wedding photography faq
I am often asked questions regarding photography, delivery times, albums....
I hope you find these answers helpful. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions you may have that are not answered below.
✩ WHAT IS A WEDDING PHOTOJOURNALIST?
The Photojournalist style of wedding photography takes its cue from editorial/newspaper reporting and focuses more on candid images that tell a story with little photographer interaction. A wedding photojournalist typically documents the authentic and genuine moments as they happen, rather than a traditional photographer that concentrates most of their efforts on posed portraits at key-points throughout the wedding day, and rarely capture candid moments. Most traditional photos are instantly recognisable, as many poses with people looking into camera are standard and can be sometimes quite cheesy and fake looking.
✩ SHOULD WE INVEST IN A WEDDING ALBUM?
In this digital day, it’s even more important now to preserve these memories in print. Digital copies can and do get lost - hard drives fail and technology changes quickly - try to view wedding photos on a floppy disk (if you remember what they were) nowadays.
Although it is hard to believe that you could forget any moment, the truth is that memories do fade over time. Wedding albums are like storybooks - preserving the memories, to be looked at any time regardless if you have wifi or a electricity supply.
I love technically and look at images on a screen every day, but I believe that nothing beats the connection of holding a physically print/album in your hands.
✩ WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
I have been a photographer for over 20 years and in that time have gained so much experience including photographing hundreds of weddings. What this translates to you is that I am a confident and competent wedding photographer with the ability to tackle any given situation whilst producing consistent results and having strong interpersonal skills.
Please view the REVIEWS page to see what past Bride and Grooms have to say about me.
✩ WHAT’S THE ‘ONLINE GALLERY’ YOU MENTION?
The online gallery is your online collection of all your wedding photographs. The Gallery is private password protected. When the images are ready, you receive a gallery invitation email containing your passwords and download pin number, access can be gained to the gallery. Using the 4 digit download pin number, clients have access to all their full resolution wedding images which they download to a computer. The gallery has an option of sharing a single photo or the whole collection with family & friends through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and by email. Ordering and purchasing prints & print products is made very easy for any one that has access to the gallery.
✩ HOW LONG UNTIL WE SEE OUR IMAGES?
I aim for all wedding images to be ready for viewing and downloading within ten working days (2 weeks) via the private online gallery.
✩ WHERE ARE YOU BASED & HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?
We are based in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England. We cover weddings locally in the nearby counties of Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire and Durham. We love to travel and photograph weddings throughout the UK as well as European destination weddings.
✩ DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes! absolutely, both indemnity & public liability. Would not work as a professional photographer without it.
✩ HOW MANY HOURS WEDDING COVERAGE DO I NEED?
You may have a rough idea of your wedding timeline; ceremony starting time and finishes, what time the reception starts, time of the meal, first dance, cake cut etc. To select the right amount of coverage for you, think about what elements of your wedding that you want capturing and calculate the time that I would need to cover these events.
The majority weddings have 8-10 hours of coverage. This would normally cover the wedding day preparations right through to the first dance.
✩ DO YOU EDIT THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS?
I edit all the wedding images individually - I do not batch process bulk groups of images automatically - so every single one of your wedding images gets the attention it truly deserves.
✩ DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THE RIGHTS TO TO THE IMAGE TO HAVE THEM PRINTED? A ONE TIME FEE? OR DOES IT COST PER PICTURE?
Once final payment has been made, sharing and printings rights for all wedding photos are turned over to the Bride & Groom and have no restrictions on printing or sharing imposed on them nor any further costs.
✩ DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS AND ARE YOU PRICES NEGOTIABLE?
I don't, as a rule, lower my prices or offer special discounts as I feel that my prices reflect my 20+ years of experience, the service and final product that my clients receive. By reducing the price it devalues myself as an artist and business. Couples do book me for my approach, creativity, professionalism and standard of my work rather than just a price.
"GOOD WORK AIN'T CHEAP, CHEAP WORK AIN'T GOOD" - Norman Collins
✩ DO YOU HAVE AN ASSISTANT / SECOND SHOOTER?
Yes, I do have an assistant that does second shoot for me on the day when she can between organising lighting, backuping data, arranging the family formal groups and generally making sure that everything runs smoothly and I have what I need.
My assistant is a wonderful, polite, very beautiful and highly skilled woman .....she's also my wife, a prefect match.
✩ DO WE GET ALL THE DIGITAL IMAGES INCLUDING THE RAW FILES?
The images selected for editing and finally delivery reflect my high standard so that all viable images are included in your online gallery of high resolution files. I don't release the outtakes, and any images not delivered are not archived, and therefore not available. In regards to wanting the RAW files to edit them yourselves, please trust me that I spend a great deal of time editing these images to a high standard so there would be no need to re-edit them.
✩ WHAT RESOLUTION SIZES WILL MY WEDDING PHOTOS BE?
Images are available in 2 options when downloading from the online gallery. Original (6720/5760px) - the highest and best resolution for printing at 300dpi. Web Size (1024px) - for internet use and storage for viewing on mobile devices at 72dpi. There is no restrictions on the amount of downloads you and your family can obtain.
✩ HOW MANY PICTURES WILL WE RECEIVE?
The number of images depends on many things - the number of guests, hours of coverage, type of events. Every wedding is unique and image amount differs. On average you should expect to receive anywhere between 70-90 fully edited images per hour of coverage.
✩ DO I GET A WEDDING APP FOR MY MOBILE DEVICES?
You can add your full online wedding gallery collection to your mobile device's Home Screen at any time for easy access and works like an app. Once added, it will function as a mobile web app, and you simply have to click the icon on your Home Screen to access your Gallery. Please click here and follow the easy 'how to' instructions to install your full online gallery onto your Android and Apple iOS mobile devices.
✩ WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I use top of the range Canon equipment. During the wedding I shoot with two identical cameras with lens focal lengths covering from wide, macro and telephoto. I use an 'off camera flash' system with a radio transmitter to control them as a group or individually - this makes a huge difference to the look of images when flash is needed.
I have additional back-up cameras with extra lenses and flash units just in case any of my primary gear malfunctions or fails. I change memory cards regularly throughout the day and record all images on two memory cards within my cameras as they can hold and write to both memory cards as the same time. This means everything is backed up at least twice adding to the security of the wedding images.
✩ CAN YOU HOLD A DATE FOR ME?
I'm sorry, but I can't hold the date or pencil you in. To be fair to everyone I can't hold a date without the 25% non-refundable booking fee and a signed contract. I accept bookings on a first come first served basis.
✩ WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK YOU AS OUR PHOTOGRAPHER?
As soon as possible since I can't hold dates. Most of my weddings are booked within a year of the wedding date and others a few months before. Please note that some of our couples do book us three years in advance.
✩ HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT? HOW DO WE PAY? WHEN DOES THE FINAL PAYMENT NEED TO BE PAID?
To secure me as your wedding photographer, I will need the booking fee of 25% of the total price. This is preferably be done via bank transfer as well as the final payment. The remaining final balance is due anytime between one month prior and the wedding date.
✩ WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON CAN’T PHOTOGRAPH OUR WEDDING?
If I was to die I can 100% guarantee that I won't be able to photograph your wedding - which would be very, very sad. However, my wife and assistant would still supply you with a suitable replacement photographer while fighting back her grief. I am part of international and local photography organisations and have many friends that are also photographers who I'm sure will come to my aid and every effort would be made to find someone to photograph your wedding.