What is all day photography?
Can we take some couple/group photos?
Couples shots depending on the couple usually take around 30 minutes. Some couples love having their photograph taken and so can go on for longer while some don’t so it takes less time. It’s my job however to make sure everything keeps to time.
We have never worked with a photographer before. Do you have any tips?
We're getting married abroad? Are you available?
Should we include food for you?
We never take photos of people eating for obvious reasons but there might be a great shot available.
We wish the photographer to only takes photos of the ceremony and some photos for a short period of time afterwards. Can you do this?
How many photos do you take?
You will receive a mixture of colour and black & white photos and they are supplied in a high-resolution jpeg format without logos or watermarks. I’m also happy to provide some images at a lower resolution for Facebook, by email, etc.
Can we use our pictures completely free?
It’s not mandatory but I do ask if you share the photos you credit me so as to help promote my business. My only criteria is the images aren’t used for commercial contexts without my consent. I retain copyright on the photos and reserve the right to use the images for my own marketing purposes.
Where is it wise to take wedding photos?
What do we do if it rains on the day?
What do we pay for?
Is it possible to make an appointment so we can meet you before our wedding day?
I’ve found a good way of working is to combine an engagement shoot with a planning session. I’m more than happy to just meet for a coffee and have a chat but by combining the sessions you can see how you feel having me take your photos and then we discuss styles of photography for your wedding and go over the essential details. If you go for an engagement shoot and later decide you want to hire me as your photographer then I can promise you a good discount on the engagement shoot. I would recommend doing these shoots a good couple months before your wedding so what we went over is still fresh in your mind and you have time to receive your images for “save the date” cards, wedding invitations and the like
Will your prices change after booking?
Many feel that it is difficult to estimate what the total cost of wedding photography is when photographers operate with different package prices and different prices on everything from photography to albums, thank you cards etc. One may end up with a far higher total price for wedding pictures than you had anticipated before. I want to make it as easy as possible for bridal couples to estimate total costs in advance so there will be no risk of getting negative surprises.
Are there any other things we should think about before the wedding?
Even when taking couples photos, bring yourself a bottle of fruit or energy juice. It may have been a few hours since breakfast and if you’ve had an alcoholic drink you may run out of energy. If you ever see inside my camera bag(s) you will almost always see at least one bottle of something to drink and if it’s really hot an energy bar or two.
Also don’t be afraid to bring a blanket or two with you so you don’t make your dress or suit dirty when sitting down. We may even go for shots where you’re lying down so a blanket or appropriate cover would be great.
How well in advance is it advisable to book a photographer?
I photograph weddings any day of the week but there are only so many Saturdays in the year and many of them in Scotland are wet 🙂
Booking early will also allow plenty of time to plan your wedding.
We would like to book you as a photographer for our wedding. What do we do now?
- Bride and groom’s full names
- An address
- Contact phone numbers for preferably both the bride and groom
- Confirmation of time of ceremony
- Confirmation of location of ceremony
Once provided I’ll put all the details into a contract and email this to you in a PDF format. There are comprehensive terms and conditions but I’m quite relaxed on most terms so things can be changed. I also ask a retainer be paid up front which is 30% of the wedding balance. This secures your wedding. I request the final balance be paid between four and two weeks prior to the wedding.
Is there anything else you need?
The other thing is a shot list. Please recognise that I have my own photographic style so if you meet me and want me to shoot in someone else’s style, if completely different, it’s not going to happen. I’m happy to see other people’s work as rough guidelines but I do have my own style. Also please make sure I have a shot list well in advance. Again this applies more for group shots but there’s no point in giving me three A4 pages of very specific shots two days before your wedding. This will only end in disaster and missed shots.
It is also extremely helpful if someone(s) in the wedding party can assist me with group shots. If you have a large wedding party and want multiple group shots it could potentially take me a very long time to organise people. If for example a groom and a bridesmaid can help organise people that will save a huge amount of time on the day.
Wedding albums? How do they work?
Can you act as a witness?
Why hire a second shooter?
- While the primary shooter is busy with the wedding couple, photographing groups etc the second shooter can walk around and take candid shots of people
- The second shooter will offer a completely different perspective to your wedding. Every photographer no matter their level of training shoots completely differently
- The second photographer can give the main photographer a break. For example while the main photographer is doing the couples and groups photos the second photographer can take gentle candid shots and when everyone sits down for speeches the second photographer can take over. This is beneficial.
- Perhaps the most important reason for hiring a second photographer is we can show you how to pose. My wife assists me 99% of the time and we can show you poses that without her I couldn’t do.