Choosing a wedding photographer - Q&A’s
Deciding who to trust with your wedding memories is a huge thing. Given you might be doing this for the first time there’s an awful lot of things you probably don’t know to ask, or maybe you do and you just want answers - anyway here’s some questions and answers for you.
Describe your approach?
For you it’s pretty much like you’ve not hired a photographer. Your guests will most likely be wondering why you haven’t hired a photographer. The whole thing is completely relaxed for everyone, and because you’re all so relaxed the pictures you get are far more natural and full of character.
Left to my own devices I'll photograph a wedding 100% documentary style, nothing will be orchestrated, no interruptions, nothing set up.
I do appreciate that people have come from far and wide to celebrate your day with you so I’m not completely against a few informal pictures of you together, I just won’t drag it out so it becomes a chore.
How long do you stay at a wedding?
All day and night baby! I won’t run off after your first dance, that’s just when the atmosphere of your wedding is really getting going and you’ll certainly want pictures of that. On top of all the partying I find that 90% of the time the last dance right at the end of the night has so much more emotion and meaning. Oh - plus I love a good party!
Will you travel for weddings?
Of course. I'm rather niche so people tend to ask me to travel all over the world - which I love by the way.
How quickly do I book up?
Most couples book me between 1 and 2 years in advance to guarantee their date.
Do you photograph weddings alone?
For the most part, yes. Having more than one photographer at a wedding can be rather intrusive for you and your guests. The only exception to this would be if you're having a huge wedding with 250+ guests where sometimes a second photographer may be required to provide enough discreet coverage.
How many pictures will we receive?
It depends on your day, I would say you can usually expect a minimum of 500 images of the same quality and style you see on my website, I also provide you a full set of color and black&white pictures. For me quality and consistency is paramount I pride myself of the quality of an entire gallery - each picture will have meaning and purpose, there won’t be any fillers just to make the number of pictures up, every image will be carefully selected by me to tell the story of your day properly, I won’t deny you any picture that’s a potential memory for you that’s a promise!
When can we expect my wedding pictures back?
I usually say around 6 - 8 weeks during busy periods. I don't release a gallery until I'm perfectly happy with it, I’m very proud of the work I produce and the editing process is a big part of that.
How will we receive our pictures?
I use a beautiful online gallery system to share your images with you. From this private gallery you can share images with friends and family or to social media. The images are guaranteed to be on the site for at least a year and I always keep backup copies should you lose them yourself.
Can we afford you?
Consider me an investment in your memories, and I believe every couple deserves to have their wedding memories photographed properly. The best way to find out is to get in touch and tell me about your plans, I’ll put together an individual quote for you and we can go from there. Don’t worry I don’t do pressure sales, I won’t harass you to make a decision - if you value what I do and think the price is fair that’s great.
Am I insured?
Yes of course. Some venues ask me to show insurance before your wedding just in case I demolish the place I guess.
Is this my only job?
I’m a full time professional photographer and that’s important, every single day is spent living, breathing and doing photography. This is what I do day in day out, if I’m not photographing weddings I’m training other wedding photographers, running workshops or mentoring photographers from abroad on how to improve their documentary photography and the way they approach weddings.
What equipment do you use?
Someone asked me this so I'll answer it. I use a Fujifilm X-pro 2 camera and a single prime 18mm lens. That's it. It looks like a small film camera, does very well at saying "I'm not a photographer" which is extremely important for my unobtrusive approach to photographing your day.
Do I have backup equipment?
Of course I do! I have 2 backups of everything, so that’s 3 sets of the same thing, just in case I’m having an incredibly clumsy day and drop 2 cameras - it’s never happened by the way!
How can we book you?
Please get in touch with me via my contact form or call me on 07702 139570. I take a £300 non-refundable booking fee (deposit) and this secures your date.