FAQs

 

What area do you cover?

Well I’m based up near Norwich and I do photograph a lot of weddings in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. I love the city though and it’s only down the road, so I photograph weddings in London as well. But basically I’m happy to travel pretty much anywhere!

How much do we have to pay up front?

I ask for you to pay a booking fee of 50% up front with the remaining 50% due one month before the wedding day.

What exactly do we get in your package?

Well you get my artistic creativity first and foremost, but you know that anyway! Alongside this we meet up before the wedding to get to know each other a bit better and plan in detail the photography for the day and any specific shots you’re looking for. On the day itself I photograph for about 8 hours, this normally begins about 2 hours or so before the ceremony, to photograph the bride getting ready, and ends sometime around the first dance. I’m completely flexible though, if you want me to start and end later I’m more than happy to oblige, I do love a bit of music!

After the wedding I edit and process your images: colour correcting them, tweaking things like contrast and tonal levels, getting the final images ready for print. You then receive all the digital images on a boxed wooden memory stick. I also upload all your images onto a password protected web gallery so that you and your friends / family can buy prints and other photo products if you choose.

As an added extra I also create beautiful photo albums, I really feel that this is so important, it’s like the completion of the whole project! As a photographer I’m always shooting with the final print in mind, not just the collection of images on a computer. When I shoot weddings I’m thinking about the story unfolding: from getting ready through to the first dance, this might sound a bit clichéd but it’s true. I really want to produce these albums, I hate to think of your photos remaining as digital 1’s and 0’s on a computer chip!

Do we have to do an engagement / pre-wedding shoot?

No, it’s completely up to you. I do really believe that engagement shoots are a great idea though. Firstly it gives us the opportunity to hang out and get to know each other better before your big day. Secondly it gives you the chance to see what it’s like to be photographed by me and to know what it’s going to be like on the day. Everyone tells me that before the shoot they’re nervous or worried about doing it, afterwards they say how easy and enjoyable it was – much better to put these worries to bed before the wedding day itself. Thirdly it’s fun, believe it or not, we get to go somewhere really beautiful, go for a relaxing walk, and take some stunning photographs! If you’re employing me to photograph your wedding then I only charge £95 for an engagement shoot, it lasts between one and two hours and you get 30 or so images in colour and black and white. Many people use these images for save the date cards or other wedding stationary.

Can we meet up before the wedding?

Oh yes, I really like to meet up before you book me, I think it’s important for you to get a sense of what I’m like and to see some of my albums in the flesh. Sometimes this isn’t possible, maybe we live a long way from each other, that’s where Skype comes in. We also meet up in the month before your wedding to discuss the photography for the day in detail, and talk about any specific photos you may want taken. Again we can do this on Skype but nothing beats meeting for real, even if it’s just for a quick coffee the day before…

Do you charge travel costs?

Travel is included for all weddings in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and London.

We want to go ahead, what happens now?

Great! OK so I have a contract which I email over to you, it outlines your rights and responsibilities and details exactly what you’re getting. I also have an invoice I will send to you and ask for you to pay 50% of the total fee, my bank details are on the invoice for you to make a bank transfer, alternatively you can pay using a credit or debit card on PayPal (you don’t need an account to use this service) but there is a 3% charge for this. Once you’re returned the contract and invoice the date for your wedding has been secured.

Do you have insurance?

Yes I certainly do. I have both public liability and public indemnity insurance and all my equipment and computers are insured too.

What equipment do you use?

I use Nikon full frame cameras, mainly a D750 and D600. I have a range of different Nikkor prime lenses. These beautiful pieces of glass have really large apertures enabling me to work in lower light and create the beautiful soft backgrounds characteristic of my work.

I really don’t like having my photo taken, will you still be able to get good photographs of me?

Yes of course! Everyone says this to me! It’s really not as scary as it may seem, I’m with you for a long time on your wedding day and I’m spending the whole time working out how to get the best shots of you. It’s all about capturing those moments when you’re relaxed and happy, and when it comes to the time for posing it’s really not intrusive in the slightest. I work hard on my technique to ensure I have the skills to make you relax and look completely natural in front of the camera. But once again, I do recommend having an engagement shoot, it’s such a great opportunity to release any fears you have about being photographed.

Do you need feeding?

Well I’m always very grateful if I get a meal! It’s normally a good opportunity for me to take a break and to sit down for a few minutes.

Can we have some formal photos taken?

Yes of course! Although most of my day is spent covering your wedding in my documentary style I completely recognise the importance of capturing those group photos, and obviously your mum / nan / Aunty June are going to want those photos on their mantelpiece! I do however recommend that we aim to keep the formal group shots to a minimum, perhaps half a dozen or so. These things can take time and so it’s best not to over complicate things!

When we receive our photos can we get them printed ourselves?

Yes! You can do pretty much whatever you like with them, although I do also create an online gallery for you to buy prints and other photo products from (e.g. fine art giclee prints, canvasses, acrylic blocks, framed prints etc), these are really top quality and printed by Sim2000 in their professional lab.

Can we share our photos online?

Yes of course, I completely happy with you sharing your images, I create a folder on your memory stick which has the images optimised for web, all I ask is that out of courtesy you give a link to my website or Facebook page when sharing on social media.

Do you ‘Photoshop’ all our images?

After photographing your wedding I sit down and choose all the best photographs, there is normally somewhere in the region of 400 or so, but this figure can vary between 300 and 500. I then colour correct all these images and edit the contrast and tonal levels amongst other things. I don’t do anything too dramatic at all. I want your images to look as natural as possible and to reflect the day as you remember it.

How long will it be before we receive our photographs?

Well it really does depend on how busy I am. I try and take a maximum of about four weeks to edit your photos; however, sometimes it can take a little longer in peak season. I don’t want to keep you waiting though so I aim to get things done as quickly as possible!

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