How would you describe your style?
I like to think I am a combination of styles, blending informal unobtrusive photography with the more tradition portraiture. I ensure with every couple I book that I am allocated a set amount of time after the ceremony to cover the required formal group shots and bride & groom portraits. Other than that, mostly, for the rest of the day I allow the events to unfold naturally and capture these as quietly as I can.
What kit do you use?
I shoot with Nikon professional cameras and lenses, (also used for back-ups) ensuring the best image quality in challenging conditions.
Are you insured?
Of course, for your peace of mind I have professional indemnity insurance and Public liability insurance.
How much do you edit or “Photoshop” our photographs?
All editing is carried out by me personally and is all part of my service so every single photograph you receive in your online gallery will have been individually edited by myself. However I only use Photoshop to colour correct and enhance images or convert them to black and white, rather than add tacky effects that will date quickly. Some photographers are happy to hand over a set of incomplete proofs to customers, well not me, I will not release an image until I am 100% happy with it.
How many photographs are there in the finished set?
As every wedding is different it all depends on the day. But for a guide, for a full day wedding (bridal preparations through to first dance) I aim to deliver a minimum of 300 images. For shorter weddings, the minimum is 200.
How far will you travel?
As far as is necessary! I’ll happily travel within the UK but a small fuel contribution might be required for weddings over 30 miles or so from my home.
What happens the photographer is sick?
I am lucky to be in my position as to have a network of trusted professional photographers I can call on in times of emergency. They would shoot the wedding for me, then when I have recovered, I would complete the rest the work for example edit the photos and design your album. Luckily this has never happened. However, for your peace of mind I am fully covered with indemnity insurance.
Can you provide a second photographer?
I generally don’t offer a second photographer because I try not to interrupt the flow of the day as much as possible. When you have two photographers, the guests soon become very aware and may affect the natural feel to the photography. If you really feel you require a second photographer, I would only choose a fellow photographer whom I could trust to the job properly and therefore, there would be an additional charge, to cover their time assisting me.
Why do we need to pay for a professional photographer when we can just get our friend to do it for free?
A “friend” shooting your wedding for free will have no obligation to produce great images, or have any contingency for equipment failures or any back up plan. What happens if their camera stops working during the ceremony or their memory card fails with all your photos from the day on it? What if they completely miss a crucial shot, or their camera can’t cope with very low light? There are no second chances – they have to be captured perfectly first time. In essence, you are paying for a professional’s expertise and experience of handling difficult situations such as low light, bad weather and complicated crowd control, and also the fact they have trustworthy camera equipment that they can rely on again and again.
OK we’re convinced, how do we book?
The next step is for us to have a no obligation meeting so I can show you more of my work and albums. From there if you decide to book me I will require £250 deposit to secure the date and contracts to be signed to set the terms and conditions.
Can we book you without meeting first?
Yes of course, a booking can be made over the telephone/email and securing the date with a deposit.