FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where are you based?
I’m based in a village in South Oxfordshire and work all over Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire, and further afield for really unusual or unique weddings.
Do you shoot alone?
Yes, and I see it as a huge advantage. Shooting alone allows me to be unobtrusive and to go unnoticed for the majority of the day. The more photographers there are, the more aware of the camera you are.
Do you do group shots?
Yes you can have up to eight family group shots on your wedding day but please be aware that my main focus is capturing you and your guests naturally throughout the day.
Why do we need to meet you before we book?
With experience this is advantageous for both parties. A bride and groom spend more time on their wedding day with a photographer than with any other vendor so it’s really important that we gel and that we’re on the same page with what you want from your photography. You can meet me at my office in person or if you live further away we can have a Skype video call. There’s no obligation to book so please do get in touch for a chat.
We have a friend who has a really good camera, why should we hire you?
It’s often said that the only two tangible things you have to remember your wedding day is your wedding ring and your photographs. People spend many hours planning their wedding, choosing everything from the flowers to what their guests will have to eat and they spend time with the people who have been invited to enjoy their most precious day. Hiring a professional is more than just about having someone around with a fancy camera. A professional will meet you before your wedding, putting you at ease and letting you know what to expect. I’ve been photographing weddings for a decade so I know how to keep the atmosphere calm, I can pre-empt moments, I know how to use the light even when it gets tricky, how to compose pictures that you will treasure and that you will be able to pass down the generations. I have back-ups of memory cards/cameras & batteries. When I get back home after a wedding I am meticulous to ensure that your images are backed up multiple times.
Are you insured?
Do you shoot video?
No I purely shoot stills
How much do you boss the day?
As I mentioned I am unobtrusive except for during the group shots when I will ask for the help of a best man or usher to get together the people required for the shots. During couple time I will tell you want I need from you but it doesn’t involve posing so don’t worry. I want your memory to be of your wedding day, not of your photographer. And I want you to enjoy being with family and friends instead of lining up for endless photographs, I don’t want to turn your wedding into a photoshoot.
What happens if you are ill?
What happens if your vicar is ill, or your best man? From time to time in life illness affects all of us and it is my best endeavour to find you a replacement photographer should the worst happen. I am a member of a professional body of photographers and a local network which provides opportunities to find emergency cover at short notice.
Do we need to feed you on the day?
It’s not compulsory but I’ll always take you up if you offer.
Will you need to visit the venue if you haven’t shot there before?
For me it is not essential. On the day it’s all about the light so even having visited previously it may look completely different. I research as much as I can beforehand and arrive early on the day so I can scout round for locations. I don’t want to take photographs in all the ‘usual places’, I want to tell the unique story of your day in images.
How many images will we receive?
I don’t limit how many images I take but afterwards they go through an editing process to ensure you only receive the best of the best. As a guideline you can expect to receive between 400 and 500 images from a full day coverage.
Do you require a deposit to secure the day?
I charge a booking fee of £350 with your balance being due 30 days before the wedding.
What kind of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card.
Can our friends and family download pictures?
Absolutely, they’ll be able to download from your on-line gallery once it goes live or they can purchase prints if they want to.
Can we print our pictures and are they watermarked?
The images you receive via download are not watermarked, you have paid for them, and yes to are free to print them, go crazy! If you want to order professional lab prints you can do that through your online gallery or just ask, I’m happy to help.
Have any more questions? Please get in touch