Answers to get you ready for the big day.
Looking for a wedding photographer can seem daunting right? Below I’ve rounded up a variety of questions I typically receive to get you going.
I’m worried about Covid and safety.
Tell me about it. The wedding industry has taking a massive hit and as suppliers we’re all doing everything possible to make weddings safe and operational again. The good news as a solo photographer without assistants, is that I’m never closer than 2m when taking any image and often much further than it. I strictly follow government guidelines and rules. I also have fair processes in place to deal with cancelled weddings and rescheduling, plus lower than normal deposit requirements.
How many photo images can I expect to receive?
This depends on the duration of your booking, opportunities on the day and what sort of wedding you are having. Regardless of how many photos I take, I will of course edit and develop them to my super high standards – usually finishing up with around 350-500+ interesting images depending on the opportunities presented. I’d be worried about photographers who make a big deal over giving you 600 or so images – more is not a sign of care or quality.
How can I stop feeling nervous and self-conscious about my wedding photography?
I’m not keen on being in front of the camera either! Hey, don’t let this spoil your day, most of your wedding photos will be taken without you even realising. A friendly and confident photographer like me makes the process relaxed and fun. Your wedding photos will look beautiful and natural because you will feel comfortable in front of the camera and with the person behind it – that’s me! If you still feel unsure, I would suggest a pre-wedding shoot to get used to being in front of the camera and what to expect on the big day.
How many group and family photos can we have?
It’s really your choice, you may not want any! Most couples find a maximum of 10 groups covers their needs nicely. Just keep in mind that group photos do take time to arrange and shoot and you may not wish to spend so much of your time standing around for them. I’ll be sure to capture the majority of your guests informally through the day, so don’t feel like you’ll be missing out.
What if it rains during our wedding?
All photography equipment used is weather proof so photography doesn’t need to stop, and I’m more than happy to jump into the rain if you are! I always make the most of the day and find the best locations in your venue, rather than make excuses. With a few lighting tricks a dull rainy day can be made into a lovely dramatic shot.
Can you make me look slimmer, taller, and just look better?
I aim not to make anyone look fake in their wedding photos. I want to give clients a natural representation of themselves that will not disappoint in years to come. For your portraits, I may apply some retouching but it’s really a light touch here and there.
Are you able to visit the venue with us before the wedding?
I am probably already familiar with your venue so just ask. Regardless, every shoot is different, and the day is shot as it happens rather than looking to regiment the locations and specific spots to shoot in. If you want to meet at the venue then it can be arranged, but don’t feel it is essential. I always allocate additional time on the day to arrive early and scout the venue for ideas if I’m new there.
How much is it book and how do we go about it?
Head over to the contact page and get in touch with your requirements. All my prices are upfront on the website and to secure a date I will ask for a flat £150 deposit when I send you a booking form and contract.
Can we still plan our wedding without meeting you?”
Everyone is super busy these days right? We live in modern times and there are many ways to hook up if not in person. To be honest, very few of my clients meet me before the wedding day and it has never made their wedding coverage any less productive. We’ll of course make time to lock down the schedule and expectations ahead of the day either way.
Do you use special photography equipment?
I upgrade core photography kit regularly to ensure it is always ahead of the curve. Currently, the Sony A7RIV and A9 are my cameras of choice (these cameras allow me to shoot completely silently). These are top of the range cameras for professional photography which I use together with a full range of the best lenses around (apologies for being a gadget geek :). You can be sure to receive all the benefits of modern photography with my service.
How long does it take to get my wedding photography or wedding album?
I will complete production and ship your wedding photography back to you within 2-3 weeks. I’m not one of these photographers who take 2-3 months ! If you ordered an album, the creation, printing and delivery takes around 4 weeks after you have chosen your images.
In which format do I receive my pictures?
All photography is shot and produced using the professional camera RAW format. You are provided with the final images in the JPEG format for ease of use. The resolution of each picture is up to 61mp meaning you can really see huge levels of detail and print to small or large sizes with the highest quality. Your completed photography will be provided on your supplied USB and downloadable from your own online gallery.
What areas do you cover in your work?
I’m a Kent wedding photographer, there’s a big clue in there 🙂 However, that’s not exclusive and I also work in Surrey and London wedding venues.
Do you work on your own or with an assistant on the wedding day?
Another photographer just gets in the way of me and you. I believe an advantage to working alone is that I maintain creative vision right through the process so you can be sure of consistency in the photography provided to you.
What happens if you are sick or can’t make it on the wedding day?
Quite simply put, your money would be refunded in full and fellow photographers contacted to help you find someone available.
I’ve checked out your photography packages but would like to make some changes, can I?
On the Packages page you can find popular options which fit 98% of client needs. That said, packages are only there as guides, so if you require a more bespoke outcome at a great price then do get in touch with what you would like.
When is the best time to book you as my wedding photographer?
Most weddings are at weekends and only one wedding is covered on any date. You need to get in touch as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Popular dates around August in particular, should be booked well in advance to ensure availability. It’s common for a wedding photographer to be booked a year or more in advance.
My wedding is on a weekday, can I get a discount on pricing?
If your wedding is Mon-Thu you can enjoy a 5% discount on website prices.
Do we need to feed you on the wedding day?
I don’t stipulate it but really do appreciate it as usually I’m on my feet for 10 hours straight. Wedding venues usually have a supplier meal option and separate seating.
Are you fully insured?
Yup. Fully insured with professional indemnity and public liability cover.