• How do I book you as my wedding photographer?
Once I receive your email with the date of your wedding, I will confirm my availability and send you detailed pricing information.
If you are happy to book at this stage I can send you a booking form and my general terms and conditions. Once I receive the booking form back with a £400 non-refundable booking fee, I will confirm your booking and I am all yours!
If however, you are still uncertain we will get along, or want to view some more of my work, we can arrange to meet (or skype/facetime) before you commit. I actually think this is an important step, as feeling comfortable with your photographer really contributes to natural-looking images. After meeting, you have first refusal for a week to decide if you would like to book.
• Will I get digital images of my wedding day ?
Yes! All packages include a USB with all your high-resolution digital images. These will be ready approx. 6 weeks from your wedding date.
Even better you will receive a password protected gallery of all your images, that I will store online for 6 months so you can share this with family and friends!
I also offer albums, parent albums, signing frames and a range of products which we can discuss if this is of interest to you.
• How many images can I expect and will all the images be edited?
You can expect anything between 400-600 images from a full day. I edit each image individually and you will receive a mixture of some images in colour, and some in black and white.
Editing includes colour/tone correction and slight blemishes and distractions are removed. Please note digital manipulation (done by a professional retoucher) is not included, but can be done at an additional charge should you choose.
• Can I see all the images you took on the day?
Part of my job as a photographer is not only taking the pictures and making them look pretty, but I also act as a curator to tell the story of your day.
As standard, any unflattering images are deleted on import, so unfortunately you will not be able to view it. You certainly don’t want to show your friends and family the teary mascara streaked face when the groom's speech makes you cry ...so don’t worry, I’ve got your back.
If you would like a full explanation on why professional photographers do not provide all or unedited images we can discuss your concerns in more detail.
• Do you offer albums?
I offer a range of albums, in various sizes, which you can bespoke with your own choice of cover including: faux leather, linen, and velvet. A popular add on is parent mini-albums (better known as brag books) that make great gifts! Once the final album design is signed off, albums normally take up to 3 weeks for delivery. The entire process from image selection to delivery usually take 8-12 weeks.
Other products like prints, canvases and frames are also available on request.
• Do you offer engagement or pre-wedding shoots?
I absolutely do! Some couples feel an engagement or pre-wedding shoot is a great way to “trial” run what will happen on the wedding day. This way they feel more at ease on the big day.
Other couples use the images from their shoot for 'save the dates', signing boards or decor as part of their wedding day.
• Do you do groupshots at weddings?
I do photograph group shots, but recommend you keep this short and sweet with no more than 8-10 formal group shots. Larger groups will require access to an elevated level such as a balcony or similar.
Having a smaller number of group shots allows for more time to get the natural candid shots that very much form part of my style. If you don’t want to offend anyone by leaving them out of the groups-shots, one large photograph of all your wedding guests is a good option!
• How much time do you need on the wedding day?
For the best results, I recommend the following:
● Bridal preparation: Approx 2 hours before the ceremony (please allow for travelling time, I need to arrive at the ceremony venue 30 min before the bride)
● Ceremony: 30 - 45 min. (approx. but this can be as long as you need it to be!)
● Decor shots: 30 - 45 min. (depending on the amount of details)
●Family & Group shots: 20 – 30 min.
● Candid photographs: 20 - 30 min. (the more time I spend on groups the less time there are for candids, so please be mindful of this)
● Couple photos: 2 sessions of 15-20 min. (usually, it’s best to steal you away for a bit just before you are called for your meal, and again later in the evening ...that way you are not away from your guests too long)
• How can I help you get the best photographs of my day:
The best photographs are captured when you are relaxed and enjoying the day – hopefully forgetting about the camera!
Getting ready: a beautiful, calm and uncluttered environment definitely contributes toward feeling calm and pampered before the ceremony.
Ceremony & reception: Of course photographing weddings in the UK means unpredictable weather, but the amount of light available determines the outcome of the photos. I suggest any way to introduce lots of natural light. Having important things happening near large windows or white walls is a big plus! For your reception, especially in dark barns, additional lighting always goes a long way – candlelight is (although pretty) sadly not enough!
Outdoor ceremonies: Standing under a shaded (not dappled) area will help to reduce shadows on your face as well as squinting.
If you are having a winter wedding I strongly suggest you have your ceremony as early as possible in the day to make the most of the available light for photographs.
• What is the most important thing for you on a wedding day?
The most important thing is that you enjoy your wedding day, and I want to make sure the experience of being photographed actually adds to it.
I am unobtrusive in my approach and work well with people, so you can be sure everyone feels at ease.
It's also important that my clients realise that creating photographs is a combined effort between both photographer and client. Both parties have a part to play to ensure the "magic" happens!
I mainly capture the day as it unfolds, so please don't assume I will know what parts of the day are more important to you than others ..communication leading up to the day is key! I usually get in touch 10 weeks before the wedding to discuss logistics, timings, emergency contact numbers, etc.
• Do you have insurance?
As a full-time professional photographer, I have both full Professional Indemnity and Professional Liability insurance.
I carry multiple cameras and lenses, and ensure I back up images on multiple devices, so you can rest assured.
• Can you help by recommending suppliers?
Of course I can! I get to work with some lovely suppliers that are the best at what they do. I am happy to send my recommended supplier list and help you find the right supplier for you!
• Do you offer bespoke collections?
I always try and be as flexible as possible. If none of my set collections suit you I am happy to discuss your requirements.
• What happens if you are ill or unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstance?
I’ve shot in excess of 200 weddings, and have yet to miss one. Of course, life can be unpredictable, so I have a large base of local photographers who I work with and will do my utmost to get the wedding covered by a reputable colleague.
• Do we need to provide you with food on the day?
Although a lovely plate of food is much appreciated, I also understand weddings are expensive, so I leave this decision up to you. If you did want to provide me with a meal, most venues will have “supplier” meals at discounted rates. I also realise table plans can be a nightmare so please don’t feel you need to squeeze me in. I usually find a quiet spot in the venue or bar area to have my meal as I don’t photograph guests eating (they find it a bit uncomfortable!) with half-eaten plates in the foreground!
• Do you offer off-season and weekday discounts?
At my discretion, and depending on availability, I may be able to offer you something within your budget. I’m happy to discuss this in detail should you be interested.