What to expect from your wedding photography...
I always recommend meeting for an initial consultation. This can be done as part of a home visit, at a local establishment, or at your venue. It gives us both an opportunity to get to know each other and to discuss your wedding photography requirements in detail. Initial consultations usually last anywhere from about twenty minutes up to an hour. You'll have my full attention and time to allow you to look through my work, talk about what you'd like, and also go through some package choices, too. It's highly likely that you've never had to plan a wedding before, which makes this an important step. Most of my customers tend to secure their booking soon after this meeting, however, it is offered free of charge and consultations come without any obligation to book meaning you can have full confidence when contacting me.
If you've chosen to include an engagement shoot in your wedding photography package, we'll arrange for this to take place before your wedding day. You simply choose what time of year you'd like to have your shoot and we'll get you booked in the diary when convenient. So, whether you love the Autumn leaves or prefer the sunshine of Summer, the choice is yours.
A few weeks before your wedding day we'll arrange a final consultation. This can be done over the phone, video call, or in person. We'll discuss your finalised schedule along with your photography plans. Once your photography plan has been confirmed, I'll provide you with a copy of your photography schedule so you'll have all the details to hand.
On your wedding day I'll arrive at our agreed time. This is usually about 2-3 hours before the ceremony is due to begin, unless we've agreed otherwise. I typically meet the bride in the morning and introduce myself to your bridesmaids and any other wedding party members who are present at that time. For same sex marriages we can discuss where you'd like the morning photography to take place, although the structure is no different and we'll maximise your photography in the same way.
I prefer to familiarise myself with the people and surroundings before reaching for my camera, and I would usually begin with photographing your dress, shoes and other important details. Once I feel everyone's relaxed, I'll begin photographing the bridal preparations.
If the groom is getting ready at the same location, I'll arrange to swap between rooms to capture photography on both sides. If the bride and groom are getting ready in separate geographical locations then you can request a second photographer to attend. The fee is £250 and you'll benefit from the extra coverage during the morning preparations, as well as throughout the day until after the speeches. This can also be a useful to capture different angles during your ceremony.
I aim to arrive at your ceremony about thirty minutes prior to the service. This gives me enough time to capture guests arriving, the groomsmen, as well as the church or venue layout and decorations.
I will photograph your formal group shots at either the church or your venue, in general. It's usually best to be mindful of the list length as it can take up a reasonable part of your day. I usually ask the Ushers, or another appropriate member of the wedding party, to help gather your guests together to help with the smooth running so people aren't stood around for too long.
Throughout your day I will mostly blend in to the background. I find this works well for capturing natural moments and brings out the best in people. I dress in a smart-casual way in order to help minimise my presence whilst looking professional and approachable.
If you've booked a full day package, I'll be with you from bridal preparations through to your first dance and a little beyond to capture the dance floor antics. For half day packages we'll agree an arrival and departure time that suits you best.
There are many steps involved from capturing your wedding photography through to achieving final delivery. I begin by transferring and backing up your image files upon returning from your wedding evening. Your photos are then synchronised and added to my wedding photography library where I go through every image taken on the day, selecting those that will make the final edit. I edit each photo individually and the whole process takes approximately 2-4 weeks, depending on the time of year and how busy the wedding season is.
Once your photos have been edited, I'll upload your images to your secure online gallery and contact you with details of how you can access them. You can share the link with friends and family who will have access to order prints and other products from your online store. Your USB drive will be posted shortly afterwards and you can use this to arrange prints with the supplier of your choice, or I can offer you printing solutions directly.
I believe the best way to show off your favourite wedding photos is by creating a beautiful wedding album. My albums are made by Jorgensen who build beautiful, modern but traditional keepsakes, and you can choose from various sizes and materials either as part of your package or as a separate purchase after your wedding. Album prices start from £350 and will vary according to the size and materials you choose.
When you're ready to begin your order, I'll ask you to choose a selection of your favourite images. For most albums this will be around 60-70 images, although you can add additional pages if you want to include more. I'll design your album before sending you a PDF of your layout for you to approve, and once your order has been submitted to Jorgensen the build process is usually complete within 2-3 weeks before it's ready for delivery.
Do you offer an initial consultation?
Yes, I actually recommend this, too. Meeting face to face will give us both an opportunity to get to know each other, to see my work, and to be sure that I'm the right photographer for you. I'll bring samples of my work and go through the various package options with you. I'll help to answer any questions you may have to give you everything you need to make a decision on your wedding photography, although there's no obligation to book, and no hard sell either.
How long before I can see my photos?
You should expect to receive your full gallery of edited images between 2-4 weeks from the date of your wedding. The timescales will depend on the time of year, but I'll always make sure you know of your lead time and keep you updated on progress.
How would you describe your style?
I'm very relaxed and prefer to blend in to the background. I quietly assess every room I'm in, looking out for the smiles, the laughs and the cries. I don't dominate your wedding day, instead, I'll confidently shoot a documentary style of photography, being there for you when you need me. In most cases, you won't even know I'm there.
How far are you willing to travel?
No destination is ever too far away. I've shot weddings in London, Scotland and Ireland. I've been fortunate enough to work in Italy covering Tuscany, Umbria and Sorrento, as well as having added the United States to my repertoire, too. My package prices are similar to the UK with the exception of expenses relating to travel and accommodation. It's easy to get a quote from me, so do get in touch, I'd love to hear about your wedding plans.
Do you work alone?
Yes, I do. If you have a particularly large wedding, or you'd like to cover both the bride and groom getting ready in different locations then you can add a second photographer to your package. The fee is £250 and you'll benefit from coverage in both locations in the morning, and your second photographer will remain with us until after your speeches.
What equipment do you use?
I use Canon EOS5D MKIII digital SLR cameras. I carry at least two Canon L Series lenses along with many memory cards and backup batteries. I always carry two cameras, it helps to quickly switch between lenses but also provides reassurance that your wedding photography will continue in the event of a failure. I mainly shoot using natural light, although I do have at least two flashguns with me at all times for when darker situations call for some external lighting.
How long are you with us for?
I'll be with you approximately 2-3 hours before your ceremony to join you for bridal preparations the way through to your first dance. Don't worry, I'll capture a little after this, too, so we can capture your guests dancing before I pack away my cameras.
Will you take group photographs?
Yes, I do. I advise keeping your group list to a minimum to allow you and your guests to enjoy your time together, however I will always work with you to get the best from your photography. If you're unsure about how long your list should be, I'll be on hand to guide you.
Are you insured?
Yes, I'm insured for public liability and indemnity. My equipment is also insured, too.
What happens if it there's adverse weather?
We hope this won't happen, but understand that it's a possibility. Much of this will come down to the size and layout of your venue, although I'll always make the most of what's available to us. Some options may include the use of larger rooms for group photos, stairways, and other sheltered areas. Or, if you're feeling adventurous we can venture out with umbrellas and make the most of the weather.
Are there any hidden charges?
In short, no. My packages are inclusive of your wedding photography, editing, online gallery, USB drive as well as album design, build and delivery (if you've chosen an album package). Travel expenses are included for weddings in North Yorkshire, and sometimes beyond. If your wedding is further afield I'd be more than happy to discuss this with you.
Do we have to cater for your food?
No, you don't have to. However, most wedding couples ask the kitchen to include me as part of the main course or provide some sandwiches. During your meal I don't stop working, you'll find me hidden away with the laptop checking through the work so far, prepping for the next part of your day. If food is provided it helps with the workflow, particularly if catering is only available off-site, but whilst it's appreciated, there's no obligation.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, I do. As part of the booking process I'll ask you to review and sign a contract. This includes your cancellation policy along with other legal statements which are there to help protect both you and I in the event of any cancellation. This is fully backed by my insurance policy and you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions prior to booking.
How do we book you?
Once we've discussed your photography package and you're ready to book, I'll send you an email containing a link to your online booking process. There are three steps; 1) review your quote; 2) read and sign your online contract; and 3) complete your booking deposit payment. This is typically £500 and will secure your date in my diary, closing it off to everyone else.
Your remaining balance is due approximately one month prior to your wedding day.