What Happens Next?
PRE-WEDDING SHOOT? YAY/NAY
Think about whether you'd like a pre-wedding shoot. The shoot only lasts an hour or so, and can be topped off with a cheeky cuppa or something stronger to celebrate!
If this is something you'd like just pop an email through and I'll get you all booked in.
CAN I HELP?
Don't be a stranger! If you have any questions at all, no matter how big or small, I adore hearing how you're getting on with your planning. I've been to hundreds of weddings, so if you have any questions or want advice for aspects of the day, then feel free to get in touch; I will always assist where I can.
So your date and venue are more than likely booked it; but don't be afraid to book other suppliers in advance too. You'll be surprised how quickly certain suppliers book up in advance. Also if you're unsure where to start looking I've included a list of suppliers I've worked with in the past and highly recommend.
2 Months before your wedding I'll ask you to fill in a pre-wedding questionnaire which will give me all of the information needed to make sure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day.
I will also provide you with your final wedding balance invoice which is due 28 days before your wedding.
Don't be afraid to make the 'formal' look awesome, group shots are nowadays seen as a bit of a formality; but that doesn't have to be the case and if you're up for it awesome group shots do exist!
Group shots always take longer than expected, and can be a lot more stressful if not pre thought. I normally limit group shots to around 6 variations that take no longer than 25 minutes to complete. I'm more than happy to add more group shots on to this list if this is something you'd like, but I do like to warn couples that it can become stressful and time consuming if there are too many. I've found that the following group shot combinations work really well:
-Big group shot
-Bride, Groom + both sets of parents
-Bride + Groom with Bride's parents
-Bride + Groom with Groom's parents
-Bride, Groom + Siblings
-Bride, Groom + Grandparents
-Bride + Bridesmaids
-Groom + Groomsmen
-Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids + Groomsmen
AFTER YOUR WEDDING DAY ...
Whilst you're away on your honeymoon I will be busy editing your images :-) with the aim of teasing you with 3 sneak peeks via my Facebook page to keep you enticed whilst you enjoy your much needed break.
4 weeks after, your full set of edited images will be uploaded to your own personal, password protected online album. Your USB of images will also be packaged up and popped into the post 8 weeks after your wedding, so that you can get busy printing!
If you've opted for a thank you newspaper, keepsake, or album; I'll then design a proof for you and email it over.
It's no problem at all to make changes to these designs, I want you to be 100% happy with the finished product.
As soon as you guys give the go ahead the print times are as follows -
Thank you Newspapers - 2 weeks
Magazines + Albums - 8-12 weeks after approval.
ON YOUR WEDDING DAY ...
I normally arrive for bridal preparations approximately 1.5 hours before the ceremony, I find this gives me plenty of time to capture you getting ready along along with any desired detail shots you would like, whilst also getting your friends and family there used to my presence on the day.
I would say my style is candid, organic, documentary 'story-telling' approach. My aim is to capture your day as honest and true as possible, the real emotions of the day, your guests in a natural way and the love between you both. There are moments in the day where slight posing is required primarily group formal portraits but my aim is to make it as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
I will normally be with you for around 30 minutes after your first dance, to hopefully capture friends and family on the dance floor with you and a few funny or memorable dance floor antic shots to finish off your gallery, unless you've added on additional coverage into the evening!
If so ... LET'S GET THAT PARTY STARTED!!!!
WE DON’T LIKE HAVING OUR PICTURE TAKEN, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THIS?
Don’t worry! Very few people like having their picture taken! I'm here to put you at ease and capture you both at your best.
HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL WE SEE FROM OUR WEDDING?
In my packages I normally deliver a minimum of 350, however I often exceed this with all the gorgeous moments, and details at the venue and guests I shoot. So if I think it's a lovely image I'll edit it and you guys will have it....there's no maximum limit to what I'll send over! So be prepared for lots of wedding joy!
WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO SEE OUR PHOTOGRAPHS?
I normally can't contain myself when I get home from a wedding and I always try to show a sneak peak of your day as soon as I am able. The rest of your images will be uploaded to a private gallery so you can share the link and password with all your guests, this is usually within 4 weeks. You'll also receive your 'Wedding Pack' through the post within 8 weeks, containing your USB of images.
WHAT IF WE'VE OPTED FOR A KEEPSAKE?
After you've had time to look over and relive your day I'll create a proof keepsake for you to check over. It's absolutely no problem to make changes to these designs. I want your album to be perfect for you!
HOW LONG WILL OUR KEEPSAKE TAKE TO ARRIVE?
The design process can vary as i ensure you check over each proof and changes made until you are happy with the final proof. From the date of approving your design your album will take approximately 8 weeks to be fully completed. You can either collect your album in person or I can post it to you. It is standard to receive your album within 10-18 months of your wedding date, depending on how speedily you complete your interview and approve the proof.
CAN WE PRINT FROM OUR USB?
HELL YEAH! All I ask is that you only print images for your own personal use, that you don't use them for any commercial purpose.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Yes. I have public liability and professional indemnity insurances...hopefully it won't be needed though.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND A PRE-WEDDING SHOOT?
A pre-wedding shoot is perfect for anyone who is nervous about being photographed. It's a really informal and fun, and by the end of it you'll have a gorgeous selection of pre wedding shots to get you excited for what's to come from your wedding. It's totally up to you though to decide whether this is something you'd like to go for!
WHAT DO WE DO IF IT RAINS?
The joy of the British weather, sometimes is does rain! However in my experience it is very unlikely that it will rain for the entire day, and so there will be pockets of time where we can go outdoors to capture your bride and groom portraits or your group shots. It is advisable to have a couple of umbrellas on hand though, and possibly a spare pair of shoes that you don't mind getting a little damp or muddy!
However if it does rain continually throughout the day then I do have the tools to ensure we get just as cool and diverse a selection of shots indoors as outdoors.
WHAT DO WE DO IF WE'D LIKE ANY SPECIFIC SHOTS?
If you've found some specifics shots on Pinterest or have seen something you'd like to recreate send it over to me and we can arrange he best way to do it on the day. I love getting extra creative with images and techniques and adore seeing what has caught your eye.
CAN OUR GUESTS TAKE THEIR OWN PHOTOS?
Of course! All I ask is that for your couple shoot it is just you guys and me, as it makes it all much more relaxed.
HOW WILL THE GROUP SHOTS WORK?
I like to work to a pre arranged list so you guys don't have to worry about trying to organise something on the day. This is where your lovely bridesmaids and groomsmen come in handy fetching that uncle at the bar or helping grandma over for her picture. I try and keep formal groups shots as snappy as possible so everyone can get back to enjoying themselves
WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT EATING ON THE DAY?
I'm more than happy to provide my own food ... but of course, I'd never turn down a delicious meal!
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