Frequently asked questions
What kind of equipment do you use? Do you use professional gear?
Believe it or not, many "professionals" don't use pro gear, and if you don't ask the right questions you'll never know what corners they've cut. I shoot professional Canon cameras and a wide variety of pro lenses which allow us to creatively capture images in various types of lighting. While it is the skill, experience and "eye" of the photographer that allows a moment to be captured, professional gear is an obvious factor in image quality. Pro gear has high quality components that deliver images with less digital noise, more detail, and more accurate color. Pro gear also is built to last much longer than consumer gear (less likely to break down during your wedding). Pro lenses create much sharper images with less distortion than consumer lenses, have wide apertures that allow the camera to "see" in low light, thus limiting the use of flash which is distracting, and allow the photographer to create that dreamy blurred background often found in professional pictures. Many experienced pros have at least £20,000 in equipment. I bring multiple cameras with "full frame" sensors (larger sensors than consumer cameras) and a plethora of pro lenses (zooms as well as many prime and specialty lenses) to each wedding as well as professional lighting gear. Each lens has special properties to allow it to be used in certain lighting or to obtain certain "looks", so we bring a lot of lenses. Some photographers bring a few pro "all-purpose" zoom lenses, which is fine, but they can only achieve a small range of what we can with our wide array or lenses. If a photographer's price is very low, it is likely that he/she has cut expenses by not investing in good gear, is not insured, and is cutting other corners.
Are you photojournalistic (what is photojournalism)?
Yes, I am! My specialty is capturing your day as it unfolds, which results in a lot of candid photography. What this means is that aside from the awesome shots we get during the posed session (family, bridal party and portraits of the two of you), the rest of the day is captured as it happens. I shoot whatever is going on without interrupting in as unobtrusive way as possible.
Why is photography so expensive?
To be honest, it really isn't when you break it down. If you look at other trained professionals, (plumbers, electricians, accountants, etc.) you'll see average billings from £100-£200 and more for non-weekend work. A typical wedding, with no album, takes us about 35-40 hours of work on average. From the emails, phone calls and meetings prior to the big day, to scouting your location, 7-9 hours of shooting (which is normally weekend work), editing, cropping and straightening your final images, to post-wedding communications and meetings, you're looking at a lot of working hours for one wedding . In order for my clients to find me, I spend hours every week on marketing and thousands on advertising. I have very high overhead costs which includes my professional gear, up to date computers and software, insurance and liability expenses, taxes, all of which are a necessary part of not only running my business but in giving you the quality of images you hired me for.
Do you shoot RAW images?
YES! And if a photographer doesn't, walk away….no, run! There is no excuse for a professional to shoot JPEGS instead of RAW. As a side note, the finished files you receive from any photographer will be jpgs, but the images they shoot in camera need to be RAW.
What are your basic payment terms?
In addition to a signed contract, I require a £500 deposit (full day coverage weddings) as a non-refundable retainer to secure me for your wedding date.
How many photos do we get and when?
My average delivery time for the full gallery of images is currently around 2-3weeks. I also do my best to deliver a few teaser images within 2 weeks. Every wedding is different so I can never commit to a number, but I tell clients when we meet that I usually deliver between 600-800 images for a 10hr + wedding day, 300 to 500 for less hs coverage. Most of my weddings are 12-14 hr days so I often deliver over this amount. I never release RAW files.
Do we provide you with a shot list for the day?
A family photo list is a must, it helps us ensure we get the family shots you need & want. A shot list of moments (staged or otherwise) is not. Weddings are crazy, fluid, dynamic things and working off one of those shot lists created by wedding blogs is a non-starter for me. I’m not there to manufacture moments, re-create images of other photographers from Pinterest or to commit to achieving every expected shot. I’m there to document your story as it unfolds. If important stuff happens I’ll be there to capture it if I can. I will not risk missing a genuine moment for the sake of something staged. If anyone ever asks me to stop and take a photo of course I do it, without question, but long shot lists are something I’m not a fan of. I’m sure many photographers do work like that, but that’s just not me.
Why should we hire you? There are some much lower priced photographers out there and their portfolio looks good from what we can tell.
Good question! There's always someone cheaper out there, and we understand the desire to save money on what is a pretty pricey day. That being said, at what cost are you saving money? Portfolios can be very deceiving. A small handful of choice images from a wedding can give you a false sense of a photographer's overall skill/experience level. Many lesser experienced photographers will post a very limited number of shots from each wedding, generally because they have a limited number of solid shots to show. The real test is how the other hundreds of photos they delivered to their clients came out (and how their consistency is from wedding to wedding). Not every image shot on your day will be a breathtaking, portfolio worthy shot. What you are looking for in a photographer is someone who can deliver a consistent product, meaning the hundreds of final photos delivered to you are clean, sharp, well exposed images that tell the story of your day, liberally sprinkled with those "wow" shots. With years of experience in pther photography fields I'm confident that we deliver a high quality product to each client, and can then share a large number of great photos from throughout the wedding day on our webpage (blog and FB page), not just a nice pose or detail here, or a lucky candid or two there. You are entrusting your wedding memories to the photographer you hire. Don't make the gamble on an inexperienced photographer to save a little money. In the end the missed shots, the lack of consistency, poor quality images, the lack of experience in getting needed photos on a tight timeline come at too high a cost for the money saved.