Wedding Photography Questions and Answers - J. Stock Photography

Questions & Answers


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Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions to assist you. If you have any questions of your own please feel free to contact me.


Q: How early in my wedding planning should I book you?
As early as you can to avoid disappointment. Consider what time of year you’re getting married. If your wedding will be during the warmer months, during a holiday, or on another popular date, you may want to consider booking 12 to 18 months ahead of time. If photography is very important to you, you will also want to book as early as possible even if your date does not fall into one of those busy periods. In any event, it's in your best interest to book at least 10 months in advance.

Q: How should I determine my photography budget?
I believe this will be the greatest investment you can make for your special day. It's most certainly the investment that lasts the longest. Before asking yourself how much you should allocate for your wedding photography, first gauge the importance and the amount of emphasis your wedding photography will play in remembering your big day. My role as your photographer is to preserve those memories for you and your future family to enjoy for many years to come. If photos aren’t a priority, don’t be afraid to go for a less expensive package covering only part for part of the day. Packages start from just £550 for part day coverage with digital files and rise to over £1.5K for an all singing all dancing package with all the trimmings.

Q: Can we upgrade our package after we book you?
Yes! If you book a photography package and want to add to it later, then just let me know and I will be able to accommodate. Please keep in mind that this may add an additional amount payable. If the upgraded package now includes an album, I will need to know this in advance of your wedding as I may need to take album specific shots on the day.

Q: A friend I know has offered to do our wedding photography at no cost. Wouldn't that be a great way to save money?
Photography is similar to other services in that there are people operating at all levels of experience and expertise. Most professional wedding photographers, like myself, have invested hundreds of hours perfecting our craft, from the actual use of the camera to the skill and artistic ability required to create the perfect visual memory. Keep in mind that operating any small business incurs expenses, and professional wedding photography is no exception. This includes not only standard photographic equipment, but also more specialized items and backup equipment, not to mention insurance cover.

Q: How many hours coverage will you shoot?
It's really up to you. How much coverage of your wedding day do you want? You may want professional coverage of the entire day, from the bride’s time at the hairdresser to the very end of the reception. Or you may only want the ceremony photographed, with perhaps a few formal portraits afterwards.

Q: How much time should we expect you to need for formal photographs?
Depending on your needs and the number if guests, the formals may take from minutes to an hour to shoot. I prefer to have all formal group shots with guests done in less than 30 min. In general, each group shot requires an average of 3-4 minutes of time to set up and shoot. This takes into account such factors as locating someone who left to get a drink, gathering large groups together and getting elderly guests or children into position. You’ll also want to allow additional time for bride and groom alone, perhaps at an alternate location later in the day. I would be happy to help you create a photography schedule.

Q: What equipment do you use?
My equipment includes, 2 full frame Nikon cameras, wide angle prime and zoom lenses, flashes, multiple memory cards and a number of other accessories. I also bring lighting for indoor group shots should the weather be against us. With all that said, I feel by far the most important piece of equipment your wedding photographer should possess is a creative, artistic eye.

Q: Can I give you magazine clippings of certain poses I want?
I am more than happy to see examples of photos you like, and will use these as inspiration for your own pictures. I find this is a great way for me to see what your tastes and likes are. Your wedding is unique to you and your day, your pictures will be too.

Q: Will you allow our guests to take pictures?
Of course. No doubt your friends and family are excited to attend your wedding and will want to take pictures too. As long as your guests do not impact my job as your professional photographer I am more than happy for them to take pictures. At the same time, you don’t want your guests to block or somehow prevent me from capturing an image. By taking pictures alongside myself during the formal-portrait session for example, a guest may cause you or others in the shot to look away from my camera and towards them instead, resulting in needing to re-shoot the pose if noticed. This will slow down the professional picture taking process considerably and for this reason I may ask that guests refrain from shooting at this time.

Q: What is contemporary and photo journalistic photography?
Many couples searching for a wedding photographer are attracted to images that look natural and not posed, photographs that capture a specific moment in time exactly as it happened. A pure photojournalist will shoot your wedding without interference or interaction. I use a mixture of both styles, capturing most of your wedding without interference. I will only interact at certain key moments during the day with suggestions about where to stand, to look etc.

Q: Can I choose black-and-white, sepia, or colour for any shot?
The simple answer is yes. All images are captured in full colour and enhanced later. If your package includes a preview book, it can consist of both colour and black and white versions of all your images to help you choose.

Q: We are interested in booking, what’s the next step?
Fantastic! Get in touch so we can have a chat. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our service and can arrange a meeting in person if you wish to see some sample albums. You can get in touch and check availability by clicking here.

Q: How do we book?
To officially book us a signed agreement and a non-refundable deposit of £100 is required. The remaining balance of your collection will then be payable four weeks prior to the wedding date.

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