Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a selection of the questions we often receive from potential clients. If you have a question that has not yet been answered you can get in touch via phone, email or online form.
Q: What does Foto Diem stand for?
Similar to Carpe Diem, which means seize the moment or opportunity, Foto Diem combines old and new. Foto is street jargon for photography while diem promotes the essence of ‘capturing the moment’ in a colloquial sense.
Q: Is booking and confirming the date important?
Confirming your date is extremely important as there are only so many days and weekends in the year! As we’re sure you know, wedding planning is generally done well in advance so it is recommend to reserve your photographer as soon as you can.
Q. Do you only cover weddings in Wellington?
We predominantly work in and around the Wellington area but are more than happy to travel to weddings within New Zealand or even overseas.
Q. Why should I choose a professional wedding photographer?
Professional photographers are passionate about what they do - photography is their art! They invest years in training (in the case of our primary photographer Peter close to 20 years), and quality equipment to ensure the best outcome time after time.
They put in a vast amount of effort to make sure they do your wedding justice. Wedding photography is a challenging genre that mixes together nearly all styles within the photography world - fashion, portraiture, character studies, landscapes, industrial (food and décor) and photo journalism to name a few. Add to that the fast passed and varying conditions of a wedding that cannot be recreated, and you need to make sure your photographer is dynamic and versatile, but also unobtrusive and guiding.
Your wedding will be one of your greatest and most important days in your life, and as such it is an honour to be a part of it. We strive to capture not just the events of the day, but also the memories and the emotion. Keeping events light, personable and unobtrusive where possible.
Q. What do you wear when shooting weddings?
This is open for discussion and will depend on your wedding, we are equally happy to work in formal wear, barefoot on the beach or with gumboots in the forest.
Q. How many hours are typically required to capture the wedding?
This will all come down to personal preference. While some couples may just want the highlights others prefer a more detailed collection. All of our packages include retouching where applicable, and treatment and cropping to provide you with a comprehensive photo bundle.
The longer we are there, the greater the variety of shots we can capture. Packages are highly customisable according to your requirements and budget.
Q. How many group shots do people request?
The amount of group shots can vary greatly, typically this will only be a handful of the closest family and friends but it can be as many as 30 individual shots which can take up to 3-5 minutes each depending on the size of the group and how quickly the parties can be rallied - it is important to remember that this will take up some bridal party shoot if it is not decided on prior to the day.
Q. What happens if it rains?
Wellingtonians will know how common it is to have four seasons in any one day. This being said we always plan for unexpected eventualities by having one or two wet weather venues on hand. It may be important to note that some of these venues have a permit or entrance fee.
Q. Should I book an assistant or second photographer?
An assistant is invaluable for a photographer and makes them much more efficient by helping to carry equipment and quickly setup or control lighting. They also provide a second observer to spot things like unbuttoned jackets, wayward button holes and flyaway hair.
A second photographer will literally double the effort and angles, increasing the range and availability of event coverage. Examples of this would be covering multiple locations (such as the separate venues where the bride and groom are getting ready), venue preperation shots, or larger events which may have several things occurring at the same time. It is important to book assistants and second photographers as soon as possible as they are subject to availability.
Q. How to decide on a great location?
There are great locations for weddings throughout Wellington and New Zealand, especially if you are a fan of nature. Portraits can be shot almost anywhere and character studies are usually shot where the subject feels most at home.
In the case of a wedding, the selected location may have special significance to the bride and groom, or be beautiful in itself. The time of day and weather are also crucial in regards to the functionality of the location. It is always important to have a few more venues in case of emergency.
Where possible I prefer to visit multiple locations with the couple in person before the big day. It’s worth noting that most indoor venues require a permit or fee and may need booking if privacy is required.
Q. Does the time of day we have our ceremony matter?
The best light for photography tends to be towards the beginning or the end of the day - at sunrise and leading up to sunset. Light is one of the principle considerations for a photographer, but that being said we are adept at working with what we have at any time of day.
Q. When do you require payment?
We take an agreed retainer, usually 25%, at time of booking, and the balance a week prior to the event day.
Q. Do we need to meet prior to our wedding?
Where possible we like to meet wedding couples on at least one occasion prior to the day. It’s a great opportunity to get to know each other and discuss your needs in detail. We are also happy to visit locations with couples and take some test photos. These shots will give you some practice and an idea of what you like before the wedding.
Q. Are you happy to travel internationally to cover weddings?
We love shooting at new locations and are more than happy to travel nationally and internationally (at cost). Please contact us directly to discuss.
Q. Do we get digital copies of our files?
Your photo bundle will have all your shots in colour and black and white along with a range of creative colour treatments and cropping. Resolution is from a maximum of 20 megapixel depending on treatment in post-production.
Q. How long does it take to produce the final products?
Most of the photographic work occurs after the day and, depending on the package you selected, will be delivered in three stages:
Approximately a week after your wedding… a snapshot of highlights. This will allow you to post some photos on your social media accounts and use some of the photos for thank you notes to friends and family.
Around four to six weeks after your wedding… a slideshow presentation which encapsulates the full day. Most commercial wedding photographers will put your photos through an automated algorithm which creates four to six variants, from these they will select the ‘best’ ones to be furthered edited if necessary. This method requires minimal or reduced effort which decreases their outlay and time-investment.
Our method involves treating every photo individually to enhance the very best of each captured moment. After your wedding we will invest upwards of 60 hours editing on a ‘typical’ day-long wedding.
Days or weeks after your wedding… a selection of albums, canvases, or framed photos as agreed upon prior to the day. Each one of these has a varied turn-around time, hence the mixed delivery times.
Q. Do you post our work on-line?
We can send the photos to most social media or cloud storage platforms at your request. We will never blog/post your photos online unless we have spoken about it beforehand.
Q. Can you produce wedding albums?
Wedding albums are included in some packages. Various options are available and personal taste will affect your preference greatly. We prefer the old style albums, on actual photo-paper, as we believe they yield a much better result compared to the magazine style albums available from most online businesses. We believe presentation is key to the products that we put our name to.
Q. How long will you hold onto our photos?
We may keep some location photos but it is unlikely that we will keep your photo bundle for a prolonged period. It is our recommendation that you back-up your photos to several, secure locations.
Q. Can our guests take photos during the day?
It’s your big day and we will run with whatever you want. We can discuss the associated risks and options at one of our pre-wedding meetings if you would like. Some things to think about are a complete technology freeze, or if you would want photos from your guests during specific portions of the day.
Q. How many photos will be taken during the day?
There is no limit to the number of shots taken, the longer we are there the greater the number of shots. We would typically expect to produce at least 150 edited images for most full-day packages.
Q. Do you have backup photographers if someone is ill?
Yes. However it will take a momentous illness to keep our photographers from turning up on the day.
Q. Do you do retouching?
We have years of retouching experience and apply this knowledge in post-production with an eye on creating exceptional images. Retouching your photos will include removing or blending things like spots, tones and blemishes where necessary using Photoshop and Lightroom. Most packages include all the time that is required for retouching but additional hours can be purchased at $50ph.
Q. What equipment do use?
We use high quality Canon L series professional lenses and Canon DSLRs and Speedlight flashguns.
Q. How far will you travel to cover my wedding?
There is no limit to the distance we will travel, however extra mileage beyond 80KM from the photographer’s base of operations is calculated at 94c per km and can be discussed.