I get asked a lot of questions about being a Wedding Photographer and I think I’ve pretty much got it covered by now – but here you go – everything you ever wanted to know.
If I have missed anything just let me know…
What is your style of Wedding Photography?
I come from a creative arts background therefore my style is artistic, dramatic and sensitive. I love natural light where possible, although of course will bring my flash to compensate on sunny days, but as much as possible I like soft lighting. I actually like the challenge of difficult lighting believe it or not and is a passion of mine . Overall I consider myself a guest at your wedding, who unobtrusively flits about unnoticed and captures all those little magical moments which you will be completely unaware of until you see my photos! A fly on the wall approach best describes me – oh and natural – did I mention as natural as possible….
Can I create a bespoke Wedding Package?
I will tailor make your wedding for you according to your specific requirements. Just let me know your ceremony time and we will take it from there. I work closely with you to make sure everything runs to plan down to the last hour.
How many hours will you need?
As a general rule of thumb the earlier your ceremony is in the day the more photographic hours required to include Bridal Prep to First Dance. The average length of wedding photography for Bridal Prep to First Dance is between 7 – 9 hours but I can be with you as long as you like.
Do I provide all the hi res digital photos?
Absolutely – the presented photos are yours to keep without the watermark.
Do I received unedited raw photos?
No all photos are edited and deleted where appropriate – only the edited photos are presented to you on a USB stick without watermark.
Do I provide black and white photos?
I not only provide black and white photos but an easy upload set for social media too.
What is the Client Gallery like?
The new Client Gallery is absolutely beautiful – your guests can order prints online, social media share and convert to black and white. You will be provided with a password which is up to you to share.
I have a Pinterest Mood Board ?
Ha, I get asked this all the time – the answer is yes do show me (I am a fan myself) and of course but we will recreate it in our own way and style.
How do I plan your Formal Portraits?
I will work with you in advance of your big day with a suggested list of portraits for you to organise your own list of formal family portraits. Although these are called formal I try to inject fun into them so they are not stiff or too posed. I suggest around about 20 or so formal portraits so we can split the rest of the time on portraits of the two of you and then informal.
What equipment do I bring?
Practical stuff ! I have the latest Canon EOS Mark III and a Canon 24 – 70mm F2.8 lens for the bulk of my wedding work and I also use a zoom 70-200mm f4 and a 50mm & 85mm F1.8 lenses too. As well as a couple of flashes.
I also have a 4×4 SUV so you can rely on me getting to your wedding whatever the weather.
And post production is done mainly with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
How many weddings have I shot?
I have been a photographer for 15 years and shot approximately 30 a year – not sure of the maths but that’s quite a lot!
What do I wear?
I wear black and rubber soled boots so I can run quietly like a ninja. I’ve modelled myself on Lara Croft (ha ha) so expect to see me with two cameras slung around my neck, a bumbag (wish that sounded more exotic) and some lucozade at the ready.
Do I need a meal and drinks?
Yes. If am with you for more than four hours I do require some sustenance – the reason is that doing a wedding is hugely physically demanding as we are on our feet for possible up to 10 hours. I liken it to being an athlete – I always make sure I’ve eaten a big cooked breakfast before I arrive – but photographers can’t nip out to get snacks at venues especially at some of our locations which are in the middle of nowhere and the last thing you want is your photographer fainting or absconding … so yes – anything you can provide would be supremely appreciated.
Do I work with anyone else?
No I don’t work with any assistants.
Do I have insurance?
I have public liability insurance up to £5 million but I would always recommend couples take out their own Wedding Insurance from reputable suppliers such as M&S.
What happens if my cameras fail?
For the record this has never happened. I do a yearly maintenance with Canon to make sure they are in tip top condition. I also keep a duplicate set of back up cameras and lenses in the car. My Canon Mark III offers dual recording which means I effectively get two copies of every shot I take.
What if I can’t make your wedding?
It has never happened in 15 years however I have a couple of close photographer colleagues and we act as back ups to each other but this has never happened to any of us.
How far ahead of time am I booked?
Sometimes I am booked up to two years in advance. On the whole it is 1 year to 18 months. My busiest time of year is from March to October.
How many weddings do I do a year?
I like to do approximately 30 weddings a year.
Is this my full time occupation?
Yes I am a full time Wedding Photographer.
How am I booked?
To guarantee the date in my diary you would need to pay your booking deposit with me. Or you can opt to pay the total amount of your wedding booking in full and receive a 10% discount.