Some things you might have been wondering about:
Are you Insured?
Will you photograph my wedding, or do you employ other photographers?
If you book me I will photograph your wedding, unless agreed otherwise, of course. The only exceptions I can think of would be illness or some kind of emergency (very rare and never happened in three years). I do have a network of other photographers to call upon if such an event occurred.
As a wedding photojournalist, rather than a traditional photographer, will you still take formal group photographs of my family and friends?
In short yes, but this is not the main focus of the day, and should not take a large proportion of the time. I really want to concentrate on capturing real events as they happen, rather than lining people up in rows. I think that makes the day much more enjoyable for you and your guests as well. Therefore, I usually recommend a set of ‘standard groups’ which can be taken relatively quickly. For a much more detailed answer, and more information on the timings for your wedding, please see this blog post.
What kind of editing do you do to the photographs?
All images are taken in Digital Raw format and editing involves choosing the best images, adjusting colour and exposure and cropping images where required. Black and white conversions are also made.
How long does this take?
Generally between 2 – 4 weeks depending on the time of the year and other factors. You will receive a link to the web gallery first, and the images on disc a few days later.
How far do you travel?
I am based on the Wirral, but I’ve covered weddings throughout the North West including Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales. I don’t normally charge extra for travel. If you are getting married further afield let me know and I’m sure we can work something out.
What Camera do you use?
My main camera is a Canon 5D MkII which is usable up to ISO6400, very handy in dark churches where no flash is allowed! It produces 21MP images and is widely considered to be the best camera available for wedding photography.
How long have you been a wedding photographer and how many weddings have you photographed?
I started professionally in early 2008 (I photographed 12 weddings that year), in 2009 I photographed 22 weddings and in 2010 35. It looks like I’ll be shooting around 40 weddings in 2011.
Do we need to feed you?
If your coverage continues after the wedding breakfast then it’s best if I can eat something at the same time as you do, to keep the energy levels up
What do you do when you’re not photographing weddings, editing photos etc.?
My kids, Lucy (7) and Tom (3) along with my other half (Stuart) keep me pretty busy. Lucy is a budding photographer herself, but also wants to be an opera singer! I think Tom’s going to be a computer hacker or something like that, based on the way he uses my iPhone. Stuart’s a videographer and wedding photographer).
When I’m not working, I really enjoy hill walking, cooking and a good bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!