You’ve probably never been married before! And you’ve probably not had to book a wedding photographer either. We bet you have lots of questions.
We get it! Carol and I found it very strange last year, when we had to look for a photographer for our own wedding. It’s not something most of us have ever done before.
Of course, we know lots of other wedding photographers, a lot of them are good friends, but that didn’t mean we wanted them to shoot our wedding. We found it a very odd process, picking someone to spend your wedding day with you, someone you don’t really know that well. Then paying them a lot of money in the hope that they’ll take some nice photos of you both and of your friends and family. You don’t even know if they succeeded until months after the wedding, that’s not normal. I always think it’s a bit like booking a holiday to somewhere you’ve never been before. However many times you look at the brochure or pictures online etc. You never really know what it’s like until you’ve been there. How can we show you how great your wedding photos will be. We haven’t shot your wedding yet! All we can try and do is show you enough of our previous work, that you see that we are very experienced and very talented. We can produce work like that at every wedding, because of that experience and talent.
So, please don’t be afraid to ask questions. We’re happy to try and guide you through the process as best we can. We have done this for over 300 other couples now. So we’ve got a little bit more experience than most people have.
Hopefully some of the information below will answer some of the questions you have. However, if you cannot find an answer here, please do Contact Us. We’re very happy to help in any way we can. We can even recommend other suppliers that we’ve worked with in the past if that’s helpful to you.
The first question you should ask any wedding photographer is “are you free on our wedding date?”
Simply put, we don't pose you, or orchestrate situations on your wedding day. We capture what happens, naturally, without intruding on the day. We do shoot couple portraits and family group photos, but the majority of the day is all unposed.
Read more here: What is Reportage Wedding Photography ?
On average 500+ with both of us shooting.
Quantity is not quality. We only want to deliver quality images, not photos where people have their eyes shut. So we edit our wedding photos very carefully, to only deliver the best of the best.
Last year some weddings had over 800 images delivered. Others were more in the 500-600 range. The amount is unimportant. What matters is the quality of what we deliver far exceeds our couples expectations. Read More - Quality Versus Quantity
We are reportage wedding photographers, but at nearly every wedding, we always shoot some family group shots. We simply ask that couples consider how much time these will take and allow for that time in their schedule for the day.
Allow 3 minutes per group shot.
We normally shoot the groups during the drinks reception with each group taking around 20 seconds to shoot. However, it normally takes 3 minutes for the guests/family members to move into position.
Plus, if there's a nice sunset or evening light, we may suggest a quick second session of portraits as the light at that time of day can produce some amazing images.
Yes and no. The vast majority of the couples who book us don't like having their photo taken. It's probably the number one reason couples book us. They love the unobtrusive, natural images we capture.
A pre-wedding shoot isn't natural images. They are posed portraits. Lots of wedding magazines and wedding blogs suggest that a pre-wedding shoot might be a great way to get to know your wedding photographer. Personally I cannot think of a worse way to show you what we do. If you'd really like to get to know what it will be like on your wedding day. Why not come round for a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Sit and chat with us. That's far more like a wedding day. Where we are just socialising with you and there is no pressure to have your picture taken. When your wedding day comes, you will barely know we are there.
Don't worry, we are very affordable and provide excellent value for money. So please contact us for a personalised quote. We don't bite and there's no obligation.
We welcome couples to visit us at our lovely home in North East Hampshire or alternatively, we often meet our couples via FaceTime or Skype. Getting to know each other is an important part of the process of booking us. We will be spending a long time with you on your wedding day, so it helps us if you're relaxed with us and happy to have us around.
Best times for meetings are normally free weekends or some weekday evenings. Use the Contact Form to get in touch
Wedding couples are also given a special passcode to download the images: all high resolution JPG files, no watermarks, with full personal usage rights. You are free to print, share, enjoy your wedding images.
If you'd like advice on how to store your wedding photos, so you never lose them. Just ask. Putting them on one USB stick in a drawer, isn't the best way.