Frequently Asked questions
Below is a list of questions which you may have regarding
my Wedding Photography and the service I provide. If there is a question which is not answered on this page, then please
feel free to contact me
Before the Wedding
- I have yet to book a date for my wedding, and the photographs
are very important to me. When would you suggest the best time of the day to book my wedding?
Cameras require light to produce the results. The more light
that is available the better the results. However, this does not automatically mean the summer. Spring is also an
excellent time of year. However, during winter the "day time" hours get shorter and shorter, which should be remembered
when choosing the time of day to book your wedding venue.
- I will be getting married in a location which has a certain
"prestige". I have seen the prices on your website. Will I pay extra because of the location?
No. The price that is quoted is the price that you will pay
- regardless of the location of the wedding. There are no hidden costs. Rest at ease - I will not add any extra costs
because of the location that you will be getting married.
- How far will you travel for a Wedding?
I am willing to travel locally, nationally, and internationally.
National and International destinations are calculated accordingly if over night accommodation is required.
- Do you charge for traveling?
There are no travel costs if the wedding is within a 25
miles radius of Tidworth (SP9). Beyond this, mileage is charged at 40p per mile, to and from the location of the
Wedding. This is calculated using www.multimap.com Any pre wedding meetings will not be charged for.
- How early in the wedding planning process should I book
Ideally, as soon as possible. During the summer months, I
can become booked up very quickly. Around 9-10 months is a perfect time, as photography is a key element to anybody's
wedding day. However don't panic. If you haven't booked my services within this time scale - still contact
me just in case the date of your Wedding is still free.
- Do you photograph a wedding or is the wedding passed onto
Every wedding booked is photographed by me. On some occasions I
have an assistant who will also be taking pictures. At no point is the wedding "sold" onto another photographer.
- Is there any paperwork during the booking of my wedding
Yes, I ask you to complete a simple booking form, which asks
for your contact details. I also ask you to sign a contract, which states my full terms and conditions.
- Do you attend the location of the Wedding before
the day itself?
Yes! I like to look around the church or reception
a day or two before the Wedding. This allows me to get used the location, and look at possible photographic
positions. This helps to take the element of uncertainty away on the day itself.
- I am camera shy, what will you do?
By the time of the Wedding day, I will have met you two
or three times to discuss your plans/requirements. This may seem like just normal planning meetings to discuss
that - your wedding plans. However, all the time that we are talking and chatting, I am begin to build a bond -
or a relationship. The only thing that changes on your wedding day is I have a camera, but the bond is
still in place between us. As a result, you see me as a "friend" and your shyness begins to drop. Not only
does this show in the photographs, but makes your whole wedding day much more fun - for both me and you.
- If I wish to book your wedding photography, do
you require a deposit?
I require a non refundable deposit of £150 to secure
On the Wedding Day
- What is a mixture of formal and informal photographs?
Formal photographs are your traditional photographs, and are usually
staged in a purpose location. Informal photographs are un-posed, un-stage and natural. This is the style which
is becoming much more common and is liked by the "younger" couples. My photography tries to combine both styles, as
this creates the mixture of results. However, if you prefer one style over another, then that's fine - I can shoot according
to your requirements.
- Do you use natural light or artificial?
I try to use natural light as much as I can, as this captures the
real atmosphere, and just adds more feel and depth to the pictures. However, sometimes, natural light does not like
to cooperate! In this situation I use a professional flash system, which helps produce wonderfully lit pictures.
- Do you take pictures in the church?
Yes! However, this does depend upon the vicar or registrar.
All photographers must respect and operate according the "house" rules of the church or reception, therefore it may not be
possible. Before any Wedding, I like to meet and discuss the "do's and don'ts" with the person who will be
taking the service. This helps eliminate any problems that are faced on the day of the Wedding.
- What happens if you are ill on the day of the Wedding?
If in the very unfortunate event of me being ill on the Wedding
day, then I will allow my assistant to take my position. In super unlikely event that both me and my assistant
are ill, then I have "contacts" within the photographic business which will be able to assist. However,
I will have to be super ill not to photograph the wedding!
- Do you have any problems with other guests
Not at all! They are at your wedding to enjoy themselves,
and I will not try to prevent them from having fun. However, I require my own time to take my photographs and this has
to be respected. Also, during booking my wedding photography, you are asked to sign a contract,
stating that I will be your only "official photographer". This aside, I have no problems with guests.
- How long do you require for the formal photographs?
Depending on the size of the wedding and the number of guests,
between 30 and 60 minutes gives me plenty of time. If you are working to a strict time plan, then I can photograph
- I am really worried that it will rain. What happens
to the photographs if it does?
In bulk, the main photographic plans do not change. The only
thing that changes is the location of the formal photographs from outside to inside. But, be assure that I always build
in a wet weather plan - just in case!
- During the wedding itself, do you just photograph me?
Or do you photograph my guests as well?
I photograph both you and your guests. This creates a superb
mix of photographs, and shows you on reflection who was at your wedding.
After the Wedding
- When can I expect to see my proof book from the wedding?
You can expect to see your proof book within 14-21 days of
the wedding. Remember that this proof book is yours to keep and treasure and displays over 300 stunning photographs
in "as it happened" order.
- In every package you offer I see that
the pictures are colour correct and edit all the photographs. What does this mean?
This refers to the computer editing process which happens after
the Wedding itself. Each photograph undertakes a time consuming process whereby the colour, sharpness, tone, skin tones
are all checked and enhanced for the best results. Also, I remove any fire exit signs or distracting
features. Once this process has finished, your Wedding photographs will have been "cleaned" to ensure the maximum quality
and produce stunning prints.
- I see that you can put my wedding pictures into an online
gallery. What's the benefit for me?
A wedding often attracts friends and family from all over the country
- and even further a field sometimes! Showing them your Wedding photographs in the preview book is often not possible
because of a geographical problem. However, the online gallery is a great way for them to still look at your wedding
pictures. Also, they are able to purchase any reprints by using the secure on-line shopping cart.