Do you travel outside of South Wales for weddings?
Absolutely! I regularly shoot weddings in London and love to travel back home to Scotland at every opportunity! But really, I will travel wherever you need be to be! Sometimes a travel supplement will apply, but let’s talk more before we get into the nitty gritty details.
Can we meet before the wedding?
I would love that! We can either meet for a coffee in Cardiff or if we live far apart, we can meet on Skype or FaceTime!
How long will you be with us on our wedding day?
For full day coverage, I arrive around 90 minutes before you are set to leave for the ceremony and stay for the first two or three dances after your first dance. If this requires more than 10 hours coverage or for me to stay after 9pm it may mean that an additional hourly rate will be applicable, to cover my accommodation for the night.
Can we print our photos?
Absolutely! You receive the full printing and personal rights from me so you’re welcome to print away and share with family and friends.
How would you describe your style?
My photography style is stylish and natural with a creative documentary approach. The result is very natural photographs that capture all the little details and big emotions. While I love stealing you away for a couple of portraits, I love creative details and bridal preparations just as much. When I arrive in the morning my goal isn’t to capture one element, it’s to document all the small details and big moments that combined tell the story of your day. You can read what past clients have said about me here.
What is the best light to photograph in?
Light is a very important element in photography. For weddings, I always suggest getting ready in a bright, naturally lit room with little clutter. It’s also important to ensure your makeup artist sets up in front of a window with you facing out. Light changes vastly throughout the day and depending on the season, I suggest sneaking away after dinner nearer to sunset to get some nice warm photographs and to spend a bit of time alone together. I’ve written a blog post on planning your wedding day that you might enjoy!
How long should we schedule for couple portraits?
I recommend allowing a minimum of 20 minutes. I’ll steal you away soon after the ceremony to capture the excitement and emotion. I’d also love it if we could sneak away after dinner before your evening guests arrive for another 15 or so minutes when the light has a different quality and your emotions are more reflective.
We hate having our photos taken, will you help put us at ease?
You’re not alone! Don’t worry everyone says they are rubbish in front of the camera…at the start. I’ve found even the most nervous subject relaxes within the first five minutes…so don’t worry! I encourage all nervous couples to book an engagement session, not only do you walk away with some fab photos, it will help you see that you don’t need to be nervous!
We want lots of group shots, is this ok?
I totally get the importance of some group shots, however, exhaustive lists are not my style. Group shots take between 5-10 minutes per group (guests are always keen to disperse to the bar immediately after the ceremony!) and quickly eat into time better spent enjoying your day and catching up with people who you haven’t seen for a while. For this reason, I ask formal group shots are limited to eight combinations.
Drop me a message with a note of your wedding date, the overall feel for the day and your rough budget and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.
We want to book! How do we secure our wedding date?
If you decide I’m the photographer for you and would like to book a £500 non-refundable booking fee is required along with a signed contract. This secures your date and gets everything confirmed!
What about albums?
I offer both coffee table and fine art albums in a variety of sizes and price points. I like to wait til after your wedding to talk about these. It’s less thing to stress about now, and I totally get weddings are a big financial outlay – sometimes budget doesn’t allow for extras immediately.
Once I’ve finished editing your images, I will design the album to my visual standard. You will then have the opportunity to approve the album layout, select album cover material and request any edits.
What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have a backup?
I use professional Nikon equipment and shoot with two cameras, each writing to two memories cards.
Are you insured?
Yes, For both public liability and professional indemnity.