How much are you?
My package is a full day USB package and starts at £1150.
From three hours before the wedding for the bridal prep, ceremony, formal groups, couple portraits, speeches, cutting the cake – until 30 minutes after your last planned element such as cake cutting, fireworks, sparklers etc. You will receive a personalised wooden box and ALL of your photos on a wooden USB, with a selection of up to 50 of your portraits and group photos, chosen by you neatly wrapped up in a silk ribbon.
Do you do this for a living?
Yes, I’m a full time wedding photographer and I love it. When I was 30 after buying a DSLR I went back to college and pursued qualifications in photography, I started with landscape photography, moved onto portrait, then slowly built my business over the years. Previously I was a graphic designer and have a background in art which has influenced my photography style and composition.
How many weddings have you photographed?
At the time of writing over 70.
Can you hold my wedding date for me?
Due to the amount of enquiries I receive I cannot hold dates, this is to ensure that my diary is up-to-date and I know my availability. A consultation will be offered and after a chatting I will hold it for 5 days but if a booking form, agreement and booking fee is not received the date will be released and made available for others to book. If the required items are received then that date is yours. In the past I have held dates for people, turned others away and the original booking has fallen through – I lose out and other couples.
How long does it take to edit a wedding?
It generally takes 8-12 weeks to edit a wedding. In the Summer this may vary due to the busy period, but I will keep you informed.
How many photos will I get?
This one is difficult to answer, it depends on how long I’m with you, if you’ve booked a second photographer etc. I tend to provide 800+ edited photos, thats a lot of photos!
Can you airbrush my photos?
Only small amounts, if airbrushing is your thing I doubt I’m the one for you.
My wedding is far away, do you charge for travelling?
For weddings within 50 miles of Neath mileage is included in the package price, travel beyond is charged at 50p a mile.
Do you offer a pre-wedding session?
I do, its complimentary and part of the package, you don’t have to utilise it though, I won’t be offended, but I find it beneficial as we get to spend time together before the big day, I find out how you are in front of the camera and you get used to me and my shooting style. Plus you can use those photos for items on the big day, slideshow, photo for the wall, pressies for others, thank you cards etc.
I’d love an album, do you do these?
Yes I do! A few years back I changed suppliers to one with incredible quality, sustainably resourced materials, amazing customer service and vegan options, unfortunately with great quality comes higher prices, so I removed them from my package – so you could choose to have one or not. Its about affordability, you could create them yourself or I could design one for you – but this way its up to you. Another reason was that albums are available in a variety of sizes and everyone likes something different.
I’m interested in booking second photographer, what are the benefits?
A second photographer would be able to capture the groom prep beforehand, alternative views of the ceremony, more candid shots of your guests, help with calling groups and alternative views of speeches. You get more photos because of this. When I’m arranging and photographing the more formal shots they can be free to photograph whats happening naturally.
What’s in the wooden box?
The presentation box is wood and personalised for you. It has two sections one of which includes all of your photos on a wooden USB, and in the other side a selection of 50 prints of which you have chosen from an online gallery.
Do you have an online gallery?
You will have access to a password protected online gallery and full download capabilities for 6 months, well before then you will have your presentation box with all of your photos. You can share your library with family and friends if you wish, but that is your decision.
Are you insured?
Of course, I hold material damage, public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Is the booking fee refundable?
If you need to postpone your wedding I will work with you to ensure an available date can be acquired, the booking fee and contract will be transferred free of charge. However, if the wedding is cancelled by the couple then the booking fee is retained and will cover the admin, customer service, emails, phone calls, consultation and costs (external – petrol & car usage, online – internet & computer costs), venue visit and holding of the wedding date.
What if you’re ill?
It hasn’t happened so far, but in the unlikely event that it did I have a network of photographers I could call on to cover the day.
Do you do formal family group photos on the day?
Yes of course, family is very important to me – I would like to say though that too many groups is a bad idea, the more groups you have the less people enjoy themselves and feel dragged around, there is a compromise though, instead of 5 small groups of the same people, one which includes them all – then less formal ones later.
Do I need to provide anything for the wedding as the bride and groom?
If you have specific groups I need a list of names or help from the groomsmen/bridesmaids – I don’t know who is related to who, I’m a stranger – a friendly one, but still a stranger.
What if it rains?
This all depends on the amount of rain and the venue. I would suggest photographing the groups inside to ensure everyone is kept warm and dry, but to venture out for bride and groom portraits, with the potential of utilising a spare pair of shoes/boots and an umbrella, maybe even a picnic blanket if theres mud involved. A dress placed carefully will only have dirt on the underside most of the time. But you definitely have to embrace it, its your day don’t let the weather spoil it! it only happens once.
Where do you live?
I’m very central in Margam, South Wales.
I don’t like posing
Don’t worry, I’m not a huge posing person, I prefer to loosely pose and let you get comfortable with each other, after all you know how you fit together. If somethings completely out of place I will assist. I rarely get you to look to the camera, its more about the two of you and your connection and love between each other.
Would you take the bridesmaids or any guests in your car to the wedding or reception?
I don’t generally do this, I only have a little car and its taken up with camera equipment and a ladder, yes a ladder! plus I don’t think I would be insured to do so.
Do you have a dress code?
I dress in smart casual, leggings and dress so that sitting on the ground is easy, plus they dry quickly if I go into a river for that all important shot. I also wear comfortable shoes as I’m on my feet for 10 hours plus.
We want to book you, what do we do?
Get in touch, lets check I’m available and we can meet up for a cuppa and go from there! I would recommend getting in touch sooner rather than later as I hate having to say I’m unavailable.