Frequently Asked Questions - or things you may be wondering!
What does the wedding price involve?
You receive fully edited, high resolution digital copies of the images from the day (500+) in a range of black and white and colour. My price also covers Personal Liability Insurance/Professional Indemnity Insurance and travel to the venue/s across Wales and England. The print package also includes a 30-spread album from Folio. You receive licence to print rights, which means that you can have your images printed wherever you like. All prices include a no obligation first meeting, any follow up meetings and are inclusive of VAT
What happens if your camera breaks on the day?
I bring at least two camera bodies to the wedding, in addition to numerous lenses and other equipment to allow for every eventuality
What equipment do you use? How is this any different to having a guest photograph the day?
While I believe that equipment isn't necessarily everything, I also think it is nigh on impossible to replicate images that are created with professional photography equipment and experience. I use Canon 5D Mark III and Mark IV bodies with a range of lenses. For those that have some knowledge of SLR equipment, the 5D bodies are full frame, meaning that they produce beautiful, non-cropped results with a huge megapixel count which allows for very large images to be printed. In addition to this, using such equipment means I can be as unobtrusive as possible while working in a range of conditions, including low light (very common in churches, for example) and bad weather
How long does it take to get our pictures after the wedding?
My typical 'turnaround' is 6 weeks. At particularly busy times of the year (such as July, August and September) it may take up to 8 weeks, however this is rare. During this time I am always available should you have any questions and you will always receive at least 10 'highlight' images sent to you within 48 hours of the day for you to share on social media, etc.
Do we need to supply a meal if you are staying all day?
No, I'm perfectly fine bringing my own sandwiches and often some venues keep a spare meal for photographers/contractors anyway, plus I don't eat meat and don't like to be awkward if there are no other vegetarians being catered for! So, don't fret about food
Can we have some pictures in black and white?
Of course. I supply a range of black and white and colour images depending on your preference. The one thing, however, that I don't do is 'selective colour' or 'colour pop' as this is something that deviates from my style
Why is wedding photography so expensive?
Often, people assume that wedding photographers charge an extortionate amount for only a day's work, however the service goes far beyond that. A wedding photographer's work starts as early as the first enquiry and doesn't finish at the end of the wedding night but rather weeks later, after editing work, backing up files, and sifting through thousands of images to provide you with the best possible product, after all you can always guarantee that someone will be blinking in one of the group shots! The price charged reflects around a month of full time work - both before, during and after the wedding day. Professional photographers also invest thousands in equipment, insurance, transport, etc.
I would be very wary of photographers offering services which seem far cheaper as it's likely that they have not bothered with Personal Liability Insurance provision, proper contracts, extra equipment, etc. which can all have negative effects on your wedding day. You really do get what you pay for with wedding photography and when you compare it to the cost of something like a chocolate fountain, then it's a pretty good deal as your images will last a little longer than that...
What pictures will you take at our wedding?
It is important to me that I take the pictures you would like me to take - after all, it is your wedding day! Typically, though, my photography style is a candid, documentary approach, where I aim to tell a story of your day through images. I will also take some family/friend group shots and will happily discuss all of your ideas both before and during the big day. I also love to include the little details from the day, such as table arrangements, flowers, etc. but I am most happy when I'm documenting the day unfolding. One of the biggest compliments I can be given is when people comment that they barely saw me, as I like to be as inconspicuous as possible during your day
Will you take any group/'formal' shots?
If you want me to, then of course. However I do advise that these are kept to a maximum of 6 separate groups as any more will significantly eat into the time you've got to enjoy your day and the time I have to capture the candids. Prior to your wedding I will send over a sample list of what groups I typically include as standard
How – and when – do we pay you?
I require a £200 non-refundable deposit to secure your booking/date. The remaining balance must be paid one week before the day of the wedding. Flexible payment plans (such as pay-monthly) are available - just ask if it's something you're interested in. All transactions are contracted and receipted