What is your style?
Good question, Did you see how we put this one at the top? That’s because it’s really important to us!
We call our style ‘Epic Storytelling’. It’s two things, and through both our photo and cinema coverage we really nail it.
Firstly, we love capturing meaningful moments. Photos of flowers and stationary are cool but we really like you! We want to tell your story. When you look at our pictures and films we want you to say. Wow, you really captured us!!!
And secondly. Our imagery looks epic. We don’t do things by halves here. Our films are emotional, powerful and very cinematic. Our photos are dramatic, visually stunning and sculpted with light.
What’s the difference between cinema and video?
In some ways, nothing. Technically both cinema and video is a video stream of data. But the end result is quite different.
Video is generally more focused on documenting everything that goes on during the day. Priority is put on the amount of content captured and not how it was captured.
Cinema is different. Cinema not only records what happens on your wedding day but also how you felt when it happened. Cinematographers pay more attention to composition, light and camera movement. This gives you a more stylised, emotional and beautifully crafted film to watch.
Video registers what happened, Cinema absorbs you in the moment.
Do you mind if guests bring their cameras to the wedding ceremony?
We’ll leave that up to you. It today’s world, cellphones and cameras seem to be a part of every major event. If your guests want to capture the moment for themselves we’ll work around them as best we can.
We really do love Unplugged Weddings though. Where guests put down their cameras. Here’s why.
The guests you invited to your ceremony enjoy it so much more. When you walk down the aisle you won’t be confronted with iPhones and iPads – but with guests actually sharing the moment with you.
The coverage you get from us isn’t compromised. We’re not having to dodge cellphones and iPads to find a clean angle and our reaction shots of your guests look so much better when they’re absorbed in the experience. Not busy working their cameras.
Just remember you’re getting amazing shots and coverage from us. Let your guests really be present in the moment with you!
Do you take care of all our audio needs?
We’ll mic the Groom and Celebrant for the ceremony. But this is for our cameras only. If you want your guests to hear the service then you’ll need your own audio. (Ask your venue, celebrant, or DJ to help you out here if you’re stuck).
Do we need to give you photo lists?
We help you out with a list of common family groupings which you can tick-box. Then there’s space to include any extra combinations that you would like. Everything else – we’re super observant, and just capture moments candidly as they happen!
How long do we need for a photoshoot?
Anywhere from 30 minutes (short) to 2 hours (long) – we talk through this process with you to find out where your priorities are!
What happens if it rains?
We always have a plan B, and plan C in place for the creative shoot.
We’re quite excited when we get rainy days – here’s a blog post we wrote that talks about how we work in the rain!
Do you need to be fed at the reception?
As much as we seem like energizer bunnies, after 8-10 hours on our feet, we really do need to stop and eat! We only need a main meal (we don’t need entrees or desserts) and we’re more than happy to quickly scoff our meals out the back, but caterers will need a heads up on this.
After a short meal break – we’re good to go for the rest of your party!
Why don’t you have timed packages? Is All Day Coverage really all day?
Yip, you have us quite literally all day. We’ve found that the best moments on a wedding day are completely organic and quite often happen when you least expect it.
Timed packages just don’t allow for this. From the nerves and excitement early in the morning through to your granddad’s epic dance moves late at night.
Epic moments will continue to surprise you, but there’s one thing that’s certain. We’ll be there when it happens.
The work on your website looks great. Can we expect that level of work at our wedding?
You sure can. Check out the ‘Most Recent Weddings’ section on the ‘Weddings’ page. We post every single wedding we shoot there. Not just our favorites, or the “best” ones. It’s a great way to get a feel for our consistency, and the level we’re capable of achieving on every single wedding day, no matter the weather, or the time pressures, – we can guarantee we’ll nail it.
Do we work with other photographers/videographers?
Yes we definitely work with others. We just omit shots from the end product we give you if another photographer/videographer gets in our way. You’ll still get a polished and professional product from us. It’s just not a what could have been product from us.
For our strongest work, we really do work best together. We’re one finely tuned team. We’re all super stealthy during the ceremony. There’s no horror stories of photo/video getting in each other’s way during the first kiss. No videographers taking up too much photoshoot time. No photographers ruining a great video moment with flash photography or noisy shutter clicks.
When we work as one team, we really can just focus on you and capturing your story. Not trying to find a compromise with other vendors.
Do you travel?
Absolutely. We love seeing new places – and can travel anywhere in NZ, or internationally, to cover your wedding.
Can we pencil you in?
Our bookings are all on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. As dates are limited, we unfortunately can’t afford to hold them open for you with a pencil booking.
How can we book you?
We make this as simple as possible! We have a booking fee & a contract – both are easily taken care of online. Ideally it’s great to meet up in person to get to know each other (and so you can check we’re not crazy). We can meet either at our studio, or chat on Skype if you’re not based in Auckland.
How many photos do we receive?
You get a minimum of 500 photos. We don’t give you a copy of every single photo we take – as many are double ups to ensure that we can select one where no-one is blinking, everyone’s expressions are great… and that’s the shot from that sequence which goes in. But we’re also not editing down to try hit a certain number. If it’s a good shot, and not a double up – you’ll get it.
If you film all day, why is our feature film not 1-2 hours long?
Hollywood filmmakers get months to film in controlled environments to create their 1-2 hour films. We get one day, with no script and no re-takes. Hence our films are shorter as a result.
We feel shorter feature films are a lot more meaningful and involving than long form films. Shorter films have stronger stories that will hold your attention throughout the entire film. You’ll really watch it more often as a result. It’s like shoes, the more wear’s you get, the cheaper they become!
Who chooses the music for the wedding film?
We do. In order to create the most meaningful art we can, we need to have creative license over all aspects of our work. Cinema interweaves both visual and audible parts of your day. We need to pick music that matches the mood we’re trying to create in our edits. Sometimes our goal is that you don’t even notice the music. Your wedding is about you and your story. The music needs to support that.
If you’ve got a favorite song that does mean something to you both, maybe use it with a slideshow of photos of you both together up until this point of marriage?!
How long until we receive the film and photos?
Over our busy summer season our turnaround time is up to 12 weeks. Good things take time. We’re crazy busy during our peak season shooting weddings, running our business, answering emails, and editing! Creativity just takes time. Every edit is different and deserves the time to get it just right. We don’t rush this process.
Do you do albums?
Absolutely. Our Queensberry wedding albums are widely regarded as the best photo albums in the world.
We have many sample books in our studio that you can come & check out.