Hello my name is Daniel Brunt
Precisepix is a business built around the passion for creating beautiful artworks that will be cherished for generations and documenting those special moments that make you feel something.
Before starting Precisepix, I had achieved many impressive life goals like property and travel. Still, in my heart, I always knew I wanted to be a wedding photographer. With the help of my amazing fiancée Christine, I have been able to build my business from the ground up and follow my dreams to this very day.
I get anxious before every wedding, which has always been a sign that I am about to level up and achieve greatness. I know that I am living my true destiny to become the best wedding photographer I can be.
Every couple deserves to have a photographer that desires to do their very best no matter the situation.
My Dad always told me that wedding photography is such a fantastic job because you are the one to capture the most outstanding photo of that family’s history.
That's my Mum and Dad 👆
In the 1970s, my Dad was a Newcastle wedding photographer. He was shooting a high profile wedding; the mayor’s daughter and his flash stopped working correctly at the start of the reception. He couldn’t check or know until after he developed the film. The result was all of the reception photos were under-exposed. It crushed him, and I grew up with that failure. I was afraid the same thing would happen to me. But no! I can be a successful wedding photographer, and I am proving it to him.
I am also a licensed Electrician; I started when I was 16. I have always felt like it had a sense of worthlessness, as in one day someone will demolish my work and replace it. However, wedding photography is something that I create that is precious and will last in your family history forever. If my ambition in life is to find that of purpose, I have found it.
I am about to write something that is pretty cliche, but it’s the truth, so here it is... I was born with a camera in my hand. The camera below is what I grew up with and learnt on and even use to this very day. I am so privileged that I have such an amazing father that documented my early life and taught me how to use my hands
Here I am, chasing a dream and passion. Delivering something of huge value to you and your family is a great risk to both of us. If my equipment stops working or I am unable to perform, I could ruin the documentation of one of the most important days in your life.
One of the most important parts of photographing a wedding is planning and preparation. I will always scout photograph locations beforehand, at the same time of day, so I can see where the light is falling, where the shadows are, where the best locations, and how long it will take to get between the locations. I will also research what other photographers have done and use it as inspiration.
As your photographer, I fully understand how important documenting these family moments are. I truly appreciate the gift of being invited into your life and connecting with all of your guests. It is an honour.
Above is a photograph I took at Positano in 2015 on a massive European tour. Her name is Christine. We've been together since 2008. She is the love of my life and an absolute saint of a person. Because of her amazingness, we travelled a great part of the world together. She is remarkably organised and loves adventure. She is also the most photographed person I know and very patient. You can thank her for my photography skills; without her, whom would I have practised on? She knows her way around a camera now too, probably because it is all I talk about.
Above is a photo from the first wedding I ever part documented. My cousin Chris married his now-wife, Kate. Their wedding photographer told me I couldn't take any photos at their ceremony because I didn't have a silent shutter on my a7ii (I do now on both my a7iii's). I did not get any couple portraits of them either, as I felt out of place. But I did get lots of great party photos!
Above is a photo from the second wedding I ever part documented. My friends Sally and Omar got married and as you can see we had quite the party. Omar is one of the people that really made me feel like I could be a wedding photographer. He said he believed in me, and I have what it takes. Thanks, Omar.
Above is the third wedding I photographed for my friends Katie and Brenton. This time I invested in a new lens to capture the close-in inspirational photos. I was not their main wedding photographer. This wedding is where I met Lauren Campbell, a local Canberra wedding photographer. She is a very talented and well known Canberra wedding photographer. Thank you, Katie and Brenton.
The fourth wedding I photographed was for my brother-in-law Andrew and his now-wife, Katie. It was a midday ceremony at the peak of summer. As you can see, the direct sunlight is very harsh and not so flattering. The ceremony and lunch were at Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery in the Snowy Mountains. This wedding was the first time I was the primary photographer, where I had the pleasure of capturing wedding portraits. Thank you, Andrew and Katie.
The fifth wedding I photographed was my cousin Hollie and her husband Jason in Brisbane. Again I was not the primary photographer; however, as my skills had greatly improved, so were the photos I captured for them. Thank you, Hollie and Jason, for giving me this beautiful opportunity.
On 30th November 2019 was my first paid Canberra wedding photography gig, YAY! Piriestika and Ravnit's wedding consisted of pre-ceremony couple portraits at Lake Tuggeranong Park, then a small family ceremony and reception at their home in Southern Canberra.
I honestly had the best time of my life. For the first time, I was shooting a real wedding. Real people were paying me actual money; WOW! I loved being apart of their lives and meeting everyone in their family, sharing a meal with them of delicious Fijian Indian food they made.
When I left their home and got in my car, I was pumping full of endorphins, literally peaking from dancing to Indian dance music whilst taking photos.
I know for sure now, this is my destiny. Being a wedding photographer is what I am supposed to do. It only took me 33 years to work out what I really want to do with my life. So if you are still reading this, you know that I am genuine, honest and open-minded. I am extremely passionate about photographing weddings.
I am pretty hard on myself when it comes to criticism, but it is the reason my photography is always improving. The photos you see on my website are a benchmark. The photos I make for you will be better. The creative challenge is just one of the reasons why I love being a wedding photographer.
So what are you waiting for? Let's be friends?
MY DAD'S WEDDING CAMERA
For Christmas 2019, my father gifted me the precious camera that he used to photograph portraits at weddings when he was my age. It is such an honour to receive this powerful token of his recognition that I might be good enough to use his camera.
There are so much joy and excitement about the development of the film. Did I expose properly? What will the photograph look like? Will it turn out? You can not just look at the back of the camera and get instant feedback.
The above photo was taken under Commonwealth Avenue Bridge at 3 pm on Sunday 5th January 2020. A nationwide bushfires disaster covered Australia's Capital city in a thick blanket of smoke.
I decided to make the most of the dire situation by documenting the eerie atmosphere at some of Canberra's iconic landmarks with my Mamiya C3 using Kodak 100TMX 120 black and white negative film.
This happened to be my very first roll of 120 films I have ever shot. I did not even know how I was going to get it developed. Lucky PhotoAccess in Manuka Arts Centre has the last public darkroom in Canberra. They developed and scanned my negatives for $30 per roll.
These two guys are my best friends, we constantly talk about cameras, and we are always pushing each other in professional development. Without them, I certainly would not be as far as I am with my photography.
Andrew Croucher, on the left, lives in Sydney, New South Wales, and he specialises in creative portraiture, fine art landscape, event and macro photography. You can check out his Facebook here and his website here.