Frequently Asked Questions
How exclusive is your service?
To ensure every bride and groom receives exceptional quality and service; I will only ever photograph one wedding a day and cover a maximum of 35 weddings each year.I love weddings and want to be excited about every wedding I photograph.
Help, I can’t decide which wedding photographer is right for us?
Since choosing a photographer is not an everyday event and nor is your wedding day, it is a big decision to make when choosing who is right for you. Whether you choose a local photographer or an international photographer to cover your wedding, every photographer will have her or his own creative style and unique offerings. Your decision should come down to the photographer whose work appeals to you most and who you will feel comfortable with on the day. I believe the photographer should fit seamlessly into your wedding among you and your guest. To ensure I am a good match for my clients I offer an engagement portrait shoot so you can see how I work and if you book me I will refund the shoot fee.
What makes you different to other wedding photographers?
I believe my approach maybe a little bit different from other photographers in the following ways:
What qualifications and experience do you have?
After studying photography at A-Level and learning the craft with traditional film and black and white printing, I then honed my skills through a BA Hons Editorial Photography degree. I graduated in 2006 and have been approved by the British Institute of Professional Photography with the Licentiateship (LBIPP) qualification which is recognised across the world as a benchmark of excellence. I have also completed an NVQ level 3 in digital retouching as well as eights years experience photographing weddings. I am also a regularly contributor to photographic titles including Professional Photographer, Turning Pro,Photography Monthly and Digital Camera World writing features to inspire other photographers.
What happens if something doesn’t go to plan on the day?
I believe wedding photography is about capturing priceless moments and the day just the way you remember it. Your day will fly by and be full of emotions, but you do not need to worry that you will miss anything, because I will be there and every detail will be covered. Rest assured I will be prepared for any situation that may arise on the occasion. Let’s be honest, British weather is highly unpredictable but it doesn’t have to spoil your day, a back-up plan is always at hand and I have all the equipment necessary to shoot in doors.
A friend said they will photograph my wedding for £500, can you match this price?
With the digital revolution everyone likes to consider themselves as a photographer and to some extent they are, in their own right. But as a professional photographer I can produce consistent results under pressure in all conditions to ensure you get the style of photography you pay for, and that is the difference. There are no second chances and I take seriously the responsibility to ensure all the images are captured, because I want to create something exceptional and unrepeatable. Photography is my full time job and it is how I make a living and my prices reflect my outgoings to run my business. As a trained and experienced photographer I have the right camera skills to work in any setting, location, temperature or lighting situation. No I can not match that price but I can by far exceed your expectation given the opportunity.
How do we book you for our wedding?
If you like what you see on the website, I would love to meet up for a coffee and a chat. We will discuss your wedding plans to date, get to know each other and I can also show you printed examples of my work.
Contact me to arrange a date.
What should I expect from you at the wedding?
Every wedding is different and I always ensure before the day itself that your package has been designed to meet your needs and expectations. The style and approach to your wedding photography will be discussed before hand as well as any posed images and particular requirements. As a guide, a typical day would start with photographing the bridal preparations, keeping in the background and taking candid, informal photographs so all you have to worry about is getting ready on time rather than posing for the camera. Next, it’s on to the wedding venue where I will capture the guests arriving and spend some time photographing the groom, best man & ushers. Again, most of these shots will be without you knowing, leaving you to greet your guests.
Then it’s the big moment, I will capture the bride & bridesmaids arrival before moving into the venue to capture the wedding itself, this is where having two photographers can be a real advantage as it enables us to capture many photographs of your ceremony from different positions. Where possible I will shoot using only natural light and keep the use of flash to a minimum, if at all required.
After your ceremony, you will want spend some time with your guests before doing any group shot or formal poses. I try to keep posed shots to a minimum and as stylish as possible. I will always encourage you to try something that is more fun and unique for you, family and friends. This will be discussed before the wedding day and a time limit will be set to guarantee efficiency on the day itself.
After these shots have been taken, I will then take the bride & groom somewhere private for a short time to capture the more romantic shots without interruption. Once these are complete I will stay and photograph your reception capturing relaxed and informal photographs. Once you are seated for your meal I will take a break until the speeches and then of course be there to capture your first dance.
What equipment do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 5D MKIII, Canon EOS 1Ds MKII back up, with a range of Pro L series lenses including 17-40mm, 24-105mm, 28-70mm, 50mm, 85mm, 70-200mm and 100-400mm. I also carry a couple Canon EX 580 MKII flashguns, range of video lights, Lastolite reflector and Elinchrom studio lights if required due to bad weather. It is unlikely but back up equipment is always at hand if there are any technical difficult or failures on the day.
Are you insured?
Yes. I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance.
What areas do you cover?
I am willing to travel all across the UK and cover destination weddings. However, additional charges will be incurred for weddings further a field so please contact me for further details.
What rights do I have to reproduce images from USB?
All edited images from the day, approx 650 images, are available on USB as high resolution jpegs. Images are provided in a selection of black and white, traditional colour or colour tone if required. If you purchase a USB you have full reproduction authorisation for all the images on the disc and can printing them for yourself, friends and family at your convenience. However, I can not promise if you get your prints from a high street retailer that they will be to the standards of a professional printer. If you would like me to recommend a good printer please ask.
How soon can we see our wedding photographs after our day is over?
After the day itself I will be busy editing and process your digital files. To ensure every image I provide to you is perfect, our post-production generally a 21 day turn around.