Frequently Asked Wedding Photography Questions
Do you need to meet us?
I’m happy to arrange to meet up before your wedding if you feel you would like to. However, sometimes I know this isn’t possible because of time or distance restraints, and in these circumstances, a phone call or a Skype meeting works just as well. I probably only end up meeting about 20% of my clients now, as we all lead such busy lives.
Do you need to see the venue?
This is an interesting one. I used to believe it was vital to visit the venue beforehand, but the longer I do wedding photography, the more I’ve realised that this can sometimes be counter productive. It’s highly unlikely I’ll see the venue exactly a year before the wedding, so the weather and light is bound to be vastly different on the day. Usually, what I like to do is arrive at the venue twenty minutes before coverage starts, so I can explore the grounds and choose the best areas for portraits and group shots. I also take this time to take some wide external shots of the venue, so you have the full story in the final edit.
How long does it take to get our images after the wedding?
Depending on the time of the year, your images will be with you between four and six weeks time (May to September is my busiest time). I don’t believe it’s fair to you for me to rush through the editing of your pictures. Wedding images need to last a lifetime (if not longer), so I pay close attention to each photograph, cleaning it up, colour correcting it and removing extraneous objects such as fire exit signs.
Will there be an online gallery for our friends and family to see?
Absolutely. As soon as the images have been delivered to you by usb, I’ll email you a link to a password protected online proofing gallery where friends and family can purchase images if they wish.
Will you require food and drink on the day?
For any weddings over five hours coverage, I will require some food and drink. I certainly don’t expect the same meal as your guests but something warm and filling would be fantastic.
Are images retouched?
As I mentioned above, I know how important it is that your wedding images look as good as they possibly can, they have to look beautiful for years! To this end, I’ll ensure they are all colour corrected and correctly exposed. In terms of actual skin retouching, if only light skin work is required, I include this in my basic editing, however, if extensive editing is required, there may be a small charge, which I will discuss with you before proceeding.
How long do you archive your images for?
I archive your images for one year after the wedding. Please ensure that as soon as you receive the images from me, you copy the files to either a USB stick or an external hard drive so you have a back up. It’s no longer recommended that you burn to a cd or dvd, as these don’t have a reliable life span.
What happens if the weather is awful on our wedding day?
Obviously, we all hope for glorious sunshine, or at the very least, a bright overcast day but, this being the UK, the chances of that happening aren’t high! The truth is, the best wedding pictures are the ones that capture emotion or amusing moments, and fortunately this has nothing to do with weather. I doubt any of us look at our grandparents’ wedding photographs and comment that we wish the weather had been a bit better!
What equipment do you use and do you have a back up?
I shoot on professional Canon cameras and lenses. I always, always bring a back up camera, as well as back up batteries, flashguns, memory cards etc.
What if you fall sick?
This has never happened to me, however, I know that I can’t promise that it never will. Please be assured that should I be unable to attend the wedding, I have a large network of highly capable wedding photographer colleagues who could step in, and I would do everything in my power to find a replacement that you would be fully satisfied with.
Do you give images in colour or B&W?
Some photographs suit colour and some really work best in black and white. I make these creative decisions as I’m editing. You’ll probably receive a mix of roughly 30% black and white, and 70% colour. Also bear in mind that indoor tungsten lighting can be terribly unflattering to skin colour, and therefore some images, such as the speeches, look better in black and white.
Are you fully insured?
I certainly am (including public liability).
Where do you work?
Although I’m based in Muswell Hill in North London, I’m happy to travel to weddings, either within the UK or beyond it. For weddings outside of the M25, there is a travel charge of 45p per mile. If the drive is longer than 2 hours, I may require overnight accommodation. With regard to destination weddings, flights, travel and accommodation costs will need to be covered.
Do you use a second shooter?
Depending on the size and complexity of the wedding, I will sometimes require a second shooter to cover parts of the day that I can’t physically attend to. I like to use people who are of a similar standard to myself (rather than a learner) as I believe that their images need to blend in well with mine in the final edit. The charge for a second photographer is £200. Please let me know well in advance if you would like me to bring a second shooter with me (more than a month).
How many images will I receive?
Depending on the size and number of locations within the wedding, you’ll get between 400 and 700 images (also dependent on which package you have booked).
Do you do group shots?
I truly believe that group shots have an important part to play in a wedding. How often are all these family members in the same place? It may be something you regret not doing afterwards. Having said that, it’s also vital that these do not take up a huge chunk of the day. I recommend no more than eight to ten groups. This should cover all the bases, and you can swiftly get back to sipping champagne and chatting to your guests.
We’d love to book! How do we proceed??
Great! I’ll send you a wedding agreement, and an invoice. Payment is 50% upon booking, and the balance of 50% is due by the 1st day of the month preceding your wedding (so if your wedding day is July 15th, then the payment is due by the 1st of June).