Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions
[su_spoiler title=”What is reportage and how does it work in wedding photography?”]
I did not know this style had a name until I started researching it when I decided it was what I wanted to do. Other names are documentary or photojournalistic. My preference is reportage as I think it fits with the romance of weddings better.
It is basically an approach whereby you tell the story through pictures; we’ve all heard the expression “a picture tells a thousand words”. A true reportage photographer will capture the events as they happen in a candid and unobtrusive fashion. Traditional wedding photographers tend to control the pace and hold the day up by asking everyone to pose for photographs. For many this can become frustrating and the resulting photographs lack narrative and character.
However it’s not just a case of pointing the camera and taking the picture, reportage photographers will plan ahead, assess the lighting around them, plan their shots and then wait for that perfect moment to unfold, often undetected. It’s not a case of lurking in the shadows though with a long lens, to tell the story the photographer has to get in with the action and listen to what’s going on around them. This approach not only creates a sense of perspective, but artistic images which convey the atmosphere at those moments in time.
[su_spoiler title=”What happens before the wedding, I’ve heard other wedding photographers just turn up?”]
I usually have 2 consultations with my couples, either face to face or via skype/facetime if distance/time is an issue. The first is get to get to know you, what makes you tick, what makes you YOU, what is your story. Also I need to understand who is at your wedding. Out of say 100 guests 20-25 are key and I need to know and understand who these are. I usually end up giving wedding planning advice during this conversation as people realise how much experience I have in weddings and having lived through quite a few pitfalls.
The second consultation is to hammer down the timeline, who is where at what point and what is happening. The more of an insight I have to your day, the better the coverage. It is also at this point that we can discuss formal images and must have shots.
[su_spoiler title=”Talk to me a bit more about group shots?”]
If you ask anyone at a wedding which bit is the worst, they will always say the formal group shots. Group shots and formals always take too long because there are too many, and usually your guests are being shouted at by a bossy photographer. They would rather be enjoying the day, getting a drink in and socialising, talking to one another. This is the one point that I encourage other guests to have their cameras with them, let them get the family and group shots, as it always happens and it lets me get on with my job of narrating the story.
All of that being said, I understand that weddings require a certain amount of group photos. I would encourage you (on bended knees) to have no more that around five group shots. This I can organise very quickly and everyone can get on with enjoying their day.
[su_spoiler title=”My venue is asking me to make sure you are insured?”]
Yes I am fully insured. I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance. My certificates are available on request.
These days many wedding venues will insist that all your suppliers have appropriate insurance so I encourage you to make sure that every photographer you speak to also has full cover in place, many weekend warriors do not have any form of insurance.
[su_spoiler title=”How do you edit your pictures, I really like spot colour and Instagram filters?”]
If you like spot colour or filters then potentially I am not the right photographer for you. I edit in a very clean style that suits the reportage style, and I love black and white. So much so that I will offer a discount if you have everything in black and white. My aim is to produce timeless images, and although Instagram filters and spot-colour can look very trendy and appealing at the time, they do date. Someone once thought The Mullet was the coolest hair cut going.
It usually takes 2-4 weeks (depending on how busy I am) to get all of your images on line for you to see. Basic editing, colour balance, exposure etc is outsourced. I then use lightroom and photoshop to produce the composition and finish. None of which include spot colour or filters.
[su_spoiler title=”So what do you do for a living?”]
I do wedding photography for a living, and absolutely love it. It delivers a wholesomeness to my life.
[su_spoiler title=”How do we book?”]
I require a completed and signed contract and a nonrefundable booking fee of £200 to secure my services for your wedding date. The booking fee can be paid by bank transfer, paypal, credit card or cash. I can not hold dates without the form and fee. The remainder of the balance is due one calendar month before the wedding date. If the balance is paid by card or paypal then there are surcharges to cover the fees applied by the card companies, so I always encourage cash or bank transfer.
[su_spoiler title=”Anything else we should know?”]
Check out my “How to get the best from your wedding photographer” series on my blog.
Apart from that. I am 44, married to Carole, have 3 children … well not children any more 20, 19 and 16 at the time of writing. I prefer champagne to beer, but I love beer. I have competed internationally in athletics. I love mountains, but I have broken 24 bones in total through mountain biking and snowboarding so I live on less adrenaline these days. My music taste is wide and varied from Nina Simone to The Prodigy. I have survived cancer. And seriously, if you still want spot colour or instagram style filters they are are going to cost you quite a bit of money.