Q: HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK?
I recommend booking as soon as you have a date set for your wedding, some couples even enquire before their date is set. At the moment I have bookings well into 2018. From 2016 onwards I’m only taking a select number of bookings per year to ensure each couple gets full advantage of my time with them and all of my creative energy and input.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
I have a very distinct style, and all of the photographs you receive will be carefully hand picked and tweaked to create that light and airy, almost dreamy look. I grew up shooting film, and try to emulate that within my work for timeless, classic photographs that will stand the test of time for years to come.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH ON THE WEDDING DAY?
I love photographing people naturally, no forced smiles, no cheesy poses. I like to blend into the background, capturing all of the fun and emotion as it happens in a relaxed, friendly and calm manner. People often mistake me for a guest!
The times I take a step forward are during the group photographs if any have been requested. I also like to direct a little during the posed portraits of the two of you together, just to help you look your best!
Q: HOW DO YOU WORK WITH NATURAL LIGHT?
Natural light plays a huge part in my work. I spend a lot of my time studying what the light is doing during the day, and portrait times usually rely heavily on when we get that window of ‘perfect, dreamy light!’
This could mean popping out for 5 minutes in between courses, or a quick 10 minutes just before the sun sets. I never take you away for too long, and it’s just enough time to catch those hazy , backlit, fine art photos you see on my website!
Don’t be alarmed if on the day the weather is gorgeous and I take you both to a shaded area with a shabby background, just trust me! It’s all about the light, and we can pop back to that awesome location you loved at a different time when the light is just perfect.
Q: WHAT IF IT RAINS?
We always work out a back up plan before the big day! A spacious room with lots of natural light is perfect for portraits and group shots. If it is forecast for rain, it’s a good idea to let the venue know in advance that we may need that room kept clear for photographs, or work out a time we can use it with your wedding co ordinator .
I’ve worked in almost every weather condition, and nothing has stopped me from getting beautiful photos. Sometimes you just have to embrace the elements, it’s all a part of your day!
Q: DO YOU DO POSED FAMILY PORTRAITS, AND PHOTOS OF ALL GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE?
I understand how important it is to capture your family together during this happy time. If group photographs are requested, I usually do around 5 or 6 key family/friend shots, which roughly takes 25 – 30 mins (5 mins per photo!).
If you would like a few more, make sure there is enough time, and I recommend appointing someone with a loud voice and lots of confidence to round people up quickly, ready for the shots. This means I still keep my low profile so I can get plenty of those natural, candid shots you love!
I tend to not do the big group shot of all guests in attendance, I want you and your guests to have a drink and enjoy yourselves instead!
Q: HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD WE SET ASIDE FOR PORTRAITS ON THE WEDDING DAY?
Ideally, around 45 minutes to an hour for portraits. This can all be spread out over the course of the day, so maybe 20 minutes after the ceremony, and another 20 minutes later in the evening to catch the golden light. I don’t like to take you away from your celebrations for too long, and I tend to work around whenever the light is best.
As for group portraits, 30 minutes is enough time to get those key 5 or 6 photos.
Q: WHEN WILL OUR PHOTOGRAPHS BE READY?
It takes 6 weeks for you to receive your online gallery of photos, ready to be downloaded instantly. A week or so after the wedding you will receive a sneaky peak on Facebook, and after two weeks you will receive a hand picked gallery of preview photos to keep you going while you wait!
Q: DO YOU RETOUCH OUR PHOTOS?
If you have a pesky blemish that appears on the day I can take care of it, not to worry. Additional or extensive retouching services are available at an additional cost.
Q: DO WE GET A PRINT RELEASE FOR OUR PHOTOS?
You receive full printing rights with all of the photos you receive, meaning you can print and share your photos for your own personal use. Print your photos wherever you like! They are yours to keep forever. I can recommend some amazing companies for printing if you need advice on where, and I can also order for you on your behalf.
As for copyright, I retain the copyright to all of my photographs. Meaning your photos cannot be altered without my consent in any way or reproduced for sale.
Q: WILL YOU BE SHARING OUR IMAGES ON YOUR BLOG, OR SUBMITTING TO MAGAZINES?
If there is a wedding with a favourite photograph I love, I will probably post it on my Facebook and write a short post about it on my blog. Sometimes, I’ll submit a select few of the photos to a magazine or wedding blog, but I will always ask for your permission before I do so, and for a little bit of info on your experience of the day. Sometimes blogs and magazines get in contact with me too! If they do I always like to ask you first and ask if there are any favourite photographs you would like to be featured.
Q: CAN I SEE YOUR ALBUMS?
Wedding albums are so important to me. Nothing beats seeing your beautiful photos on fine art, luxury paper. Eco friendly, locally sourced and hand made in the UK. A sample gallery for you to view is here.
Q: WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?
I use a Canon bodies with a range of prime L lenses. Occasionally I will bring along my medium format camera to catch a few frames on film, and sometimes I like to shoot a few polaroids on the day. Most of the work you see on my website is digital.
Q: DO YOU HAVE SPARE EQUIPMENT?
Yes! I have a spare everything, just in case.
Q: DO YOU HAVE BUSINESS INSURANCE?
Yes, I have liability and indemnity insurance. I’m happy to send a copy of my certificate along to your venue if it’s requested.
Q: SHOULD I PURCHASE WEDDING INSURANCE?
Absolutely. I recommend this to all of my couples. Sometimes venues close down, sometimes things happen out of your control and sometimes circumstances change. Wedding insurance helps with all of these situations that may arise for you.
Q: DO YOU SHOOT WEDDINGS ALONE?
I put my heart and soul into my photography, and generally work alone on the day. Sometimes, an extra pair of hands is needed so I’ll bring along an assistant to help me out with things.
Q: HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE RECEIVE?
For a full day of photography you will generally receive around 400 photographs.
Q: HOW DO YOU STORE OUR IMAGES?
I use multiple hard drives including a RAID memory system to keep your photos safe, along with online cloud backups. I will keep your images on my hard drives for one year after I deliver your photographs to you. Please remember, CD’s and USB’s only have a life of about 10 or so years until data becomes corrupt. Your online gallery is the way forward, as well as printing your photos in a beautiful album.
Q: HOW DO YOU TAKE PAYMENTS?
I prefer payment via bank transfer. A cheque is fine too!
Q: WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK, AND WHY SHOULD WE DO IT?
If you’re thinking of doing a ‘first look’ then read on!
Sometimes, especially with British weddings, natural light is hard to come by. Lets say your ceremony is taking place at 3pm in December. The sun starts to set at 3:30 and by 4pm it’s completely dark. Perfect for cozy, intimate, twinkly fairy light shots, but not the best for the dreamy, hazy bright and light photos of the two of you together! This would be the perfect situation for a first look.
Seeing one another before the ceremony gives you the chance to chat, laugh, flirt, and take in the moment of it being just the two of you. It also gives us the chance to do all portraits of the two of you together, before the ceremony with no time restraints. You’re then free to spend the rest of the day with your friends and family, and you don’t have the worry of looking perfect for your portraits! Drink and dance the day away!
It’s not traditional, but it really is such a special moment that the two of you get to share together, without anyone else around.
Q: WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR FOR OUR PHOTO SESSION?
Engagement: Some people like to go casual, some like to dress up, it’s totally up to you both. Colours that photograph best are light pastel tones, anything light and airy! Simple patterns or solid colours like ruby red or emerald blue. Think about your location (a beach? a field?) and work out what would look best in that setting. Wear colours that flatter your skin tone, this is an important one. Bring along something warm in case it gets cold, and spare shoes (in case we’re up a mountain, you can pop your heels on when we get to the top!)
I always say look through your favourite wedding blogs (style me pretty!) for inspiration. We can go super casual, or all out with a bouquet, flower crown and flowing dress.
Lifestyle: For babies, a plain white baby-grow is perfect. Try to wear neutral tones to compliment each other and pick a room in your home with plenty of natural light and no clutter.
Boudoir: This one is completely up to you, exciting! Try to pick something that suits your skin tone, I usually recommend pastel colours. If you’d prefer something bolder, black, white (bridal!) royal blue or red looks amazing. Feel free to change a few times too. If we’re photographing you at home, a light and airy bedroom is perfect. I tend to take the covers off the bed so it’s just plain white, it acts as a natural reflector of light and makes your skin look flawless!