WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN BOOKING MY PHOTOGRAPHER?
I think there are two main things to consider when booking your wedding photographer.
1. In a way, the most crucial thing isn’t finding the cheapest photographer (or the most expensive!), but finding one where you absolutely love their work. Different photographers have different styles and no one photographer is right for everyone. Pick a style you want to show your future grandchildren.
2. Of all your suppliers, you spend more time with the photographer than anyone else. You must get on with them. Think about their personality
I always think the best advice is to choose someone you’d be happy to invite round for dinner.
LOTS OF MY FRIENDS HAVE CAMERAS, CAN THEY TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS
Of course, I’d be really disappointed if they felt they couldn’t and I actively encourage your guests to take photos.
HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL?
I’m more than happy to come and shoot anywhere in the UK or the world for that matter.
There is a small surcharge of 45p per mile outside the Surrey area. For weddings further afield in the UK I’d ask that you cover my accommodation costs for an overnight stay if I’m traveling more than 3 hours.
For weddings elsewhere in the world get in touch and we’ll work out a package to suit your needs
HOW MUCH INPUT CAN I HAVE INTO MY ALBUM DESIGN?
You can have as much, or as little input into album design as you wish, basically you have three choices. Either:
1. You can choose all the photos that go into your album.
2. You can tell me any photos that must be included, and let me pick the rest.
3. I can choose the photos for you and design the album from there.
Only you know which option suits you best. Regardless of the option you choose before I place any order with the printers I’ll ask you to review and approve the drafts of the album. Only when you’re happy do I order.
HOW LONG DO YOU STAY ON THE DAY?
I start the day by joining the bride as she’s getting ready, and taking photographs of her through the morning, and stay until 8pm. If you’ve organised something special for the evening, like a firework display for example, let me know and I’ll stay for that too.
HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL I GET?
I don’t put an upper or lower limit on the number of photos. I don’t exclude stunning photos because you have too many. Similarly I won’t include duplicate photos or photos where someone picks an inopportune moment to walk in front of me just to make up numbers. Every photo you receive from the day will be unique and of the highest quality. I think on average a reasonable expectation is approximately between 50-60 photos for each hour I’m at your wedding.
DO YOU EDIT ALL PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes, every photo is fully retouched, colour balanced and any additional editing work needed is done to the highest standard before it’s presented to you. I complete all this work myself for you.
WHY DO YOU RETAIN COPYRIGHT ON MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
This is standard practice throughout the photography industry and protects both of us. With every package I include a licence to reprint all the high resolution images in whatever medium you choose. The only things you couldn’t do is to sell them, or pass them off as taken by someone else.
DO I GET ONE OR TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Normally just one, I believe that just using one photographer allows me to work to my philosophy of being as discrete and unobtrusive as possible.
However there are occasions where the coverage you require from your wedding requires two professional photographers. The most common example I’ve seen of this is should you require coverage of the groom and his groomsmen getting ready. If two photographers were required I’d discuss, and agree, this with you at the time of booking.
DO YOU ALWAYS PHOTOGRAPH MY WEDDING, OR DO YOU USE ASSOCIATES?
When you book me, you get my undivided attention all day and it will always be me who photographs your wedding. I don’t use associate photographers who you’ve never met.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes. As a professional photographer I have full comprehensive public liability insurance and professional indemnity cover.
ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS OFFERED TO PHOTOGRAPH MY WEDDING AS A PRESENT. SHOULD I ACCEPT INSTEAD OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
I can’t answer this from a neutral position, but I would say hire a professional every time.
It’s a generous present of your friend, and I’m sure they take some pretty awesome photographs. There are a few reasons to think very carefully before accepting though.
Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and you want a photographer who can capture those fleeting moments that only last a second. As you photograph weddings you learn to anticipate and be ready for those moments before they happen. Remember these are photographs you’ll want to share with your grandchildren.
Lastly, in reality I’m sure your friend would rather enjoy the day with you, get a little drunk and celebrate with you. As a professional photographer, while I’ll enjoy your wedding, I’m there first and foremost to photograph your wedding and will do just that very well.
ANYTHING I’VE MISSED?
Hopefully these frequently asked questions will help answer many of the questions you may have. If I’ve missed anything you want to ask, or you’d like to get in touch for any reason, please give me a ring on 07903056562 or use the contact form, I’ll get back to you within 48 hours.
THAT ALL LOOKS FANTASTIC, I’D LOVE YOU TO BE OUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, HOW DO I BOOK?
Simply go to the contact page and fill in the form
I’D LIKE TO ADD SOMETHING TO MY AGREED PACKAGE. CAN I DO THAT?
Yes of course. Just let me know what you’d like to add, and we’ll agree it.