What style of wedding photography do you do?
I would say that my photography is a mixture of styles. Glamour, photo-journalism, artistic…
Do you do videography?
No, as a photographer, my passion and speciality is photography. I could possibly help you find a videographer if you need help with that.
When do I pay the deposit, and when is the rest of the money due?
The deposit needs to be paid asap in order to book the date, whilst the rest of the money can be paid any time before the wedding, or in cash on the wedding day before the photo session starts.
Will the photos on the DVD I get, be printable?
Yes, all the photos you get are large resolution, printable photos. Please ensure you go to a professional quality lab to get prints done. (ie Universal Image, QPhoto, Foto First etc)
What if I want extra prints?
Let me know the sizes and quantity and I can give you a quote.
What kind of photo processing do you do?
First I do the basics, sharpening, color correction etc, then I enhance every photo with contrast effects, some also get done in black and white etc. (you get both) On the odd occasion I will do a slight skin smoothing if pores are visible in a close up shot, but I prefer to keep things natural. Obviously any spots/blemishes will be banished!!! I also add some extra effects to selected photos such as light contrast, old style black and white, grain, glow etc.
What time is best for the wedding to start?
From a photographic perspective, it is best to time the ceremony for about 2 hours before sunset. This will ensure that 1 hour to 1.5 hours before sunset is when the bride and groom shots are done.
When do you need to arrive and at what stage of preparation should the bride be?
This is up to the bride and grooms requirements, but usually I start 2 hours before the ceremony. This gives us time to take a few pics of the venue, then I go to the bride who has hopefully had her hair done, and is in the process of getting her make-up done. So +- 20 minutes for the venue, 1 hour with the bride. She should be completely ready 50 minutes before the ceremony, so that I can take some bridal shots of her and her bridesmaids. Then 30 minutes before the ceremony I go to the chapel to take photos of the groom and his best man. If “getting ready” pics are required of the groom, then I would usually do those before going to the bride.
Where do you need to sit at the reception?
If we are doing the reception, then my husband and I can sit either:
at a table with the guests,
with the dj if there is space,
at a table separate from the guests but in the reception hall,
at a table in a separate room from the guests (in the case of the room being far from the reception hall, someone needs to be allocated to call us when speeches, the first dance etc are happening).
It is greatly helpful if we have access to a plug, which will assist in us backing up the photos.