How many people will attend our wedding day?
My combined photo & video package will include two professional on the day. my photo or video package include one professional on the day. I can offer second shooters if required.
Some people say we should book two photographers?
I have the option to book a second shooter however this really isn’t necessary. Its usually the Husband and Wife photography teams that insist you need two. However should circumstances require a second shooter, no problem just let me know. Usually with good planning I can capture every aspect of your wedding day as a single photographer saving you additional costs.
Will we discuss our requirements prior to the wedding day?
I hold pre wedding consultations approx 4 weeks prior to the wedding day to discuss your individual requirements. If you have booked me as you photographer, I will ask you to create a pintrest board to show your preferred images. You may have seen images you like from our website or facebook page, by creating a pintrest board this helps me to understand the style you are looking for. After the meeting I email a schedule form going through your entire day, including the listed group photos etc. This prep work ensures your day runs smoothly and you can relax knowing I will capture everything you have asked for. All pre wedding consultations are carried out by telephone.
We don’t really like having our picture taken. How do you deal with this?
First of all don’t worry! You will be surprised at how many people ask this question. With many years experience I can capture your wedding day with the minimum of fuss. This is especially true if you opt for a more photojournalist style approach. When it comes to your big day the last thing you will be worried about is having your picture taken, I will work in a way that ensures you can relax and enjoy your special day.
Are you qualified?
Yes of course! Im currently the only person to hold qualifications with all 4 major associations in the UK along with international recognition in wedding photojournalism. Im a qualified member of the Master Photography association MPA, the British Institute of Professional Photographers BIPP, the Royal Photographic Society RPS and the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers SWPP. I also hold qualifications with the Wedding Photojournalist Association WPJA giving me international recognition within the wedding photojournalist industry. I have also gained a Diploma in Professional Photography and hold a BSC Hons degree which includes 50% business management. Add this to ten years in the industry and over 500 weddings and you know when booking me you are booking an experienced photographer and videographer.
What happens if you are ill and unable to attend our wedding day?
Firstly Im pleased to tell you with ten years and over 500 weddings this has never happened! However as a professional I have things in place to cover this possibility. Should I not be able to attend at short notice I can call on my team of 7 professionals. After this I have numerous connections throughout the professional associations I am qualified with. This makes it extremely likely I would have another professional photographer and or videographer to cover your day. However please remember this really is very unlikely to happen and has never happened in the ten years Ive been covering weddings, but at least you know there is cover available should it be needed.
Do you bring spare equipment?
Yes of course! I would not dream of attending a wedding without a selection of back up equipment. Typically I use three main cameras through out the day, each with its own prime lens. This allows me to use natural light and capture different angles helping to tell the story of your day. This also applies to our video equipment, we use many different video cameras and separate audio equipment. All together we usually have at least 2 separate back up cameras available should they be needed.
Do you have insurance?
I sure do and wouldn’t leave home without it! I have full equipment, public liability and indemnity insurance. Liability insurance certificate can be produced for your venue on request.
Do you require a meal at the reception?
Many couples offer to provide a meal if we are staying up to or beyond the first dance however this is by no means compulsory. if you are going to provide a meal for me it will of course be much appreciated and please ensure the venue are fully aware of the arrangement prior to the wedding day.
How much is the deposit?
The deposit is 20% of the package price. Payment terms will be included in the terms of contract at the time of booking.
Do you cover international/destination weddings?
Of course! My prices are the same as in the UK plus travel, accommodation and expenses. Depending on the date of your wedding discounts may apply.
What if it rains?
This is often looked at as a major problem but you really don’t need to worry. I have always managed to capture outside images at some stage throughout the wedding day. Also most wedding venues have a great selection of indoor locations ideal for wedding photography. Besides you will be enjoying you day and probably wont even notice the changeable English weather going on outside.
Who owns the copyright / image or video rights?
By law it is the photographer and or videographer that owns all copyright of every image and video footage he or she has captured. This means I will retain the rights to use the images/video footage for website use, advertising etc. However if you have booked photography with me all our photography packages come with two image discs. Disc one contains all final web gallery images in high res. This disc allows you to print and use for personal use (not for facebook, blogs or online sharing etc) and any other activity that isn’t commercial (i.e. selling an image for advertising, stock etc). You will also receive a second disc (disc two) that will have all web gallery images in low res and include our watermark. These images are to be used as per the terms of contract for any online display such as facebook, blogs, emailing etc. These images will not be high enough quality for printing.
How long before we can see the photos and/or video?
I aim to have all edited images available for viewing in the client area of the website within 10 days of the wedding. The number of images you will receive depends on the package you select. If you have ordered an album, you can select an agreed number of images from this gallery. I aim to have the album design ready for viewing within 10 days of receiving your chosen image numbers. Once you are happy with the album design the album will be sent for printing. Albums usually take around 8 weeks for printing. For all combined photo & video packages video edits are started once the wedding album has been sent for printing. I aim to have the edited video ready for delivery at the same time when the album has been created. Both the album and video are then delivered together. If you booked a video only package or you had a combined photo & video package but without a wedding album, I aim to have the video ready for delivery within 8 weeks of the wedding day. This may be completed earlier during the quieter months of the year and maybe longer in the busy periods.
Do you airbrush pictures?
All images go through a screening process checking for any problems that may occur during capture such as blinking etc. The images that pass this stage go through a white balance check and are finished with a pleasing white balance level. After this we offer two very distinct finishes to our photographs, our vintage film look or our bright punchy, high contrast magazine look. Additional editing such as blending an image with both colour and black and white may be available from our in house editing and would be charged additional as per the requirements. If you have a wedding video you have two option available. The documentary video will be edited in terms of white balance and lighting levels producing a pleasing end result. The cinematic style video will be edited using colour grading to produce a movie style finish.