Hi Greg, my fiancé hates having photos taken… can you work with us?
I love it when people ask this and the answer is a resounding YES. I specialise in drawing out natural emotion, and I have a few tricks for cracking those macho-men or shy-gals that hate posing for photos(it’s very much a less-is-more approach).
Do you work alone, or with a second shooter?
Most of the time I work alone – and while I love collaborating with others, I’m very comfortable working by myself and I’ve developed a style which means I can cover an entire wedding day without ant trouble. If a second shooter should be requested, I have experienced colleagues who I can call on when needed.
Are you LGBT friendly?
100% yes 🙂
Who edits all the images?
Me. I’ve actually been using Photoshop since 1997 – way before I had my first camera; I actually used to scan in printed photos!. I now use Lightroom most of the time and Photoshop for those tricky edits. By doing the editing myself, I can control the image from start to finish. I know the capabilities and limitations of my gear and software right the way through, which means I have more confidence even in tricky situations.
When will we receive our images?
Currently it takes three weeks for your album to be uploaded to a private gallery on my website. At that time you’ll be able to download your images straight to your computer. To find out why I no longer send USB drives, click here.
How many photos do I receive? Who chooses them?
The final image count will depend on the package you select – the general rule: the longer I shoot, the more photos you receive. I choose the images you receive and I don’t limit the amount to any predetermined number – nor do I make you purchase more for an extra fee. You receive all the images from the day that turned out how I anticipated and all of those are edited to be their best.
What happens to the images we don’t get?
Images that are not included in the album are just the ‘duds’. They’re either double-ups (I can get trigger happy sometimes) or were technically poor images (too dark, too light, someone pulling an unflattering face, Greg momentarily forgetting how to use a camera etc, etc, etc). These shots aren’t worth viewing and are deleted from my computer once your album is shipped.
Do you make albums?
Yes, I use Queensberry, who are a world leader in premium quality photo albums. I offer a 10×10″ (25x25cm), 50 page flush-mounted album in a linen cover. Flush-mounted albums use silver-halide ink and come with a presentation box and velvet protective bag. For more details on albums, click here.
Wassup with black and white images?
In the final album you’ll receive a mix of colour and black and white images. It’s about 90/10 colour to b&w by my estimates. Sometimes images just look better in b&w and these are selected at my discretion.
Will you post some of our photographs online?
I would really love to 🙂 Straight after the wedding I’d like to post a handful of images on Facebook. This helps your guests feel buzzed out about the wedding for a bit longer, and it shows my followers what I’ve been up to. Later, some weddings are selected for my online blog; where a selection of 50-100 images are used to showcase my work.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, all my gear is insured and I have public liability insurance.
How much is the deposit and when do we pay you?
In order to secure my services for your day, a 50% deposit is required.
Do we need to feed you?
I would really love it if you could feed me please – but only if I’m staying after dinner. I keep myself going on my own snacks and water during the day.
Do you have any wedding tips?
Many. Just ask 🙂 And check out my 5 Best Wedding Tips here.
Will you drink alcohol at our wedding?
No, well, not really. I don’t plan or expect to drink any alcohol at any wedding. It’s not my day to celebrate, I’m there to work and while I’m a cheerful kinda guy – I’m a professional and the photography comes first. At a lot of weddings I’m offered alcohol and while I will usually decline, if someone should twist my arm, I would only ever have one drink.
What’s with the storm chasing?
Right, so you might’ve heard that I love tornadoes – basically it’s just this thing that I’m obsessed with… For as long as I can remember I’ve loved thunder storms and to see the best ones, you’ve gotta go to Midwest USA in spring – so that’s what I do!
Have you ever seen a real tornado?
Yes I have – I’ve been right underneath one in Auckland and have seen a few from a safer distance in the USA. The best one was on June 6th in Laredo, Wyoming!
Do you have any testimonials from past weddings?
Yes, check out my Facebook page for reviews from some of my amazing brides 🙂
Still have more questions? Great! Contact me any time.