Frequently Asked Questions

Do you travel?

Yes indeed. I’m based in Suffolk but travel nationally and happy to photograph weddings abroad as well. I prefer to to have a broad spread of locations and venues over the year which keeps things fresh and interesting.

 

Travel & accommodation charges may apply on some UK based locations. Travel and accommodation will be charged at cost for destination weddings.

Do you charge VAT?

There is no VAT to pay on top of the prices I quote. I do not charge VAT.

Do you use an assistant?

No. I tend to find that I am much more efficient without an assistant to look after or manage. I work quickly and carry all my kit on me – I try to be as self-contained as possible. I don’t need anyone to carry my bags, set up complicated lighting sets or hand me bottles of water as I go! I find also that I can blend in with the day much more, be a part of the wedding.

 

Sometimes I find that having a 2nd photographer is beneficial (note: ‘photographer’ as opposed to an ‘assistant’) but usually only if you want two situations photographed at the same time in different locations (bride and groom preparations, for instance) or if you have a large number of guests (175+). It’s rare that a wedding needs two photographers though.

Do you do formal / family group shots?

Yes, absolutely. I don’t limit the amount of group shots you may want but I do suggest (heavily suggest) that you limit the amount of groups to the VIPS – immediate family and bridal party. There is nothing worse than having to stand around for ages, waiting for the ushers to round up that one lost cousin/friend who has decided that they just need to nip to the loo whilst all your mates are drinking champagne!

 

They are a necessary part of most weddings but managed properly, they can be done efficiently without hijacking your day.

What about the weather, what if it rains?

Where ever you are getting married, whatever time of year you are getting married … you need a Plan B. And none more so if you are getting married in the UK! Your wedding will happen whatever the weather & I’ll photograph it, sunshine or rain. The only bit of the day we need to plan will be the group shots – we need to make sure that we have a space that we can do them indoors and that everyone involved knows this. We’ll go through the options for all this at the planning stage.

 

In the meantime, you’ll become an obsessive weather watcher and forecaster, especially in the weeks running up to your wedding.

Can we meet up before we book - do we need to meet up?

More than happy to meet up, talk through your wedding and look through sample albums. We can meet in Suffolk or possibly in London, one evening after work (Mon-Thurs). If that’s difficult for you, we can arrange a Skype / Facetime chat or even just a chat on the phone.

 

It’s nice to be able to have a chat before you book, make sure that I am the right person for your wedding. But it’s not essential. I often take wedding bookings without meeting up, answering questions via email or on the phone. We will have a chat about planning the day much closer to the day itself.

Can I give you a list of photos I want?

Beyond the list of groups shots and possibly a handful of other key shots you may want, I find that having a long list of shots counter-productive. If I’m constantly having to refer to a set list of required images then I’m going to miss all the important stuff you hire a photographer for in the first place.

 

Having said that, I’m more than happy to discuss required shots, go through Pinterest boards or any ideas you may have. If you’ve got something particular you’d like to incorporate into your day, no matter how unusual you might think it will be, let me know, the more unusual the better!

How many photos can we expect?

It depends on how long I’ll be with you, how many people there are at your wedding and how busy your wedding is – a standard 9hr wedding with coverage from bridal prep to 1st dance would usually include between 500 and 600 images. I say a minimum of 400 images to be safe but the average is usually higher.

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