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Meet Terri Hanlon | Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

25th September 2020

She learnt a lot about wedding photography from becoming an expert people-watcher as a bartender. Now this joy of a woman is a full time Sunshine Coast wedding photographer, and we couldn't be happier!


Anyone who has met, or worked with, Sunshine Coast wedding photographer Terri Hanlon knows she is a gosh darn joy of a person, who oozes positivity. A conversation with Terri is guaranteed to bring with it giggles – nay, unbridled belly laughs! Meeting Terri feels more like a reunion with an old friend, which is just the kind of feel you want for your wedding photographer. 

So, let’s learn a little more about this talented lass and her role in weddings on the Sunshine Coast as a wedding photographer. 

Prior to working in the wedding industry, what did you do? 

Before diving into the wedding industry I was working in an office environment, and to be honest, I have had quite a few jobs before fully becoming a full-time photographer. Bar work, gym reception, admin girl and even a touch of retail in a local Bunnings.
All of my past work roles have helped me understand people in a great way, learning to read peoples body language and anticipate what comes next. A great skill for photographing in the wedding arena! People-watching is a favourite past time of mine and in all of my work environments, I could indulge in this guilty pleasure.
My past life in bar work was the best as many blind dates would happen across from the wine and beer pouring! Incredibly cute when couples come back for their second and even third dates! I often wonder if any of them have gone on to tie the knot?!

Take me through your process of your on-the-day job.

On your wedding day, after a triple equipment and timeline check, I will be on my way to find opportunities to capture those hidden moments that are lifetime gems for couples. I love chatting with friends and family at weddings to learn as much as I possibly can about the rad people that I am photographing. I want to know who laughs the most, who is cheeky and loves a pic and also anyone that is on the top of the important list for photos, such as Grandma and those childhood friends that my couples adore.
Armed with my trusty cameras, and possibly a few protein bars, I am on a mission. My day could be anything from 5-12 hours long once travel is included, and can be quite physical. Staying alert and observant is high on my list so the protein bars and a little caffeine is a must!
I have to say that no two days are ever the same. During the week is can be a mix of admin, editing and also connecting with couples. From time to time I have a few different photographic assignments, such as family sessions, property shoots and business branding, so there is always something to do.

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You have a completely free day to hang out on the Sunshine Coast. Get out about! Where are you going, what are you doing and who are you with?

My day would start with a walk with my furry friend Benny then followed by Kunara Organic Marketplace! I love strolling the aisles of this insane food mecca. Food is definitely a weakness of mine, and finding all the local produce and products excites me, as supporting local is something I have always tried to do where possible.
Finding local music and beer gems is high on the agenda! So hit me up with your favourite local spots, I’m dying to know where to hang out in my down time! As I have only recently moved to the coast, I’m still learning about all the great things to do and places to visit. I can’t wait to indulge in this amazing little community!

Share something people may not know about you. 

I am obsessed with YouTube! It’s my favourite learning space! And of course finding weird and wonderful reviews, mini-documentaries, DIYs, Tiny House living, Murder Mystery Makeup (yep its a thing), fashion, weddings – you name it, I watch it!Sunshine Coast wedding photographer _ Terri Hanlon _ wedding photographer Sunshine CoastMikeyandNarelleMalenyEngagementSessionTerriHanlonPhotography

What is one unique service or offering or element that makes your business stand out from the crowd?

To stand out from the crowd I try my best to inject as much of my quirky personality (within reason) when photographing loved up couples. Of course, I pick my audience but an army of bad dad jokes and terrible dancing may make an appearance during your time in my company. I adore it when couples feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and do my best to make this happen regardless of how it is achieved.

What do your happy clients always say after having worked with you?

When I hear back from couples about their wedding photography experience I love hearing how comfortable that they have felt being photographed. It certainly not easy being in front of a camera. You should see me when I take a turn, its quite funny! One of my favourite comments to date is that I have my own special air of spunk that immediately puts you, your family and friends at ease in any situation.

What’s trending in 2020 weddings? 

The wedding landscape has changed a little since March and it is looking like couples everywhere are starting to favour a more intimate wedding with fewer guests and more love. It is turning out to be a beautiful opportunity for couples, in my opinion, to connect with not just family and friends with more intention but also with each other. I am feeling more love in the room a result when I have been fortunate enough to photograph weddings in 2020.


Run, don’t walk, to find out if Terri Hanlon is available to be your Sunshine Coast wedding photographer. Mention this article in your enquiry – you’ll receive an engagement shoot with your wedding photography package! 


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