Frequently Asked Questions from South Wales Wedding Photographers

Frequently Asked Questions from South Wales Wedding Photographers

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?.

12 hours unless you wish to pay a little bit more! We can sort out the exact timings when we meet to discuss your wedding in more detail. 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.

What equipment do you use?.

I use professional Canon equipment. Canon 5D Mark 3’s. 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?.

Currently yes. I am however looking for a reliable assistant to help me with lighting equipment etc. (They must be able to drive and the pay is minimum wage plus meals/drinks and mileage on the day.)

Are you insured?.

Yes, professional and public liability insurance. Don’t book a supplier without insurance.

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. See below for exceptions.

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 £65 per hour for Photoshop retouching.

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?.

I use two companies, one based in Northern Italy and one based in Poland.  You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in quality of the albums – they use the same print technology including a High Definitiion printer by Canon – The Dream Labo

What is your booking fee?

My booking fee is £250 and is payable within 5 days of you saying you would like to book me.  After that 5 day period, I reserve the right to offer the date to other interested couples.

When do I have 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.  Failure to pay the balance at the four-week point will result in a breach of contract by yourselves and I won’t turn up for 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 I won’t turn up.

You really won’t turn up?

No.  I’m a full-time professional photographer.  This pays my mortgage.  I won’t work for free or on credit.

Can I pay by instalments?  

Yes – just drop me a note and I’ll send an invoice over to you for the amount you want to pay.

How do I pay?

I accept Cheques, Cash (you WILL get a receipt), PayPal and Bank Transfer.

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