Thank you so much for considering me as your wedding photographer! Having captured weddings for over 4 years, I know that wedding photography is so much more than just pretty photos. My approach to photographing any life event, weddings especially, is to make sure that I capture the raw, unadulterated emotion of the moment. Seeing the smiles on people’s faces, feeling the warmth and gratitude of receiving the gift of timelessness (for that’s what photographs are), has become the drug I live on from a day to day basis.
So, while I know you’re busy trying to prepare for one of the biggest days of your life, I’ve put together this little packet of information for you. This page is dedicated to answering the most common questions I get asked. You are also able to download the PDF version of this page so that you can save it and go back to it whenever you need something answered.
I’ve tried to be thorough, but there is a chance that I’ve missed a question that you consider to be important. If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to send me a message and ask away. After all, I’m at your service.
Why are wedding photographers priced the way they are?
There are a few things that determine a wedding photographer’s price. The first is Demand. Although there are many photographers out there, there aren’t many who photograph weddings, and then there are even fewer who are able to photograph them consistently well. Couples want the best of the best, making them high in demand.
The second way weddings are priced is Time. Photographing a couple from engagement to reception is no easy feat. Often, by the time we’re done with all the driving, unpacking, photographing, packing up and driving back home again, a good 14 hours have gone by. And that’s just for the wedding day alone. After that the real work starts with selecting photos, retouching and preparing your final product. There isn’t a set amount of time that goes into a wedding after a ceremony, but it’s often between 2 and 3 hours for every hour spent at the wedding. These long hours are the biggest reason why wedding photography isn’t cheap.
The third reason why wedding photography is expensive is because the importance of this day should be commensurate with the level of experience and ability of the photographer you hire to photograph this day. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You want to pay the most you can to get someone as experienced as you can. Like with any profession, the more experienced the person is, the more valuable their expertise are because that experience promises consistent results.
Do you work with a second photographer?
Yes, almost always. There are some weddings that don’t require it - such as Elopements, or weddings with very small guest list. But for almost everything else I work with a second shooter. Essentially, my second shooter is an extension of myself. They go where I can’t, and this allows us to make sure every moment of your wedding day is captured. If I’m with the bride, rest assured my second photographer is with the groom. If I’m at the front of the ceremony, they’re at the back getting a different angle. We cover and back each other up the entire time.
Do you edit every photo? And can we see the outtakes?
I edit every photograph that is chosen. However, not every photograph taken during the day is chosen. On average, my second shooter and I capture over 3000 photographs at a wedding. We overshoot to make sure we don’t miss anything. While most of these photos are perfect, some of them are duplicates, some of them are unflattering, and someone might have their eyes closed in a few of them, too. In most cases, these photos don’t add to the story of your wedding day.
Having said that, you won’t be able to see the photos that weren’t selected. The photos you don’t see are not there for a reason. Do you really want to see 30 photos of your gran doing the wiggle when you already have 3 photos from better angles? Do you really want your father-in-law to see that awkward face you pulled while adjusting your dress? Nope, and I don’t either. All the photos that don’t make the cut are culled for the good of humanity.
Do you shoot in black and white or colour?
Both! That’s the beauty of digital photography. We work with each photograph individually and choose to present it in the way that conveys that moment best.
How many photos do we get?
That is a difficult question to answer because it’s dependant on so many factors. The length of time I’m there for, how many photographers there are, how many guests there are all play a role in determining how many photos are delivered. But, on average, I deliver around 400-500 photos for a full wedding day.
Can we give you a shot list?
Please do. In fact, I have a section in my pre-wedding questionnaire dedicated to your specific photos that you want on your wedding day. That way I can make sure that I’m capturing those special moments that might not seem obvious to us as photographers. There’s also a section for family photographs so I can make sure I get all of those, too.
Can our friends and family order prints?
Yes, of course! You’d be welcome to send them the link to the online gallery, but it would be a lot easier for you if they got in touch directly with me. That way you don’t need to dish out photos of your cousin diving for the bouquet, or your fiancé’s uncle doing the Macarena.
Do you need to attend our rehearsal?
I’ve been to a lot of weddings. More than most people actually. So unless you’re doing something really different like parachuting into the wedding reception, I can probably skip the rehearsal.
Are you insured?
Yes, I sure am.
We have no experience in front of the camera. Is this a problem?
Definitely not. I’m there to guide you through everything, and to make you feel right at home in front of the camera.
What other information do you need from us?
At this stage, I’ve probably got everything I need from you. However I’ll contact you if I’m missing something. Please don’t hesitate to talk to me, in depth, about your wedding day. All of the details, no matter how big or small, help me to do my job better.
Do you have any advice you can give us?
Yes. Have fun! Your wedding shouldn’t be a hassle, or a pain. You’re celebrating the love that you and your spouse share, and the people you love most are there to share the celebration with you. Will you be a little stressed? Sure. Will you be close to tears at times? Possibly. But you won’t be alone. I’ll be there with you every step of the way not only photographing moments as they unfold, but also helping in every way that I can to make the day run smoothly, on time, and stress-free. So don’t worry, you’ve got this. WE’VE got this. There’s a very good chance that a day like this won’t happen again. Enjoy it!