Me and my daughter - Richard Grainger Photography

I was born in 1987 in Brisbane and have lived here all my life. I married my girlfriend from high school in 2009 and we became parents to a baby girl in 2012. My wife was born in the same hospital as me and we both have all the same signatures on our birth certificates. Our school ID numbers were the same but flipped backwards. Kind of cool hey?

I grew up in a house with a Regimental Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class 1 of the Vietnam War and a mother who donated all her time helping the less fortunate. I was taught to give and help others, while at the same time, my father would make sure my room was in perfect order.

Perfection was what I learnt from my father. And love is what I learnt from my mother.

The way I work

I tell stories, not with words, but with actions. Not with pictures, but with memories. Ones that are printed and kept forever. This is what is important to me, capturing what is real. I don’t want fake and cheesy cake cuts and first dances. I want to record the real love of the day. I want you to remember the real lighting, the real emotions, the real moments and not the way you were setup for your fake first kiss.

I won’t be checking my watch every 15 minutes at reception waiting for my cue to leave. I won’t be telling you how to hold your partner’s hand. I won’t be doing anything cheesy and posed, but I will be there for when it really happens.

This is what I want for you. To remember the reality of what really happened. Your true love story.

Some accomplishments

Each year, Capture Magazine hosts Australia’s largest photography competition with categories for all photographers. In 2017, I was named in the top 10 emerging wedding photographers of Australia.

After my second month of photographing weddings, I was contacted by SIGMA Photo Australia. I became the Australian SIGMA Pro Wedding Photographer, for around 3 years, which is when I switched from Canon to Fuji.

I photographed my first wedding on September 1st, 2012. Since then, I’ve been published and featured in White MagazineThe Knot, Style Me Pretty, Modern Wedding, Wedded WonderlandPolka Dot Bride, Easy Weddings, QLD BridesSimply Peachy, The Wedding Playbook and few other little funky places.

My name is Richard Grainger. I’m a wedding photographer

  • Josh & Erin said:

    on May 21, 2012  2:14am

    Hi Richie Thank you so so so much, there will be quite a few of these going on the walls at home over the next few weeks. The afternoon was heaps of fun and we are both absolutely delighted with the results. Very very impressive work! Thanks Josh & Erin

  • Allouise said:

    on May 22, 2012  6:38am

    Thank you so much Richie, for capturing such unique photos for us. We would highly recommend you to other couples. We found you really easy to work with and full of creative, abstract and unique ideas. We are looking forward to using your photography mind again very soon! :)

  • Connar Tregea said:

    on May 28, 2012  8:20am

    Hey Richie, I just wanted to send you an email to say a massive thank you from Dion and I. We are so appreciative of what you're doing for us. Your photos are amazing, and after a bit of goofing around, and nerves it was great fun! Dion and I are both very relieved that got to have a trial run hahaha (only because of ourselves- not you) But thanks so much- cant wait to see the incredible job you'll do on our wedding photos!

  • Amy said:

    on July 1, 2012   9:05am

    Hi, we are getting married on 22/9/2012. (10-4pm) Could you give me a quote and more details for your wedding package? thank you! Kind Regards, Amy

  • Inez said:

    on August 8, 2012  6:59am

    Thanks again for the lovely pictures! They are truly amazing! They are exactly what we wanted!!! I will def recommend you to everyone!

  • Annabelle Watts said:

    on August 20, 2012  7:51pm

    Wow beautiful photos. Thank you so much !!! We love them

  • Tara Brook said:

    on September 4, 2012  4:07am

    Breathtaking photography from photo one till the end - Richie captured my vision of my dream wedding and times it by 100. When I opened the photos I had tears in my eyes. I could not believe what he had done. This is truly beautiful art. I keep looking at them and reliving it all again. What I like so much about them is that you photographed all the things I saw and that I loved and put it together like a masterpiece. No one else could of put it better than you. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Jason and Tara.

  • Penny Mckay said:

    on September 26, 2012  11:21pm

    So absolutely perfect, elegant, excellent, amazing, stunning and beautiful photos Richie! We are glad we chose you as our wedding photographer. Thanks so very much. You are really a true artist. You bring happiness to many as well as tears of joy with many memories that people will share and never ever forget. We loved the Trash the Dress session, its only once in a lifetime and we chose you to be a big part of our wedding. We felt honoured to have you as our photographer! Thank you Richie.

  • Connar and Dion said:

    on October 9, 2012  11:31pm

    Richie, our wedding photos are incredible. Each moment you captured brought a smile to our faces. It felt like we were reliving each of them! Your work is amazing. Love what you have done with these photos. I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, these photos are more than what we could have hoped for. And it was even better that you, our friend captured this special day for us. Not only did you capture our special moments but you have helped to create them!

  • Deanne said:

    on October 15, 2012  10:23am

    The photos made me want to cry... just beautiful.. I have only recently become engaged, and think iv just found my future wedding photographer.. Very impressed..

  • Courtney Longley said:

    on October 28, 2012  10:58pm

    We had THE best time at the photoshoot!!!! It was so easy to work with Richie - he made us so comfortable (after the first five minutes of laughing at ourselves posing). Would highly recommend him for couple shoots or weddings!! He sure knows how to direct and get those great shots - he doesn't settle for 'that looks ok' - he goes for 'Wow that's amazing!'. Thanks again Richie!!!!!

  • Jen Klease said:

    on October 29, 2012  5:58am

    Amazing photos. I would hire this guy in an instant. Awesome

  • Jesse said:

    on December 8, 2012  9:32am

    We just picked up our photos and would like to say a massive Thank you to Richie Grainger for an amazing job! We absolutely love our wedding pictures and the story you have told from our day. There are so many 'wow' photos that I can't pick a favourite yet but am looking forward to seeing them on our wall! I'd be so happy to recommend you to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. Congratulations on the early days of a very successful career. I look forward to seeing more if your work!

  • Chantelle Murphy said:

    on February 18, 2013  11:38pm

    Thank you so much for these amazing photos Ritchie. These are amazing! Nathan and I are in absolute awe of them, and we can't wait to see other fantastic memories you have captured. Looking at the photos is like reliving these memories again. It was made all the more better that we had a friend like you there to share our special day and capture our precious moments with family and friends. These are amazing photos that we will cherish for many years to come. Words cannot describe how much these photos mean to us, and we cannot thank you enough.

  • Carly Harvey said:

    on March 4, 2013  9:48am

    Lukey and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for what you have given us!! You are absolutely amazing at what you do, you have the ability to see beauty in everything you photograph and that really shows in your images as they are stunning!!! I can see you have a huge career ahead of you from all the people I refer ha ha I can't wait to have you as our wedding photographer Richie, once again Thank you so much!!!! You are BRILLIANT!!

  • Diane said:

    on March 11, 2013  7:20am

    Good day, I am interested in chatting about your work. Have you done a photoshoot at the botanical gardens?. If so could I see them?? And an approx quote. The date at this stage is 26 April 2014. Regards Diane

  • Bianca Smith said:

    on March 17, 2013  10:10pm

    There are no words Richie Grainger that can describe how grateful Anthony and I are for the awesome work you have done for us! You were not just our photographer but, you became one of our mates. The time you spent with us is something that we will treasure forever along with these amazing photographs. You have managed to capture every single moment from our pre wedding tears to our drunken dance offs :) we will be able to look back at these in years to come and relive these special moments and emotions throughout these photos. We highly recommend Richie to be there to capture your special day like he has ours. Thank you agin Richie! The Smiths x

  • Roger Blackwell said:

    on April 8, 2013  11:00pm

    Hi Rich, If you send me an email address I'll send over low res shots of you guys fishing last night. R

  • Tracy said:

    on May 20, 2013  9:29am

    Hi there, Can I please have the price detail for about 6 hours wedding shot? and 2 hours pre-wedding photos. Thanks.

  • Mark and Ash Jonsson said:

    on June 16, 2013  10:50pm

    Mark and I just re-experienced one of the best days of our lifes going back through our photos from Richard Grainger, Thank you so much Richard your talent speaks for itself and I have no hesitation reccomending you to every person I know (and maybe some i dont) just to brag :)

  • Christy Wong @ Digital Rev said:

    on June 26, 2013  2:23am

    It's my pleasure of working with you Rich, I love your passion in photography and you truly devote yourself into every picture you have taken. I feel your heart there. I give my greatest blessing to you & your pretty wife as well as your adorable angel!

  • Ara and Shaun Saggers said:

    on August 8, 2013  3:02pm

    Richie, We are so glad that you were part of our wedding day. Your relaxed and easy going attitude were just what we were looking for and your discrete, sneaky, ninja photography skills meant that you got so many great photos without us even noticing!! You captured our day beautifully and the photos are stunning. We appreciated the personalised service that you provided and that you captured the day in a way that suited us so well. Everyone that has seen our pictures has been so impressed and we can't wait to share them with our family and friends. Thanks again, Ara and Shaun :D

  • Jenna Wiltshire said:

    on November 23, 2013  7:39am

    i was wondering i could please get your packages price list for 2014 if you have one otherwise 2013 will be fine. Thanks in advance

  • Elizabeth said:

    on   8:24am

    Hi Richie.Can I please have the price detail for about 2 hours registory shot in Brisbane and about 5 hours in Gold Coast on 3 Dec 2013.Thanks.

  • Jenny said:

    on November 5, 2013  11:24pm

    Hi Adam Kriedmann recommended you to us, as he is unavailable on the wedding date. My daughter's wedding is on 25/1/14 and I was wondering whether you could forward details of your packages.

  • Zach and Tara said:

    on November 25, 2013  10:07am

    Zach and I met Richie a while ago and immediately knew we wanted him to photograph our wedding. He is not only so very talented at what he does but such a friendly person. Its like have a brilliantly talented friend photograph your wedding. What more could you ask for. The morning of our wedding Richie rocked up in a lovely bow tie and so excited for our day….most photographers are there to do their job but Richie was there to both do his job and to make us feel so special! It really was heart-warming. I could not recommend Richie highly enough, he is so hard working capturing every single moment you could ever hope to imagine on your wedding day. Not only does he capture each moment but he does so with precision and absolute perfection. It was an honour and a pleasure to have Richie capture our wedding…most amazing photos and a face that is friendly and truly excited for you on your wedding day…nothing was too much trouble for him. AMAZING photos and person. Thank you Richie, you captured perfectly moments we will look back on forever.

  • Carly Bess said:

    on December 22, 2013  9:16pm

    Before our wedding I kept looking at other peoples photos you have taken and hoped mine would be just as amazing! You have exceeded every expectation I ever had and I'm in awe of every single one of my photos! Thank you so much Richie x

  • Kim McQuillan said:

    on January 21, 2014  8:38am

    Richie, the photos have turned out amazing. You've captured so many beautiful, precious and funny moments of of our wedding. I'm so thankful that you could come down to Hobart to be a part of our special day, thanks to your thoughtful and talented work we can remember all the big and little events that made our wedding so special to us. I know we've said it many times before, but thanks again. Kim and John

  • Felicia Ang said:

    on February 7, 2014  11:16am

    Dear Richie, Words cannot thank you enough. You've always treated us like a close friend, never like a client. You welcomed us into your beautiful home, with open arms. You agreed to climb the steep Byron Bay with us, never rejecting our request. And most importantly, you've let your photographs speak loudly for us, telling the world how we love and appreciate each other, without any words. So thank you again, Richie, for capturing our story as we marched on towards the journey of being husband and wife.

  • Kara Flach said:

    on April 7, 2014  10:33am

    Richie! I love them! I ran out of song and cried with so many of them. You captured our day so beautifully! I am so glad you got so many natural photos, they reminded me of how I was feeling and what I was thinking! Your photos really do tell a story. Thank you so much for these, being a part of our day and for giving us such precious memories to share for year to come. I really could not recommend you higher to anyone. More than I could have hoped for! Thank you so much again!

  • Katie Buntine said:

    on May 7, 2014  2:42am

    I like the mystery that Richie creates... The dramatic effects in black and white, the use of colors to highlight the romance and the location selection that draws you in and makes you want to get out there! His work is all about infusing people's interests, their connections and their loves! I never felt more relaxed enjoying the time to recognize my partner more and having fun while we both forget that he is there with the camera! That was my favorite part of the day! It's all about joy and that's what Richie captured our many moments! Thank you for the brilliant photographs :)

  • Gavin and Flo said:

    on October 21, 2014  11:15am

    I thought I'd hit the jackpot when I somehow stumbled upon Richie's site. After an initial scroll through his photos I soon became that crazy woman telling my friends that he was The One. The photos that he takes brings smiles to our faces and the memories of our day back to us, I could stare at them for hours. Richie's not afraid to push the envelope and he's always looking for that new angle. He's really professional but completely approachable at the same time. The real bonus is that by the end of wedding it feels like we've made a new friend. Richie I can't say thank you enough, your pictures speak for themselves.

  • Amanda said:

    on October 21, 2014  10:46pm

    Thank you Richie for being the most amazing photographer that anyone could have asked for. You captured images like no other could. I just felt like I relived my wedding day... thank you!!!

  • Anna Cooke said:

    on November 20, 2014  12:17am

    Just want to say a huge thank you for helping to make our wedding day so memorable. You were able to capture so many beautiful moments and we're so thankful to have these amazing photos to look back on in years to come. The feel of the day was captured perfectly through our photos and not only have you always been so professional but are a genuinely nice guy.

  • Tharakie and Daniel said:

    on January 14, 2015  8:43am

    After many photographers we came upon Richie’s page and style and we fell in love. This was only amplified during our day and the results speak for themselves. Richie is a truly gifted photographer who is easy going and willing to try anything. His communication pre and post wedding was exemplary and he was prompt in delivering our photos. We both highly recommend Richie and commend him on his achievements as he develops professionally.

  • Brodie said:

    on February 18, 2015  11:08am

    Richie is probably the worst wedding photographer ever. He didn't even take any token shots of our wedding-ring clad hands awkwardly placed on one another or pictures of our family staring into the horizon and fake laughing. Honestly, what kind of wedding photographer do you call yourself? In all honesty though - if you're after a photographer who is emotionally intuitive and creative over cliche we would highly recommend Richie. Throughout the day he wafted in and out and we barely noticed his presence, resulting in these stunningly candid and raw images that captured the mood of our small, intimate wedding perfectly. Thank you Richie, if you decide to get into newborn photography in the next 8 weeks please get in touch with us. Brodie and Jason x

  • Karissa said:

    on March 30, 2015  12:21am

    Thank you Richie for being the most amazing photographer there is! I cannot stop proudly showing off our wedding photos as you have caught each and every magical moment - including the moment Luke stuck his tongue out while walking down the aisle!!! It truly captured his personality in that one shot! - I am so glad I did not book a videographer as you have caught every minute and it tells the story of the day perfectly. Thank you again for everything, I have been able to re-live every moment from the day through your eyes and I am very happy with what I see.

  • Aung and Fel said:

    on May 13, 2015  11:54am

    Dear Richie, You deserve a big Thankyousaurus. It means the world to us to have you capture all the beautiful moments on our wedding day. These photos will forever be a reminder to us of the special day when we became husband and wife. We are also honoured to have you at our wedding, not just as a talented photographer but also as a friend. Thank you for taking time off to fly 6000 over kilometers to attend our wedding (Thank you, Yen Grainger and Ayvia too, for allowing Richie Grainger to make this trip and sorry for taking the man away from the family for 3 days!). It had just been slightly more than a week since these photos were made available to Felicia Ang and I, but we have spent so many hours going through the album, again and again, reminiscing that special day. And I am sure we will continue till our hands shake uncontrollably. 10, 20, 30, 40 years... down the road when Fel and I become old and wrinkly, we will look back at these photos and I am very sure, we will fall in love all over again, just like high school sweethearts when we first met.

  • Ruby Yeh said:

    on July 22, 2015  11:41pm

    Thank you Richie for giving up your birthday to document our wedding.The photos are beautiful! I am not very good with words, but you know I really appreciate all the small chats before, during and after our wedding! Thanks for including our dogs too :)

  • Nicholas Lim said:

    on September 15, 2015  10:51am

    These photos are amazing! Thanks so much for helping us out, it was quite emotional to relive thr memory. You were so awesome and made our day very relaxing. Thank you for making a great memory for us

  • Deanne Sutton said:

    on October 12, 2015  8:48am

    Richie Grainger, you may not know this.. but before we had chosen a celebrant, a venue, a reception or put together our guest list we had already chosen you... and im so glad we did..Our day was captured in such a natural yet intimate kind of way, we have memories to last a life time that will be up on our walls for many many years to come.. Thankyou so much for being a part of our day, we had a moment , we had a laugh with you, we even had each others backs and looked out for oncoming traffic ha ha..but most importantly we had fun!!! We love the photos, the moments are real, the emotions are real...perfect... :) Thankyou Mr & Mrs Sutton :)

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