What can we expect from a pre wedding consultation?
I am always available when you need anything, even if it’s just wedding advice! I like to meet at least once for a coffee, a few weeks before the wedding. This way we can swap ideas, talk venues, wishes and details, order of events and most importantly get to know each other. Essentially, it’s an opportunity for you to discuss anything you like so you can relax on the day. Some couples often combine this with an engagement shoot, as it is a good introduction to the way I work. It can also put you at ease, preparing you for the photography on your wedding day.
We’re not sure if prep shots are needed, can you tell us more?
To be honest, I absolutely love the preparatory time because it’s when I get to spend some closer time with you, your families and your friends. I capture lots of emotions during this time as well as all the details which to me, is really important. Please don’t worry if I arrive and the room is a mess, everyone’s still in dressing gowns and you are yet to get your make up on (talking to the brides here!). Be rest assured I have seen it all before and this is the beauty of it. I aim to make you feel completely comfortable and look incredible in your photos.
Can I print my photos from my USB?
Absolutely, I retain the legal copyright as the photographer but I supply you the licence to print for personal use. I would advise that local high street printers are not the best quality and may automatically edit colours resulting in an undesirable effect. My professional printers are colour corrected to my finish so I know the print will be exactly as intended and the quality, uncompromising.
Can our guests get prints?
Your USB is licensed for personal use, which you are free to print from. I also provide you with an online gallery which if desired, your friends and family could freely download or order professional grade prints from.
Do you use flash in the ceremony?
Not unless I can help it, flash can be very intrusive and inappropriate during a ceremony. I try to work with as much available light as possible during the day as I believe it can create a more free flowing, artistic and beautiful photograph. I do though, always use a range of flashes on the dance floor.
Do you move around during the ceremony?
I like to very subtly move around to capture your vows. However, some churches and religious ceremony venues will not allow the photographer in certain areas when the ceremony is taking place; for example, past the alter. More than once, the vicar hasn’t even let me past the back of the church. To avoid being disappointed by not getting the photos you desire, please check this with your venue and the person who will carry out your marriage.
Do you organise the confetti throwing?
Unfortunately, the confetti shot rarely happens spontaneously but if needed and you so wish, I will quickly organise a throwing line! I absolutely love confetti shots!
Do you take group shots?
If you wish, of course! Big long lists of group shots aren’t really my thing but I understand their importance and I like to make them as creative and unique as possible. Gathering the relevant guests does take a lot longer than you think and I would suggest a maximum of roughly 8-10 small groups. It’s really helpful to appoint someone in the know from the bridal party with a group list and the responsibility of getting the groups together. Please remember to plan enough time to greet guests after the ceremony as well as enough time for group photos and some couple time. Surprisingly, just the group photos alone can take on average 20 minutes.
How do you create our portraits?
I do ask to have a short amount of time alone with you both on your wedding day to capture some artistic and natural portraits. This is the only time in the day you will be away from everyone; most couples find this really fun and you can catch your breath and enjoy the first moments of being husband and wife. During this time we would usually take a short walk around the venue or local area and consider any wishes you may have. I will provide you with some gentle direction if needed but it is very relaxed. This would normally take around 30 minutes (often split into two). If the light becomes incredible later on, I might ask you both for five minutes more, which you won’t regret! I love sunsets!
I have seen a photographer for less, what makes you worth it?
It’s as simple as; you get what you pay for. You will never regret investing in a good professional photographer but you will probably regret asking a friend or going for the considerable cheaper option. You are investing in me; my time, my creative eye, enthusiasm, experience, training, preparation, equipment, service and the finely tuned quality of work. You have spent thousands planning your day and weeks of your time. Why compromise on the one thing that captures all of it?
Does your price include VAT?
Yes, VAT is included in the price.
Are you insured?
Most certainly, I have professional indemnity insurance, public liability insurance and material damage insurance.
What cameras do you use?
For the more technically minded I am currently using a pair of Canon R6’s with a variety of lenses including a 100mm Macro 2.8 L IS, 24mm 1.4 L, 35mm 1.4 L, 85 1.2 L, 16-35 2.8 L and a 70-200 L 2.8 IS.
How long will it take to see our wedding photographs?
I aim to complete your collection as soon as possible within 4-6 weeks, but during high season (June to September) it may take up to 12 weeks. Remember, I don’t bulk edit; every photograph is individually re touched in post production to a natural and professional finish. You would not want them to be rushed!
Do we need to feed you on the day?
Yes please! I will often average 12-14 hour days at a wedding and only have one real break, briefly during the wedding breakfast. No one wants to be photographed eating so it’s the ideal time for me to recharge. I do not have to have the same meal as you but a hot meal and soft drink as opposed to a sandwich is appreciated to keep me going, I am 6 foot 6 after all! It is really important to let your venue or caterer know they will be feeding me in advance. I also need to be eating at the same time as you so we can get back to shooting discreet moments as soon as we’re fed.
Is this your full time job?
Yes, I am a full time Professional Photographer. I put absolutely everything into my work and making my couples happy. I continually invest in the best equipment, training and push myself to always see things in a new way and evolve creatively as a professional.