Frequently Asked Questions

What style of wedding photography do you specialise in?

I specialise in relaxed, un-posed and natural photos of you and your guests enjoying your wedding day. This is sometimes called reportage or photojournalist wedding photography and it captures your day, and the emotion of it, as it happens. I believe your wedding day should be a time for you to enjoy to its maximum without having a bossy photographer lining up endless groups for photos for an hour and a half after the ceremony. It’s rarely fun for you, your guests or the photographer.
I do make time during your day to take formal photographs, should you require them, but I recommend you aim for around six groups.  This will allow me time to take a selection of portraits of just the two of you and it will leave time to ensure you have enough time to enjoy the majority of you day with your guests rather than posing for photos.

What kind of albums do you offer?

I offer contemporary ‘digital’ or more traditional ‘matted’ format albums. For more information check out my page about albums. The albums I offer are top of the range and I design all the albums personally. You will see the design before printing so that you can request and approve any changes to the layout before printing.

Do you have a studio?

No. I specialise in wedding photography professionally and because of that it allows me to work from home. I prefer photographing people in real locations, capturing moments of real life, rather than asking people to pose in a controlled environment such as a studio.

Do you shoot the wedding by yourself and do you ever use a 2nd photographer?

Yes, I do photograph the weddings myself as photography style is very individual. If you’ve booked me because you like the style of my photography then you, quite rightly, should expect me at your wedding. I normally photograph weddings alone as I find it less intrusive on your day, however for larger weddings you may prefer the additional coverage that a 2nd photographer can provide. For an additional charge I can provide a 2nd photographer and I will only work with photographers that I know share my style and will enhance your coverage.

What areas do you cover?

I am based in Hemel Hempstead and typically cover weddings in Hertfoirdsire, Buckinghamshire and London. I also travel to weddings further afield, however charges may apply depending on location. I still cover weddings frequently in Harrow, having been based there for a number of years before moving to Hemel Hempstead.

I can’t see exactly what I want from your price list. Can you quote for bespoke packages?

Yes, my pricelist is there as a starting point. If you want a package to include multiple albums and engagement shoots the then I can offer discounts on larger packages. Please contact me to discuss your options or make an appointment.

Where can we see a selection of your work?

A wide selection of my photographs is available to view in my portfolio but I do recommend you contact me to make an appointment where I will be able to speak to you in more depth about your wedding and show you some sample albums.

Are you insured?

Yes, I am fully insured for personal liability and indemnity. I also recommend you take out your own wedding insurance.

Are you a member of any bodies or organisations?

I am a member of The Guild of Wedding Photographers, however, I believe it is more important that you are happy with the style and quality of a photographer and proof of that is through a body of work which any photographer should be able to provide you with.

Is there a booking fee and if so how much is it?

The booking fee is £300 so secure your date which will of course be deducted from your final balance payment.

How many photos do you take and how many will I receive?

This really depends how long I am at your wedding for and how many locations are involved but, simply put, if it’s a good photo you’ll get it. I don’t provide a set amount of photos as I believe it is too restrictive and may either force me to cut out good photos or provide you with some that I do not think are up to scratch. Typically though you can expect around 300 to 400 finished images from all day coverage.

When will our photos be ready and how can I see them?

I aim to have your photos ready for viewing within three weeks of your wedding but they are usually available sooner than that. Once they are ready I upload your photos to my website so that you can see them straight away, even if you are on honeymoon. The gallery is password protected, unless you request otherwise, and I will email the password to you with the link.

What processing do you do to the photos?

I spend considerable time editing every single photo you receive, not just photos that go into your album. As you receive the full set on disc they are processed ready to print. My processing includes colour enhancements and correction, black and white conversion, blemish removal, cropping etc. to make sure that when you receive them they are at their best.

Do you photograph in colour, B&W or a mixture?

I take all photos in RAW (a mode on a camera that captures the maximum amount of detail) and all photos are delivered in colour and black and white giving you maximum flexibility. In the days of film this option was never possible.

Can you give me some suggestions for the formal groups?

Of course. I recommend you choose a maximum of six group photos to allow enough time for some portraits of the bride and groom plus time for you to mingle with your guests. I usually meet couples around a month before their wedding and this is the perfect time to think about the groups you would like taken and I can advise what is and isn’t possible at your location.

What happens if it rains?

I get wet! But don’t worry, you won’t. As primarily a documentary photographer I cover your wedding whatever happens, and if everyone’s inside because it’s raining then I’ll take all my photos inside. If you’re willing, for the portraits, I bring along spare white brollies for the bride and groom and my camera equipment is designed to withstand some rain. It can sometimes result in spectacular photos.

Are my photos secure?

I back up your photos as a priority after your wedding to two separate hard-drives. My main camera records to two cards as standard. In other words yes, your photos are secure.

What equipment do you use?

I photograph weddings using professional Canon DSLRs and lenses. I use high quality memory cards to minimise the chance of data loss or corruption and my main camera has two card slots to minimise the chance of data loss. I also carry backup equipment should anything fail on the day of your wedding so I can continue to cover your wedding.

Can I buy prints online?

Yes, you can purchase standard loose and framed prints from your online gallery. You or your guests can make payments with credit and debit cards.

How much do you charge and when is the balance due?

Please see my price list for my current fees. The balance is due 4 weeks before your wedding.

We’d like to book you for our wedding day. What do we do?

First of all please contact me to confirm whether your wedding date is still available. If we haven’t already spoken I recommend we meet first to talk through your options. Following that I will send you contracts to fill in and return with your booking fee and once I receive them back your booking is confirmed.

Great, we’ve booked you. Now what happens?

I will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you around two months before your wedding so that we can run through all the final details with you, preferably at the venue, to ensure that I don’t miss anything important to you. The next time I will see you is on your wedding day.
After the wedding I will send you the link to your photos and will be in touch to arrange delivery of anything else you may have ordered.