Wedding Photography FAQ's
Why should we choose you?
Is perhaps the first and most important question to ask of any wedding photographer…
Weddings are one of the most beautiful occasions in a couples’ life. I always feel it is an amazing privilege when a couple planning to marry choose me to photograph this very special day in their lives.
So, -simply put; choosing me means that I put every ounce of energy, expertise, creativity and experience into every photograph I take. I always go the extra mile to get that one extra shot and, above all else, I enjoy the exhilarating feeling when my couples view their photographs and all their emotions, feelings and excitement are instantly relived!
Though I have photographed hundreds of weddings over many years, I will photograph yours like no other. I will put every ounce of passion and thought into what I create for you. I work unobtrusively so that you will barely notice me except when necessary – after all, it is your day, not a photo shoot. You wedding day ought to be yours to enjoy and feel at ease. More than anything, my aim is to make your wedding photography experience fun, fresh and as relaxed as possible.
Are you fully Insured and CRB checked?
For your added peace of mind, I am fully insured both for Professional Indemnity and Public Liability and also possess a current Enhanced Home Office issued Criminal Records Bureau Certificate ( which you are welcome to see a copy of if you wish) which certifies and enables me to work with children and vulnerable adults.
Do you photograph Same Sex Weddings & Civil Partnerships?
Absolutely! We welcome and photograph couples from all communities with complete respect and empathy. You will find examples of my work in my gallery page featuring couples from the LGBT and BAME communities.
Do you offer bespoke packages?
Yes I do. I offer a selection of carefully put together packages (see link below) which over the years I have learned fits most of my couples’ requirements. Of course – every couple is different and my packages are effectively guidelines which can be individually tailored to your precise requirements and budget. You can easily upgrade my small and medium packages, -for example extending two hours to three hours. Two photographers rather than just one. Video too as well as a full range of beautiful Wedding Books, Albums, Bragging and Parents Books and lots more besides.
How far will you travel to photograph a wedding?
Though I am based in Berkshire, I am happy to travel wherever a couple plan to marry. I have in the past flown to France and travelled widely throughout the UK to photograph weddings. Travel expenses are normally included for commissions within 1 hours travelling time from my base near Reading. Beyond that, any relevant travel costs will be added. However, they will be kept to a minimum in order to keep your costs down. Of course, any expenses would be discussed and agreed with you beforehand.
Do you offer 2nd Photographers and Video for Weddings?
Indeed I do! Having a 2nd photographer in attendance makes a great addition to the range of photographs you will receive. Most importantly, they allow me to work much more quickly and efficiently which means that you will spend less time being photographed and more time where you should be – with your guests enjoying your wedding!
The best part is that 2 photographers working together means that we can capture all those special candid and fun moments – moments often completely missed by the couple who are busy being the centre of everyone’s attention. The extra cost involved is modest but the return provided by those additional unmissable photographs makes it money extremely well spent.
I am very fortunate indeed to have a very talented team of 2nd photographers who I can trust completely to do a great job. Please ask me more about them if having a 2nd photographer is something you would like to consider for your wedding. For video, I also have a small team of very talented professionals on hand who can provide you with great video memories of your wedding. Again, just ask for prices and availability.
How Far in Advance Do We Need to Book You?
In a nutshell, as soon as you are sure you would love to have us photograph your wedding! I do get booked anything up to 18 months in advance so the sooner the better. It is also worth bearing in mind that I have a small team of very talented, individually selected photographers who can work in place of me. Second Photographers? Sure. We can add that to your package… Videographers too if that is something you are interested in. Just ask.
How will we receive our photographs and how soon can we expect to see them?
You have several options due to the huge selection of products and technical services that digital photography makes possible. Once I have securely uploaded your wedding photographs to my storage systems, it usually takes around 21 days until you will be able to view your finished photographs. A great deal of time and work goes in to editing and then individually hand finishing each and every photograph to perfection.
Once my post production work has been completed, I will email you a link to your very own password protected web gallery, where you’ll see your entire album in print quality resolution. You can also safely and securely share your photographs with family and friends. Only the people you supply your password to will be able to view your photographs.
Your online web gallery acts as your own personal photo lab where you and your family / friends can order from a wide range of products directly and safely. Your package also includes a personalised USB stick wrapped in a Gift Box. I supply a beautiful selection of Diamante USB’s which you can choose from. To view what you can choose from please follow this link DIAMANTE USB, Print & Gift Boxes.
Can we choose traditional Wedding Albums?
Yes – most definitely! I offer traditional wedding albums as well as USB gift packages, Parents Books and Bragging Books
In fact I am very proud to say that I am a preferred UK supplier of Queensberry Wedding Albums (one of the finest album makers in the World) who create a stunning range of beautiful individually designed and hand printed albums at very affordable prices and also
GraphiStudio Albums of Italy who are world renowned for creating beautiful printed coffee table books. I individually design each album myself which are then sent to be made at prices you would be very pleasantly surprised by.
For more information on Queensberry, go to www.queensberry.com & for Graphistudio www.graphistudio.com
What's the point of Wedding Albums when photographs can be presented Digitally?
Living in the digital age, couples wonder about both the necessity and the cost of a wedding album. My reply is that unlike digital technology, a physically printed album is future proofed. It can never change or become unusable due to the rapid change in technology. A wedding album is a cherished way to relive your wedding day. It becomes a family heirloom to be passed down to your children with both pleasure and pride. Wedding Albums don’t have to be purchased with your photography package and can always be purchased in the future.
We are really interested... What do we need to do next?
The next step is to call me on 07917717567 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up a time to meet. I find that it works best to meet informally somewhere convenient over a coffee or two. Meeting each other in person helps me to really understand what you want from your wedding photography and for you to see some more recent examples of the style and quality my work and to find out for yourselves if I am the right wedding photographer for you.
Then, if you would like to hire me, the next step is to produce and agree a package and a price for you.
I will then create a Booking Agreement Form which is a printed statement of the services and products you are purchasing from me and the price that we have agreed upon. We will both have copies of the Agreement for our records. This is very important, as often, a couple will book me to photograph their wedding up to 2 years in advance. In the hustle and bustle of organising a wedding day, it’s easy to forget what precisely you had booked which avoids confusion or errors later.
The Booking Agreement Fee is usually 20% of the total cost when you book my services with the balance of 80% due 30 days before your wedding day. I am happy to receive payment in full before hand, or staged payments if preferred. Your photographs will remain watermarked until payment in full has been made.