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Frequently Asked Questions

Cook Islands Wedding with Elena and Michael by Christchurch wedding photographer Thomas Pickard.

Whether you are after a Christchurch wedding photographer or a destination wedding photographer, you probably have some questions. The questions below are commonly asked, but if you have a question which I haven’t answered, give me a call or connect via email.

Do we receive the hi-res photos of our wedding and can we use them to make prints and share with family and friends?

Put simply, yes.

Whether you choose a pre-set package or a custom package, you will receive a DVD of the hi-res photos as part of that package.

The photos will be print and web ready, which means I’ve colour corrected the photos on a colour calibrated monitor. To get prints, take them to a good photo lab and talk with them about what you want. When it comes to prints, you get what you pay for – avoid self-serve printing kiosks found at places like The Wharehouse and Kmart, as they don’t reproduce colours that well.

Don’t forget, you and your family and friends can order prints from me, via the online gallery I provide to you after your wedding day.

How do we hire you?

To book, an approved Estimate and a $400 non-refundable retainer are required, plus any allotted travel fees for destination weddings. I don’t hold any dates without an approved Estimate and a retainer. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

You: Contact me and let me know you want to book me.

Me: I’ll provide you with an online Invoice for payment. It contains the package details and my wedding photography contract.

You: Pay the $400 non-refundable retainer via bank transfer (preferred) or credit card payment via PayPal.

Me: I’ll contact you confirming receipt and that I’m your photographer for your wedding day.

I don’t hold any dates without an approved Estimate and a retainer. So if you have decided to book me, don’t delay.

The balance on your wedding package is due 4-weeks prior to your wedding day.

What is your style?

In short – documentary wedding photography.

I want to tell the visual story of your day, from the smallest details to the most memorable moments. I work in an unobtrusive and relaxed manner, floating in and around the events of the day, capturing the moments as they happen. Apart from the formal group shots and a short session photographing the bride and groom at their very best, I don’t set shots up. Instead, I let the story of your day unfold and I make sure I’m there to capture the real moments as they happen.

Do you travel to [enter your wedding destination here]?

Though I’m currently a Christchurch-based wedding photographer, as you can probably tell from my wedding portfolio, I travel just about anywhere for a wedding. I’ve photographed weddings in the Maldives, Thailand and the Cook Islands. I can guide you during the planning process on what does and doesn’t work with destination wedding photography.

Do you photograph non-western weddings?

You bet. I’ve photographed a number of 4-day Indian weddings and more traditional Thai style weddings. I’m always on the look out for different styles of weddings, so if you have something a little different and like my work, then drop me a line.

Will you take formal group photos of our immediate family?

Formal photographs are important and a limited number should be taken on the day. I say limited for two reasons. One, most people don’t like being in them and two, if you have too many groups, they can eat up to 45-minutes of your day. Keep the formal shots to a minimum and we can get them done in a quick 15-minutes after the wedding ceremony.

What gear do you use?

I use two Nikon bodies, a variety of lenses, flashes and 90 GB of memory cards. For destination weddings I add a MacBook Pro and two external hard drives, amongst other things.

Are you married?

You bet. I never thought being married would change my perspective about being a wedding photographer, but it did.

Still have a question? Then reach out and connect.

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