Can you tell us about the pre-wedding shoot, do we need to have it?
A pre-wedding portrait shoot is included in all my packages, it’s a fun and relaxed session that is a great way for us all to get to know each other, and for you both to get used to having your photograph taken. This can be done whilst we meet up to have a look around your venue or at a location that is special to you, usually about a month before the wedding day. This is also a great time to go through the plans for the day and to talk over the photographs that you want me to take.
How long will you stay for on the wedding day?
The options that I have suggested on my pricing page both offer a full day, with option two allowing me to stay for 12 hours as this allows me to capture the whole story of your day, so as a rule of thumb this would be from the morning preparations (as early as needed) to after the first dance. That said, I can also offer a bespoke service that means I can be for as long as you need me.
Will you take photos of the groom as well as the bride before the wedding?
I usually try to visit both the bride as well as the groom before the ceremony. Normally I will first visit the bride while she has her hair and make-up done, and capture details such as the dress and shoes and some informal photos with her father and bridesmaids. If the guys are getting ready nearby or at the wedding venue then I’ll aim to get shots of them getting ready too. If the guys are getting ready far away at a separate location and you want their part of the day capturing too, you can add on a second photographer for an additional £250 and they will stay up until after the speeches. It also means that you will get photos from different angles which might not be possible with just one photographer, such as during the ceremony.
Do you take group photos as well as candids?
Yes I do! I’m happy to take a limited amount of group photos of family and important guests and work to a pre-arranged list (I'd say to stick to no more than 8 in total, otherwise it can take over too much of the day), and this can be discussed at the pre-wedding meeting. It is best for everyone if no longer than 30 minutes is spent on the group photos, and your ushers can play their part in gathering people together to speed up the process.
Do you charge travel expenses?
Travel expenses for weddings within 50 miles of Brighton will be covered within the package fee. Expenses for travel and accommodation for further afield will be added after discussing them with you.
When will we be able to see our photographs?
I aim to have the photographs available to view online within 3 weeks so they are ready for when you return from your honeymoon. I firstly add the photos to a private gallery for you to view before you're finally satisfied, after which you can send a link for your friends and family to view, download or buy prints. A small selection will also be added to my own gallery.
Do you use Photoshop?
Occasionally I use Photoshop, but most of my processing is done using Lightroom. On the whole, I don't like over-doing it and I keep my retouching light with gentle enhancement so as not to spoil the integrity of the image.
Why don’t you give all the unedited images?
On the day itself I will take anywhere between 2,000-3,000 images and part of why you are hiring me is to spend time filtering through each shot so that you see the best of the best - I promise I won't miss any hidden gems, I absolutely want to share the gems with you! The images that my camera produces are in their RAW state - RAW here doesn't mean 'unedited'; a closer translation would be 'unfinished', and in more ways than one. Firstly, the digital negative would not yet have been converted into a readable format, such as jpeg, and to do this requires the use of software. But most importantly, the RAW image would not have been brought to life by the retouching I would apply to it - think of your edited photos as you would a table you bought from a carpenter and the RAW files as the wood that hasn't yet been carved into that table.
What camera do you use?
I use professional digital SLR cameras and lenses by Nikon, currently the D800 and D700 models. These are highly capable for weddings they are well renowned for their low light capabilities and quick focusing systems, ideal for catching those important moments, even in the darkest of venues! I always carry 2 cameras with me to each wedding and a range of lenses. This means that not only do I have a spare camera in case one breaks during the day, but also that I don’t have to stop taking photos if I need to change from a wide to a zoom lens, for example, and can carry on taking photos without missing any important moments throughout the day.
What’s included in the photography package?
My suggested packages include a pre-wedding shoot, a full days wedding photography coverage, a minimum of 300 fully edited high resolution images on presented on a secure online gallery where you, your friends and family have full downloading capabilities as well as the option to buy prints via a professional processing lab service.
Are you insured?
Yes, absolutely. All my equipment is fully insured and I am covered by public liability and indemnity insurance.
What is the risk of not having professional wedding photographers?
Unfortunately, I only hear from the experience of what guests at weddings have said, which is that it is a regret that only becomes apparent once you get back from honeymoon and although there are plenty of friends and family photos on social media, the unobtrusive candids during your wedding ceremony, the lovely informal groups of close family and friends and the relaxed portraits are absent. Plus, you invested so much time in planning all of the little details, it is a gamble relying on friends and family to capture these as well. I've also been told that a friend or family member only photographs those they know and most likely won't get the whole picture.
How do we book you?
Once we have had chance to meet up, and you have made the decision to go ahead with the booking, I will post and email you a wedding contract and booking form to sign and return, along with an invoice for a booking fee of 25% of the fee. The remaining amount of the package price is due 1 month before the day of the wedding.