Some questions that crop up in relation to wedding photography - hopefully answered below. If there is something you'd like to know that we haven't covered then please get in touch.
It's a huge responsibility to photograph a wedding, after all, you only have one shot at it! We give that responsibility the respect it deserves and our knowledge, training, experience and creative skills ensure you have the perfect pictures you'd expect. The 'friend with a camera' option may seem attractive when considering budget but imagine how heartbroken you'd be if your photographs weren't as you hoped. Wedding photography is our profession and just as we may be able to fix a leaky tap, it doesn't make us professional plumbers - you get the picture...
We will shoot many photographs on the day but after careful editing, colour balancing and retouching you will have a minimum of 350. We will edit out any images that don't work ie. somebody with their eyes closed so you have only perfect images.
Absolutely. You have licence to use them as you wish but only for personal use. We will supply them on a DVD and they will be saved at the highest quality ready for printing. We still hold the copyright which means we too may use them for our portfolio or promotional purposes.
There are a few things you can do on your wedding day to ensure you look and feel just how you planned. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready, more than you think you'll need (honestly!) Aim to be in your wedding dress, completely ready with a glass of fizz in your hand at least half an hour before you need to leave. You just wouldn't believe how quickly the last hour of preparation goes! There are lots of opportunties for beautiful photographs at the final stages of getting ready especially if you have plenty of time and are relaxed!
If you have a dress that has loads of buttons and loops then give yourself 30 mins to get into it and make sure your mum or bridesmaid has practiced putting it on. Remember gel pads for your heels and put together a little retouching kit for later and ask someone to look after it. Save your wedding underwear for the night and wear what holds you in and is comfortable during the day!
If we're covering your bridal preparations the photographs will be even more beautiful if you give thought to the room you're getting ready in and if possible choose one with plenty of room and natural light. Keeping the room free of clutter will really help the photos too.
We always recommend a pretty umbrella is purchased for the big day, just in case. In our experience, the weather has never spoiled a wedding day, come the day with all its excitement and emotion the weather will be the last thing on your mind and we'll always have a contingency plan up our sleeves - studio lights and an indoor location, a pretty bench with a cool umbrella and welly boots etc. When it has rained at weddings previously, it rarely rains all day long and we have always managed to find a break in the clouds when we'll whisk you off for some beautiful portraits.
Thankfully in seven years it hasn't happened! But if we were too ill or some other emergency prevented us from being able to photograph your wedding we would call upon one of our associates who shoot to the same style and standard as Steve and myself. Being in the photography industry we have built up a good network of respected colleagues who we can call upon in this situation.
When considering timings of your wedding day if at all possible try to allow at least two hrs between ceremony and sitting down to eat. This will give you plenty of time to mill with your guests, whilst we candidly capture you and your guests. There will be plenty of time for us to go off for a portrait session with you and we'll get the group shots done too.
If you'd like a 'cutting the cake' shot consider the location of the cake table and if at all possible position it in an area with plenty of room and natural light.