When should I book my photographer?
As soon as you find one that you like, after you have booked your venue. I have weddings booked in 2 years in advance. Good wedding photographers tend to get booked up very early on. I would say most couples tend to book from about 14 months or so before their wedding date. Drop me a message here to check my availability.
How do I book you ?
Get in touch here to check my availability and tell me a bit about your day. Then, if you are in the local Manchester area then I am more than happy to come and meet you both. I bring sample albums along with me for you to have a look through. If you would like to go ahead and book me, I send out the contracts. Once the contract is signed and the deposit is paid your date is booked in. The deposit is 20% of your package price, the balance is due 4 weeks before your big day. If you live in another part of the country and can’t meet up, we can always arrange a Facetime/Skype call.
What is my wedding photography style?
My wedding photography is mostly natural and creative in style. I capture the story in the most authentic way possible and while a lot of my work is candid, I am happy to take some group shots, which I keep light and organised so no one is standing around for ages. As for couple photos that time is for you both to be amazing together and I don’t pose, just gentle prompts that get you both showing the real relationship between you both.
How long do you stay on my wedding day?
No weddings ever run to time, and as such I don’t want my couples worrying that I won’t stay to capture the full story of their day. Therefore, I don’t work for a set amount of hours. I will be there to capture everything from the buzz of the morning preparations, through to the first dance, and everything in the middle! This means you won’t need to worry if things overrun as I will be there.
Do you photograph both the bride & groom preparations?
As long as you are no more than 20 minutes drive from one another, I can photograph both your preparations as you will have seen in my blog posts and featured weddings. Most of the preparation time is usually spent with the bride, and I like to be at the ceremony location 20 minutes before the wedding ceremony so that I can be around to get more of the groom and for the guests arriving.
How long have you been shooting weddings?
Since 2012. I started out as a second shooter and shot my first solo wedding in 2014.
Do we have to feed you on the day of our wedding?
It’s not compulsory, but clients that feed me tend to get photos that are way more awesome than those who don’t No, seriously.. I won’t lie – I LOVE food, and when working I really appreciate when I’m given a nice hot meal. I don’t need to be fed a three course wedding meal – although I won’t turn it down! Caterers often do a ‘suppliers meal’ that they give the band, photographer etc and it is really appreciated if you can stretch to some kind of hot meal!
Are you insured?
Yes. I have full public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Do you do family group shots?
Of course! I suggest keeping them to ten or fewer different combinations of people, but I will do as many photos as you want if you’ve allocated time for them. I’m good at whizzing through them quickly – I ask you to come up with a list of requested group shots before the big day and also to allocate an usher or someone to help round people up.
How long does it take to receive our photos after our wedding day?
It depends on how many weddings I have photographed just before yours, but it usually takes between 6 and 8 weeks. Generally around 4-6 weeks for weddings between November and May, and 6-8 weeks for weddings between June and October.
How many photos do we get?
A minimum of 350 individually edited images to ensure you look your most beautiful, as high resolution JPEGs.
My fiancee hates having his/her photo taken! And we don’t want lots of posed shots. Is that a problem?!
No! In fact I’d say reluctant grooms are my speciality! For most of the day I’ll work really naturally and unobtrusively and you’ll be too busy having the time of your lives to notice me too much. I think it’s much more valuable to capture the actual story of the day, and the real moments rather than directing things.
I do like to have a small amount of time away from your guests to take some couple portraits, but I do these in a really painless, fun and natural way..eg ‘hold hands and walk over there’ whilst I snap away, rather than ‘bend your leg, move your head 35 degrees to the left, stop smiling etc!’
I’m good at reading people and making them relax – it won’t work if you’re not enjoying yourselves so that’s a key part of my job!
What happens if you’re ill on our wedding day?
I have never failed to attend a wedding yet. With that said, I have a network of professional photographers and in the event of an illness or circumstance that prevented me from attending, I would endeavour to get the wedding covered.
We’re not sure what time to have our ceremony?
Your wedding day goes so quickly, everyone will tell you this but it really is true! I’d always recommend an earlier ceremony, more time = more chilled out relaxed wedding day to enjoy. As a general rule a minimum of two hours between the end of your ceremony and sitting down to eat/speeches (whichever is first) is a good length of time (excluding any travel time.) This nicely fits in mingling with your guests, eating canapes, drinking some fizz, group photos and some images of the two of you, in a relaxed non-rushed way. More time is always good, especially if you have extra entertainment or different activities planned.
Another thing to consider is the time of year, late May-early August you have the luxury of lighter nights, whilst mid winter November-February daylight ends in the afternoon, so an early ceremony is essential if you’d like photos in daylight.
What if it rains on our wedding day?
Embrace the weather, it’s the UK and you never know what you’re going to get! I’ll never drag your guests out into the elements but for the two of you it’s worth a little water for some epic images – rain can make for great photo opportunities!
We’d like a wedding album, how does that work?
I have packages which include wedding albums, however a lot of couples discuss this after their wedding, (sometimes years later!) where we can go through the options for album design and production.
What do you wear on the day?
An invisibility cloak!! In reality I try to blend in as much as possible so usually wear smart casual.