I’m sure you’ll have questions to ask, so here are some of the common ones;
How far in advance should we book?
I would recommend as early as possible, even if that is 2 years away. Often photographers are amongst the first three suppliers to be booked up (along with the dress and venue). So I could get booked in the meantime.
How do we book you?
Here’s the easy bit. Once you are happy with the package we can either meet in person or do it over email. I will send you a contract to complete, sign and return along with the retainer payment which is normally 25% of the package price, or an agreeable amount. That payment can be made by bank transfer, cash or by card either in person or via a secure payment link. Once that is complete I will send the other paperwork (shot lists, planner).
Are you insured?
Yes. I have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurances. These are available upon request as they are often asked for by the venue(s).
Do you visit the venue beforehand?
Normally yes, because a pre-wedding meet is factored into the package. If distance and travel doesn’t allow this then I will check out the venue on the internet, or I might know the venue anyway.
How long will you be with us on the day?
That will all depend on what package you would like and start & finish times will be agreed and stated in the contract.
What type of photographer are you, what’s your style?
I consider myself to be fun, relaxed, friendly and organised. I like to keep my images natural in two ways. First is I like to capture you and your guests when you are doing what people do at weddings; having fun, laughter and sharing the love. Second is in the way the images are edited and presented, I don’t over edit or manipulate images into something that wasn’t really there or true.
What geographical area do you cover?
Generally I cover Torbay, Devon and surrounding areas. I can go further afield and this would be subject to agreeable travel time and accomodation if required.
Do we need to feed you?
Oh yes please! I do enjoy wedding food. I state this in the contract for packages 4 hours and above (generally The Cake package and up).
What shots do we get?
To help me understand key events and types of shot you would like a supply a suggested shot list to help. This covers all your package time and includes which group combinations you’d like. You are in control and create the groups from the generic suggestions on the list. Like I said above I like to keep shots looking natural, except for the formal groups and some Bride & Groom portraits (I call these your guest shots!)
How many photos do we get?
That can vary. Factors that influence that are length of package and amount of guests. On average you could be looking at at least 50 images per hour on the day. This is not a guarantee, more so an estimate.
What if it rains on the day?
You said it, not me!! Plan B will be part of the pre-wedding meet so we can work out suitable areas inside the venue to do your groups and portraits.
We’re shy in front of a camera, how does that make an affect?
Don’t worry, I hear it all the time! Part of the pre-wedding meet includes an “engagement shoot”. This is optional and it helps you get used to the camera and pose with each other so you know what to expect on the day. I won’t force you to do anything you don’t want to do or are uncomfortable with and that is where the planner and shot list help, it puts you in control of what you want and don’t want. I can of course make suggestions to help you decide. Once the day comes you’ll be more relaxed, especially with all that’s going on and Prosecco usually helps!
How do you dress on the day?
I always wear a suit so as to blend in with your guests. I think that helps in order to be able to capture those natural and candid shots. I would stand out more if I was in shorts and flipflops waving a camera around! Having said that you may have particular reasons for being more casual, just let me know.
How do you mitigate risk?
I use the best quality equipment which not only ensures the best quality of image, it also helps against the loss of your images. The cameras use dual slot memory cards so it always records two of every image it takes (incase one card fails), cards are swapped out during the day to protect sections of the day and all images are backed up twice as soon as I arrive home.
Also, to protect against illness, I am a member of several second shooter, emergency cover and other help groups, so there is a network of photographers on hand to help if the worst was to happen.
How long does it take before we receive our photos?
I will always say allow four weeks at least. Generally it is quicker than this, it just depends on my workload at the time. Your online gallery will be ready as soon as I have finished editing them even if you are waiting for your USB. The USB will either be delivered personally if you are local to me or sent Signed For Delivery with the Royal Mail.
What are we allowed to do with our photos, like usage and copyright?
The contract allows unlimited personal use of your photographs, you can print as many copies as you wish and give prints & files to friends and family. Anything else like using in competitions, promotions, selling etc then you best have a chat with me first to obtain permission. By law the copyright always remains with the photographer.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Details can be found on the contact page. Many thanks