So you’re looking for a photographer to capture your treasured memories, but you have a few questions you’d like answering first. Well, let me put your mind at rest…
When you hire a wedding photographer, you need to be sure that (a) he or she can take great photographs, and (b) you’ll get on with them like a house on fire. My wedding photography portfolio hopefully demonstrates that I know what I’m doing regards to taking a fantastic photo, and my testimonials demonstrate that I get on well with my clients and provide them with a premium service they expect and deserve.
How very dare you! My wedding photography collections all include all day coverage, and you can choose the collection that’s right for you. This means I’ll be with you from bridal preparations to just after the first dance (to capture some, erm, drunken merriment of course…!)
No disrespect to your Uncle Bob, but can he:
- Take a sharp photograph in low light or when it’s pouring down?
- Can he organise large (sometimes tipsy…!) groups of people?
- Does he have total control of his camera so he’s ready to capture that special moment as and when it happens, not fifteen seconds later when he’s found the correct button and the moment has passed forever?
- How will Uncle Bob fare after he’s had three pints of Fosters and a sneaky glass of Lambrini..?
- Does Uncle Bob have insurance in case something goes wrong (heaven forbid) on the day? Does he have a backup camera in case his equipment / batteries / memory cards fail (again, heaven forbid, but he needs to be prepared for all eventualities).
- Also, has he photographed a wedding from start to finish before?
Nope. What you see is what you get, and we can discuss prices in detail over a coffee and a nice slice of cake.
I usually post a sneak peek up on my website / Facebook / Twitter a couple of days after your wedding, and I’ll send you the link to your photographs within two to three weeks (four to eight weeks during three summer months). Designing and printing wedding albums sometimes take a little longer, normally between two to three weeks.
Absolutely – you’ll be utterly sick of the sight of me before the big day! Seriously though, I like to meet at least twice before your wedding – once for the initial consultation to ensure we’ll work well together (i.e to make sure you like me and I like you..!), and then a longer chat a few months before the wedding to nail down timings – who’ll be where at what time, what photographs you’d like, and to finalise the flow of the day.
For the most part, no! I prefer to stay in the background to observe and capture the love, laughter and emotions of the day, not spend hours making you feel uncomfortable. Most of the time you’ll forget I’m even there.
Saying that, if we’re blessed with a fantastic sunset, I’ll grab you for a stunning portrait or two which will take 10 minutes at the most.
This leads on nicely from the last question – I prefer to call it “natural” or “documentary” for the most part. This doesn’t mean I’ll follow you round with a camera crew for a few days to find out what you have for breakfast (unless you want me to?!), but I’ll stand in the background, observing and taking gorgeous photos of you, your husband / wife, friends, families and loved ones having a fabulous time.
When you hire a professional wedding photographer (such as myself), you’re hiring someone who’s well versed in capturing amazing photos in all types of conditions. So whether I’m photographing in blazing sunshine or torrential rain, rest assured your photos will be fantastic (rain actually offers some fab creative opportunities, so it’s definitely not all bad when the heavens open!)
I also visit the venue well in advance of your wedding to look at suitable locations for photographs, and this includes inside the venue as well as out. So if the weather isn’t so great you can rest assured that we’ll capture some gorgeous memories together.