I am always around to help, I know weddings are very daunting with a lot to take in – this is something you have never done before and you probably don’t know where to start. Let me help you by compiling a list below of questions you could ask your wedding photographer. In case you wanted to ask me the very same questions I have compiled my very own answers below.
Do you photograph weddings full time?
I went full time with weddings back in 2011. Each day is spent answering emails, editing photos and liaising with clients – a lot of care and attention goes into what I do for you this ensure your wedding day is absolutely perfect. This means I can work exclusively with every single one of my couples. If you would like to know more about my personal life have a read here.
Do you work outside of Lincolnshire?
I actually work nationally (international packages available too). Lincolnshire is just my main hub – what I’m proud to call home!
Do you work alone?
The majority of weddings I will photograph alone, but I always encourage couples book a second photographer, this is mentioned below.
Do I really need a second photographer?
Having a second photographer means you have everything covered from a different angle, what this also means – while one photographer is doing group photos, the other photographer could be taking detail photos of your tables once setup. Having the second photographer can delivers even more unique photographs for you.
Do you have insurance?
I am fully insured and policy documents are available on demand, including business documents. I have extra cover for larger more grand venues – not a lot of photographers have this so please check with them as some venues will not allow vendors to work without relevant insurance.
Do you carry backup equipment?
I always carry backup gear. On your wedding day I will bring 2 cameras and a large selection of lenses. I have backups of lighting equipment and also backup memory cards. I have everything covered to ensure nothing will ever go wrong.
In the event of bad weather do you have a backup plan?
I have many years of experience under my belt before I started doing weddings, no situation can phase me! In the event of rain I carry sandwich bags (photographer trick!) for flashes and a range of umbrellas, white and multiple colours.
Do you do specific photo requests?
I always welcome you as a client to get in touch with me and share your ideas. I will never copy an idea directly as I am extremely passionate about delivering photos that are personal to you. What I will do is take these ideas onboard and interpret it in our my way. Generally I will go over these requests a week before the wedding in the pre-wedding meet.
Why do you charge so much?
My pricing is worked out on how many hours I put into each wedding. What many people don’t see is that I dedicate almost 80 hours to your wedding and engagement shoot! A tiny portion of those hours is the actual wedding day itself. Editing and retouching is the most time consuming element to a wedding, I work exclusively with you and designate your very own edit slot in my diary – generally this takes 14 days but I’ve had weddings take a little longer.
If you have spoken to anyone who’s booked me previously or had a good look through my engagement galleries you will notice I have no time limit on how long your shoot can be. Previously some clients have been 3 hours, and some longer 10 hours. I put no pressure on restrictions to make sure the creativity and friendship between us flows. This is something I offer that is very different to many others in the industry.
Other costs encountered during the wedding are general administration and accounting costs, this section is generally covered by your initial deposit.
Can we meet you before booking?
I always insist on meeting before the wedding. As a client you should always meet before you book anything – weddings are not just about numbers and money, they are about the personal connection between me and you. I can either come to you or we can arrange somewhere to meet.
How do we book and how much are deposits?
My deposits are £400 non refundable, these costs are to cover my administration costs and to hold the date. I cannot hold any date without a deposit under any circumstances. Every package has the same deposit, I do this incase you wish to change your package before the wedding date.
When will we have to pay?
Your wedding will need to be paid in full 7 days before the wedding.
What will you be wearing on the wedding day?
I always dress like guests, making the effort to be stylish and non intrusive. Usually photographers dress in black but I choose to dress with class to reflect my brand and personality. Put simply – I have no uniform!
Are our wedding photos backed up after the wedding?
On the evening of your wedding all your photographs will be uploaded into my backup archive. This is doubled backed up in our studio and offsite. This means your photographs will be covered in case of fire, act of god, or if our computers are stolen.
How long will it take you to deliver our photos?
Peak season (May until November) it can take up to a month to deliver your photos, but in offpeak season (November until May) as quick as 14 days.
Can we print our own photos from the DVD?
I give full permission for you to print your own photographs, in the event they ask for proof of rights I can supply you with the relevant letter.
Do you do destination weddings?
I have already covered weddings in Australia, America and France, with bookings in Croatia in 2016. For destination weddings I charge my unlimited package + expenses such as flight and accommodation on top. This may sound expensive but generally you receive a package that is a week long – in this time I am yours to do as you wish. This means I will cover any excursions you have, do a couples shoot at home and while I am out there with you, I even offer family shoots with your guests, all included in the cost.
Where and when can we have our engagement photo shoot?
I want to make it all about you when it comes to the engagement sessions. Once you are ready please contact me 2 weeks before the date you wish to book (to ensure I am free), I will then schedule a meeting to discuss ideas and find out exactly what would suit you both as a couple. I am willing to travel anywhere in the UK, for locations outside of Lincolnshire a fuel charge of 50p per mile will be incurred – but if you give us a lift there is no charge!
Can we bring our pets?
I always welcome pets on engagement shoots, although I always give a little advice beforehand. While it is a great chance to get beautiful photos of you with your pet – from experience even the most well behaved pets tend to get in the way during the shoot. This isn’t a problem at all as I am animal lover/pet owner myself but I always say you need to think, is the shoot about you or your pet? Think wisely!
How long will you take to deliver the engagement photos?
I generally have the engagement photos with you within 1-2 weeks of the shoot.