What you need to know about Wedding Photography and how I work.
Some questions about wedding photography – and particularly my own approach to a wedding day – always seem to pop up in conversations with my couples so I decided to get ahead of the game and write a blogpost about it.
There’s no reason you should know any of these things so I’m hoping that reading about them will take away some of the stress of wedding planning.
I would like to say that although I do have a pretty good idea of what the wedding industry standards are in the UK, I can only speak for myself. Different photographers will work in different ways and it doesn’t make anyone right or wrong. In the same way that no two couples are the same, us wedding photographers don’t fit into a cookie mould. It would be pretty boring otherwise!
Anyway, let’s get down to it! If after reading this you still have questions about how I’ll approach your day, please send me and email or leave it in the comments below so I can add it. Someone else might have the same wedding photography question!
- How long will it take for our wedding photos to be ready?
This being a one woman show I tend to say between 6 to 8 weeks to make sure I give myself plenty of time during busy periods or in case I run into any software issues.
That being said, I always aim to send you your wedding photos as soon as possible because I know how excited you’ll be to see them. And to be honest, it’s one of my favourite moments so I’ll be impatient too!
- How many photos will we receive?
This depends on how many hours you book me for and how much goes on while I’m there. For 8hs coverage on a wedding day it tends to be somewhere around 400 photos.
Story telling is an important part of my work so although I’ll try to give you plenty of choice and I’ll include photos that I think will be meaningful to you, I won’t just throw a bunch of them in there if they don’t add to the story. It’s all about balance!
- Do you deliver RAW files or unedited photos?
Like most photographers, I don’t deliver unedited or RAW files because that’s pretty much like going out naked into the world!
As a wedding photographer, my job is to tell the story of your day in the best possible way. That involves selecting and editing the photos carefully so that when you see the finished product, you’re right back at your wedding ceremony or your first dance.
You probably don’t want the other files anyway, I normally come home with around 80,000 photos which translates into about 70GB!
- Will we get photos in black and white?
Yes! I usually deliver a combination of colour and B&W photos. Some photos work best in colour and other in B&W so how many you get of each will vary.
I generally also edit some duplicates. So for the important wedding moments for example (the ceremony, the first dance, etc) I try to select a few that I will deliver both in colour and B&W.
- How will you send us the photos?
Once your photos are ready I’ll send you a link to your online gallery which you can easily share with friends, family and on social media. From the gallery you’ll also be able to order prints and select photos for the wedding album.
I’ll then send you an USB with all your high and low resolution files for you to print, upload to social media and bore people with for years to come!
- What happens if things run late on the day?
Truth is, most wedding days run late. This is one of the reason why I try to work on the timeline with you, to make sure we can make the most of the time that I’m there and so that we’ve got some wiggle room if things don’t go according to plan.
There is an extra charge if I have to stay later in the evening, however it’s never happened yet where I’ve had to stay more than 10/15 minutes and I’ve never invoiced anyone for that.
- What happens if it rains?
To all my couples I say: This is England. Plan for rain, anything else is a bonus!
If you plan for the possibility of rain and you’re prepared to embrace whatever the day throws at you there’s less chances you’ll be disappointed and everything will be just fine. It’s all about managing your expectations!
If you’re dead set on a sunny wedding, I would recommend eloping (so you can change plans last minute) or a destination wedding.
- Will we meet before the wedding?
My work is all about connection, which is why I make a real effort to know my couples before their wedding.
We will usually meet twice: first for the consultation meeting and then for the Surrender Session.
If you’re based abroad or far from Brighton we can schedule a Skype call instead. It might not be as fun as going for a coffee or grabbing a drink but it will allow us to get to know each other.
- Can we meet you before we book?
Of course! My prices include a free consultation meeting in Brighton which can be before or after you put the deposit down, it’s up to you.
- We’re ready to book you, what’s the next step?
Simple: tell me how many hours you’d like to book me for and I’ll prepare the invoice and the contract.
Once the 50% booking fee is paid the date is officially yours and I’ll turn down any other enquiries!
There you go, there’s another thing ticked off your wedding planning list.
- Why do we need to sign a contract?
The contract is there to protect you as much as me. It clearly outlines what you’re hiring me to do, how much it’s going to cost and what everyone’s responsibilities are.
- Do you charge for travel?
Usually there’s no travel costs for Brighton or London. However, if the wedding is more than 1 hour drive away from Brighton I might need to charge for mileage and accommodation depending on what time you’d like me to start/finish.
- Do we need to feed you at the wedding?
I would very much appreciate if you could arrange a meal for me with your caterer.
When I photograph a wedding, I spend a lot of time on my feet and running around. Having a good meal helps me keep my energy levels up on such a long day.
- Do you do group photos?
Absolutely, I’m the first one to admit they’re super important.
I recommend keeping the list short – usually 5 to 6 groups of up to 8 people each – by only including immediate family for example. Each group shot takes around 5 minutes so you can see how it quickly adds up to half an hour or longer.
Full group shots aren’t always possible but if it’s important to you, I’m happy to help you organise it. For a full group shot you need to spare a good 15 minutes and the venue needs to have somewhere high for me to stand or a ladder we can borrow.
- Do you do video?
I’m afraid I don’t but I’m more than happy to help you find a videographer for your wedding day.
- How much posing is involved during a wedding day?
Because I’m a documentary wedding photographer, I’ll be capturing the day as it unfolds in front of me.
For the couple portraits, some couples need more direction than other but I wouldn’t call it posing. The idea is for you to have a moment to yourselves and me to photograph that. I’ll direct you to stand where the light is and that sort of thing, but not much more.
That’s quite a lot of information already so I hope I’ve answered your most important questions about wedding photography but if I haven’t, I’m only an email away!
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