Here you will find some of my most commonly asked questions along with some general bits of advice about getting the absolute best photography for your wedding day. Use the buttons below to take you to specific questions about that part of the photography process or just scroll down to discover them all. If you can’t find what you are looking for, as always please feel free to contact me, I’m always happy to help.
HOW CAN I CHECK YOUR AVAILABILITY?
CAN WE MEET UP TO LOOK OVER YOUR WORK?
The short answer is yes, I’m happy to meet up with you for you to see my work. However, my website is filled with many of the images I have taken in recent years and it will give you a deep insight into my style of photography.
You can find my favourite images in the Gallery and get a good feel for the types of images I shoot during the day in the real weddings which are featured in Stories.
I always take time to speak to and get to know my potential couples before booking. Whether that is online, over the phone, or in person to make sure we are a good fit for each other.
If you still want to meet up I would be happy to come and meet you within 15 miles of Birmingham or arrange a central location for us both.
I have a few gorgeous albums that you can look through.
Consultations are a great way to ask me as many questions as you like about your wedding photography. We can also discuss a possible engagement shoot at your venue or another location.
HOW do I secure my date?
If your date is currently available and we have connected to make sure I am the right wedding photographer for you. You will need to sign my contract and pay your booking fee. Once signed and paid your date is secure.
HOW MUCH IS THE BOOKING FEE AND WHEN IS THE FINAL BALANCE DUE?
Everyone’s booking fee will vary but it will be 20% of the package that you choose. This is to be paid at the time of booking to secure your date. The final balance will then be due 6-8 weeks before the wedding. You can go to my online diary to start the process or get in touch via the contact form.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE ELSE ENQUIRES ABOUT OUR WEDDING DATE & WE HAVEN’T BOOKED YET?
Like most businesses, I offer my services to the first person who secures the date with a signed contract and a paid deposit. I would strongly recommend booking well ahead for the summer months as my wedding photography services are most in demand during that period.
do you offer an engagement shoot & do i really need one?
Yes, I do offer an engagement shoot for an additional fee. Of course, you don’t need one however for many couples it’s a great way to start their journey into married life and celebrate their relationship so far.
I personally also love an Engagement shoot. It gives me even more time with you as a couple before the wedding day which helps you to relax around me and the camera and helps me to make sure I can capture you both at your best on the day.
If you’re still not sure whether an engagement shoot is right for you, check out some of my work here. Also, you don’t have to decide at the time of booking your wedding photography, you can always add an engagement shoot at a later date.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
My wedding photography style is predominately candid. I absolutely love to document the day as it happens naturally. I have no problems setting up a scene, to create beautiful moments that occur as a result of that. Your wedding is unique to you, I like to understand my clients and discover what makes you tick. As your wedding photographer, it is my job to understand the style you love and make sure I create beautiful memories for you to cherish forever.
During the day you might not always be aware of me as I like to blend in. Real moments are so much more organic than if you’re aware of the camera. Something changes the second you discover the wedding photographer. I believe there is magic in photojournalism. Capturing the true essence of a moment in time is why I love wedding photography. Take a look at my Portfolio to really understand my style.
DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS IN THE BIRMINGHAM & WEST MIDLANDS AREA?
People often think I won’t be willing to travel all over the UK and even further afield. Living and working in Birmingham does mean most of my clients are based here but I love to explore new areas. Wedding photography is my passion along with travelling so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Depending on where the destination is, I may require my travel expenses & hotel. Have a look over my blog to see all the different destinations I have worked.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
Absolutely! I actually got married abroad myself so this was a question I once had to ask. A lot of the time your wedding photography can be booked as a package deal with your venue. From my own experience, I couldn’t find anyone I liked this way, so I decided to fly over a working professional from the UK. Wedding photography is so important and having everlasting memories documented properly is paramount.
DO YOU TAKE GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS? THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO US.
I always encourage group photographs and will make sure I have a complete list of all the shots you want. I will however look over your timeline and advise how much time we will have and the amount I think is possible. To avoid turning your wedding into a photoshoot I advise only the most important images, so you and your guests can really enjoy the day.
Do you stay all day and evening?
It is important to me to fully document your day so I typically stay up to 10 hours. This allows me to photograph the bridal prep all the way through to the first dance.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE WE CAN SEE OUR FINISHED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
I always aim to deliver your finished images within 4 weeks of the wedding. I believe in offering this service as I know how excited you’ll be to view your wedding memories. Additionally, to this, I will post a few images on social media within a few days to whet your appetite.
DO YOU PROVIDE WEDDING ALBUMS AND CAN WE GET PARENT ALBUMS TOO?
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS CAN I EXPECT & DO I OWN THE COPYRIGHT?
Typically you can expect to receive somewhere between 500 to 600 images depending on how long I am with you on the day. It’s not always about numbers though, quality not quantity is important. As for copyright, I own the copyright to the images but I give you the right to print them. You can use them in any way you choose for personal use, but you can’t use them for commercial purposes.
WE HAVE A FRIEND WHO HAS SAID THEY COULD SHOOT OUR WEDDING…
I would strongly advise against this. Does your friend have the correct equipment and experience? The gear I bring to weddings is specifically designed to capture beautiful images in low light, for example, in churches where flash isn’t allowed. I also carry full backup equipment in case there are any issues on the day. Weddings are a one off occasion and you can’t afford to make mistakes. After the big day, all you’re left with is memories and photographs, so it’s worth taking extra care to make sure you have the best possible document of the day. Have a read over some of my Testimonials to see why this is so important.
WHY IS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SO EXPENSIVE? SHOULDN’T I JUST GO WITH SOMEONE CHEAPER?
Wedding photography requires an awful lot of work behind the scenes. Not to mention the equipment I use to make your beautiful images is very expensive. There is a lot of time involved in meeting you, planning for the big day, and researching multiple venues.
When the wedding is over you can enjoy your honeymoon but for me, that’s when the real work starts. I will typically spend around 50+ hours editing a full day’s wedding photography. I really pride myself on this element of my service and I go in with a fine tooth comb making sure everything is perfect. This is a big investment and something you cannot afford to get wrong, don’t be tempted in by really cheap wedding photographers. Chances are they aren’t right for you.
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