Dan O'Day » Australian Wedding Photographer

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Well, where do I begin… Almost a year ago today I received an email from the (then) excited bride to be Tara… She told me that my work moved her and asked me if I would consider shooting her wedding at an abandoned Mansion (Alder Manor) in New York. I took about zero seconds to decide, hell yes! I asked Tara if she new I was based in Australia and to that she replied, ‘Yes. Is this going to be a problem?’. From that moment on it was true love . So I brought along my amazingly talented good friend, Samm Blake to help me document this day. It was the hectic and amazing wedding that I always imagined it would be. It looked a little like the images below. Tara, Paul… I love you guys! Thank you for taking a chance on some little (ripped) Australian guy from the other side of the world. You are officially on the besties list in my address book.

Tara and Pauls wedding is also being featured on 100 Layer Cake today.


approximately 4 hours earlier that day…. 



sweet dreams...


pen - Your work never ceases to amaze me. GORGEOUS.

Tyler - a beauty of a post. radical, dan.

Jessica Fey - well… shit. That’s pretty amazing.

isaiah - I’m pretty ok with long ones….ridic

Spencer Lum - Niiiice!!! Loved it, Dan.

Andy Gaines - Kaboom! Love the way you see things – and what a sweet venue!

Oli Sansom - What a trip. Inspirational mang. There needs to be some kind of wedding photography awards called the Giffys, where you submit that animated gif and win.

Ashley Dru - Holy crap…every image…every single image – stunning.

Karen - This is amazing ;)) such gorgeous photos!

Stewart - Wowsers! What a treat to wake up to!

Erica Margan - omg. wow

catherine - That place. That light. That couple. Your images. All amazing

Carlos Ferreira - Amaaaaazing!!!!

David - This is one of my all time favourite posts from any wedding photographer. Truly inspirational.

amanda vanvels - ridic.

Julian McGruther - Dan! These are amazing!!! Next Level out of this world crazy!!!

Laura Grace - So impressed and awed x

katie - i propose that this be an entire issue of Vogue. incredible.

James frost - Gob smacking ……. Stuff dan as always really really gob smacking !! That gif file !! Lol

LoCo - That is one of the sickest wedding venues I have ever seen! And you killed it.

ALMA // - Head Exploded!

Alex Vaughan - DanO, these pictures are absolutely beautiful. I love your quirky eye. This is one of the best weddings I’ve seen. VERY well done.

Natalie McComas - Looks like it was the most epic, stunning day!!!! Total Awesomness.

David Moore - Dan & Samm… Superb!

Christina - no words to describe how good this is!!

john benavente - dude. love this . incredibel
PS. lovvveee your tie shots :)

Jonathan Wherrett - Legendary.

Ben - Plain ridiculous. This is the best thing I’ve seen all year.

todd hunter mcgaw - dear mr o’day.. your skillz are like 9.something on the richter scale.. (ps.. D floor .gif of destiny!)

Nick - Hahaha. That gif – grinding the dancefloor. So great. The rest of it was very excellent too. Nice work guys!

alyda - holy shitola daniel. this is my fav ever wedding that you have shot. so many amazing amazing photos. goodness me.

Pookie - dude. you should TOTALLY think about doing this wedding photography thing full time… i mean seriously. i reckon if you really put yourself out there, you could easily book 10, 12 weddings a year! (love you dizzie! you rock.) :) :)

Myekie - Sublime! My new Fav of all time Mr.Dan. Love it brother so good.

eric - annoyingly great Dan.

JK Blackwell - Love, love, love so many moments!

Love the one-man band in the dried up poo; the wormy break dance, the facial expressions at the dance floor!

My favourite favourite of them all is the bw image of the little girl in the corner!!

JK Blackwell - er… oops, poo = pool!!!

Sorrie! Your system doesn’t allow me to go back and edit!

Benjamin - That groom has some awesome boots on. And so do you, Dan ;) Great work buddy.

Kelly Lee Tunney - Goodness me. You are the best, funniest, kindest, asshole I know. And that’s why I love you so xx

Jo - Love this Dan- amazing :))

Len - There’s only one word to describe this wedding, epic! xx

marina - take my breath away, amazing x

Emily Vermaat - I really love this post, like alot

Kirsten - This is the best wedding I’ve seen in a very long time. Stunning couple. Don’t we all long to shoot something like this? *tries to fight jealousy* ;)

joanna brown - ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BOOM !!!! flippin off the scale…. too much, too good I can hardly bare it. AMAZING work xx

ed peers - This just made my Dan O’Day. Sublime.

Mathew Sacco - The BEST! WOW-WEE this is unbelievable :)

Gemma Higgins - CRAZY. unreal, beautiful, yet eerie at the same time. I almost had an anxiety attack looking at this. in a good way ;)

Marcus Bell - Splendid, gorgeous, awesome, beautiful. Heck words don’t come even close to describe your sheer exquisite talent. Your the man.

Philip Daly - Ridiculously Good!!!!!!!!!! Amazing work chief – I’m selling my cameras now! :)

Anneli Marinovich - Dan, Dan, Dan…..magic man. You and your incredible eye. Love everything about this wedding, really takes my breath away. Awesome work man!

Katie K - Freaking AMAZING.

Christina Brosnan - If I had to choose one word to describe these photos it would be intense. Very intense. But incredible.

the Hoffmans - amazing. stunning. don’t think this amazing wedding could have been captured any better. love following your work!

BT - Dan….mate!!!!!

michelle waspe - sublime. love it!!!!

marissa fleming - Love, love and love…i hope the dates work out for our wedding …toes and fingers crossed

James Melia - Just bloody awesome!

el - You made my eyes and heart happy on this rainy Saturday morning xoxoxo

Jonas Peterson - So good, my friend.

Bik, bluelawn custom artworks - The joy in these images is palpable. You have done an amazing job capturing that. Love love love your work.

samm blake - ah danny, such a pleasure to be your sidekick on this one. what a fucking amazing and intensely good day it was. love when we get to shoot together, seeing how you see and interact with the world, the lovely little perspective you have on it all..its beautiful. you have taught me a lot my lil dear friend. xoxoxoxo

Ariel - Your photography is one of a kind. Simply brilliant!

Melanie | The Woodlands Texas Photographer - I am speechless…. this is pure.

Melissa Jane Ferrell - What a breathtaking event. Everything is just melting off of the page…

julie harmsen - wow! wow! wow!

JOdy - Oh My you just keep knocking me out. Amazing xxx

Brian Furbush - These are just insane man, gorgeous venue and I love the emotion that you captured in just about every frame.

tara treacy - dan o day, you are my world. this day will live on forever and ever, captured absolutely perfectly! just like i told you in our first emails, i knew, like i knew about my future husband, you were the ONE. ha! xoxoox t&p

Mercedes - I’ve looked at this post several times over now. I keep seeing things I missed the time before. It’s beautiful.

Karen - Dan – never have I EVER seen anything as amazing as this.. I wish the whole world could view these photos… X

Lisa Jay - Epic!! Such moving & intelligent & sensitive & humourous & beauitiful work.

Tina - its just inspiring, and i’m lost in New York City x thank YOU ripped one

Laura McCluskey - DAN!
In particular, the darker images after the first look. SO beautiful


Nabeel Khan - Very, very good. The couple must be so happy with these

Laurie Perez - Love all the emotions in this wedding. Congrats on the publication as well. Here’s hoping I can hire you for my revows.

Roland Hale - I can’t imagine a more complete visual story than this wedding. This is amazing!

Zosia - WOW! You just took photography and made it awesome!

Dee - These photographs are AMAZING! Love every single shot – stunning! Do you know if the bride is reselling this dress? I am extremely interested! If so, can you please pass my email along? dmj816@gmail.com. Thanks!

Travis Shumate - Man oh man. You did such a great job.

Luke Going - BRILLIANT!!!

Romain - You really know how to take amazing moments…
Beautiful wedding, thanks so much to share it with us!

PJ - this is crazy, I do not know what to write..and how to say how much I am delighted with this post – this is THE best wedding coverage that I ever saw…you are THE man Dan….

Fred Courtois - Absolutely fabulous !

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Laura Calderwood - Amazing! Stunning venue, and I love that dress. Beautiful images x

Sam - What vision, truly inspiring work Dan!

Mark Creery - An amazing-looking wedding with lots of character and characters (you being one of those). It looked like a great playground for your creativity. Well done!

Sean - Awesome photos! Love it!

David Wickham - This is one of my fav weddings ever, anywhere- just love how you shot it

Rose Hewartson - Simply amazing – you rock big time!

Marko - Hands down one of the best wedding photographers in the world. Great work man, I really admire it! Cheers!

Dragos - this is so so soooo good!!

Kim - Wow! Couple has such great taste. My fave is the portraits of the groom. That is just one of them..

yan palmer - first time ive seen a whole wedding from you. blown away. moved. inspired. well done.

Jeni - I am looking for the exact same dress.. is there any chance I can get in contact with Tara about the fit with the altered back??
also looking for a photographer for our wedding on 3rd April in Wanaka NZ..

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Stewart - How great is that! Love your work:)

James frost - Very rad sir… :)

Stew - Sweet.

samm blake - i get it now!! :) awesome x

Marion Jones - Mini Me… Lucien Woke up and said “Today we are getting married Dad!!” how gorgeous is that. A very cheeky pash, Love this shot Dan.

Scout - Snap!!

mike fiechtner - ha! Love it!

Linda - Wowsers! What a cool little dude. Nice work Danny!

Mike Garrard - I’m in love with that first picture of the bride in the reception hall. Great collection of images.

Cheshire Wedding Photographer - Stunning images, they really tell a story, you catch the emotion beautifully, love your work, Steve & Sandra.

Sean - Everytime I look at your blog I dig your style more and more. Keep up the awesome work.

Alex & Ben get amongst some Double exposure action

This Saturday gone Alex and Ben locked it in. I came along for the ride and they allowed me to experiment a bit through the location shoot with my Fuji XPro1. Below was the result of about 10 mins of double exposing fun. Alex and Ben, thanks for letting me be me. Happy Honeymoon!

alyda - very very rad indeed

Andraz Gregoric - Love it!

Amy - Well that made my morning.

Kirsty Aksentiew - Awesome as always

Alex Mills - Very awesome indeed

shane shepherd - these frames are killer!

Samm Blake - such awesome images danny, i love them all. x

Adam Finch - I think your film winder is broken….lucky it is, you got some beauties

Stewart - Doubly delicious!

JK Blackwell - gasp….
The 2nd image is my favourite (I love them all too!) x

Christine - Sheeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiit. I wish that last frame was a photo of me and C and P. I would hang it big in my house. :)

Liz Kelder - Just really love your work, u have a real eye for it

Tina - so awesome its hurting my head x

Jody - Dan these are amazing. Love the double exposure xx

Scout - Ok, now that is fricken awesome.

JerSean Golatt - ok well im quitting photography all together! this was the best wedding i’ve ever seen!!

Roland Hale - These look great!


So i have just returned from a week in the southern highlands at The Seidler House after holding Art and the Heart {Southern Highlands} workshop with my good friend Samm. I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing new friends and I will post in much more details about the experience in the next couple of weeks. Two of the above mentioned amazing people feature below, Marissa and Alex. They volunteered their time to come up into the mountains and model for the live shoot. Here are just a few of my images from the shoot for now, much more to follow soon.

Loren - Beautiful work.

Simon P Taylor - + beyond epic +

Alyda - Clever Dan, you are very clever. Your images make me say ‘yay’.

Robyn Geering - these are just wonderful, and what an AMAZING location to host a workshop. Looks like you all had fun.

Naz Films - Dan this is breathtaking… you captured a beautiful couple in a beautiful setting in such a beautiful way. I loved every single frame here dude!

super 8mm wedding films

john warren - dig it !

Gemma Higgins - what a gorgeous location! Looks like it would have been an amazing workshop!

marissa - thanks dan, we had fun, looks like we are exploring! we love exploring.My fav is the one in the dark bush with alex behind me ;-) thanks again, you rock

aimee - beautiful, just beautiful. i can almost smell the mountain air. x

Jody - Dan I loved the workshop and adore these images. Thank you so much for everything. You and Samm are amazing xx

Myekie - Wow!! I kinda wished I did that workshop as well as the Melbs Special!!!

xian alexander - Genius!

isaiah - there should be more :) – too good.

Pobke - Hooooooly shiiiiiiiiiiiiz. I love these. So gosh darned beautiful, Dan. Truly gorgeous.

ed peers - Are you kidding me? This is ridiculously good.

Temecula Wedding Photographer - good grief….this has to be one of the best engagement shoots I have ever seen posted from any wedding photographer. I really love the negative space shoot (photo #2) and ..well…they all kick ass so I am not even going to rate them in a particular order. Solid stuff #BAM

juanito vicente benavente - muy bueno senor o’day

nirav - He does it again. One day you’ll have to teach me the ways.

Mikhail Glabets - woah! super!

Oli - Frig man. Beautiful.

michelle waspe - beautiful. Amazing composition and processing. Love these.

Samm Blake - you always make me look at the world in different ways :)

Travis Shumate - Unreal, my man.

Susi - Wonderful work! Hut ab!:)

Creative image - beautiful photography..


In February this year I exhibited a new body of fine art work in Melbourne at the gallery I am currently represented by, Catherine Asquith Gallery. I wanted to then bring the show back home to canberra, back to the gallery that gave me my start in the fine art photography world, Photoacces {Huw Davies Gallery}.

So last month, I did. The opening night was amazing, it was so good to see so many familiar (and some unfamiliar) faces and it was nice to see that not a drop of wine went to waste. Below are some of the images that were on display. The first set of 11 images were all shot on film and are displayed at a minimum size of 120mm on the longest side (editions of 5). The second set of square images were shot on my travels (all but one shot digitally). I want to take this opportunity to thank the models in my images, all those that made it along to the exhibition (in both melbourne and canberra) and I would like to give a huge shout to to Jocelyn Rosen who was generous enough to open my show with some beautiful words.

To anyone out there that is sitting on a collection of personal work, you should get it up onto a wall as soon as you can. It’s really quite liberating.


alyda - so bummed we could not make the show danny. your images are just incredible. such a talented boy x

jeff marsh - ya, bro

sammy blake - it is so good to see all these images hanging all the walls. through all the resistance you made it through !!! so proud of you my dear! and so proud I get to be one of you muses and be one of the subjects in your art! hahaha ;) I’ll climb up another giant termite mound for you any day. see you sooon dannny! xoxoxo

chris prestidge - my favourite work of yours yet, absolutely love this series dan!

Justin - excellent work! are any prints available for purchase?

Lucky - So I guess this is more evidence that wedding photographers aren’t just hack photographers like some people would like to believe. :)

Amazing work Dan, I really love the consistent theme you have throughout the work. The 2nd picture down is my winner, but it’s not a competition so it doesn’t really matter. :)

Stew - Wonderous.

Kate Robinson - Beautiful, beautiful work Dan! Must be so amazing to see it in the gallery, off the computer and actually printed! Bit of a rarity these days.

Kirsty Aksentiew - AWESOME Dan. Absolutely amazing work

Chatti - You are amazing.

steve bebb - humbling, how damn talented you are. proud of you for taking this leap.

Josh Mikhaiel - So so impressive Dan, Love the fine art style coming through. Really really beautiful frames.

Bek - Hah! When I saw the title of this post I thought “fantastic, he’s going to post his collection of random sleeping people”!

Still…..not disappointed, not one bit! Well done, lovely work!

Shauna - Oh, Mr. O’Day…. beautiful.. breathtaking..chilling..inspiring..thought provoking. What a brilliant series.

kellie - d.o.d. you continue to continue to be such a incredible source of inspiration. thank you.

JK Blackwell - Wish I was there! Looks amazing man! Hope you get to show in Sydney one day :)

Scout - So awesome man, I will always love the beach shots.

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Kristian Leven - What this proves is that you’re not just a very fine wedding photographer, but an incredibly talented photographer full stop. Love these mate.

ed peers - That room is now a holy place.

Matt Smith - Impressive Dan, love the space too! Congratulations


It is an honor to be asked to shoot a wedding on the best of days, but when a talented wedding photographer like David asked me to shoot his wedding i was (of course) humbled and felt no pressure at all! (you can see some of his work here, he goes alright). Below is the story of the day Shobana and David married ON the amazing Lake George, just outside of Canberra, Australia. Their story is beautiful and so was this day. I had the privilege of my good friend Kelly Tunney come along and second shoot this one with me and of course (as always) my right hand man James (Thommo) Thomson… What a day, I hope you enjoy.

Rachael - Killing it! Awesome Set Dan! Every images is so filled with story… I’m sure Mr & Mrs Robertsons with love them. :)

Emilie - Gorgeous! These night shots are amazing.

Kristian - Awesome work Dan – loved the four-shot sequence at the top with the two kids. Great stuff.

Craig + Kate - holy shabang batman this is NICE! =)

Alyda - I looked at these images and they made me feel very happy. Wowsers Danny!

todd hunter mcgaw - oooooh that’s a goodie!

Ben - These are insane Dan! Inspiring to say the least……

David & Shobz - Words can’t express.. Eternally grateful

amanda vanvels - wow these are so, so wonderful!

john benavente - rock on dan!

Eric Savoie - Ka-pow..really sweet Dan.

katelyn - You outdid yourself! Amazing wedding! Congrats to the bride and groom.

Rebecca - Wow, I love the way you see things!!!!

stewart - Stellar!

Adam Cavanagh - Absolutely brilliant!!And congrats to the Robertsons!


Jack Chauvel - Beautiful coverage of beautiful people :)

Julian - Timeless and Beautiful… as usual!!

gemma higgins - Brilliant as always x

Anna - LOVE!!! One of my favorites!

Mark - Never thought I’d see a wedding on Lake George! You guys pulled it off well – great job Dynamic Duo! Loved that kids series.

ryan flynn - I love how after looking through these, you feel like you were not only there, but like you’re friends of the bride and groom.

Marc Ash - Nailed it man.

Scott English milam - I audibly Gasped at the pictures. This is so beautiful! thank you for sharing it with us! WOW!

James Melia - Just bloody awesome!

James Frost - Your a clever bugger ! This is off the hook ! Great work as always dude :)

Philip Daly - Delicious and V Tasty too !!!!!!! Great work you crazy Irish Man ;-)

Gemma Williams - This is so good, it actually hurts. Awesome work!!! :)

Bettina - Flippin amazing again Dan, love the little boys face after he fell classic. xoxo

Lisa - Mind is blown! Stunning!

Scout - Dudeeee, so so awesome.

Love the shots of the kidlets ;)

Jay - Love it Dan!! Awesome!!

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Myekie - Shot 144 in near Darkness is just amazing. Great work Dan!

Emily - beyond awesome xo

Delia - Love every one! And that bride and her bridesmaids are just so beautiful!

Julia - Dano everything about that set of images is absolutely perfect! I am so blown away..

ed peers - Brilliance.

Ben Murphy - Original spice every time!

jazzy - LOVE <3

BT - Love it Danzer. DR’s wedding and all dude ;-)


nirav - Taking it straight into the night!! Lovely work Mr. Dan and congratulations to you and WIFE ;) David!

xian alexander - Amazing, such a great setting too!

Alan Hughes - storytelling at it’s best, awesome work…

JK Blackwell - I love that you’ve included the The Bevers (fish, guests), who were also invited to the dinner party. Thumbs (big toes too) up!

Linda - Mr O’Day, you are truly amazing. I am in awe of your talent.