Carley Payne
Yarra Valley Wedding Photographer

I couldn’t imagine myself having another job, I absolutely love being a wedding photographer!

The ‘taking photos’ part of the job is fantastic, but that’s not all I love about photographing weddings. I love getting to know you and your story. It’s absolutely beautiful seeing the look in your eyes as you walk down the aisle about to join hands with the love of your life, capturing your husband-to-be’s smile as he sees you for the first time in your radiant dress. I love love, and am so thankful to the couples that let me be a part of their special days.

If you would like to have a chat about your wedding please get in touch. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you (hopefully over a coffee!)

 

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My family

My Story

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know how I came to be so passionate about wedding photography.

I’m going to take you back a few years, to 2014 – when How I Met Your Mother sadly aired its last episode on TV, and Flappy Bird was removed from the Apple Store.
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On this one particular night, I was talking to an old work colleague, who was asking me about my photography business (photographing birthdays). “Would you ever consider photographing weddings?” he asked.
Without even considering the question, I blurted out “NO”.
“Why not?” was his next question. I thought it would be too stressful. Funnily enough, that’s the only thing I remember from that night. That conversation sparked something inside of me, and as corny as it sounds, it altered the path that I was on.
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I started imagining what it would be like to photograph weddings and I received an amazing opportunity to do some assistant work for a successful wedding photographer.
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Unfortunately, about a month into this new assistant work, my father passed away suddenly. An absolutely devastating time in my life, but it also taught me so much, helped me grow as a person and I learned that I can handle anything the world throws my way.
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Instead of giving up on my newfound dream, this loss inspired me, wanting to capture special moments for couples with their loved ones – the moments that I could no longer have myself. It taught me that life is precious, and providing memories and moments for people with their families, is a passion I needed to pursue.
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Family is everything to me, it’s what drives me on a wedding day, and in life in general. I don’t want your memories to be lost, so I’m there for the ENTIRE day, I want you to have fun and look back and remember the whole day, each and every emotion you experienced, as well as all the little things that you missed.