SOME WEDDING FAQs

“But what about if we…?”

In case you have any questions about what I offer or how I work I have created this little list of FAQs for you.
If you would like some more detailed information please just give me a call for a chat, or feel free to download yourself a copy of the I+V Wedding Photography Guide.

CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY FAB SUPPLIERS?

Obviously working in the wedding industry with a whole host of wonderful suppliers I get to see a lot and meet a lot, and I am more than happy to recommend people if you have something in mind!  Feel free to utilise my experience and ask me for my recommendations!

Remember to give me a list of your own suppliers so that I can credit them and send photographs to them for their businesses if they would like that too!

CAN WE SEE A FULL ENTIRE WEDDING GALLERY?

Yes! Yes, you absolutely can! Thank you so much for asking! 

All photographers shoot in different ways and then edit in different ways too! There is a big trend currently where photographers are shooting in a very dark and underexposed way. There are also photographers who purposely edit for a very light and desaturated ‘fine art’ look. This is their style.

I on the other hand try to shoot in relaxed manner and edit in a quite true-to-life colourful warm style. This is because I want you to have a collection of images that whole-heartedly reflect the ‘feel’ of your wedding day!

Please do just ask me for my link to my collection of example full wedding galleries to check that you truly love the way I shoot and the way I edit!

(As an aside, if you ever encounter a photographer that won’t show you a selection of their entire wedding galleries I would run a mile! You need to be able to trust that your photographer is who he/she proclaims to be, and that their style is consistent and in line with what you guys want!)

 

I DON’T WANT ANY PHOTOS OF MY *INSERT UNLOVED BODY PART HERE*

As photographers, we all have our different ways of seeing a scene and we are each drawn to different things when making an image.

I personally have always been drawn to the photos that are full of joy and laugher or show some kind of emotion. I like to think my couples who book with me want this too, and this is why they choose to book with me in particular. I would always prefer to capture a happy joyful laugh photo over a perfectly posed photo, which is why I am a documentary style photographer and don’t pose people until they are ‘picture perfect’.

As a result, your wedding gallery will include shots of you laughing, crying, hugging, smooching, dancing wildly, and so on! All things that might cause you to not be having a perfectly posed photo-face on. But then I believe that we all look our best when we are not camera-aware and are just having fun! 

If you are a person who is self-conscious and would prefer only the posed polished photographs type of yourself, then that’s no problem but perhaps I am not the photographer for you. Instead you might be more suited to a ‘classical’ wedding photographer, or a ‘fine art’ wedding photographer.

If however, you are all up for funny, touching, and emotional type images, that might possibly include a little double chin every now and then, then step this way!  – When your loved ones look at your wedding photographs they will see you as they see you every single day. Not the selfie you. They will see happy crinkles and laughter lines and double chins and snorty faces and everything they love about you! Surely this is more important than obsessing over a turkey neck? 

Just chill out about your *unloved body part* and HAVE FUN! – IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY!!

WILL YOU PHOTOGRAPH EVERY SINGLE PERSON AT MY WEDDING?

Although I like to take lots of candids of your guests having fun at your wedding. Unfortunately it is unlikely that I will photograph every person present, even with two photographers.

I personally believe strongly that it is impossible for us to ensure that every person attending has been photographed. I believe that as your photographer I am there to go where the fun is and where the moments are happening. Often that means that some people will naturally not be photographed as much as other people, and sometimes that can even mean that some people are just not photographed at all. (That is of course aside from those people that choose to actively avoid me and being ‘caught on camera’, which happens a lot! – Mums, I am looking at you! Hee hee!)
 
If there are certain people that you would like me to focus on, or make certain I get photographs of, then you will need to tell me and point them out to me too. 
 
I will also always ask at the end of the wedding day if there is anyone else that you would like a photo with before I go, just in case. 

YOUR WEDDING PACKAGES DON’T QUITE FIT OUR DAY CAN WE CREATE A BESPOKE PACKAGE?

Of course you can!

Please do just get in touch and we can have a good chat about your plans and what you want from your wedding photographs and I am more than happy to amend my wedding packages accordingly for you.

The only thing that cannot be accommodated for is breaks in coverage. I cannot provide photography for say 4 hours and then a break for 3 hours and then back for 2 hours. All wedding photography hours need to be continuous. 

HOW AND WHEN DO YOU REQUIRE OUR PAYMENTS?

After your enquiry I will send you your personalised booking link for you to select your wedding photography package and any additional items.

Forty percent of this total is then required upon booking and signing the contract, in order to secure your wedding date in my diary. This is to be paid via bank transfer.

The remaining sixty percent is then required five weeks before your wedding date. If this is not paid in full before your wedding date then unfortunately I cannot photograph your wedding day. 

WHAT GEAR DO YOU HAVE AND DO YOU HAVE BACK UPS?

I shoot with only high-level professional equipment.

My camera bag includes two Canon 5D Mark 3 cameras. I use a variety of professional level lenses for creative purposes, and tend to use only prime lenses. Prime lenses have a fixed focal length and are quicker and sharper than zoom lenses, and work better than zoom lenses in lower light, which is very useful in a wedding environment.

My preferred shooting style incorporates a shallow depth of field, and I love to utilise artistic embellishments such as playing creatively with light and angles. Along with my back up camera body and multiple lenses I always carry back ups of all other things such as flashes, memory cards, and batteries etc, too.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WEDDINGS?

I ADORE weddings!

Being a wedding photographer is my dream job. Being a romantic at heart I love immersing myself in your unique couple story and helping you preserve your wonderful day. I can sometimes be found getting teary-eyed behind the camera during your vows (Shhh don’t tell anyone!). I particularly love photographing the bridal prep stage of the day as the emotional process of getting ready for your wedding day is just breathtaking to watch. I also just love all the little details that make your wedding day personalised and unique too, from the invitations, to the bouquet, to the table decorations.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET ILL THE MORNING OF OUR WEDDING DAY?

I do everything in my power to ensure that I am on top form for your wedding day. However, it is understandable that on occasion there potentially will be things that fall outside of my control, including me getting too ill to work. In the unlikely event of this happening I will work my hardest to secure you a replacement wedding photographer in a similar style as my own. I am very lucky to know a large number of wedding photographers across the UK, and I belong to professional organisations that I can call upon to find a photographer in a time of need.

CAN WE ORDER ALBUMS AND PRINTS THROUGH YOU TOO?

You most certainly can! I am a full-service photographer and so I offer a full range of professional albums and print options, including fine art papers and prints with metallic pigments. Wedding clients can take up to 50% off my normal print prices. Your family and friends can order prints through your online gallery, this way they won’t need to keep hassling you both! 

If you would like the special feeling that is holding your own wedding album in your hands, then there are two options. You can order one before your wedding day as part of your wedding photography package. Or you can purchase one after you have seen your wedding photographs. I make the album ordering process very simple and hassle-free. Get in touch to find out more!

WHAT WILL WE NEED TO SIGN?

I will prepare a contract for you to sign, this includes all the terms and conditions of the booking agreement. It is important that you read through this before signing so that you are completely happy with its contents. You sign this electronically for ease.

WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE OUR PHOTOGRAPHS?

I give an estimate of up to 6-8 weeks (depending on the time of year) for you to receive your full Wedding Gallery back. This is so that I can make sure I have edited each and every one of your photographs to the high standard that I require. It will often be more like 4-5 weeks, depending on workload. You will however be able to view a selection of ‘Sneak Peeks’ via my Facebook page and website up to two weeks after your wedding day, as I know how excited you’ll be to see them!

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL WE GET?

This one is never easy to answer exactly as every wedding is so different, but I would say that you will typically receive around 50 – 80 images per hour that I am with you. All of these images will be uploaded to a USB which is yours to keep. They will also all be uploaded to your online gallery for friends and family to view and order from. You can then decide which of these images you would like to put into your photobook.

TELL ME ABOUT THE SECOND SHOOTER

I always recommend to my couples to choose to have a Second Shooter work with me on their wedding day. The benefits they bring to the running of the day and to the images we can obtain together as a team far outweigh the small additional cost. Especially if you have a guest list of over 60 people, because I just can’t be in two places at once. Having a second shooter allows us to capture periods of the day that run concurrently such as both the bride and groom prep sessions, but it also allows us to capture differing views of moments during the day which ialways looks beautiful.

The second shooter is always a professional wedding photographer like myself. They will be vetted and hired by myself and are usually people that I have worked with on multiple occasions so I know that we work well together.

You won’t meet the second shooter before your wedding day, and this is entirely normal practice across the wedding industry. This is because they are working under my instruction and are therefore to be viewed as just an extension of me.

At the end of the wedding I take the second shooter’s photographs and edit them as part of mine so there is perfect continuity over the photographs and you end up with a beautiful collection!

HOW WILL WE DISCUSS OUR WEDDING PLANS?

It is very important to me that you get the opportunity to meet me and get to know me before your big day, and I want you to feel able to contact me whenever should you wish to. Included in your package price are two consultation sessions (at my home studio, or within 40 minutes from my home), which are a great opportunity for us to have a good chat over a cup of hot chocolate. If this might be difficult for you, or if you live further away, I can phone you or we can try out my newly acquired Skype skills!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR YOU TO TRAVEL TO OUR WEDDING?

I love travelling all over for weddings, as there are so many beautiful locations and venues to see and experience with you! Travel costs to locations within a 25 mile radius of my house in Derby are included in your package price. Outside of that my travel costs are charged at 0.25p per mile, or the cost of my ticket(s). If the venue is more than 1.5 hours from my home overnight stay(s) may be required. I will always provide you with a travel quote when you enquire so you know exactly what the travel surcharge will be.

DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU AT OUR WEDDING?

It is always so very much appreciated when a couple provide a meal for my second shooter and I at their wedding!

You have hired us to work alongside you for a long day of continuous work and it is only natural that we will need a break, food, and a rest, as well as an opportunity to sort out our cameras and prepare out lights for the evening. Thank you so much for valuing us in this way.

Most couples provide us with our hot meal in a separate room to the wedding party, but at the same time as they are sitting down to eat. If you speak to your caterers, they usually offer a reduced price vendors meal. We aren’t fussy eaters and love all foods(!) except I have Coeliac disease so it would need to be a gluten free meal for me, which most caterers are more than used to preparing.

If you are unable to provide us with a meal, we will take our break off-site to go and purchase a hot meal.

WHAT SONG IS MOST LIKELY TO GET YOU ON THE DANCEFLOOR?

Well that is a good question!

While I am an indie girl and love my guitar bands, I must say I am very partial to the typical wedding playlist and anything that makes me want to strut my diva stuff when at a wedding! Love a bit of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, or “Mr Brightside” by The Killers, or “Shine” by Years and Years.

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?

First things first please get in contact with me to check that I am available on your wedding date! Head over to the Talk to Me page to fill out the Contact form. It is good for us to have an initial meeting about your plans so that we can see if we would be a good fit for each other, and help you decide whether to book with me. These meetings are to be held at my home studio in Derby, where I have all the information you may require at hand. All I then need to formalise your booking is a signed contract and receipt of your non-refundable retainer (40% of the accepted quote). The remainder is then due 5 weeks before your wedding day. Then I can get you in the diary and our planning of your amazing day can begin!

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COMPLIMENTARY PRE-WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT?

Your pre-wedding photoshoot includes a 30 minute photo session to be held at a location local to Derby, or even your home, favourite cafe, or your wedding venue, usually 6-8 weeks in advance of your wedding day. During Spring and Summer pre-wedding sessions are held on weekday evenings only. during the Autumn and Winter they can be held any day during the week, in the early morning or the late afternoon.

Holding your pre-wedding session at your favourite location means we can create beautiful meaningful memories of your favourite place. Holding it at your venue allows us to view the location together to create a gameplan for your big day, as well as meet any wedding coordinators, or rectify any worries or concerns.

Your complimentary pre-wedding shoot also includes your collection of edited digital images. These will be placed on your online wedding gallery for you to view and download.

If you then would like any prints, signing frames, or thank you cards made from the images these can be ordered.

If you would like a full ‘Engagement Photoshoot’, of up to two hours, incorporating locations that are meaningful to you, and a greater number of photographs, then these can be available upon request. These sessions would cost an additional £150.

WHAT IS DOCUMENTARY AND LIFESTYLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

I consider my style a blend of Documentary and Lifestyle photography; this means that I put my heart and soul into capturing your day honestly and beautifully as it naturally unfolds. Lovely relaxed wedding photography! No fake smiles, no strange posing, and no overly elaborate lighting set ups! Instead I am always on the look-out for those precious raw moments and natural portraits that tell the story of your wedding day, capturing you and your guests naturally as you enjoy the day together. If it rains, or if your groom sheds a tear when he sees you walking down the aisle say, then that is what we will see in your photographs, after all we want to remember YOUR wedding day, as special as it was, not an overly polished ‘magazine’ wedding shoot. Not many photographers have the creative eye, or the powers of true observation, for beautiful documentary photography, it is most certainly an art. For me, I think my ability stems from my background in psychology (BSc and MSc).

To compliment your natural candid photographs I also think it is lovely to take a bit of time out from the craziness in order to capture some very special bride and groom portraits. These can be completely natural or these may include a tiny bit of direction so that I can get the best light and the best angles for you, and this is where the Lifestyle side of my work comes in.

If you would like to learn more about the different styles of wedding photography then this is a great little article:  https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-photography-styles