Frequently Asked Questions

Cinemotive FAQ's

Still have more questions? Please find below the most frequently asked questions, and please get in touch if you question is not answered here.

We have a natural approach to wedding photography and cinematography…which means that we favour candid, real and unscripted moments. That doesn’t mean we don’t pose – when it comes time to take the formal group photos and portraits we certainly give you direction – but throughout most of the day, we try to be more of a fly on the wall capturing moments as they happen without being too in-your-face. However, we do have an active role in managing timings and emotions throughout the day.

All our editing is performed in-house by our dedicated editors. This allows us full control over the final product.

Depending on the month you’re getting married, we are often booked 12-14 months in advance, and we limit the number of weddings that we take on each year. To ensure our team is available, it’s worth reaching out sooner than later to reserve your date. It’s also worth mentioning that September and October are, by far, our busiest months, so don’t delay if you’ve chosen those months for your wedding date! It’s always best to complete your booking when you’re sure of your date and venue.

The vast majority of our weddings are either 12 or 14 hour days, usually starting around 10:00 am and finishing around 11:30 pm.

Our standard wedding packages include up to 200 km of travel distance from Sydney. Additional travel can be discussed in your first meeting. 

These fees are only associated with the travel to the wedding location. Travel from location to location throughout your wedding day is not billed. 

We are definitely happy to travel to wherever your wedding is taking place in NSW, interstate or overseas! 

All our team members are fully vaccinated.

You’re not alone! Most people have never been photographed professionally and it can feel overwhelming. We are not lying when we say that about 95% of couples tell us that they’re not confident in front of a camera. What we can promise you is that, on your actual wedding day, you’ll have so much going on that being nervous about being photographed will be the last thing on your mind. 

To confirm a booking a deposit of $1800 is required to secure the date. The final balance is payable 2 weeks before the wedding day.

Most people choose to pay via EFT (bank transfer), we also accept cash and credit-cards.

The length of time before you receive your photos depends on the size of your wedding, and the time of year, but generally our full turn-around is 3-4 mths.

Once your photos are ready, you will receive a link to a password-protected online gallery that has all of the finished photos from your wedding day. This gallery has an option to batch download all of your images as high-resolution digital files and web-sized files as well. You also have the option to download photos individually, which is a great way to share the images from your wedding with family and friends. 

This definitely depends on your specific wedding day, there’s no right or wrong answer. If you’re looking for full-day coverage, we recommend starting 2 hrs (plus travel) time before you need to leave from the bridal preps to the ceremony. That gives us time to capture some detailed photos and a few getting ready shots before everyone’s in their formal attire and ready to leave for the ceremony. 

Of course! Not a single photo leaves our computers without being fully edited to the extent that you see on our website. This includes tone and white balance adjustment, exposure adjustment, cropping and straightening the images, black and white conversion (when appropriate) and sharpening. 

The only shot list that we ask our couples for is a list of their desired formal family groupings. Having this list written out ahead of time is a huge time saver on the day of your wedding and will assure that no one is missed! 

We don’t ask for a wedding shot list from our couples, and here’s why: when a photographer is asked to follow a shot list, it makes it difficult to properly capture real moments as we’re constantly having to refer back to the list rather than paying attention to what’s actually happening around us. We are going to get all of the traditional wedding photos – you don’t have to specify that you want photos of your dress, your first kiss, your flowers, or your guests enjoying themselves at your reception. 

That doesn’t mean that you can’t give us direction though! Definitely let us know if your parents have a photo from their wedding day that you’d love to re-create. Definitely let us know if you want a photo with your pet, or at a specific spot or popping into your favourite pub for a quick drink before the reception. Definitely let us know if your best friend from grade school who you haven’t seen in 20 years is there and you want a photo together. We are also always happy to look through your inspiration board to get an idea of your wedding vision! 

We simply ask that our couples put their trust in us and in our creative process.  This allows us to capture their day in our natural style, capturing all the important moments (both big and small) in a way that reflects the work you see on our website or social media pages.

If you book us as your photographer and videographer, one month before your wedding day, we will email you a questionnaire requesting more detailed information such as a full itinerary, confirmation of venue addresses, etc.

Yes, you can choose your own music.

We do recommend that we use our own music.

Music is an essential element that combines all the magical visual moments captured on the day. We have access to a library of talented music artists who produce music specific to our industry.

We spend many hours sourcing the music to ensure it connects with the vibe of your day; we then license that song for your video highlight.


Read some from reviews Cinemotive’s previous clients feature on ABIA Weddings.

Cinemotive were so supportive and guided us through the day to keep to our time schedule. They made us feel so comfortable and were flexible with the weather and changes on the day. They were so calm and professional throughout the whole day! We highly recommend!!!

Cassie + Andy
“Our experience with Cinemotive was amazing from start to finish in every single way. We're so grateful for all their work for us before and on our wedding day, and are so happy with how all the videos turned out!”
Wedding photographer Hunter Valley
“Makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera great to work with”
Amanda + Andrew
“John and the team made our day run so smoothly. They made us feel comfortable from the moment they started capturing our day.”
Madyline + John

Part 1: The Bride`s Odyssey

Hold onto your seats because the first installment of Darren and Ashley`s epic wedding journey is here!

Follow Ashley from her morning glam session to the dance floor action with hubby Darren. It`s a rollercoaster of emotions and moments you won`t want to miss!

Stay tuned for Part 2, folks!

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Introducing Our Black Friday Flash Sale!

For a limited time, we`re offering up to 20% discount on select wedding packages, making it easier than ever to capture the magic of your wedding day.

This exclusive offer is our way of saying thank you for considering Cinemotive to be part of your journey.

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All Packages Include:

Up to 12 hours of coverage
Professional and experienced team
High-quality, edited photos and videos
Personalised consultation
Exceptional customer service

Act Now - Offer Ends November 30th, 2023

Don`t miss this opportunity to secure your wedding photography and videography at an unbeatable price. Whether you`ve been dreaming of cinematic videos, breathtaking photos, or a combination of both, our Black Friday promotion allows you to make those dreams a reality.

To take advantage of this exclusive offer or to learn more about our packages, simply click on the Black Friday promo link in our BIO or DM your details and we will email you all the juicy info.