FAQ – Frequently asked questions
Why should we hire YOU?
Why should you hire me as your wedding photographer? Weddings are often stressful and intense, so I will be a calming influence and do everything I can to assist you in giving you an amazing wedding, and amazing photos. I have over a decade of experience in weddings and wedding photography, and will use it to help give you that stress-free, enjoyable wedding that you deserve. I can wholeheartedly promise that no-one will care more about your experience on the day than I do.
How would you describe your photography style?
I describe my photography style as relaxed and Intimate. I am a strong believer in you feeling comfortable around me, as that should invariably result in better photos of you. I will never put any pressure on you, but will naturally make observations and recommendations where appropriate, both before and during the day, to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams.
My goal is for photos to look as natural as possible. I don't want you looking at me too often (apart from group shots), and would much rather you looked and interacted with each other - and I'm sure you will prefer this too!
I/we really don't feel comfortable in front of a camera. What do you suggest?
If only I had a pound for every time I hear this! Hopefully you will appreciate my style in making you feel relaxed, but I can also recommend that you consider having an engagement session with me. You can read more about them here.
Will you travel?
Travel is free within Essex, Hertfordshire and North London. Outside of this, travel expenses such as fuel, and if necessary, accommodation are chargeable.
Why don’t you ask me and find out? Though if I haven’t, I will usually endeavour to become familiar with the venue, including meeting you there before your wedding date.
You can send me a message here.
This is a very sensible request, as it gives you a better idea as to a photographer’s style and commitment, so I have no problem with providing you with a link to a “full” wedding.
Can we get a couple of references from your previous Brides and Grooms?
Sure. I can put you in contact with some if you would like.
Do you have backup equipment?
As with all electronic equipment, it can be prone to failure from time to time. So without question, yes, I have everything covered (and in some cases double or even triple covered) should anything break down on the day.
Do you offer the option of a Second photographer?
A second photographer is absolutely an option according to your chosen package. As a general rule, I tend to recommend a second photographer for weddings over 100 people. However, you may wish to also have a second photographer for more complete coverage of your wedding day.
All of them have worked with me many times, and I have acted as second photographer for some of them on occasion also. So whoever is there, you can be assured that they are also an excellent documentary photographer.
What happens if you are ill on the day?
I firstly need to preface this by saying that I have never, in over a decade, missed a wedding before, and it would take something very, very serious for me to miss it. Any wedding is a responsibility I take with the importance as if it were my own, so missing it is a very unlikely scenario.
But if this were to happen, I have a very broad network of other photographers who I would contact and ask them to cover for me. Even at short notice, there are many I could ask and confidently depend on.
What happens if it rains?
The weather can't always be depended on sadly. But don't despair - I have plenty of wet weather weddings in my portfolio. While there’s no getting around the fact that bad weather isn’t ideal, there is almost always opportunity for some good shots.
Do we need to feed you on the day?
It will always be very much appreciated. I do not expect it though, so please don’t feel obligated to do this. I should add that I won't be missing any photo opportunities while I am eating - no-one takes good photos while they are stuffing their face!
Can we give you a list of specific shots we would like?
Certainly – In fact, there are questions pertaining to this in my Questionnaire I will give you. But please refrain from making the list too long. I have many years of wedding photography experience and will always include the essential items - you don't need to list "The cake", "The car" etc. Normally, the list of family/friends group shots will suffice.
Is it ok for other people to take photos while you’re taking them?
In all seriousness, I have no problem at all with other people taking photos. The exception is for images of the two of you alone, where other people can be quite the unwanted distraction.
If events on the day are running late, will you be able to stay longer, and is there an additional charge for this?
If this only happens to be a few minutes, there really won’t be a problem – I’m not going to be clockwatching and leaving at the exact time I am meant to be, I have no problem staying for a while. If the time is significant, we will need to have a quick chat to arrange.
Do you edit photos?
I do simple edits on all photos such as colour correction and cropping. Some I will spend some extra time on to make them "pop". On the whole though, I prefer the natural look and will avoid over-processing.
Your online gallery will be ready in 3-4 weeks. If I can endeavour to complete them sooner, I will – but please understand this is unlikely during busier periods.
How many photos should I receive?
I make no guarantee to the number of photos you will receive as there are so many conditions on the day that could influence this. As a general guideline though, I tend to deliver approximately 80-100 photos per hour. Circumstances such as travel considerations and the weather will naturally effect this.
Do you offer albums?
Absolutely. My luxury albums are hugely popular. High quality and hand-crafted, they are a perfect way to capture your precious moments. You can see more about them here.
How many pages in the album if we decide to have one?
I normally recommend a maximum of 3 photos per page (which equates to 60 photos in a 20 page album). I will design the album for you, but choice on the total number of photos and which ones is always yours. More pages and therefore more photos for your album is absolutely an option for an additional charge if you wish.
When should we book you?
As soon as possible naturally. Depending on the day and time of year, I am sometimes booked years in advance, so waiting means you take the risk that the date will be taken by another couple.
You can find out my availability by sending me a message here.
Can you hold our date for us?
Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis, and in the interests of fairness, can't be held. Should I receive interest in your wedding day from another couple, I will let you know and give you the chance to book.
We want to book you. How do we do that?
Great, thank you! To officially book, I will need a contract signed which will be emailed to you, and a non-refundable booking fee. As soon as those two things are done, you are booked and therefore are stuck with me 🤣
Please send me a message here.
This is just a section of the questions that I invite couples to ask me.
For a larger series of questions (for me or any other photographer), please do get in touch. You can contact me here.
PLEASE NOTE: There are not necessarily any right or wrong answers to any of these questions. The ultimate goal here really is to ensure that a) You feel comfortable with the photographer and their work, and b) You trust them to capture hopefully the best day of your life.