Christchurch Wedding Photography Prices

I offer a friendly reliable enthusiastic wedding photography service with your wishes and desires as my priority.
The very best quality results with creativity centred around the bride and groom as individuals.
A very competitive pricing structure to suit every budget, from 1 hours wedding coverage only, to a full day's coverage and luxury Queensberry album.
I offer complete flexibility, you tell me where to be and what sort of pictures you like, and I'll create amazing images for you steering my creativity towards what you like.

What sort of Wedding Photographer am I ?

I'm not a pushy salesman, I don't ask you to email me for a price list so I can harass you to book me. I just supply as much information as I can on my website and I let people make up their own mind whether they want to book me. Look at the pictures on my website, check the prices below, come for a chat, and then book if you want to :)
I can try and give you some indication of what I'm like, by what people have said. Not what I think of myself :)

During weddings guests often come up to me and say "you're a great photographer". This puzzled me for a while because they'd not seen the pictures I was taking. So why did people keep saying this? Then I realised that during the wedding they watched me working. They could see me working constantly, moving around getting different angles, different shots, and of course they could see how I interacted with the couple and the guests, specially the young children. I realised that that was what they liked. That's also why so many people say they enjoyed me being their photographer, because they expected it to be a chore, but with me they found it easy and fun. I get a lot of bookings from couples who really don't like being the centre of attention and don't like being photographed. They especially appreciate my easy going style, and like that I do a mixture of candid and posed shots, and I do more candid shots and less posed shots if that's what they'd prefer.

Brides and bridesmaids often get really stressed, and I've often had a little chat with them to calm them down. That's why I've been told things like "you should be a life coach" and "You're absolutely right, and a really awesome, lovely human being!"

Wedding Examples

         
         
         
         

    
    
    
         

Wedding Coverage Prices

You pay for my time to photograph your wedding and you get all the unedited pictures full-size on DVD in colour and black&white.
Please note minimum booking conditions below.

2 hours coverage - $430 - typically at least 360 pictures, but often twice that many
3 hours coverage - $530 - typically at least 540 pictures, but often twice that many
4 hours coverage - $630 - typically at least 720 pictures, but often twice that many
5 hours coverage - $730 - typically at least 900 pictures, but often twice that many
6 hours coverage - $830 - typically at least 1080 pictures, but often twice that many
7 hours coverage - $930 - typically at least 1260 pictures, but often twice that many
8 hours coverage - $1030 - typically at least 1440 pictures, but often twice that many
9 hours coverage - $1130 - typically at least 1620 pictures, but often twice that many
10 hours coverage - $1230 - typically at least 1800 pictures, but often twice that many
11 hours coverage - $1330 - typically at least 1980 pictures, but often twice that many

This includes:
A consultation chat so we get to know each other.
You get all the unedited pictures on DVD or USB stick full-size in colour and black&white to print yourselves, usually posted within a few of days.
Being present at your rehearsal (if possible and local).
You can ask me to edit pictures afterwards if you wish. See editing prices below.

Please visit my Wedding Photography Portfolio page to see pictures from lots of weddings.

Minimum Booking Conditions

Minimum booking price for a Saturday during October, November, December, January, February & March is $730.
Minimum booking price for a Saturday at any other time is $530.

Small Wedding Coverage

Ideal for those who want a short informal ceremony and some pictures afterwards.
1 hours coverage - $300 - typically at least 180 pictures, but often twice that many
Maximum of 20 guests. Extra @77c/km further than 40km from Rangiora.
No video option. No consultation chat. Not present at your rehearsal. No preparation coverage. Not a Saturday.
You get all the pictures on DVD full-size in colour and black&white to print yourselves, usually posted within a couple of days.

Optional Editing Prices

I suggest you get the pictures back and then decide if you want edits done, as most people don't, specially if only printing them 6x4".
Editing is $100 per 10 edits (2400x1600 pixels suitable for printing 12x8", 9x6" and 6x4").
This editing price assumes a typical selection of wedding pictures & standard wedding editing.

Payment

A non-returnable deposit of 10% of the total price (minimum $50, maximum $200) will secure my services for your day.
Final payment (total price - deposit already paid) at least 1 week before your wedding day.
The price you pay is the price advertised when you book, even if my prices subsequently rise. You can even change your mind on what package you want, and still pay the price advertised when you booked. So you have complete peace of mind knowing what the total cost will be when you book with me.

Availability

Many people book a year ahead, specially for a Saturday wedding, but there will be gaps in my bookings, so whether your wedding is next week or next year, I may be available. Just contact me and ask :)

Videography

I can include high definition quality video with audio as part of my wedding coverage.
There are two options:
1. I multi-task, taking pictures and doing video and audio. I often do this, I'm used to it :) For this I charge an extra $100. I can video the ceremony and speeches. Obviously there are limitations on what I can achieve on my own, but the results are a great addition to the record of your wedding.
2. One assistant videographer. With one videographer you get coverage of the preparation, ceremony, speeches & dancing, with one video camera for an extra $200.
My assistant videographer is usually only available at the weekend. I cannot guarantee that my videographer assistant will be available on your day.
Aerial drone video an extra $100 (subject to venue permission).
This is an invaluable addition to the record of your special day which will capture moments in ways not captured by the pictures. Please visit my Videography Page to see examples of what I/we achieve.
You will receive the unedited video & audio. Editing is an optional extra. For prices see my Videography Page.
This is a very inexpensive add-on, so please do not expect the same results that can be achieved from a videography only service.
For just a videography service please see my Videography Page for prices.

Example Wedding Package

This includes:
A consultation chat.
Engagement shoot of 3hrs, with video and audio for your edited video $330.
Coverage of your wedding day, including preparation, ceremony, group pictures, and the reception, typically 10hrs, for $1230.
1x videographers $200
Aerial drone video $100
7 minute short film-style video $300 (+ possible music costs)
This is a staged payment package which involves a $200 deposit, $330 on the 1st shoot, and the remaining paid at least 1 week before your wedding day. A DVD of pictures will be supplied after each photo shoot.
Example total price: $2160

Extras

Extra DVDs supplied at the same time as the main DVD $20 each (including postage within New Zealand).
Replacement DVDs some time after $40 (including postage within New Zealand).

Album of 6x4" Prints

Album containing 200x 6x4" matt prints, $288. Ideal for the bride and groom.
Extra albums (containing the same 200x prints), $88. Ideal for immediate family.
Please see my Wedding Photography Albums page for details.

Pre-Wedding Boudoir Photo Shoot

Pre-wedding boudoir photo shoots are becoming more popular. A special present for that special man in your life.
Please visit my Pre-Wedding Boudoir Page for examples.

Additional Information

For a list of wedding venues please visit my Wedding Venues Page
For a list of wedding celebrants please visit my Wedding Celebrant Page
For a list of wedding hair and makeup artists please visit my Wedding Hair & Makeup Artists Page
For wedding suppliers, food, flowers etc please visit my Wedding Supplier Page
For a list of wedding entertainment please visit my Wedding Entertainment Page
It's never too late to ask about a Last Minute Wedding Booking
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Legal

I am very careful to make sure I have the right information, and I like to re-confirm a week or two before your wedding.
I make sure I have contact information for those involved, and I make sure that I have backup transport available.
Being human though, and life being that little bit unpredictable, and although I've never had anything go wrong, it is just possible that I may fall so ill that I cannot attend your event, be somehow unable to attend, and it's just possible that a camera malfunction will result in loss of images, although I have methods to minimise that possibility (multiple cameras, multiple cards, and recovery software should an error occur on a card). So when booking me for a wedding, you accept that small but finite risk.

It's possible I may make a mistake or somehow be hindered from capturing some of those special moments you wanted me to.
It's possible, even probable, that the schedule will slip, and we won't get time to create all of the pictures that you'd like.
If on your wedding day I don't get the time needed to achieve the results you and I would like, all I can do is my best.
So when booking me for a wedding, you accept that reality.
Anyone booking a wedding photographer with unrealistic expectations is going to be disappointed.

Treasured Memories

You can see examples of lots of weddings in my Wedding Photography Portfolio

Here are a few highlights.

You can see example album designs on my Christchurch Wedding Photography Albums page.
Here are a few highlights.

See more examples in my Wedding Photography Portfolio

You can see example albums designs on my Christchurch Wedding Photography Albums page.