I’m Jay, and I love photographing beautiful weddings and love stories.
My small team and I have been photographing weddings for over ten years, and love to unobtrusively capture the emotions and little moments that make your day special.
We use our experience photographing weddings from all cultural backgrounds to ensure we never miss a moment or important ritual, using a mix of natural and studio lighting to create unique images that stand out. We’ve covered all kinds of Indian weddings (Hindu, Muslim, Sikh/Punjabi, Sinhalese Buddhist, you name it), as well as Catholic church ceremonies and intimate garden civil weddings.
Our wedding photography coverage starts when you’re getting ready, all the way until dancing at your reception. There are no fixed hours – we are there to tell your whole story.
Unlike larger photography studios who assign a photographer for your wedding (whom you will typically only meet on your actual wedding day), I will be the lead photographer at your wedding. You also have a second dedicated photographer who captures groom preparations and secondary photos throughout the day.
We offer flexible wedding photography pricing options to suit your requirements, from $3900 including edited digital images and a private online gallery to share with guests. We also offer wedding cinematography starting from $3800. Get in touch and I’d be happy to send you our detailed pricing information.
A real review from Freddie and Alexi:
- Experienced, friendly and creative photographers
- Jay will be the lead photographer at your wedding
- No fixed hours – from getting ready until dancing at your reception
- Get your photos in just 4 weeks – guaranteed
- Over 10 years of experience with cultural weddings – everything will be captured
Let’s sit down and chat about your dream wedding photos.
How it works
We meet up in my comfy Cronulla studio (or chat over Skype) and discuss your plans. I also have beautiful wedding books, canvases and other ideas on display which I'll take you through.
2 weeks before
I give you a call and run through every last detail of your wedding so we're all clear. I'm very thorough with this as I want to make sure we don't miss a thing.
On the day
We unobtrusively document all the moments of your day, and work hard to create images that are special and unique to you.
4 weeks after - the premiere!
This is the exciting part! You and your family are greeted in my studio with champagne and nibbles, enjoying your photos for the very first time on the big screen.
6 weeks after: Your wedding book
If you've selected a wedding book in your package, I send you an initial layout that beautifully tells the story of your day. You're then able to make as many changes as you like until it's perfect.
Eliminate camera nerves with a pre-wedding shoot.
An pre-wedding shoot is a photo shoot with you and your partner, at a location of your choice. Your pre-wedding shoot typically goes for 1.5-2 hours and is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera.
Many of our couples also choose to use their favourite photos for a photo signing book or a canvas to display at the wedding reception. A pre-wedding shoot is also a great way to get photos in a location that may otherwise not be possible on your wedding day (for example, where you proposed, or where you like to hang out).
We’d love to meet you and hear your story.
Tell your unique love story with a hand-crafted wedding book.
While having your images in digital format is important for posterity, nothing comes close to the feeling of holding your wedding book in your hands, and reliving the story of your wedding with your family and friends.
We believe in the importance of a wedding book. It tells the story of the biggest day of your lives: not just who was there, but the raw emotions, beauty and rituals that make your story unique. Your wedding book becomes a family heirloom; something that you share with your children and pass on to future generations.
We have two photographers at every wedding. Typically one will go to the groom’s house before the ceremony and one will go to the bride’s to capture some natural moments and family photos at each home before leaving for the ceremony. The second photographer will stay until the end of your wedding ceremony, and the main photographer will continue on for the location shoot and reception.
Your photos will be ready within four weeks of your wedding. You can access your photos via an easy-to-use password protected online gallery, which is perfect for sharing with family and friends.
Most of our couples book an engagement session (aka pre-wedding shoot) with us. They are a fantastic way to get comfortable in front of the camera, get a hair and make-up trial, and get creative with your outfits and location choices.
Here are 9 Reasons to book an engagement session.
Absolutely. We believe that a wedding book is an essential part of your wedding story. Every couple receives a book that is unique to them; after your wedding we work with you to create a beautifully designed and custom-made book (proudly made in Australia) that you will be excited to share with your family and friends.
Find out more about our wedding books.
Yes we do. We have a long-standing partnership with a fantastic cinematography studio whose style is natural and unobtrusive just like ours. We’d love to put together a combined photography and video package to suit your requirements – discover more here.
In more than 10 years of photographing over 300 weddings, we have seen weddings of all cultures (Aussie, Catholic, South Indian Hindu, North Indian Hindu, Fijian Hindu, Punjabi Sikh, Muslim, Jewish – you name it), so you can rest assured that we will not miss a moment. We are non-obtrusive on your big day – you won’t even notice we’re there. And you get your photos in 4 weeks while the excitement is high – guaranteed.
We also only accept up to 40 weddings per year, so we can bring all of our creativity and energy to your big day. This also allows to really get to you know so we can capture images that matter to you.
Our photographs are spontaneous, relaxed and natural – check out our blog for more.
While every wedding is different, you can expect to receive at least 800 images from your wedding. We can present your images on one of our signature USB drive, or via a digital download. We will also display your images on a private online gallery for easy sharing with your guests.
We use a wide range of lighting and photography equipment (Sony mirrorless bodies for you geeks out there), and bring second and third backups of everything so we can continue capturing your special moments without interruption.
Definitely! We offer a base price for our coverage, giving you the flexibility to add on options like engagement sessions, wedding books and prints so you get exactly what you want.
Of course! We have photographed over 300 weddings so can definitely help you figure out how long you need for different parts of your wedding day. Check out our article on how to design your perfect wedding photography timeline.
Most couples meet with us in our studio to chat more about their wedding day plans and to go through our wedding books, canvases and other ideas. We then build a quote together which they then accept online and pay a deposit to secure their dates.
For couples who are strapped for time, they can simply pay a deposit to secure their dates, and we can meet at a later time to work out the details of their wedding photography package.
We also love to chat to our interstate and international couples via Zoom or Skype!
We asked Jay to be our wedding photographer because he was professional, took amazing photos and came across as such a friendly & easy-going guy. He made our day enjoyable and completely stress-free.
Jay shot our Sangeet, Wedding and Reception. We were very impressed with the quality of his photos, and he went out of his way to ensure we got everything that we wanted. It was well worth the money for some of the amazing shots that we have of our events.
Selecting Southern Light to photograph our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Jay was fantastic - he was professional, friendly and most of all extremely talented.
Southern Light Wedding Photography and Video, is Jay Valabjee and his small team of talented photographers and videographers. They bring their unique, natural style of wedding photography and videography to document beautiful weddings of all cultures, all over Australia.