Dan O'Day » Australian Wedding Photographer

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When you get asked by two wedding photographers to shoot their wedding the following occurs - 1. you accept their offer quite confidently – 2. your secretly sh*t your pants – 3.you make sure you didn’t actually sh*t your pants and 4 you do your best to do a smashing job of it (or else right your career is over right?). Well this is what happened to me a few months ago when Marissa and Alex asked me to shoot their wedding. If it wasn’t enough that they are wedding photographers (you can see their work here) They are also founders of “From The Owl” – A killer wedding registry and online gift store and (with others) One Fine Day wedding fairs.

Thankfully they are so hooked up and hard working that they had many vendors and themselves working super hard to make my job super easy… I hope you enjoy their story as much as I enjoyed shooting it. Also, big shout out to James (Thommo) Thomson from All Grown Up Weddings for second shooting this one for me.

nice one guys… 

Erica - wow.

Anya - LOVE everything about this day. Amazing Dan!

Jody Ryan - Amazing work Dan. I so love this wedding how gorgeous are Marissa and Alex xxx

Mitch Pohl - DAN!!!! This is off the hook

chris prestidge - absolute magic dan – such an epic job, what an incredible wedding – congratulations again a + m.

Levi - Dan, this is the next level. Awesome work.

Rachael - Absolutely killed it!!!! :)

Katelyn Slyer - You are amazing Dan!!! Congrats to the lovely couple.

Scott - awesome work!!

Robyn - Once again Dan….incredible. Such an amazing venue! The ultimate wedding inspo!

marissa and alex - from the owl - OOOOOOOOOwwwwwwwwwww, wowsa!

we love them and so glad you could tell our story in your mastery of visual story telling! so good, cant wait to go through the rest of the pics. You rock!
love, love , love.

xo Alex and Marissa

Steve Gerrard - Am I allowed to swear in your comments section cos I can’t comment otherwise…
This is fuckin’ awesome wedding photography. Way to make the rest of us look shite!

Jonathan David - Brilliant work Dan!! Such a gorgeous wedding!

john benavente - great coverage dan, killed it!…again :)

Tricia King - Woaaahhhh from start to end stunning. No filler all killer.

Logan Cole - Wowzers

Lisa - These are all undeniably amazing! And what a gorgeous couple with fantabulous style!

Charity - omigosh this is seriously amazing, i had goosebumps, she is one stunning bride and this is one amazing wedding! very very very very well done!

michelle fiona - So great Dan O’Day. I think it’s my favourite.

mh - you are my favorite! this is proof!

fer juaristi - all heart brother.

Micheal Beaulieu - every bit totally rocking. incredible.

James Frost - Great story brother love the darker frames!

Scout - Heck yes!!

jessica anderson - Dan, you are one of the most magical storytellers I have ever come across. This was the most beautiful, heartfelt weddings and you have managed to relay that through your images so perfectly. M & A chose well xx

Paul Rowland - Your ability to tell a story…awesome.

Sarah Williams - Awesome as always x

Melissa - Wow, wow and wow!

Erin - Perfection! Stunning photos, gorgeous wedding (and that green dress? Hello?!)… You did good (nice work too Thommo) ;)

Kylie D - Its our gorgeous AATH Marisa & Alex! What an amazing day captured so beautifully! Big congrats to them on their awesome day. Kx

JK Blackwell - Oh… so beautiful! Reminds me of music Generique. Seriously love the dance scene especially the nearly shirtless bloke! x

Eric Ronald - Whaaaat!?!?! Crazy good in every way.

Mark Dohring - Sweet mother lord. Just amazing Dan.

Elise Sorge - Stunning pictures to match a stunning day!

todd hunter mcgaw - stunning work sir! good to see limbo making a party comeback! ;)

James - I want to be Dan O’Day when I grow up.

joanna - Think it is safe to say that you did and AWESOME job and then some…. not sure about the pants situation but really you should not be worrying about that sh*ting your pants still you are incredible :)

Emma Leivers - If you shit your pants and this is the result then perhaps you should do it more often!! Amazing work… I love the portrait shots and the bridal prep is particularly evocative! What a beautiful place to get married. Excellent work!!

Lisa - no words…just stunning!

Alex Vaughan - A M A Z I N G.

Cinzia - Awesome pics! i love the portrait photos and the story of the full day! bravO!

David - No one shits their pants like you Dan.

stephanie - it doesn’t happen often, but in this case EPIC is exactly the right word. you’re good at it.

Shari Trimble - Ooo I really enjoyed all of that…yes yes indeed! Love…

Lucy Spartalis - Outstanding!
There goes my ‘original’ dream of a green sequined wedding dress… damn it…
Amazing coverage Dan.

Kim - Absolutely knocked out of the park!!

SCOTT KITTELTY - These are just so ‘effin amazing Dan. I can’t stop looking at them!


Jessica Bossé - the lighting. so perfect.

Claudia Rose Carter - Dan, this is sublime. Took my breath away. As a photographer with a partner that’s another photographer I know these two would have been blown away.

Bookmarked :)

louie - Freaking Awesome Dude :)

Serafin - AWESOME.
Hola from spain

Kaley - Dan O’Day! These are beautiful. The lighting is stunning and that couple would be a dream to work with. I’m swooning.

Anthony - Sweet dude! Sick ceremony location!

ed peers - Just so so immense.

Ali LAMOND - Absolutely brilliant. You are a seriously talented young man! The best I have seen KVBR covered!

WhiteDressPhoto Jesús Caballero - OMG!!! Delicius!!!! Congrats!!!

Melissa Milis - This is by far one of the most beautiful and lovely weddings I’ve seen in my life. Good job photographing this one Dan! Love it.

Amy Farrell - The epitome of epic! beautiful work Dan & for the loveliest Mr & Mrs going round!

Kath - THANKS Dan!! Ridic!!!

Nicola - Beautiful images Dan!

Thomas Steibl - Man. This is just unbelieveable. I’m speechless.

Dennis Berti - I love all this post! You are an amazing story teller, bravissimo!

Cam Grove - You, quite simply, are an unstoppable force. Awesome looking location and incredible images – golf clap!

Alan Law - So raw and real; just awesome. Awesome, I say!

eugenia iskra - That’s just STUNNING!

Jack - Epic photos dude!

gee - Thank you dark master for inspiring once again.

Jacque - Love your work… beautiful colors!

Chio garcia - This is by far one of my favorites weddings! Gorgeous clicks! :)

Peta Hood - Perfection

Delia - Gosh, I just love these – what an amazing looking couple!

Tomasz Wagner - Those colours!!

Louise - Hey Dan!

I actually had a physical gut reaction to your portrayal of the wedding. I’m blown away. In awe!


Thanks for the inspiration :)

I’m booked in for your Perth Art and the Heart workshop and am looking forward to meeting you then.

Cheerio for now :)

- Louise.

Pretty Days - <3 just amazing Dan

Hanneke - Wow! This is soo good!

Laura McCluskey - OMG Dan. you are a total hero.

Bloody beautiful. xxxxxxx

Joe - Just incredible man. Gorgeous!

Wedding Photographers in Dubai - Each and every photo of this post really discloses their own story. It’s completely looking like a movie roll. Specially, the natural background concept is superb and mind blowing. This concept really brings wedding photography to new height. Really wonderful and worthy experience to me.

James - Like totes wow.

sonia - I can’t even…gives me life! preach me!


I really just felt like doing a blog post today. I couldn’t summon the inner strength to select images for a full wedding, so I thought to myself, ‘Hey Dan,’ (that’s me), ‘Why don’t you just grab a few pics that you have enjoyed from the last couple of months and post them, so that they are free from your hard drives and open for the world to enjoy?’

I answered myself with a ”why not!?”.  So, here are a few pics from the last couple of months. From Tasmania to Ingham, North QLD across to Denmark, Western Australia and all the way to St Emilion, France. The below pictures represent so many stories still to share, but I hope you enjoys the few teasers for now.

Love, Dan

Luke Going - Great work as always Dan (that’s you).

Cam - Err can’t find any words man, wonderful work. You’re the only photographer I still follow regularly. Gonna buy you a big pint of beer/cider when next our paths cross ( well probably never coz you’re always out of the country ). Seriously though you set the bar so high Dan, I sometimes wonder what to do. This is more than fine art. Painter or photographer no matter, you are a Rembrandt in the flesh for me. Thank you Cam.

fer juaristi - can i borrow your eyes for a couple of weddings?

Rachael - I love the way you see things :)

Justin - Dude! what the EFF!!!

Alyda - Oh hi dan! I’ve been a big fan of your work for quite a while. Thanks for sharing these, they are really nice. I hope we get to meet one day. How’s Friday?

todd - pow!

john benavente - is dan is good!

Tricia King - So incredible! What a couple of months!

Nils - These are AWESOME Dan! Love, love your work!!

Eric Ronald - Yes, yes, yes and yes.

Tahnee - my god, dan, you just blow me away. every single photo I ever see from you. INCREDIBLE.

James Frost - Bloody hell Dan theses are all crazy good!

Darryn - Awesome :)

anthony hoang - Wowzers! Incredible Dan.

Maureen - Omgosh these are stunning. So so beautiful.

Per - Thats art!

Reni - You’re the Henri Cartier-Bresson of wedding photography!

Gemma Williams - Hey Dan, these are amazing! :)

Kirsty - your awesomeness is incredible Mr O Day

Oli - Ohhhhh brother :|

Tina Bingham - Thanks for that fabulous instalment x

Michael Ralph - You must have a good camera!!!

xanthe - Dan, you are the MAN!
Stunning… every, single. image.

James - Ridiculous.

Matt Streatfeild - Killer! Quite the collection. When is the next one???

anda - extra-wonderful, dan!

ed peers - Love your vision you crazy man.

Shauna - Yeahhhhh.

nirav - You da man.

aga - you’ve been up to some good things, some good things I see… wonderful job.

John - Word

Kristin Hallak - Wowzers. You are insane. Killed it every time. Oh, man.

matty mo - so refreshing.

Phil - So good. Don’t stop. Ever. These are not sexual references.

Mike Vallely - Unreal stuff Dan!

David - Love it.

chris prestidge - incredible dan! i am sure many people will look here for inspiration for many moons to come…

Caitlin - SO GOOD. You make me want to be a better photographer!

Pedro Vilela - thank you so much for sharing

Falcon - Absolutely amazing!

Delia - These are all so touching! Beautiful!

Andraz Gregoric - Amaze!

Julian - Every image is stunning – you just seem to get better and better.

Jakub - Love your work dude!

Tyler - everything here makes me look twice. beautiful work, dude.

Anna Turner - Amazing

Stephanie - I’m in love.

geneoh - So good, friend!

Jacque - Such great shots!

Moiseev Eugene - oh, it’s amasing shots!


At the beginning of 2012 myself and my good friend Samm Blake decided (after a few conversations over sake in a tokyo alleyway bar) that we would like to create platform for educating photographers and creatives that are running their own businesses or are looking to run their own business. We wanted to guide them not only effectively, but in a way that displays who they are as an individually as they  focus on the elements of a solid creative  business. And never forgetting the importance of creating and using their  creativity in all elements of their craft.

The industry that we share is a saturated with so much talent. To stand out, it is crucial to longevity to be creative in your business and everything  you produce. That is why Samm and I created a 3 day workshop entailed Art & The Heart to help encourage and nurture individuality (as a brand) artists across the world and help distinguish their talent.

In 2012 we held Art and The Heart in Melbourne {Australia}, Manhattan {New York}, Cork {Ireland}, London {England} and Southern Highlands {Australia}. So far this year, we have also held an AATH Retreat in Byron Bay {Australia). The response from these experiences has been overwhelming for us to see, and we cant get enough of watching the progress of the alumni grow month by month after the workshop. To get a bit of an idea of the fun we have for these three days, you can click (below for a quick peek):







With this, we have now just launched our final dates for 2013 (woo hoo) they are:

Toronto, Canada – 23-25 July (Register here)

Puglia, Italy – 20-22 August (Register here)

Palm Springs, USA 24-26 September (Register here)

Perth, Australia, 15-17 October (Register here)

At this stage we are unsure if we will be bringing Art & The Heart into 2014 so this may be the last chance to experience this particular workshop with myself and Samm Blake. Here is a bit of a look back over the last year… Hope to see you in this year’s highlight reel!





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Glenn - You guys are the bomb! The more time since the workshop, the more and more I loved it and found it made such a difference. And it wouldn’t have been a AATH blog without Sammy in there!

michelle - AMAZING.. one day I’ll do this.. hope you do some more in the future!

Jakub - Wow, nice locations!


Chloe is originally from England and Dan is Australian. The compromise, to have the wedding in Australia as long as it felt like England… Soooo, Montsalvat in Victoria, Australia it was. Easy. Also, huge shout out to the talented Stewart Leishamn for being my wingman on this one

Amanda - Insane. Love the red dress! Crazy work as always, Mr O’Day. ox

Emily - beautiful Dan

Bettina - Dan you are incredible, such a beautifully told story.

Zosia - Gorgeous stuff, Sir O’Day! Just awesome :)

Sarah Williams - Amazing as always xx

Paul - Awesome inspiring work

Ben - …and transition into the standard medieval battle shots.

Ridiculous shots as always Dan! Killing it.

Luke Going - Geeez. SO Damn Good Dan!! Loved every frame :)

Mitch - epic dude

Vitaly - Crazy good. Love it. The shot with the bride/groom/ring bearer is something else.

Rachael - the is amazing! I love the colours and her dress and THAT smile! freaking AMAZING!

Cam - Great images as always Dan, particularly like the ones in the attic, that window had amazing light.

john warren - freaking amazeballs amundo

dana - you are so talented it hurts. xx

brett - too good! you’re absolute inspiration, dan.

David Roche - So good. I want a sword.

maz - The best wedding photos in the world!! The best wedding photographer in the world. Love you Dan for making the memories just perfect, in pictures.

Andreas - lovely Dan!

Daniele Martinie - adore your work, Dan! such an inspiration.

Emma Leivers - Wow how glamorous… love the shots in the attic!

Katelyn - Awesome as always Dan! Looks like a great day!

Jakub - What an amazing place! Awesome work Dan.

michelle waspe - oh wow, I love this.. the use of light and the cinematic feel. Gorgeous

Lucy Spartalis - You are truly the master. Insane work.

Katos - damn fine. SO damn fine.

tim - and it even rained like England :) amazing photos!

Catherine Abegg - fantastic, danny!

Kristyn - daaaaaaang. this is probably one of the most uniquely beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen!! totally getting the victorian-medieval vibe.

Andria Lindquist - good god. the moments you get are incredible dan. so clean. well done!

sharon - incredibly beautiful!

Bek - Dan, I don’t think Montsalvat has ever been captured more beautifully. Moody, dramatic, romantic all of it! Lovely work.

Eric Ronald - I love the mood you create with your images so so much. Brilliant amigo.

Rik Pennington - Great work Dan. Love the colour in the portraits.

Belinda - Stunning!!! Such a gorgeous wedding and captured so beautifully. Love!

Marie KEating - Amazing shots as always but the one with them signing the register is probably the best single wedding photo I’ve seen. Stunning

Pretty Days - Just amazing, it’s just perfect, I LOVE IT <3

SHANE SHEPHERD - Dan! These are insane man, insaaaane!!!

Alan Gee - Hi there. I was one of the swordsman on stage and I was wondering if it would be possible to get a copy of the photo’s of myself and my colleagues fighting on stage?
Great photography!
Best wishes,
Alan Gee


If we go a little way back, some of you may remember Ginger and Pearl: the amazing couple I spent a few days with trying to tell the beautiful story (with my photographs) of a life they had built together. My time with them inspired thoughts for a new project. I am interested in documenting the stories and environments of elderly couples that have been together 60 years or more. This has now become a personal, ongoing project of mine and I will continue to try to tell the stories of couples that have gone the distance through this life together, no matter how turbulent.  Their achievement is something that should be celebrated. After my time with these incredible couples, I would like to make a book for the families to adore and pass down to future generations. To me, this is a labour of love, the book is my gift to the families.

Which brings me here today.

This weekend just gone, I was invited to Sydney to the announcement of the winners of the 2013 Head On, Photobook Awards. The book I made for the amazing Ginger and Pearl and their family (showcased below) was the overall WINNER of the national 2013 Head On, Momento Photobook of the year award in the Documentary / Photojournalism category – you can view the other amazing category winners and finalists here (I am still pinching myself). It needs to be known that I could not have made the book without the incredibly talented Todd Gregory (designer) who was responsible for the layout of the book and creation of the wooden box it was encased in. The box, which, was intricately made out of old fence palings that came from Ginger and Pearl’s part of the world. Also, a huge shout out to one of the most beautiful and intelligent human beings in the world, Joanne Ridolfi, who wrote the the forward for the book (also, below). I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the family of Ginger and Pearl for inviting me into their lives and allowing me to tell their story my way. Hopefully this book will serve as a fitting family keepsake.


*Sadly, the beautiful Pearl left this world only a couple of months ago now. My thoughts and condolences go to Pearls family and of course, Ginger.




forward by Joanne Ridolfi 

It is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and spend all our time only worrying about immediate tasks. But when we do this we do not prioritise our own needs and the needs of those closest to us. Respecting our own, as well as our partner’s needs is what makes a relationship work. This book is a reflection of this respect and love and also is a tribute to couples that have had long and rewarding relationships. This particular story is that of Ginger and Pearl. Ginger and Pearl have been married and have lived in the same house in Canberra, Australia for over 65 years. They are a working class couple who share the same morals and values. These shared values that have been the foundation to their relationship. Nowadays, Ginger and Pearl focus on their garden and look after the birds in their aviary. They also have a growing collection of fridge magnets—souvenirs collected over the years or sent from friends and family members. Long retired, Ginger spends most his days still practicing his trade: restoring old wooden furniture. His varnish-stained hands tell stories of many a happy piece of furniture that have left his care. Pearl is nearly blind, but that does not stop her from spending her days working in the garden and feeding the kookaburras and magpies that sing sweet songs to her from the clothes-line. This collection of photographs tells the story of Ginger and Pearl and although their lives have changed over the 65 years, one thing has stayed the same – they have always made it a priority to look after each other and the ones they care about the most.


john benavente - epic friend, epic! congrats to you!!!

Cam - Beautiful work mate, you’re truely one of a kind.

Amanda - What an AMAZING album Dan! Honestly, it’s truly inspiring. Makes me wonder what the HELL I’ve been doing with myself. Certainly not reveling in the beauty that is life, that’s for sure. Love it love it love it. ox

Nick - What a magical little treasure you’ve made for these guys! Good on ya Dan!

Julia - Bravo Dan! The greatest reason for doing this art distilled in one book. I totes love it.

michelle - holy crap.

Scott Surplice - Incredible Dan! Sad to hear about Pearl. Makes this gift even more special.

Kate Robinson - So beautiful!! A simple, meaningful, beautiful piece of art that will be treasured forever! I love how your photos are so honest, and your use of light is amazing. x

Tash - Magical and breathtaking….what a beautiful story you have told…and priceless images and memories for their family to treasure…thank you for taking us on the journey into the lives of Ginger and Pearl…..So sad to hear of her passing

Will Kim - This is beautiful. Simply beautiful

Tess - aww! I love this beautiful story so much! Congrats Dan!

anthony hoang - What an amazing gift.. Love is something that should be treasured forever. Beautiful and congrats!

Kirsty Aksentiew - AMAZING on so many levels Dan

Christian Pearson - Thats magnificent Dan. Congrats and bought tears to my eyes. You’ve beautifully captured the passage and ultimately the passing of time in such a tender artistic way. Well done.

Darren Van De Wint - In the hands of the right person picture and story making is a powerful thing. You have showed that with this beautiful body of work. Congratulations not so much for winning the award which is of course great too but for actually doing it in the first place.

rowe - i adored these images when i first saw them and the book is beyond beautiful… the wooden box, the typography, the layout… the paper ~ its all AMAZING! congratulations dan!

Alyda - What a gift you have daniel. These images are an amazing legacy for this family that will be treasured forever.

Oh and awesome work ‘other Todd’. You’ve got the skillzzzz

Janet - I still remember seeing Ginger and Pearl for the first time almost 2 years ago… still one of my favourite “stories” and collection of work of yours Dan, love love love…

Jenae - Speechless. The book, the images are all very deserving of the praise they have received. Truly heartfelt work.

Nick - Incredible. You are a photo god!

Glenn Stephenson - A stunning document Dan O’:)

Jules - Killer as always, dude. I remember seeing this way back — still awesome and moving as ever!

Suzie - Beautiful Dan. And lovely work Todd and Jo! x

Jonathan - Beautiful Dan, what a gift. Congratulations!

Mary - Wow Dan, what a wonderful gift you have given this family.

tanya tindale - i have the hugest lump in my throat.. simply beautiful………

Bettina Kingma - Beautiful Dan, so much heart in this.

Reni - How incredibly beautiful! What a great project.

joanna brown - Be still my beating heart…
Truly beautiful in everyway. x

Robyn - This project is so phenomenally beautiful. This was how I discovered your work. I love oldies and I love what you do. Hopefully it’s now on sale and it can take pride of plac on my coffee table.

Jodie Chapman - Sheesh. Pass the tissues. In the words of Rose Dewitt Bukater, “you see people.”. (Yes, I just quoted Titanic.) Absolutely wonderful, Dan.

Seth Carnill - I’ve said it before and I will say it again Dan… this work is incredible… stunningly beautiful and so moving. I’ve haven’t yet been able to look at these images without shedding a tear or two. Congrats, not many people make me cry ;)

Libby - Ginger & Pearl stood out from the moment I saw the beautiful box, the gorgeous end pages, and their effortless, comfortable love a few year’s ago. Your win is even more amazing when you consider that in the Photojournalism & Documentary category it was up against photo books portraying war torn and disaster ravaged countries. Just goes to show that intimate, observational photography of ordinary folk is equally worthy. I imagine Pearl would be chuffed. Congrats to you and a hug for Ginger!

rich - well deserved! congratulations dan – amazing … absolutely amazing work

Claudia Rose Carter - This is so well deserved. What a beautiful story, a beautiful ethos, a beautiful album and a beautiful blog showcasing it.

Madeline Druce - Amazing work Dan! It’s so inspiring to see stories like this told. We often focus so much on the early stages of a relationship. It’s so lovely to see, years down the track, the strength of a bond continuing. Love this.

Kristyn - oh my, this makes my heart ache and smile in the best of ways.

Kathryn Jolly - Beautiful and inspirational. I think I will do this for my parents and pass it onto my kids. Great idea. You got me thinking! Wonderful photography, really enjoyed seeing this.

Jessie - Exquisite. A story so worthy of being told. Beautiful work yet again, Dan.

Caro - This is wonderful. I think everybody deserves photographic stories like this!
Congratulations Dan on winning the Documentary Book of The Year.

Scout - Fantastic, well done. Seeing these images again gave me that ‘feeling’ once more.

Happiness. Perfection. Moving.

Nikki Bezel - Words are almost impossible in this case Dan, so I’ll just keep it simple and say so, so, beautiful. Congrats with your head on win, well deserved.

Myekal Benham - This series has always rendered me a blubbering mess after viewing. Amazing work my friend. This takes it up to 11.

Rich Ware - Dan, this is amazing! One of the best books and collection of photographs I have ever seen. SO SO GOOD!!! LOVE IT!!!

Raj - I clearly remember the emotion these pictures evoked inside me when I first saw them last year. Love, love, love this book full of your magic. Such a priceless gift…you rock Dan.

Delia Farrell - Oh gosh, I teared up just looking at that. What a beautiful gift to treasure.

scott thomas - reminds me of when I once photocopied an entire software manual ;)

maz - This work is awesome and so human. It’s a gift which would be treasured by the family for generations to come.

Kama - Stunning work, huge congrats to you. Where can you buy that book? I would love to have one

Jack - Nice work on the album and I love the look of the packaging.

Heath - Yeah that’s sick, love the way you’ve shown it blog style too.

Matt Smith - At first I was like wow that packaging is the most amazing I have ever seen! Then drawn to reading the story I was like wow what a humbling and generous project/gift to this amazing couple and their family.

I have wanted to photograph the elderly for sometime starting with my incredible neighbour who at 94 year of age still speaks of his beloved wife as though she was still here with him everyday we cross paths. Love is truly what makes the world go round and this is a solid reminder.

Thanks for sharing Dan, truly incredible body of work man.