How do you photograph weddings?
I prefer to take a documentary approach to my wedding photography, trying to be inconspicuous and blend in. However, if formal is your thing then I'm happy with that too. All I ask is that you provide me with a list of "must have" shots. Please try and limit the group shots to no more than ten, this allows you to spend more time with your family and friends. I will however continue to shoot from the sidelines so to speak.
Do you require food?
While I can be with you for up to 12 hours, I will usually bring my own food rather than land you with an added expense. However, if food is offered, I won't refuse, I just don't expect it.
Are you insured?
I am covered by Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance and also have Employer Liability for any second photographer I employ unless they have cover themselves. Although I don't insist on it, I recommend that you take out wedding insurance.
Do you carry backup equipment?
On the day of your wedding, I will have 3 cameras and lenses so I can really mix things up. I can cover from wide for those low sweeping shots of the venue and larger group shots through to close without getting close so to speak. I'll also be able to isolate you and your partner for those classic portrait shots to really make you pop out of the background. I'll also have numerous batteries and memory cards plus a flashgun but usually reserve this for the evening reception and first dance and usually off camera. Choose the second photographer option and there will be at least 5 cameras. For the most part of the day, I'll have two cameras, one over my shoulder and one strapped to my hip, these will have my prime lenses on - these are fixed focal length lenses, perfect for low light venues but I can still zoom, just with my feet. If space is tight or you have a lot of guests in your group shot, then my third camera and zoom lens will always be close to hand. This is something to consider when asking a friend or friend of a friend who just happens to own a camera to photograph your special day. You only get one chance to get it right and like life itself, there is no rewind button.
Do you have a backup plan?
Plan X is my backup plan, everyone needs a plan X! Plan X is planning for the unexpected, such as finding somewhere indoors to take photographs should the weather unexpectedly take a turn for the worse. However, I have been known to stand in the rain, camera in one hand, brolly in the other while all the guests were on the hotel veranda and I nailed the group shot.
How long before do we need to book your services?
Ideally, you should give me as much notice as possible to ensure I'm free on your chosen date. However, I have done weddings with a week's notice, a day's notice and even 20 minutes notice! Good job my batteries were all charged up for that one! 
Why is wedding photography so expensive and do I really need a professional photographer?
I believe my prices to be reasonable, especially as the average cost of wedding photography in 2020 was £1,590.00, without an album - see: https://www.yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk/article/real-cost-wedding-photography/ which explains the costs and why you should go down the professional route. To quote Red Adair, who was a famous Oil Well Fire Fighter. "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."
If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch, I'm usually about until quite late but if I don't answer, just leave me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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