hellbells Photography Michelle Harfoot


I love the simple things in life!
I find less is often more!
My style is simple, classic, natural and fun!

My photos are all about LOVE!

I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain
And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne….  Oh actually an Apperol Spritz is my favourite at the moment!

I would love to hear all about you and your love story.

Shell xx

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Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding information and FAQ

If you want to know more about wedding photography I can guide you with some further information:


How much do you charge?
Wedding packages are designed to suit your day and budget.  You pick the coverage you want based on the sections of the day you want to capture, for example, the getting ready or the reception.   Then you add your extras, like prints, albums etc.  You can have as little or much as you like – check out the wedding pricing.


Do you cover elopements, vow renewals and low key mid-week weddings?
Yes, as the coverage required is generally a lot less than a full wedding, my family portrait pricing may be applied.  This includes hour of photography, with digital images, from $590.

Please contact me to confirm pricing and to tell me about your plans.


Can I meet you?
Definitely!  You’re welcome to come to my place in Wurtulla for a cuppa and a chat.  Perhaps you’d like to see images from other weddings or to look at a complete wedding from beginning to end.  You can touch and feel the albums and check out the gorgeous wooden box that your prints and USB come in.

If you’re interstate, we can chat over the phone or perhaps Skype each other.


How do we book you?
A booking fee of $400 is payable to secure your date (it is non-refundable if your big day is cancelled).

The balance of whatever package you choose is due two weeks prior to your wedding day.


When will I get my images?
You will receive your edited images on a wooden USB, with 100 4” x 6” prints (my choice) in a natural wooden box three to eight weeks after your wedding.  I like you to come to my place to view your images so we can relive the day together.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing your reactions as the photos pop up on the screen!  If you can’t come because your too far away or otherwise unavailable, then I can post them to you.


How many images will I get?
I give you all the images taken on the day, the only ones that are deleted are the unflattering, eyes closed ones and any duplicates.  ou can expect 400-700 images (depending on coverage), plus additional black and white copies.  The images are high resolution JPEG and you’ll also receive a low res file, for ease of social media uploading.  You’re very welcome to come and view weddings from beginning to end, just so you can see exactly how many photos you get, as well as the quality and variety. 


Do you edit your own images?
Yes.  I do it all myself – I don’t have a team of editors, nor do I send them overseas for editing.  All of your images are edited to adjust exposure, colour correction, contrast etc.  Sometimes, some light skin retouching on close ups is done, but they will still look like you!  I like to keep my editing style very classic and I refrain from using any of the current editing trends and fads that will just look outdated within a year or two. 

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Do you have a second photographer on the day?
For the last three years I have photographed my weddings completely solo.  I manage to get both grooms’ and brides’ reactions as they come down the aisle.  If you want groom coverage, I just do it ahead of the bridal preparation and it all seems to work just fine!  If for any reason you do still want a second photographer, I can arrange one at an additional cost.


I am not very good at having my photo taken!
I’m exactly the same!  I enjoy being behind the camera instead!  But just relax, enjoy yourself, have fun with your bridesmaids and get caught up in the moment with your partner!  All this will shine through in the photos!  I will assist you with some posing, then wait for you to relax in the pose and that’s when I take the image.  You’ll be amazed just how easy it is! 

Your welcome to take advantage of your complimentary Engagement Session – feel free to view the Couples Gallery


What can we expect from you on the actual day?
I can promise that I’m so much more than a photographer on the day.  I just can’t help myself!  If I see that something’s not right, I just have to jump in and assist.  I have laced up brides, pinned buttonholes, dressed kids, braided flower girls’ hair, chauffeured brides and so on, all because it needed to be done!

It’s my role on the day to be timekeeper, ensuring that the day flows smoothly and that you’re on time for everything.  Your day is made up of a team of professionals and together we do the right thing by each other.  The make-up artist should have you ready on time so I can begin your photography.  Then I make sure you arrive to the reception on time as the kitchen staff have prepared your meals and have their own time line; they would not be happy if we were late!

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How long does everything take?
Groom preparation photos – approximately 45 minutes

Bridal preparation photos – approximately 1 – 1.5 hours (depending on bridal party size)

Ceremony   – generally 30 minutes, a church service is much longer

Your ceremony should be approximately 2-2.5 hours before sunset

Congratulations and family portraits – approximately 30 minutes

Couple and bridal party photos – approximately 1.5 hours

Reception and walk-in – approximately 10-15 minutes to freshen up before the bridal entrance. 


What time should I start my ceremony?
Ideally, your couple photography should be timed for the ‘golden hour’ – the last hour before sunset. Therefore, your ceremony should be 2-2.5 hours prior to sunset.

Check out the sunset for your day –  Sunshine Coast Sunset Guide

Photography time line example – based on a sunset of 6pm:

1:30pm – Bridal preparation

3:00pm – Groom and groomsmen prior to ceremony and guests arriving

3:30pm – Ceremony

4:00pm – Congratulations and family portraits

4:30pm – Bridal party and couple photos

6:00pm – Bridal couple arrive at reception and freshen up

6:15pm – Bridal couple walk-in

This example is based on bridal preparation, ceremony and photos all on at one venue.

Of course this is just a suggestion – you may have a different plan – so we’ll need to discuss things like bridal party size, travel times between home or hotel and the venue and many other factors that affect the flow of the day.  We’ll talk about these things when you book and before you send out your invitations.


What’s covered in “First 30 minutes of reception”
Coverage includes some reception details, the table set up, the bridal party entrance, the mock cake cutting and some images of guests.


How long is “Full reception coverage”
Full reception coverage includes the above, plus all guests, speeches, real cake cutting and concludes just after your first dance. This is generally around 8:30pm-9:00pm. We can go outside beforehand for some photos with sparklers or whatever takes your fancy. Please note, that you’ll need to feed me for full reception coverage – I need fuelling! 

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What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
We always imagine and plan our day with a blue sky and sunshine.  I suggest that you have two sets of plans, plan A for sunshine and plan B for wet weather.  I a fan of Murphy’s Law and figure that if you are totally prepared both physically and mentally for the rain, then perhaps we can keep it away!  If wet weather is on the cards, get some funky gum boots for yourself and the bridal party.  Keep the receipt and take them back on Monday if you didn’t use them.

They say that a wet knot is harder to untie and that it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day!  Whatever the weather, we’ll roll with it and have an absolute ball!  I even have a stock of clear umbrellas that travel with me so I’ll ensure that you still have gorgeous images to place on your walls. 


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What happens if you’re sick or unable to attend on our wedding day?
In all my years I’ve never missed a wedding. I have a fairly healthy lifestyle and fill myself with vitamins at the hint of sickness. I’m also lucky that I have a huge network of friends who are professional photographers so I can simply ask one of them to jump in and assist with your day if required. I’ll make sure your replacement works to a similar style to mine.


What does an “accredited photographer with the AIPP” actually mean?
The AIPP is the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. An accredited professional photographer is a professional photographer who has met the AIPP accreditation standards and is a current AIPP member.

Accreditation is designed to give you, the consumer, confidence that your professional photographer is a proven, experienced, technically capable, professional practitioner who complies with all legal business requirements, has appropriate insurance and who is willing to agree to the mandatory “Code of Professional Practice” and to the requirement to continually improve their photographic skills by committing to continue their professional development.

To become accredited, a professional photographer has to:

-Demonstrate that they have been practicing for a minimum of 2 years.

-Demonstrate that they have satisfied clients and suppliers by providing written references;

-Demonstrate that they comply with all legal, ethical and moral business requirements to practice as a professional in Australia;

-Demonstrate that their photographic skills are of a professional standard;

-Agree to have a portfolio of their work assessed by experienced AIPP image assessors;

-Achieve the required portfolio assessment standard, and

-Agree to continue their professional development through the AIPP CPD program, maintaining up-to-date skills and business practices each year.

The AIPP continually monitors its accreditation requirements to ensure that the standard for accredited membership is appropriate for the profession of photography

Basically, by hiring an AIPP member, you can be assured that you are dealing with a professional.  You probably would not get an unlicensed builder to build your house, so why trust an unlicensed photographer to capture your day?

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