Charlotte Kiri Photography Wanaka


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is your photographic style?

 So a little bit about me…

For most of your wedding day, I photograph things as they’re happening, in a Journalistic/Documentary-style. 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 pay a lot of attention to details and the way things are styled – this is why I request a minimum of 2.5 hours pre-wedding ceremony to capture this part of the day.

I do give a wee bit of 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 !

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 love photographs filled with emotion and love – I will make you kiss, so don’t even try and get out of it :P. I want you to let down your walls and be in the moment. Make sure you look at my blog and photos and see if you connect with what I deliver to clients as I try to stay away from cheesy and deliver trendy and unique!

I won’t copy other photographers photos – I will photograph your day uniquely for you so your photos are one of a kind, so don’t Pinterest me photos.

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!

Charlotte do you recommend booking a heli for photos?

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.

How will our photos be delivered?

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.

How long will it take for my images to be ready?

I’ll try and have a sneak peek up within a week or two on my social media! You’ll receive your full gallery for family & engagement sessions around 4 weeks. Wedding’s can take between 6-8 weeks in wedding season. 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.

Do you make wedding albums, or books?

Yes, I do! I have a few options available to my clients! I can supply beautiful monogrammed flush-mount albums in both linen or leather monogrammed covers. If you would like to check them out head over to my album page here for photos and swatches.

Do you offer prints, canvas's or books for family photography and engagements?

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.

Do you travel for weddings?

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!

What about if we are shy and awkward in front of the camera?

I have tamed even the most awkward person into cracking a natural smile as long as you can laugh at my jokes you’ll be fine!

When is the best light for photos?

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!

Should we organise a shot list for you?

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.

Can we meet before our wedding?

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!

Do you take a deposit when we book?

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!

Will you use our photos on your social media or website?

Yes, I love to share my client’s photos on social media. I’m passionate about creating content on my blog and social media ~ there is nothing better than seeing your story beautiful crafted together and I always do a sneak peek of your session on social media! If you don’t feel comfortable about this please let me know before your wedding or session.

What other suppliers do you work with? Can you recommend florist, hair, makeup, celebrants etc?

I have been so lucky to work with some amazing suppliers during styled shoots and have some amazing vendors I can recommend to you! Once you have booked in with me I will send you my preferred supplier list.

What camera gear do you use?

I shoot on Canon pro gear: Two Mark IV bodies and a Mark iii as my third body back up which my second shooter uses as well. I shoot predominantly on Prime L series lenses.  I 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 my imaging. I am also a Canon Professional service member.

Do you work with a second shooter?

For weddings, I work with my husband Bruno as my second shooter – He’s EPIC, but I maybe biased that’s why I married him ;). He’s  a calm, quiet, helpful presence throughout the day and couples often comment how amazing he has been during their day.

For our main wedding packages you will have two photographers -YAY we think that’s pretty COOL. We usually shoot the prep together as a team and  the ceremony, family photos etc then for couples portraits Bruno will cover candid guest shots at the reception, so you don’t miss a moment while you’re away!

For elopements generally it will just be me (Charlotte Kiri), but you can have the whole team for an additional cost and Bruno does make a pretty good witness too.

What helicopters do you recommend flying in?

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 really recommend booking the larger helicopter options.

Note to Vendors

Vendors, I am always stoked when you love my photos YAY.. but please do not take images off my website without permission. You can pin them from the Pinterest buttons to use on Pinterest, or if you want to use them for social media, or commercial use please email me to discuss terms of use and i’ll send you the right size files so they will look epic for you ~ [email protected]

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

Still curious?

If you have a question that I haven’t answered above, please feel free to contact me.