About Me

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Hunter Valley & Central Coast Wedding Photographer

Jodie Reardon

Email – jodiereardon@bigpond.com
Phone – 0421 902959

ABN: 50 932 429 195

 

 

 

I’d like to personally thank you for taking the time to look at my images and if you’re getting married – congratulations to you and your fiancé on your engagement. It’s such an exciting time planning a wedding! Busy but hopefully lots of fun. 

So, a little about me….

I’m a wife to Sean and Mum to Jayden and Ella – The apple of my eye. They are amazing kids – kind, compassionate, academic, tall! The thing I’m most proud of is their beautiful souls. My other child is my Springer Spaniel – you may see him pop up on my facebook page every now and then when I have a new lens to test out. He is full of character and a big part of our family. So as a wedding photographer, I thought I’d share a few things about my own wedding –  Sean and I got married at the Norah Head Lighthouse in 2009, we’d already had our children, and at the time Jayden was 6 and a half and Ella was 2 and a half. Ella was never into dolls but loved her plush toys, at the time a bright colourful dog was the favourite and it features in most of my photos, I absolutely love that! I look at them and say ‘Remember when Ella was obsessed with that dog’. A little side note, Sean and I met when we were 16 and 17 at the pub – my son is now 16 and I’d absolutely kill him if I knew he was drinking at the pub, but we were friends for a long time and always liked each other. We were similar, pretty chilled out, I remember thinking he was so easy to talk too, and he still is, except when I tell him something for the 5th time and he acts like it’s the first time he’s heard it. We got married in the month of November and let me tell you – it was HOT! About 34c, the next day was 40c so we didn’t do too bad. It was a very casual affair, no set seating, a buffet dinner and our surf club (North Entrance) to hire was about 500 bucks! We were on a pretty tight budget and it definitely wasn’t anything fancy but we had the most amazing day. The boys were bright red in my photos because I was a tad late to the ceremony and they were standing out in the sun. My Dad passed away 2 months before we got married and Sean’s Dad passed away on New Years Eve that year – 2009 was a good and not so good year. So by the time we got married, we’d already bought our first house (you could say the worst house in the best street), and have been fixing it up ever since – these things take time ;). We put a three car garage in our yard, and years later Sean was so kind to give me a third which I turned into an office space for my work – not that he had much of a choice ;). This is where couples come to meet where I have albums and displays on the walls and I spend a fair amount of time here during the week with editing and running the business. 

Photography has been my full time gig for 9 years now, and Jodie Reardon Photography was launched in January 2013. I work hard within my business and am proud to say I’ve won the Central Coast Brides Choice ‘Highly Commended’ award for 2016, 2017, 2018 and took out ‘Winner’ for 2019. Photography is the biggest category and to win this is awesome. I’m so grateful my couples take time out to vote for me. 

I developed an interest in photography way back in high school, where I learned to develop film (yes film!), in a darkroom and make my own black and white prints using an enlarger and chemicals. Photography has evolved tremendously since then but it’s great that I have experienced both and let me tell you that rolling film on a canister in pitch black darkness was not easy. I shot my very first wedding in film for a friend. I must have shot about 20 rolls, dropped them at the lab and picked them up a few days later – no editing involved! I’ve had people ask me if I’ve done courses in photography, and I’ve done a few over the years, however it’s more about understanding light and shadows and for the most part it’s all experience and teaching myself. I started off photographing kids in a studio environment, and gradually got into weddings. I’ve been shooting weddings for nine years, mostly on the Coast and the Hunter Valley. We certainly have some gorgeous locations for weddings from garden settings to beautiful beaches. 

My approach to your wedding day – I’m a calm presence amongst what can be a hectic day. Yes I feel the huge responsibility you place on me, however even if I’m feeling under the pump – you’re not going to notice. I know if I stress, you will stress and I won’t get the best from you. I want you to be comfortable with me, I want you to open up and not be afraid to throw your arms around your new husband or wife, to show the love, to laugh, to just be you. I guarantee you won’t feel like your wedding day was spent with a great big camera in your face because a lot of what I capture throughout the day is not posed, I’m blending in just shooting the action! I get right into it too, sometimes I feel like a guest because I have so much fun – I love to see people enjoying themselves. I’ve honestly met so many lovely people and feel extremely lucky to be involved in so many weddings.  

Weddings are fast paced, fun, emotional, busy and even after photographing hundreds of weddings – I still have a sense of apprehension to each one. Why you may ask? It’s just my nature. I care about my work – I care about doing the best job for my couples and producing high quality images. I want all my couples to have a 100% positive experience with me and my business. From the lead up to the wedding, to me shooting the day, to the super quick sneak peaks and the 100+ images in a slideshow sometimes ready the next morning. I get so much joy from this because I know my couples absolutely love receiving their sneak peak and sharing it with their family and friends. The delivery of images is generally within a couple of weeks and the album design not long after. Most of my weddings are booked from recommendations, if I don’t produce quality imagery and superior customer service I wouldn’t be recommended, and my business would not have survived like it has since I got into photography. 

I truly am glad I bit the bullet years ago and left a job that ‘just paid a few bills’ and went out and followed my dream to one day make a living as a photographer. It’s a lot of work, but gives me so much satisfaction knowing that I have created so many beautiful everlasting memories for my gorgeous couples. Not only that, I get to meet so many wonderful people and work with so many awesome wedding suppliers on the coast. 

So that’s a little about me – If you love my work and think my approach is suited to your wedding day, I’d love to get to know you too. 

I look forward to meeting you and hopefully be lucky enough to be a part of your day.

Cheers,
Jodie

PS – Pic below of the said springer spaniel. “Pluto”