Here is a list of common wedding photography FAQ that I often get asked. If you don’t find what you are looking for then please get in contact and I will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.
When did you start photographing weddings?”
I set ‘Image Paradise photography’ up in 2014 after previously training and assisting with some of the best wedding photographers in the industry. Since then I have shot many weddings each year with that number continuing to increase.
What if it rains on my wedding day?”
Don’t worry I am flexible, generally if it rains it’s not all day so hopefully we can get outside at some point. However I always bring some form of lighting with me so worse case scenario we can set up a little corner inside and still get the family shots that you want. Also I am not precious about my gear (it’s weather sealed anyway) so if you are game for grabbing some umbrellas and embracing the rain then lets do it we can get some great shots!
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 shorter packages for weekday weddings, out of season dates and last minute bookings so get in touch with your requirements and I will do my best to accommodate you.
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.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
To secure your wedding date and finalise our agreement I ask for a non refundable booking fee of £200 and a contract to be signed. The remainder of the balance is then due 30 days before your wedding date. If you wish to spread the cost and pay in instalments then please ask at the time of booking. I am sorry but I am unable to hold the date until a deposit has been paid.
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!), please just ask.
When will I get my pictures?
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 a few days of your wedding to keep you going.
Once your photo’s have been edited, 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.
What happens if you are sick on the day?
There is an unwritten rule that as a wedding photographer you have to be pretty damn ill not to turn up on someones wedding day. So unless I can’t physically stand or am in hospital I will do my best to be there. Hell 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 leading up to someone’s wedding day, so far so good. 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. 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.
Will you meet us?
Absolutely if you would like to meet me before booking I would be more than happy to meet up for 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 still 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 some point before the wedding day.
What equipment do you use?
I am 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 lengths.
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 copy right?
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 long do you keep our files?
Your online viewing gallery will be available for 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.
Do you shoot Gay weddings/ Civil ceremonies?
Absolutely love is love and all love is beautiful! I just haven’t been asked to shoot one yet that’s why there are no examples on my website!
How can we pay you?
You can pay by bank transfer or cheque for no additional charge however if you would like to pay by debit or credit card then there is a small 2% transaction fee.