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How many photographs will you actually take?.
I will take approximately 1000 photographs during the 12 hours. Could be a few more; could be a few less. I don’t tend to just keep the shutter pressed down and hope for the best. You will receive a minimum of 450 of your fully edited and retouched wedding photographs that tell the story your wedding day.
How long will you take photographs for?
Most weddings tend to be between 12 and 14 hours. We can sort out the exact timings when we meet to discuss your wedding in more detail. I’m not going to rush off by the way and I’m not going to rush you. I’ll stay until we have everything you want.
Can you give us some help in planning?
As you can imagine I have a lot of experience at weddings and would be more than happy to help you plan your perfect day and suggest various trusted suppliers I work with regularly. I don’t charge more than a box of Jaffa Cakes for this help, so it’s a quite low cost.
What equipment do you use?
I use professional Fuji cameras – Fuji XT2’s. They are equipped with battery grips giving me extra long shooting before needing to replace batteries. Along with that, I have a variety of professional level lenses as well as extensive lighting equipment to allow me to photograph your wedding regardless of the weather conditions (that is if you don’t mind the weather conditions!)
Do you work by yourself?.
I prefer to work by myself, although I may sometimes bring along an assistant or someone that I’m coaching & mentoring to see how a wedding works in real life. They will have a camera and will be shooting – but I’ll be doing all the important shots.
Are you insured?
Yes, professional and public liability insurance. Don’t book a supplier without insurance. Please ask if you wish confirmation of my insurance.
By the way – you should also get insurance for your wedding!
What do you mean by "retouched"?
An ‘edited’ photograph is one that has been colour corrected, exposure corrected and possibly cropped to a more pleasing angle.
A ‘retouched’ wedding photograph is one that has had some extra special treatment applied such as skin smoothing, eye whitening, sky adjustments etc. All of my wedding photographs are fully retouched by hand by me.
Do you remove tattoos?
Not for the online gallery. I will remove them (if they are pretty easy to remove) for the album photographs once you have finalised the album design and layout. Yes, I understand the photographs are “yours” (although technically the copyright belongs to me and you get a licence to print them) in return the tattoos and piercings are also yours. I realise that may sound harsh/tough/snotty / stuck up etc. I factor into my wedding prices everything very carefully and that sadly doesn’t include the extra time to remove tattoos or piercings etc.
I will remove all the tattoos for an extra fee – I charge £125 per hour for Photoshop retouching which will be around 10 images depending on the editing required.
Will you Photoshop me ‘thinner’ / ‘fatter’ / ‘taller’ / ‘bigger’ etc etc
Nope. You are what you are. If you have just had a baby I would remove a few lbs here and there to put you back to your normal size and shape. If you have a shaving rash I’ll do what I can. If you get cold sores or stress spots I’ll remove those. I also won’t remove tattoos or edit out piercings unless by prior written consent or by payment to retouch the photographs.
Who makes your wedding albums?
What is your booking fee?
I have two booking fees.
- £275 for weddings taking place at St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
- £300 for weddings at all other wedding venues.
The booking fee is payable within 5 days of you saying you would like to book me. I reserve the spot in diary. After that 5 day period, I reserve the right to offer the date to other interested couples.
Do we really get a discount if we buy you Jaffa Cakes?
Yes. 10% discount. I love Jaffa Cakes. (I don’t share my Jaffa Cakes though – so make sure to let your wedding guests know!)
When do we need to pay the balance
The balance of your wedding photography has to be paid within 4 weeks of your wedding date. I will send out an invoice around the 8-week point and remind you at the six-week point and then again at the four-week point.
If you choose you can pay by instalments or deferred payments.
Can we pay by installments?
Of course. Once the booking fee has been paid I split the balance into 6 equal parts and invoice you on an agreed schedule. The last payment can be scheduled for 6 weeks after your wedding.
What happens if I have trouble paying?
We all have some time in our lives when the finances don’t work the way we want. Just get in touch and we can work something out. If you don’t talk to me and don’t answer calls / texts / emails / FB messages etc I won’t photograph your wedding.
You really won’t turn up?
Yes. This is my full-time job. Pays the mortgage. Pays the water, gas, electricity, mobile phone and more importantly pays the tax man. etc.
How can we pay?
I accept Cheques, Cash in brown envelopes handed over at midnight in dodgy carparks (you WILL get a receipt), PayPal and Bank Transfer or Credit/Debit cards.
Whats your average wedding package price?
The lowest price is £1100 and the highest is £1995. Those are the set prices. if you want something different we can chat further. The average price my couples paid in 2017 was £1249, including a wedding album. Most people upgrade the size of the album.
What makes you different?
I’m not a shrinking violet for a start. I like to enjoy my day and help out wherever I can.
I’m the bridesmaid you didn’t know you had. I’m the hairspray carrier. the makeup carrier. The deodorant carrier. The sewing kit guy. The hairgrip carrier. the crochet hook supplier. The blister kit and paracetamol guy. In short, if you need it I’ve usually got it.
I’m not one of these “ninja” photographers who you never see or hear and who have trouble organising any group larger than 3 people. I’m right there, helping you get the family and group photographs you want.
I use the latest in kit to give me the ability to turn a great looking wedding venue into a world-class wedding venue. To turn the blandest of a landscape into a work of art. And to flirt outrageously with the pair of you to get real laughter and sparkle in your eyes.
What happens if you are ill?
There is only one way I wouldn’t photograph your wedding – and that is if I am dead. I do have a selection of photographer friends with similar styles (not as good looking as me, obviously…) who would be able to take over.
Can we put some of our pictures in the wedding album?
Yeah, of course, you can. It’s your wedding album. Bear in mind though that my camera kit is pretty darn good. Much better than your mobile phone. So whilst you can put your own photographs in the album the quality may not be the same. I can’t be held responsible for that.
We are having loads of kids at our wedding. Is that a problem?
Na. I’ve got masking tape and plastic cuffs for them! Joking aside bring them along. I don’t share Jaffa Cakes, by the way, so if the kids and I may end up fighting over them if they see a box peeking out of my bag. I’ll apologise now for the noise and interruptions to the wedding.
We are thinking of having an "unplugged" wedding. Can you help?
yes. I have four A2 blackboard signs you can use to inform and educate your guests not to take photographs but to enjoy the day.
What can I do with my wedding photographs?
Whatever you want. You get a license to use them for personal use. What that means is you can’t sell them – ‘cos that would be…strange…!
Do you really keep unicorns in your camera bag?
No! That would be really weird. Unicorns should be free to roam as they wish! #freetheunicorns
What’s the biggest and smallest weddings you have photographed?
Biggest – 250+ people.
Smallest – 4 including the couple and one witness. I stood in for the other witness.
Where is the furthest you have been for a wedding?
Easy – Singapore.
I’m camera shy - what can you do to help?
All my collections include a pre-wedding photography session. Sometimes more if you need some extra help getting used to the cameras. If I can make your day special and less stressful I will.
I’m not comfortable with my body shape - do you photoshop me?
No. But what I do do is make sure I pose you, coach you in looking your best. Simple things you can do to help give you the confidence to look 100% all the time. A simple pose, for instance, can take 10lbs off your figure easily. A change in angle can make you look much better.
Do we need to feed you during the day?
Yes please. 12 hours is a long time to be working. Nothing fancy – sarnie & crisps & soft drink. If there is a spare meal going I can eat that, but I’ve had pack lunches brought in cute little cool boxes before and they were great! Just don’t forget the Jaffa Cakes.
We’d like to get you a thank you gift. What do you like?
How far do you travel for weddings?
I have a passport and spent my life travelling around the world. Where are we going? (Don’t forget to pack the Jaffa Cakes – some places in the world have still not discovered them.)
Let’s talk backups. How do you keep lour images safe?
Oh, this may be a long one.
Ok, so on the wedding day itself I shoot with 2 cameras. Each camera has two memory cards and each memory card will hold a copy of the photograph.
Whenever I can during the day I will back up those memory cards onto my laptop and from my laptop to a portable hard drive.
When I get home, at whatever time, I backup the laptop via Apple Time Machine and the portable hard drive to my 8Tb NAS server with RAID5.
After editing & retouching, I upload the finished wedding photographs to an online gallery and send you the links.
The portable hard drive copy is only deleted once I’ve finished editing & retouching your wedding.
On the 8Tb NAS, I store my wedding in year order. RAW files, JPG files and Adobe Lightroom gallery for each wedding.
Each year will then get copied to two separate hard drives. One copy is stored in my garage and the other copy in a neighbours garage.
What do you like to do in your tine off?
I’m self-employed. What time off?
Ok – I like to hill walk, spend time chilling reading historical novels and eating Jaffa Cakes.
Got any reviews?
Have a look at these reviews on Google
Do you photograph groups?
Heck yeah. Weddings are the prime time for people to get dressed up and make an effort to travel miles for free food! I love group shots – I don’t really mind how many either. I’m there with you for hours on the day so we don’t have to do them all at once. A good tip is to get parents involved in the group shot selection. Keeps them involved but at arms length… if you get me ;-)
Have you photographed at out venue?
Possibly. I’ve been around a bit. If I haven’t then that is where the pre-wedding shoot comes in, and if we can’t manage that together I do a walk around of every venue before your wedding.
How many weddings have you photographed?
I’ve been doing this 11 years full time, and in that time around 450-500 weddings. Some years I worked my little ass off. Others not so much. Nowadays I stick to around 35 a year.
I’ve been a photographer for 25 years and I’d guess that over the full time of that career I’ve potentially done around 750-800 weddings.