I'm guessing the first one is 'How do you choose your perfect photographer?'
Choosing the right one is the hardest decision you'll make while you're planning your wedding.
With most other suppliers, you know what you're getting before the big day. With photography, you'll not know if you've picked the right one until a few weeks after, when you get your photos back.
Below are the questions I get asked most frequently. If you have one not listed, please get in touch.
How would you describe your style?
Not candid, not natural. Documentary photography is like storytelling. Photographs taken in the moment and that tell individual stories that document your entire day.
Do you take the traditional group shots?
Yes I do.
Group shots make up a main part of your day. I like to keep this part of your day simple, as it really can make or break the rest of your day. Trying to round up 20 people during your day is like herding sheep.
I'd recommend only having maybe 5 or 6 group shots of your close family and bridal party. Group shots of other family and friends mean we're taking shots for and extra 45 minutes and this is what can start making your day rushed. Plus, this means you can have some extra time having a few posed shots on your own.
Do you take portrait shots of just us two?
Of course. These are the standout photos that you'd want to use as a print for your wall or in an album.
It also gives you 20-30 minutes on your own, away from the hustle and bustle of the day.
Don't worry, I'll only get you posing for as long as you want, it's your day after all.
How far do you travel?
I usually shoot weddings within Yorkshire, but I do travel all over the UK.
There are small travel expenses for weddings further than 1 hour away from my studio.
When will we receive our pictures?
I aim to get your pictures edited and ready for you to download within 4 to 6 weeks. Depending if your wedding is in high season or not will depend how long they'll take me to edit.
How many pictures will we end up with?
There's no exact figure, but it will depend on a few things. Start time, coverage and opportunities.
I've done full day weddings and ended up with 1200 photos. I've done others and ended up with just over 2000.
As a rule, I'd say on average you'll get 700 for a half day and 1400 for a full day.
Will our photos be Watermarked?
You've paid for them, the last thing you want is my logo all over them.
I do leave my watermark in a corner of your sneak peak photos for social media. But your final images have no watermark and are copyright free.
What equipment do you use and do you have back ups?
I'm a professional photographer and because of this I use professional equipment.
I have back ups for everything. I even have back ups for my back ups. Extra cameras, extra lenses, extra flashes. I have so many batteries and memory cards that I couldn't possibly go through them all in one day.
Do you use flash?
Not usually. During the day, Documentary photography works better without. If your venue is dark then I may use it from time to time.
I use it more during the evening on the dance floor and for a nice intimate shot of you two as the sun goes down.
Do we need to sign a contract?
Yes. We will both sign a contract. Its a standard wedding contract which covers the terms of service.
What if you are ill or late?
Touch wood, its never happened in 15 years. In the unlikely event that I'm too ill to attend. I know a range of other wedding photographers that could cover. Its actually a point that's written into your contract. I must provide a replacement.
I always leave in plenty of time and always aim to be at the first venue 30 minutes before I'm supposed to be. I also keep an eye on google maps for traffic updates and whether or not there may be hold ups.
Are you insured?
Of course. All professionals should be insured in our industry.
I have professional indemnity insurance as well as public liability insurance up to £10 million. I can provide details of this if your venue has requested it.
Is there a booking fee?
Yes, there's a 25% booking fee (£200 minimum) which comes out of the total cost of your package. This secures your date in my diary. Your final payment is due 2 months before the wedding, although you can pay earlier if you'd like to spread the cost. I also have couples who like to pay monthly.
We'd like to book you, what next?
That's great news. Please contact us via the button below and we'll get back to you within 24 hours (in most cases its sooner).
I can offer a free studio consultation if its required to show you some of my work and packages. It's completely free and there's no obligation to book after you've had it.