Choosing your photographer can be a difficult decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Will you get on with them? Can you trust them? How do you know they are any good? What if something goes wrong?

The photographs are one of the few material reminders of your special day and I absolutely understand how important they will be to you. You are, of course, going to have many questions of your own. So, I’ve put together a list of the most common questions I’m asked along, with my answers.

My preferred photography style is predominantly documentary (focusing on spontaneity) and reportage (telling a story through pictures). In other words, a more relaxed and informal approach, although I will of course include plenty of formal shots, too. We’ll have fun, I can assure you!

It’s your wedding and you can have whatever you wish on the day – weather dependent and within reason, of course. You’re very welcome to give me a list of up to 10 posed group shots to work through.

I use the latest professional Canon EOS-1D X Mark II SLR cameras with the following lenses: Canon 16-35mm 2.8L III, Canon 35mm 1.4L II USM, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L II IS and, of course, a ‘nifty-fifty’ (50mm). All post-production work is done on Apple iMacs and a MacBook Pro, using mainly Adobe software.

It won’t be at all intrusive. It is my preference (and it is far less intrusive) to use available light and my cameras are very good in low light. But if additional light is needed it’s provided by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite flashguns. A tripod and light stands are used if needed.

I photographed my first wedding in 1997 (I’m still friends with the bride and groom, too!) and today it’s my full-time job. I shoot approximately 40 weddings a year in and around Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, London and the South East.

Examples of my work can be viewed in the Portfolio section of this website and on my password-protected Online Gallery. You can also read what people think of my work in my Testimonials section. Wedding Books are also available to view at my top venues.

Yes, I will be taking the photographs, and no, I won’t have an assistant with me.

Everything is shot in colour on the day and only after your wedding, in the post-production process, is around a third selected to be switched to black and white.

Most of the weddings I cover are in and around Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. I have also covered weddings in Europe, including Italy, Greece, France and Switzerland.

I have photographed from just two people (plus myself and the chauffeur as witnesses) to 400 guests (with perhaps a helping hand from ushers, the best man and a brilliant toastmaster). The usual number is around 90–130 guests, plus a few in the evening.

I’ll arrive two hours before your ceremony to capture those all-important bridal preparation shots (sometimes slightly earlier if you are having a church wedding) and will cover right through until your first dance, usually around 8 pm. I’ll of course come and find you both before I leave. For you party animals, I also offer the option of covering until 10 pm for an additional cost.

I always wear a waistcoat, shirt, trousers and boots to work and aim to blend in with your guests as much as possible. I don’t actually own a suit or any ties!

For the record, I have never missed a wedding. We now know with regards to a virus that any situation is possible. I pride myself on my reliability, but if for any reason I am not able to attend, I have a network of reliable and professional colleagues (100+) I could call on at very short notice. I would still edit your wedding to maintain consistency.

My Canon EOS-1D X Mark II SLR cameras offer dual recording capability, so every shot I take is recorded twice using two separate memory cards. Before every wedding my cameras and lenses are checked, cleaned and the batteries charged. I am a Gold Member of the Canon Professional Services (CPS), which provides support to professional photographers, including repairs and emergency equipment loans at very short notice. I also have my own back-up professional Canon cameras and lens gear.

Yes, I have public liability insurance which covers up to £10m. Should your wedding be postponed for any reason, including a virus outbreak, then I will do my best work with you to find a new date that I’m available for. If you have to cancel your wedding for any reason, including a virus outbreak, then your balance will still be due up to 6 months before your date. Please check that your wedding insurance will cover this.

I’ll cover your whole day from bridal preparation to disco dancing. There are no travel expenses to add on within the South East and there is NO VAT to pay. Please get in touch with your date and venue, etc. and, if I am available, I’ll email you my ‘Coverage, Options & Costs’ brochure. If, however, I’m already booked up on your date then I will endeavour to recommend a super colleague to you.

I’ll generally wrap up my day with you shortly after your first dance. There is, however, an option for me to shoot through until 10 pm for an additional £100.00. You can even let me know on the day of the wedding if you like.

People have given me anything from two hours’ to four years’ notice, but it’s always best to get in touch as early as you can. The average is around 12–18 months’ notice.

I am very happy to chat over email, phone, FaceTime, Skype or meet up at the venue you’ve booked. I’m also happy to take an immediate booking; these are on a first-come, first-served basis, and are secured with a £399.00 booking fee (non-refundable). You will then be asked to sign a contract and/or Terms and Conditions available on request. Often, we’ll be able to meet up at your venue’s Weddings Fair. Next, 3–4 weeks prior to your big day, I will contact you to arrange a time to call regarding the finer details for your wedding photography. The balance will be due then. If you’d prefer to pay this sooner, then just let me know.

It will take approximately 2–3 weeks to process your wedding photography (3–4 weeks during the busier summer months) and as soon as they’re uploaded I’ll send you the link/password to your BeUnveiled online gallery. Shortly after the gallery is live you’ll then receive your WeTransfer link of high-res images for you to simply download, from which you may print and post onto social media until the cows come home! (Please don’t forget to tag beunveiledwedds on Instagram or Simon Pope on Facebook.) If you’re having a beautiful hand-bound book with your photography then you’ll also receive instructions on the next steps to ordering that and it MUST be made within 30 days if part of receiving your WeTransfer link. After this, if your book is part of any special offer, you will be emailed a deadline date and then on expiry of that date usual book costs will apply.

If there’s something I haven’t covered here, please feel free to complete the Online enquiry form or email me with your question(s).

SLR – single lens reflex
IS – image stabilizer (for use in low light)
EOS – Canon’s ‘electro optical system’

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