How do you photograph weddings?
I prefer to take a documentary, less formal approach to weddings and try and be as unobtrusive as possible. However, if formal is your thing, then I equally happy with that.
I'm one of the growing numbers of wedding photographers using mirrorless cameras and my cameras of choice are Panasonic G9, GG81 and GX80 basically because of their smaller sizes and outstanding image quality. The G9 is equipped with two card slots and will usually be my main camera throughout the ceremony.
Throughout the day, I'll have two cameras with me, each with a prime lens (fixed focal length but I can still zoom, just with my feet!) Primes are known to be sharper than their zoom counterparts and are perfect in low light without the need for flash.
I will have a third camera as back up and this will have a wider prime lens on for those wider group shots and low sweeping shots of the venue. Should I be stuck at the back of the venue as I often have been, my longer prime will be perfect. This will also be ideal for close up and capturing those candid moments that just happen as the day unfolds.
Please be aware that my movements may be restricted by the officiant or I may even be barred from taking photographs at all during the ceremony - this has happened to me in the past as well. Please check with your Celebrant beforehand.
Where are you based and do you travel?
I'm based in Rhos on Sea, in beautiful North Wales - God's Country. I don't charge any extra for weddings in North Wales. Outside that area or mainland UK, travel and where appropriate, accommodation charges will also apply.
When will we get our photos?
You will receive a link to your password protected online gallery within 3 -4 weeks of your wedding. Depending on the time of year and how busy I am with other photography events, this may be sooner. You may however, get a few teaser images as I progress through the editing process. As a lot of people use tablets or phones to view their images, I no longer provide images on a USB but you can purchase one as an optional extra if you wish. Weddings prior to yours will always take priority in the editing process.
How many photographs will we receive?
I don't put a limit on the number of images I take during my time with you and I have been known to deliver over 1,000 images to some couples - especially when I have a second photographer with me. Obviously, some of the images I take might not make the final cut and you will only get edited Jpegs. You'll never get the RAW files so please don't ask.
Although I retain copyright of the images, you will get unlimited licence to use the images for printing or sharing etc., but for personal use only.
Are you insured?
I'm fully insured with Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance. I also have Employer Liability insurance for any second photographer I use, unless they have their own insurance. I always recommend that the couple take out their own wedding insurance but don't insist on it. If your photographer isn't insured, it just might come back and bite you!
Do you have a backup plan?
In the unlikely event that I can't get to you, I will arrange for another photographer to cover your wedding at no extra cost. I've been photographing weddings since 1988 and have never had to call on another photographer. If all else fails, you will get a full refund. I always have a plan X, everyone should have a plan X! Plan X is planning for the unexpected such as a sudden downpour when the forecast has been for wall to wall sunshine.
I have been known to stand in a car park in the pouring rain, brolly in one hand, camera in the other for the main group shot. They were standing in the dry on the hotel veranda and I nailed the shot.
Having backup equipment is also essential to me as equipment can and has failed on me in the past, without backup, the couples day would've been ruined. This is something to consider when asking a friend or friend of a friend who just happens to own a camera to photograph your special day - you only get one chance to get it right. Like life itself, there is no rewind button.
How far in advance do I need to book your services?
Ideally, you need to book my services as far in advance as possible. This is to make sure that I'm free on your chosen day.
However, I have done a wedding with 20 minutes notice as the original photographer simply failed to turn up for no apparent reason - this is why you need a plan X and to have wedding insurance.
What payment method do you accept?
My preferred method of payment is BACS transfer. I will accept cheques and PayPal payments but subject to prior arrangement and conditions - please ask for more information.
Do you have a question?
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me using the contact form on the Weddings page or simply phone me on 07912 326021. If you don't get an answer, leave a message and I'll get back to you.