Weddings : Frequently Asked Questions

Getting married is a BIG deal and there is always a multitude of questions that future brides and grooms like to ask. I will always prefer to discuss these further in person, however please read through the FAQ below to get some insight into some of the more common questions asked.

What is your pricing?

I like to chat with couples and provide my full wedding pricing guide, so just hop over to my contact page and fill out the form and ill send it on over to you.

Where are you based?

I am based in the Inner West of Sydney in Australia.

Do you Travel for Weddings?

Why yes! In fact I love to travel for weddings. It is one of my favourite things to do. If you are having your wedding in Australia and outside of Sydney, all I ask is you cover some of the petrol costs and accommodation (or flights if applicable). Since I love to travel however, I always do my best to make it the most achievable budget wise to do so.

I have already been involved with destination weddings in Rural NSW, Melbourne, Queensland, Canberra, Fiji and destination pre-weddings in Hong Kong & Bali.

Click here to see some of these Destination Weddings.

How do we book you?

This part is the easy bit. We meet and see if we are the right fit (in person or skype). There is a retainer ($1000.00) and a contract to be signed and returned. The date is then locked in! Just contact me and we can take it from there.

How long is your normal wedding coverage?

Every wedding is different, and every wedding day follows its own schedule. I have fought with myself continuously about how to offer the best possible coverage for a wedding day. The simple fact is, some weddings are short and some weddings are long. I find myself to be documenting most weddings for around 8 – 10 hours.

I define my ‘All Day Coverage’ as being a maximum of 12 hours. 12 hours of coverage will (in general) cover all of the major events of even the biggest weddings.

Do you offer more than one photographer?

Why yes I do! Each photographer has a method to their madness and I really enjoy having a second photographer there on the day to shoot with. It is an optional extra, but one very worth adding to the photography coverage. It not only provides another creative and artistic view of the day, but can very much help with logistics and what I like to call a ‘fuller’ coverage.

In cases where the bride & groom prep are too far apart for one to attend, I generally shoot with the bride and the second photographer will shoot with the groom (in some cases if you want both preps then a Second Shooter is required). For weddings with some more traditional aspects (like tea ceremonies and door games), second photographers can assist in capturing this to the fullest with alternative angles, ability to roam the location and shooting different content simultaneously. For larger ceremonies, wedding parties, wedding days or couples who want the extra set of eyes, I always recommend that you take up this option.

The photographers I have come and work with me are all fantastic at what they do. I have a close knit of photographers that I use, some I have trained up and others have their own businesses (and even I second shoot for them from time to time). This is very important to me as I need to be able to communicate with the photographer, have them know my style and what I expect of them. The best thing is they all have similar personalities to me, and just have a good time.

Do you offer albums?

I personally love the feel of holding images in the print form of a wedding album. I like to keep things simple, so I offer a ‘square’ format lay-flat fine art matte album. Whoosh that is a mouthful isn’t it? I have samples of each album that I offer, and I bring them along to each and every meeting so I can show you exactly how awesome they are in person.

What album options are available?

I offer (as a base) 8″ x 8″, 10″ x 10″ and 11″ x 11″ sized albums which all compliment each other in the way they tell a story. All of my albums come with 25 spreads (50 pages) as standard. I have chosen to offer albums of this size since it is more than enough to tell the story of a wedding day, and the price is known upfront (rather than having to pay for extra spreads/pages later). Since I design in a square format that can be translated from the largest size, to the smallest; it allows me to produce the one design across multiple formats. These are perfect for parent albums and/or portrait sessions.

Am I able to purchase an album after my wedding day?

Yes you are able to order and purchase an album (or three) after your wedding day. I have capped the time period at 12 months from the date I deliver your photos for you to take advantage of the included initial design & design change sessions. After 12 months there will be a small consultation fee for us to get together to discuss and design your album.

What information do you need before the Wedding Day?

I like to keep things simple so do my best to gather all the information required before the wedding date. I do this by sending out a ‘Wedding Questionnaire’ around 4 weeks out from the wedding. In short however, the following information below definitely helps out on the day (and I am more than happy to help plan aspects if you are unsure).

  • Run Sheet: A basic running schedule of the day. It must cover the times of arrivals/departures, significant events and allocated times for portions of the day.
  • Significant Photo List: As much as I would love to be, I am not a mind reader. I will capture your day as I see it, however if you have some significant moments, items, people that you would like an emphasis on then please communicate this with me before the wedding day. Communication is key for both of us, so that I understand your expectations and you understand my knowledge of your wedding day.
  • Group Photos & Allocated Time: If you want group photos on your wedding day, having some allocated time and a list of groups will make this process much easier. It should take no more than 15 – 20 minutes and be stress free. Taking the casual approach usually leads to a lot of stress and potentially missing out some groups.
  • All of the locations (exact addresses): I use this information to plan how I am getting around, and this can be a bit tricky especially if in a different city, state or country so the right information is always appreciated. I have knocked on the wrong house before, due to getting an incomplete address!
  • The Important Contacts: There are times that I need to get in touch with people in a rush, so it is always handy if I have not only your immediate contact numbers but those of others who are playing a big role in the day (parents, bridesmaids/groomsmen). This is usually all covered in the Wedding Questionnaire.

How long do you need for photos on the wedding day?

One of the most enjoyable and fun parts of the day is my session capturing some lovely bridal photos with you. More time is never a bad thing.. I understand a wedding day can be full on and busy, but I sure do appreciate some adequate time put aside. How long do I need? I need 15 – 30 minutes for group/family photos, 15 – 30 minutes for bridal photos (with your bridal party) and up to 1 hour with your good selves on your own (so let’s say 2 hours total, 90 for the bridals). This is generally enough time with a buffer for some things running over. The last thing you want to do is rush around, but if things run a little bit late, the bridal photo time is usually the first thing that loses time.

I wrote a little article about ‘light’ and how to make the most of it for Wedshed.

I love the light I see in the late afternoon often in your photos, How can we shoot in this light?

This is actually not a silly question at all! I actually wrote an article about this very subject for Wedshed which you can see here. First and foremost, the weather has to be right for this on the day. It cannot be done when it is overcast, or raining. Second of all it is all about timing, the best light is a during the golden hour, which leads up until sunset. You can quite easily search for the sunset times here and check when sunset should be on your desired wedding date. Thirdly it comes down to timing, there needs to be enough time during this ‘golden hour’ or around that time of the day to be able to capture the light as it dramatically changes. Quite often it might be a few minutes after you leave that the light gets truly amazing, so it is worth having a buffer of time to be able to accommodate and utilize this to the fullest. Finally it comes down to location, ideally there needs to be a view looking over towards the general direction of where the sun is setting to get the most out of this light. It can be quite easy to be hidden in the shade or in a spot where that light never really falls (think beach in the East with hills/cliffs blocking the afternoon light).

I am more than happy to assist in the planning and discussion of all of the above, but I thought I would raise the points at least to give some further information on the matter. I love shooting in amazing light, and my photos certainly reflect this.

What if it rains?

The one thing you have absolutely no control over on your wedding day is the weather. I would like to say that I have never had to shoot a rainy day  wedding (but that would be lying). Having said that.. not everything is lost with a little bit of rain. You need to (in your planning phase) of your wedding day, have a wet weather contingency plan. This is very much location based (indoor wedding/outdoor wedding) but also the type of weather the area of your wedding attracts. Shooting in the rain is fine, I have done so many times.. but shooting in the rain with gale force winds is difficult. I will do it, but will you stand out in the elements? I am more than happy to discuss your planned contingency and add my own point of view of how we can approach photos if the weather does not come to the party.

In the majority of cases everything pans out and all the shots are captured, but if we get rained/weathered out for the bridal photos (just the two of you) then I also offer a post-wedding shoot. This means we can go back to the wedding location and shoot in the surrounding area, OR shoot an area which will compliment the both of you and your wedding day. Please contact me to discuss in more detail.

How do you deliver your photos?

I have spent a long time on getting my delivery and packaging just right, to suit the style of photographs I shoot and the presentation I feel my clients deserve. The images are print ready, in full resolution and also I include a web sized versions for sharing. They are delivered on USB and in an Online Gallery in a beautiful bespoke package that I spent months working on. Without giving the surprise away, I want it to feel like an experience and for it to be something that you keep.

How many photos will we receive?

The number varies greatly from wedding to wedding. I am there to tell a story, not to take multiple photos of a similar subject to increase the number of photos you receive. I will document the day how I see fit, and deliver a set of images that I feel represent your important day best. If I had to put an actual number down onto paper I would say on average for an 8 – 12 hour wedding I deliver around 7-800 photos as a mixture of colour and black & white.

Of the photos we receive, will they all be edited?

Yes, I edit all of my photos one by one. Rest assured, I spend a great amount of time on each wedding making sure they are just right for delivery.

How long do you take to deliver the photos?

On average I need 8 (eight) to 12 (twelve) weeks from the wedding day to deliver. If I am able to finish everything sooner. then I will. If I require the full 12 weeks or a touch longer then I will get in touch and let you know (life happens!). If you need a preview or some specific images sooner than this turn around, I am more than happy to accommodate these requests.