questions to ask a wedding photographer

There's quite a few questions I often get asked, so I thought it would be a good idea to put them here...with the answers, so it saves you having to ask them - because I'm nice like that ;) 

I've heard of people who've got their full wedding gallery and are disappointed that all the pictures aren't the same quality as shown on a photographers website.  Are all your pictures the same quality?

Now this is a good question!  I'm rather transparent with what I show on my website and social media.  It's not just the pictures people would consider 'fancy shots', I show a full range of pictures from various weddings, at various types of venues, most are randomly selected from galleries and I do this because I want couples to be 100% confident that when they get their full galleries they won't be left disappointed.  So yes, you can fully expect all your wedding pictures to be of an excellent standard!  More importantly than that, they will show the full story of your wedding day.

Are you ok with guests taking pictures while you are?  We've heard some photographers frown on it

This causes so much uproar in the wedding photography community it's unreal !  Photographers can get really pissy when other guests with cameras jump in on pictures.  My attitude?  Whatever makes you and them happy, I'm not fussed at all.  If you've read through most of my website you'll know I state I'm 'Just like a guest' at your wedding, and I am, so what would I do if I saw a reflection of myself in a mirror taking a picture of you...go in a mood with myself??  I've had an awful lot of experience at weddings, my approach is unique, I know how to circumnavigate eager amateur photographers and grannies with iPads and when to take advantage of the situation to add a bit of context to a picture.  Basically I'm not bothered at all, in fact I encourage it, having guest pictures means you get more especially if you use something like WedPics and ask everyone to put their pictures there! (Learn more about WedPics here) 

What time will you arrive and how long do you stay for?  How long after the first dance do you leave?

Being a photographer who tells the story of your day it wouldn't be right if I put hours to my coverage, the full story is the full story after all !  I arrive in the morning whenever you're getting ready because that's when your story starts, and lucky you I'm with you till the end (if there's stuff to photograph I stay), there's no 'I stay till just after the first dance' nonsense, the evening generally starts to liven up after then and I wouldn't want to miss that would I !  There's no limit on hours, no clockwatching, no packing up early.  Full story, full day.

What makes you stand out vs other photographers?

Hmmmm apart from my dancing in the evening?  Do you really need any more than that???  A few things, firstly I really do blend in...I know, I know so claims every other photographer too, but they don't, they probably like to think they do because they're nice, and friendly and stuff, but....and this is based on conversations with guests at weddings (who happen to be married and have had a photographer before), other vendors like the venue manager, the DJ, the band etc I do actually act like a guest, I don't carry a big camera, I'm easy to work with (most common comments are I'm the easiest photographer people have worked with), I don't appear to be taking many pictures and seem to be spending more time just mingling and talking to people  (despite the fact I am).  There's a conversation I had with a guest at a wedding here:  I'm not the photographer

The other thing would be the pictures, they're not generic, I don't turn up at a wedding with a pre-conceived plan or a standard set of cookie cutter picture ideas because you're unique as a couple, so I treat each wedding differently