Frequently asked questions
I love your work – how do we book? Or should we meet first?
If you've decided you would like to book me to photograph your wedding, please get in touch so we can go over a few basic details. Then I'll send you a booking form and short contract , which can be signed on-line. To confim the date I request a 20% booking fee which you can pay by bank transfer or card.
What happens after booking?
Soon after we have agreed the booking I will send you a short form to complete which will include the schedule for the day (which may only be provisional at that stage) and the names of the bridal party members.
My fiancée hates having his/her photo taken! And we don’t want lots of posed shots. Is that a problem?!
Over the years I've worked with a lot of brides and grooms who would rather not be in front of the camera. I'm just the same! I want to make sure that you feel as relaxed as possible so you can really enjoy the day.
Do we need to feed you on the wedding day?
Wedding days can be very long and quite tiring - especially carrying two heavy cameras around all the time!
Do you do engagement/pre-wedding shoots?
Yes! I would be delighted to arrange a shoot for you, at one or more locations of your chosing. Just get in touch so we can have a chat.
Do you have insurance?
Of course! As well as my gear being covered I’ve got public liability (to £5 million) and professional indemnity insurance. Ocassionally venues request a copy of my public liability which I'm very happy to provide.
Do you work alone?
I work quickly and like to be as unobtrusive as possible, so generally work alone, but where necessary I can bring a second shooter. Happy to chat about this and give you a quote if you’d like this.
I know your style is quite natural, but will you take formal/group photos?
Yes - of course. It's entirely up to you which and how many of these I take. To keep the list managable I suggest limiting it to about 10 group shots, depending how much time we have to play with. If you would like some ideas I can let you have a list of typical group shots. Remember, they don't all have to be serious!
What equipment do you use? Do you have back-ups?
I use a wide range of professional cameras, lenses, lighting and computer equipment. My cameras also shoot to two cards simultaneously which creates an instant back-up of all your precious images.
How long does it take for us to see our photos?
How much editing do you do? Can you retouch any bits I don't like?
All the images I put in the gallery are colour corrected and properly exposed. I always try to make sure my subjects are photographed sympathetically and I won't automatically airbrush out every crease and wringle. However, if there is anything specific you would like me to 'fix', just let me know.
How will we receive our photos?
Typically, about a month after your wedding I'll send you a link to your private on-line wedding gallery. This will usually be split into the various parts of the day (e.g. getting ready, ceremony, portraits etc) and allow you to download your images straight away. You can also create favourite lists, order prints and share a link with your family and friends. It really is very easy to use!
Can we buy prints through you?
Yes. My studio gallery is linked to Loxley Colour, widely regarded as the best photo lab in the UK. I provide on-line price lists to all sorts of prints, canvases and other items. Please do have a look as there's nothing like seeing your glorious wedding photographs on top quaility photographic paper!
Do you need to do a site visit before photographing our wedding?
Where possible I will combine our pre-wedding consulation with a visit to your venue(s). This way we can search out the best loctions for your photographs and get familiar woth the surroundings. In many instances I will have shot one or more weddings at your venue and will be able to show you all the best places...
How do we create a wedding album?
All you have to do is create a favourites list in the gallery (with the images you would like included) and leave the rest to me. 100 or so images is a good guide to make a really nice album.
Do you just photograph weddings and families?
Most of my commercial photogtraphy involves weddings, engagements or family portraits. That said, I'm a very experienced photographer and able to capture a wide range of subjects - including babies, pets or interiors. Drop me a line if you'd like some photos taken and we can discuss.
Is there anything else we need to know?
I've tried to provide a wide selection of information here but there may well be specific questions that you'd like me to answer. From the moment you book me, I'm available to providre you with input, ideas and furrther information. Just give me a call (07802 463817) or send me an email at email@example.com
OK, so you say you’re great…does anyone else agree?
Why don't you have a look through my testimonials in the Information section? Thankfully, many of my brides and grooms have been good enough to write some kind words about their experience. I think these speak for themselves.
What happens if you’re ill on our wedding day?
Well, I've not missed a wedding yet - but it's important to have a contingency plan, just in case.
Will the photos be in colour or black and white?
I always shoot in colour and will typically provide a number of additional monochrome images if I think they will look good.
Do you shoot film as well as digital?
Nearly all my images are taken digitally, but I occassionally supplement these with film - when requested or if I think they would look good.
How would you describe your style?
I would probably be described as a documentray photographer, but tend not to pigeonhole myself to a particular style. I would describe my approach as friendly and relaxed and my images as natural, timeless and vibrant.
How much should I expect to pay for a wedding photographer?
According to recent surveys (by Hitched & Your Perfect Wedding Photographer) the average cost for a full-day package in the South East is approximately £1,550 - excluding prints and an album. This represents almost 5% of the total wedding cost in 2019 of just over £32,000.
What happens if COVID-19 restrictions cause us to postpone our wedding?
No problem. If can make your new date, I'll simply transfer your deposit. If I can't - you'll get a 100% refund - no quibbles!