Cambridge Wedding Photographer - Some Frequently Asked Questions

Photographs

Will I get a copy of all my edited photographs?

I choose approximately 400 of the best images for you that will go onto your USB memory stick.  Obviously I take more than this number, but some are duplicates.  I want you to have the best.

How long until I get my photos?

I aim to get your photos edited and ready to view within four to six weeks.  This may take 6-8 weeks in the really busy summer weeks, but i keep in touch and let you know how it's all going. I often post a sneak peek of one image onto Facebook, unless you ask me not to.

How many pictures do you take?

On a given wedding day, I can take up to 1500 photos, and I tend to deliver approximately 400 hand edited photos for you to choose from. The remainder tend to be photos where guests are blinking etc, or duplicates.

Do you edit my pictures?

I use specialist software to process the raw images I have taken on the wedding day. I don’t remove people from photos, or make skin smoother etc. I just ensure the photos are looking their very best and use my signature style for the finished pictures.

Can I put my photos on social media sites like Facebook?

Absolutely, please do. I include a second set of images on the USB which are designed specifically for the internet, and are low resolution, quick to upload and share but these will include my logo in a discrete place.

Which photos get converted into Black & White and why?

I make a judgement call when I am processing your photos. Some scenes and lighting conditions lend themselves better to black & white.

Can friends and family view our photos?

Included within my package is an on-line photo gallery with a unique password. You can share this with your friends & family so they can view all the photos too.

Before and on the day

Do you visit the wedding location/s before the day?

Yes I do. I like to know as much as I can about a venue I’m shooting at, as it will give you the best photos possible. Obviously if I’ve shot a wedding at that venue before, then that’s very helpful. For those venues that are impractical to visit in advance of the wedding, I can still travel up early to view the best locations for photos the day before the big day.

How many times can we meet you?

Our first meeting is a no obligation chat. If you’d like to meet up at other times, I’m always happy to, especially to discuss your evolving plans. We’ll catch up at the booking stage, and also for your pre-wedding shoot session, so there’s plenty of time to get to know one another.

How long will you cover the wedding for?

All day. My coverage starts at the bridal preparations,a bout 2 hours before your ceremony and continues until after the first dance. There's no set number of hours or time-limits, but an average is 10 hours.

Do you have any recommendations for timings?

It’s always useful to bear in mind the photos when working out the timings for your day. I tend to recommend to my clients to leave space at two particular times. Firstly, the bridal preparations – it’s nice to have 45 minutes to one hour with the bride and bridesmaids to get some portraits of them before the ceremony starts. Secondly, after the ceremony but before the dinner - it’s lovely to have 20 minutes or so with the happy couple to go for a wander and get some lovely portraits.

Do we have to have group pictures?

Not if you don’t want to, it’s your day – and it’s starting to be a  trend for these formal photos to take more of a back seat. I’ll work with what you want from your wedding photos, and if you would like to spend more time with your guests, that’s no problem.  If you are having group shots, don't forget to allow time for these to happen.  A good estimate is 5 minutes per group shot.

Preparations

What happens if it rains on my day?

The key is to prepare in advance, we can’t control the weather unfortunately. We’ll discuss wet-weather plans before your big day, and I’ll use my venue visit to work out the best locations to take your portraits and group shots should the heavens open. We can then seamlessly switch to ‘plan B’ should we need to, without any bother or fuss.

What happens if your camera breaks on the day?

It hasn’t happened to me yet, and I hope it never does, but should one of my cameras break, I have another one to replace it. Ok update............... this has now happened to me, but i carried on with my replacement camera and all is well.  Camera is fine and in full working order now, thank goodness.

Are you insured?

Yes - I have full public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance.

What if you become ill?

Let’s hope I’m not, and it’s not something that has happened to me before (I guess the chances of me being ill are the same as the chances of my clients being ill). That said, should I really not be in a position to photograph the wedding, I will take every endeavour to secure a replacement photographer for you of a similar style and quality. I have covered a wedding for a photographer who fell ill suddenly. I have a great support network around me.

Pricing and booking

Do you offer midweek discounts?

Yes, I certainly do. Please get in touch and we can discuss a little further.

How do we secure a booking?

Once you are happy to confirm your booking, I’ll send you a copy of my contract for you to sign. I ask for a £200 booking fee to be paid upon signing the contract and then once both have been received the date is exclusively yours. 

When do we pay the balance?

I ask for the balance of my commission to be paid 4 weeks before your wedding day. If you would like to pay in installments, that's fine too.

About me!

What is your photographic style?

My photos look natural, creative and relaxed, and tell the story of your day. I prefer to steer away from having overly posed photos (except the all important formal & group shots) and like to be unobtrusive. I use a combination of longer lenses and work away in the background to get a collection of images that are mostly un-posed, natural and encapsulate your day.

How do you get your ideas for photographs?

I draw my inspiration for your photographs from you, your venue, your guests and the whole day in general. If you have something particular in mind that you would like to recreate, great, lets talk about it and see what we can do.  Pinterest is a great on-line pin board site to make a mood board. Ask me for details, log on and get pinning, but a warning, it can get addictive. You can see my Pinterest boards here

Have you got any feedback we can read?

I have testimonials on my website and on my Facebook page that you can read through here.

What equipment do you use?

I use only Canon equipment.  I have chosen these for their great results and durability. I have 2 camera bodies, a selection of lenses, filters and more memory cards and batteries than I know what to do with.

I hope I've covered most things but if you have more questions please Contact Me