Chosing a wedding phtographer is a big deal and you have to make sure that you have done your reasearch and that you feel comortable with your choice. I want to help answer any little unasked questions that you might have. This post expands a little on the Q+A information in my brochure and on the website. I thought it would be helpful to expand and add in some extra commonly asked questions. If I have missed anything drop me a line.
How long have you been a wedding photographer/how experienced are you?
I’ve been photographing weddings full time for six years now. Photography is my full time professional job (other than rising my 2 kiddos!)
Where are you based & do you travel?
I live in a little village in Hampshire and I love it. It is very green and muddy and very country. I cover weddings locally in the South but I love to travel, around the UK or abroad. I have a passport and would love to hop onto a plane and explore somewhere new.
Are you insured?
YES, YES, YES, I am fully insured. You would have to be a bit of a numpty not to be.
We love your style, how would you describe it?
I call myself a creative documentary wedding photographer and that is because I shoot in a documentary style 90% of the time at a wedding. Documentary wedding photography is purely about telling the story of the wedding day Photographing what happens as it happens. You can read more about my style here.
We don’t see many ‘traditional’ family shots of your website. Do you do them?
YES! I am a huge sucker for the ‘traditional’ family shots that are so very often the most dreaded part of the day. I think they have a very important place in a wedding, why…. Well have a read over this.
Can we see some of your recent weddings?
You sure can. Have a look at my blog for highlights of recent weddings I have shot. If you’d like to see a full wedding drop me a line. I think that is is very important to see a full gallery and recommend that you ask this of any photographer that you are speaking to.
What of you mean by continuous coverage? How long will you stay on the day?
Continuous coverage means, exactly that. I start shooting from the agreed start time and I finish at the agreed end time. No matter what you have scheduled in-between that time or travel time between venues. I am always working. I do not stop when you sit down to eat, I am busy backing up / scoping locations for a later shoot. I can not start and stop the clock. My pricing is flexible to allow for everything from short coverage (6 hours) to coverage over the whole day.
We are getting married out of season – can we get a discount?
Plain and simple. No. I put my all into each and every wedding that I shoot, I don’t do less work because it is out of season. I give my all and I would only want to give my all. I work really hard to provide an brilliant service to all of my couples and I love to work with people who value that service. It would also be very unfair to couples who have paid full prices to offer discounts. Good wedding photography is an investment and one that becomes more important as time goes on. Take a look at some of the things past couples have said about working with me.
Who comes to the wedding?
It is always me (always) and if you have a second photographer booked I call upon one of my super lovely, talented photography friends to come along and help me out for the day. They all have a very similar style and approach to me, you will be in safe hands.
Do you need food and a bed?
If I am traveling a long way from Hampshire or finishing super late then a bed is sometimes needed. Food – yes please, a hot meal whilst you guys are eating would be fab (I will instagram it, becasue it means the world to me when I get fed!) then I am ready to rock when you have finished.
How many images do we get?
The amount of images vary from wedding to wedding and depends on how many hours coverage you have. But you can expect to receive a minimum of 400 fully-edited images if I am covering the whole day.
What happens after the wedding and how long do we have to wait?
I go home, backup and start editing [and I get really really excited looking back over the day]. I know it sucks having to wait, so I always share a ‘few” before hand so you can see something. You will then be able to view and download your photos online no later than 8-12 weeks after your wedding. If for any reason this timescale changes I will let you know in writing. If you want to send thank you cards before you receive your full set of pictures, I’m happy to send over a highres version of one of your preview images, just drop me a line.
What can/can’t we do with the images?
This is a good questions and an important one. I talk about it more in my T+C’s but overall I hold the copyright and you get the reproduction rights to your images so you can share, email, print, create, as often as you like and as much as you like. All I kindly asks is that you not edit the images when sharing on social media as this may in turn create a false impression of my photography style.
What happens if we cancel our wedding?
The booking fee is non-refundable. In some cases, if it’s close to the date of the wedding, the balance may also be due. Because of this it’s super important that you are covered with wedding insurance.
What happens if you are ill on the day?
I am lucky enough to be part of a superdoooooooper network of photographers, all over the UK and we all have each others backs. In the unlikely event anything happened to me, I could quickly get another photographer with a very similar style to shoot in my place.
Can you hold my date while I decide?
A signed booking form and booking fee is required if you want to secure your date. I take bookings on a first come, first served basis.
How much is the booking fee and when is the balance due?
My booking fee is £500 and the final balance is due on the first day of the month, one month before your wedding day. An invoice will be sent to remind you.
You want me at your wedding – what happens next?
Yeahy – this is great news. I will check that your date is available we can meet and have a cuppa or have a quick skype/facetime to talk it all out. The more I know about you the better. I will then send you a booking form which needs to be returned with a non refundable booking fee then that is it… You are officially booked in.
What happens then?
So much fun stuff! I will send you some info on what to expect and when.