A: I'm trying to play it cool right now, but the answer is a big fat YES. I absolutely love to travel. If you would like me to come to photograph your wedding I'll be there, anywhere in England, the UK, and abroad. All I ask is for fees to cover my travel and potentially accommodation for non Isle of Wight weddings.
Q: How would you describe your style of photography?
A: If I had to pick three words to describe it, I would say “candid”, "colourful" and "fun" . Most of the time I like to capture people as they are and an event as it really happened, so usually I am not too involved with what’s going on and trying to manipulate it. I take a step back most of the time to let things unfold naturally, don't get me wrong I'm not antisocial I love a good chat and I will with pretty much anyone, so I won't be a scary odd person who is stern and just watching things unfold. Every now and then I will step in and give direction and suggestions, but I am definitely not a control freak or someone who likes to pose people very much.
Q: What does “full day coverage” mean?
A: Every wedding day is different. If you need me to start at 8:30 in the morning, I’m there. If you are planning to have fireworks near the end of the night and want me to be there, I got your back. I have nowhere else to be that day and no other jobs to go to, my day is your day. I do ask for us to come up with a “start” and “finish” time for me though, so there’s no confusion about when I’m turning up and leaving.
Q: We really aren't comfortable being in front of the camera, is this a problem?
A: Far from it, in fact take from me it's a lot more common that you might think. For the majority of the day, minus couples photos and a few group photos, capturing real moments is what I do. Many of my past couples and guests very often say that after a while they don't even realise that I'm there most of the time. Despite the fact I have a camera I blend right in and let your day unfold as naturally as poss.
Q: Do we need to do family and group photos?
A: I'm going to be really honest, they're probably my least favourite photos to do, and most people aren't big fans of them either, but I always highly recommend doing a few group photos that are important to you. They guarantee that you get photos with the people who you definitely want to be photographed with. Also without sounding too morbid, as the years go by and people are sadly no longer here you’ll be glad you took some time out to get those photos. I wrote a blog post to help out with planning pain free group photos, have a shimmy through it here.
Q: We're sold! How do we book you?
A: Firstly, thank you very much for that and for choosing to work with me. I'm not joking when I say it's an honour every time a couple chooses me to photograph their wedding! You've made a little photo nerd very happy. I ask for a 15% non-refundable booking fee, which secures your wedding date in my diary. For the remaining balance, all I ask is for is that it's paid four weeks before the wedding day at the absolute latest.
Q: How long will it be until we get our edited wedding photos?
A: Wedding season can at times unbelievably hectic for me, and weddings do take a while for me to sort through and edit properly. I always try to get your wedding photos sent to you in a timely fashion, but also not to rush them, so they are of the best quality. The shortest time I've sent wedding photos to my couples is a week, the longest is four weeks. After the wedding I usually give you a heads up on how long yours will take, depending on how busy I am and how many other weddings I have to edit before.
Q: How many edited photos do we get?
A: For a full day wedding shoot, I give my couples an average of 500 colour edited photos. That doesn't include the black and white edits I also do. If a photo doesn't work in black and white then I don't do a black and white edit.
Q: Can we, our family and friends order prints of our wedding photos from you? A: Absolutely! If you have an online photo gallery, which is standard in my wedding photography packages, you, your family and friends will be able to look at the photos and order prints too. All you need to do is give them the web address and the password to access the gallery, which I will give to you as soon as I get it set up, and it'll be live online for 12 months after that.
Q: Are you insured? A: You bet! I have public liability, professional indemnity and all my camera gear is insured.
Q: Do we need to have an Engagement shoot? A: Honestly the answer is no. However, so many of my wedding couples have said that they are so glad they had one done, and that having one was a great way to get comfortable and confident being photographed before their wedding day. They also really help with nerves when the big day comes around, particularly if you or your partner are camera shy. The photos can be used for so many different things, and quite a few photographers have them included in their wedding packages already. Click here for Engagement Shoot FAQ's.