Frequently Asked Questions
Unsurprisingly there are a lot of things that we photographers get asked by potential clients and some questions crop up very regularly. I figure that you might like to hear my answers to those questions before we meet so that you get a better feel for how I work.
If your most burning question isn't answered please just contact me and I'll be happy to tell you my answer.
How far ahead should we book you?
12 months is typical but as many couples look around at wedding fairs in the autumn and book in the spring fairs that 12 months can vary considerably. I have been booked over two years in advance before!
Look at just a few photographers, make the decision and book promptly, in case the one you really want (me?!?! 😉 ) gets booked.
Can you hold my date?
I will put your wedding in my diary and if I get another enquiry I will tell you. I don’t “hold” dates. Once I’ve told you there is another enquiry I need a booking fee and contract to secure a booking. First come: first served!
Why are you so expensive?/Why are you so cheap?
Amazingly I know that whilst some couples think that I cost the earth for what I do there are others that worry that I’m too cheap – and if something is too cheap there must be a catch, mustn’t there?
According to a 2017 survey, of nearly 4000 couples, by The Wedding Industry Awards and Bridebook.co.uk the average cost of wedding photography is £1200
I have tried to work out my prices so that after I have paid for the products that you get, and my overheads, tax, insurance, and so on, I have made a fair living. I have no desire to be wildly rich.
If my prices seem high that’s simply the real cost of running a business. If they seem low – well that’s because I’m not driving a Mercedes!
What happens if you’re ill on the day?
I know a number of wedding photographers who are close friends. Should the need arise we cover for one another. I’ve covered for other photographers on quite a few occasions. Only once (I had norovirus) did I have to ask a mate to cover me – and my wife went as a free extra second photographer to that wedding so that our style came through.
Are you insured?
Oh yes. I’m not a risk taker! I don’t ever want to use that insurance but, yes, I have it covered.
Do you bring backup kit?
Oh yes. I’m not a risk taker! As far as I’m concerned it would be madness not to have backups. I’m an ex-project-manager: there’s always a Plan B. I have backups for all my PC stuff too.
What happens if it rains on the day?
As with backup kit there’s always a Plan B. Your venue will have one for if you can’t go outside for drinks and canapes. We work with the venue to get it right. Sometimes it means we have to do groups later, or do smaller groups. We will discuss your Plan B with you when you have booked.
How many pictures will we get?
I tell all of my couples that I’m a magpie and I take photos of what draws my eye but I don’t go mad. Typically you’ll see something like 50 images for each hour that I’m with you. It could be more, it could be less.
Do we get ALL the pictures?
Nope. But then you wouldn't want them!
I will take photos of the back of my hand to test exposure. I will take several of you in one position and one of you will blink. Almost guaranteed!
Sometimes I take a photo and the person I'm taking a picture of starts to talk and it is an unflattering image.
Seriously, I delete the stuff like that and just give you the good stuff.
Do we get copyright?
Technically you don't get copyright. Practically you get everything you need!
What you get is a license to use the images as you want, pretty much. Bung them on Facebook, share them with friends, print them and wallpaper your house with them. I only ask that you don’t use or share them where they may be used for commercial purposes.
How far do you travel?
Where do you want me to go? 😉
Seriously, I do most of my weddings in Dorset and Hampshire (I used to live in Hampshire and now live here in Dorset so still get some weddings “up there”). I will travel wherever needed and have done weddings in Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and helped at one in Jersey. All over the place.
Do you do airbrushing?/Do you edit the pictures?
Yes, no, maybe, perhaps.
I don’t make people magically thinner. I don’t straighten teeth, remove wrinkles, or the like. I believe we are all lovely. You love one another as you are, after all… don’t you? Ok. So if you’re lovely why change it?
What do I edit? Well, the groom might cut himself shaving on the day (nerves, clearly!) and I would remove the cut in close up images. Ditto that spot that annoyingly came up on the morning of your wedding. I might see an irritating sign and choose to remove it to improve the image. I might slightly lower a dress-line where, how shall I put it, maybe a little more is showing than the lady subject might be happy with.
If you want me to do changes to the images that I present to you we can discuss the possibilities at that time.
Have you shot at our venue before?
I was photographing weddings in Hampshire for 10 years. I didn’t cover all the venues there. I moved to Dorset in 2016. I am making efforts to visit as many venues as possible so I’m familiar with them. If I have not visited your venue yet and it is up to an hour from me I’ll go and visit them before your day. This helps with knowing their preferred way of working (each venue is different) and I’ll get to know their wet weather plan too.
How many photographers will there be at our wedding?
The tongue-in-cheek answer is to ask how many guest you have because everyone is a photographer these days. I know of venues and DJs that take photos too. Social media marketing is everywhere, don’t you know. 😉
The simple answer is that I generally work with my wife as my assistant. This helps with discrete photography, speedy setups and a knowledgeable gopher (don't tell her I called her a gopher!). She does a fabulous job holding reflectors and spotting things like shirts that aren’t tucked in. She may also take a few photos but she isn’t the second photographer.
When a wedding is small having two photographers can make it feel like there is a camera wherever you turn.
If you do want more angles covered I can get a second photographer to take photos, of course. I have several that I work with.
I’ve seen this photo on Pinterest, can you do that?
Occasionally a couple have an idea that they’ve seen somewhere and want to do it. Usually we can work out something similar for that special shot. Please don’t ask me to exactly reproduce another artist’s work – it’s not legal because of copyright but we can certainly be inspired by the work of others.