Questions

  1. What is reportage photography?
  2. How many photographs do you take?
  3. How long are you available for?
  4. Where are you based and how far will you travel?
  5. Do we meet beforehand?
  6. How to find your ideal wedding photographer.
  7. Will you visit the venue before the big day?
  8. Do you work with an assistant?
  9. What equipment do you use?
  10. Film or digital?
  11. Can you provide colour and black and white?
  12. Do you also do posed shots?
  13. Do you do midweek weddings?
  14. Do you do more than one wedding in a day?
  15. How will I view the photos taken?
  16. Can our friends and family buy copies of photographs from you?
  17. What am I paying for?
  18. Where do we go from here?

 


1. What is Reportage Photography?

Reportage or documentary photography captures the real events of your wedding, rather than staging. Good documentary photography allows people to relax and behave normally. I tell the whole story as it really happened. It’s the ideal choice for couples who don’t want the intrusion of modelling for a photographer.


2. How many photographs do you take?

My photographic style is most productive in places that have plenty of space, natural light, and happiness! On average my clients receive between 20 and 40 images per hour that I attend their wedding. After a full wedding day I expect to create 200-300 edited images, often there’s even more. I put a lot of time into editing my work and this process starts with choosing my best images. Every wedding is different and there are no fixed rules, but I work fast and I will capture a lot of great photographs.


3. How long are you available for?

As long as you want. I often start early, photographing the preparations, and then continue into the night. If you only want a portion of the day recorded I can be flexible.


4. Where are you based and how far will you travel?

I’m based in Bristol and work extensively in Bath, Devon, Somerset and South Wales, but I’ll travel anywhere. The furthest my work has taken me to date is Sri Lanka.


5. Do we meet beforehand?

Absolutely. Successful wedding photography depends on a good rapport and meeting you is the best way to understand your needs. I encourage clients to share their feelings or ideas and no request is too difficult to consider. Most of all, I want you to feel comfortable with me as your photographer.


6. How to find your ideal wedding photographer.

There are many wonderful websites out there, but in my opinion this is packaging and that can be a distraction. I think the most important consideration with any photographer should always be their work. This is where your choice should start, and end. If you have found someone you like spend time with their images, get a feel for what they do and how they do it. Styles differ greatly. If you are looking at pictures of brides and grooms walking through fields, hiding in forests, or urban industrial, then it’s not reportage or documentary. If it looks like it’s straight out of a magazine then expect to be modelling. Trust your instincts, and when you are closing in on a decision try to meet up. You can’t beat a good old fashioned conversation to make that decision easier.



7. Will you visit the venue before the big day?

When necessary and where possible. If the venue is in Bristol or Bath there is a good chance I know it already. Knowing the venue reduces the chance of unexpected surprises and means I will have more time record your wedding in the best way possible.


8. Do you work with an assistant?

No, I work alone. My style of reportage photography requires mobility and discretion. I am very keen to avoid any possibility of a “media circus” at your wedding.


9. What equipment do you use?

I use a Canon 5D III, a 6D and several lenses, all carried in a Rucksack. I rarely use flash.


10. Film or digital?

Digital. Even though it’s still a relatively young technology, great advances have been made in last few years. The image quality can now equal or exceed the best results ever possible on 35mm film. I knew within 30 minutes of owning my first digital SLR that I was never going back. The cameras I own feel intuitive, they give me more control, and most importantly produce wedding images that are better than ever before.


11. Can you provide colour and black and white?

Yes. Because all my work is digital any photograph can be presented in colour or black and white, or both. Not all photographs suit monochrome, but when a picture does it often looks fantastic. I will choose some myself, but I’m available to give you advice on further selections. This part of creating your wedding photography can fun for everyone.


12. Do you also do posed shots?

Sometimes, but I try to keep this to a minimum. With a bit of planning and the help of some sober ushers or bridesmaids, I like to minimize the time people have to stand around so I can return quickly to documentary photography.


13. Do you do midweek weddings?

Absolutely, and as midweek weddings tend to be shorter I can tailor a package to suit. My hourly rate for short weddings is £175, and I also offer a 10% off season discount (Nov – Feb).


14. Do you do more than one wedding in a day?

No, it’s your day and you have my undivided attention. If I was thinking about another appointment you wouldn’t get the best results.


15. How will I view the photos taken?

I upload your finished wedding photographs onto my website for viewing. Your album is password protected and this is a popular way for friends and family to enjoy your wedding photographs. Next you can choose between prints or albums. Everyone gets disc containing your edited images at full resolution.


16. Can our friends and family buy copies of photographs from you?

Yes, I provide high quality prints at reasonable prices. Prints are ordered from your on-line album, via Paypal.


17. What am I paying for?

For many people their wedding is the most important day of their lives. By hiring my services as a talented and experienced wedding photographer you will receive a beautiful record of that day. Your wedding is unique and special, and I feel your memories should be given the best possible chance to last. I will give you as much choice and flexibility as possible when designing your wedding photography package and with me there are no hidden extras. I charge nothing for a consultation, advice or ideas are free, and any pre-wedding location visits are all part of the service. Whatever your photography requirements, I’m always happy to discuss.


18. Where do we go from here?

Just give me a call or email. After an initial chat we can arrange to meet up, when we will go into detail and I will give you an exact cost.

In order to secure my services on the day of your wedding you will need to pay a deposit of £350. Please be aware, the wedding season is hectic and short and my diary gets filled up months in advance. Do contact me as soon as you are interested.