As wedding photographers we are asked many questions about how we work. I have addressed a few of the more common questions below. Please feel free to browse and if you have a question please do not hesitate to contact me by filling in the form below. Cheers Anthony
What time do you start?
You book me for a block of time so it is up to you when you would like me to start. On the whole I usually start two hours before the ceremony. This usually gives me enough time to capture the bride getting ready and if the groom is in the same location, the groom as well. If you are some distance from where the ceremony is taking place this needs to be factored in to the start time. For example if your wedding is taking place 30 minutes from the ceremony I may need to start earlier.
Do you travel?
I cover the whole of the Southwest and the UK but on the whole I capture the majority of weddings here in Devon. Somerset is a close second as I live close to the Somerset border. On the whole the package covers fuel costs but if you are in the foot-end or Devon or Cornwall I may have to charge for fuel or/and accommodation. My rule of thumb is if it takes 1.30 to 2 hours to reach I may need to charge for accommodation & travel costs.
Do you work with a partner?
This is a very good question. On the whole I work alone. This is because you are hiring me for my vision and I prefer to work alone. If however you require a second photographer that is not a problem. A second photographer can capture more detail with the groom and the day as a whole. If your wedding day is taking place in three different places I may use an assistant to help with equipment set up etc.
What type of photography do you offer?
I am a documentary photographer and prefer to capture the day as it unfolds. Saying that I will capture, if requested, the traditional shots. By the traditional shots I mean the posed signing of the register, cutting of the cake, group-shots etc. With the confetti shot I usually ask guests to set up a corridor, I can then capture the couple walking along under a shower of confetti. You can of course just give the responsibility to a couple of guests without my interference.
Will you meet us before we book?
Of course. We can meet via FaceTime, Skype, phone or in person. If you would like to meet in person my preferred meeting place is at Costa off M5 J27. If you have another location in mind please say. I am easily enticed with the promise of a chocolate brownie.
Will you meet us to view the venue?
On the whole it is a good idea to meet at the venue, especially if it puts your mind at rest. If you are out of the local area it may not be possible.
Will we have a pre-wedding consultation?
This can be done by FaceTime, Skype, phone or if we meet up at the venue or pre-wedding shoot. This is the ideal opportunity to give me the itinerary for the day along with any group-shots and requests you may have.
Do you require a booking fee?
Yes there is a booking fee of £250 with the remainder due four weeks before your wedding date. There is also a contact/booking form that will need to be filled out and returned. Once the booking fee has been paid your date is secure.
Do we need to feed you?
That is entirely up to you. Don't feel like you have to feed me but it is always appreciated. I do not require a full three course meal. The main course is fine or just sandwiches. Please let me know if you are going to feed me otherwise I will fend for myself.
How many images will I get and how long will I have to wait?
When I arrive home I back-up all the images from the day and save to multiple drives. Once the images are edited, which takes up to four weeks I save a copy off site. For a full day of wedding photography this can usually mean you will receive between 400 to 600 images saved as high resolution files. You will receive the images on a USB drive for you to print from at will.
Do you offer pre-wedding shoot?
Pre-wedding shoots are a good idea. Not only do you get use to having your photo taken but it also gives you the opportunity to get to know me, ask questions and talk through your day. It is a great additional to the big day and also helps eliminate any fears. The session usually takes about an hour.
Will you take us away from our guests for hours?
No! Absolutely not! The last thing I would hope you would want to do is spend hours on end with me taking your photo. Your guests require your presence so go party. Twenty to thirty minutes on the whole is more than enough time to capture some lovely couple shots. It is really easy going as well. I will make sure I have a few predetermined locations in mind and off we go! I will not ask you to pose or look into each others eyes. Just act naturally and I will capture the love and laughter. These type of shots, in my opinion, look better and are more authentic than a posed and directed image.
Do you do group-shots.
Yes I do group-shots but please do not ask me to create a heart-shaped group-shot. If you require an arranged group-shot such as what you see in Vanity Fair please go ahead and organise I will be happy to capture it. On the whole I suggest 8 to 10 group-shots as each can take between 5 to 10 minutes and if people go missing it can really eat away that precious time. The more time I spend capturing group-shots the less time I am capturing those real authentic moments.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by using the form below. I look forward to talking to you soon.