when did you start photographing weddings?
I shot my first solo wedding in 2013, I'd been studying a degree in photography part time and a friend asked me to photograph their wedding. At that time I loved all types of photography but hadn't decided what direction I wanted to take it until I shot that very first wedding. I was instantly hooked and I knew that photographing people and telling a story with my camera was where my heart was. I then set up my wedding photography business in 2014 and went full time a short time after.
What if it rains on our wedding day?
Don't worry we will still get you amazing images. If it rains it doesn't generally rain all day so hopefully we will still get a chance to so outside at some point.
If not I always bring some form of lighting with me so worse case scenario we can set up a little area inside and still get the family photos that you wanted.
I am also not precious about my gear (it's weather sealed anyway) so if you are game for grabbing an umbrella and embracing the rain then let's do it, it will make some great shots.
do you take group shots?
Yes of course even though I am primarily a documentary photographer, I understand that you want some nice photos of you with your family and friends. I will always ask you for a list in advance so we know on the day what shots we need to get. I will also get you to nominate someone who can help me round people up whilst I am taking the photo’s this way we can get them done quickly allowing you to enjoy the rest of your day.
what equipment do you use?
I have always been a Nikon girl, I love the colours they produce and the dynamic range that no other cameras offer. They can also handle high ISO which is sometimes needed when I am not allowed or able to use flash. At each wedding I work with two full frame cameras and professional lenses. I have a mixture of high end zooms and fast prime lenses which cover all focal ranges. I have also recently gone over to the dark side and invested into the Sony mirrorless systems for my film making, please forgive me Nikon but Sony are killing it.
how far will you travel?
I am a Bristol based wedding photographer so naturally I cover weddings throughout the South West. Including Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Somerset, Devon and South Wales. However I love to travel so I would consider going anywhere in the UK or abroad (hopefully one day!)
how long do keep our photos?
Your online viewing gallery will be available for a minimum of 12 month after delivery date so you can go in and download the files as many times as you need. After this time it is your responsibility to keep hold of the images as I may not be able to guarantee to be able to retrieve them just in case of hard drive failures or storage issues.
you are out of our budget can we have a discount?
I understand weddings are expensive so I would still love to shoot your wedding if I can. I offer discounts and shorter packages for weekday weddings, out of season and last minute bookings. Please let me know your requirements and I will try my best to accomodate you.
when will we receive our photos?
Usually it will take between 6-12 weeks depending on the time of year and my work schedule. However I will start editing ASAP and will give you a small first look of your images within the first week of your wedding. Then once I have finished editing your photo’s, I upload them to a private secure online viewing gallery. At this stage you can ask for any changes to be made. Then if you have chosen a package with prints you can pick your favourites and I can order them for you. If you have bought an album then I will work with you to design something before ordering it.
Can we meet you?
Absolutely if you would like to meet me before booking I would be more than happy to grab a coffee and go over your wedding plans. It’s a great way to get to know each other and you can ask any questions you might have and I can show you some more of my work.
If you aren’t local to Bristol then we can always talk on the phone or Skype but this isn’t essential if you are happy to book now we will arrange to meet at a later date at some point before the wedding day.
what happens if you are sick on the day?
There is an unwritten rule that as a wedding photographer you have to be really ill not to turn up on someones wedding day. So unless I can’t physically stand or I am in hospital I will do my best to be there. Even if I have broken leg I will probably just drag it behind me just not to let you down lol.
When I started this job I made a pack with myself to eat healthy and never eat out or get take away the night before someone’s wedding day. However I would be silly to think that something couldn’t happen one day so in this situation I will never leave you in the lurch I will do my best to find you a replacement that is similar to my style. I am part of many emergency photographer groups of great photographers willing to step in when needed. That being said I will never force a photographer on you so if you decide you don’t want them to shoot your wedding I will make sure you get a full refund and you can find some else yourself instead.
are you insured?
Yes I am fully covered as a professional photographer. I not only make sure my equipment is covered, I also have public liability, employers liability and professional indemnity cover. My Photo Booth equipment is also PAT tested.
who owns the copyright?
As the photographer I will always own the copy right to the images however I am happy to allow you prints rights. This means you can share the images with family and friends as long as it is for personal use. Any commercial use is excluded however if you would like to enter the images for competitions or publication this is something we can look at doing together, I am always happy for you to do this as long as they give me the credit.
how do we book?
Once I have confirmed my availability I can send over a digital contract for you to sign. I also ask for a £200 booking fee to secure your wedding date in my diary and make everything official.