Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I do wedding photography for a living, and absolutely love it. It delivers a wholesomeness to my life.
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.
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.