Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What style of photography do you shoot?
Some people call it a documentary style or a photojournalistic approach and I’ll go with that. I’m very much in love with cinema – especially directors of photography, production designers and cinematographers. Ultimately, it’s all about photos that are authentic and real. Relaxed and emotive. Zero fixed grins, DEFINITELY nothing cheesy. Just people being people, being themselves. We’re all unique as are our personalities. Loud, quiet, wild, shy, adventurous, reserved. It’s all good food for the camera.
Q. Are you a full-time professional photographer?
I am! I started out photographing a lot of winter sports, lifestyle and event photography in New Zealand and I’ve been shooting weddings for the past couple of years.
Q. Do you photograph the actual ceremony?
Yes. I’m very discreet and you will never know that I am there during the ceremony and I only use natural or available light (no flash). Please note, you should always check with the person who you’ve chosen to lead your ceremony ahead of time to ensure they have no restrictions they wish to impose – especially if you are having a church ceremony. I always touch base with this person on the day to reassure them of how discreetly I shall be capturing your ceremony.
Q. What areas do you cover?
I predominantly cover weddings across the UK but if you live further afield, or wish me to cover your overseas destination wedding or elopement then please get in touch as I’m more than happy to do go travel greater distances if I’m needed to.
Q. How many photos do you take on the day?
I don’t limit the number of photos that I take on your wedding day. I just keep shooting. After, you will typically have over 450+ fully edited shots to look back on.
Q. What do we do if it rains?
Bad weather is always a big worry for brides and grooms – but it doesn’t have to be! You just have to embrace whatever the weather brings you. Some of my favourite shots have been taken in wet and windy conditions. I can tell you now from experience that my brides and grooms 100% do not care on the day. They’re having such a great day that they don’t even notice.
Q. Do we meet you before the wedding to talk about our plans?
Absolutely! If you’re interested in booking an informal, no-obligation meet-up about your wedding plans, at your choice of York/Leeds/Harrogate location, then please just get in touch. If you’re a bit further afield I’d suggest a video call instead? I strongly believe in building a rapport with my couples prior to their wedding day. The more we know each other and the more you understand my approach, the better the final images will be.
Q. Can I let other people see my wedding photos?
Absolutely. I know that you will love your wedding photos and I very much want you to share and show them to your guests. Your online gallery and slideshow are password protected but please feel free to pass on the links to whoever you wish.
Q. Are you insured?
Oh yes. I carry full public liability insurance.
Q. How long do you stay on the day?
From the beginning (normally a couple of hours prior to the ceremony) until the end of your evening’s entertainment.
Q. Do you charge for travel costs?
I don’t charge travel costs for any wedding throughout mainland UK (apart from at Christmas and New Year). For destination weddings, I ask for an additional fee to cover my travel and accommodation. This amount depends on the location of the wedding and I’m always happy to work this out with you.
Q. Do you require a meal on the day?
No. I always take my own food on the day and will typically nip away for 20 minutes whilst you and your guests are tucking into your wedding meal. If you wish to provide me with a little something to eat, of course, I would never say no, but please don’t feel obliged to do so.
Q. Do you take any formal or group photos?
Of course! It’s perfectly normal for a few formal group shots to be taken and I totally get why brides and grooms request them. It’s not for usually for themselves, but more for their parents and grandparents who expect them. So while I’m more than happy to oblige I do recommend keeping these to the essential ones (bridal party, immediate families, bridesmaids, groomsmen etc) so we don’t eat into too much of your precious time.
Q. Who will take our photographs?
I will! I don’t have anybody else working under my brand, however, should you require me to, I will bring along a second shooter to cover some of the action too (we would agree on this long before the wedding)
Q. Help! I don’t like my photo being taken!
Me too! I understand that a lot of people do not like having their photo taken so I work in a very natural way. I never ask anybody to hold a smile for me or hold each other in a peculiar way. I’m all about the authentic moments between two people. Take a look through my wedding portfolio to get an idea.
Q. Can my friends and family purchase any prints?
Of course. There are a number of print options in the online gallery area. Remember though, you will have the high-resolution images as well so you could pass the images onto them directly if you wish.
Q. How do we secure our date with you?
By paying a deposit (which comes off the total cost of your wedding package). I’ll also send you an online wedding photography contract which will need to be viewed and signed. The remaining balance is due anytime up to 30 days prior to your wedding date.