Bride and bridesmaids laughing with each other in warm tone mismatched vintage dresses amongst the soft coastal summer grass Christchurch New Zealand Ana Galloway Photography

‘we didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun’

Remember, there is no 'How To Get Married' rule book

All snippets of advice detailed below are based on the assumption that you want your photos to look freaking awesome!

Advice and Tips

#1 of 8 ~ Do it your way

There’s no, “How to Get Married” rule book and I encourage you to step aside from the ever-familiar traditions of weddings and do it your way! Get ready together, wear a chic jumpsuit, get tattoos, bring your dogs, go for a cocktail at your favourite bar, get hitched at the courthouse, the opportunities for mixing it up are endless! Think about wedding traditions and consider why they exist and whether you really value them. On this incredible day that you’re celebrating your love, don’t feel like you have to conform to expectations. Instagram, Pinterest and wedding fairs can be overwhelming, decide what is most important to you, and I can guarantee you’ll have absolutely no regrets!

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Advice and Tips

#2 of 8 ~ Choose the right photographer

Do your research, look at a variety of photographers, go further than Instagram; search websites and request to view full galleries. Whether it's me or any one of the talented photographers we have in our country, choose a photographer whose images evoke an emotional connection for you. Ask yourself some questions; can you picture yourself in those photographs, what is it about the images and style that you love, do you love the editing of the colours and the composition, do they make you feel something? Find a photographer who suits you, style and personality-wise, they will essentially be spending most of your wedding day with them so it’s important you connect.

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Advice and Tips

#3 of 8 ~ Create a stress-free wedding day timeline

The schedule of your day is the single most important tool to make sure things run smoothly and keep stress at bay. I love to work with my couples to create a schedule that will not only give me time to create my best work for you but also allow the day to be stress-free. Throughout the day, I am constantly referring to the timeline so that I can ensure we are on track. Once we’ve booked in your date, I’ll send you a timeline guide so we can work out the perfect stress-free schedule for your celebration.

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Advice and Tips

#4 of 8 ~ Why not elope?

Picture this, you and your best friend are on your way to that ‘imagine if…’ place you’ve always dreamt of. You make a quick stop at the local store to grab a bottle or two of that red you drank on your first date and a tote bag full of your favourite snacks. Clutched in your hand is a collection of love notes and promises that you scribbled down a few nights ago while a couple of pinot noir deep... and with that, you are ready to start a new chapter together, this thing called marriage.
Elopements are not for everyone. Essentially, you are trading a big party with your nearest and dearest, for something very intimate. But who said you can't have a big "WE'RE MARRIED" after-party? Remember, there are no rules - if in doubt refer to slide #1

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Advice and Tips

#5 of 8 ~ It’s all about the light

Ok, so this one’s a biggie, I could write paragraphs of tips to make the most of the light. But I’ll leave that for my Wedding Guide you’ll receive when you lock in your wedding date with me, I can’t give away all my secrets here, right! But, for now, a couple of things: For getting ready, find the tidiest room with the most natural light, try to avoid artificial light as it’s not as flattering. For the ceremony, each scenario is different depending on your location, time of day, backdrop, direction of the sun, etc, I highly recommend talking with your photographer so they can advise you based on your location. Avoid having some of the bridal party under shade and the rest of the bridal party in the sun. Finally, make the most of the evening light, if it’s a fine day, golden hour is where it’s at!

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Advice and Tips

#6 of 8 ~ Look like you

You want to feel like the most fabulous version of yourself on your wedding day, and you want to feel comfortable. Choose a dress you feel incredible in and can comfortably wear all day. When it comes to makeup, ultimately you want to have a polished version of how you normally look, I’d recommend doing a trial with your makeup artist so you can decide exactly how you want your makeup to look on the day.

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Advice and Tips

#7 of 8 ~ Have an unplugged ceremony

Some of the most emotionally filled moments of the day is during the ceremony. Encourage your guests to put down their phones and be in the moment. I want to capture the laughter and happy tears of the people who mean the most to you, without contending with phones and tablets. Consider having a sign, or ask your celebrant to explain to your guests that the ceremony will be unplugged, and the photographer will be documenting the ceremony.

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Advice and Tips

#8 of 8 ~ Don't sweat the small stuff

Try not to get caught up on the little things. Picture this, things may not be running on time, the weather may be teetering on the brink of a downpour, you may not get your cue to walk down the aisle, granddad forgot his hearing aids, your dress will probably get dirt on it, but hey you’re never going to wear it again, so wear it like you mean it! On the day, things may not go exactly how you planned, but it will be amazing. In fact, these little unexpected things can make it even better, more memorable and I will be right beside you to capture all that goodness, planned or unplanned, as it unfolds. If things are really turning pear-shaped, don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself or with your favourite person to cry it out and shake it off. That’s allowed. Whatever you need to do to ensure you can enjoy yourself, do it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION

How would you describe your style?

ANSWER

I like to capture the story as it naturally unfolds, this lends to a photojournalistic style with a mix of nostalgia and romantic portraiture. I find inspiration in the beautiful complexity of light, natural surroundings, our unique relationships, and how each of these elements shape a story so perfectly. The most important thing to me is creating an album of images that is a true reflection of your wedding day and the relationships between you and your guests.

QUESTION

What can we expect to pay for wedding photography coverage?

ANSWER

Wedding packages start from $4,990, prices vary depending on the number of hours you’d like covered on your wedding day and whether I’ll be travelling to your location. For elopements and intimate weddings, prices start from $2,490. Bespoke packages are available for last-minute bookings and weddings taking place during the quieter months. For more details about what is included in each collection, you can take a look at my 'Wedding Collections' page.

QUESTION

Do you offer custom packages for elopements and destination weddings?

ANSWER

Yes, I sure do! I can create bespoke packages for both elopements and destination weddings — I’d love to join you on your adventure! There are so many spectacular places around New Zealand, if you need any recommendations for new and untouched places to hold a celebration, let me know what you’re looking for and I can send a little list of ideas.

QUESTION

Can you recommend any local vendors?

ANSWER

Of course! There are so many talented and helpful vendors in this industry and during my travels around Aotearoa photographing weddings I've meet some pretty incredible vendors, so depending on where you're located I’m happy to give you recommendations for those who are in your area. I’d also highly recommend checking out Wild Hearts and Together Journal and also signing up to ‘The Curator’, a free wedding planning website with an amazing vendors directory, a place to keep all your guest's details, a budget calculator and a streamlined wedding to-do list.

QUESTION

Can we see a full gallery?

ANSWER

Absolutely! I think all couples should preview full galleries from their photographer to see how they cover the other 95% of the day that doesn't land on Instagram. Reach out to me here and I’ll be happy to send you some full galleries.

QUESTION

How much is the deposit, is it refundable and how do we make payment?

ANSWER

I require a 25% deposit to lock in your wedding date and this is nonrefundable. The remaining amount is due 30 days before your wedding day. I accept payment via bank deposit or PayPal. If you choose PayPal, there is a 4.5% fee.

QUESTION

What do we do if it’s raining on our wedding day

ANSWER

I am all for a wild forecast, sometimes the best photos are created in unpredictable weather. On your wedding day, if it looks as though it might rain, have some umbrellas ready to go and a covered option up your sleeve. I encourage you to embrace the weather, have fun with it and make it a part of the story of your wedding day. Maybe consider arranging a second outfit to change into for the party at the end of the day after our potentially wet adventures!

QUESTION

Do we need a second shooter?

ANSWER

I am confident photographing a full wedding day on my own. However, a second photographer would be able to capture more of the details, more candid photos of your guests and the in-between moments I may not get the chance to. If you don’t think you’ll need a second photographer, it is important we create a schedule that allows enough time for me to capture all the parts important to you. Before the wedding, I will help you to put together a smooth-running schedule and on the day I’ll always be keeping a close eye on the time so you can focus on taking it all in and spending time with your guests.

QUESTION

Do you deliver a variety of both colour as well as black and white images?

ANSWER

Yes, you’ll receive colour images, as well as black and white images in your gallery. Generally, the ratio is around 75% colour to 25% black and white. Often when I’m shooting I will envision a particular frame in black and white, however, while editing, I’ll find some images call for a monochrome edit. I think there’s something so elegant about a black and white image, it can instantly add a feeling of nostalgia, depth and timelessness.

QUESTION

How and when do we receive our photos?

ANSWER

Within a week of your wedding, I’ll send you a preview of 50 images. Your full gallery will be uploaded within 6 - 10 weeks. Depending on the collection you choose, you will receive between 300 - 700 edited images in an online gallery where you can order Fine Art prints and album and this online gallery can also be shared with family and friends. A couple of weeks after the online gallery has been uploaded you will also receive a USB containing your high-resolution images along with ten 5" X 7" Fine Art prints.

QUESTION

Will you post images from our wedding online?

ANSWER

Not always, however, occasionally I may post a small album of photos on my social media channels, this is a wonderful way for me to showcase some of my recent work. I’m always posting new images online and from time to time some of your wedding photos might be uploaded. Some weddings may feature as a blog post on my website, this will be a curated album of photos highlighting special parts of a wedding day.


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