We reckon we might be mega awkward in front of the camera, is that going to be ok?
Yes, it’s going to be ok, don’t panic! No Chandler Bing smiles here! Honestly, the majority of the couples who approach me tend to bring this up, and actually the way I work is perfect for people who don’t feel they’ve perfected their Vogue poses. My default mode is to not interfere or pose too much at all, so for most of the day you’ll look absolutely brilliant by just ignoring me! Even when I shoot couple shots, I’m secretly snapping the fits of giggles and stolen looks when you’re not noticing, and this is how I capture relaxed happy faces!
That’s a relief, are we allowed to meet you before the wedding? I do actually encourage all my clients to meet for an informal chat at least once either in person or over Skype, as I think it’s important that you get to know me and feel 100% happy before you make any decisions.
How many images do we get from our day? I work in an unlimited way, essentially all that means is that I photograph everything that looks interesting and wonderful to me, and if there’s more, I will give you more. I’m there to shoot your wedding for YOU, and it’s pointless for me to take nice photos that never get seen by anyone because there’s a maximum capped number. Having said this, I can reassure you that generally I will produce a minimum of 300 photos for a full day’s shooting and that I select the best photos to edit
Is There Any Point Where You Don’t Shoot During The Day? Yup…..you bet your boots there is. The only time I don’t shoot during the day is when you and your guests are eating. I mean, let’s face it, that’s just awkward and doesn’t make for an enjoyable meal or flattering photos. Plus, I also like food ;)
You mentioned that you also like to eat. Do we need to feed you?
At the moment I haven’t perfected the art of running with high energy and creativity levels AND not eating so I always really appreciate a bit of food on the day. I promise it will help you get the best out of me! I prefer to eat in the same venue simply so I don't miss anything. I'd hate to have nipped out for food and return to stories of Uncle Bob starting a food fight (or something equally as fun to capture).
Are there any extra costs if we’re unfortunate enough to live far away from you?
Yep, sadly if your wedding is outside the Midlands the travel costs are 25p/mile. There is also a £50 surcharge if I am required to stay nearby the night before to combat risk of morning rush hour traffic!
My Wedding Is In Outer Mongolia……..Will You Shoot It? Of course!! I travel literally anywhere in the world. If you are having a destination wedding don’t be shy about getting in touch for a tailored package.
Do You Do Group Shots? Of course!! They are important, but let’s not get carried away….trust me….more than 10 and you’ll be bored! When I am given the time and free reign to be creative I LOVE to do something different with the bridesmaid and groomsmen group shots….less standing in a line, more vogue/looking cool!
Can we print our photos? Of course you can! I believe your wedding day belongs to you so I don’t force your friends and family pay extra to have a copy of your photos, I simply give you all the best .jpg photos for you to share and print as you wish. Although you have the license to print your photos on the high street, I also offer the highest quality printing services through labs that are only available to professional photographers. I currently offer small, large, mounted, framed and fine art prints, but if you would like to request other printed goods please don’t hesitate to ask! You might wonder what the difference is, well, the professional photo labs have greater color accuracy and paper quality in their prints, guaranteeing that your wedding photos look the way they should. They also offer a wider range of products. If you would like to order professional prints you can do so from the client galleries
What happens if your equipment breaks on the day? If anything breaks during the wedding, my brain would probably have a 3 second cry (which would manifest externally as “Oh…”), but then I’d pick up my back ups and get on with it. I come to every wedding with two camera bodies, ample back-up lenses and spare memory cards and batteries. So, short of hurling my whole camera bag into a river, I’ll always be able to keep shooting in the event of any technical failures.
Are you insured? Yes indeedy, I and all my equipment are fully insured! Which is good because I sometimes like to climb around like a ninja in the name of wedding photography.
We reckon you’re the right photographer for us and we’re keen to book, what’s the next step? Hoorah! That’s great! First things first, I encourage every couple to meet me, either online via Skype or in person so they can check I’m not an eight-armed alien. If my human four-limbed status does not disappoint, there are two steps to officially make the booking. Firstly, you will need to read and complete the agreement of services. I will post these out to you for you to read and keep. They are legally binding so make sure you read them fully before signing. Secondly, you will need to pay a deposit of £200 to secure the date. Once all that jazz is done, you’re officially booked in and we can toot some party horn!
What Happens After You Have Shot My Day? Well first off I get my ass home and get everything backed up in three different places. Then I work on your photos, one by one, to get them looking lovely ready to come home to you. This process can take up to 6 weeks (especially during my busy periods). I don’t do retouching, I believe everyone is beautiful and I want to show my couples (and their guests) real beauty.
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