Held in Sydney two weeks ago, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) annual national awards celebrate the very best in professional photography and this year one of our very own took home a category win.
Adelaide based photographer, Paul McCall has been recognised as the Australian Wedding Photographer of the year.
Despite being a fully Accredited Professional Photographer having 35 awards under his belt, including South Australian Travel Photographer of the year in 2018, Paul was taken aback at the win.
“Sure, of course I always hope to do well but this was completely overwhelming for me. I can’t truly express how incredible this is – I’m still pretty numb…
…It was the only one we took home and it was really amazing to represent SA,” Paul describes.
Based in Adelaide, but also travelling to rural locations, interstate and the occasional overseas destination, focusing on personalising every photoshoot means that Paul has photographed over 300 weddings.
He tells us how creative expression, technical expertise and, most importantly, documenting moments in our lives are the reasons he loves what he does, believing that wedding photography ties all this together.
He describes his current style as “moment driven photos”. Something he explains as documentary-style photos, capturing how people are feeling in the exact moment.
One of his award-winning images is of a bride breastfeeding her baby in the backseat of a car and sharing an intimate kiss with her new husband.
He continues to say how he believes these natural, documented photos are the reason he won.
“Everyone is tired of this over processed look and we’re now coming back with more natural ones, which are what I’ve won with.”
Starting his business PaulMac Photography 13 years ago, Paul has captured everything from commercial photos to travel, but has always regarded weddings as his most loved thing to snapshot.
“I like the challenge of wedding photography. It’s different every week, you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“I’ve often been told, and trust me it’s done quite subconsciously, that I find a lovely balance between getting some great images to hang on the wall and allowing a couple to enjoy their day for what it is…their wedding day. Hearing that let’s me know I’m getting it right,” Paul explains.
For the self-described “humble guy” who tends to slide away from being the centre of attention, the achievement is still hard for Paul to digest but has gained ample support from family and friends.
“One thing for sure is I haven’t travelled this journey on my own. For me, this award isn’t just for me; I very much share it with my family and photographer friends who have been my ultimate support.”