so we’re a couple of science geeks that live in Mangawhai, NZ. We actually met on a field trip when we where studying Geology at University and have been joined at the hip ever since. We love traveling, binging Netflix shows, pampering our two kittens and our two year old daughter, Dallas.
And yeah – we also love taking photos at weddings!
Greg has been working in wedding photography for about nine years, the last 6 of which have been full time. He’s worked at all the major venues in Auckland and Northland and has clocked up about 300 weddings. In the last few years Cat began working along side Greg and for the last three years has been a fully fledged wedding photographer also. “Oh, so you work together?” I hear you ask… well, no! We both shoot our own independent weddings. But sure if someone wants us both, that’s cool too!
We’re seriously fun.
Sure, weddings are about love, celebration and cutting loose… and on the day we’re there to fan that glorious flame. But before and after the wedding we are all business. That means ahead of the day we’re helping you with as much advice as we can, answering your questions and talking about timelines and potential issues that we can overcome. Then once the wedding is all done we’re hard at work making sure your photos and videos arrive on time. With communication throughout the whole process that is second to none.
Check out our Google Reviews – when we say we’re professionals, we mean it.
Oh, and Greg is also kind of a part time storm chaser...
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).
Will there be a second shooter?
In a combined 400ish weddings we've only worked together for about 10 of them! Most of the time we work alone – and while we love collaborating with others, we're very comfortable working by ourselves and we’ve developed a style which means we can cover an entire wedding day without any trouble. If a second shooter should be requested, we have experienced colleagues on whom we can call 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 even used to scan in printed photos!. I now work with 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 difficult situations.
When will we receive our images?
Currently it takes no more than six weeks for your photo gallery and eight weeks for your video(s) to be finished and delivered.
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.
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.
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 2018 in Laredo, Wyoming! Actually my photo became kinda famous - check it out below.
Do you have any testimonials from past weddings?
Yes, check out my Facebook page or Google review page for testimonials from some of my amazing couples 🙂
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