I get many questions thrown at me. Some pretty standard and usual, some right out there and plain weird. Here I try to cover the most frequent questions I get. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, send me an email to email@example.com and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.
What style of wedding photographer are you?
I blend documentary wedding photography with beautiful, styled, editorial wedding portraits. This means, for the most part, I try not to interfere too much with proceedings and let the day unfold around me. I am there to capture the story, that helps you relive the day for years to come. I then mix this with some gorgeous and romantic pictures of you the bride & groom. These images are ‘posed’ but in a very natural way that captures the love and soul of your relationship. These images are usually shot after the ceremony in the drinks reception and again in the evening during golden hour.
We’re super nervous about having our wedding pictures taken?
Who isn’t a little camera shy!? I hate my photo being taken, so I completely understand the feeling. During the ‘couple time’, let me tell you it will be fun, very enjoyable and you won’t feel awkward at all. We literally have a mooch around the grounds for half an hour using some cool light, creating some quirky portraits of you both. Nothing is set in stone to where we go, so it’s all very unplanned and relaxed. This helps create some very natural-looking pictures of you both.
How long will you stay at our wedding?
I’m with you from bridal preparation (around 90 minutes before the ceremony begins) right up until first dance.
Do you offer any other services?
The simple answer is no. If you’re looking for a videographer, you will need to research one independently.
Are you Full time? Who attends our wedding?
I am! I’m a full-time wedding photographer. I’ve been a professional photographer for some years. I started back in 2002 as a music photographer and then moved into the press. I photographed for the likes of The Mail, News of the Word, The Sun, The People and many more.
I photograph your wedding alone. I prefer it that way. I like to blend in your wedding and appear like a guest. The more photographers/videographers you have, the bigger the footprint and guests start to notice guys with cameras.
Can we ask you to photograph in a different style?
Photographing a wedding in a documentary style, I don’t photograph some things you may think are standard at a wedding. I like to concentrate on the natural, fun images of your day, which means I don’t photograph very many setup group pictures. I’m not a fan of cheesy wedding photography either. I’m sure we have all seen the pictures of a bride being picked up by the ushers like a fish, or all the groomsmen pretending to be shocked at the ring. It’s just not me and I like to keep things more natural, more real.
So if you would like me to photograph a wedding like that and different to what I’m good at, my advice would be to book a photographer who specialises in that area. The reason – they are good at what they do and will give you better results if that’s your bag. But if you want more modern, natural wedding photography, I’m your guy.
Do you photograph group pictures?
I don’t photograph very many groups or posed pictures of guests. I concentrate on the more natural, candid story of your day.
Be aware groups in themselves take a very long time to do and can be a fairly dull period for guests. There is always someone at the bar or in the toilet. The more setup stuff you have, the less time you have of images by yourselves, and the fun candid, storytelling images.
I photograph a quick Parents, Siblings and Grandparents shot on Brides side, then one of the Grooms. We then do a quick swap and get a wedding party image of Bridesmaids, Ushers & Best men. But that’s it – They then can all head off to the bar and relax.
I would say if you are looking for lots more group pictures of friends, then you might want to aim towards a more traditional wedding photographer.
Do you photograph a large group shot?
No. I don’t photograph a large group shot as it’s quite a dated shot these days. You would have a choice of one picture of everyone being dragged from the bar all looking at the camera grinning. Or alternatively, you would have 8-10 more pictures of cool & interesting shots of your guests naturally enjoying the day.
Are there any hidden costs?
The prices quoted are fully inclusive. There are no hidden extra’s.
Do you charge for travel?
Travel is included when the destination is within the home counties. I can quote for destinations outside of that, which would normally include a nights accommodation and travel expenses.
For destination weddings abroad, I quote on a per wedding basis.
Can we have a discount?
I understand the question and realise we all have our own particular budget to stick to.
Unfortunately, I don’t offer any discount. I only shoot a certain number of weddings a year so I can spend the time with my baby twins. A wedding on any day, consists of the same amount of work, around 8-10 weeks post-processing to my signature style.
But I certainly do understand budget constraints and realise a wedding can be an expensive affair. So I wouldn’t want to put pressure on your finances.
There are some cracking photographers out there and I’m sure some will offer a discount or two. My advice, book with the photographer whose style fits you both best. Try to pick on quality and not necessarily on offer.
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Do we get the photos on CD?
No. Your photo’s come on an amazing USB housed in a very cool wooden box. Much better than a CD.
What happens if you are sick on the day?
It has never happened, but I have a network of photographers who I can call upon if need be. I would need to be pretty sick to not attend a wedding, so it’s very very unlikely.
Are you insured?
Yes! I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance…and of course, my equipment is all insured.
What equipment do you use?
My cameras are the very latest and highest spec mirrorless cameras on the market. Two amazing Canon R6 cameras with a combination of lenses. At the time of writing, it is suggested that these are the very best cameras for a wedding photographer. A statement I thoroughly agree with.
My backup, should they fail for any reason, is two Fujifilm X-T3 cameras, and numerous lenses. The very setup I used between 2016 and 2021.
Who owns the copyright of the wedding pictures?
I do. But I give you full printing rights. Meaning you can print, copy and display how you please. I own the copyright for commercial reasons. For instance, if a large brand wanted to use one of your wedding pictures, they would need to discuss image rights with me beforehand. I, of course, would let you guys know anyway, and if you didn’t want it happening, it wouldn’t.
Are your prices guaranteed?
For bookings made now, I guarantee the price stays as is at booking. Price sheets usually go up each year otherwise.
Do you supply wedding albums?
I do! I can create a gorgeous Folio album, which is by far the best album company this side of the moon. However, it’s not compulsory as the pictures are yours to print, copy or display as you please. This allows you to then get an album made privately if you so wish.
Do you do a site visit of a venue if you’ve not been before?
No. As you can imagine, I have photographed a lot of places. Whether that was in the music or press days, or now within weddings. In the press, I couldn’t go to a location a week before, to look at it before an event took place! So you learn to adapt and become a quick thinking, good photographer.
I work very off the cuff at weddings, so I wouldn’t like to predetermine what a wedding should look like before the day has even begun. Plus I work to the light, which can be different on a daily basis.
Trust me in the knowledge I can turn up anywhere and make it look good!
I will say, these wedding photographers who say they have to visit a place beforehand, worry me slightly!
Do you have a contract?
Yes! It is sent over with booking details.
How long before we get our photos?
So within 7 days after the wedding, I put together a cool highlights blog post, which is published on my website and shared through social media. It’s a fantastic way to see your story of your wedding day, while still fresh in the mind. Plus your family and friends love it! They like, comment and share and it’s like reliving your day again with everyone.
Then 8-10 weeks later, your full set of images (350+) are edited to my unique style and placed onto a password protected gallery for you. This means you can view and share with your close family and friends without worrying about uploading them all.
A short period after this you receive your USB containing all your edited wedding pictures.
How long does it take to get the album created?
After you receive your fully edited wedding gallery, we start to put together your favourites for the album. There is no set time for this as I want you to choose the ones you want without any pressure. Once the images are chosen and I have designed the album for you, it is sent off to Folio to be created. Different times of the year mean different wait times, but on average you can look at 3-4 weeks before the album arrives by post.
How much is the deposit?
A 20% deposit is required to secure the date – The remainder is due 6 weeks before the wedding. Payments can be made by BACS transfer or cheque.
Are you a member of any professional body?
I am very proudly a member of The Wedding Photojournalist Association and am a Fearless wedding photographer. Plus I’m a member of This Is Reportage.