Luke Middlemiss PhotographyPRO+ Member
I’m a full-time awarded Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer and yes, I do travel all over the world for weddings. I love travelling!
I worship life in the great outdoors and every moment I spend with my sweetheart Caitlin and my beloved doggies Roxy, Leeshie and Mac! Together we are one intrepid bunch who adore the sun, surf and sand. Life here is awesome! I absolutely love photographing down to earth individuals who are genuinely infatuated with each other.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
As odd as it may seem, I started out as an electrician during the week and a lifeguard on weekends. I enjoyed shooting motocross enthusiasts and their extreme stunts for fun but I also wanted to make sport filming a job too. One day a wedding photographer who I didn’t know found my number on a CD and loved my motorbike video. He said to come and film a wedding for his business as you have a great eye for filming, so I filmed a wedding for him that weekend. It was the first time I went to a wedding in my life and I was filming it. It changed my life! The results so wow-ed my them that they recommended me to others and suddenly discovered something that I truly loved to do. In essence, I found my dream job one that not only makes me extremely happy but all the couples I have worked with as well. In short, I am a genuine people person. I love being around joyful people and what better way to do so than at weddings. I sincerely love capturing wonderful memories for couples and the creative challenges that it presents.
Tell us about one of your best experiences at work?
There are so many precious moments in a wedding celebration however among my favourites are the intimate quiet times when no one else is about and the deep realisation that they are now a married couple sets in. They may be looking at their rings together, or staring with mile wide grins at each other. When they see one another in their wedding finest just before the ceremony is also one of those truly authentic moments of both surprise and love. Exiting the ceremony as well is very precious, a moment of both joy and a bit of relief especially that wow look they exchange. Among the most treasured are when their parents congratulate them, it remains an instant of deep fulfilling emotion.
What equipment do you use?
I currently use only the latest model professional Sony Camara’s. I have 3 x Sony A9 cameras, with all prime lens. 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and a Mavic Pro 2 Drone. Killer combination! My camera’s are silent as well. You will not hear any camera clicks from my camera. Let me know this to you during our video meeting. I do not believe in using cheap gear and cutting corners – “Only the best for you guys”!!!!
What's your favorite part of the wedding day? Why?
For me it has always been about the expression of deep emotion and captivating natural light. When it is just me and the couple doing our location photography during that window of golden glowing light as the sun’s setting I get my own goose bumps going as the now married couple stare into each other’s sparkling eyes with love and genuine devotion. There is an authenticity in those moments that seem to go in slow motion. In them is a heartfelt resonance that I simply adore.
Honestly I don't read books as I'm a picture man. I'd rather watch a movie than read a book. Favourite movie would be "Bad Boys" with Will Smith.
"Expect the unexpected"
Any advice for Brides and Grooms?
The most important advice I give is to number one, fully enjoy your wedding day with your beloved, your family, friends, and guests. Don't think that the video and photos are going to relive your day. You need to make sure you try to be preset and remember the moments yourself as well.
Any personal advice for fellow Photographers & Videographers?
Be kind and understand.