1. “How do we go about booking you?”
Just get in touch to see if I am available on your wedding day. If I am, I recommend we arrange to meet up so you can ask any questions, see more of my work and have a chat about your wedding plans. If you prefer there’s always Skype, Facetime, or just give me a ring.
If you wish to make a booking, it is confirmed with a £400 down payment.
2. “Do I get the digital files to my finished wedding pictures and a copyright licence to reproduce them for friends and family?”
Yes – this is always included in the price.
3. “How many finished photographs should I expect to get and how long does it take for me to receive them?”
For a full day’s coverage I anticipate 300 to 450 finished photos – ultimately I give you as many as I can. I often get your images finished within two weeks but at busy times it can take a little longer.
5. “We would like to book you but aren’t fully decided on which extras to go for. Is that a problem?”
No, not a problem. The £400 down payment books an initial coverage level – any decisions beyond that can be left open until a later time if you wish.
6. “Do you charge separately for travel expenses?”
Transport costs within a considerable area in and around Derbyshire are covered as standard. Longer trips and overnight stays may incur an additional charge. Just get in touch – I’ll be happy to discuss your plans and give you a quote accordingly.
7. “Do you require feeding on the day?”
No – I am happy to bring my own food and drink so I can grab a bite as and when I get chance. Some venues do however insist on feeding me anyway – which is very much appreciated.
8. “What equipment do you use?”
I use high-end Canon equipment, often two cameras with a combination of very high quality lenses and many other accessories. Your images are edited on fully colour calibrated monitors using industry leading techniques and software. Lots of equipment checks are made before your wedding day and all your images are backed-up to a robust storage system during edit.
9. “What type of things do you re-touch in the photographs?”
There are no fixed rules – I look at each picture individually. If you are wondering about the delicate subject of whether or not I remove spots/ blemishes, then the answer is similar. I look at each picture individually and make a decision. If you have any specific requirements in this respect please just get in touch.
10. “Do you work to a fixed time window on the wedding day such as 6hrs or 8hrs?”
No, I don’t, as I feel it can add unnecessary pressure to your day (for you and me), particularly if things start to run late. You may also end up trying to squeeze your whole day into as short a time as possible – not ideal!
Instead I work flexibly around the events of your day – offering coverage from one point until another (usually pre-ceremony preparations until after the first dance, although shorter coverage is available), staying until I’m happy I’ve captured everything I need.
If you think your day is likely to be exceptionally long or doesn’t follow a traditional line-up of events then just get in touch and I will be happy to work something out for you.
11. “What experience do you have as a wedding photographer?”
I am now a seasoned pro having shot my first solo full wedding in 2009. I’m pleased to say kind words from previous clients continue to spread and bring in new business.
Before being a full time photographer I completed a BA Hons degree in fine art, and have worked in various art and design fields.
My technical and creative skills have been carefully honed over the years and I continue to refine them. Experiences and techniques from my commercial photography shoots also reinforce and elevate my wedding work.
12. “What types of ceremonies do you have experience of?”
To date my experience predominantly lies in civil ceremonies and Anglican church services. I have however been privileged to photograph many others including Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, Evangelical, Interfaith and Humanist. I am happy to have had experience of shooting single-sex ceremonies.
Any ceremony types that are unfamiliar to me will be researched beforehand to ensure I’m fully versed in what to expect – I look forward to finding out about yours.
13. “What venues have you photographed and does it matter if you haven’t photographed at my venue before?”
Don’t worry if I haven’t photographed your venue before – I always do my homework, make venues visits and take test shots where applicable.
I shoot at new and/ or unfamiliar venues around the country every year and love to do so. In 2016 I’m excited to be shooting for the first time at Haddon Hall, Tissington Hall, Dunwood Hall, Dovecliff Hall, Bordesley Park and East Quay Venue (to name but a few!).
Below is a list of local venues I’ve already had the pleasure to photograph at (including all the fabulous churches, marquees, tipis (Peaktipis) and venues from around the country, the full list would be even longer!).
Barton Blount (no website)
Garden Farm (no website)
Hall Croft Farm (no website)
Hamps Hall & Barn
The Sir William
The Bear Inn
The Peacock Hotel
The Lion Hotel
The Lee Wood Hotel
East Lodge Country House Hotel
Cathedral Quarter Hotel
Mickleover Court Hotel
The Priest House Hotel
The George Hotel
Peak Edge Hotel
14. “Do we have to have any group shots?”
15. “Do you have professional insurance?”
16. “What isn’t your style?”
Formulaic staged cheese! I also avoid photo processing effects that may look dated or clichéd over time.
17. “Describe your wedding photography in as few words as you can?”
Artistic, natural, stylish and fun images with a reliable and friendly service.