Dan O'Day - ACT

Since going full time with his wedding business in 2009, Dan has managed to run a highly successful wedding business, receiving commissions for weddings all over the world.

Dan is a keynote speaker at many conferences worldwide and is the Co-founder of All Grown Up Weddings (Agency) with fellow photographer (and sometimes friend), Kelly Tunney. He has been the recipient of the APPA Highest Scoring Print award and has twice been a finalist in the Moran Prize as well as winning the Head On Australian Documentary Book of the Year. 

Dan has also won the title of AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year, and is the current 2016 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year.

Dan was also recently listed as one of the top 10 contemporary wedding photographers in the world by Bill Hurter (Author – Previous Editor in Chief at Rangefinder Magazine).

He is getting married to his love, Andrea in August of 2017. Soon after this, Dan, Andrea and their 9-year-old Staffy, Jessica Margaret will all walk off slowly into the sunset and live happily ever after.


STUDIO NAME: Dan O'Day Photography

HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN IN BUSINESS: Full time for 7 years


I have spoken at many fabulous AIPP events and I am proud of ALL of those of course :)

I have also spoken at a broad range of conferences, through Asia, USA,  Mexico and EU over the last 5 years.

Some highlights
Whatif in Mexico
Field Trip in Cali
WayUpNorth in Stockholm, Sweden

Looking forward to Speaking at WPPI in Vegas this February and BODAF in Spain in March.


WHO INSPIRED YOU AND WHY? My Parents, for raising 4 of us while trying to stay employed on and off our entire lives. The had it so much harder than we do and they did a cracking job. A lot of the reason I work so hard at this is so that I can give my mum bragging rights and hopefully be able to take care of them as much as I can as they enter the slower years.

TOP 5 SONGS WHILE EDITING: Anything my Sigur Ros - But, I actually listen to podcasts while I am editing, best way to feed your brain while sometimes doing slight brain numbing work.

WHATS IN MY CAMERA BAG? To take to a wedding, 2xDSLRs, 2X Speedlights a 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2, 35mm 1,4. Dan's Favorite Lens is 24mm 1.4.

Dan & Kelly SESSIONS


Both Kelly and Dan have been shooting weddings and running successful businesses’ for the past 10 years.

There are many reasons this is the case, a lot of it is community-based and having someone to keep you accountable to your personal and business goals.

You need to first of all let the world know you exist and secondly what it is that is unique or special about you and what you offer.

They will be touching on separating yourself and your brand from the crowd, competitions process the pro’s and cons and how to help maintain longevity in this crazy industry.

  • The power of community
  • Keeping your enemies close (there is enough love to go around)
  • Exit strategies / retirement plans
  • Collaboration
  • Creating and evolving a wedding agency
  • Longevity in the wedding industry
  • Methods of holding yourself accountable to your business and personal goals
  • Award processes and our experience
  • Alternative business models
  • Sharing and how it can grow your business
  • Don’t hold your cards too close to your chest
  • Practical ways of separating yourself and your brand from the crowd


This will be a 90 minute guided Q&A session with Dan and Kelly. There will be topics suggested to discuss, however this will ultimately be an open forum do discuss anything business, creative, technical or personal. 

This class is design so that every who attends can walk away with an answer or many answers to your own questions.