• Are you full time?
Yes, I have been a full-time photographer since 2005.
• Are you insured?
Yes, I have full professional public liability insurance.
• How long after the wedding will we see our images?
I always try to ensure you have the online gallery and a blog post of your images within 2 weeks of your wedding day. If required I am happy to supply a handful of my favourite images sooner.
• What size are the images on USB drive and are there any limitations to printing them?
The images on the USB drive are usually sized to 12 inches across the longest side at 300ppi (high resolution). The files are perfect for making prints from and prints larger than 12inches can comfortably be made from these files although if you have any images you’d like to print really big (wallpapering for the lounge?!) I can supply larger files upon request.
• Can we get prints done at a photographic lab from the USB drive?
Absolutely, you can get as many prints done as you like, please do!
• How do we book you?
The first step is to drop me a line and check if I’m still available for your wedding date. I can’t hold tentative bookings as it only causes confusion. To make a confirmed booking I need a completed Booking Form (which I can email as a pdf) either printed out & posted back to me or filled out electronically/scanned & emailed back plus a deposit of £350 (cheque or online transfer).
• When is the final balance due?
I generally request the final balance approx 4 week before your wedding date. It’s about this time I also like to meet/chat with clients about their wedding day and have a form I fill out which I bring with me on the day with all of the locations, timings, group shots and names of the key players in your wedding.
• Is there VAT payable on top of the prices?
I’m not VAT registered, so no VAT required.
• Do you work have an assistant/second shooter?
No, I have tried working with an assistant/second shooter in the past but I found it a little distracting and didn’t find that I got any extra shots from it. People generally book me for my style of photography so by having a second shooter you would be getting two different styles. I don’t find I miss any parts of the day by working on my own.
• How long do you take for the group shots?
I have a list of about 8 group shots which I try to encourage people to use, mostly immediate family shots. I can usually get through this list in no more than 15 minutes assuming people haven’t wandered off to the bar! I try to avoid getting into all the aunt-uncle-cousin combinations and an aerial group shot (from an upstairs window or using self-timer on the monopod held aloft) will make sure we have all the guests in one group shot at least! If, however, you would like more group shots I am happy to do them but you must be aware that the extra time needed for them can eat into the time which could be used for more natural, candid shots.
• How many photos do you take on the day and how many would we get on the USB drive?
This can vary a great deal depending on the length of time I am hired to be there but, as an example, during an 8 hour wedding coverage I may take over 2000 images and then supply 600-700 finished files once I have removed the duplicates/blinks etc.
• Does every wedding include the image files on a USB drive?
Where coverage alone is booked (ie. not an album package) then yes, the image files on USB are supplied. For album packages they are not included but may be purchased separately either at the time of booking or after the wedding.
• If we just book you to photograph our wedding and supply the files on USB can we get an album at a later date?
Yes, just let me know after the wedding if you’d like an album and I will design one for you. I do try to encourage people to get some sort of book or album – getting all those pictures done and leaving them on a USB drive in a drawer would be a shame!
• Do you keep the image files forever?
I can’t promise ‘forever’ but I do keep a number of backups of your wedding photos (including one external hard-drive which I store off-site) and still have every wedding I have ever shot on various drives so I don’t intentionally delete them (although after a year they will be archived).
• How can our friends & family view our images?
Within two weeks of your wedding day I will have all of the finished images available to view on an online gallery, this may be password protected if requested. Family & friends may order reprints directly from the online gallery with prints starting at £10 each for 7.5x5in prints (professionally printed at a laboratory).
• Do we need to meet with you before our wedding?
It’s not essential but I do think it is good to have met at least once prior to the wedding day, that way when I turn up I’m not a complete stranger! In an ideal world people will book me for a pre-wedding shoot which allows us all to get to know each other but if not I like to try to arrange to meet to go over the timings, etc. If this isn’t possible then a Skype call or phone call will do.
• What is the album design process and when would we get our album?
Approximately 4 weeks after a wedding (often sooner) I will put together a draft design of your album using the images which I feel best tell the story of your day. The design is posted online in a private viewing area and you are sent the link which allows you to view the album and annotate any changes. You have full control over which images go into the final design. Once the album has had your final approval I would place the order with my album company and you will have your album within two weeks.
• What equipment do you use?
I shoot with Canon 5d MKIII digital SLRs. I use two bodies on a wedding day and a selection of professional-standard Canon L-Series lenses, some zoom lenses and some primes (fixed focal length). I use Canon flash guns for lighting shots inside if necessary but I prefer to work with natural light where possible. I never use a flash during a wedding ceremony and have the cameras set to silent mode so there will be no distracting beeps or clicks (vicars think I’m great!)
• How many images do we get in our album?
The number of images in an album varies depending on how I design the layout but as a rough guide a 30 page album will have approx 150-180 images.
• Can we have our photos on Facebook?
Absolutely, if you’d like a Facebook gallery created to allow friends to tag themselves in the shots I am very happy to post up to 150 shots (with my logo at the bottom) to your page.
• I hate having my photo taken how can you make it less ‘painful’?!
This is a very common question, very few people actually ‘like’ having their photo taken. People often tell me they “don’t photograph well” or “look awful in pictures”, this is generally because they have only ever had photos taken by friends on phones or cheap cameras with little attention paid to the lighting. My job is to make people look good. This involves using the right lens for the job (a close-up shot using a wide angle lens is very unflattering) and finding flattering light. Many people still believe that you need to stand in the sunshine to be photographed – this couldn’t be further from the truth – a good portrait will never have direct, bright sunlight right in your face – just look at the shadows & lines it creates, not to mention squinting! I will also not pose people, I may loosely direct someone where to stand and offer tips on how to achieve a more flattering shot (eg. ladies take your arms a little away from your sides & bend them slightly – this creates a slimmer looking waist). Much of my photography is candid which generally results in much more natural results.
• What if you are ill and can’t get to our wedding?
I haven’t missed a wedding yet in the ten years since I started. In the highly unlikely event of me being too unwell to attend a wedding I would call on help from a select group of 80+ UK photographers who are all part of a photographers collective I am a member of. We are a very supportive group and there are always a few of us available at any weekend who would be willing to drop everything and get to a wedding. As the collective is invite-only all of the photographers are of a very high standard and I know most of them personally so can vouch that they are thoroughly lovely people!
• Do you charge mileage?
Generally for weddings in Norfolk I wouldn’t charge mileage. For weddings further afield I charge 50p per mile and for weddings more than 3 hours drive I would request accommodation be paid for near the venue for the night before the wedding to ensure I don’t get stuck in traffic and am fresh and raring to go in the morning!
• Do you need to visit the church/venue prior to the wedding?
I do not tend to do venue visits before the wedding, I have never found them to be beneficial as the best spots for photos will be driven by the weather and quality/direction of light on the day.
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.