John Poulakis

Quick personal profile...

Born in Sydney, raised by Greek parents, I'm married with 2 kids, travelled to many countries, career started as a graphic designer, qualified scuba diver, took up flying lessons until it got too costly, non-smoker, bass player, massive sweet tooth, most fav place is Queenstown NZ, I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, dream car is a Nissan Skyline Hakosuka, love the mountains, into R&B and jazz funk, love spicy food, I go to church every weekend (for weddings)


Hello, my name is John Poulakis, founder and director of Cinemotive.

As a deep spiritual being, I have grown to appreciate the value of cultural empathy and how its become increasingly important in the last few decades. People of different cultures and traditions are having to interact more frequently on a personal and professional level making it such an exciting time to be working within the wedding industry.

The importance of empathy doesn’t just stop with me, it’s the core of all Cinemotive team members, empowering them the ability to experience and relate to the thoughts, emotions of others. ... Simply put, the ability to step into someone else’s shoes, be aware of their feelings and understand their cultural needs. These are the core attributes of a great story-teller.

It’s with this awareness that I have established Cinemotives higher purpose statement from which its core values are grounded in, and I am excited with the opportunity to share this with you.

‘With courage, integrity and love—we embrace our responsibility to co-create a world where each of us, our families, communities and ultimately humanity can flourish. All the while, celebrating the sheer love and joy of tradition, culture and spirituality, capturing life as it unfolds through the art of cinematography and photography.’

I do hope our website provides you with a small glimpse of what to expect when working with Cinemotive.

Wishing you both an amazing wedding planning experience, remind yourselves to freely enjoy the process, and create a wonderful story out of this experience.