Wedding Photography Tips & FAQ’S

You’ll thank me for these wedding photography tips & faq’s so read on…

Do you have my date available?

I won’t keep you hanging around, as soon as you let me have your wedding date I’ll check my schedule and get back to asap. 

How far in advance do I need to book with you?

If my approach to wedding photography is what you want, then it’s best to book me sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. The very best wedding photographers get booked up months or years in advance.

How long have you been in business?

I’ve been shooting wedding now since 2005 so know a thing or two. Do think twice about hiring a wedding photographer who has very limited experience. Do you want to be their guinea pig?

How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?

Since 2005 I have shot over 350 weddings and you can pretty much feel secure in the knowledge that I have shot a wedding similar to your requirements.

How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)

This is an easy one to answer, my style is a mixture of all three. 90% of any wedding day shoot is photojournalistic (documentary), traditional is any group shots you want (5 max) and creative is my fine art photography.

How would you describe your working style?

Very relaxed, calm and really good fun.

What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?

I guess in some respects your the best judge of that in terms of judging the images I capture. Do though, whoever you like the look of, have a good and thorough look at their wedding work.

Are all of the images on this website yours, and is the work recent?

Each and every image on this site is 100% mine. Most images are from recent weddings, but as you’ll appreciate there are some images that I’ve shot over the years that I’m really proud of and they’ve just got to be seen. A word of warning though, some photographers will have no concerns in stealing other photographers work and display it as their own. Be careful that’s a top wedding photography tip.

What type of equipment do you use?

My biggest downfall is buying shinny kit and the very best the photo world has to offer. The knock on effect is great for my client though as great kit allows for great photos.

Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?

Yes of course you can but another great wedding photography tip is to keep lists to a minimum. If the natural approach to photos is the one you love, then producing endless lists will stifle your photographer and interrupt their creative process.

What information do you need from me before the wedding day?

Giving your photographer as much information about the wedding day is really helpful. Things like the timeline for the day, church & venue addresses, emergency phone numbers, list of group pictures (if required) are just a few things that help the day run smoothly. I always find having the names of the bridal party useful as it’s good to know people by names.

Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding? NOTE: You should ask the questions on this list of whoever is going to be the primary photographer at your event, and that photographer’s name should be on your contract.

For my clients it’ll always be me that photographs your day. On occasions I will have an assistant but only if required by the client. This can often be the case if it’s a large wedding and the bride and groom want a second photographer to capture perhaps the grooms prep.

Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?

Every wedding photographer should always have backup equipment and be well versed in breakdown procedures. Camera failure does happen and the photographer needs to be in an operational situation again almost instantly from the breakdown. I also have a system in place if for some reason I’m unable to photograph a wedding. So another top wedding photography tip, check your photographers policy on this.

If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?

Travel is an expensive necessary these days and yes I do charge for travelling. This is charged at £0.50 per mile.

Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?

Absolutely no way! I need to be 100% focussed on your day and that’s the way it needs to be. Be very wary if you discover that your photographer is heading off to another event after yours. How can they possibly be completely focused on you.

How will you (and your assistants) be dressed?

As smart as a guardsman! It’s a wedding so best togs are the order of the day. I have heard though that some photographers will turn up wearing jeans and T-shirt. In my opinion this is unacceptable. Do check before your day, it will drive you mad if you see your photographer wearing inappropriate attire.

Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?

Personally I really don’t mind, but I do draw the line when we go off to spent some creative time together. However some photographers are completely anti to guests taking pictures, which I can never understand.

Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance? NOTE:Photographers who familiarize themselves with a location ahead of time will be prepared for any lighting issues or restrictions, and will know how best to incorporate the site’s architectural elements into the photos.

If I’ve never worked at a venue before I’ll make a point of listing it prior to the wedding. Not only familiarise myself with the layout of the venue, but also to meet the staff. The staff can be your best friends at a new venue.

What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?

I normally arrive two hours prior to the wedding ceremony, but this is entirely up to your requirements. Getting ready shots can really set the scene for story telling and in particular telling the story in your wedding album.

If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?

I fully appreciate that timings at weddings sometimes fall short. I often finish my day shortly after the 1st dance, but don’t worry I won’t disappear before your have sealed the day with your 1st dance. However depending on how late things are there may be a charge for my extra time.

What packages do you offer?

You an view my prices here.

Can I customize a package based on my needs?

Yes of course.

Do you include engagement photos in your packages?

I believe the pre wedding shoot is a vital part of the getting to know you process. It is also great for those who are a little nervous about having their photos taken. I charge separately for my pre wedding experiences and the cost can be viewed here.

What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?

You’ll love the Queensberry Albums I offer in some of my packages. You select the images you want to go into your album and I’ll do the design. For more info check out this post.

Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?

Yes my editing skills have been recognised in the industry for being pretty cool, so you can expect your wedding day images to go through the same process. “Top wedding photography tips” Editing amongst photographers vary massively. I’m always of the opinion that the taking an image is 70% of the process and the remaining 30% can make or break an image.

How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? On a CD?

This really depends on the time of the year and how busy I am. As you’ll appreciate the editing process can’t be rushed but I do aim to have your wedding images ready for viewing 2-4 weeks after the wedding. Your images will be displayed o my smug mug viewing platform and you’ll love the viewing experience.

What is the ordering process?

You can order prints from your online webpage in lots of various shapes, sizes and paper types.

How long after I order my photos will I get them?

Normally you’ll receive your prints in a few days.

Will you give me the digital images, and is there a fee for that?

I’m afraid I don’t give away the rights to digital images, but you can purchase the reproduction rights if you so wish.

Contracts and Policies – When will I receive a written contract? Wedding Photography Tips: Don’t book a photographer—or any vendor—who won’t provide a written contract.

I like to exchange contracts soon after your booking with me. But make sure that you do indeed get a contract from which ever supplier you use.

How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?

I ask for a £500 non refundable deposit, which of course comes off of your final invoice. Payment plans are available, contact me for further information.

What is your refund/cancellation policy?

There is a full itemised policy on our contracts in regards to our cancellation polices. However if you have to cancel your wedding then I require plenty of notice otherwise there are financial penalties. If you wedding has to be postponed then I can simply roll over your booking to your new date, subject to my availability.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes it’s an absolute must in this day and age.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as his/her photos? Are our personalities a good match?

Am I comfortable with this person’s work and communication style?

Hopefully my wedding photography tips and fan’s has been useful.