Alta explores the reimagination of traditional wedding photography for the fashion-forward and discerning couple with a mindful, intentional approach that blends documentary and editorial style. Alta creates something truly meaningful, whilst fostering a personal connection that allows them to offer a boutique experience and take honest, heartfelt images. Alta is based in Sydney and is capturing weddings in Europe, Canada and NYC throughout the year.
Tell us about Alta!
I actually studied fine art and illustration for a few years before realising that it's not the right path for me. I've always loved photography deeply, so I decided to get into fashion at the end of 2020 and hone my craft through practice. It's been a wild journey since then for me, and I've been lucky enough to have met some incredible Australian fashion photographers and creatives who've lent me a helping hand. It's not an easy world to be immersed in, so my focus naturally shifted to weddings in 2021/22. I genuinely enjoy having diversity in my life and not just focusing on a single endeavour! It keeps me on my toes constantly, and a background in fashion and art compliments weddings so well.
I shoot weddings of all scales as well as elopements; and while it's not my main focus, I do love couple sessions with a bit of a fashion twist and direction - it can be on location and in the studio. I also offer campaigns and art direction for bridal and jewellery brands and am able to pull from a range of very talented creatives. And I've got a beautiful coffee table book on the list of to-do things. It was always important to me to create something a little different and more contemporary than a traditional album.
Where are you based?
I'm based in Sydney, but originally from Munich, which means I'm in Europe at least twice a year and will be moving there in 2025.
Do you travel for weddings?
I do! I travel anywhere, really. Whether it's interstate or overseas, I recommend enquiring directly or checking the travel pop-up on the contact page for updates. ALTA will be in NYC in May 2024, Italy / Europe in June and Montreal, Canada at the end of August, so should you plan on a destination wedding around that time, only local travel fees will incur.
How would you describe your style?
ALTA's style is mindful and intentional. A journalistic, meaningful approach with a chic, editorial touch and a bit of a vintage feel through film.
What inspires you?
Fashion, art and cinema; photographers such as Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts or more recently Jake Terrey and Kulesza and Pik.
How would you describe your working style?
ALTA is the choice for couples who want a photographer that doesn't feel like a traditional wedding photographer and would like intimate images that don't necessarily follow rules. I would consider myself predominantly a documentary-style shooter who captures your day as it unfolds, whilst celebrating with you and your guests. To me, it's important that the couple is content and I prefer keeping the images honest and relaxed, while not spending too much time on staged family portraits and group photos and rather focusing on the moments in-between. The way I take images is very intuitive and I don't like following trends, such as unnecessary blur.
I also do love to get a little creative with compositions when it comes to your photos as a couple or individually (think Wes Anderson) and add a twist of fashion and flash usage to the portrayal of the day.
Do you shoot digitally, on film or both?
Both! I adore analogue and from this year onward ALTA is including by default film, with the addition of a second shooter in the team for larger weddings - so I can focus more on film coverage without having to worry about a digital backup. You just can't recreate the unique look with digital files, and it always reminds me fondly of going through my grandparent's albums. Analogue shooting is intentional and honest, sometimes with beautiful imperfections. I like the slower pace.
What is a favourite product or service that you offer and why?
High-end, luxe elopements and smaller weddings. I think it allows couples to enjoy their day more, and to allocate the budget from accommodating a large guest list to creating a truly stunning experience.
Who is your dream client?
I'm lucky enough to be in the position that all my clients are already dream clients and aligning with my vision. Easygoing and discerning couples with a strong sense for fashion and style, willing to set trends with an alternative take rather than following them. Someone who fully trusts me with my work and gives me full creative freedom on the day.
What is your advice to couples getting married?
A few things - make a priority list of things that are truly important to you and you want to allocate most of the budget to; and consider hiring a planner or coordinator with larger weddings. Yes, it's an investment, but you'll be able to enjoy your day stress-free and the planning stage will be infinitely more relaxed. At the very least I'd add a stylist to the list. Secondly, remember to create an event you truly enjoy attending and going against expectations, if need be. I know it sounds like it would be a given however, unfortunately it's not. I think it's also important to start thinking more sustainably, hiring vendors who care and show a certain flexibility with florals to support local growers. I'd also recommend intentionally setting time aside for yourself and your partner on the day! Sneak away from your guests and take it all in for a little while, with a glass of champagne or cocktail in your hands.