FAQs - your peace of mind.
Why should I book you?
I will take time to listen to you, get to know what you want and then do everything in my power to deliver what you have asked for. I can't make the sun shine on your wedding day or for your location shoot but I can bring equipment, experience and enthusiasm to still make your day the best it can be.
Booking me ensures you have someone who will put you first and be beside you to guide you every step of the way.
What camera do you use?
I use a pair of Canon 5D Mk3 - this is a fabulous camera and I use it with special lenses that help me take great photos in dark places. Anyone can take a nice photograph in good light but you need a trained professional with good equipment to get good photographs all day everyday.
What happens if your equipment breaks down?
I carry at least 2 cameras and 2 flash units with me when working, 3 if shooting a wedding. If one breaks down I can switch to the other and carry on without missing a shot or spoiling your day.
Are you insured?
Insurance is very important to me. A guest once smashed one of my cameras at a wedding but I was able to reassure the bride that it was fine because my insurance would cover it and I had a spare camera with me.
I am fully insured so you are covered if I break down or anything else goes wrong! If you are getting married I suggest you also consider taking out your own insurance. An average wedding is over £18,000 and insurance costs from just £20 - why risk it?
My friend / uncle /neighbour has a nice camera - why shouldn't I save money and let them photograph my wedding?
If only I had a pound for every couple that tells me that they wish they had used a professional photographer...
At almost every wedding I photograph I hear a guest saying "I wish I had booked you". Sometimes this is because their photographer was "in their face", or spent all day doing boring groups, or whistled at them like they were dogs or just took awful photographs.
When you look at my portfolio you will notice that my photographs have a common theme - the people are relaxed, they are happy, they are having fun. I am not bossing them around, I am not keeping them away from friends, family or their food! I have never delayed a meal at a wedding - I know how important this is when you were too nervous to eat breakfast!
The photographs in my portfolio are from lots of different weddings, I have a lot of experience which together with my training and good equipment means people like the photographs I have taken.
Be honest - does your friend / uncle / neighbour have this experience and training? Can you be sure that you will get good photographs without having to do lots of retakes? Will they take photographs of everything and everyone or just the people they know and like? Will they meet with you to talk about what you want and be able to deliver what you want, whatever may happen on the day?
You know that photographs are important. Your cake will be cut up, the favours thrown away, the shoes may be ruined and your dress may spend the rest of your life in a box - only your photographs will remain to show your grandchildren how fantastic your wedding was and how beautiful you all looked.
Do you remember looking at your grandparents wedding photos? I remember wondering how that beautiful woman and handsome man become my lovely but wrinkly Nan and Pop?
Your photographs are your investment for future generations. Please imagine for a second that you have lost all of your family photographs.........
How does that feel?
This is how important photographs are. Make your choice but please choose wisely.
How do I know I can trust you?
So how much does a wedding package cost?
I have 4 peak season wedding packages which include a book or album and digital images ranging from £1,100 - £2995 plus an A'la Cart menu (a collection of things that you choose. I recommend you include from the bride getting ready to your first dance but the choice is yours, tell me what you want included and I'll let you know the price).
We start with a no obligation consultation to discuss your individual requirements. You let me know when is a good time and I will bring my ipad and sample albums over for you to look at while we have tea and chat about your wedding and what you would like from me. This is your chance to see if you like me as well as my work. During the wedding I may be with you for a couple of hours or all day so you need to know what I am like. If my welsh accent drives you nuts I am not the photographer for you but if you love Gavin & Stacey or Stella makes you smile then maybe I can make you smile too.
You should meet a few photographers and see who you are most comfortable with. You only get one chance to have photographs taken that will remind you of that wonderful day for the rest of your lives.
When you book I will take a fee of £250 to reserve your date and you will be offered a complementary engagement photo shoot. If you are not happy after this session you are free to cancel and will receive a full refund of your booking fee without quibble.
The pre-wedding or engagement shoot is included because I believe it will take away any stress or worries that you have about being photographed. It is not compulsory but it will make you feel more relaxed in front of my camera. I will help you stand in a way that makes you look taller, slimmer or just more natural. We usually have fun with this session and it is another chance for you to make sure I am the photographer for you.
The photographs from this session can be used on your "Save the Date" cards, for a unique signing frame or bespoke guest book and as great presents for your parents that will mean so much more to them than flowers.
The remaining cost of your wedding photography must be paid in full 1 month before to the wedding.
Gift Vouchers & a full Gift Registry service are available - if you already have a toaster why not let your guests contribute towards the cost of your photography?
My off peak and last minute wedding prices start at £750 for ceremony and group shots. This includes all edited wedding images on a USB with a photobook and your prewedding shoot.
Do you offer a Photobooth?
Yes you can add a photobooth to your wedding package. I don't have a "booth" as such - I use a sparkly backdrop in a choice of colours and provide all of the props. The images are added to your Usb to share with all your guests. Here is a slideshow of a recent photobooth.
Trash The Dress
After your wedding why not have a "Trash the dress" photo shoot for just £75 (Click for slideshow). Was your wedding day over too soon? Would you like to put on your dress again and have some fun? This is your chance to get those funky wedding photos that you didn't have time for on the big day or be photographed in a different location like the couple shown here. The dress doesn't need to be trashed - if you would rather "Frolick in the Frock" or "Cherish your dress" that's fine too. Please call to discuss your ideas - anything goes!
My own wedding day was amazing. Like all wedding days there were glitches and hitches but the only thing that spoiled my day was my wedding photographer. I learned a lot from that bad apple and I never want my clients to experience the disappointment I felt. I will listen to you, follow your wishes and try to exceed your expectations. I vow to do everything I possibly can to make your day memorable for the right reasons.
For further information and a no obligation quote please contact me.
Why is photography so expensive?
Everything is relative, to some people I will seem expensive and to others I will seem cheap. If I were a car I would probably be my Skoda - I'm big and reliable and great value but I'm no Aston Martin. Like cars there are photographers for all budgets.
All of my wedding packages include a prewedding shoot, your fully processed images as printable jpgs, an online gallery, a printed album and bespoke password cards plus as much of my time to plan your wedding photography as you need.
My starting price for wedding photography is £750 which is not the cheapest but I feel it is good value and allows most people to have nice photographs. I cannot afford to charge less because running a professional business is expensive.
Your wedding is very important to me and I do everything I can to help make it go smoothly and make it the best day possible. It's the little things that make the difference and the little things are all part of my service. Sometimes these can be priceless.
If you look at my gallery you will notice that none of my brides have spots and they all look happy and relaxed - this is not a coincidence. Peace of mind comes as standard when you book me. I don't just "shoot and burn" i.e. I don't just dump your photographs onto a cd and post them back to you.
It was a wise man who said "If you think hiring a professional is expensive, just wait until you hire an amateur......"
For further information and a no obligation quote please contact me.