Good questions!

Well we all have them !
When you begin looking for a wedding photographer you may or may not know what questions to ask to give you confidence in your decision making process.
You may or may not know anything about photography / style / editing / equipment / how to spot experience / iPhone or camera? 1Mb or 20Mb / JPEG or JPG

If I was looking to get a new car I would seek advice from a knowledge friend & start to read up online – however this can sometimes be confusing and conflicting

Similarly if wedding photography is a bit of an un-known art to you. It’s only afterwards you can announce “we chose well!”

What happens if they miss the shot, will they capture some group shots – do they need insurance? What if the camera breaks!

So I have tried to answer the fundamental answers to good questions below – hope they help you out

I often get questions on the type of kit I carry – which I think comes from an interest point of view rather than I’m only looking for a canon shooter…

However the good part of the question is to understand what happens if…

So over the years I have continually upgraded my kit to ensure I can cover almost all circumstances

All the cameras have dual card slots and photographs are back up on 2 external hard-drives. These are kept in two separate brick built locations!

Group shots / requested shots – Before or shortly after booking I would love to have a consultation with you to run through your day, your timings and to cover off your photography list….

There are 5 main groups at a wedding – it is your choice how many group shots and sub groups you have – however too may can ‘overtake’ your day – so feel free to ask for help to refine your list….
1) Everyone
2) Family
3) Family
4) Bridesmaids / Groomsmen
5) Friends
You can split these groups above into sub-groups too to ensure you get the right balance.

Insured? – Yes I am – I have all the required paperwork if your venue needs it.
The other question is for you… Are you insured? I would always recommend that you have some level of insurance for your wedding – if a supplier can’t be there we have a problem if you can’t attend then we have a big problem!

Back up photographer – Obviously no one wants a key member of your wedding guest list or supplier to not be there.. In all the years I am thankful to say I have never needed a back-up….
However, like any good business I have in place a number of photographers in the area who have agreed to help out each other if ever the need arrises.

How can I book? – I take a £400 non-refundable deposit to hold your date. On confirmation of receipt I will send out your filled in paperwork and receipt for your records.

Do I only cover local areas? – The majority of my bookings come as recommendations so there tends to be a high percentage of bookings within Dorset and Hampshire – however some recommendations end up further afield – over the years I have covered Chester, Lake District, Manchester, Leeds, a beautiful village in Kent, Bath, Ibiza and Sorrento.
In terms of travel costs I can provide a quote for your wedding depending on requirements.

How long before I get the photographs? – Always within 4 weeks.
However one option you have in the packages is to get a sneak peak within 24 hours – some cases people need their photographs back super quickly – again this is a package upgrade available.