Are you fully insured? ...

Yes, I'm fully insured and have full public liability insurance. I am all also fully CRB checked.

do you provide a full contract? ...

Yes, in order to protect both parties there is a contract that both yourselves and I sign. It details the day and what you need me to cover, it also details any specific extras agreed..

Do you have backup equipment? ...

I use Canon, so the kit bag is full of Canon equipment. At all times I carry two cameras - one as a spare but also as a second camera with a different lens on it so to be able to swap with minimal time lost. As important as having a backup camera is having a range of lenses for varied effects and uses but again as backups just in case one gets damaged etc.

Do you use digital or film? ...

Digital only these days, though this is not an easy option – in fact the complete opposite. Digital these days offers so much more control over the camera enabling the photographer to really get the results they are looking for. The digital process also means I can work the images in post process better as well. Don’t get us drawn into the mega-pixel argument, digital for us gives the photographer more control, enables the wedding photographer to capture more without running out of “film” and its also more cost effectively.

What happens if you are ill before or on the day? ...

Touch wood this has never happened, however it is always a reality. I always take caution leading up to a wedding in order to minimise any chance of injury but of course illness can strike at anytime with no warning. I'm fortunate enough to know a network of very good photographers, and whilst there is no guarantee of them being available I would attempt to draft one of them in as a replacement. If this is unsuccessful, then you are protected by the contract and a full refund including the deposit will be paid to you.

Can you provide parent albums? ...

Yes I can provide parent albums, they are generally smaller than the main album but the quality exactly the same. I can also offer parent albums that aren’t the same as the main album, this is a bit more expensive but enables the parents to decide which images they want in their album.

How long do you photograph for on the day? ...

Unlike many, my service is not judged by time, many photographers do. I see the job as recording the story of your day, so my day begins with the final preparation shots of the bride and bridal party. I then carry on shooting through all of the key moments during the day including speeches, cutting the cake and finally the first dance. Many photographers charge extra for these (and significantly as well) To me they are key elements of your story and therefore should be covered. So suffice to say my service covers the whole day, the times vary depending on the timings of your wedding – but I provide nothing short of a very comprehensive day.

Do you use flash in the church? ...

Categorically no. No need to, There has been much investment in practice and money into the right equipment to enable photography in lower light conditions. Vicars and registrars won’t allow flash it is distracting and noisy but most importantly from my artisitc perspective it destroys the natural feel of the lighting in the room. I'm always very respectful when photographing a wedding either in church or at civil ceremonies. I always prefer to be up at the front capturing the beautiful reactions between bride and groom, to be able to do this I need to reassure the vicar/registrar that I can tuck away into a corner, with no flash and that I respect the service and don’t jump all over the pews.

Do you design the wedding album? ...

Yes, and this is very important. The photography of the wedding is one part, but after that the presentation of the album in order to tell the story in as much depth and detail is so important. I edit all of the images, and then with your input I design a bespoke wedding album of your choice from our range of album styles..

Do you charge extra for photographing after the meal? ...

No. The photography includes coverage of the entire day right through to the first dance, I can arrange for me to stay later if there is a late event happening that you want captured like fireworks for example, and yes I would agree a fee for this, but as standard covering up to and including the first dance gives a very comprehensive photographic story of your day.

how long after the wedding will we get our album? ...

This can vary considerably, normally down to the bride and groom making decisions as to what goes in the album (or parents!!) As soon as I know what images you want in the album, we schedule the design. As soon as the album design is approved I send it to be produced..

can you put the images online for us? ...

This is part of the normal process. Once the photographs have been through the post production stage, the images are all put online for you and your friends to see. When the album pages are designed they are put up as well so family and friends can see them as well. This is included with no extra charge.

can family and friends order photographs? ...

When the images are online, your friends and family can view the images with your password and yes they can order their own prints directly online.

How many photos will we get? ...

There is genuinely no answer to this question, no weddings are the same and none follow a formula. Image count has no bearing on any part of my wedding photography service. It is simple to state that a wedding that starts later in the day or that has small numbers of guests are generally going to return a lower number of images than a long wedding day or one with many guests and lots happening..

will there be a mixture including black & whites? ...

Shooting in digital does give the flexibility to not have to make a decision to shoot in colour or black and white. Effectively everything is captured in full colour, but any image in post production can become a punchy black and white photograph.

What happens before the wedding

Before the wedding, normally about a month prior, we will meet up to discuss timings, guests, family politics, group shots etc so I am well briefed on the day. Needless to say that a lot of these change on the day itself but we have a good starting point. If possible it is good to do a venue visit with the bride and groom so we can have a walk around together. This is great from a creative point of view as we can plan shots together, but most importantly these meetings build our relationship really well so we are completely relaxed in each other’s company.

what about hidden costs or costs after the wedding? ...

Hidden costs are something I really don't like. On booking your wedding you will be very clear as to everything that is included, including planning meetings, pre-wed shoot, photography coverage and the full process after the wedding that includes as standard the image correction and online galleries and culminating in your images presented on DVD. Yes after the wedding you may choose to present your images in various different ways, ie wedding album, a frame, a canvas or maybe sets of prints - and of course I can provide you with prices for these at that time to give you your options with no pressure from me...

When should we book you? ...

It is not uncommon for me to take bookings 18 months to 24 months in advance. I would say the normal is about 10 to 14 months in advance of the date of your wedding. A normal rule of thumb is as soon as you have the church and venue booked – book your photographer fast.

When we book, is there a deposit? ...

Yes, I take a £250 booking fee which comes off of the final balance, but it is non refundable if the wedding photography agreement is cancelled by you for any reason..

do you offer discounts? ...

No. I have a policy based on the fact that I get the majority of our wedding bookings from weddings via recommendation, or people enjoying seeing my work and liking the manor with which I work and the fun of the relationship and rapport built with the couple as well as the guests. With this in mind I could never be comfortable knowing that someone got me less than someone else, especially someone they may know. The wedding photography service is also very competitively priced to ensure maximum value for money, it simply couldn’t be reduced as it allows for approx 4 days of work which is about right. We do offer off peak rates..

Do you edit the images? ...

Yes. Whilst the images taken are very considered and of very good quality, subtle re-touching in post production turns them from simply a picture into a stunning photograph. Subtlety is key, it is very easy to over work an image and even easier to over design.

Do you offer a "trash the dress" shoot afterwards? ...

Yes I can, feel free to call me to discuss on 01635 766066.

 

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