The reason you book a professional photographer is partly so that you can be sure of getting great pictures, but also to guarantee against all sorts of things that can go wrong. My job as a professional is to deliver and that means to cover as many eventualities as I can imagine.
Are you insured?
Yes I have professional wedding photographer insurance. I have two million public liability insurance as well as insurance for all my expensive kit. My insurance also covers in case of professional indemnity to 50 thousand.
What experience/qualifications do you have?
I have been in photography for about 20 years. My photographic background covers a wide aspect of different areas such as commercial, product, advertising, studio, PR, pets, family portraiture and of course weddings. I have operated in nearly all photographic disciplines such as film, large format, medium format, 35mm, black and white, processing, darkroom work, digital, large format digital printing. I hold a BTEC ND in Photography and Design, A Level, GCSE and City & Guilds.
How long will you stay on the day of our wedding?
If booked for a full day I will be there from preparations through to dancing, if booked for a half day (up to 4 hours) then a schedule according to your requirements will be devised.
Who will edit the photographs?
I will edit the photographs; I know what works and how to retain the quality of my images. I diligently re-invest in myself on the latest techniques and updating to the newest software and equipment. I shoot in “raw files” (rather like a modern day negative) not jpeg as many photographers do, this gives me greater control over the finished image which can be colour corrected according to the lighting conditions. These edited images are then processed into jpegs to supply to my client.
How many pictures will we get from our wedding?
On a full day cover I typically shoot around 3000 images sometimes more. Many of these will be duplicate images as when I shoot I use a fast motor drive setting in order to allow for blinking eyes and covering for the best expression. From these duplicates I will normally pick one. A wedding couple can usually expect to receive 350-500 selected images beamed to be the best. Expect these numbers to halve for a half-day commission. From a full day cover I guarantee a client will receive a minimum of 100 images that I deem as acceptable or 50 for a half-day. This may to some seem low but is based on a worse case scenario allowing for the extreme.
What happens if you are ill?
I have a network of trusted photographers who can be called upon from a variety of Facebook forums with other photographers. It is my responsibility to provide you an alternative if such a matter arises.
What about backing up our photographs?
The digital age has many plus points; one is that it is easy to duplicate images. When you receive a digital copy of your images, I will have also archived a copy; in a worse case scenario and you lose your pictures I still have a copy that you can come back for. I am also equipped with the latest in backup devises that takes care of my backups daily. Whilst shooting on memory cards I duplicate files to two cards in the camera this covers for failure to write to the card or card errors etc. I use two camera bodies on the day so can cover the shoot with one in case of failure, I also have a spare body and several lenses at home in case I need a backup camera for a few days.
Do we need to feed you?
You don’t have to but I will always say yes to a meal, I am after all on my feet for around 10-12 hours and will burn a lot of calories. It is however useful to let me know in advance if you are going to be generous as I usually cover and bring my own lunch. I will eat anything, usually twice plus deserts…
Do you need a power supply on the day?
I dont need any power supplies as I have a full compliment of spare batteries which are religiously charged the day/night before any wedding.
What camera equipment is used?
I primarily use Canon cameras and lenses; there is no real right or wrong choice in manufacturers of camera equipment. What does make a difference however is that all my lenses are of professional grade, unlike some cheaper choices; they have metal fittings where they attach to the camera. This means they are sharper through the lack of movement in the lens body. I typically will have 2 cameras with me throughout the day meaning a greater variety of angles and compositions.
What about CRB?
My last CRB check was 2009 a copy of which can be presented on request.