So, you’re getting married? Congratulations, and thanks for stopping by!
You’re likely at the point where it’s dawned on you that there is even more to planning a wedding than you’d ever imagined.
And – seeing as you are reading this – hiring a photographer is probably an important part of your planning.
Let me share with you some of what I’ve learnt from 5+ years as a wedding photographer, 8+ years shooting professionally, and why you might want to book me.
For my favourite photos, it doesn’t matter what you look like, how big or small you are, or how old you are.
It doesn’t even matter if you’re not that fond of having your picture taken.
Because the truth is the things I like to photograph – feelings, emotions, expressions and experiences – are not based on how you look.
They are based on who you are and the magic you create on your wedding day.
This is why I love shooting weddings and why I always consider it a privilege to be there.
Another reason I love photographing weddings is I love people.
I’m sometimes asked what kind of camera I have, as if that holds the key to how good my photographs will be.
But those people have got it wrong – the important ingredients for great photographs are being relaxed, silly…or serious, being creative, having fun, and being yourself.
Maybe this sounds great to you. Maybe not so much.
I think most people, including myself, feel a bit self-conscious in front of the camera, especially at first.
It is because of this that I make an effort to get to know you.
I usually meet couples before they book me to discuss their wedding details and show them my work.
I also nearly always photograph couples a week or two before their wedding on a ‘pre-wedding shoot’, usually at a beach, on a mountain, or somewhere beautiful – pretty spoilt for choice in North Wales really.
By the time it gets to your actual wedding, we’ve rehearsed, practiced, and had a laugh.
On your wedding day you’ll know me, be used to me, and – honestly – you’ll have a lot of fun.
As well as having fun, I want us to create wedding photographs that you’ll love and cherish forever – that is my ultimate goal.
- Do you have my date available?
Unfortunately, I’m often already booked for the date of people’s weddings. It is best to book early, to ensure this doesn’t happen. Once you get in touch, I make a note of your date on my calendar and won’t double book it. If I have already been booked, then I’m happy to recommend someone else.
- How long have you been in business? Do you do anything else?
I’ve been photographing weddings for over 5 years, I’ve been taking photographs professionally for over 8 years. As well as photographing weddings, I do work for Google, PR companies, and occasionally for various media outlets. Photography is how I make my living.
- How would you describe your photography style?
A fun, easy-going mix of traditional and natural/documentary.
- How would you describe your working style?
For some parts of your wedding – getting ready, service, speeches, guests having fun – I aim to be non-intrusive and photograph events as they unfold. Occasionally I may ask you to do something like stand near a window.
At other times – photographing groups, you as a couple – I will have planned where I want us to go, how I want you to stand etc. I will give you simple instructions, such as face each other, pace your hand here.
I’ve found this mix of approaches is the best way to tell the story of your wedding as it happens and get the strongest photographs.
I’m flexible to your personal preference for how much documentary compared to posing we do.
- Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
Yes, look around this site.
- What type of equipment do you use?
I use canon cameras, off camera flash, umbrellas etc. As I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t think the type of camera is that important.
- Do you shoot in color and black & white?
Digital cameras shoot in what’s called RAW format. This allows colour styling and conversions to black and white in the post-processing.
- Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
On our initial meet up, I will ask you what group shots and other specific photos you want. I try and avoid very long lists of photos, because they can be tedious, time consuming and stifle creativity.
- What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
Your contact details, an itinerary of your wedding day, names of close family, best man and bridesmaids, input into the style you like, and even links to specific photos you like on a site such as Pinterest.
- Can you recommend venue, florist, dj etc?
Putting together a list of people I’ve worked with is on my ‘to do’ list, but in the meantime please free to ask me.
- May I have a list of references?
- Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding?
Yes, I usually work by myself. Sometimes I may have an assistant.
- Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
Yes, I have more than one camera, and of everything else. I have a network of photographers to call upon if I can’t make your wedding for any reason.
- If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
I will travel anywhere, and have shot all over the UK. Travel fee depends on where you are.
- How will you (and your assistants) be dressed?
I wear a shirt and black trousers, with pockets. I used to wear suit trousers, but these have split on me a couple of times, so mine are now smart but a bit more durable.
- Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
Other people will usually not be allowed to take photos during your service, and I don’t really like people taking photos over my shoulder when I take you for a walk around the venue to my pre-planned places. Other than that, it is fine.
- Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?
I’ve been to a lot of venues, but if I’ve not been to yours I will check it out before your wedding day.
- What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?
A half-day is roughly 4 hours, all day is roughly 10 hours with breaks.
- What packages do you offer?
Please check out the packages page. All packages come with your photos on CD and online, with 3 10×8″ prints, and a slideshow to music of your choice.
- Can I customize a package based on my needs?
- How many photos do you take?
This depends on how many people are at your wedding and how long I’m there for. It ranges from 400-900.
I separate your photos in to two folders, one with all of them and another with about 100 photos that I’ve picked out and edited more extensively.
- Do you include engagement photos in your packages?
Yes, in the blurb at the top of this page I describe why I think these are important.
- Can I print my own photos?
You can print your photos yourself, or I offer a range of print, framing, book and album products.
- What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
I work with a company called GFSmith. They have a range of album types, with different sizes, covers etc. The standard album I use is 12×12″ and 40 pages, which fits appox 70 photos.
- Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
Yes, I spend about 4 days editing your wedding photos, I spend quite a bit of time in photoshop.
- How long after the wedding will I get my photos?
Within 2-4 weeks.
- What is the ordering process?
You can order prints through this website (*coming soon). For albums, books, and framed prints I will send you an old fashioned order form.
Contracts and Policies
- When will I receive a written contract?
After meeting you and you’ve agreed to book me, I write up a contract and a photography itinerary for your wedding day that I’ll send within about a week.
- How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
I require 20% deposit and the full amount to be paid before the date of your wedding. You can pay me in instalments if your really want, but I prefer not to do it like this.
- What is your refund/cancellation policy?
If you cancel your wedding, you don’t get your deposit back, but you do get anything else you’ve paid me.
- Do you have liability insurance?