I've put together this FAQ list with some of the questions that couples tend to ask most often. If there's anything you'd like to know about my wedding photography that's not covered here please don't hesitate to get in touch.
your most frequently asked questions...
what areas do you cover ?
It's a case of "have camera, will travel".
Although I'm based in Devon and work predominantly throughout the southwest I am happy to travel, though would ask for transport and accommodation expenses to be covered if you're getting married further afield.
Should you by any chance have a taste for raw urban street photography and fancy the landscape for your wedding photos to be the streets of New York, call me now, we need to talk...
do you work to time limits ?
The exact plan for coverage of your wedding day will be discussed in plenty of time prior to the big day but if you have booked me for full coverage of your wedding day, I begin at the start of the day and finish at the end of the day, whatever those times may be. No restrictions, no extra charges, just unlimited coverage of your wedding day. If you have opted for the "Fitted Collection" then I will be with you for at least 5 hours from your arrival at your ceremony venue. I don't clock watch though so usually 5 hours ends up being a little more than.
are you professionally insured ?
Absolutely yes. I have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance in place.
will you meet us before our wedding ?
Ideally yes. If you're considering me to be your wedding photographer then there's lots to chat about and no less importantly, you need to know that I'm right for you and I need to know that you're needs can be met by the service I offer and the photos that I deliver. If distance means it's impossible to meet then phone or skype are the next best options.
If you decide to book me to shoot your wedding there's I's to dot and T's to cross, we would keep in contact in the build up to your wedding before finalising all of the key details about one month before the big day. I'm always on hand to answer any questions or deal with any concerns that you might have during the build up and encourage all of my couples to contact me if there's anything at all they need help with.
do you offer "engagement sessions"?
I do and I love shooting these.
They're a wonderful opportunity to create some great photos of you both and they allow us the chance to become more acquainted with each other and just as importantly, you with the horrible pointy camera thing. That all helps when it comes to your wedding day and especially when it comes to your beautiful portrait shoot.
They are totally casual and relaxed, you can bring your dog, take a picnic or whatever you fancy.
An engagement shoot is included at no extra charge if you are booking full day coverage.
what is your payment schedule ?
To reserve your date I ask for a deposit of 25% of the total agreed fee, due upon return of my wedding booking form. The remaining balance would be due four weeks prior to your wedding date. If you'd prefer a different arrangement then that can be discussed.
your social media presence ?
I limit my presence on social media through personal choice. I don't use Facebook at all so you won't find me there, this I've no doubt is to some degree detrimental to my business but the whole thing is just not my cup of coffee. I do use Instagram regularly as I prefer that platform and it allows me to play more with pictures.
I prefer spending my time taking photos more than working social media.
what happens if it rains ?
Well, Britain is where we live therefore rainy is what we do. I always carry a couple of umbrellas that can be made good use of but in my experience, rain on a wedding day as only ever added to the fun and drama of the occasion. A bit of rain is not to be feared. I won't stop me from working and it won't keep you from becoming newlyweds.
what happens if you're ill ?
In the years I've been shooting weddings I can gladly say that I have never missed a wedding for any reason.
I take the responsibility of photographing a wedding absolutely seriously and equally so my preparations in the lead up to your wedding. It would take a very grave reason to keep me from attending, however, I have a network of photographers and always have a back up plan in place which includes a replacement photographer. Rest assured though that I'll do everything in my power to ensure I'm with you as planned.
do we need to feed you ?
I don't make it a contracted requirement but it would be wonderfully kind of you if you could. A hot meal is very welcome during the course of a hard days work. I don't expect to sit with your party, a quiet corner away from the action is best and I'm not fussy but I am veggie.
when and how will we receive our prints ?
It is always my aim to deliver your photos to you within 6 weeks of the date of your wedding, however, at busier times of the year this may be realistically 8 weeks.
Your photos, once hand edited by me, will initially be uploaded to a private, password controlled online gallery. This allows you the chance to see your beautiful new photos for the first time and also to share them with your friends and family. All images are then transferred to your bespoke USB package, this is an elegantly crafted hand finished wooden case, personalised with your names and the date of your wedding. This will hold your 10 free prints and your USB which will contain all of your edited wedding photos and your engagement session photos if you had one.
do you offer albums or prints ?
A bespoke album is a beautiful way to showcase your new wedding photos and I can certainly provide you with this option. I employ a leading national company, who just happen to be based here in Devon, to produce beautifully crafted contemporary and traditional albums that can be made as bespoke as you wish. The purchase of an album is additional to any fees agreed upon and is something we can discuss prior to your wedding day.
All of the prints I give to my clients are printed to exhibition grade standard on superior quality Fuji Fine Art or Fuji Velvet Archival papers by a dedicated professional print lab. Additional prints to those provided if you've booked "The Jam-Packed Collection" can be purchased and delivered within two weeks of ordering. Costs are very realistic and orders can be placed with me at any point up to twelve months after the date of your wedding.
the next step ?
If you're considering me to be the lucky photographer then get in touch to check my availability. Dates do get booked well in advance so give me an email, call or complete the contact form as early as possible. I'll get back to you as soon as I can and if all looks good I'll suggest we meet for a coffee and a chat about your plans. From there if you wish to go ahead it's a case of completing a little paperwork and formally booking the date.