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 does ‘All Day Coverage’ mean for my wedding day?
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 define my ‘All Day Coverage’ as being a maximum of 14 hours. After 14 hours, we are definitely well and truly in for the long haul and it requires extra coverage paid by the hour. I generally like to start not long after your makeup has begun and finish up once the formalities are complete. This is however different for everyone, so please discuss this further with me if you have any questions about your wedding day coverage.
Do you have any specific requirements for us on our wedding day?
Yes! Well not many people think of this but I need some time with the bride and groom! 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? anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes will.. if push comes to shove then we can work with less but I think it is also a nice time for yourselves to take a time out during the chaotic day.. to relax and enjoy the moment before getting stuck into the reception. So giving the most time possible really ensures we can take our time to capture the best we can capture.
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 400 – 600 photos.
Of the photos we receive, will they all be edited?
Edited is a strong word which I generally tend to sway away from when discussing the delivery of photos. All images that get delivered will be toned and styled to match my shooting/processing style which you can see throughout my photos on this website. Each photo will have the desired treatment applied, however ‘editing’ so to speak I would relate more closely to the removal or altering of elements within images of which I do not do (but can do for an additional fee).
How long do you take to deliver the photos?
On average I need 8 weeks from the wedding day until delivery. If I am able to finish everything to deliver sooner then I will, if I require the full 8 weeks or a touch longer then I will notify you of an approximate ETA.
Do you offer albums for each package?
Yes albums are available for each package, however albums are represented as an ‘a la carte’ option for certain packages only. I have structured each package based around my perceived presentation of value to you (the customer). Not all couples want an album, not all couples want more than one album and most importantly not all couples know if they want an album or not (yet!). I personally feel and love holding images in print form (whether it be prints, albums or canvas) and to keep it simple I only offer two types of albums.
Which two types of albums do you offer?
Great question! I offer Vision Art flush mount albums in 10″ x 10″ and 12″ x 12″ square format sizes. Each album will be 20 spreads (40 pages) in size at a minimum from me. A lot of other vendors offer albums with the bare minimum (Usually 10 spreads) and I think that is definitely not enough pages to represent a beautiful wedding. Additional spreads can also be purchased and is recommended for truly magnificent or larger weddings. The albums can be customized further with a photo cover, or additional material cover at a cost. It is best for me to show you sample albums of each size and you can see for yourself!
If we decide to purchase an album, does this include design?
Yes. Upon completion of processing your photos from your wedding I will create a pre-design of your wedding album which you can view in a private online gallery. This pre-design is my interpretation of what would be the best way to represent your big day in a printed album form (this is partly why you have hired me!). The gallery will allow you to make a comment on each spread (2 pages per spread) and I can then review and make revisions to the album (including replacing/swapping photos to fit). I will complete two album revisions for free, however there will be an additional charge after this.. as the process can drag on and on and on if we are both not careful.
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 design option (described above). After 12 months there will be a small consultation fee for us to get together to discuss and design your album.
Why do you have more than one photographer?
Each photographer has a method to their madness. Mine is that I work in a team, pure and simple. I find that I can offer the best possible coverage of your wedding day by having not only my view point and dedication, but also one of another photographer that I have worked with extensively. I have already built these costs into my business model, however if you prefer solo coverage for a smaller/more intimate wedding then feel free to discuss this at length with me further and ill cater for your needs.
What information do you need from me before the wedding day itself?
The devil is in the details! I like to keep things simple, by knowing all. The list below covers everything that I need, but you are also paying for our experience, knowledge and instincts on the day to capture those spontaneous moments.
- 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. I am happy to provide an example to view, as well as help provide more information on what I need (time wise) throughout 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 10 – 15 minutes and be stress free. Taking the casual approach usually leads to a lot of stress and not all groups being photographed.
- Location/Contact Details: Location of the Bride, Location of the Groom, Ceremony, Reception and any other location details are vital (things like parking availability is also useful). All the contacts of the important people on the day and especially those that are in charge of big ticket items
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 wet 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, 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 is not too crash hot.
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 this a little bit more in detail.
What if you cannot attend the wedding on the day?
This is truly the worst possible case scenario on a wedding day. That for some reason (sickness, accident, family incident) that I am unable to attend the wedding to photograph the day. I believe in an honest approach to all situations, and the approach for the above worst case scenario will be to have my associate photographers take lead, and if required I will look to source a replacement photographer to cover your special day. I would love to guarantee that this would never happen to all of my clients, however life happens and sometimes these things are totally out of your control. This is unfortunately the ‘human’ element of business and something that needs to be addressed in a suitable manner.
Where are you based?
I am based in the Inner West in Sydney, NSW, Australia (North Strathfield to be precise). I am happy to travel in and around Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and of course Overseas! (and my knowledge of geography is quite impressive).
Do you Travel for Weddings?
Why yes! In fact I love to travel, it is one of my most favourite things to do. I have already been involved with destination weddings in Melbourne and Canberra, and destination pre-weddings in Hong Kong. Unfortunately there is an expense for travelling to a destination wedding, however please do not hesitate to enquire further about rates and conditions.
How do we book you?
Oh that is the easy part! We meet.. we talk.. we eat.. we talk.. and then we exchange some fantastic details about your wedding day. I pass over a contract, you have a read and sign it and then pay a $500.00 retainer to save the date! It is really that easy. If you cant meet in person, we can always Skype or chat over the phoneI like to keep things simple, so I like to keep this part as simple as possible.
Still have some more questions?
Then by all means lets organise a time to talk things over, and I can help answer any lingering questions or special requests that you may have. Just contact me and we’ll take it from there.