Q: What’s your primary style? Posed and formal, relaxed, photojournalistic, creative, artistic, candid, traditional?
A: We like to think we can cover all of these to one degree or another and we definately try to mix some of each into every wedding we photograph. However the other thing we do is monitor what our customers ask for in albums and as reprints. Experience tells us that by far the most popular are still the traditional and artistic shots so those are the ones we concentrate on.
Q: Do you shoot in colour or black and white? Or both? Do you shoot in a digital format that can create both colour and b/w versions of the same picture?
A: We now shoot exclusively in colour onto digital media - that gives us the choice after the day itself. We are frequently asked if we can shoot in black and white but we've found from experience that when presented with both colour and black and white most brides end up including the colour pictures rather than the monochrome one in their album. The truth is we love black and white but we're really not sure if a wedding is the ideal subject - but that is a purely personal view!
Q: What kind of input can we have on the direction of the shots? Can we give you a shot list to work from?
A: Of course you can give us a list - actually the first time we meet we'll give you a couple of sample lists to give you some ideas. This is one of the objectives in meeting you, we need to know what you want, if there are any special shots you would like you only have to say!
Q: Are you the wedding photographer who will actually take our pictures? If not, can we meet the person who will be?
A: The simplest question of all! Yes - whoever you meet will be your photographer.
Q: Can we meet any assistants who will also be our taking pictures?
A: Yes! In fact we insist on it.
Q: How many times have you worked specifically as a wedding photographer? How many were similar to the size and formality of our wedding?
A: Frankly I simply don't know! Too many to count.
Q: How many other events will you also photograph that weekend?
A: None - we only cover one wedding in a week - you have our full attention.
Q: What kind of equipment will you bring with you? How intrusive will lighting, tripods, other equipment or assistants be?
A: Our aim will be to bring the equipment we need! We also prefer to be mobile and to use the grounds of your chosen venue and natural light if at all possible. However, in the car will be studio lights, tripods, spare cameras, spare film, spare batteries, reflectors and allsorts of other equipment - just in case! We try to remember this is your wedding - not a photo shoot!
Q: Do you develop your own film?
A: No - we've tried it and given up, we now use professional developers and printers for film and professional printers for digital. We frequently send tests to new suppliers and specialist printing houses around the country and even some in Europe - we are constantly striving to achieve the best quality at a reasonable cost and have good working relationships with all our suppliers.
Q: Can we buy the negatives from you?
A: No - we will give them to you! We will also provide you with digital copies of all the pictures we take and allow you to copy or reprint them as you see fit. Alternatively we will print them for you - the choice is yours.
1. Do I like this person? Do I get along with them or get a good feeling from them?
2 . Do I like their work as a wedding photographer? Is it well lit, focused, well framed? Looking at their books, do I feel like I have a good feeling for the wedding?