FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have a simple, clean style and I believe that my images should tell the story of your day without resorting to heavy image manipulation. My aim is to get as much right in camera as possible. I want to deliver a set of stylish images that will stand the test of time. A set that will still look fantastic when showing your grandkids and with luck your great grandkids!
Below I have compiled a list of the most-asked questions for your convenience. I hope you will find these answers useful. However if there’s a question you have that isn’t answered here then do send me a message and I will reply as quickly as possible. I hope to hear from you soon.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes, absolutely! I carry full public liability and professional indemnity insurance as you would expect from any professional wedding photographer. If your venue requires proof then I would be happy to email them a copy for their records.
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR OUT OF SEASON OR WEEKDAY WEDDINGS?
Occasionally discounts are available but these are dependent on availability and the time of year. Please feel free to contact me to discuss in more detail.
WHAT IS YOUR DEPOSIT AND WHEN IS THE BALANCE DUE?
I ask for £250 deposit to secure the date due upon contract signature. The rest is due one month before the date of your wedding. I will usually contact you a month before your date anyway to catch up with your planning and remind you. I know you will be busy and my aim is to make things as easy as possible.
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use top of the range professional Sony lenses and cameras. I am totally obsessed with making sure I have multiple backup equipment to ensure your day is never affected by any technical failure and often backup for my backups! For additional paranoia, I also carry a Nikon professional DSLR in case I drop or somehow manage to break both my Sony cameras during the course of your wedding day! This lives generally in either the boot of my car or nearby in my camera bag. Ready in a moments notice.
These enable me to capture the very best images in low light situations (eg. church). Each camera has dual memory card slots to ensure even if my memory card stops working, I never have to have tell you I’ve lost some of your precious memories. I have invested heavily to ensure that even if my equipment fails, my commitment to you will not.
My equipment is second to none and I often provide technical guidance to other wedding photographers.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
My style is generally clean & modern. As such I tend not to use ‘Instagram-like’ or should I say 'filters' to my photographs. I do use the latest editing software to ensure your wedding photos will be as perfect as can be. My aim is to use classic photographic techniques rather than jump on the latest fad which will come & go. I believe a clean crisp image will look just as stunning today as it will in the years to come when you are showing your grandchildren.
CAN WE GIVE YOU A LIST OF ‘SHOTS’ OR SHOW YOU OUR PINTEREST BOARD?
As an experienced professional wedding photographer. A detailed list of photographs like ‘Photograph of the bouquet’, ‘photo of the wedding dress’ is unnecessary. Such photos will taken as a matter of course. I welcome a few ideas for inspiration but overall, I would prefer not to work from a list. Let me explain why. A list of family groups helps make sure we don’t forget anyone during a set time of the day in the hustle and bustle of your wedding. However, giving me a long checklist for the entire day will only slow me down and mean I am missing moments whilst ticking off the wedding photographs you've been told by some random blog that you NEED. In short, my goal is to capture story and emotion of YOUR wedding day. Not some cookie cutter wedding.
CAN WE SHARE OUR PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK AND WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS?
Yes, absolutely. Your wedding photographs will come with a full personal use license. This means you are free to print, email & share your photographs with friends & family. Unlike some wedding photographers, I do not demand you use watermarked images on social media. Nor do I say you cannot give the digital photographs to friends & family.
Generally the only restriction is commercial use. So ask first before selling them to Hello! magazine please!
DO YOU TAKE FORMAL FAMILY PHOTOS?
Yes. I strongly believe that it is important to take some formal family photographs. After all, it isn't often your entire family comes together and you're all nicely dressed. Some family members may have travelled a long way to watch you get married.
I will usually contact you a few weeks prior to the date of your wedding to agree a list of groups you would like. I recommend around 8-9 groups, no more than 12-13 in total, otherwise timings can be a challenge. That being said, I never forget that it is your day, not mine so I will take as many or as few as you would like subject to time constraints. Please just be aware that a very long list of groupings will result in less time for the documentary coverage and I cannot be held responsible for restless and vanishing guests.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL I RECEIVE?
It’s very difficult to give an exact number since the number of photographs taken depends on many things – the number of guests, hours of coverage, any planned events. On average I have found the number is around 400 but please know that the final number will vary depending on the day. Please ask for more details and be wary of anyone who guarantees you 2000 photos without even speaking to you about your own wedding plans.
HOW LONG WILL I BE WAITING FOR MY PHOTOS?
Usually if you have booked a package with my same day slideshow then you will see a selection of your photos during the evening reception. I will email you those overnight so by the time you wake up in the morning. You will have around 40-50 professional photographs to start sharing on social media and to relive your day through.
The final set is usually around 3 weeks however during peak periods this may be slightly longer. I will however keep you informed every step of the way.
Many other wedding photographers will typically quote a much longer timeline than that. But after getting married myself, I remember how excited and impatient I was to see my wedding photos. The idea of waiting 6-8 weeks! It would have felt like 6-8 months!
So if I am your wedding photographer you will get some the same day. The rest usually in three weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE ILL OR WORSE?
A very good question. As a well respected member of the wedding photographer community. I have reciprocal arrangements with other local Derby and Nottingham wedding photographers. In the event of illness (or other such emergency) then I would aim to substitute myself with someone of equal quality or better.
Where possible I will provide you with a few names and work so you can choose the person you like the best. But please bear in mind that in exceptional circumstances this may not be possible. So for example if there was an emergency on the way to your wedding then my priority would be to assign a photographer.
Any difference in cost will be my problem. Not yours.
This is all worst case scenario stuff which I hope is never required. I take my job very seriously. To date I have never had to call upon my fellow photographers but I have had to step in a couple of times for others.