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I’ve been a photographer since I was sixteen. Self taught, originally – I got a Nikon SLR and a 50mm lens for my birthday. I’m a street photographer by nature. I used to take my camera everywhere, and try to create images that turned the everyday into something more. I shot a lot of black and white film, and high speed colour film – I loved the grainy, washed out images I could make.

Fast forward a few years. I’m studying photography seriously. Working as a bartender as well, in a beautiful, old, marble extravangza of a restaurant, that hosted weddings every weekend. In-between serving drinks to the guests, I would people watch, as you do. And every night, I would see photographs that weren’t being taken. Intimate moments, personal moments. Real moments.

And it occurred to me that there was another way of shooting weddings. That documenting the day as it happened could well be more beautiful than trying to stage manage it.

Then I got the opportunity to shoot the wedding of one of my classmates. It was.. well, insanely tricky. The middle of winter. Cold. Rainy. Super dark venue. It was… well, stressful. Challenging. Yet, also, exhilarating. Rewarding.

Turns out it was also the start of something. Here I am, ten years on. I’ve shot hundreds of weddings. Every one has offered challenges. And every one has been rewarding. I’m still learning. Still looking for new ways to capture images. Still seeing new possibilities to use light.

Still just trying to tell the story.

I am featured as one of Junebug’s World’s Best Photographers. I believe absolutely in documenting weddings as they unfold – I will never interrupt the flow of your day.

Take your time. Have a look through the blog – the links below are to the most recent posts. If you like the way I see things – please get in touch. I would love to tell the story of your day.

© 2017 DARIN COLLISON | MELBOURNE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER