Hunter Valley Wedding Photographer


Candid Modern Creative


Hi I'm Mike from Belstar Photography a Hunter Valley Wedding Photographer providing candid ,modern ,creative wedding photography packages .

I am a inclusive photographer with almost 10 years professional photographic experience. I am double vaccinated as is my assistant , second shooter and videographer.


My wedding style is to document the day as it unfolds in a candid , modern , creative way. . As well as capturing those must have shots of family and friends portrait in a fun & relaxed way . We discuss prior your thoughts and ideas and any special photos you require but nothing is scripted.


Each year I take on a limited amount of clients so that I can give everyone the same amount of time and attention. I have never liked time limits or any limits and do all of my own editing. Find out more about me on my About page as well as pricing & options on my pricing page.


I am based on the Central Coast which is just under 1 hr away from the Hunter valley and i have been coming to the Hunter Valley for many many years for weekends away , Concerts , wine tasting & of course weddings many as the wedding photographer and some as guest.

There is no place like it with some of my favourite restaurants ,wide open vista's ,that timeless look and with so many different Wedding venue options to choose from I love being part of couples weddings who choose the hunter valley region for their wedding.


HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING VENUES


With so many great venues many purpose built for weddings all offering something different & unique its so hard for me to pick a favourite from the many I have photographed at. Very close to the top of my bucket list is the Convent - Circa 1876 - I have eaten there too many times to remember & would love to shoot a wedding there. 


THE CONVENT - CIRCA -1876


It’s a beautiful rustic restaurant that is part of The Convent Group. Its history as the name suggests is an original homestead which forms part of the restaurant and is filled with character , charm and warmth. Can accommodate various size groups up to 150. You won’t be disappointed if you choose this venue.

Over the past 25 years or more originally as Roberts restaurant its been a favourite of mine & many others consistently winning awards and leading the way in food innovation. It's not too difficult a place to fall in love with.  


PEPPERS CREEK -CHAPEL & BARREL ROOM


Peppers Creek is a rustic, vineyard wedding venue next door to the Hunter valley gardens.It has a chapel among the vines next door is the reception room Peppers Creek Barrel Room which can accommodate up to 150 guests but have seen it stretched to 200. Every venue is great in the Hunter some better than great & many expensive. Peppers is better than great but also well priced and I have heard only positive feedback from couples who had their wedding there. Great support team also do a great job of co ordinating and looking after couples .

UPDATE

Wedding fair May 29th - 30 + vendors including myself come say hi


PETERSON HOUSE


Another great wedding venue on the right as you turn in to broke road . Have probably shot more weddings here than anywhere else so of course its fav . None since its new Chapel was built not long before COVID so very keen to reconnect at this venue . Known for its great food & award winning support team and of course its sparkling wine. I was just there for a visit first week of May 2022 and its looking just spectacular. Its location one of the best for accessibility but unfortunately it’s within the 5k no fly zone which makes aerial photography not legally possible . 


A word of warning it’s a very competitive landscape with wedding venues in the hunter valley don’t expect any venue to allow you to take any photos if your wedding is not there. Even if there is no wedding going on . 



I photography weddings all over NSW and beyond and the Hunter valley not only is one of my favourites but number 1 on my list where I would like to do more weddings . It's very very rustic & warm and provides me more opportunity to be creative for my couples particularly in the black & white space.


Kind words & stories 

Bimbadgen Estate Hunter valley

Peppers Creek Hunter valley

Peterson House - Hunter valley

Bimbadgen Estate Hunter valley

" Mike we really appreciate the assistance you provided in all areas in such a short time. As actors we were marring so Amy had green card access for USA . ( I had mine & returned to Marry from La before Covid broke late in 2019 ) Mike gave us some good industry advice and suggested our celebrant and also convinced us on the day to get a few more photos such as the one shown that speak to our story. We are both a little sensitive about our photos being taken but Mike made us and our family and friends feel very relaxed. Shortly after we were on our way & amazingly Mike got our photos to us before we departed via his online gallery & app. "



Dane & Amy

Peppers Creek Hunter valley

" 2 weeks from our day our photographer was MIA . Our videographer who had worked with Mike many times suggested him.. We meet for the first time early the day of our wedding . Mike asked a few questions meet our wedding party & family & made everyone feel at ease. It helped that he was familiar with the venue . I was in a " state " & I all I remember was Mike saying " I want you to relax enjoy the day I have got this " I don’t remember seeing much of Mike but Brenton assured me he was around. When we saw the sneak peak next day & final photos we were amazed. We were so lucky to have him as our photographer that day not sure what would have happened without him."


Madison & Brenton


Peterson House - Hunter valley

Mike was the photographer at one of our friend’s wedding & we were both in the bridal party so we had a chance to meet and see him in action. It was early in January that day saw 4 seasons in one with the ceremony taken inside at the last minute it was pouring down .Mike has a great personality & appeared very incontrol & as a result of this all of the bridal party ( 10 of us ) and the bride of course felt very relaxed.. We didn’t need to see the photos of the wedding before booking him but when we did we were amazed by them. Our wedding was less eventfull & Mike felt like an old friend and yes the photos were just as incredible. We cannot recommend him enough.


Sophie & Dan

Approach & EXPERIENCE

I am a people person but at a wedding I am very much in the background wanting to capture those moments as they unfold . Every wedding is unique and very special in different ways to each couple. I like to get to know my couples and tailor my interaction to their needs & personality .

After a successful business career and now over 250 weddings I am good at reading the room and doing what’s needed to achieve the required results .

I think it’s good for you to get on with your photographer and feel like he is family and more often than not it feels like this for me. That said I am conscious of the fact that I am providing a service and will be remembered for some shot I missed or story not told and am always prepared to engage appropriately & offer direction on the day if need be . I like to over prepare and plan so on the day I can react and take advantage of things that occur often resulting in some of my most memorable shots . After the wedding when I am reviewing photos with the couple I often hear “ I don’t remember you taking that or where were you “ it ‘s music to my ears and I am pretty sure any candid wedding photographer .

You simply can't place a value on having a experienced professional at your wedding. Your photographer needs to know what will happen before it does, anticipate moments, be flexible on the spot, know how to help you schedule your day as well as conquer any lighting (or weather!) condition. I would say that about 40-75 weddings is what it takes to acquire and perfect these skills.

Each year I take on a limited amount of clients so that I can give everyone the same amount of time and attention.


WEDDING photography hunter valley

Here is a small selection of photos from the weddings that I have shot in the HUNTER VALLEY or near by.

A big thank you to all these wonderful couples that have allowed me to capture their story


Black and White


I convert a lot of my photos for couples to BW many look better but its always better starting out wanting to take that photo in BW something the hunter valley with its rustic feel demands .


One of my early childhood memories was watching my Dad at the dinning room table " colouring " BW photos for couples.

Yes they did that then.

CAPTURING THE STORY OF YOUR WEDDING

Setup a obligation free time to speak and or meet to discuss your Wedding Story or call me ( Mike ) on 0413001777.

2022/23 BOOKING BONUS OFFERS

Currently we are offering a number of bonus booking offers to choose from including Half price Album offers & free engagement shoots for all 2022-23 weddings booked with paid deposit before June 30th. Send us your details via our wedding contact form and we will share these bonus offers with you.

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