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Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Mike and Joanne


As a Byron Bay Wedding Photographer it doesn’t get more amazing than the day Joanne married Mike, on Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay.

We had sun, clouds, rain, sun, sunset, waves, magic light, these two are blessed.

The always charismatic Ben Carlyle kept the spirit high as the rain came down in the ceremony. Everyone held strong though and the clouds passed.

We took a stroll down the beach for a few pics after the ceremony. We managed to find some rocks with the waves crashing in the background, it made for a stunning backdrop.

After the sunset, everyone partied the night away at Beach, Mike strutting his skills on the guitar.

It was all one epic rollercoaster ride. Jo and Mike, thanks for having Hannah and I along on your day in Byron Bay.

More to come soon.



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If you are looking to have your upcoming wedding in Byron Bay there is a great feature we have done on some of our favourite venues, just over HERE. Please, do have a look.


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Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Best of 2018


Hello, Matt here.


2018 sure was one crazy year!

Déus Photography is now a thing of the past and Light Pictures was born. It wasn’t our choice to do it, but so be it, I like our new handle!

I will be honest though, it greatly impacted us a lot. After the previous year of being booked to capacity for the first time!, everything got flipped on it’s head. We had to remove all reference of “Deus” from our work, all the way back to the start. Because of this, many awesome clients who were spreading the word for us, and ones who eventually tracked us down, said “Where did you go? We have been sending out our praise to everyone but they couldn’t find you! You just vanished!”


That’s a hard thing to hear as a small business owner, with all the years of hard work we put into building up a reputation, “wow”ing our clients, only for most of it to vanish before our eyes. So, 2018 has actually really been a struggle – we have just kept things alive, a very soul challenging time.  I can also tell you that managing a business by yourself, whilst looking after 2 young kids part of every week, sure keeps your hands full!

But I wouldn’t give that up for the world. I love my two tykes Louis and Layla so much, every moment I get to spend with them is a blessing. It’s just so amazing being able to do what I do to be able to be a work at home dad. It means being able to spend so much time with them in these precious years, it’s perfect!

But with all these things considered, I have decided to drop my hours down to just part time. This is just for a while to see how things go. I think it will be a positive thing all round. Quality not Quantity, I say!


There was another side to 2018 too, a hugely positive side.

Firstly I must start with gratitude. Gratitude I have for the privilege of being given all the love and trust from so many amazing couples.

Once again I was able to travel. I saw so many new and beautiful parts of our country, for that I am so thankful. Just to mention though, one recent month I clocked over 4000 km’s in my car!

I have been a big part of some extremely amazing days and seen so much Love…and I still to this day have not had a “Bridezilla”!


Looking back through all these photos, I am proud of what I have to show off to you. My work sure has come a long way since my first wedding around 9 years ago. And with everything that has been going on, I’m proud of what I have accomplished. And all from what really wasn’t a heap of weddings.

I am just soooo happy that I have recorded so many memories, for all my love birds out there in marriage bliss to keep.

I am very thankful that I have been able to a part of them all.


A big “Thanks!” to everyone in my life for all your support. A huge thanks to my sister Hannah, who had a baby only a few months ago. Han, you are amazing. I’m also very much looking forward to shooting with you again when you can, soon I hope!

Thank you to my brother Damien, for moving in with me all the way from Sydney, having you here as a friend and with all your support, has meant the world to me.

Thanks to my mate Pete Oakman, my 2nd shooter, road trip partner and general partner in crime, your talent, support and help has been priceless…a fair few of the pics belong to you bud!

And I couldn’t forget my wonderful mother! Love you Mum, muchly.

I also want to thank the World, for Symmetry, light, “WOW”‘s, colour, kisses, flowers, Fuji, talent, Love!


2018 has actually been a fun ride. It’s always challenging being a Brisbane Wedding Photographer, but I love a challenge…riding the Roller-coaster of life!


And I would like to leave you with, “Trust me, I remind myself every day of how lucky I am, to be able to do what I do, and that I have been blessed with such an awesome family.”

I am eagerly looking forward to 2019, with my chin up and hope in my heart.


Everyone please spread the word! “We have not gone anywhere, we are still doing what we do and we want to be a part of more wonderful journeys for many years to come!”


Below are a bunch of snapshots in time, all from REAL weddings. They all tell a story and bring back amazing memories, and I think they all belong on a wall…..somewhere. Pictures with Light!



There are some beautiful locations up above that’s for sure. But if you are planning a wedding, or know someone who is, have a look at a great feature we have done on some Venues up in our area of the world, Byron Bay. It’s well worth a look, and just over HERE.


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  • Ash - You are an extremely talented artist Matt, and an absolute joy to work with. We are thrilled that you were there to capture our day for us. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

Blue Mountains Wedding – Dave and Ash – Megalong Valley


It was lovely to get back to the area I was born and grew up in, the stunning Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Ashley married David at the beautiful Dryridge Estate Winery out in the Megalong Valley, with The Great Dividing Range surrounding them.

The weather was chaotic yet addictive, windy and calm, rainy with stars to finish.

Ash is wearing an elegant beaded gown by one of my favourite designers Karen Willis Holmes, Ash what a stunner you are!!

Dave is in a very cool, blue M.J. Bale Suit, and he and the boys have custom Peggy and Finn Ties and pockets with Australian native prints, matching the handmade bouquets with all of the Aussie fauna included.

Dave’s wedding band is extremely custom made by Zoe Pook, featuring a surround of meteorite and Ash’s fingerprint hand engraved into the middle…what a ring!

Ash and Dave, thanks for having me along on your wonderful day, for the trust and inspiration, for having such welcoming and hospitable families and friends. I will never forget your day.

 

I hope you like these few teasers for now. More to come soon.


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  • Jenny - Stars and the vines at night is a beautiful photo.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - These pictures are stunning Matt. I hope you enjoyed Ashley and Dave’s wedding weekend as much as we did. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos later.
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  • Angela - I love all of these shots! Exquisite work Matt. It was lovely to meet you. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - I like the natural atmosphere
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  • Marko - Great photo’s, especially the intimate photo on the dance floor and the perfect circle framing from the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Congrats guys!! Looks like an amazing day, wonderfully captured! That one on the hill with the sun is beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest xxReplyCancel

  • Ash - They’re lovely Matt. I can’t wait to see more. 🙂
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  • Leonil - As a fashion photographer and occasional wedding photographer myself, it was so much fun watching Matt work and getting a chance to see how he shoots a wedding.
    I love how the first dance and the star portrait turned out. So thankyou for the amazing photos and letting me take a glimpse at how it was done, from one photographer to another, it was bokehlicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Such beautiful photos! Absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Toni - Beautiful photos. Looks like it was a wonderful wedding. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love love love these photos. Especially the one of Ashley framed in the doorway, the beautiful one on the dance floor and the one outside at night with the stars twinkling down from above. Pure Magic!ReplyCancel

  • Arlene - Great photos captured awesome memories of a great event. The night shot with the stars is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - Beautiful photos Matt, very unique which is just what is important for such a special day. It was fun seeing you at work, loving what you do has come out in your photos, Cheers Bernadette (Dave & Ashley’s wedding)
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  • Fallon - Beautiful pictures of beautiful people!
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  • Mel - Beautiful work capturing a beautiful couple! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Wonderful memories of your special day, captured in romantic photos, in the best setting in the worldReplyCancel

  • Lorena - You’ve truly created a beautiful memory for the couple
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  • Jim Lee - This was a magical and memorable day, captured by the wonderful photos. Eagerly waiting to see more ….ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - Love the night shots!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - These shots capture the most beautiful day perfectly xReplyCancel

  • Light Pictures - Thanks for all the love guys n gals, so good to see such wonderful support, for both myself and Ash and Dave. MattReplyCancel

Country Style Wedding – Narbeh and Talin – Somersby NSW


Talin and Narbs are no longer two people, they are ONE!

They married each other on a stunning property, The Somersby Stables, in Somersby NSW, what a place!!

The huge barn was seriously decked out with flowers galore, by the very talented Piccolo Petalo, there will be more to come of that later.

Talin and Narbeh joined with vows that were both humorous but also brought us all to tears. Kind words said by a dear friend of theirs who married them all but a few legal must gets.

I love these two, so kind and thoughtful, always worrying about everyone else instead of kicking back and enjoying their huge epic ride that was their wedding day. But lucky Pete and I were there to snap a few pics of the day in case they missed anything.

Talin is wearing a very elegant Alyssa Kristin gown from Love Marie Bridal Boutique and Narbs looked very dashing in his perfectly fitting blue suit by Brent Wilson – what a perfect match!

So much class!

So much love too, and romance, and the weather was superb. Thanks Sydney for putting it on for all of us on their special day!

Everyone partied the night on in the barn, lots of Armenian charm on the dance-floor, and the food by Sprout was soooo darn good!

Thanks Talin and Narbs, for having Pete and I along, and for being so hospitable, it was a lot of fun!

A few pics here of the day, an attempt to show off the intensity and love of your day, more to come soon.


Somersby is one beautiful location that’s for sure, but there is also a great feature we have done on another epic part of NSW just over HERE. Please, do have a look.

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  • Talin Abovian - So, so, SO incredibly chuffed and honoured to have had the pleasure of meeting, working with and being shot by Matt and Pete. Holy moly – what truly amazing photographers, and they took all the time to not only snap the day but also to scout out the perfect locations on the property, getting just the right shot at just the right moment. I mean, the one on the lake – breathtaking.

    You both fit right in to our families too 🙂 loved by one and all!
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  • Lachlan - What a stunning testament to a special day! These are eminently beautiful photographs. Wonderful stuff!
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  • Crissha - Piccolo Petalo Florals - Two words: BLOWN AWAY! I’ve been busting to see your captures from this day Matt and you have not disappointed. It was SO nice meeting you and I’m honoured to have my work captured in yours for this (most favourite ever) couple. Your professionalism, friendliness and just general awesomeness on the day won’t ever be forgotten by myself and my team, it’s always a blessing to work with such lovely wedding peeps.Okay so now I have to go and wipe whatever is leaking from my eyes after looking at these photos, I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!! haha <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

Byron Bay Wedding Photography – Josh and Robyn – Earth House



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Robyn and Josh married last weekend on a glorious day in paradise, two wonderful lovers and soulmates.

What more could a Byron Bay Wedding Photographer hope for!

Speaking of wonderful…

This was from Robyn and Josh after I thanked them the other day for having us along.

“Hi Matt,

Well, what can we say? Thank you seems inadequate but we sincerely thank yourself and Pete for your amazing effort last Saturday for our special day. You guys rocked! Thanks for making it easy for the both of us, because truth is we both hate photos (but love looking at them of course).

We hope you both enjoyed your day with us and we can’t wait to share your work with all our family and friends (and whoever will look or listen! Hehe).

Cheers Matt!

Robyn & Josh”


So here are Pete and I again, at this breathtaking Earth House place. Thank you Munro for everything you do, Earth House really is a slice of paradise (actually, I think I might just start calling you ‘Sir Munro’ from now on)!

BUT, this place is kinda EXTRA spesh to me…it’s where my sister Hannah and I photographed our first wedding together.

Hannah usually shoots along side me but has recently had a baby. He’s Tex. He’s very cute, I love him to bits…etc, etc. Tex is a bit little yet and so Hannah wasn’t with me on this day, but our good friend, celebrant, Katrina Holt, (sporting a baby bump herself) was. And with such memorable elegant words Katrina bound these two lovers together.

So a few little things like this, kinda gave me extra smiles on the day. Thanks Katrina!, Babies!, Babies all round!


Babies aside, I would really again like to thank my friend and confidant, Pete.  Your work is amazing, your support is priceless, plus you got me some photos a bit earlier than usual, hence being able to show off a few today!

Robyn and Josh, no, really, thank YOU, for allowing us to be a huge part of such a special day.

It is lovely, thoughtful, happy, thankful, and of course super cool humans like you guys, that not only make our jobs so very easy, but also incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.

Big thanks also to all your friends and families, what a great bunch of people!


I’ve decided to make this an extended teaser session, firstly to really say thanks again for those kind words you gave us, even before seeing any work we had done with you, and secondly also to show off some of Pete’s faves too.

Here’s a small bunch from the day, random choice for emphasis at times, others not so random! Enjoy!…and can I just say, “what a bloody great day you got married on hey!?”



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Robyn and Josh also wanted to mention the following people, who contributed to their perfect day….and I would also like to thank them as well, as a matter of fact!

Robyn’s dress – Blanche Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses by Bianca Spender
Hair and Make-up beautifully done by Ava Belle
Cool old Rolls Royces belong to – A Special Occasion
Rings by De Silva
The Groom & the Groomsmen looking like model material in their suits by – The Bespoke Corner Tailors
Flowers by a local star – French Petal
The Wedding was planned by Roxy of Frank & Joy
That Cake!! – made with love by Rebellyous Cake Co
Food cooked to perfection by Seaweed Cuisine
Mike from Goldbear was the Videographer, thanks Mike for another great day working along side you.
The White Tree provided the awesome tunes.

And there will be a few more to show off in the full blog of this….stay tuned.


The Earth House is also featured in one of our recent articles on Byron Wedding Venues, it’s worth a peep.

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Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – James and Brooke – just a hint

Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – James and Brooke – Earth House


Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – James and Brooke – Earth House


Just looking at Brooke all I saw was smiles, they were there from the moment I walked into see the girls, and they did not stop all day and night – Have a look, seriously!

Brooke’s insanely gorgeous gown is by Leah Da Gloria. WOW, I’ve rarely seen a dress suit a woman so perfectly.

I have always been amazed by beautiful dresses, they really are pieces of art in themselves.

The elegant and subtle rose bouquets, and the unique ceremony floor, are by another Byron Bay super wonder, The French Petal.

James wears a custom suit by InStitchu, he just matched Brookes elegance perfectly. James is a very lovely man too, he is such a pleasure to be around.

That is just James and Brooke, elegance, they are matched perfectly.

The words they speak together, about each other, and the emotion from all their loved ones at the reception speeches, I’ll openly admit creates a feeling of humbleness in me.

James and Brooke will be happy together forever.

I also feel privileged every time I am invited back to The Earth House. Thank you to everyone for making it happen for me again, so much love to you all!


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A huge thanks to my good friend and superb Photographer, Pete Oakman. Pete helped out on the day when my very pregnant sister Hannah was not able to make it along.

The following Byron vendors are also fabulous. Thanks for bringing Brooke and James’ day together.

The Wedding planner was Frank & Joy (Roxy Meik)
Their Celebrant was Chiquita Mitchell
The delicious food was by Eat Drink Catering
The perfect Music was by the very talented Luke & Sebastian

We are also looking forward to seeing some screenplay of the day that was captured by Videographer  – Gold Bear Wedding Films


Have a look at our latest feature regarding our favourite wedding venues in the Byron area, as The Earth House is featured in there.

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