FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You may have a lot of questions for your wedding photographer. Here are some of the most common ones I get asked:
Will we meet up before the wedding?
Preferably yes. I would like to meet you I’m sure as much as you’d like to meet me! I firmly believe you should choose a photographer you feel comfortable with, so a face to face meeting not only gives us chance to get to know each other and discuss your plans, but also a chance for you to decide whether I’m the right photographer for you. That could be through skype/facetime or a quick chat over a coffee. After that we’ll keep in touch and when you’ve firmed up your plans for the day I’ll send you a request for information to keep me fully in the loop.
A pre-wedding shoot? We’re scared. . .
As someone who squirms as much as the next man in front of the camera I completely understand. I thoroughly recommend doing one though. Not only will it give you more confidence in your photographer, but when you see the results from the shoot you’ll both feel much more confident in front of the camera on your wedding day, which is one less thing to worry about. Besides, its fun – I promise!
Do you use an assistant?
I generally work alone and most couples find the coverage I provide more than adequate. There are times however when an assistant may be required, for example if you would like coverage of both the bride and grooms preparations under tight time constraints or awkward logistics. I can arrange for an assistant to attend under these circumstances or simply if you’d like more coverage, but this will be at an additional cost.
Are you prepared to travel long distance?
No problem at all. Travel is charged at £20 per hour from Bristol with the first hour free. Distance is calculated using google maps. If flights or an overnight stay is required these will be factored in at cost.
What if it rains?
Most venues will have a contingency plan if the weather is poor. There will always be a spare room, stairwell or foyer for group photos and those of the bride and groom. If it isn’t too bad we can always take a walk under an umbrella and find some sheltered spots for your photos, but whatever the weather, indoors or out I’ll make sure you get some great images.
What if you’re ill?
A fair point this. Tackling this one begins with one of the ways I approach life – by staying healthy. I exercise regularly and I’m big on healthy eating. Touch wood I’ve never missed a wedding, but if the worst comes to the worst I have a network of fellow photographers to fall back on to help me cover. I’ll bend over backwards to make that happen as long as I’m conscious! Oh and the first thing I do in the morning is check the car; if that fails it’s over to plan B.
How soon after do we see our photos?
You will have an online password protected gallery of all your images ready for viewing within twelve weeks of your wedding, but often it is much sooner than this. Although I will often put a sneak peek on my facebook page a day or two after your wedding.
Who chooses the photos for the album?
You do. I will ask for a list of photos to include in the album and send you a PDF proof of the first draft. You’re then entitled to make any changes you’d like until you have an album you know you’re going to love. I expect to have it to hand within four weeks of being sent to the printers.
What if your camera breaks?
I always work with two camera bodies, at least two flashguns and a bag full of lenses for redundancy. All of my equipment is Canon pro level. In addition, I always use multiple compact flash cards which are backed up during the day.
Will our photos be in colour or black and white?
Both. All of your photos will be carefully edited individually, and whilst most will pop in colour, some of them will lend themselves very well to black and white conversion. Generally, about 20% of your images will be provided in black and white but you also get the colour version too. If you’d like more or less just let me know.
How do we book?
Simply get in touch to discuss your requirements. Once we’ve agreed on a package and you are sure you’d like to go ahead, then I just require a deposit of £200 and signed contract to secure the date.
If you have any questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page.