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 400-500 of the best images for you that will go into your Online Gallery. 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 six weeks. This may take 8-10 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 loads, up to 3000 photos, and I tend to deliver approximately 400-500 hand edited photos for you to choose from. The remainder tends to be photos where guests are blinking etc, or duplicates, these are deleted. 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.
Do we get copyright & Can I put my photos on social media sites like Facebook?
I retain the Copyright of all images that I take. You will get a printing license when you download your images from your online gallery. this means that you can print them whenever and wherever you want. Share away and please tag me. I include a second set of images which are designed specifically for the internet and are low resolution, quick to upload and share but these may 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. I now offer an option to have the whole gallery in Black and White if you choose to.
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 and download the photos too.
Before and on the day
Do you visit the wedding location/s before the day?
It’s not important that I visit your venue before the day of the wedding. If I have never photographed there before, then I make sure i arrive in plenty of time to have a look around. The photos that happen on the day will all depend on the available light, so if i view your venue on a fabulous sunny day but your day is not the same then I need to find the perfect locations for you.
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 approximately 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. That said, your family photos are lovely to have to look back on. 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?
Sorry, I don’t offer discounts at all. Your photographs are the only thing that you will have left weeks after your wedding is over. These are your memories.
I offer midweek ceremony only. 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 £250 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?
Half of the remaining balance will be due 6 months before your wedding date and the final balance is due 4 weeks before.
What is your photographic style?
My photos look natural, creative,relaxed and timeless, 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 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.
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 Sony camera’s and various lenses. I have chosen these for their great results and durability. I have camera bodies, a selection of lenses, more memory cards and batteries than I know what to do with. I prefer natural light but I bring flashes and larger lights with me if I should need them.