Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s an extensive list of frequently asked questions.

If you don’t find an answer here, please get in touch and I’ll come straight back to you.

How far will you travel?

My base is in Loughborough, Leicestershire but I work anywhere in the UK as I love working at new venues.

Travel expenses are included for most UK weddings but occasionally I may have to quote extra depending on the distances involved and the logistics of the wedding.

Do you work alone?

Yes. Working alongside another photographer would mean that my coverage of the day could become obtrusive. I wouldn’t like to compromise my distinctive style of photography by working in this way.

The main advantage of my approach is that you and your wedding guests can relax without feeling like you’re constantly being watched.

Also, no two photographers shoot in the same way and second shooters are often inexperienced photographers or students.

We don’t want the preparations recording, can you tailor the package?

I’m a storyteller, so starting a wedding at the ceremony would be like writing a novel and starting at chapter five.

Finishing my coverage as you sit down for the meal would be like walking out of a football match after 60 minutes.

I don’t work fixed hours.

Instead, I start with preparation coverage at whatever time you need me and normally finish 30-60 minutes after the first dance.

Can we provide you with a list of shots we must have?

Pure documentary wedding photography is all about observation, anticipation, spontaneity and reacting quickly to real moments – not contriving them. This approach provides a faithful narration of the day.

Providing a list of ‘must have’ images to me would be contrary to my method of work. You will, however, find that most of the shots on the typical bride’s must-have list, will be captured by me in my own style. This is always something I’m happy to discuss at pre-wedding meetings.

If there are certain people you want me to concentrate on, do point them out to me on the day.

It goes without saying though that the bridal party and close family are easily recognisable on the day and I’ll pay close attention to making sure they feature.

Do you take formal group shots?

Yes of course.

If you want them, I’m happy to shoot a few ‘formal’ groups.

I always recommend a maximum of 5-6 small, intimate groups of immediate family and bridal party. I wouldn’t want to spend more than 20 minutes on these, and neither will you or your guests.

If you want large formal family group shots of aunties, uncles, cousins etc then my brand of pure documentary wedding photography probably isn’t the style for you.

Will you take portraits of us both together at some point during the day?

Absolutely. You want pictures for your walls, don’t you?

The exact time of day depends on logistics, weather, the time of year and your wedding day timetable.

I normally take my couples away from the wedding for 10-15 minutes alone for some very lightly directed portraits.

It’s your time to be together by yourselves for just a while as most of the shots taken during this session are very lightly directed.

Do you work with videographers?

Yes, but a warning. I don’t want to sound negative, but I do have a few horror stories about inconsiderate videographers who have severely compromised the quality and breadth of my coverage.

They can often severely reduce my choice of angles when shooting, especially when there is more than one camera operator.

On a more positive note though, I can recommend videographers (including teams of two and even three) who are not in any way obtrusive on the day, have excellent spatial awareness and are lovely folks to work alongside!

Do you mind guests taking photographs of our day?

Absolutely not.

They have just as much right to be at your wedding with a camera as I do.

The only thing I ask is that I’m the only professional photographer on the day and that inconsiderate guests don’t shoot constantly over my shoulder or get in front of me at key moments.

This can be very off-putting to you and your guests. It also means that I could potentially miss recording a key part of your day.

However, if you want to have a ‘camera-free’ wedding so that all of your guests can be ‘present’ and immerse themselves in your day that would be great.

What happens if you are ill?

I’m a healthy guy, and I’ve only missed one wedding in 11 years because of a viral infection.

In the unusual event of me being unwell, I am part of a vast network of professional wedding photographers on social media who can be called upon for cover.

Furthermore, I am a founder member of a small private forum of professional documentary wedding photographers, and I am also a part of their emergency cover list.

There is no extra cost to you if I have to source cover.

Do we have to provide you with a meal on the day?

No, please don’t feel that you have to as I’m happy to bring my own food and drink. This makes it easier you as it’s one less thing for you to organise.

I will take a short break to eat while you do and will come back for the final part of the day fully refreshed.

If you insist, however, and the caterer can provide for me, I’m happy to eat a vegan meal in a separate area away from the main dining hall.

Do you have insurance?

Absolutely, yes. I have full professional indemnity and public liability insurance. Some venues require a certificate of insurance from photographers. If your venue insists, I’m happy to provide a copy.

Another form of ‘insurance’ I have is the cameras I use. They have dual card slots and I write the same image to both cards.

If one of the cards corrupts, I’ll have the same images on the other card, so an instant in-camera backup!

How many photographs will you deliver?

I believe in quality over quantity and hopefully, you’ll share the same outlook.

Many couples researching photographers are unaware that it’s impossible to deliver 500 or more ‘significant’ images and that any photographer who says they can is employing a sales technique.

That would be hundreds of shots per hour, every hour – continuously shooting and becoming a little annoying to everyone.

I prefer to think I’m more of a ‘Sniper’ than a ‘Machine Gunner’.

I have a very considered approach to taking pictures and believe that the complete story of your wedding can be told in approximately 250 to 350 pictures and this is the amount I normally deliver.

What percentage of our images will be in black and white?

I will use a combination of colour and black and white images to document your day. The balance varies from wedding to wedding, but on average approximately 20-40% of the final images will be in black and white.

By removing colour, the viewer can concentrate on light, form, shape and composition, without having to contend with colours & tones that clash and distract the eye from what should be the centre of focus in an image.

When will our images be ready?

Depending on the time of year, the final edited images will be ready to view within 2-5 weeks.

Each wedding is worth approximately 40 hours worth of work from consultation to completion, and bottlenecks do occur during the busier periods when I often have several back-to-back weddings.

Where are our images stored?

I have a thorough backup system in place to take care of your photographs and back them up on multiple drives to protect against possible hardware failure.

Files are also uploaded to two separate locations in the cloud and I store archived files on drives on-site and off-site to protect against the risk of fire or theft.

Are high-resolution files available and do we get the copyright?

High-resolution—rights-released images for your use are in all of my packages. You get full personal usage rights which allow you to reproduce your photographs for personal use only.

Copyright law states that full copyright remains with the photographer.

Can we post our images on Facebook?

Absolutely.

Low resolution “subtly watermarked” web versions will be supplied alongside the high-resolution versions so that you can post them on social media sites or email them to friends and family.

Engagement shoots, do you do them?

Some photographers include a pre-wedding shoot in their packages.

Obviously, this kind of shoot is staged and will give you no real indication of what it’s like having me around on your day, but if you’d like a shoot, I’d be happy to oblige.

The price is £200 for a two-hour shoot. A print mounted onto coreboard and framed for guests to sign at your reception is also available for £200.

What is your booking procedure?

Once you’ve contacted me and I have confirmed that I am available for your date, I will arrange a consultation at my home office in Leicestershire so that I can find out more about you and your wedding.

The meetings are very informal, over a cup of coffee, and it’s a chance for you to see more of my work and some sample albums.

I’m also happy to book dates without meeting you in person but like to have a telephone or Skype video chat beforehand to ensure we’re a good match for each other.

If you want to save the date, I’ll require a completed and digitally signed booking form from you along with a non-refundable booking fee of £500.00

Payment of the booking fee is by bank transfer, debit/credit card, cash or cheque.

Unfortunately, I can’t hold dates as I operate on a first-come, first-served basis only.