You are based in the Lake District, do you travel elsewhere?
Yes, I am based in the wonderful town of Kendal, which is close to Windermere. But by no means am I restricted to this area – I can and will travel anywhere to photograph your wedding! I regularly travel beyond the Lake District to cover weddings far and wide. I will even cover your wedding overseas if you would like me to.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
I specialise in what is known as ‘documentary’ or ‘reportage’ photography – this style is a means of storytelling through pictures, capturing the moments in a narrative fashion. I believe it is the best and most effective technique to photograph the special moments and milestones throughout the day in a natural and candid way. Of course, I am more than happy to do traditional group shots too, but they will be in a relaxed, ‘real’ manner, as opposed to being formally structured.
What will you do to prepare before our big day?
About a month before the wedding, I will either send you a questionnaire to complete, or we can go through it together at the pre-wedding consultation. The questionnaire covers the final details such as timings, formal images, names of the wedding party etc. But not only that, I don’t want you to feel like you’re inviting a stranger to one of the most important days of your life, so this will be a good opportunity for us to get to know each other and for me to learn a bit more about you as a couple – your story, how you met, and so on.
On a more practical note, I always make sure my car is fully serviced, I have both paper maps and sat nav in my car, and I leave with plenty of time to spare to avoid any potential traffic delays. I shoot with two high-end professional cameras on the day and backup equipment is always on hand. I also bring along plenty of soft mints!
Will you require food on the day?
I usually take a short break during the meal – it’s my experience that guests don’t like to be photographed while eating! I do ask that a meal is provided for myself (and also the second shooter if you have one). I am not fussy and have no dietary requirements and will be grateful for whatever the kitchen prepares!
What will you wear on the day?
As a professional wedding photographer, I always make sure I am dressed smartly for every wedding I photograph. Usually, this means a shirt and smart jeans and shoes. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t ever dream of turning up to a wedding looking scruffy! If your wedding is black tie or has a specific dress code, then just let me know what you would prefer I wear for the day.
Do you edit all the images?
I shoot exclusively with high-end digital equipment. Every image that you receive after your wedding will have been edited fully. The editing involves colour correcting, cropping and conversion to my signature film-style photo emulation. I do not ‘alter’ images by moving things around or removing people, but I will do my best to remove spots and shadows under eyes, for example. I will always match the ‘feel’ of the image to the colour process I use and this creates my unique style. Also, as a rule of thumb I will process the group shots in colour.
Do you supply the RAW images?
As the client, you will receive high resolution images, edited in a manner reflective of my style and aesthetic. These images will allow you to print canvases, large prints, and a host of other items.
The original photo file (this is what’s referred to as a raw image) is basically the foundation that allows me to create a photo and edit it accordingly, so that it reflects my photography style. This means that they are for studio use only, but I can absolutely assure you that your final photographs will be everything you would want and will be reflective of my artistic and natural approach to wedding photography.
Do you ask for a travel allowance?
My wedding photography fees cover all my travel within a 75 mile radius of my base in the Lake District. Beyond that, I require a mileage allowance of xxx per mile. Occasionally, I take bookings where the distances and logistics require that I stay overnight on the day before and also on the evening of the wedding. In these circumstances, I prefer to stay at the same venue as the bridal party so I am close at hand. Of course, these are the finer details that would be ironed out and confirmed in our wedding photography agreement.
When do you require payment?
I ask for a booking fee of £300 which secures the date for you. The outstanding balance is then due 28 days prior to the big day.
How do we book you to be our wedding photographer?
Please feel free to call or email me at any time and I will check my availability. If you would like to discuss anything further, we can arrange a pre-wedding consultation either face-to-face over a coffee, or via Skype, depending on your location. In order to secure my services for your wedding date, I require a completed and signed contract, and a non-refundable booking fee of £300 which can be paid by bank transfer or cheque (I cannot normally hold dates without the form and fee). Then, the remainder of the balance is due 28 days before your wedding day.
What happens after the wedding day?
Once your wedding is over, the cake will be eaten, the dress will be stored and the flowers may have wilted. The best ways to remember your happy day will be the memories, stories and photographs. I totally appreciate the importance of my role as a wedding photographer in helping you cherish those special memories. To make sure I do the best job for you, it is worthwhile you knowing in advance that it might take up to eight weeks for me to edit your wedding photographs (but it’s often quicker!)
When I’ve finished editing your fabulous photographs, you will be sent a link to your personal online gallery, and after that, the USBs, prints and albums will be produced (depending on the package you have chosen). I use the very best suppliers for my USBs, albums and packaging. My albums are handmade in Australia, and so it can take between four and eight weeks for the albums to arrive once you have approved them – but I can promise you that it will be worth the wait when you see them!
Are you insured?
Yes I am fully insured, including professional indemnity and public liability.
Are you a full-time photographer?
Yes, absolutely! Being a professional wedding photographer is my career and it has been for many years. For me, this isn’t a hobby or a part-time job as it can often be with other wedding photographers. I’ve shot in excess of 200 weddings and have photography experience spanning over two decades.
I hope this answers all your questions you might have, but if not, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!