Frequently Asked Questions

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All the answers to the common questions will be found here.
If the answer you're looking for isn't listed, please don't hesitate to contact me.

How long do you spend at a wedding?

No two weddings are the same and I tailor my photography to suit couples’ wishes. Most couples like me to photograph most, or all, of the day so the photographs tell the story from preparation to celebration.

What is your style of wedding photography?

A blend of reportage photography to capture the story of the wedding day as it unfolds - with all the fun and spontaneity as and when it happens - with informal and a few slightly more structured family group photographs as well.   I have a relaxed and fun approach to photography.

How many photographers attend a wedding?

If I am photographing all day, normally two: myself and a second photographer however this is discussed and arranged beforehand. There is no extra charge if I bring an assistant. A second photographer enables all aspects of the wedding to be covered.

For example before the ceremony I can photograph the bride & bridesmaids while my assistant photographs the groom & the boys; during the ceremony I can be at the front near the bride and groom while my assistant is at the rear to photograph the bride & dad walking up the isle and new married couple walking down the aisle; after the ceremony I can photograph the various special moments for example throwing confetti, the bride throwing her bouquet of flowers, the speeches, first dance etc. while my assistant photographs the guests reactions to these special events.

Do you attend the wedding venue before the wedding?

Absolutely. I like to attend the venue with the couple beforehand so we can walk through the wedding and make a photography plan for the day. This is also an excellent opportunity for a pre-wedding photo shoot. If the venue has a wedding coordinator I will liaise with him/her.

What happens if it rains?

I always have two wedding photography plans: one for no-rain and another in case it rains.  Before the wedding I always spend time planning and preparing. This is time well spent as it ensures the wedding photography is a seamless integration into the wedding day and the wedding runs smoothly. I provide studio lighting equipment if I need to photograph a large wedding party inside. I invest in the latest professional digital technology to ensure great wedding photographs whatever the conditions.

Please tell me a little more about your wedding books / wedding albums...

My wedding books are beautiful products - they are a stunning visual record of the wedding day and are treasured possessions. We are used to viewing pictures on a computer monitor however the quality of monitors (or even HD TV) does not even come close to a printed photograph.

I provide a range of wedding books in both full and pocket sizes - pocket size albums make wonderful gifts. To appreciate fully the quality of these books you would need to see some samples.

How and when do we see the wedding photographs?

‘Proof’ wedding photographs are ready when couples return from their honeymoon and are typically viewed on a CD. I ask couples to select their favourite 200 images (or thereabouts) and I then spend quite a lot of time editing these photographs to make sure they are perfect.

I spend as much time and care editing the wedding photographs as I do at the wedding taking the photographs. My attention to detail is meticulous however I never over edit an image so the photographs look natural.

Can you produce black & white photographs?

Yes I can produce black & white (monochrome) or sepia (slightly faded brownish colour) photographs as well as colour. I include both monochrome and colour on CDs.

If I’m purchasing a CD can I print my own photos?

Absolutely - I optimise the colours, contrast, brightness, tones, sharpness etc. so the photographs ready for printing.

What areas do you cover?

Have car – will travel! I photograph weddings from the North of England to the Scottish Highlands. Distance is not an issue.

Why should I choose you?

Photography is very personal. I always tell perspective clients to make sure they like my style of photography, if not I encourage them to find a photographer whose style they like. It’s not about choosing a photographer based on cost alone.

That said, I appreciate there are many wedding photographers however I strive to differentiate myself with my eye for detail, commitment to quality and most importantly, customer service.

What is your availability to photograph weddings?

I am taking wedding bookings for 2015 and 2016 so please let me know your wedding date asap. I am happy to pencil in your wedding date without payment. To confirm a wedding booking I ask for a £250 deposit.

What happens if you’re ill on the wedding day?

In the highly unlikely event that I am too unwell to photograph a wedding I will provide another photographer from a network of professional colleagues who have a similar photographic style to myself.

Do you have back-up equipment?

Yes, I have a spare camera body, lenses, flash and memory cards. My equipment is regularly serviced and thoroughly checked before each wedding.

What about the small print?

I use a standard Society for Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) Wedding Contract that is discussed beforehand. I have public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

I’m interested, what should I do next?

Please phone me (or send me an email) and we can have a chat about your wedding and photography wishes. We can then meet up so I can show you some of my wedding books (it is not possible to convey the quality of images on a website) and we can discuss your wedding plans and photography.

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