Frequently asked questions.
Are you insured?
I have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance plus Employer liability insurance for any second photographer I use unless they have their own insurance. I don't insist on it but I highly recommend that the client takes out their own wedding insurance as it can come back to bite you. As you can see below, I have shot a wedding with just 20 minutes notice as the original photographer simply failed to turn up. Fortunately, the couple had wedding insurance and were able to claim back their original fee.
How do you photograph weddings?
I prefer to take a more documentary approach, telling the story of your day as it unfolds but if formal is your thing, then I can accommodate your requirements. I can even mix it up if you prefer, with documentary, formal and candid all included. I'll usually take you both to one side for the "couple"/"individual" portraits for about 20 minutes to allow you more time with your guests. I will try wherever possible to accommodate guests requests for portrait shots.
Do you require food?
While I'm with you for up to 12 hours, I will bring my own food with me but if food is offered, I will never refuse, I just don't expect it.
How long before our wedding should we book your services?
Ideally, you should book as soon as possible to ensure I'm free on your chosen date. Having said that, I have done a wedding with 20 minutes notice as the original photographer just failed to turn up.
Do you have a backup plan?
I always have a plan X, everyone needs a plan X. Plan X is planning for the unexpected such as pouring rain when the forecast was for wall to wall sunshine so we'll need somewhere indoors if necessesary. Although I have been known to stand in the pouring rain, brolly in one hand and camera in the other with the guests on the hotel veranda and I nailed the group shot.
Do you carry backup equipment?
On the day, I'll have two cameras over my shoulders, one with a zoom lens so I can get low sweeping shots of the venue and the larger group shots. My second camera will have a prime lens, i.e., fixed focal length, ideal for individual portraits with a dreamy background that makes you pop out. I'll have three other cameras and a couple of zoom lenses plus a fisheye lens in my bag as a backup. If all else failed, I could shoot an entire wedding with just two of those cameras and zooms. Zooms are also perfect for isolating detail and for getting close to the action so to speak without getting in your face. The fisheye lens could add some quirky images to your gallery. I'll also have numerous batteries, memory cards and a flashgun should the need arise but I also have a light panel for softer lighting. The longr zoom lens will come into its own should I be stuck at the back of the venue as I have been in the past. Equipment can and will fail, I've had personal experience of this so you only get one chance to get it right, like life itself, there is no rewind button. See the image below as to why you shouldn't ask a friend or friend of a friend who just happens to own a camera to photograph your special day. If you choose to have two photographers, then there will be up to 7 cameras on the day so we've really got it covered.
How many images will we get and can we share them?
I never put a limit on the number of images I take during my time with you but some of the images I take might not make the final cut - people move, have their eyes closed etc. You will get a separate file of images suitable for sharing on social media etc., these will contain a small watermark. You are also free to print the main images as many times as you like.
How long before we get our usb?
I aim to have your images with you within 3-4 weeks after the wedding. This is to allow time to edit them and I may have 3 or 4 other weddings to edit as well. The earliest one will always take priority but I usually try and "drip feed" a few teaser images along the way. Please allow a further 5-6 weeks for any album orders once you've chosen your images, this allows for them to be checked before going to print as once ordered, they can only be changed at further cost to you.
How long do you keep my images for?
I keep a copy of your images on three separate hard drives for up to 7 years after your wedding. After this period, they will automatically be deleted so I strongly advise you to back up your images to a separate hard drive as I can't accept any responsibilty for loss of data on your part.
If you have any other questions or requests, please don't hesitate to get in touch.