I recently read an interesting article in an online Bridal magazine that listed several questions they suggest you should ask when choosing a wedding photographer. I didn’t agree with all the questions, as some were quite irrelevant, but the majority of the questions in the magazine are questions I’m regularly asked, so I thought, in addition to my FAQ answers, I’d list my answers below for you if you’re wondering about how I work, what happens if, etc.

Background Check:

• How long have you been shooting weddings?
I started in 1987

• Have you shot a wedding at my ceremony and reception venues? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?
I’ve shot at so many venues over the years. There are very few venues I’ve not worked at. Some even recommend me as a preferred supplier. Find out here. But if I’ve not worked there before, or recently, I do like to scout out the location beforehand.

• Do you have a portfolio of recent weddings you’ve shot that I can browse?
Yes. Visit here

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Photography Style:

• How would you describe your wedding-photography style? (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, artistic)
I’m mainly a documentary wedding photographer.

• How would you describe your working style? (e.g. Does you prefer to blend into the background and shoot what unfolds naturally, or does you create a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots?)
80% of my time is spent in the background, watching, observing, and documenting your wedding. But for the other 20% I’m a little more hands-on when for eg groups need organising, or I’m shooting a little bit of stylized photography of you both.

• Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
I do have a recommended list of formal photographs that won’t detract from the documentary style of coverage, and I’m more than happy to follow your requests. But be aware that a long list will detract from me capturing the natural story of your day.

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Photography Packages and Payment:

• If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
No. My prices are all inclusive. The only exception is for weddings in Central London, abroad or more than 2 hours drive away. The extra fees will be agreed by prior arrangement.

• What packages do you offer?
Typical prices can be found here. If you’d like more detailed information, fill in my online contact form to get my password to download my full pricelist.

• Can I customize a package based on my needs?
Yes!

• Do you include a pre-wedding shoot in your packages?
You can either add a pre-wedding shoot to your package, or if you order a 30+ page wedding album, then your shoot is complimentary.

• Do you offer a photo booth?
I personally don’t supply/run a photobooth, but I can put you in touch with a recommended photographer who does.

•What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
Albums and their designs vary from traditional with mat overlays, storybook layout or a mixture of both. You can view the different types here. Full assistance is provided with all designs. Either you choose your favourite images for the album and I’ll design a layout around your selection, or I can choose your images and design the full layout for you. Either way, you get to fully approve the final layout before it goes to print, in case you’d like to change something.

• Do you provide retouching, colour adjustment, or other corrective services?
Yes. Standard corrections/adjustments are always done. But there will be a charge for major corrections/adjustment. Ask for further details.

• How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? On a CD? A thumb drive?
3 weeks after your wedding your images will be uploaded to a secure password protected web gallery for family and friends to view your images. Not long after, all your high resolution images will be delivered on USB. Full reproduction and printing rights will also be given you, so you can copy, print and or distribute your images as you wish.

• Will you be posting about our wedding on your social media sites (blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)?
I choose a selection of images and/or weddings to promote on my social media, but I have no problem if you’d prefer total anonymity.

• Will you be submitting our wedding photos to magazines or blogs?
Yes, but only with your full approval.

• What is the ordering process for photos and albums?
After receiving your digital files, you choose your favourites for your album or reprints via my online proofing system. For albums, a proof album layout will always be provided. If you’d like to alter anything that can be done. Once full approved, your album will be sent to be printed and bound and is usually returned about 6 weeks later.

• How much is the first payment and when is it due?
The first payment of £250, called a Retainer Fee, is due on booking. This amount will be deducted from your final package cost. Once the Retainer Fee is received, along with a completed Booking Form, your date is secured and I will turn away all other enquiries for your wedding date.

• Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Logistics:

• Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
Yes. I always use 2 camera for each assignment and each camera have dual card slots. This means every time I take a photo every image is automatically backed up to the 2nd card slot. I also always carry with me more spare cameras, lenses flashes etc. Once home, I copy all my files to 3 separate onsite locations, plus 1 on-line location. So, even if my house were to burn down your images would still be safe. Because I network with other professional photographers, if I was unable to attend your wedding then I would be able to provide an alternative photographer for you.

• Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
I have no problem with guests taking their own photographs during the day, as my main style of coverage is in a documentary manner, ie I’ll blend in the background and capture the candid off-guard moments that often go unnoticed. But if there are any formal groups required, then I request that I’m allowed to take those photos with no interruption or distractions. This way all in the group will be looking at my camera and not in various other places.

• If my event lasts longer than expected, is there an additional charge to stay?
No. My costs are not based on a set number of hours. If I’m there all day then I’ll start from the morning preparations (I usually like be at the morning prep location for at least 90 mins before leaving ahead of the bride so I can photograph the groom and his men, and any guests’ arrivals) and I’ll stay until the first dance and beyond if needed, especially if you’re having a sparkler exit or fireworks for the evening celebrations. So, how ever long that takes, I’m there for you without clock-watching.

• How far in advance do I need to book you?
You choose. But most book 12-18 months ahead of their date.

• What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
Only a few preliminary details are needed on the booking form. I’ll ask for more details about 1 month before your wedding, by asking you to fill in and submit your pre-wedding checklist.

• How do I book?
First ring or email to check I’m available for your date. If I am, complete my online booking form and submit your £250 Retainer Fee by bank transfer. I’ll then write back to fully confirm your booking. About 1-2 months before your wedding date, we’ll have a pre-wedding consultation meeting to confirm all the necessary details for your wedding. That will be an excellent time too to have your pre-wedding photo shoot.

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