As a professional wedding photographer, I am always more than happy to answer questions from people. I invite potential clients to ask me questions regarding wedding photography. And of course, I am happy to provide answers. There’s always the nervous feeling that once you have spent so much on your wedding photographer, what if things start to go wrong? I can put your mind at rest; here are some scenarios where I can assure you, you needn’t worry. I’m willing to bet some of these wedding photography faqs have crossed your mind at some point.
So here goes…
What if you get a life threatening case of something hideously contagious and can’t photograph my wedding day?
This hasn’t happened, but let’s face it, it could happen. So obviously, I back myself up. I have a number of professional wedding photographer colleagues who shoot in a similar style to me, and work in much the same way as I do. They are all just a phone call away should I need to get in touch with them and ask them to take my place at short notice. You will not lose out on anything, nor will you incur additional costs. They will work to the same contract with which you agreed with me, so you can rest easy throughout.
What if your cameras or equipment stops working?
Any wedding photographer with an ounce of sense will have a spare camera body with them. As well as plenty of spare memory cards, and spare batteries. And spare anything else. I have all of these and never photograph a wedding without these back-ups. I use professional equipment, designed to cope within a professional working environment. I use pro level camera bodies, have numerous lenses and an arsenal of batteries/cards/accessories.
Also, one very important word: insurance. It’s such an important event, I would be insane to do it without insurance. Which is why I’m fully insured: all of my equipment, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity. If something goes wrong, no matter what happened, there will be some way to fix things.
There’s just one of you. No WAY can you capture every moment.
Honestly, I shoot 98% of my weddings alone; most of what you see on my site has been shot entirely by me. Sometimes I may have an assistant or trainee with me, they may help me during a few of the critical moments. However, it should be said that, the majority of my weddings have been photographed purely by myself. If this still doesn’t put your mind at ease, you can request a 2nd shooter for your wedding day, for £250. They will have been vetted to make sure they are of the same standard as myself, and will work in a very similar fashion to me.
Our friends just got married, and their photographer was really unpleasant; always in our faces and bossing people around.
Oh boy. I don’t like getting in the way, and the only time I’ll show any hint of bossing people around, is for your group shots, should you choose to have them. Oh, and I might get a bit edgy if someone starts trying to play around with my equipment, but that’s only to be expected! I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients before the big day. It’s important that you know what I’m like, and vice versa. Team work is so important to me, just like it should be for you. That way, we come to trust each other. So, even before you book me, I’ll be keen to talk to you in person or on the phone/Skype/Google Hangout.
How long do we have to wait for our photos, and can we print them?
Well naturally, of course! You will have full rights to print your photos them for personal use. I don’t give away the copyright, because you genuinely don’t need it to print your photos. Take your gorgeous wedding photos and print/share them wherever you like! I know your friends and family will want to see them, and that’s exactly what you can do, anytime. Don’t forget that I’m shooting on film cameras, so you can expect to wait between 4-6 weeks to view all of your images. Rolls of film are sent to the lab immediately after the big day.
In short, just ask. Talk to me. Any questions at all, anything that is niggling at the back of your mind, it’s so important that you talk to me. I want you to be totally at ease with me from the moment we first make contact, through to you receiving your final product. Hope to speak soon!