Ahh, the $64,000 question!
(Just kidding, we’re not that expensive!)
Our elopements coverage starts at $1950, and our most popular wedding package is $3550 for 10 hours coverage with one photographer. We have options for 8 hours and 12 hours, as well as a second photographer. Engagement sessions are included in our wedding packages, and images are delivered via a web gallery for friends and family as well as high res files on USB.
Guest Books are $770, Albums are $1800 for 10×10 or $2300 for 12×12. We also have framed prints in a variety of sizes.
Family Portrait Sessions start at $550 for a one hour session at a location of your choice.
Please get in touch for a full rates sheet.
Frequently Asked Questions
(and one piece of advice)
What is your view on diversity?
We welcome diversity in all forms, be it race, gender, orientation, or creed. We are a diverse family (Iku is Japanese and John is Chinese-Australian) so we understand that sometimes challenges are presented to us, but we believe there are far more that we have in common than sets us apart. We would also like to acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Dharawal people and we pay our respects to elders past and present.
So you’re LGBTQI friendly?
Heck yeah! Because love is love, and screw the haters.
So we’re kinda awkward in front of the camera…
We are too! So we totally feel you. The advice we always give is to focus on each other — it’s your love we want to capture, so the more you’re present with each other the more moments naturally happen. It’s our job to make you feel comfortable so there’s definitely no silly poses, or any posing really. We’ll still give you some direction (we won’t leave you in the lurch!) but we want to catch you as you are.
Phew! Ok, so how long is everything going to take?
Well it all depends on what your plans are, but here’s what we usually recommend:
We generally need around half an hour to an hour for the getting ready shots before you leave for the ceremony. After the ceremony, and depending on how many group shots you’d like to take, it could be anywhere between 15-45 minutes. Keep in mind that a group shot with all your guests could take 15 minutes all by itself.
Hold on – the groups take how long?
Group shots can eat up a fair bit of time, so we recommend keeping it to just family. We also ask that you check in with mum and dad about which family groups are most important to them, and make a list of the ones we should get after the ceremony so we can check them off. It’s also really helpful to have someone from each side of the family to wrangle the people who will be in the photo.
Don’t forget, we have the rest of the day to get the casual snaps with your friends. It’s more fun to get them while you mingle than in a formal setting!
Good point! What’s next?
For the portraits we’d love around an hour with you and your wedding party, excluding travel time, and to really finish the day off we’d want to be at the reception in time to cover the formal stuff and around 30 min to an hour of dancefloor action. If you have a big exit planned we can totally stick around, but otherwise Instagram has you covered!
Sounds good! How long before we see the photos?
We’ll send over highlights within the week, and final images within the month!
So far so good – but what’s it like working with you?
Great question! First of all, we work for you. It doesn’t always feel that way with some vendors, but we want you to have a day you remember for all the good times, so we bring the good vibes and a can-do attitude and be the totally stress free element of your day. We’re not precious, we’ll help Grandma take that selfie, and point out the good angles to Uncle Barry with his new fangled camera.
(We do advocate for an unplugged ceremony, where your guests put their phones and cameras away and be totally present with you when you say your vows. It also helps us get the best possible coverage from the one part of the day you only want to do once!)
For most of the day we’re documentarians, we blend in with your guests and spot the moments. We’ll be there in a jiffy if you want a photo with a friend, but otherwise the nicest thing guests say to us is that they never notice we were there. There are parts of the day where we are more hands on and for those times we keep it light and fun, but for most of it we try to blend in and keep a lookout for great moments to capture.
Here’s a few very lovely things our couples have said about us:
Abbey & Nick
“My husband and I can’t begin to say how impressed we’ve been with John and Iku at harustudio. From the get go, they have been so professional and helpful, which really took the stress out of the photography element of the wedding. We had a bit of a different run schedule for our wedding, and John and Iku provided such great expertise and advice throughout the process. Both John and Iku are exceptionally friendly too, which made having them there on the day an extension of our wedding party. It was wonderful and we wish we could do it again. And the end result?! PERFECT. We have since recommended them to friends and friends of friends. A big thanks again to John and Iku!”
Jess & Dave
“Thank you so much, we love them! You have captured the day so perfectly and we’re really happy.”
Sam & Kevin
“Thank you so much for the amazing photos of our wedding. John, you were amazing on the day! Thank you to both of you for your hard work and attention to detail. We love our photos.”
Awesome! Will you both be at our wedding?
We can if you’d like both of us there! Our packages are for one photographer but we can easily add a second photographer to your package. We can’t guarantee that it will be both of us in case one of us falls sick or we have a babysitting emergency, but if you book a second photographer we can guarantee our second will have a similar style and will be as much fun as we are.
Do you travel?
Sure do! We love to travel, and we will totally come on an adventure with you. For destination weddings and elopements we usually roll solo, and we charge a full day’s coverage + travel costs — which generally includes how we get there and back along with two night’s accommodation. For locations close to Sydney but we finish too late to drive home we ask for one night’s accommodation. But get in touch — it depends on where we are at the time, if we’re both at the same part of the world at that time maybe we won’t need to charge for travel at all.
But what if it rains?
Bring your wellies! We’ll bring ours, along with a bunch of matching umbrellas. Don’t let the rain dampen your day, some of our favourite photos happened in the rain!
What about that one piece of advice?
Ah! Ok, it seems silly to even point this out, but on the day remember to take the time to be with each other. Most of our couples don’t have a planner and don’t have a co-ordinator on the day, so inevitably they’re the ones answering messages and keeping an eye on the clock, and eventually your wedding becomes more about your guests and getting to places on time rather than a celebration of your union. Be present with each other and enjoy the day together.
Alright, we’re sold! What happens next?
Brilliant! First off, get in touch using the form below and we’ll arrange a time to meet and get to know one another. Then we’ll send you a link to sign the contract and pay the booking fee (20%) to lock in the date. A few weeks before the big day we’ll check in and get the day’s schedule from you, and the remainder is due two weeks before the wedding day.
We'd love to hear from you.
You’ve made it all the way to the bottom! Let’s chat — get in touch using the form below, or give us a call on 0459397057. If you’re in Sydney we’d love to catch up over a coffee (or a mid-week vino!) or if you’re out of town let’s set up a Skype date.
Either way, we can’t wait to meet you!