Photo session checklist

Often, the photo session you have booked with me will be your first, let alone organising a wedding! I've photographed hundreds of weddings and have ventured about the wilderness of New Zealand most of my life. The checklist below is universal and may not apply to everyone, but it should give you some insight into what to expect on your photo session. Any questions at all, please email me.


  • At the start of your day, collect your jewellery, shoes and any important items together and stash them somewhere near your dress. This way I can get straight into the details shots without disrupting you.
  • Use the bathroom before leaving for your ceremony! Kinda obvious but easily forgotten once the dress is on.
  • Eat and keep hydrated. It's a long day, particularly if your wedding day is in the heat of summer. 
  • Take time to stop, breathe and take it all in. Your wedding day will fly past.
  • Downtime. Plan a couple of blocks of time where you don't have to do anything or be anywhere. This gives you the opportunity to simply 'be' at your wedding.
  • For family photos, create a list of the groups you'd like. Simpler the better. Then organise one or two assertive family members to gather these groups for photos on the day. It streamlines things heaps.
  • In summer, plan a 10-15 minute slot for a sunset session for that epic golden light. I can guide you on what time will work best.
  • Outdoor dances kicks-ass!

First looks

  • Location is everything. Usually this is around midday when the light outside is the harshest, my advice would be to seek shade or even an indoor space.
  • It can be as simple as a cuddle and turn, or as emotive as reading letter to each other. Don't be afraid to get creative.


Location session

  • Location sessions should represent the location of your wedding. If we're at a rugged beach, we're not going to get snowy mountain tops. Celebrate the environment you've chosen.
  • Wear appropriate shoes for your location session, often brides will pack flats if we're walking into the wild. You'll get places faster and be much more comfortable.
  • The mountains here are an alpine environment. Cold, windy and often very exposed, even in summer. June–August is particularly cold, where -10ºc is common. Bring a blanket, wrap of shawl to keep warm. In winter, snow boots are a pretty good idea!
  • Your dress will get dirty.

à la carte

Additional hours / $550/hr
Second shooter / $100/hr
Helicopter flights / from $1300
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Album incl up to 60 images / $1900
Album incl up to 120 images / $2400

    Wedding invites / from $300
    Thank you cards / from $250


    Pricing in NZD and subject to change. Once booked, pricing becomes fixed. Travel within two hours from Wanaka included in all wedding collections. Booking requires agreement to my standard photography contract, and a 33% date reservation fee payment, with the second 33% due 4 months from your wedding date, and the remaining balance due two weeks from your wedding date.