I’ll be adding more to the FAQ page over the next few months as things change, however please keep an eye on the main wedding page for major updates. And as always if you have any questions, just ask away!
Now this might sound odd but I’m a photographer, not a wedding planner or director on your day. I charge extra for that ;)
You are in control of the day which includes planning and conducting the wedding on the day, or the responsibility of person you have elected to do so. I’m just there to take photos (why I became a photographer in the first place) and this can impact on my documentary style, so please bear this in mind.
However, if you need help or advice while planning things, don’t be afraid to ask. I can offer a few suggestions and pointers as I’ve been to a few of these things now
To keep things fair and equal for everyone, I don’t offer discounts or have deals/specials throughout the year on my wedding packages. No matter how you book, the pricing will always be what you see on my website. I’ve given up counting how many times I’ve bought something, only for it to go on special a day later feel nothing but regret, so I can guarantee that’s not going to happen with any of my wedding packages. So don't miss out on booking your date waiting for a deal!
Now, this makes life difficult for the budget conscious bargain hunters, though the alternative is to book a custom package with a fixed amount of photos, that compromise will bring the price down if that’s what you need.
All package pricing is subject to change throughout the year.
Photography is continious for the package booked, no breaks or pauses can be factored into the package time.
Booking fee payment covers administration costs and all the work that goes on behind the scenes to organise your date and wedding photography package. So, I do ask that you are fully committed to your date and understand that the booking fee cannot be refunded after it has been paid.
With booking fee payment, you do have a 30-day cooling off period (not available for short notice weddings) starting from the day you pay the booking fee, simply for peace of mind.
Unfortunately, the booking fee is non-refundable under any circumstances once the 30-day cooling off period has passed. There is major commitment made on my part to reserve your wedding date and organise this for you. Providing you have only paid the non-refundable booking fee, this is all you will be out of pocket.
The booking fee is different for each wedding and scales depending on the total package cost, please make contact for pricing.
I cannot secure a date without the booking fee paid (this is not an additional cost, it is part of the total package cost).
If I have your date available, I’ll need you to pay the booking fee as soon as possible as competition for dates can be quite fierce! Multiple requests for dates are far too common now and bookings are made on a first come, first served basis, so you will need to act quickly to secure a date!
With booking fee payment, you do have a 30-day cooling off period (not available for short notice weddings) starting from the day you pay the booking fee, it’s just added peace of mind for when things may still be in the planning stages.
If you need to change your date, a $300 rebooking fee applies for the new date, this is non-refundable and payable immediately to secure your new date. Your booking fee is not transferable or refundable for another date.
Only where substantial government restrictions on people are imposed with 10 or less guests, I may waive the $300 rebooking fee for your wedding and shift it to another date where I’m available, however you will need to be flexible with the new date booked.
Where we’re allowed more than 10 guests, you will still need to pay the rebooking fee as to be honest, coronavirus situation changes, guest limits under 50 and masks have become part of everyday life now, something we need to expect and adjust for.
Weddings booked within 2 months of the date are considered short notice. To book, you will need to pay the full package cost and any travel fees in full without delay as I need to know that you are serious about making a booking.
All weddings are prepaid in advance of the date to secure photography and your requested package on the day, unfortunately without full payment in advance, I can’t go ahead with your wedding.
There’s plenty of time after booking to organise payment before your date, you can either pay in full at the time of booking or we can organise a payment plan over that time period before your wedding.
All wedding consultations are held in the Lake Wendouree area. We can go over all of the details for your wedding, I’ll explain how I work on the day and give you some pointers for getting the best result out of our time together.
A small couples session (5 photos) is offered at the time of the consultation if you feel the need to get comfortable with the camera in advance or get some practice in posing (which you will be doing before your wedding anyway).
There is an additional fee starting from $350 if you require a face to face consultation outside of the Ballarat area within 100km’s by road, though I’d recommend a phone or email consultation well before considering this option!
Once your wedding has been photographed, backup copies are created on the day and production starts on the following working week. It takes me approximately 6 weeks to produce a wedding, though I set a personal limit of 6 weeks that I do my absolute best not to exceed. The 6-week limit is only a guide, in certain circumstances it can take longer (during peak periods) and if you have a big wedding, I'll have more photos to edit!
The longest it has taken me to produce a wedding (from the wedding date to delivery) was 6 weeks and 6 days, this usually happens when we have Christmas, Easter and school/public holidays involved along with many other bookings.
I've had many requests, though unfortunately I don’t offer video for weddings. As much as I’d love to, there’s just too much energy and attention required for photography as it is!
If you are looking at booking a videographer, let me know as there’s a few bits of advice I can offer before you book one.