How far in advance should we book?
That is entirely up to you. There will be no pressure from me for you to book when we first meet and I would suggest you talk everything over before you book. Once someone has booked a date I can't let you have the same day. It is wiser to book once you have fixed the date.
Are you insured?
I hold full professional indemnity and public liability insurance. Should a venue require evidence of this I am more than happy to provide copies.
Do you have a DBS certificate?
Yes, I do. I work part-time with vulnerable adults and young carers so I actually have the enhanced certificate. A copy can be provided at any time.
Do we need to meet up before the big day?
Personally, I think it is a really important part of getting to know each other and to build trust. I know I am very easy going but you won't be sure of that until we meet. Having us all meet up gives us all the chance to get to know each other and discuss any wedding day photography ideas you may already have.
I'd also suggest another meet up closer to the wedding to run through any changes or new ideas.
We would love to book you, now what?
Excellent, thank you. If I haven’t already provided you with a copy of my contract, email me
and I will send you a link to a copy for you to complete, upon receipt of the completed contract and the booking fee, I will confirm the booking of your wedding day.
What areas do you cover?
I mostly cover weddings in Devon and Cornwall but I am open to travel further. We can discuss this when we meet.
What if it's a venue you've not shot at before?
I will always look at a venue in person or, if it is far away, research the location online to make sure I know the best places to shoot from, for sunny or rainy days!
What kind of photographer are you?
I love the 'capture the moment' shots and I like my photos to be storytelling. There is an art to photographing someone when they don't see you taking the photo. Those photos are priceless and are the type of photos I enjoy taking the most because they reflect a part of the day that most others, including the bride and groom, would have missed.
What's involved with our wedding photos?
Most think we stride up to the wedding, take a few photos and we then go back home and everything is done. The reality is the actual wedding day is only a small part of my process.
The editing of photos can take several days or more because I want each photo to look the very best. The price you pay is not only the wedding, the meetings and venue research, it's also to spend time making sure you'll have photos you'll remember for life.
How long would you stay at our wedding?
That would be entirely up to you. I can be there from start to finish. I would suggest that I don't stay much after the first dance, as this is when smartphones tend to take over. You tell me what you'd like and we will work out a schedule between us.
Do you do family group shots?
It's very often a main part of the day for weddings so yes I do. I would suggest that no more than half a dozen should be scheduled and we can discuss this during our chat. It can be as formal as you want but I like to capture some 'off-the-cuff' shots if possible and if time allows.
It can be time-consuming and sometimes difficult to get everyone in the right place for the formal shots. I would strongly suggest that you have a nominated person (usually a groomsman) to help me so we can get them done quickly so everyone can get back to the fun.
Can you help us if we don't like our photo taken?
This is why it is so important for us to meet up prior to your wedding, not only for us to get to know each other but also for me to get a feel for how you are with having your photo taken. Honestly, you really don’t need to worry about anything, it’s not about me and my camera, it’s about you both. The only time you will really be in front of the camera is when we go for a walk to get some stunning photos of you both while you take some time out together, no false smiles, it’s my job to make you feel comfortable and inject a little bit of fun with my photography.
Do we need to provide you with a meal?
This is entirely up to you but for a full day I would ask that you do. If I have to leave the venue to get something to eat I may miss some opportunities that you'll wish I had been there to capture (Murphy's law). For a half day or just the reception you won't have to. Also if a coffee appears every now and then I'll treasure you forever ;-)
What if it rains?
All the rain will do is limit the places I can photograph you but that also doesn't mean we can't get 'rain-creative'. I will know before we get there where I will be taking the photos, whatever the weather..
What if something happens to you before our wedding?
My absolute priority would be to reach out to other photographers to see if someone else can take over. I am very lucky in that I don't get colds, I have the flu jab and I rarely get ill. In my last job I had 3 days off in 6 years so it really is rare. Having a second photographer would be a very good option if this really worries you.
What will you be wearing at our wedding?
I don’t want to stand out but I still need to be comfortable and agile. I'll be wearing a shirt and black chinos. Sometimes a shot will require that I stand in mud, sand, water etc so I will be likely wearing a pair of all black, waterproof, safety hiking boots, just so I don't have to limit my options taking your photos.