Some frequently asked questions

There are a lot of magazines and blogs out there that recommend you ask photographers a list of questions to find out if they are the right photographer for you. In the most part I agree with this, because you need a photographer who will answer any question you have and you need to know what they offer and how they work. That being said, more important than a list of questions is whether you trust the photographer to do the best job they can for you and that often can only be found out by chatting to them and getting to know them.

The best photographer in the world may take great images, but may not ‘get’ you and what you’re about. So take your time and meet many photographers to find the right match for you.

These are some of the questions I get asked most often, if you’d like me to chat more about any of them or if you have a different question, please get in touch to ask it.

How long have you been in business?

My first wedding season was in 2012. This was when I decided that Wedding Photography was really what I wanted to do above all other types of photography.

How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)?

It’s hard to say I am one or the other here, because I’m a little bit of all of them. Although you wont see examples on my website, I always take a few traditional family formal photographs because for times gone by and for a long time in the future these are images that document people in a family, in an era and in a moment in time. So I believe they are important to have, I just don’t believe in having too many of them to do, because they take ages and make the guests bored to tears!

For the most part my style is photojournalistic where I don’t get involved or interfere with what is happening and just let the moments flow and capture them as they happen. I am creative too in that I try and find ways to capture parts of your day from a perspective that tells the story of your day. I get creative in the portrait time and in night time portraits. Here I may direct you, but mostly I am guided by you as a couple and so the images we create are natural and wonderful.

What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?

There are so many wedding photographers out there so this is a hard one to answer. My editing style is clean and crisp. I like bold colours but I keep them true to life. I am not a gimmicky photographer so I don’t rely on photoshop to create images. I see the beauty in a scene and a moment and allow that to shine through, to tell a story in an image. 

What type of equipment do you use?

Short answer? Professional stuff.

Long answer…. I currently use Canon. I work with two Canon 5d Mark III bodies on me all day. I have 2 extra Canon pro bodies in the car as backup. I mostly use prime lenses, but have zoom lenses with me too. Sometimes gear will fail so backup is important. I use Canon flash gear and often work with flashes off of the camera to create dramatic lighting. I use many many memory cards, these are attached to me or my assistant all day long.

Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? Do you work in a team?

I am the photographer who will shoot your wedding. I will always be your main point of contact. I often use an assistant, who helps me no end on wedding days. I also use a second photographer. There are a handful of photographers I use and it all depends on their availability and the location of your wedding. These are people who have their own wedding photography business and often I will second shoot for them too. I only use these few because they are photographers I know well as I’ve been working with them for years. They know what I want for my clients and the quality of their work and behaviour on the day is outstanding.

Do you photograph same sex weddings?

Yes, 100% yes! I believe in capturing life and love, in whatever form that comes. I welcome any client who values photography and wants me to be there to capture their day.

Have you done many that were simlar to mine in size and style?

I have shot weddings of all shapes and sizes, as small as 12 to as big as 400 guests. I have photographed weddings in registry offices, churches, manor houses, the African bush, London hotels, Tipis, farms, barns, Rugby stadiums, castles, boats, Universities, restaurants and I’ve even photographed weddings from the inside of a helicopter flying over Bath. My experience of weddings has been very varied so I feel confident with my abilities to adapt to all situations I find myself in and get very excited when I get to experience something new.

Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?

Absolutely. I always ask my clients to let me know if there are any shots they’d be very upset if I missed. Perhaps certain people or items that are very important. This is your day and I’m there to capture what you’d like. Of course things like walking down aisle, exchanging rings, etc are things I will always capture and don’t need to be added to a list.

Can I have the RAW files?

Unfortunately not. In case you don’t know what they are, RAW files are the files that come straight out of the camera. They are extremely large, up to 8 times the size of a high resolution JPG image. So to deliver them to you I’d need to put them on 8 USB drives. Unless you have professional editing software you aren’t able to open them. They can only be viewed in programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. The biggest reason I don’t hand them over is because they are not the finished product. It’s like going to a fancy restaurant and paying for an amazing meal but asking the chef to hand over all the raw ingredients for you to cook the meal yourself.

How far in advance do I need to book you?

Typically clients book me 9 months to a year before their wedding. There are always exceptions to this though and I have taken bookings as far out as 18 months and as close as 3 months. The later you leave it the greater the chance that I am already booked. For some of the most popular Saturdays in the summer I am booked up early so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested.

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