How long do we have to wait to see our final proofs?
It is very important to me that I get your photos to you as soon as I possibly can, following your big day. However, it is also important that I deliver you a selection of proofs which are finished to the highest standard. I am solely responsible for seeing the creative process through from beginning to end, rather than passing it onto somebody else who may not have the same vision of an image should look like, so this does mean that the process takes a bit longer. I have to go through each image and pick out the winning selection, then I spend some time on the post production of each image. With this in mind, please appreciate that at times, particularly during peak wedding season, I am extremely busy working my way through a backlog of weddings. In the most extreme cases you might have to wait up to 2 months, but I’m happy to say that it is usually much quicker than this.
How many proof’s can we expect to get?
This does depend on a number of factors, including how many hours I was booked for, or if a second photographer was involved. Generally though, you can expect to get between 80 – 200 proofs.
How will we view our proofs?
The proofs will be placed in a private online gallery. I will email the bride/groom when they have been put online and provide a password. It is up to the bride and groom to pass on the password to friends and family who wish to view the photos.
What exactly is ‘reportage’ photography?
By definition, reportage (or photojournalism) means to ‘report events’ and is usually relating to press. Incorporated into wedding photography, it is simply a way of documenting the real events of the day in a non-obtrusive manner, observing moments which occur between people and basically telling the story of the day through pictures. I prefer this informal approach to wedding photography, as I like to capture true personalities and pure emotions, and am always looking for those special moments at all points of the day. Although I do obviously focus most of my efforts on the bride and groom, I do also spend much of my time trying to capture moments with friends and family, but there are no guarantees who will make it to the final proofs.I should point out that although my main approach to the day is reportage, I do like to take some posed portraits of the couple, as I feel these are an essential keepsake.
Are you happy to take more formal photographs?
Yes. Although some reportage photographers refuse to take formal group shots, I understand that they are a nice keepsake for the couple and their guests & family. Therefore, I am happy to take some formal group shots, but I do try to discourage too many group shots – about 5-8 should do it. I am happy to discuss this further with the couple.
What should we consider before meeting you to discuss our wedding photos?
As well as being a nice opportunity for us to meet, this is also a great opportunity for you to tell me what you want if you have particular ideas for your photos. For example, you may have a theme for your wedding, or you might like a specific shot in a location which has great meaning to you, or be keen to have formal shots of guests as they arrive at the church. Real examples from past meetings include the idea of walking through a busy town centre on a Saturday afternoon after the ceremony, and going for a pint at the local pub, and being photographed on a bride’s horse! The possiblities are endless. This meeting is also a good opportunity to discuss the formal group shots, and establish how important they are to you, as well as to work out how much time you will need to put aside for this on the day.
How much time should I allocate for the photographer?
I would usually require about an hour to shoot the group shots and couple portraits.
My husband to be and myself are both rather camera shy and don’t think we are very photogenic. How can we overcome this?
Might I suggest that you book me for an hours pre-wedding shoot. This is a great chance for you both to become a bit more relaxed in front of the camera, and I can figure out what works best for you both, before the big day, whilst getting some lovely photographs in the process. You can also use the photographs from this shoot to create personalised invitations and thank you cards, as well as a ‘sign-in’ book or ‘signing board’, which is a nice way for guests to leave messages to the happy couple.
Can we get a disc with all of the unedited photos for our personal records?
I’m sorry to say that this is not possible. The RAW files are simply the basic form (or negative) from which, after time spent in post production, become the finished proofs. Although I do like to spend extra time on certain images to give them a wow factor, generally the editing might simply be adjusting the crop of the image, adjusting the colour & light or to take out imperfections and generally tidy the shot up. These are all neccessary when looking to get the best image results.
I am getting married in the winter, and am worried about the fact that it gets darker earlier. Will this be a problem for the photographs?
I prefer to use natural light if it is available, so on these winter days it is best for me to optimise what little light there might be available. With this in mind, I would suggest that you have your ceremony earlier on in the day, so that there is still some natural light to be had. We can discuss the order of the photographs in more detail in our meeting, but basically I would recommend that you keep group shots to a minimum so that more focus can be directed towards the couple portraits. Flash is always useful, and I do also carry a set of indoor lights with me so that I can set up indoors if neccessary.
I’m worried that it might rain on my wedding day. Will this be a problem for the wedding photographs?
No, some of the most interesting photos are to be had on days like this, with windy veils, moody skies and people running under brollies! Funnily enough, a really bright day with no clouds can sometimes be harder conditions for a photographer to shoot in than rain and wind! I would just suggest that you don’t let the weather ruin your big day, and have fun with whatever challenges you might face. So long as you are realistic and understand that I may not be able to do some of the pre-discussed shots which were reliant on good weather, we can approach the day from a completely new angle.