Those Pesky Questions
You know the ones, the ones you meant to ask the photographers at the wedding fair you visited last week and forgot about. Hopefully this will cover a few of them, but before you read, make sure you have had a look at the wedding photographs on the blog and look around the website. Lots of information on here already, this is just an extra bit to help fill in a few more blanks.
How many photos will I get from my wedding?
A full days coverage usually gives you:
- 300-350 with one photographer
- 400-500 with two photographers
- No, this is not set in stone, sometimes you will get more, on very rare occasions, less.
How much is the booking fee?
£300, with the balance due 28 days before the wedding.
Can you make my photos look like some of those really cool instagram pictures?
I can, but I don’t, sorry. I keep the processing of your wedding day photos clean and timeless, so they will be as fresh in 20 years time as they are today. I will do some black & white versions, but not loads unless specifically requested, as generally speaking weddings are all about colour and vibrancy.
Do you do video too?
Simple answer, no. Photography and videography are two very different skill sets and in order to give you the best service possible and offer undivided attention to the photographs, I concentrate on the one I know I am good at. However, I can recommend some great videographers if you need them – my favourites are listed on the Recommended page. I am happy to work with videographers too, though I would highly recommend you choose a maximum of two so we aren’t getting in each others way too much. If you do choose one that insists on being 3ft away from you for the entire day, then it makes it very difficult for me to get the photos you want, so do ask how they work when you book them. Much better to work together so everyone is happy.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Do you use big, fancy cameras?
I so want to answer this with ‘No, a couple of one-use disposables are all that’s required’, but of course, you can’t see the naughty smile. So I won’t. All my kit is professional Nikon equipment with plenty of back ups and spares and perfectly capable of still working should the weather decide to do an impression of the Amazon Rain Forest… in the wet season.
We have read the lists in the bridal magazines of ‘300 essential wedding photographs’, will you need us to do such a list?
Absolutely not! You are paying a lot of money for a professional photographer and part of that expense is built on a plethora of experience and knowing what to photograph. Rest assured, I will photograph your day and it’s details. Mind you, the odd cup of coffee would be good, just in case the magazine didn’t mention it!
Will you do family group pictures?
Yes, but there are few things you need to know. Keep the list of them to a minimum, I would suggest something between 8 and 12. They are good to have, especially in the future when some people may no longer be with us, but they do take time out of your day and worse, your guests will get really, really bored if we have to plough through a big long list of ‘formals’. If guests are bored, they are going to look bored in any pictures they are in and you probably don’t want that.
Do we need a pre-wedding shoot?
No, you don’t need one at all. They are fun to do and give you a chance to get some practice in before the big day, but only if YOU want to, I am not going to force one on you, which is why they are not included in the basic coverage.
Do we need a 2nd photographer?
No, again, you don’t need one to get brilliant wedding photos, so again it is your choice. There are some advantages, rather obviously, so I will briefly explain those. A photographer can be with the bride and the other with the groom in the morning; you get two different viewpoints on the ceremony; a greater mix of candid photos of you and your guests. Disadvantages: any chance of an extra cup of coffee please?
Have you worked at our venue before?
Maybe… I will be honest here, if I have, I can say yes, I know it really well, and you will feel confident about what I do at that venue. However, if I turn that round because I haven’t, I can say no, never, but do you really want someone that has worked a venue umpteen times and takes the same old photos? The point is that it doesn’t really matter either way – you are looking to me to do a professional job and any wedding photographer truly worth that title can walk into any venue, new or previously worked and make the most of it. That is what we do, that is our skill and that is what you are paying for.
If you need to ask anything else, just get in touch and ask away, I am always happy to answer your questions.