[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h4″ accent=”true”] My most frequently asked questions and approach to wedding photography [/custom_headline]
What is your style?
I photograph mostly in a photojournalistic (also known as reportage or documentary) style as I personally believe that photographing weddings is as much about capturing the little intimate moments as well as the major parts of the day and that this is the best style to enable me to do this.
Do you travel to other parts of the UK?
Yes, I do. I am a Hertfordshire based photographer, but very happy to travel around the UK or even further afield.
Shall we meet with you?
Yes, please do. I would like that very much! Even if you book me online first, I would still very much like to meet you before to your wedding day to talk through the running order and what sort of shots you would like specifically. Additionally, you can see that I am real and I can get to know you a little bit better too!
What is a pre-wedding shoot? Is this really for free?
The pre- wedding shoot is a wonderful opportunity for you to become familiar with my approach as a photographer and see how well we can work together before your big day. You also get some lovely photos to cherish! We just walk around somewhere in Central London taking some relaxed pictures of you. I love capturing natural moments and sometimes maybe some very gently posed images. Oh and yes, it is included as part of my full-day package and the coffee is on me!
How many hours coverage do you provide on my wedding day?
I spend as many as required to tell your story from the beginning of the day till the very end of the celebration. I believe limiting you to a specific number of hours would be unfair on you. I want to be there when your hair is being done, for the last touch-up of your make up, the moment when you see the partner of your life for the first time and when you start relaxing after the first dance. A wedding is full of emotions and hidden moments that I feel you can only capture if you are present all day – so I do not want to limit you by hours (just make sure you finish the first dance on the same day!)
Will you give me all the photos?
Yes and No. I guarantee that I will deliver at least 250 edited images in high resolution to you – I don’t have a set maximum number of images, just a minimum. I carefully select and edit each of the chosen images from the total number of images I took on the day. I won’t deliver all the images I (we) have taken on your day however, as in some of these shots someone may have been blinking or making a face that is unflattering or maybe for example an unwanted IPad moved into my frame. All the remaining ones though are yours to keep. My aim is to deliver your final set of images within two weeks of your wedding.
What does full printing rights mean?
It means that the edited high resolution images you receive from me are of sufficient high quality to print. You can pop into any high street printing lab such as Jessops and order some prints there or place some photo-paper into your printer and print at home. However you and your guests will also be able to order their own prints printed by a professional image-making company through your online gallery. This company only works with professional photographers. They charge a little more than high street printing labs but the quality of the printing is higher.
What happens if you break your legs before the wedding?!
I have many professional photographer friends. We work together regularly and aim to cover each other’s weddings in case of such a need of absence. I am also a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers which allows me to use their SOS service. This basically entails you being provided with a fully qualified photographer to cover your day should I be in this or some other similar but very unlikely situation.
Can I order a wedding album after our wedding?
Yes of course. You can order one any time you would like. If you wish to wait a while after the wedding before ordering one that is perfectly fine. If you order an album included as part of the wedding photography package though, you will need to order it within six months of the wedding taking place as I can’t guarantee the prices won’t change after that period of time.
What equipment do you use? What if it breaks during the wedding?
I use the latest equipment including several camera bodies and a range of different lenses (along with an extra back up for each one!)
Are you insured?
Yes, absolutely! I carry Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Equipment Insurances to cover you, your guests and myself against any accidents or incidents through your day.
Do you work alone?
No, I work with assistant. This allows me to work more quickly and efficiently. On the day of the wedding everything happens so fast, and this is much easier to handle with additional help.
Do you work with a second photographer?
Not always but you do have option to choose a second photographer at a small additional cost if you so wish. The photographers I work with in this manner are dedicated to their profession with at least a few years of wedding photography experience behind them. Most of them in fact shoot weddings on their own. I have worked with all of them before and completely trust that they are up-to-standard professionally.
I want you to photograph my wedding! What do I do now?
You can review and and sign the contract online or in person at our meeting. I additionally require a £250 booking fee payable via BACS to secure your date and the rest of the balance should paid at the very latest four weeks prior to your wedding day.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, you can pay the deposit by credit card via PayPal and the outstanding balance from eight weeks prior to your wedding day (via PayPal however there is an extra 3% charge to cover the fees).