Frequently asked questions, tips and advice for your wedding day

In my quest to make my clients’ lives easier, I have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions…

How would you describe your style of photography?

I have a documentary/photojournalistic approach. I like to tell the story of your wedding day through the photos. My main focus is to capture all the emotions, expressions and little moments.

I will follow you though out the day, from getting ready and feeling those little butterflies in your stomach from the excitement and nervousness to dancing like a crazy thing, surrounded by the people you love the most, and having the time of your life. I will be there to get all these moments and emotions.

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You are a documentary wedding photographer, but can we take some group family photos?

I know that these photos are important too. It’s not everyday that families are all gathered together. I like to keep the group photos quick and painless for everyone with 10 groups at most.

I suggest appointing a family member (or friend) that knows both families and has a loud voice, to help me organize everyone for the photos.

How about a few photos of the couple?

I do very little posed photos, but we can absolutely go for a few relaxed photos of just the two of you. You can set aside around 30 minutes during the day for this. This means you get to spend more time with your guests and enjoy a few cocktails and some canapes before the reception.

The best time for your photos is an hour before sunset. That’s when you get that beautiful soft, warm light. For Norwegian weddings this can be quite late, around 10pm. For South African weddings it will be around  6 or 7pm.

If you want to do a lot of posed photos for an hour or two, I’m probably not the right photographer for you.

 

I will give you a little direction here and there when it’s necessary, but really I’d just like to capture the essence of your relationship without putting you in silly poses that will only look stiff an unnatural.

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We have decided we would like to book you. What happens next?

To book me is really simple. I need a signed contract and a 30% booking fee to secure your wedding date. I will email you everything you need to book.

When do we pay the final balance?

I will send you the invoice a week before the wedding. You are welcome to make the payment after the wedding, however I will not begin with the editing until the balance has been paid.

Are you willing to travel?

Yes! I’ll travel absolutely anywhere, nowhere is too far.  With destination weddings I will give you a quote on the flights, accommodation and transport. For local weddings – all my packages include traveling within a 100km radius from my house and I will email you a quote for anything further.

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Can we meet you before we book?

Yes, I’d love to meet you! Let me know and we can meet for coffee. We can also  Skype if meeting in person isn’t possible.

We only want photos of the ceremony and a photo shoot afterwards. We will only need you for two hours.

The minimum coverage that I offer is 5 hours.

What time should we have our ceremony?

This is a very good question. Especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony. You might be dreaming of clear, blue skies and sunshine, but in reality I’m hoping for a slightly overcast day ;) Bright sunshine creates strong, dark shadows.

To help overcome this you can plan your ceremony to be later in the afternoon when the sun is not at it’s brightest. Your guests will also be thankful, because then they won’t have to sit in the heat of the midday sun. This also means that you have more time to get ready, and you won’t have to rush. Email me and we can chat about when the best time will be.

Do you provide the digital files?

Yes, I do. All my packages include high-resolution jpeg files on a memory stick, or as digital downloads. The photos are all edited and print ready.

You are free to use the photos for any personal use. So you can share them on Facebook or email, make thank you cards, etc.

The photos may not be used for commercial purposes. Please email and ask me if any of your vendors wants to use them for advertising of the venue, dress, flowers, etc. I retain the copyright to the photos.

Where can I see more photos?

If you’d like to see what a full wedding day looks like, please let me know.

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How long after the wedding will see our photos?

Your online gallery will be up 6 weeks after your wedding. I will blog your wedding a few days later and let you know when the post is up.

How many photos will we receive?

It depends so much on the wedding. Usually around 500 photos for an eight hour wedding, etc.

Will all of my photos be edited?

All the photos will be edited for exposure, contrast, sharpness, colour and tone.  Some photos get a little more love and attention. The editing you see on my website is exactly what you will get. I give both copies of colour and black and white for each photo.

 

Can we upgrade our album or order more albums after the wedding?

Yes, not a problem at all. I offer the most beautiful albums printed on fine art paper. I allow you to choose 70 of your favourite photos from the day and I will use these photos, along with a few other to tell the story of the whole day in the album.

When will our album be ready?

I start with the layout of your album as soon as I’ve received your choice of +- 70 of your favourite photos that are chosen from the online gallery. You can expect the first proof of the album two weeks after. I allow two rounds of album changes, to make sure you love your album. After that a design fee will be added. When you approve the final design, the album is sent to print with an estimated three week turnaround time.

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How long will you keep my images on file?

I keep your photos on file for one year following your wedding or session.

Do you also do videography?

Nope, but I’ll be happy to refer you to videographers.

How do we work out the timeline for the wedding?

Email me and I’ll work through it with you.

Do you work with an assistant or second shooter?

I prefer to work alone as it suits my style better. Even though I work alone, I have always managed to cover the bride and the groom getting ready before the ceremony, along with everything else that happens on a wedding day. If your wedding timeline is so that a second photographer is necessary, please let me know well in advance.

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Should we provide you with a meal on the day?

If I’m booked for more than 5 hours, then yes please :) I am a vegetarian. If this is a problem, please let me know before the wedding, so that I can make alternative arrangements.

Do we need to provide you with a shot list?

No, this isn’t necessary. If you have anything that is special to your wedding, different or really important to you, please let me know about it. But giving a whole list of things to photograph during the day will prevent me from getting the kind of photos you see on my website. If you want a photographer that works from a list, I think you need someone a bit more traditional.

Can our guests also take photos?

I normally don’t mind. I will however let them know if they are getting in the way.

I can highly recommend reading the following article about having an unplugged wedding. I tend to agree that guests these days are too focused on playing photographer and not being in the moment of sharing this special occasion with the couple. It really is sad to photograph the reception and not have any good photos of the groom’s dad because he was walking around with and ipad held up in front of his face the whole night – even during the speeches. Here is another link to some wording that you can consider using when having an unplugged wedding.

What if it rains on our day?

Well, you know they say it’s good luck. It rained on my wedding day and I can honestly say that rain brings whole different dimension to a wedding day. I think it makes it more cosy and intimate. It’s always wise to have a plan B for if it rains. Especially if any part of the wedding will be outside.

If you are worried about rain during your photo time., don’t be. An umbrella or two and rainboots and we are ready to take some beautiful rainy photos. You will have something completely different to show afterwards. If the rain is coming down really hard, we can always find a spot inside.

We are planning to have our reception dinner and dance floor outside.

I love outdoor weddings. One very important thing to know about having your reception or dance floor under the stars is that a camera needs light to be able to focus. If there’s no light, no photos can be taken. Unless you don’t mind a bright flash in your face ;) PLEASE make sure you have A LOT of fairy lights, candles and lanterns to provide enough light for photos to be taken.

Have you shot at our venue before?

If I haven’t covered a wedding at your venue, I will arrive earlier on the day to walk around.

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Some extra wedding advice and tips

  • You know it’s important to have enough light at your reception, but it’s equally important to have the right kind of lighting. Coloured lights during the party and dancing is perfectly fine and ads to the fun, but coloured lights on you during the reception dinner, speeches and first dance is not ideal. They causes havoc on skin tones and there’s a certain kind of coloured light that some DJ’s use that the camera sensor can’t pick up and it does some very funny things to the photos. Please talk to your DJ or coordinator about this.
  • Also talk to your DJ about where the speeches will be taking place and make sure you have no wires and speakers in the background.
  • When planning the layout of your reception, keep in mind what will be in the background of the people doing speeches and toasts. Make sure the band, dj or venue staff won’t be in the background of your photos.