Here are the most frequently asked questions I receive as a wedding and engagement photographer. I hope this will help clear your head a little during your planning process!
Where are you willing to travel to, and what does mileage cost?
This wedding photographer loves to travel, and will cover all of the UK.
I live in London, and travel within the M25 radius is included in the set prices.
If the journey is beyond this, I charge 0.45p per mile, from my front door to the location.
I do not drive tired and photographing from morning until night uses up the brain juice! So if it’s quite far, I may require reasonably priced accommodation the for the night before and night of the shoot. I would book this as you’ll already have enough on your plate.
My passport is ready and waiting, and am open to international liaisons!
Do we feed you?
Yes please! I appreciate this massively as photographing on my feet for long hours is hungry work. The more energised I am, the better my focus and the outcomes! If this isn’t in your budget I understand, but I will require a food break like any other person at work should.
Do we get every photo in both colour and black and white?
No, this is to keep the editing time down so I can get your album delivered to you swiftly within the 4-6 week deadline. On average the ratio is about 70% colour and 30% black and white. If there’s a few pictures you just wish you had in the opposite style, you’re welcome to drop me a line and make a request.
Why can’t we add filters over or modify our pictures?
It is in my contract that you must not alter the delivered images in anyway, i.e brightening, cropping, adding contrast, adding filters on socials or phone editing apps, so please do not get tempted to do it yourselves. Why’s this? For example; you wouldn’t purchase art from a gallery and then draw over all over the artists work after they’ve spent years crafting a style and skill that you loved so much and decided to buy into. If a friend comes by your house and see’s this artwork and also wants to buy one, they might expect the modified style they see in front of them instead of what the artist actually does, and if it’s drawn over badly without a professional eye, it is detrimental to the artists reputation!
How long do you stay on the wedding day?
It depends on your package. I recommend from ‘getting ready shots’ through to first dance for the best narrative. Every wedding is unique, so it may be you need something slightly different and not. All you have to do is ask when enquiring with anything specific you may need.
What if the wedding runs over schedule?
Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can lead to things running a little over time. A wee bit over is normal, but for considerable extra hours £150 per hour will be charged.
Do you do half days and if so how much?
The only time I offer half days at a lesser price to the full package (£1250) are for local weddings in the city of London and is a price of £1050. Read the details of my packages here.
Why is it not a half day not half price?
This is because in the height of wedding seasons there would be huge loss of earnings by saving dates for the half days. I will be bringing the same skills and acquired knowledge to the table, the very same expensive equipment and all that jazz. The running costs stay the same for me and I want to keep delivering the same quality of service to you!
How long until we can see the wedding photos?!
I’ll email you a sneak peek of a few images to tide you over within the first week. Then I ask for 4-6 weeks to send you your online album of finished images. If say I became incredibly ill or there’s unforeseen tragedy, then under that sort of circumstance could be longer.
Can we have the originals / RAWS?
No. It’s industry standard that wedding photographers never provide the originals / RAWS. I will never hold any amazing images from you! I pick the best ones, I cull the blinkers and stinkers. You have chosen me as your photographer because you love my style and trust in my trained eye.
Can family see / buy the pictures?
The final edited pictures are presented in a beautiful online album which is password protected. You will receive that and be able to share with them. There are guided instructions so if your elders aren’t too tech savvy it should still be easy enough for them without breaking the internet!
Do I have to pose?
Course not. I will always give you direction on the day, but if you’re ever feeling uncomfortable just say, or tell me in the consultation you’re not a fan of posing. Often in couples shoots I will pick the spot and just ask you to talk amongst yourselves, the most natural and relaxed shots can happen this way.
My degree in fashion photography was attained at the London College of Fashion so allow me to try and softly teach you a few angles that work for you. I prefer to shoot from far away with a zoom lens like a ninja in the night, so at weddings you might not even know I’m there. I can’t recommend just giving it a go though, because you might just love the photos and treasure them. Sometimes, it’s like trying on a dress you usually wouldn’t go for and surprisingly end up loving it.
Will we meet you before the wedding?
Not always! It depends how close we live together. If you’re London dwellers like me then definitely if that is what your prefer! If you are further afield, it’ll be via Skype or phone call.
When are payments due?
The deposit is to be paid 2 days after consultation, and the remaining balance up to 7 days before the main shoot date.
How do we book?!
Drop me a line and we can go from there! My email is email@example.com