FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your wedding is the biggest day of your life. Of course you have a million questions. So I'm going to try to answer as many as I can!
Tell me more about you
I’ve been a professional photographer for about 5 years. I love adventures and being outdoors, but I'm happy anywhere that I've got my camera. I just love capturing special moments be it on the side of a mountain, or the start of a couples new life together.
Why should we hire you?
With any luck, the fact that you are reading this page means that you have connected with my images and that alone is the most important reason. The next step is to contact me for chat to find out whether we would be a good fit to work together on the most important day of your life.
What is your photographic style?
My approach to wedding photography is very natural, relaxed and as unobtrusive as possible. My aim is to capture moments and tell the story of your day together. I want to make sure we get some amazing pictures whilst allowing you to relax, enjoy your day and spend time with your friends and family.
If you want to get a better feel of my style of photography make sure you browse through my portfolio to get the best idea of what your photos will look and feel like.
I hate having my photo taken!
Most of the day I'll be in the background and the photos I take will be completely natural. If you feel really uncomfortable posing for photos, we don't have to do that. Most couples like to have at least a few photos with various family members. Rest assured, only a few photos will be posed and I try to keep them as natural as possible. I definitely won't ask you to do anything you're not comfortable with.
Will you still take family group portraits?
I am more than happy to take as many group photos as you like! In my experience it's really not as laborious and straining as people expect. I often find that this is a great opportunity to have a quiet moment with small groups of family and friends. Most couples have at least a few family and close friends that they would like pictures with. I always try to make these photos feel as relaxed and natural as possible, which hopefully is reflected in the photographs in my portfolio.
How long should we leave to take all the photos?
I usually recommend leaving an hour in your schedule for group photos and a couples portrait shoot, but realistically they never take as long as that. In order to minimise the amount of time taken out of your reception, it's useful to give some thought in advance to the groups you would like to have pictures with. If you're having trouble with writing a list I can provide an sample list that I have used for other weddings. I will do my best to accommodate requests on the day but it isn't always possible due to time or weather constraints. I will gladly work with you on a schedule to work out how many photos we can manage to fit it into your day.
How far are you willing to travel?
I am currently based in Perth but I have photographed weddings all over the country. All travel expenses are included within the Perth area, if your wedding is further afield I may need to charge for an overnight stay. Contact me with your plans so we can discuss and agree on any additional expenses in advance so there are no surprises.
How long will you cover our wedding
The package I offer includes 8 hours of photography starting from whenever you like, be it meeting you at the ceremony or following you all the way through your morning preparations. This would typically mean coverage from you getting ready to the speeches, or from the ceremony to the first dance. However I do realise that not all weddings run to time and I'll be happy to stay on as long as necessary.
If you require extended coverage just get in touch and we can discuss your needs.
Can you photograph both the bride and the groom in the morning before the wedding?
The most honest answer I could give you is yes... sometimes. I normally focus on the bride getting ready, but if the groom is getting ready at the same place then I should be able to flit between the two of you. If not, I will certainly be at the ceremony location before the bride and I can get a few shots of the groom beforehand.
Will you take photographs of our wedding ceremony?
Personally I think the wedding ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day and it is something I will definitely be there to photograph. However I am very aware that it can be a very sensitive time and I endeavour to work accordingly by being as quiet and unobtrusive as possible. Some venues and/or officiants won’t allow pictures to be taken during the ceremony and I have to abide by their rules. This is something that must be worked out before the wedding and is something you should consider asking whoever is conducting your ceremony.
How and when will I get photos?
Once your pictures are ready you will be able to view the entire selection in your own password protected gallery on this website which you can share with any of your family and friends to login and view your photographs. In addition to the private online gallery you will receive a personalised USB with all the images for you to browse over and over.
I personally edit each image individually to ensure the best quality possible and upload each photo to your gallery page. This process can take time and I ask that you allow 8-10 weeks to receive your images, however I do aim to deliver them as soon as I possibly can.
If you order prints I ask that you allow 10-14 days for them to arrive. If you order an album it again will be 10-14 days once the layouts have been finalised. All my printing is done by Loxley Colour Labs.
How many photos can we expect to receive?
At each wedding I take on average 3000-4000 photos. Before I deliver your photos I will edit down that number to something more manageable for the both of us. Every image will be edited to an extent. Delivering unedited photos would be like an author publishing a first draft! This is mainly to correct exposures, colour correcting and cropping. At the end of the editing process you can expect roughly 300 tip top photos!
Who decides on which pictures and the design of the wedding album?
You select the pictures you would like to see in your album, I will then make an initial set of proofs for you to view. From this first set of layouts you can then decide on any changes you would like to have made and another set of proofs will be produced with your changes. This process continues until you are entirey happy with your layouts. I have all my albums and prints professionally printed by Loxley Colour Labs and albums are charged for by the page. So the number of images in your album will depend on the number of pages in your album.
Will you put my images on social media?
Most people find me through social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so I do occasionally post my favourite images from weddings. If for any reason you don't want your pictures to be shared on social media please tell me in advance and we can work something out. I do retain copyright of all my images and any of them can be used in my portfolio.
Do you shoot in black and white?
I love black and white! My photographic roots are in traditional black and white photography. On the day everything is shot as digital colour photos and then, during post production, images can be converted to black and white. If you would like to have photos in black and white, and trust me to select which pictures work best, I will go ahead and convert them. I am confident that you will like my choices but of course you can have any picture you want in black and white, or indeed all of them.
Does it bother you if guests take pictures?
Generally speaking it doesn’t bother me. It is entirely up to you if you wish for people to take pictures during the ceremony or not. The only potential difficulty that can raise for me is if people block the aisle when you are walking in and out of the ceremony. It is quite common for couples to make a short announcement at the start of the ceremony, so don’t feel to guilty about it. When it comes to taking group photographs, I don't have a problem with people taking photos as long as I am able to get all the pictures I need first and unobstructed. After all... that is why you're paying me! The only time I ask for no other photos to be taken is during the couples shoot where I think it's best to go and find a quiet spot for a few photos alone.
Do you expect a meal at our wedding?
While it's completely up to you if you would like to provide a meal, it is a long day for everyone having a meal set aside for me would be greatly appreciated.
What if you haven't photographed at our church or venue before?
I always try and arrange a visit to familiarise myself with your venue and meet your wedding coordinator before the wedding.
Do you bring spare camera equipment with you?
Yes I work with 2 different camera bodies and several different style of lenses so if any equipment does fail, I have adequate backup.
How much does it cost to hire you as our wedding photographer?
You can view an up-to-date price list by visiting the packages page on my website. You can download all the details you need about what I can offer you. Once you've been able to browse through all the information the best thing to do is fill out the enquiry form on my website or send me an email and we can start working out the finer details.
How can we book you?
Awesome! The first thing you need to do, if you haven't already is get in touch using the Booking Enquiry Form to make sure that I'm available. When you decide you would like to confirm your booking you will need to complete a booking form and pay a 30% deposit to secure the date. If you would like to meet up for a coffee and a chat first - just get in touch!
Unfortunately I'm unable to provisionally book dates without a booking form and deposit.
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