Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!)
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How do you approach a wedding day?

I love two things above all when photographing weddings – real, unposed, moments, and creating beautiful portraits. I work as hard as I can to provide you with both of these. I try to capture you and your family and friends exactly as they are, as opposed to me frequently asking you to pose and do things. I like to work in a way that makes you feel completely at ease in order for me to capture real, honest moments. Hopefully, you will almost forget that I am there, which in my opinion brings the best results. I find that the more relaxed you are, the more natural your photographs will be, which in my opinion produces better results.

Where are you based and do you travel?

When and how will we get access to our wedding photographs?

You will receive an online gallery link with all your wedding photographs within a maximum of 6 weeks (sometimes less depending on the season) From the gallery you can share them, choose your favorites, and also order prints!

Do you capture group family photographs on a wedding day?

The simple answer to this is a big yes! Admittedly I may not show many examples in my portfolio, but I believe the group family formals are very important to capture. They are an essential part of capturing the memories of a wedding day. They allow you, the couple to document the people who were present on their special day, from family members to friends, that can be treasured for years to come.

How long do group photographs usually take?

The timeframe for this depends on the length of your list. If you estimate that each group will take 3 minutes to assemble, multiplying that by the number of groups in your list will provide a useful estimate to work with.

How many photographs will we receive?

For 12 hours of coverage, you will receive 700+ fully edited images. I always choose quality rather than quantity and I will choose the best and most significant photos to tell your story. When it comes to editing, there is no batch editing, meaning that every single image you receive has been individually edited, giving them all their own personal touch. Every image you receive will be edited in colour, and a large selection of photographs will also be edited in B&W.

Can we extend the hours of wedding photography coverage on the day?

Of course! If you require me for additional hours I charge £120 per hour. This can be a last-minute decision too, I never say no to staying longer at a wedding, as they’re just so much fun to capture!

Will you be the primary photographer at our wedding?

Yes, it will always be me.

What type of equipment do you use, and do you have back up equipment?

Currently, I utilize the Sony mirrorless series along with Sony lenses. Throughout the day, I carry two cameras and lenses at all times, with an additional backup camera and extra lenses stored in my bag for contingency.

Do we have to buy prints through you?

The simple answer to that is no! Although I do offer a range of prints and products in all ranges of sizes, it’s entirely up to you who you purchase these through. I can promise you this though, that the prints and products I offer, are of very high quality, and it’s a breeze purchasing prints through my online store!

Do you offer destination wedding photography?

I have been incredibly lucky to have captured a number of destination weddings. I have had the pleasure of capturing a wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and also Paphos, Cyprus. If you are getting married abroad and were interested in my services, then please let me know. I offer a completely different pricing structure, and I think you will be surprised at the price!

What is your wedding booking process and payment schedule?

I like to keep this process as simple as possible, so we are always on the same page. During the booking process, I will give you access to your own online booking portal, where you can pick and choose the right package for you, make payments, sign a contract, etc. Once you wish to go ahead with the booking all I ask for is an initial 20% deposit to secure the booking. Then I ask for the rest of the payment to be covered 7 days before your wedding day. I will never rush you for payments, and that’s a promise!

Can we see examples of your previous work?

Do you have a backup plan incase of illness or emergency?

Indeed, I consider myself fortunate to have a fantastic network of photography friends conveniently gathered in a Facebook group. If a crisis arises, everyone is alerted, and we collaborate to find solutions. While contemplating emergencies is not ideal, being prepared is essential. In case something unexpected happens to me, rest assured that you will never be without a photographer for your special day.

Can we customise our wedding package?

Should you be tying the knot on golden sands, looking at a city-based big day or you’re planning an intimate wedding celebration, I can work with you to build a tailor-made package that perfectly suits your needs.

Do you offer wedding videography services?

Do you offer wedding videography services?

Do you have experience working at our wedding venue?

With ten years of experience in wedding photography, it’s highly likely that I’ve encountered either a similar scenario or something quite comparable.

Considering the impact of factors like the time of year, weather, and season on lighting, familiarity with the venue doesn’t hold significant photographic value since on-the-spot decisions are often necessary. Nevertheless, there is logistical value in knowing the venue. It allows us to strategically plan when and where to capture group photographs, ensuring an efficient use of time on your special day.

If it’s a venue I haven’t visited before, I make a point of arriving a few hours in advance to explore and acquaint myself with the layout.

What is the average cost of a wedding photographer UK?

Upon conversing with numerous wedding photographers, the average photography expenditure exhibited variations from one company to another. Some reported average spends of £1,100, £200 below the national average, whereas others indicated an average photography price of £2,000.

The cost of hiring a wedding photographer hinges on several factors, including the hours booked, location, time of year, and more. The key is to comprehend the significance of wedding photography and determine its importance to you and your partner.

Wedding photographers bill not just for their presence on the actual day but also for the hours dedicated to research, editing, meetings with you, and often, the greater the investment, the more you receive—be it extended coverage, more edited photos, a seasoned photographer, or an additional shooter.

We typically advise allocating a minimum of 10% of your wedding budget for photography, with the possibility of increasing the allocation if you have specific preferences for pictures and videos. Considering the average UK wedding cost of £18,400, this translates to around £1,840.

Why do Wedding photos take so long?

It is assumed that the primary work of wedding photographers occurs during the event itself, but in reality, that’s just the beginning. After capturing the moments on camera, these professionals dedicate a significant amount of time to perfecting their craft during the post-production process.

Given that your photographer captures thousands of photos on the big day (even more if your celebration spans a weekend), a substantial portion of their time is spent sifting through the images and selecting the best ones.

Subsequently, photographers engage in multiple rounds of edits for each image. This involves adjustments for colour, sharpness, contrast, exposure, lighting, and white balance, along with straightening and cropping. Photographers also retouch photos to address distractions, such as unwanted signs in the background or stray hairs on the bride’s face, and may convert some final selections to black and white.

Ultimately, these experts organise the photographs chronologically to accurately portray the day, converting them into JPG files. Meanwhile, photographers juggle additional business responsibilities, travel to and from weddings, and often cover multiple events simultaneously, limiting their instant access to computers and the time available for editing.

How to choose a wedding photographer?

Your wedding photos are the timeless memories of your big day. Choosing a photographer is crucial, and these five tips can help:

  1. Image Quality/Style:
    • Look for a diverse portfolio that captures your personalities.
    • Ensure image quality is consistent; heavy editing may mask poor quality.
  2. Personality:
    • Trust your instincts; a good rapport is essential.
    • An approachable photographer helps guests relax for natural, candid shots.
  3. Value for Money/Cost:
    • Be transparent about budgets and pricing structures.
    • Clarify all costs in the quote, including potential extras.
  4. Experience:
    • Prioritize experienced photographers familiar with your venue.
    • Inquire about their background, recent work, and adaptability to modern expectations.
  5. Recommendations/Word of Mouth:
    • Seek recommendations from friends and family.
    • Ask for testimonials and contact details from previous clients.

Remember, each tip is equally vital in your decision-making process. For a more in-depth overview of these questions, read my blog on ‘How to choose the right wedding photographer for your wedding day.

Where do photographs stand during a wedding ceremony?

Engage in a discussion with your photographer regarding their positioning. Your options are somewhat restricted – they can either stand behind the officiant (with limited mobility at times) or position themselves in the aisle.

When is the best time for wedding speeches?

The best time for wedding speeches can be either before or after the meal. If speeches are done before the food, it allows those who are speaking to relax and enjoy their meal later, whereas speeches after the meal cater to the comfort of your guests who may be more attentive and jovial with food in their bellies. The decision should be based on the couple’s preference, reception logistics, and the wedding party’s comfort. I have typed up a whole blog covering this very subject!

What to do with your wedding photos?

There are many creative things you can do with all of your wedding photographs, such as.

1. make an album
2. make gift cards
3. make Xmas tree baubles
4. print a canvas
5. frame your prints

What is a documentary wedding photographer?

A documentary wedding photographer is a professional who specialises in capturing weddings in a cinematic style. They have the skills to document every essential moment of your big day, making it look like a movie. Hiring a documentary wedding photographer comes with several perks. To start with, they’re great at taking candid shots that will leave a lasting impression of your special day. They’re also detail-oriented, ensuring they capture every subtle aspect of your wedding ceremony and reception. Moreover, their unobtrusive style lets them take amazing photos without interrupting the event’s natural flow, providing you with exceptional pictures that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Should I have a photographer for my wedding?

  • Capturing Memories: A wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and a photographer can help you preserve the memories that will last forever. Professional photos can be a tangible way to remember the special moments, people, and details of your wedding day.
  • Budget: Hiring a professional photographer can be expensive, so it’s important to consider if you are willing and able to afford one. If budget is a concern, you might consider hiring a less expensive photographer.
  • Time and Attention: Hiring a professional photographer allows you to focus on enjoying your wedding day while they focus on capturing the moments. Without a photographer, you or your guests might have to take pictures, which could detract from the experience.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to hire a photographer for your wedding is a personal one. You should take into account your budget, priorities, and what you want to remember from your special day before making a decision.

Do we need two wedding photographers?

Why are photographers so expensive?

Wedding photographers can be expensive for various reasons, including:

  • Time: Photographers typically spend many hours before and after the wedding day editing and processing photos, in addition to the time they spend capturing the images. The total time spent is factored into the cost.
  • Equipment and Supplies: High-quality cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment can be expensive. Photographers invest in top-notch equipment to capture the best images possible, and they may also need to purchase editing software, storage devices, and other supplies to do their job.
  • Expertise and Experience: Wedding photography requires specialized skills that come with experience and expertise. Photographers often spend years perfecting their craft and building their portfolios, and their skill level and experience are reflected in their pricing.
  • Business Expenses: Running a photography business incurs expenses like marketing, insurance, and taxes, which also affect the cost.

The price of a wedding photographer reflects the time, effort, and expertise involved in creating beautiful, lasting memories of your special day. Although wedding photography can be costly, many couples consider it to be a worthwhile investment for the quality of the photos and the memories that they will cherish for a lifetime.

Do you provide food for wedding photographers?

If you’re providing food for your wedding guests, it’s a good idea to check with your venue if they offer a “supplier’s meal” at a discounted rate for the main course, and sometimes for dessert too.

If your wedding venue has a separate bar area, such as a hotel, you could consider leaving some money with your coordinator for the photographer to purchase their meal. This can be done by setting up a tab, which can save you the hassle of worrying about any specific dietary requirements that the photographer may have.

How many photos should I expect from my photographer?

If you hire a professional photographer to capture your wedding for ten hours, you can typically expect to receive anywhere from 400 to 600 final images. It’s worth noting that the ideal number of wedding guests usually falls within this range. Generally, a skilled wedding photographer can produce at least 50 to 100 high-quality, usable images in a single hour. It’s important to consider factors such as the size of the event, the photographer’s experience, and the amount of time dedicated to the photo shoot when determining the final number of shots you’ll receive. Ultimately, the number of wedding photos you receive will vary based on a variety of factors.

Do wedding photographers stay for the whole wedding?

Some photographers provide shorter coverage for your wedding day, while others like myself also offer all-day photography services that begin by capturing moments of the bride and her bridal party getting ready in the morning and conclude by documenting the fun and dancing at the reception in the evening. In some cases, I have been asked to extend my coverage until 12am to capture it all. ( I love it on the dancefloor!)

How much can I expect to pay for a wedding photographer?

A general recommendation is to allocate around 10% of your overall wedding budget towards hiring a professional wedding photographer. However, this decision ultimately depends on your individual preferences and financial situation.

To determine how much you want to spend on wedding photography, assess your budget and prioritise how important capturing high-quality photos of your special day is to you. Once you have a clear idea of what you can afford and what you want, start researching photographers in your area. Keep in mind that wedding photography prices can vary significantly based on factors such as the photographer’s skill level, experience, popularity, demand, and package offerings.

How far in advance should you book a wedding photographer?

As you embark on the journey of planning a wedding, a myriad of tasks await you. Amidst this extensive list, some hold greater significance than others. Securing a wedding venue typically takes precedence, followed by the exploration of various wedding suppliers. Yet, recognising the optimal time to book your wedding photographer can prove crucial in securing the perfect match for your needs. I’ve encountered couples who reserved my services two to three years in advance, while others have sought my expertise a mere two weeks before their significant day.

The optimal timing for securing your wedding photographer is generally around 12 months before your wedding day. However, it’s essential to note that there’s no definitive right or wrong answer to this question. Each engaged couple will have their preferences regarding the timeline for booking various suppliers.

Your approach may lean towards meticulous preparation, ensuring the selection of the best suppliers well in advance. Conversely, you might adopt a more relaxed stance, opting to finalise arrangements closer to the event.

Consider the following factors when determining when to book your wedding photographer, and bear in mind that these considerations can apply to other wedding suppliers as well.

How much does a wedding cost?

The average wedding expenditure in the UK for 2023 stands at £20,700. This marks a 12.5% rise from the average cost in 2022, which was £18,400, and a nearly 20% increase from the 2021 average wedding spend of £17,300.

The average spending has surged by over £2,000, a development not unexpected given the period of heightened inflation and a cost of living crisis. Almost half of the couples who tied the knot in 2023 (nearly 1 in 2) reported that the economy had affected their wedding budget, reflecting an 18% increase compared to 2022.

What questions to ask your wedding photographer?

Before committing, it’s essential to have a discussion—whether in person, via video, or over the phone—with your potential wedding photographer. I emphasise the importance of having a good rapport with your photographer since you’ll be spending significant time together on your wedding day.

To streamline the process, I’ve compiled a list of 30 wedding questions that you should ask to determine if they’re the perfect match for your special day, so make sure to check it out!

How do you manage difficult lighting conditions, such as venues with low light?

How do you guarantee a well-organised schedule for our wedding day?

A month or so before the big day, we’ll have a catch-up call to go through the agenda from start to finish, either in person or over a Zoom call. While most of the day naturally unfolds, the period post-ceremony up to the dinner is where I take control, and it’s an area where I excel!

Ensuring the right flow and timing for confetti, group pictures, couple portraits, dining room shots before the sit-down, and candid moments during the drinks reception can be challenging. Fortunately, it’s something I am experienced in. I’ll guide you through the best way to manage this timeframe, ensuring we capture the desired photos in a timely and stress-free manner.

Do you provide a wedding contract?

Certainly, after you complete the booking form (I’ll provide the link), I’ll organise all the details into a contract for your reference.

What is your policy on rescheduling or cancellations?

You have a legal right to a 14-day cooling-off period under UK law, during which you’re entitled to a full refund.

If you decide to reschedule after this period, but well in advance of the wedding (a year or more), I may consider transferring your deposit to the new date.

However, if you cancel within a year of the wedding, you are still responsible for paying 100% of the contract value. This fee compensates for the opportunities I decline from other clients due to prior commitments made in accordance with our agreement.

What is a receiving line at a wedding?

The customary receiving line usually involves the newlyweds and both sets of parents, standing in a line to welcome each guest as they enter the reception. It’s important to note that having a receiving line is optional, and you can include as many people as you prefer in the line.

Do wedding photographers deliver all photos?

No, the RAW photos remain in the possession of the photographer. The rationale behind this is that photographers often capture multiple images in a sequence, selecting and providing clients with the best one. Occasionally, accidental shots may occur, such as images of the floor when the camera bounces off the photographer’s waist. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of the artist, the creator, to present the best version of their work.

What do Wedding photographers do?

A wedding photographer’s job is to capture beautiful moments and create lasting memories through their photography. They document the wedding day, from the bride and groom getting ready to the ceremony and reception. They use their skills and creativity to capture candid moments, pose the wedding party, and work alongside other wedding suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly. Click here to find out more!

What is the golden hour?

The Golden Hour refers to the timeframe half an hour before the sun sets until half an hour after it sets. During this period, the light takes on a golden hue, hence the term “golden hour.” This is one of my favourite times for wedding portraits!

What wedding confetti looks best in wedding photos?

There are many options to choose from when it comes to choosing wedding confetti. Please check out my blog which covers everything on wedding confetti!

What is the best time to get married?

Depending on the time of year you are getting married will effect the ceremony time. For a full guide on what time to choose, check out my guide on what time is best to get married.

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