What type of wedding photos do you take?
We take digital images that can be processed as either colour or black & white. Our style includes a mixture of formal, posed, natural and spontaneous photographs. We do not generally provide “dramatically posed” or “digitally enhanced” images although we have created a few for our recent clients. You'll see that reflected in the pictures on this web site.
How much do you charge?
Do you do wedding albums? What about prints?
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.
Each Canon 5D takes 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 two separate drives on our primary working PC with backups stored on a second, remote PC. We also keep copies of all our images on USB drives as an additional backup.
As you can tell, we do our very best to 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. If you want to take a chance and go for some outside shots in the rain then we do have large white golf-type umbrellas for you and our camera equipment is rain-proof.
Can my 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?
After that we like to spend at least 30 minutes with the wedding couple on their own. This will vary depending upon the photographs you would like and the locations available. You might like to add about 15 minutes at the end for some fun shots with the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen.
How much should I be paying?
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. So what's the editing for?
The image on the memory card is only really a "digital negative". Like the old pros of the film days we still need to adjust the brightness, correct colour issues, crop the picture and maybe do a little straightening. You would be amazed at just how many small alterations we make - like getting rid of an empty crisp packet; making a face brighter; changing eyes from closed to open (really!).
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. We can create multiple version and, if things go wrong, there's always UNDO.
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 images that don't meet our high technical standards.
We then filter out the duplicate images before we start editing - you probably don't want six nearly identical images of each group shot.
We never share unedited images as they don't represent the finished product that we are so proud of.
We only provide JPEG image files to our clients, not the original RAW files.
Can I sell or copy the images you give me?
You cannot sell copies of the digital files that we give to you or any prints made from them, and you cannot give copies of the files or prints to other people.
Whoever creates the image owns the copyright. This means that you cannot do anything with the images you are given (printed or digital) without permission from the copyright owner and that comes in the form of a licence.
We include a license in your wedding contract that gives you the rights to make copies for your personal use (which also means that you can make your own prints). It also gives you the right to use images on social media etc. provided that you credit us.