Ok I get asked these a lot and as a professional wedding photographer I like it when my clients ask me questions. It shows me that you really care about your photography, that you are taking charge and want to make sure you get the best for the money you are putting on the table. Finding the right wedding photographer for you can initially feel as a bit of a gamble, so hopefully by answering these Wedding Photography FAQs I’ll go someway to making you feel like you are absolutely making the right choice in booking me.
So here goes:
Wedding Photography FAQs
How would you describe your shooting style?
Suuuuper relaxed and unobtrusive. A fly on the wall with a huge smile my her face (except when the music starts. Oh yeah! I might be rocking out then).
The way I see it, I want to let your day unfold exactly as it is without any fuss or hours of formals. I know that’s what we wanted at our wedding – beautiful photos – no faffing about and just a few organised formals to stop our mums from killing us.
I’ll be a little bossy during your group shots, but I find that’s the best way to get these finished quickly and have you back doing what you actually want to be doing, which is of course having a blast with your family and friends. (And perhaps having some champagne and some well deserved canapés)
Are you a full time photographer?
Yes I am… and I love every moment of it!!!
Are you insured?
Aaaabsolutely. I carry equipment to the value of a nice and roomy family car with me and I am insured to the hilt. Even if, heaven forbid, Granny falls over my bag, I’ve got you covered on that too.
How many photographers will be at my wedding?
Usually it’s just me and I don’t miss much! But if you are getting ready in different locations and you’d like to capture your lovely man’s nervous preparations, you would like different angles of your day, or your wedding is mega huge, then a second photographer is a great idea and provides you with a great addition to your final set.
How far in advance do we need to book you?
I book up really fast and up to two years in advance (WHAAAT?), so if you know that I’m the photographer for you, do be quick – your booking fee and signed electronic contract are all I need to secure me for your date. I only shoot 25 weddings per year, so I can give my couples 100%. I love the editing and album design as much as the photography and I don’t want to rush any of it.
How long is the typical coverage on a wedding day?
I usually arrive around two hours before the ceremony to capture your dress and all the beautiful details of your day for you, and stay well into the party. Some of my best shots were taken when everyone has let their hair down and I also like to take my couples out for a sneaky night shot, just to mix it up a little.
Do you edit the photos?
Yes, I absolutely do. It has taken me years of fine-tuning to create the look and feel of my photos and I love making them look just right. I use a combination of Lightroom and a couple of other programmes, but I don’t want to bore you with the details, unless you really want me to. Then we can totally geek out. J
How many photos will we receive?
I will give you every useable image of your day that tells your story beautifully without driving you completely bonkers. There are usually at least 400 images, but often a lot more, particularly when I have a second photographer with me.
Do you travel for weddings?
Hell yeah! All mainland UK travel is included and I am also happy to travel anywhere in the world. With 5 languages under my belt like a ninja, destination weddings are a bit of a specialty of mine, so just ask and we’ll sort you out.
What happens if the weather is rubbish?
I have shot in three feet of snow, at dawn in sleet, in pouring rain and wellie weather, at 4pm in November, and full Mediterranean sun so hot you could fry an egg on the pavement. It’s all different shades of light and although some are more challenging than others, I love the different look each of these light situations creates.
What happens if you get horrifically ill and can’t photograph my wedding?
This has never happened to me yet, but let’s face it, it could. And for this reason I work closely with a number of professional wedding photographers who shoot in a similar style to me, and have the same approach as I do. If everything went wrong and I really couldn’t make your day, they would take my place at short notice. You will not lose out on anything, nor will you incur additional costs. They would shoot and I would edit your wedding photos, so you can rest easy throughout and look forward to your gorgeous photographs.
What if your cameras stop working?
I can guarantee you that this is every photographer’s worst nightmare, which is why any wedding photographer with any sense has their equipment serviced regularly. I use professional equipment, which is specifically designed to withstand the pressures of a professional wedding photography environment and I have it serviced twice per year, so that it’s always in tiptop shape and so that I can rest easily. Oh yeah! I take this stuff reaaaaally seriously!
I also ALWAYS bring spares. And I mean spares of everything. I never leave the house without a spare camera, lots of lenses, lots of memory cards, spare batteries, spare light stands, spare flashguns… you name it
How many times will we speak to you before our wedding?
I like to spend quite a bit of time getting to know my clients before their big day. Our emails and our initial meeting are so important to seeing if we’re a good fit. I really wanted my photographer at my wedding to be someone I could be friends with anyway, as they would be with me all during the day, and I’m still really good friends with him. So it’s really important for you to know what I’m like and vice versa.
Then at your engagement shoot we will all get used to each other and to working with each other a little bit more. You’ll get used to being in front of the camera, and I’ll find the best angles to photograph you at and how to make you feel at ease the most.
In the week before your wedding we will chat through your day with a fine tooth comb so that there is nothing missed on the day. This step is super important and I NEVER skip it.
Trust is so important to me, just like it should be for you, and it always results in the most relaxed, natural, intimate and beautiful photos.
How long will it take for our photos to be finished and can we print them?
It usually takes me 6 weeks to edit all of your photographs and then you can view and share them in your online wedding gallery. YES!
And as for printing, of course you can! You have full rights to print and share your photos for personal use. I know your friends and family will want to see them as much as you do, so feel free to share, tag, instagram, pin, email and print them as often as you like. I only ask for your photos not to be modified. You hired me for a certain look, throwing a filter over it kills me just a little bit every time I see it.
So there you have it. These are my Wedding Photography FAQs.
If there is something that you are wondering about, anything I’ve missed from these Wedding Photography FAQs, or there’s something that you’d like to know more about, just give me a call and ask. I want you to be completely over the moon with the service that you have received, from our initial chat to your beautiful wedding album, so just do it, get in touch now and let’s begin our photography adventure together!