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FAQ 2018-01-12T17:51:17+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. So I’ve put together a list of questions that you are likely to want to ask your wedding photographer before you make your decision.

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 depending and within reason of course. You’re very welcome to give me a short list of posed group shots to work through. The usual amount is 10-15 groups.

I use the latest professional Canon EOS1 Dx 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. Tripod & light stands if need be.

I photographed my first wedding in 1997 (I’m still friends with the bride & groom too!) and today it’s my full-time job. I shoot 40-50 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 & 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 managed from just two people (with 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 amount is around 90-130 guests plus a few in evening.

I’ll arrive 2hrs before your ceremony to capture those all important bridal prep shots, sometimes slightly earlier if you’ve a church wedding, and will cover right through until your first dance usually around 8pm. I’ll of course come and find you both before I leave. For you party animals, I also offer the opportunity for me to cover until 10pm 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 and 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 I could call on at very short notice.

My EOS-1 Dx Mark II 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 cleaned and the batteries charged. I am a member of Canon Professional Services (CPS), which provides support to professional photographers, including 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.

I’ll cover your whole day from bridal prep to disco dancing. There are no travel expenses to add on within the south east and there is NO VAT to pay. Get in touch with your date/venue etc and, if available, I’ll email you my ‘Coverage, Options & Costs’ brochure. If I’m already booked up on your date then I’ll be able to recommend a super colleague to you.

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

People have given me anything from 2 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.

I am very happy to chat over email, phone, 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. Often we’ll be able to meet up at venue Weddings Fayres and then 3-4 weeks prior to your big day I will contact you to arrange a time to call regarding the finer photography details for your wedding. The balance will be due then. If you’d prefer to pay this sooner then just let me know

It will take approximately 3-4 weeks to process your wedding photography (5-6 during the summer months) and as soon as they’re uploaded I’ll send you the link/password to your online gallery. There is also an option to have all your images ready within 7 days. A few days after the online gallery is live you’ll then receive your USB of Hi-res images by Special Delivery which you may print from and post onto social media until the cows come home! If you’re having a gorgeous hand bound book with your photography then you’ll also receive a guide to the next steps and your order MUST be made within 5 weeks if part of any SPECIAL OFFER. After this 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).

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

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