You’ll have no doubt seen magazine articles and websites with photography described in lots of ways, such as reportage, candid, lifestyle, documentary, photojournalism, classic and traditional. But good wedding photographers often use a combination of different styles throughout the day.
By using two photographers we can blend these styles from two different perspectives to capture the romantic, formal and fun moments, to give you images that tell the story of your wedding day.
Can I see samples of complete weddings you have photographed?
Yes and this is definitely something you should ask every photographer you are considering. Don’t just look at a few photos from lots of different weddings.
You are welcome to come and see our collection of sample albums and complete wedding photos from previous weddings. We also have slideshows of several venues, so we may have photographed at your venue already and have a slideshow you can watch.
It’s always a good idea to meet your photographer to discuss your ideas and what’s important to you for your wedding photography and to make sure you’ll feel at ease and discuss any concerns you may have about being photographed.
Do you visit the venues?
Yes, it’s a good way to get to know each other beforehand so you are more relaxed on the day, also if you want a pre-wedding shoot this is a good time to have it. We usually have pre-wedding meetings with our couples about 6 weeks before the wedding, at the church/venue, or both to run through the timings on the day, discuss any specific photos you want, see what photographic opportunities there are and what we will do in case of bad weather (well it is England after all!)
How much time should we allow for photography?
For most weddings we normally suggest around 2 hours from the end of the ceremony, until the start of any receiving line or you sit down for your wedding breakfast, plus any travelling time between venues.
This may sound a lot, but don’t worry you won’t be in front of the camera for 2 hours solid. It allows you time to mingle with your guests and not feel rushed.
At most weddings we usually take a big group shot of all your guests along with any group photos you may want. We also like to photograph the couple on their own for about 20 minutes to take the more romantic photographs of the two of you around the venue. Couples often tell us afterwards how they enjoyed the chance to be alone together during this time.
We will also photograph the finer detail of your reception room, cake, favours, seating plan and table details that you have taken such care over choosing.
Do you take formal group photographs?
Yes, of course it’s your wedding and often nowadays one of the few times families all come together. We normally run through any group photographs you want at our pre-wedding meeting so we can photograph these efficiently, but if you suddenly remember another group on the day, just let us know and we will be more than happy to include it. It’s a good idea to keep these to a minimum though, normally 6-10, but if you want more, just make sure you’ve allowed enough time before your wedding breakfast, as it can take 5 minutes per group if guests are busy booking in at the venue or at the bar.
Can guests take photos?
Yes with pleasure, it’s your wedding and they’re your guests. We welcome them to take their own pictures, preferably from behind us and not in front of us!!
Do you travel?
We have photographed weddings throughout the UK and always allow plenty of time for travel. However if the venue is more than 1½ hours travelling time away we would charge for over night accommodation on a “travel lodge” type basis and would discuss this at the time of booking. It’s not worth risking being held up in traffic and late for your wedding.
Do we need to feed you?
No we come prepared and are often too busy to eat. If you have booked us for the speeches and first dance though, we will always appreciate a plate of sandwiches to keep us going!
How long are you there for?
It depends how long you book us for, you create your own bespoke package, but if you book us for all day we would be with you from the bridal preparations through to the first dance. Take at a look at our pricing page.
Who will photograph my wedding?
Ian & Annie work together as a team and will only photograph one wedding a day and don’t subcontract work out to other photographers. If you have booked bridal preparations, Annie is usually with the bride beforehand, and Ian is with the groom at the venue or church.
What happens if you are ill?
We would need to be seriously ill not to attend a wedding, but if this was the case as we are members of a professional association we can call upon fellow professionals. We also have reciprocal arrangements with other photographers who have a similar style to us.
Are you insured and do you have back up equipment?
Yes, we have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance and all of our equipment is insured. If your venue requests a copy of our liability insurance (more venues are nowadays) that’s no problem.
We always carry plenty of back up cameras and lenses.
When will my photos be ready?
We download and make several copies of your images, one of which is stored off-site in case of fire or theft. Everything we do is backed up twice for peace of mind.
Your preview images will be ready for when you get back from honeymoon, typically 2 or 3 weeks after the wedding. We usually ask you to call us when you get back from your honeymoon, so that we can activate your password protected gallery on our website, so that you will be the first to see them.
After that we arrange for you to collect your disc and you can have a look at the sample albums and designs. You are free to choose and pay for any style of album after the wedding, but if you know exactly what album you would like and prefer to pay beforehand you are welcome to do so.
How many photos will I get on my disc?
There is no limit on the amount of photographs taken on the day, our only limit is the time given to us. From a typical all day wedding we normally provide our couples with 300-400 images, but it can often be more than this. Some images will be in black and white as well as colour, but you can view all the preview images in black and white and sepia on your password protected website gallery. If you have any special requests for an image to be converted to black and white or colour popped (black and white with some colour) please let us know and we will be happy to do it for you.
Is the disc of images edited, hi-resolution and copyright free?
The images are hi-resolution and we will have selected and fully edited these. You have personal usage rights allowing you to print photos for family and friends, but not for commercial use. Beware though, some photographer’s discs “wipe clean” and become blank after a set number of days, ours don’t!
We even provide you with a lo-resolution copy as well so you can e-mail them to friends or post them on facebook. The copyright though, always stays with the photographer who has taken the photograph.
What sort of albums and products do you supply?
We offer various albums from leading album manufacturers around the world. All are individually designed and include Storybook, Contemporary and Classic Overlay albums or Coffee table books.
Other products available are Thank you cards, pocket books and parent albums. We also have acrylics, canvas prints, float frames and montages available in various sizes.
Can I have input in my album design?
Of course, as much or as little as you like. We want you to love your wedding album and the photos in it. We discuss the style of album design you like from our samples so we can get a feel of how you want your album to look and once we have your list of photos we will design the layout and send you a proof. If you want any changes, just let us know.
Some couples find the task daunting and would like us to use our design skills to produce an album we feel reflects the story of their day and we’re happy to do this too. We just need to know what size album and how many photos you want. We would still send you a proof for you to approve or ask us to tweak it.
How do I book you?
If you wish to book us please get in touch and we will send you a booking form. Return this with your booking fee of £150 and then the balance is payable one month before your wedding day. We will send you written confirmation on receipt of your booking form so that you know everything is in place.
Have you got a question that’s not on the list? Still not sure?
That’s fine, just give us a call, drop us an email or arrange to visit us for a no obligation chat.