FAQ – frequently asked questions
What is documentary photography?
Documentary photography, sometimes called reportage, simply means natural. I keep my camera close to the action and always think about what’s important to you. It could be a glance, an excited hand squeeze, or your first dance with everyone cheering you on in the background.
What is your approach?
I work behind the scenes capturing honest photos that tell the most beautiful story of your day. I don’t get in the way. I don’t tell anyone what to do. I work around your plans. I just take beautiful photographs.
Do you take any group shots?
Sure thing! People don’t really hire my for this, but I understand most people want a few. I recommend keeping the number to around 10. Each one takes 2-3 minutes so that’s 20-30 minutes. Having an usher help gather people really speeds this up.
Can we buy an album after the wedding?
Lots of people come back after the big day to get one.
Can we choose the photographs for the album?
Of course! I’m happy to design it myself, or you can choose about 50 of your favourite images for me to showcase. When I photograph a wedding I do it with the album in mind. I specifically compose images in a certain way for the album layout.
How big are the photographs?
They are Big. You can easily make 50 inch prints.
How much is the deposit and when is it needed?
For all bookings, a non-refundable deposit of £250 is required to secure your booking – typically, this should be paid within five days of your booking being confirmed. Your date will be temporarily reserved, but will be made available again should the deposit not be paid within the allotted time. Your deposit can be paid by either bank transfer or PayPal, and full details are included on your invoice.
Why are your prices so low compared to others?
For me, this isn’t my main/sole job, and therefore I am not financially reliant on it. The prices I offer allow those with a lower budget to choose an extremely reliant photographer to shoot their special day.
Do you charge extra for travel?
I will travel anywhere and will not charge extra for any wedding under 90 miles from where I am located. (LE67 4SR)
How soon after the wedding can the bride and groom expect to see the initial images?
In most cases, the bride and groom can expect to see their initial images within 4 weeks following the wedding.
Do you allow other people to take photographs while you are working?
For the most part, there is no problem with friends and relatives taking photographs while we are doing our work.
Does your photographer bring backup equipment with your wedding photography?
Is the person you are interviewing will be the person who will do your wedding photography?
Do you need feeding?
Don’t feel obliged. The gift of food is always welcome, but It’s not in my contract that you have to feed me and I won’t be offended if you don’t.
Do you backup the photos?
I sure do. In fact I’m pretty meticulous about it. Both of my cameras record the images to 2 memory cards. I back the images up to a laptop during the wedding breakfast. By the time I leave in the evening I have 3 copies of the photos and I make a 4th when I get home and upload them to ‘the cloud.’
Are you insured?
Yes. Public liability and professional indemnity.
So we own copyright of the images?
Not really. You have a license to print and share your photographs. The full copyright is retained by me. All that means is that you can’t sell, modify or enter the photographs in competitions.