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!

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 have a sample wedding gallery?

Yes. Please have a look at this sample gallery here.

Another sample gallery is password protected here.

Please request for the password by sending an email to ces@cesphotography.co.nz

Do you have business insurance?

Yes.

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.

Do you capture weddings on video?

I am on the photography side of things only. If you are keen on capturing your wedding on video, check Christian Kim Video Production and their competitive rates!

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. My pricing are not hidden.

Do you use professional equipment?

To give you great quality images, I use professional Canon equipment. 

Below is my equipment list:

  • Canon 5DS

  • 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

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?

No I haven't. I do not have any diploma, certificate or formal training in photography. I am self taught like many great 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.

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 do travel to Auckland and Wellington for weddings.

Do you put logos/watermarks on your photos?

If photos are for my couples, then no.

If vendors want to use the photos, then yes.

Do you print photobooks and canvas?

Yes, prints are included in the Platinum Wedding package which can be upgraded to have bigger prints! Check out the pricing here.

Can we meet you?

I would love too! Please send an email to ces@cesphotography.co.nz 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 won't even make your skin orange because that's just not my style. 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.

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