Doug Fiona is a professional photographer based in Mackay, Queensland
A Moment behind the lens
With Just One Moment Photography, Mackay Whitsundays
By Jaime Newborn
WHEN photographers Doug and Fiona recall past wedding shoots, they dont talk about location or themes - they remember the people.
Remember that wedding we did for Sarah? Fiona asks. That was a great one, great dancing... Doug agrees.
"And the one we did for Tara and Ben?" he says.
"All the guests dressed in an old style jazz-bar theme, everyone having fun. Just a really good vibe."
As the pair points out, a wedding day is about one thing - people. And it seems their business name, Just One Moment photography, has been oddly prophetic. Because it is their talent at capturing the unique essence of the people behind the moment (the "just once" kind) that really make their photos sing.
As Doug explains, one moment can contain so many elements.
"When we started professionally over in the UK, we actually used to stay away from wedding shoots like the plague... we were doing a lot of fashion shoots, photos of the music industry, models, television work - that sort of thing," he says.
"On our return back home to Australia we did a couple of weddings for friends and I thought - this is alright actually! In one great day you cover all emotions, it's a photographers dream.
"The thing about a wedding is, it's one day, one moment, that you've got everything.
"You've got beauty, you've got glamour, you've got Dad's getting teary and people laughing, and people dancing, and love and kisses and kids.
"There's so many emotions rolled up and condensed into those 10 or so hours.
"It gives you enormous scope as a photographer to capture all those elements and really create something magic."
Now, Doug's background in fashion and his expertise as a professional studio photographer is a major reason that brides of all kinds flock to his studio base in Mackay and the Whitsundays.
"We have plenty of local clients, as well as clients from interstate and overseas, who typically shoot at Airlie Beach and the islands" Doug says.
"But there is no such thing as a bad location, we work everywhere."
Both he and Fiona now see wedding photos as nothing less than heirlooms. And when you're creating history, it has to last the distance.
"After the wedding day you have your ring, your love for each other - and you have your photos," says Fiona.
She confesses she often has a 'little teary moment' at many of the weddings she helps shoot, because on the other side of the lens emotions can also run high.
"When I think about it, those photos will get handed down for generations," she says.
That's a moment worth keeping.
To have a chat about your photography plans, please get in touch with us. We are based in Mackay, Queensland and travel extensively through the Whitsundays, Bowen and coal mining regions. View More...
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Sim + Tim, Wedding
Your wedding day is one of those moments you’re not only going to remember for life, but you really want to make sure that photographer you choose can capture the essence of your special day. On our first appointment with Doug and Fiona (Just one moment) they both put us at ease with their easy going and friendly personalities. As soon as we saw their work we both knew that these guys were the right choice for us. I think when you choose a photographer, you really choose them for life because the way they worked with us on our special day and what they produced was not only professional they also captured who we are as a couple. I think that really shows how passionate they are about their work. We now look forward to working with you both in our future and capturing life’s moments along the way.
Janelle + Dinesh, Wedding
You both have blown me away!! I am loving it. Thanks seems such a small word to describe my total joy ... these photos represent a perfect day ... We just can't imagine our wedding day without you both. I am just smiling away ... Lots of xoxoxo Mrs M.!!!!!
Tara + Clayton, Wedding
You made us comfortable and relaxed, we now have beautiful wedding photos that are priceless ... how pleased we are, the photos are beautiful, creative and captured our happiness completely ...
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