11 Sydney Spots For Unforgettable Photos

Article Collaborators : MM Photos Kristjan Porm Photography Inlighten Photography

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Collaborators MM Photos Kristjan Porm Photography Inlighten Photography

From harbour backdrops to sandy beaches, cobbled laneways and expansive grassland, Sydney is a treasure trove of stunning wedding photo locations. Three Sydney wedding photographers share their favourites ...



Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove
Once used as a fuel depot, Ballast Point near Balmain is now public recreation space and, according to Rachael Bentick from Inlighten Photography, perfect for couples wanting a funky, urban feel to their photos. “It’s a secret spot not many people know about,” says Rachael. Featuring stone walls, sculptures and those striking rusted oil tanks, there are many opportunities for high-impact imagery. “The best part about it is that it’s right on the harbour and very conveniently located near reception venues and churches in the inner west,” adds Rachael. 



Taronga Zoo, Mosman
Couples can unleash their inner animal by posing with exotic species at Taronga Zoo. “It’s the only place in Sydney that offers the ability to include wild animals in your photo shoot, adding a unique element to any wedding,” says Sydney photographer Kristjan Porm. Taronga Zoo also offers a reception venue at Taronga Centre, and only wedding parties celebrating their reception on-site are allowed to have photos taken in the zoo. The wedding party can wander the grounds and take photos alongside the animals in their enclosures. A note to couples: the reception rooms also have unmatched views of the harbour. 
Visit www.tarongacentre.com.au 



Lavender Bay
“Lavender Bay is, undoubtedly, one of the most famous locations in Sydney,” says Michael Martin of MM Photography. Located between McMahons Point and Milsons Point on the north-west side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there aren’t many iconic landmarks that can’t be seen from the water’s edge here. “But it’s the wonderful combination of established parks and trees, with a gritty urban setting of the old railway arches and tunnels and the sailing club alongside the harbour views, that make this an ideal location for a wedding shoot,” says Michael. 




Camelot, Kirkham
This romantic 19th-century homestead near the suburb of Camden features stunning architectural elements that add a vintage look to wedding photos — from chimney stacks to gables, arched verandahs and extensive period gardens. “Inside and out, this grand old home is our favourite place to shoot in Western Sydney,” says Rachael. “It has old-fashioned wooden stables, a grand central staircase and antique furniture in every room — including an old-style mannequin for your wedding dress.” The three-storey home offers sweeping gardens and is also available for the ceremony itself. Contact tour and function co-ordinator Rachel Powers on 0428 213 578. 



Camp Cove, Watsons Bay
“Unique, tropical and with stunningly clear water, this is one of my favourite locations to shoot,” Michael says of Camp Cove, a beach located in Watsons Bay and adjacent to the Sydney Harbour National Park. Pictures on the boardwalk at sunset, in the nearby park or on the rocky outcrop to the left of the beach add variety to a single photo shoot. “The views from the clifftop nearby are especially breathtaking,” says Michael. 



The Rocks
A perennial favourite, The Rocks was selected by all three photographers as their ideal location. Rachael loves “the beautiful combination of rustic walls, cobblestone pathways and intricate architecture”, which suits a vintage theme. Michael marvels at the rich history of the area that allows him to create a “collage of images that represent past and presentday Sydney”. Kristjan raves about the “little, secret, intimate alleyways and lanes that provide a romantic setting”. Ensure your photographer has some particular spots in mind before your shoot so that you make the most of your time there. 



Delw ood Beach, Manly
Kristjan describes Delwood Beach as a hidden gem that wedding parties rarely visit. “An old staircase leads down to the sand and makes for a beautiful prop. You can also walk to the nearby heritagelisted Manly Pavilion, where the stunning architecture, arches and mosaic facades provide unique shots,” says Kristjan. A rocky outcrop and the stunning blue water add texture and colour to wedding photo backdrops. 



Sydney Harbour
Needing no introduction, Sydney Harbour offers more amazing backdrops for wedding photographers than facets in a brilliant-cut diamond — from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, Bradley’s Head, the Botanical Gardens and more. In order to get the most out of the Harbour’s potential, Kristjan suggests hiring a boat for your wedding photography session or having your reception on a cruise boat. “There is a lot of fun to be had on a boat,” he says. “You can take shots of the bride and groom at the wheel or on the bridge of the boat, and night photography is made all the more interesting with city lights in the background. If having your wedding reception on a boat, the guests are contained in one spot which makes for great, intimate reception shots.” 


Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
This historic landmark located on the eastern edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens offers incredible views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, as well as photogenic scenery for portraits. The chair was carved out of rock, intended for Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth, who liked to sit here to take in the harbour views. “With the harbour and sandstone landscape as its backdrop, and a natural play of light in the area, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is great for classic, abstract, unique shots,” says Michael. 



Clovelly Beach, Clovelly
This nook of a beach tucked away between Bronte Beach to the north and Gordon’s Bay to the south is the ideal spot for dramatic wedding shots, resplendent with rocky ridges, crashing waves and ocean views as far as the eye can see. “The simplicity of the bride’s white wedding dress looks amazing against the rocky backdrop,” says Rachael. “You can also get an incredible landscape shot from the location, which makes a great framed print for your wall as well as a reminder of your wedding day.” Stake out the location before your big day to get a feel for photography possibilities. 



Centennial Park
Consisting of 189 hectares of parkland and featuring formal gardens, ponds, fig and oak trees, as well as historic buildings, Centennial Park provides a multitude of wedding photo opportunities. Michael raves about this location as one of his favourites. “It offers idyllic natural landscape, from pine forest trees to ponds and endless grassland — perfect for any wedding backdrop,” he says. “And the late-afternoon sun provides stunning lighting for any shot.” Ceremonies can be held in the park, making the transition from “I do” to wedding photos especially easy.
Visit www.centennialparklands.com.au 



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