If you have a question for Charlotte about booking a photography session, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to see if you can find an answer there. If not, please feel free to contact Charlotte directly.
So a little bit about me…
For most of your wedding day, I photograph things as they’re happening as a story-teller. I don’t work solely in one particular style though, as I am very much a creative and editorial style photographer too and like to bring an on-trend look into my imaging.
I do give creative direction in the couples photos to get the best photos of your special day and have you looking your best. This bit of the day can take time, but it’s best not to rush such important memories.
I also believe that happy people make beautiful photos, so if you’re happy you will look amazing. Looking through my stories will give you a insight into how we capture a wedding day.
I am almost entirely a natural light photographer, by using fast prime lenses I am able to keep shooting in most lighting conditions, without resorting to flash – I do pull out the flash for dance floor pics because who doesn’t like good dance party pics!
My editing style is inspired by film photography with soft pastels and earthy tones.
I do like to have fun and I do like to joke around, I love to laugh and have fun! I can also be serious when I need to be when it comes to your ceremony and family photos I work efficiently so things run smoothly. I’m very organised and think this makes your day less stressful if we have a good plan!
I won’t copy other photographers photos – I will photograph your day uniquely for you so your photos are one of a kind, so I won’t copy or emulate Pinterest boards.
I will answer your emails quickly, I will probably cry on your wedding. I’m in this with you as a friend, not just a photographer!
If you said yes to all of the above I think we will be a perfect match!
If you are wanting epic views and the backdrop Wanaka & Queenstown is known for I highly recommend booking a heli for your photos. A lot of the photos you see online are heli only locations and can’t be accessed by car. The good thing about a heli is you can fly in and out of your venue and are away from your guests for less time by doing so.
If you have booked me for my 9 hour wedding package your photos will be delivered to an online gallery. You will also receive a beautiful heirloom wooden photograph box filled with 25 Queensberry prints you can see photos here. If you book my album package your photos will be delivered on an online gallery then you I will design you a beautiful flush mount album with your favourite images of your day if you would like to see photos click here.
For elopements, engagements and family photography your photos will be delivered to an online gallery, where you can download them for social media, print and easily share with your friends and family.
I’ll have a sneak peek sent to you within a week of your wedding day. You’ll receive your full gallery within 8 weeks. If I am in the unlikely event I am running behind in peak times, I will keep in direct contact with you about the status of your gallery.
Yes, I do! I have a few options available to my clients! I can supply beautiful Queensberry albums in both linen, faux leather, or leather monogrammed covers. If you would like to check them out head over to my album page here for photos and swatches.
I use Queensberry, the top New Zealand photographic printing company. I offer a beautiful range of fine-art prints, matted & lustre prints, framed prints and canvas’s. Queensberry offer framed and unframed options and will be delivered to your home if you’re not from Wanaka! You can order directly from your online gallery & they will be delivered right to your door both in NZ or overseas.
You can see more on our photo products here.
Yes I do! I would love to travel everywhere my wedding prices on my website include travel within Wanaka. I just ask you cover me and my second shooters expenses such as petrol, flights or accommodation if it’s further afield.
I usually have a flat fee of $150 NZD for shoots in Queenstown/Arrowtown/ Cromwell, Bannockburn etc to cover my travel expenses. I love to photograph throughout Central Otago: Queenstown, Cromwell, Arrowtown and as far as The Catlins! I wouldn’t say no to an overseas adventure either!
My favourite time to take photos is when the light is beautiful and soft. This happens in the first few hours after sun rise and the last one to two hours before the sunsets (golden hour). I will be happy to help you work on your timeline for your day to organise your day around the best light. I recommend having your ceremony later in the day if possible for best imaging in summmer. In winter make sure to check sunset timing because no one wants to do couples photos in the dark!
If you can supply me with a list of the family photos you want that would be amazing, please allow 3-4 minutes per combination in your timeline. I also recommend having someone (usually the MC) who can help organise family in the right place at the right time.
For the rest of the day, I will capture the day as a storyteller and document the day as it happens naturally. This is achieved best with no list which means we can all relax and you can be present in each moment.
Yes, I love to meet couples at my office here in Wanaka. If you aren’t based in Wanaka we can Skype to discuss your special day!
I take a non-refundable 25% retainer to hold your date and then the full amount is to be paid 1 month out from your photo shoot. You’ll also receive an online contract to sign and a questionnaire so I can get to know you better!
I’m passionate about creating content on my blog and social media, but only post a a select number of the weddings I photograph publicly. If you don’t feel comfortable about this please let me know before your wedding, or session.
I have been so lucky to work with some amazing suppliers during all our weddings and have some amazing vendors I can recommend to you! Once you have booked in with me you get access to my private ‘client area’ which has a huge range of planning options from vendors, tricks and tips and heli locations.
We shoot on Canon pro gear: Three Mark IV bodies and a Mark iii as my fourth body. We photograph and film predominantly on Prime L series lenses. We made the decision to shoot mostly prime lenses this year as they are fast in low light situations, light and give the beautiful background blur (bokeh) that you see in our imaging. We are also Canon Professional service silver members. We fly a Mavic II drone weather and permit permitting (Bruno is also a licensed drone operator).
The bigger helicopters maybe a little more expensive, but twin prop helicopters are a lot safer to fly in than the R44 three seaters. Safety is really important to me for my clients, so I recommend booking the larger squirrel helicopter options.
I’m more than happy to give out my photos to rad vendors who support my little business, in exchange for photo credit, because it’s all about supporting each other! YAY
I highly recommend doing your couple and bridal party photos following the ceremony (not doing a first look).
When we skype we can discuss perfect timing for photos. There is a number of reasons why.
My goal when photographing my clients is to capture the true essence of who they are as a person. I do this through use of natural light, flattering posing and lots of jokes and laughs to have you looking amazing. I will not magically turn you into Kim Kardashian, I will not shrink your waist-line or face-tune you.
My photos are edited: Colour graded with my special sauce, exposure, contrast, white balance altered, but this does not include photo shopping like removing tan lines, things off walls, waist slimming etc
I believe in loving yourself just as you are… if you’re happy, your photos will be amazing!
If you want high end retouching, or to Photoshop your appearance, or all the things… I am not the photographer for you. If you want to look back at your photos and think holy moly I look so frigging happy with my fiancee then you’ve come to the right place!
We are often booked 1-2 years in advance, so if you want us to be a part of your special day we recommend getting in touch asap. A lot of our clients don’t book their venue until they have checked our availability, so we can find a date which aligns for us both. Currently we are taking bookings for 2020/21 wedding season. If you wedding is further out than this we recommend following our social media where we announce when our bookings will open for 2021/22 wedding season.