Frequently Asked Questions
Why is your pricing reasonable/cheap/affordable/competitive compared to other services?
Several reasons why:
I work full time as a software developer.
Just because I can charge higher doesn't mean I should.
The way I charge for photography is just perfect for my small business.
I am not dependent on this income because I have a full time job, win-win!
I wanted to offer competitive wedding photography packages right from the start.
Photography is something I love to do. Software development is also something I love to do. This lets me set my pricing affordable as I have the best of both worlds!
As a software developer, I manage my own website. I don't pay another tech guy to do it for me - this reduces the cost.
I also don't pay wedding directories to be listed on their website. Doing so will be a cost and will be passed on to clients - this is something I prefer not to do.
Are you a professional photographer?
It is a hotly debated topic at the moment on what makes a professional photographer. As you know, I work full time as a software developer, I don't say I am a professional software developer. Have a look at my galleries and will leave it up to you. Like many other great photographers out there, I do not have any certification nor diploma about photography. I do use professional Canon equipment to give you great image quality.
Do you create a slideshow?
Yes! The slideshow is included in the Platinum Package. I create the slideshow during reception and pass it to you before I finish the night. It lets you get a glimpse of your wedding photos. It's a great way to look back at your wedding day. The slideshow is usually 4 to 8 minutes long and shows the highlights from getting ready photos to just before reception starts.
I may be one of the very few in NZ who creates slideshows as part of the service. The slideshow is in a video format and can be played on most modern TVs with a USB port.
Watch a sample of the slideshow here.
Do you have an agreement?
Yes there is an agreement that my couples need to agree before their date is secured.
What's your investment?
I am not an investment company hence I don't grow your money. You are not setting up a retirement fund with me, I just call it pricing. If you are keen to check the affordable pricing, details are on this page.
By the way, all pricing information is on the website - so you don't need to guess if you can afford my already affordable packages! Rest assured that you don't need to fill in the form to see my full pricing!
Do you use professional equipment?
To give you great quality images, I use professional Canon equipment.
Below is my equipment list:
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM II (my favourite for weddings)
Canon 24-70mm f4 L IS USM
Canon 85mm f1.8 USM
Canon 50mm f1.4 USM
Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art
Canon Speedlite 430 EX
Canon Speedlite 480 EX II
I also rent some gear when needed.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, a non-refundable $300 deposit is required for all wedding packages. This comes off the balance (even better) !
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes. See my equipment list.
Also have multiple SD cards and batteries.
Have you studied photography?
Yes, I am self thaught like many photographers out there! Photography is a hobby since 2009. It all started in 2017 when my colleague asked me for maternity photos. I guess you can say the rest is history.
I do not have any diploma, certificate or formal training in photography.
Do you have backup of the images?
Being a software developer, yes, I have a backup of your images. I have one that is always with me and have 2nd at my workplace. While this does not completely eliminate the risk of losing images, it minimizes that risk.
Do you travel?
Yes. I travel all over New Zealand for weddings.
Do you put logos/watermarks on your photos?
If photos are for my couples, then no. Personally, I don't like logos on my photos.
If vendors want to use the photos, then yes.
How many weddings did you photograph?
How many weddings are you photographing?
2021: 37 so far
2022: 23 so far
Can we meet you?
I would love too! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or we can setup a Skype video chat as I am Christchurch based.
It would be a great time to show you more photos not on the website and see if you are comfortable with me being your photographer. I will also show you a sample of a photobook. (Not the canvas as it is too big!)
Do you edit photos?
Yes, I edit based on my style which is natural and colorful photos. I do not apply heavy editing to your photos that makes it look unrealistic or whimsical. I do not put fake sun rays, fake fireworks, etc on your photos. I do not apply dark and moody filters, I may for a fee ;)
Do you get sick?
I am not Superman. I am human and therefore I get sick. In the event of me getting sick on the day of your wedding, I will find you a photographer(s) to capture your wedding day. This is also specified in the agreement.