Food for thought...
When it comes to such an important decision, for such an important life event, no question is a silly question You’ve probably never done this before, and that’s fine. I have. Many times. I’m going to look out for you.
It’s important for you to be informed, and feel like you know enough about booking your Wedding Photography so that you feel like it’s in good hands, and so that you feel safe and assured. You’re not just investing financially, you’re investing emotionally— placing your trust in someone to preserve everything that is meaningful about your Wedding day.
I’ve put these FAQs together to share some of the questions that I’m often asked when planning Wedding photography with my couples. There might be something useful in there for you, if not and you have other questions you can email or DM me and we can talk more. I’d love to hear from you.
How do you photograph weddings?
I love being by your side to help you before your wedding day. I'll send you a guide to help you organizing your day, the best moments for the couple photos, the different lights... and it's really exciting for me to receive photos of your dress, shoes, invits...! On your wedding day, all I want to capture is the feelings, the mood, the emotions, the calm and crazy moments and all the details that make your wedding unique.
Will we meet before our Wedding day?
Yes. It is important to me that we meet face to face at least once. Firstly ahead of you booking, we’ll likely meet for a consultation. And then typically I will meet couples at their venue(s) to have a walk through and start to plan their photography and agree what will happen and where and give us opportunity to ask any questions of the venues together and for you guys to have as much creative in put as you would like! And, on top of that, we can meet, email, chat, IM as much a you like—I’m not a lawyer, I don’t charge per letter.
Where are you based and do you travel?
I'm based in Yeovil in South Somerset, but cover the whole of the South West of the UK, and am available to travel if required. All Weddings within 50 miles of Yeovil are not subject to travel fees.
When will we get our photos?
Between 4-8 weeks for your final full delivery of your collection of images.
However, in between that you will be given a short preview in an online gallery within 48 hours of approx. 15 images, and then an extended preview within 2-3 weeks, so you’ll have plenty to see and share with friends and family almost immediately after your day.
I’ve heard of equipment failing and photographers losing images! That won’t happen will it?
No. I repeat. No! My cameras carry dual memory cards—so everything backs up immediately in case of card failure or the unlikely event of losing one. When they are full, or when I am finished, these come out of the camera and into a safe memory card wallet and remain on my person. Then, when I leave your Wedding they are immediately exported to 2 hard drives. By the end of your day, your images are safe on 4 storage devices.
I don’t like my (insert body part here) very much, can you photoshop it?
Nearly everyone has a feature that they are self conscious of. Mine are my teeth, my chin(s), and stomach, the fact I’ve got one ear bigger than the other, and the list goes on. There are plenty of ways to photograph features that people are self conscious of so that images flatter, and do not draw attention to.
So, the best thing we can do is get to know each other, tell me what you want me to be conscious of and I can shoot in a way that flatters you. I want you to look and feel great. If you book, we’ll send you a ‘Getting to know you’ questionnaire so that you we can learn this about you and plan to get you the very best photography.
What if I have to move my date due to COVID?
The Pandemic isn’t over. Freedom day is upon us (or behind us depending on when you are reading this) If your date needs to move because of the pandemic (or a new pandemic) Your date can be moved free of charge. If I am not available on your revised date I can seek an alternative photographer of similar style to shoot on the day, and continue to manage your booking and client experience. (finger’s crossed though, this one’s behind us!) This applies both if your postponement is enforced and if restrictions are imposed that mean you want to move your Wedding to a date when you can have the Wedding that you planned!
When is payment required?
Once your deposit has been paid, the remaining balance of your invoice is due 7 days before your Wedding, but can be paid flexibly any time between booking and the payment due date. Monthly? Sure. Quarterly? sure. You get a bonus from work in March, can you pay it then? Sure.
How can I pay?
We accept payments by BACS, Debit Card, or Credit Card.
How many pictures will I receive?
Depending on your Wedding collection, between 350 and 700, approximately.
Is a deposit required?
We take a deposit of 25% of your Wedding collection value. This if course is deducted from your full balance. This secures your date Wedding date. Deposits are non refundable.
Will you be the one photographing our Wedding?
What about printing?
You will receive full print rights to all of your digital images.
We do have an online print store that will be available to you source professional quality prints from our partner printing lab and we highly recommend those, but you are free to print as you please.
What about a second photographer?
For large Weddings, where there are over around 100 guests, a second photographer is a great idea to add more coverage, angles and perspectives of you day. This will be an option that we discuss during a Wedding consultation to see if it's right for you.
Do you do formal group shots? / Do I have to do formal group shots? How many can I have?
Yes, I do formal group shots at Weddings, but you don’t have to have them if you don’t want them. It’s your Wedding, no one else's. Have what you want. When it comes to how many; have as many as you like—the only thing
that you need to consider is time. There isn’t an abundance of spare time on a Wedding day, but it’s up to you how you use it. I’m happy either way. Where couples have asked for long formal group shots lists I’ve simply found 2
session in the day to do them in consultation with the couple.
During consultation and build up I’ll ask you write a list of formals for me so that we get everything that you want and don’t miss anyone.
Do I have to have an engagement shoot?
No. They are available but are not required as part of your Wedding collection. I recommend that couples consider it though as they are a great way for us to get to know each other even better and for you to get more comfortable
in front of the camera for your big day.