Hello! Can you tell me a bit about you?
I have a page dedicated to little ol’ me right here. That should give you a bit of background. If I haven’t put you off completely, I suggest we meet up in person because it’s so important to see whether our personalities fit together. A huge part of getting great wedding images consists of chemistry and feeling at ease.
What’s your favorite kind of wedding?
Where it’s laid back, stress-free, fun and there are no crazy expectations! I love small weddings as you’ve probably figured out by now, which is why I chose to devote my business exclusively to small, intimate weddings of 50 people or fewer! BTW I I loathe whole idea of a strict ‘wedding timeline’… Ugh! Sounds like work! My favorite weddings are ones where it’s one big party and everyone gets to know (or already knows) everyone else there. That’s the beauty of a small wedding.
How do you work at a wedding?
What’s key here is that we communicate beforehand so we are both on the same page as regards my involvement as the photographer at your small wedding. I’m there to serve you. I totally get that you’ve invited only a very small group and having one extra person there will feel like the dynamic’s just shifted. If that’s you, then I’m more than happy being an unobtrusive observer. What I wouldn’t want is for you to look back on your wedding and think, ‘I spent my whole day with my photographer!’
I’ve seen some dramatic, high contrast, moody low-key photography on another photographer’s site that I love! Can you do this?
I’m afraid I have to pass. Wedding photography comes in many different shapes, guises and styles. A photographer’s style is their own and the important thing is to fall in love with the images that most appeal to you. When you hire a photographer, it’s because you love what they – and only they – can do.
What is your style of photography then?
I’ve written more about my style and approach here. The type of wedding photography I produce is bright and airy, with a predominance of high key light tones, soft, artistic, intimate, with shallow depth of field and very feminine. In a nutshell, I mix a fine art, editorial feel with a photo-journalistic way of capturing unscripted moments. To read more about the different styles of wedding photography, and figure out which is right for you, check out this article from Junebug Weddings.
Can we do some posed shots?
Sure! While I think a shot list can be counterproductive… and I’ll explain why below… I can definitely capture those family portraits. I tend to think of a ‘feeling list’ being more useful than a shot list.
OK so why is a shot list counterproductive?
A long list of must-take shots will hamper my ability to do what I’ve been hired for, which is to work in real-time and take journalistic-style images. Working to a Pinterest board will seriously impede my creative flow and time I have to capture natural, unscripted moments. That said, we will talk through the stuff you definitely don’t want me to miss, and that ‘feelings list’.
What’s your pricing, and can you work with us if we have a small budget?
My starting price is detailed here.
What’s your payment schedule? Can we pay after the wedding?
My payment schedule is 50% of the total is due to secure the booking, 25% within 2 months, and the remaining 25% within 1 month of your wedding, though this is flexible as long as the total balance due is received before the wedding date.
Why do we have to pay a deposit?
There are only so many Saturdays in the year. Fewer still during the wedding season. When I take a booking, it means I have to refuse other inquiries asking for that date. If I’m turning away possible clients because your wedding is taking place on that date, I would need a non-refundable deposit so I know that I’m definitely photographing your wedding.
Our wedding is a midweek shindig and we don’t need many hours of coverage. Can you still work with us?
Of course! I don’t offer packages, only custom quotes. I can work around pretty much any length of wedding with a 2-hour minimum. If yours is a super short wedding, don’t worry, I might still be able to do something for you, just get in touch!
What’s your turnaround time?
Currently I will deliver images to you in about a month from the time of your wedding. I try very hard to get your images delivered to you within a month. I like exceeding expectations!
What editing do you do on the pictures?
Editing or post-production simply means turning the raw materials (literally, my RAW files), into the final images you see. This means everything from straightening and correcting lens distortions, to removing signs and distracting backgrounds using Photoshop, to applying my unique preset in Lightroom. Most of the real legwork is color, exposure and white balance correction. Each photograph is lovingly hand edited by me and this often takes frequent rounds of revision as they also need to look cohesive as a set.
Can we pay less and have no editing? Or can we have all the files and choose the best ourselves?
Editing style is part of what makes each photographer unique. You can take a RAW file and do a million different things to it, like make it moody and super-sharpened, or airy and filmic – that’s how powerful image processing software has become. What you are paying a photographer for is the final work of art, not simply what comes out after clicking the shutter button. Asking for all the RAW files or the unedited jpegs is like asking your baker for the leftover sugar and flour that went into the cake you bought…! I select all the viable images from your wedding, so you can rest assured no gems have been left on the digital cutting room floor.
Will you make my arms/ thighs/ belly/ nose look smaller then?
Fine image retouching, like the request you mention, isn’t included. This is a job for a trained retoucher, of which I am not one! However if you are very self-conscious that can be arranged for a fee as it will need to be outsourced… if you really can’t love your arms/ thighs/ belly/ nose just as they are.
What camera do you use?
I shoot with two top of line professional Canon cameras (5D Mark III) & professional ‘L’ lenses. I definitely want to start using prime lenses, but haven’t experimented yet!
How many images will I receive?
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity and I try not to make a selling point out of how many images I produce – because that would be emphasizing the wrong thing. What I strive for is quality which is something that only a talented wedding photographer can provide. Generally speaking, clients will receive about 50 images per hour of photography coverage.
Do I receive copyrights to the photos?
Most of my clients won’t require full copyrights buyout which is a considerable expense and is only for those who are extremely concerned about their privacy, For such clients, I offer full buyout of copyrights to the images, with details available on request. For the vast majority of clients, a copyrights buyout won’t be necessary or appropriate.
So what will we be able to do with our digital files?
You’ll receive a print release as standard which means you have the right to print the images and in fact use them in any way you wish (social media, online albums, your LinkedIn profile, printed on a coffee mug) – just not for advertising or commercial purposes. You may want to submit your wedding photographs to a wedding blog. The editors will inform you this requires my written consent, which I’m more than happy to give!
Are our digital files watermarked?
No, they’re not. They are high resolution files and they won’t have my name plastered all over them. However a credit back to me when you post them definitely be appropriate and expected!
Do you travel for destination or international weddings?
I would be honored and thrilled to travel anywhere in the world to document your love story. As this is very much a bespoke arrangement, you’ll need to get in touch for rates and to give me the full lowdown.
Do you have insurance?
Yes I do! I am insured up to $2,000,000 through the US’s leading photographic business insurance provider. I can provide an insurance documentation summary to your venue but please allow two months to do this comfortably. I’m happy to liaise directly with your venue for this as requirements differ.
Isn’t this FAQ getting kinda long?
Yes! Good point. I’ll stop now, but if your question hasn’t been answered you can drop me a line any way you wish.