to try and get the best out of the light on the day - try and avoid having your outside ceremony or portrait time in the middle of the day when the sun is directly overhead and can cause harsh shadows. The last hour of light before sunset is always beautiful and dreamy, and the best kind of forecast is for overcast and cloudy. Don't be afraid of rain, wind and clouds - that's my favourite kind of weather to shoot in, and you will get amazing dramatic photos with stunning light!

If it's super sunny, we'll try and find an area of full shade so you're not all sweaty and shadowy. You can use this sunset calculator to find out what time the sun sets on your date, then try and allow 30-45 minutes for portraits approximately 60-90 minutes before sunset. 

What if we want you to stay longer on the day than we had planned?

If the party is just getting started and you want me to stay for a bit longer, that is totally fine - additional hours are charged at $400/hour. 

What do we get afterwards?

High resolution (for printing) and low resolution (for web) digital images for you to do whatever you please with, and an online gallery that you can share with family and friends for a year.

How many images will we receive?

It depends on how long you've booked me for, and how many guests you have - but it's generally around 75-100/hour.

How long before we receive our images?

Generally you will have your photos within two weeks, and often a touch sooner. 

Do you edit every photo?

Every single one. And the general style will be the same as you see on my website - so if you're after something totally different from what you see, chances are we're not right for each other. I don't do a lot to each photo - just make micro adjustments to exposure, ensure all lines are straight, and minor tweaks to colour. The editing process is just as much of my service as is the photography, and takes almost as long. I do love a bit of black and white, as you may have noticed, so expect a proportion of your images to be in this classic style. 

Will you give us the RAW files?

In a word, no - and this article sums it up more perfectly than I could express, so please have a read and just dare to ask me afterwards!

Are you insured?

I certainly am, I have  $20,000,000 public liability insurance.

How do you feel about same sex marriage?

I'm all for it, I totally believe that any two people in love should have the right to get married. 

What equipment do you use?

I use Canon bodies, and only have prime (fixed) lenses. I only use flash if it's absolutely necessary, much preferring the use of natural light. 

Do you know any other awesome vendors to work with?

I sure do, head over to my Best in Show page. 

Do you want some dinner?

Why, yes please - that is so lovely of you to ask! I am vegetarian, and a little snack at the same time that you eat would be marvellous, that way I won't miss any of the action that happens after dinner (like speeches) when the vendors are usually fed. 

Marnie Hawson, Macedon Ranges + Melbourne wedding photography