Ok, so you like my work and are considering booking me to be your wedding photographer. What happens next?
Firstly drop me an email or give me a call to find out if I am available on your chosen date. I get booked up about 6-18 months in advance for the key wedding dates in the year, so be quick.
If I am free then we can arrange a meeting, so you can get to know me and see hard copies of my albums and more examples of my work. The meeting usually last between 30 mins – 1 hour. I am happy to come to you if your local or if you are from away then we can meet at my office, or a location more suitable for you, I’m very flexible. If you like what you see and want to book me, there’s a few forms to fill out that form a contract between us and a booking fee is paid to secure me for your wedding day. Very simple.
The next step is to sort out dates for our further meetings and pre-wedding engagement shoot. Ideally I like to meet you both once again about a month before the big day, but if this is not possible then we can chat on the phone or a video call via Skype or Google+
We are not sure about the pre wed shoot?
The pre-wedding engagement shoot is great chance for us to work together before your wedding day. I get to see how you are as a couple and I also get to prove to you that I can take amazing images of you. This in turn will take a huge pressure off all of us on your wedding day. Images from these shoots are normally available for you 7 days after our shoot and can be used for guest books, signing boards or just as keep sake images.
I am not sure about the bridal prep shots.
Don’t worry, I use this time to get some details shots of your dress before you put it on, shoes, flowers and any other detail bits you may have plus just capture a few candid shots of you getting ready before your wedding. Most wedding mornings are chaotic and it’s my job to work around you and capture these image with minimal fuss. I am happy to come to you, home, bridal prep venue or salon as required.
On the day, how will you work?
I will arrive prompt, smartly dressed, normally smart casual or a suit if required and just get on with documenting the day in my own style, blending in rather than standing out and shouting all the time. I will keep the informal formals to a minimum and take up no more than 30 mins of your time for these. We will mutually agree on what formal style shots you require before your wedding day, but if not I am more than happy to suggest a shoot list.
After the meal and at a suit time, I would like a further 10-20 mins of you time so we can find a suitable location and get some more one to one shots. These will be the “wow” shots of the day, obviously a sunset shot is ultimate goal on your wedding day but it’s all weather and location dependent.
In the event of anything going wrong I have a network of photographer friends that I can call upon in the event of myself being ill or unable to attend your day. On the day I also carry back up equipment in case of equipment failure. Plus I am also fully insured, with professional indemnity and public liability insurances. So no matter what happens we are covered.
What happens after our wedding?
After the day the hard part for me begins. The task of back up and processing all your images is the first task. Your images are normally ready within 10-14 days after your wedding. In the first instance I upload the proof images to a private gallery and send you a link. I then send you the full hi-res and resized images on disc presented in a attractive leather presentation case.
Your disc will contain all usable edited images in hi-resolution, lo-resolution and watermaked versions. The lo-res versions are perfect for sending via email to friends and family. The wtaermarked versions are best suited for sharing on social media networks such as facebook and twitter.
Can we get our images printed?
Yes of course you can, on your discs will be a copyright information document outlining our shared copyright contract. All I ask is that the images are not edited or any images shared on social media networks are the watermarked versions only and I am credited for the images.
I also offer printed images for sale through your private gallery for family, friends and guest to order from. Prints start from £4.50 each.
We think we would like an album of our images.
Excellent choice, I always prefer to see my images printed rather than left as digital copies. I offer a range of albums to suit most budgets and tastes. Please contact me for more information. As a rough guide though, I supply only high quality albums designed using non template based software, so each album is unique in it’s layout. The album design normally takes between 2-3 weeks depending on my current work load. You will be sent a link to an on-line proofing site to view your album and suggest up to 5 changes if required. Any more than 5 changes are chargeable at £45 per change. Ideally I like your selected images for your album within 3 months of your wedding. After that I reserve the right to make the selection for you.
If you are happy with the design, then it goes to print. All my albums are printed in the UK and delivery from time of order is between 3-4 weeks. I will contact you once your album is ready to ship.
I can supply extra copies of your album or parent albums too but these must be ordered at the same time as your main album order is placed.
Simple and stress free.
Is there anything else we should know or be aware of?
That’s pretty much it, obviously there’s other bits in the planning of your big day that we go over and discuss, such as timings, locations, ideas, but we go over all of in this in our meetings. A couple of things you should aware of and need to take into account. Feeding me, please remember me, I am with you all day and need to eat. Also I am happy to travel anywhere in the Uk or world for that matter but weddings that are held over 40 miles from my home address may incur a travel supplement.