Q: How many photographers do I get with these packages?
A: 1. I generally shoot alone and always have. If you opt for the additional video package (+$4000) I contract in another awesome videographer who does an amazing job! I work to a well thought out timeline and do the same thing week in week out and have had no complaints to date, plus I don’t want to edit someone else’s photographs!! :)
Q: Do you travel?
A: MOST DEFINITELY! In 2019 I am travelling to the following places for wedding clients: London, Port Douglas, Bali, Broome, Margaret River and Albany. I am very reasonable with my travel costs and packaging everything up so hit me up for a quote!
Q: Can I customise a package?
A: Yes - The best option in this case is to start with the basic 6 hour Package #1 and use the extras to create a bespoke package. I’ll try to apply savings where I can to help.
Q: What type of photobooth do you have?
A: Two actually! I have my original black beauty standalone unit and another new fancy version which I will be using from November onwards. Both booths are totally automatic with touchscreen, social media links, custom branding, choice of backdrops and can be made into both the open (generally preferred) or closed styles booths.
Q: How can you offer the photobooth for FREE?
A: Because I’m a nice guy?? Photography and videography is my “A” game, so if a deal sweetener like a FREE photobooth swings your vote then I’m happy to make it happen given you book within the Expo special deadline (ends next week)…It’s all business at the end of the day!
Q: What do I need to do to book you?
A: Firstly I need to be available, so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and check. Then once you have agreed on a package I will knock up an invoice for the deposit stating everything in your package and accompany that with a couple of contracts depending on what you book. The deposit is $1000 with full payment due 28 days prior to the wedding, obviously the contract details all the nitty gritty but essentially its there to make clear what you can expect from me and what I can expect from you!
Q: How soon do we get our photos?
A: In general I bust my arse (much to my wife’s dislike) to get a sneak peek out within 48 hours, then aim for a first look of everything by the 3 week mark. Once you have those images you can select images for fine tuning and for putting into your album (if you have one). Album production takes up to 4 weeks then you receive everything at once.
Q: What sort of equipment do you use?
A: I’m a Canon man for good reason. Their equipment is shit hot! I use 2 x 5dmk3, and 1 x 5dmk4, lenses I have and love 8-15mm L fisheye (for my underwater work), 16-35mm f2.8L II, 24mm f1.4L, 24-70 f2.8L, 35mm f1.4 II, 50mm f1.2L, 70-200 f2.8L II, 85mm f1.2L, 100mm f2.8L IS macro and 135mm f2L. I have heaps of flashes, a DJI Inspire drone with X5 gimbal and Olympus lenses, 3x underwater housings to suit everything above and more recently a DJI Ronin-S for video stabilisation. I only shoot on Sandisk Extreme Pro cards both CF and SD, and use Macs to edit at home and on the move. All of this = “Tech Nerd”
Q: Do you like your work?
A: Great question. I do. (see what I did there)….I really do, I have a blast every weekend and its a great social outing for this daddy of 2, I work hard right from the go, setting the booth up early at the venue to getting those last cheeky night shots during the reception. I interact with everyone, I laugh, I have cried, I sneak a beer in, and I tease you all day to make you smile and feel comfortable. A great asset to my business is my Facebook reviews, please take the time to read what my previous clients have written and you will be able to build a picture of how I run :)
Q: What else do you photograph?
A: Underwater stuff! I currently have a few photography/videography contracts with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) involving Indigenous Ranger Groups developing marine monitoring techniques and also an exciting project studying the effects of seismic activity on benthic animals. Aside from that you’ll see I sell heaps of underwater images on my website www.nickthake.com/artwork-2, I’ve flown all around the world chasing nature from Whalesharks in Maldives (and Exmouth), to bull sharks in fiji, to tiger sharks in Shark Bay to gorillas in Rwanda. Nature photography is a favourite hobby and I’m lucky to have an awesome wife who also loves nature and doesn’t mind being my camera gear sherper haha!
Q: How long have you been shooting weddings?
A: I started with weddings in ~2010. Following working as a Marine Scientist/ Commercial Diver in the oil and gas industry I decided it was a great business opportunity once all the marine work went quiet. I’ve worked on most of the capital projects in the north west, eg. Chevron Gorgon, Wheatstone, BHP RGP4/5/6 and Inpex’s Icythys in Darwin. I occasionally pick up the odd contract in the off season but in general the wedding photography pays the bills. One huge benefit of working offshore/ remotely, I can shoot the shit with most blokes, and make them feel comfortable I’m not a douche bag taking his hard earned money!
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