Do you photograph formal groups ? – Absolutely. Even though I am a documentary wedding photographer I still regard formal groups as a very important part of the day. I aim to complete these within 15 – 20 minutes straight after the ceremony. If they are done later in the day then this can take at least twice as long. There’s no need to hand me lists as this can really slow things down. I have a set formula which ensures the main people are photographed quickly and without fuss. Typically I photograph the following groups –
1. Bride and groom with the main bridal party (bridesmaids, maid of honour, flower girls, page boys, ushers, best man, witnesses and both sets of parents)
2. Bride and groom with bride’s parents
3. As above with bride’s siblings added and grandparents
4. Repeat 2 and 3 for groom’s family
6. Bride and groom with close friends/other relatives.
Sometimes there will be variations on this and I am happy to photograph a few special requests. Later in the day, usually late afternoon early evening when the light is better I will take some loosely directed shots of just the 2 of you. Again, this will take no longer than 15 – 20 minutes.
Can we see some testimonials ? – Sure, just click here. These are my most recent ones and I never ask for them. So you know they are genuine 🙂
We are getting married abroad. Do you photograph weddings overseas ? – As well as photographing weddings all over the UK I definitely do overseas as well. I’ve photographed weddings in The Netherlands, France, Portugal and have even gone as far as Australia. So there’s no limit to where I will travel. Typically I charge my normal rates plus expenses (flights, hotel, car hire etc…)
How do you feel about guests taking photographs whilst you are working ? – I don’t mind at all. All I ask is they respect my presence, do not get too close or shout out to the subjects as I’m about to take a shot. The only part of the day when I want no one nearby is when I’m taking shots of you two alone. This a private time often when the real emotions come out so its best with no distractions.
Do we need to give you a list of what we want photographed ? – This is not necessary and is actually counterproductive to my style of photography. In fact it may well hinder me. By all means tell me beforehand if you have anything you want emphasized or if there is a particular theme you want highlighted. But you can rest assured I will capture all the important parts of the day and more without prompting.
How long is it until we see our photos ? – This can vary depending on the time of year. In the quieter winter months I aim to have the high res JPEGS and online gallery ready within 2 weeks. In the summer months this can take any time from 4 to 6 weeks.
Do you require food and refreshments during the day ? – Yes please. If I’m hungry and thirsty I will not be at my best. And believe me, weddings are physically and mentally draining. If you don’t want to offer me same as your guests that’s no problem. A bar snack/vendors meal will be absolutely fine. If this can be arranged at the same time as your main wedding breakfast that would be ideal ensuring that I don’t miss any of the action.
Can we have copyright of the images ? – The Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988 clearly states that the originator of the work (the photographer) owns the copyright. This means I have the right to use the images for promotional purposes, competitions, blogging etc….. At the same time I will assign you the right to make unlimited personal copies of the images (prints, books, albums, cards etc…) and to share them with family and friends. You can also show them on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter etc..) as well. Here a credit would be appreciated ! So you pretty much have free reign. The only restriction is that you cannot use the images for commercial purposes or financial gain without my written permission.
I also appreciate that some (military and security personnel, celebrities etc….) may not want their images made public and I will of course respect that.
If you are unfamiliar with our venue(s) will you visit it beforehand ? – I don’t find it necessary as I photograph weddings all over the UK and see new venues all the time. Quite often I arrive at the venues early and can do a quick reccy then if necessary.
What happens if our wedding is running late ? – Providing its nothing too extreme and I can get home OK (occasionally I may use public transport) then it shouldn’t be a problem. I will agree with you beforehand starting and finishing times. If we happen to over run then my overtime rates will be applicable (with your permission of course). This can be paid a few weeks after your wedding.
What happens after our wedding ? – The first thing I do is to have a hot bath with a cold glass of white wine 🙂
I will then back up all the images to dvd as well as my iMac, an external hard drive and then off line as well. In addition the Compact Flash cards will also be kept safely off site and won’t be cleared until everything is completely backed up. The images will then be edited and processed to their maximum with colour and density correction, noise reduction as well as contrast and saturation adjustments.
These will be processed to high res JPEGS and then burnt onto dvd or loaded onto a USB memory stick. The images will then be uploaded to an online gallery which is password protected for your friends and family to view at their leisure. I will also upload some favourite images to my Facebook business page from which your guests can view, comment and tag themselves as well as being kept upto date with the progress of the images. Finally I will write a blog post on my website to showcase my favourite shots and to write a little bit about your wedding day.
As mentioned above you will receive your dvd/memory stick anything from 2 to 6 weeks after your wedding depending on the time of year.
We would like to book you. What’s the next step ? – First of all please be sure that you are aware of my philosophy and the way I work. I trust you have also had a good look at my galleries and blog . You are more than welcome to speak to me on the phone (0118 966 7676) or visit me in person at my studio. Its very important that you know what you are going to get as I’m very much unlike mainstream photographers with my own distinct style.
I then require a non refundable retainer of £500 (£250 for weekday weddings) and a signed contract. Until I get BOTH of these then the date is still open. Sorry, I cannot hold dates or ‘pencil’ you in as its strictly first come first serve. Approximately 2 – 4 weeks before the wedding we will have a planning meeting and at this stage the final balance is due. You can pay your deposit by cash, cheque, credit/debit card, bank transfer or Paypal.