How much do you charge?
Do you do albums & prints?
Are you a member of any professional organisations?
Yes. Tim is very proud to be a member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP).
What happens if You can't be there on the day?
Both Tim and Sarah work as lead photographers at weddings and can cover for each other. In the event that neither of them is available on the day we maintain relationships with a number of other professional photographers who offer standby support in case such an event was to occur. We also have the option to call on members of the SWPP for assistance.
What happens if your camera breaks?
To insure against those embarrassing problems we use two Canon 5D Mk 3 cameras and we bring a Canon 7D just in case anything goes wrong. If anything breaks before the wedding day we have local contacts who can lend us what we need and we will also use a first class hire company if we have to.
Our Canon 5Ds take two memory cards to insure against a card failure. We always shoot with two photographers which helps us to avoid missing key shots. We have three professional quality Canon SLRs in case one camera fails. We also have a wide selection of lenses in case one of our lenses fails. We also have spare batteries, two Canon high end flash guns etc. etc.
Images are stored on our primary working PC with backups stored on a pair of mirrored drives on our NAS. We also copy images to a USB drive as an additional backup.
As you can tell, we do our very best to capture and look after your images.
Is it cheaper if I only have one photographer?
No. We always work with a minimum of two photographers, partly to make sure we capture all the key shots but mostly because we can capture formal and candid photographs at the same time.
On some occasions we may bring an additional photographer for which there is no extra charge.
What happens if the weather is bad?
It won’t be! Unfortunately I am not always right about that. We carry some portable studio equipment with us that includes studio lighting, umbrellas, soft boxes and backdrops. That allows us to create great indoor lighting if we need it. We can usually shoot small groups inside the wedding venue or we may photograph later in the day when the rain has stopped. We do have large white umbrellas and our cameras are waterproof in case you want to take a chance and go for some outside shots in the rain!
Can my other guests take pictures?
Yes, providing they respect the work we are doing and understand how they may impact your photographs. We are very good at stopping them from getting in the way.
Having other photographers around us can be a distraction and may cause you or your guests to look at the wrong camera at the wrong time and spoil the photographs we are taking for you. We will give everyone some time to take their own photos during the group shots and we are happy to give them some help if they have any questions.
Will you take pictures of particular people on the day?
We will do our best but we cannot guarantee this. Sometimes people will disappear or just refuse to be photographed. We will talk to you about your specific requirements, ask you to provide us with a full list of what you want and also ask you to give us the name of a "willing volunteer" who will organise the people that we need for each photo. And if you think of something on the day then just let us know.
How long will the photography take?
As a rule you should start with 15 minutes for everyone to talk to the bride and groom immediately after the ceremony. Then allow about 5 minutes per formal family group and allow about 15 minutes for the group shot of the wedding couple with all guests. After that we like to spend about 30 minutes with the wedding couple on their own. This will vary depending upon the photographs you would like and the locations available.
When can we see the Pictures?
Our number one rule is that no one sees the wedding photos before the bride and groom. The images will be available for viewing when you return from the honeymoon (or about two weeks after the wedding day). Until then anyone asking us for a sneak preview will be disappointed.
How much should you pay for a wedding photographer?
This is the $64,000 question, but that doesn't mean you should be paying $64,000. Like any other profession "you get what you pay for" but just what that is can be a bit of a mystery.
I found this article by a lady called Louise Bjorling that gives a clear explanation of what to expect. We have no connection with Louise but have provided this link because we do agree with her point of view.
We provide a full service and charge what we think is a realistic price for what we do. Our prices also have to cover the cost of our professional camera equipment, computers, software licences, insurance etc.
We also do much more than take photographs and hand a memory card over (see below).
What does Digital editing mean?
Many people think that digital photography has removed the need for the dark room where films were developed and prints were made. After all, you can see the picture when you take it, you can share it with the wedding guests over wi-fi and upload it to social media within seconds.
However, the image on the memory card is only really a "digital negative". Like the old pros of the film days we still need adjust the brightness, correct any colour issues, crop the picture and maybe do a little straightening (and that's just the start of the process).
Click here to see an example on our website.
Of course there are some major advantages when using a digital camera. We can change images from colour to black & white, create sepia-toned images and remove the occasional "unwanted things" that you really don't want to see in the background.
The last part of preparation is to adjust the final images to match the type of printer that will be used for the album or the prints. So, as you can see, there is still a need for a "digital darkroom" and that is where professional wedding photographers spend most of their time.
Can I have copies of all the digital images?
No. We take good photographs and bad photographs at every wedding (nobody's perfect). Needless to say we don't share the bad ones with anybody. So the first selection is made by us where we remove the "bad" images.
The second selection is made by you where you can choose the images you like up to the maximum number included in the wedding contract. We will then edit those images (see What Does Editing And Preparation Mean?) and give you high definition copies on a USB Pen Drive.
We don't share unedited images as they don't represent the finished product that we are so proud of.
can I sell or copy the images you give me?
The photographer or the company they are employed by owns the copyright to the images taken at your wedding. This means that you cannot do anything with the images you are given (printed or digital) without permission from the copyright owner in the form of a licence.
We will grant you a license to use the images for personal use which means making prints for yourselves, using them on social media etc. You cannot sell copies of the digital files or prints made from them, and you cannot give copies of the files or prints to other people.