How long have you been a photographer?
I started taking photos in my teens and bought my first SLR (a Minolta X300, if you're interested) at the age of 16 and it became a more serious hobby in my twenties. Finally conceding it was a hobby that had got out of hand, I left my day job (as a Biology teacher) 10 years ago. I have been a full time photographer ever since.
When do we meet up for the pre-wedding meeting?
Anything from a few weeks to a few hours (for the more last-minute amongst you). In this meeting we do a quick walk/talk through of your day and look at good locations for your posed shots.
Do you do posed group shots?
Yes, but I do try to limit the number (and time) this takes. I will give you lots of guidance on this during the pre-wedding meeting, but we can normally do 10 or so close family shots in less than 20 minutes.
Do you call and arrange the groups?
Yes, but I normally enlist an usher or two to help with this, partly for speed. Apart from the posed group and couple shots I interfere as little as possible. If you want a bossy photographer, I'm probably not the right person for you.
How long do shots of the bride and groom take?
Most couples want to minimise their time away from the reception, so with this in mind, I usually take the bride and groom away for photos for about 20-30 minutes. I may do another, shorter session, with them later on in the evening.
Are you only a wedding photographer ?
No, I specialise in photographing people, which can be portrait photography, event photography or humanitarian photography. You can also see a smaller selection of this work in other work. I generally shoot no more than 15 weddings each year.
How long will you take to prepare the images?
Usually you will see a 'best of' selection within a fortnight and the full gallery within 3-4 weeks. This can be much faster in non-peak times of the year.
Do we have copyright of the images?
As photographer I retain the copyright, but give you licence to print as many as you wish from the DVD for personal use. You may use them on social media if the images are credited. The only thing you are not free to do is sell them (and neither do I).
How do we book you?
Just send me an email to see if I'm free on your date. There's a deposit of £450 to pay to secure your day and a contract to sign and then it's booked.