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Weddings

MOMENT DRIVEN, DOWN TO EARTH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.

On your wedding day, my priority is to make sure you’re having a blast. Second to that comes the photography. If you’re truely enjoying yourselves and caught up in the moment, there’s an instant reflection of that through the lens. I’ll admit, and I’m not ashamed to – that I’m a selfish photographer. I shoot for myself which guarantees that my passion is completely engrained into everything that I shoot. I love to capture it all, the little moments and the moments in between those other moments. There’s something magical about capturing something so beautiful, bottling it up and presenting it back to you in both pixels and print.

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The Love

Those intimate moments, captured and elegantly showcased. My only direction here is asking you to simply be with each other, enjoy each other and forget about the lens.

The Little Moments

Those tiny little fleeting moments that are over in an instant, recorded for a life time. The tears, the smiles and the laughter – there’s never a day with more emotion.

The Signature Shots

My area of expertise. Creating art with whatever tools I have at my disposal. Whether it’s the weather, beautiful light, an amazing landscape – I love to create images that ooze mood and drama. Vibrant images that pack a punch, that are full of depth and that tell your story.

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The Love

Those intimate moments, captured and elegantly showcased. My only direction here is asking you to simply be with each other, enjoy each other and forget about the lens.

The Little Moments

Those tiny little fleeting moments that are over in an instant, recorded for a life time. The tears, the smiles and the laughter – there’s never a day with more emotion.

The Signature Shots

My area of expertise. Creating art with whatever tools I have at my disposal. Whether it’s the weather, beautiful light, an amazing landscape – I love to create images that ooze mood and drama. Vibrant images that pack a punch, that are full of depth and that tell your story.

My Approach

In capturing your wedding day, my approach is non-intrusive (especially during the ceremony). I’m there to capture your day, to find the beauty in events as they unfold. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep things relaxed so you can be in the moment, and have fun. For me, wedding photography is the art of story telling. It’s shooting portraits with intimacy & candour. I’ll document your day unobtrusively with stunning imagery that reflects who you are, and how you feel about each other – I’ll tell the story of your wedding day.

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The Essentials Collection $2650 includes:

  • Five (5) hours of professional documentary style photographic coverage
  • A flexible schedule uniquely tailored to capture your day as it unfolds
  • All images provided to you in high resolution printable digital files (unlimited)
  • Selection of images optimised for social media
  • Pre-wedding meetings and consultations / engagement photo shoot
  • Facebook sneak peak available within 1 week of your wedding
  • x2 A4 archival fine art signature prints delivered with your custom wooden USB drive

Premium $3450 includes:

  • Eight (8) hours of professional documentary style photographic coverage
  • A flexible schedule uniquely tailored to capture your day as it unfolds
  • All images provided to you in high resolution printable digital files (unlimited)
  • Selection of images optimised for social media
  • Pre-wedding meetings and consultations / engagement photo shoot
  • Facebook sneak peak available within 1 week of your wedding
  • x3 A4 archival fine art signature prints delivered with your custom wooden USB drive

Premium Plus $4000 includes:

  • Full day, up to 12 hours of professional documentary style photographic coverage
  • A flexible schedule uniquely tailored to capture your day as it unfolds
  • All images provided to you in high resolution printable digital files (unlimited)
  • Selection of images optimised for social media
  • Pre-wedding meetings and consultations / engagement photo shoot
  • Facebook sneak peak available within 1 week of your wedding
  • x4 A4 archival fine art signature prints delivered with your custom wooden USB drive

ASK ABOUT OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS AND ELOPEMENT PACKAGES TOO.

FAQ

Q. How much does it cost to have you photograph our wedding?

A. It does vary, but coverage starts from $2650 for the ‘Essentials’ collection. If you would like more information about inclusions etc just drop us an email and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Q. Can we have the high resolution files on USB?

A. Yes you can, certainly. You’ll have the freedom to print and share as you please. Your images should look just as stunning on paper as they do on screen (in fact, better). Fine art prints that are purchased directly from us ensure your imagery looks how it should – stunning.

Q. Can we have the un-corrected RAW files please?

A. To maintain quality control from start to finish, I don’t supply RAW files.

Q. Do we get to meet you before the day? How do you work things?

A. It’s fairly rare that I won’t meet a couple before their wedding – it happens very occasionally with couples who are flying in a day or two before the wedding from the NI or overseas. I’ll be in touch in the months prior to your wedding to arrange something with you. I’ll be quick to respond to your emails and I’m happy to chat over the phone. I can also schedule a Skype video call, I do this often with my destination wedding clients.

Q. How much do you charge for travel?

A. In many cases I don’t charge for travel. If your wedding is in Canterbury, The MacKenzie Country, or Otago for example, there would be no additional travel costs. There may be a small fee for other areas.

Q. What about bad weather?

A. Every now and again nature can be a cruel mistress, sometimes this happens to fall on someones wedding day. This might come as quite a shock but I relish the opportunity to shoot in testing conditions. Some of the best shots I have ever captured have been of the wettest and windiest days. If you’re keen to head out with an umbrella and an emergency rescue beacon for some insane photos, then you’ve come to the right place.

Q. Should we prepare our own shot list?

A. The preference would be to supply only a list of the family or group members you would like photographed. In terms of specific set ups and angles, leave that to me – after all that’s why you’re hiring a professional.

Q. Timing. We have no idea how long to allocate for different parts of the day and the venue and caterers want answers! Can you help us?

A. Draw on my 10 years experience. Chances are you’ve not done this before. The pre-wedding meetings we have together are great for many reasons – one of my favourite things is to work out together a timeline for the day. You’re the boss so we do things your way, though it’s a good idea to be realistic and to be on the same page with your plans and ideas – I’m happy to offer guidance wherever needed.

Q. Do I need two photographers?

A. No you don’t. But, if you feel you would like the extra coverage a second photographer can be arranged. Feel free to make contact for more info. In terms of the pre-ceremony ‘getting ready’ shots, you might like coverage of both the bride and groom at two different locations. Not a problem, it’s really just a matter of time management. It can be as easy as asking the men to start getting ready a little earlier. I cover both bases all of the time.

Q. How long will it take for the images to be ready?

A. During the middle of peak season it can take up to 8 weeks. Generally delivery is 3-5 weeks. I know to some this may seem like a long time but the last thing I would ever want to do is push through a sub-standard edit to simply get it out the door. I am fastidious when it comes to the quality of my work and will never compromise that under any circumstance. I’d much rather things take a little longer if necessary than to deliver anything below my high standards.

Q. Are you a full time photographer, or is this just an ‘on the side’ thing?

A. Absolutely, I live and breath photography. During off peak wedding season I concentrate on landscape photography and exhibit work around the country.

Q. How do I book Focus Photography?

A. The booking process is straight forward. You’ll have a confirmed booking after an initial chat and when the deposit has been received (and you’ve agreed to the terms and conditions). Ready to take this to the next step? Say hi.

Q. Can you pencil us in until we are ready to confirm?

A. Sure, I can pencil in a booking for up to 1 week. After 1 week the date would be opened up for other enquiries/bookings.

10 reasons to book us

10 years experience

Nothing beats experience, especially with wedding photography. I’ve learned to be two steps ahead. I’ve acquired that eye for detail and comfortably use my equipment to it’s full potential.

NZIPP multi-award winner

The Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards is NZ’s only professional photography competition. I entered my first and only image in the 2016 awards and won gold. Every image I’ve entered since has won an award.

Over 200 weddings photographed

Have a browse through my wedding portfolio to see some of my work. With each and every wedding I’m looking for that ‘wow’ shot, or perhaps my next gold award.

100% customer satisfaction

My work has a perfect track record. Each and every client has been nothing less then completely thrilled with their wedding imagery. Here are some real reviews.

Quality Assurance

Every single image that I produce has been personally analysed and re-touched/colour managed. I don’t outsource. I only shoot in .raw (uncompressed) and provide all images in high resolution .jpeg format.

Museum grade archival printing

Prints that will last the test of time. I supply prints of the highest quality – it’s as simple as that. I only use Epson Signature worthy archival art paper and print with new Ultra Chrome HD ink. Click here for more info.

Peace of mind

I shoot with Canon full frame cameras which have the ability to back up images on to a seperate memory card. I’ve never had an issue, but it’s nice to know each and every image is backed up on the spot. Of course, as soon as I’m home I back your precious memories up on multiple hard drives.

Lighting

I was the first person in NZ to own Elinchrom’s portable studio lighting solution – the ELB400 kit. Having this technology gives me the ability to shoot studio lighting with soft boxes – outdoors. It’s 100% portable giving us that creative edge to shoot in all lighting scenarios.

Free back up

Know that your precious memories are backed up (on and off site) for at least 12 months. If you lost your images, I can recover them for you at only the cost of a new USB.

The Passion

I’m truely passionate about what I do – hopefully you can see that in my portfolio and examples from recent weddings. It’s incredibly exciting when everything is perfect – the lighting, the scene, the connection of the couple. To capture these things, for me, is a thrill like no other.

I’m offering these three add ons:

Queensbury wedding albums, in our opinion are the best in the world. They create the most amazing, unique and carefully detailed wedding albums – making your special day last forever. The quality and craftsmanship that goes into each and every bespoke album is second to none.

Queensbury OVERLAY MATTED ALBUM - $775

This album is a classic. It’s simple, fresh and elegant:

  • 10 x 10” overlay matted album
  • Ivory core pages with powder blue soft micro leather cover
  • 15 pages mounted overlay style, with each photo mounted behind a card frame
  • Elegantly embossed cover
  • Presentation box/bag

— Also available to the above, a parent copy album 7×7” – additional $350

Queensbury PREMIUM BOX FOR MATTED PRINTS - $575

  • Presentation box with beautiful split-lid design, fastened with a hidden magnetic catch
  • x10 14×11” matted prints (14×11” full size of the matt)
  • Fine art museum quality paper
  • Fully assembled, designed to keep your favourite images looking their best for years to come

Focus Photography PRINTING - $40 each

  • A4 size fine art archival print
  • Museum grade archival cotton paper
  • Printed with Inkjet UltraChrome HD ink
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“Your talents and instincts continue to amaze us, we are so lucky to have you as our wedding photographer. You capture truely breathtaking moments and your work has such beautiful character, we are so happy with how things turned out"

Sukyoung & Matt
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“Honestly we have no words…Your photos are just so insanely beautiful. So much more then we ever imagined. We sat here in Auckland and cried through the whole album…in a good way"

Stacey & Tom
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“Where to start!! Having Chris as our photographer was the best decision we could have made. Such a chilled out guy to have as part of the day and his work is INCREDIBLE!! One problem though.. we have so many epic photos that choosing photos to print is SUPER HARD!!

Roxanne & Cameron