I’m sure that you have lots of questions. I’ve tried to answer some of the common ones here, but if there’s something else please contact me
Will I get a copy of all my edited photographs?
I choose approximately 350 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 a few images on Facebook unless you ask me not to.
How many pictures do you take?
On a wedding day, I can take up to 1500 photos, and I tend to deliver approximately 350 hand edited photos for you to choose from. The remainder tends to be photos where guests are blinking etc, or duplicates. Family sessions not so many but still enough for a great selection.
Do you edit my pictures?
I use specialist software to process the raw images I have taken on the wedding day or photo session. 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 in my packages is an online 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 for your pre-wedding session if you have one included, 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 with the bridal preparations, about 2 hours before your ceremony and continues until after the first dance. An average is 10 hours. Having fireworks or a sparkler send-off, then extra hours can be added onto the day at a reasonable fee.
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.
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. And I love a brolly shot!
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 (I have 3 with me) 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 (the bride and groom didn’t know!) and all is well. The 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 make every endeavour to secure a replacement photographer for you with a similar style and quality. I have also covered a wedding for a photographer who fell ill suddenly. I have a great support network around me.
Pricing & Booking
Do you offer midweek discounts?
I offer midweek half day weddings. That’s Monday – Thursday throughout the year. During the Winter I offer my Winter Wedding special which is available from November – March and does include weekends but not over the Christmas Holiday period
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. For family sessions, you need to complete a booking form also and pay the session fee to secure your date.
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 instalments, that’s fine too. If you are booking your wedding more than 12 months in advance I send out a commitment fee invoice for £250. This isn’t an extra payment, it comes off the total that is left to pay
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, let’s talk about it and see what we can do. Pinterest is a great online pinboard 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 3 camera bodies, a selection of lenses, filters and more memory cards and batteries than I know what to do with.