The mark of a good wedding photographer is one who is prepared for any situation. So if the weather happens to turn bad and you need a location for the bridal party photographs in the City of Sydney it’s hard to pass up Martin Place and the façade of the old Sydney GPO at No.1 Martin Place.
Built in the 19th Century and given a complete makeover in 1996 when it was sold and refurbished, it’s now home to some very fancy retail outlets including Armani Collezioni, XILE and Anthea Crawford as well as the Westin Sydney Hotel.
The sandstone columns and large archways allow for soft directional light and the undercover walkway provides plenty of shelter from the rain. Position the bride & groom below a sign or simply walking hand-in-hand and they can laugh in the face of inclement weather!
Admittedly the steps of the GPO are exposed to the elements but they do provide an opportunity for the bridal party to spread out on different levels, a nice change from shots where everyone is at the same level.
The Cenotaph in Martin Place commemorates ANZAC forces serving in World War I together with later conflicts and can often draw a crowd of tourists as it’s quite a public place but it shouldn’t impact greatly on your wedding photographs. However, nearer to Christmas when the huge tree goes up at this end of the mall the sightseers will increase exponentially.
But there are other great spots in Martin Place that can be utilised such as the water fountain near Pitt St and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) building near Phillip St and Macquarie St, especially if the weather is fine.
Even a bus shelter advertising sign in the evening can be used to good effect and the time around twilight when the city lights start to twinkle will add a magic to your photographs that make this location something special.