John Sanders

Frequently Asked Questions

How many pictures do I take during the course of the wedding?
I am prolific with my imagery and often shoot in excess of 1500 images. I edit the photographs down to around 500, which are then posted on your password protected online gallery.

Will we get high res images?
All the images I take throughout your wedding are shot at a very high resolution (20 meg +) and then reduced in size for the online password protected gallery. You will also receive a DVD or USB of retouched high res images from which you can print to your heart’s content.

Will I stay to photograph the party after the first dance?
Yes. More often than not by the time the music starts your guests are totally relaxed having had a drink or two and therefore my pictures can really capture the fun of the party.

Do I shoot group pictures?
Yes. I believe group pictures are important at a wedding – its rare to have a gathering of all your family and friends. Here are a few basic pointers that will keep the group photo session slick and quick.

  • I ask for one or two helpers, often a bestman and/or ushers to assist me in rounding up the various groups I am not a fan of raising my voice at a wedding, no one likes a shouty photographer!
  • A pre-arranged list of the individual family and friends groups should be provided; Brides Family/Grooms Family/Uni mates etc
  • Try to keep the number of groups to around 10, any more than that and people tend to get tired and wander off!

Do I offer Engagement Shoots?
Yes. Increasingly couples are asking for a little shoot (2 or so hours) before the wedding. It can be a useful practice session for anyone nervous in front of the camera, and is a great chance for us to work together before the big day. We’ll capture some lovely images that you can use as invites or on the day itself, as place settings etc.

Am I insured?
Like all true professional photographers I am fully insured for public liability and professional indemnity

Do I offer albums?
Yes, I provide a range of albums, from luxury leather coffee table books to
sleek modern photobooks. I also offer a range of smaller hard backed A4 and A5 booklets, which make great gifts for family, or anyone special who wasn’t able to be there on the day itself. When we meet, I can show you examples and talk through the options.

Who picks the images for the albums?
You do. From your online gallery you pick your favorite 60-80 images (or more, if you choose). My team and I then design your album and send you digital proofs so you can see exactly how it will look, and make as many changes as you like. Once you are 100% happy with the layout and image choice, I will send the whole thing off to the printers, and about six weeks later you’ll have your album.

Do I work with a second photographer?
I have a pool of fantastic talent that I can call on if a second photographer is required. Often the second photographer will be employed to cover just a particular element of the day – for example shots of the groom and his pals getting ready, after which the second snapper will leave and I remain to capture the rest of the day unfolding.

What camera gear do I use?
I have been a loyal Canon user for 20 years, and find them superb for both weddings and my commercial work (you can take a look at www.johnsandersphotography.com). I have 2 Canon 5Diii’s and a full compliment of professional fast lenses that enable me to shoot without flash most of the time. When necessary, I carry portable flash units (Pro photo) and always have my trusty Speedlites. Fellow photography geeks, please drop me a line if you want to talk gear.

What about overnight accommodation?
If your wedding requires an overnight stay, I always try and find the most economical B&B or local hotel – Travelodge and me are very well acquainted. For weddings outside the M25 I charge 40p / mile.

What happens if I am ill?
This is an issue that gives ALL wedding photographers the odd moment of worry. Firstly, I have never missed a wedding or pre-wedding meeting or engagement shoot through illness – NOT EVER. I would have to be actually hospitalized to miss a wedding shoot! But if by chance it happens I do have back up photographers that are aware of my wedding dates and able to step up if needs be.

Do I shoot weddings abroad?
I do, I’m very much looking forward to upcoming weddings in Italy and Cyprus. I love to travel and so only ask that you cover my travel and hotel costs. Details and planning are vital to any wedding, but even more so when shooting abroad, so a day in hand for me to scout the location and get my bearings is always advised.

Abby Orchard
Abby Orchard
10:58 03 Mar 17
John was a consummate professional throughout. His easygoing manner put everyone at ease and he took some amazing pictures, both posed and reportage. We would highly recommend him to anyone.
Harry Twort
Harry Twort
16:02 23 Nov 16
John’s service was nothing short of exceptional. On the day, his professional and more importantly personable nature made him a welcome addition to the wedding party. The quality of his work combined with the speed with which we received the pictures (a matter of days) was outstanding. Without hesitation, I would recommend his services to anyone and everyone. Very impressive work, thank you
Niall McMurray
Niall McMurray
09:19 07 Sep 16
Does the thought of being photographed strike fear into your heart? Do you freeze into an awkward marionette-like pose the second you hear the click of a camera shutter? Then John is the man for you. When we met with John to discuss our wedding, we knew straight away he was the perfect choice - we were at ease instantly. We had an engagement shoot a couple of weeks prior to the big day and the results were spectacularly good. He got to know us better, see how we react with a camera on us and he made us laugh. A lot. On the wedding day, we almost didn't know he was there. John moves with ninja-like stealth and captures all the moments that you miss as a groom. Every person, every group, every Scotch egg. The tears, the laughter, the awesome dance moves (and some of the terrible ones). He charmed absolutely everyone in the room and he made us all look beautiful. Just a completely brilliant experience from start to finish. The pictures are perfect. They are true and they are moving and they are US, in all our happy, emotional, messy and hilarious glory. Thank you John.
Ceri Morris
Ceri Morris
12:08 10 Sep 16
John captured the MOST AMAZING photos of our wedding. He caught some magical moments and I love revisiting them because it takes me right back to that day. Our friends and family were so impressed with the pics. Not only is John super talented and a true pro, he's great to work with..he really put me at ease (I hate having my photo taken!) and we had a real laugh. I can't recommend John highly enough if you're looking for very special photos of your big day. Thanks John!
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
08:17 11 Aug 16
I couldn't recommend John highly enough. From our first meeting to the end results it was like having a friend with us to guide us through our wedding day. We wanted a fun and relaxed vibe and the photos are fantastic. They have been commented on by all of our guests and we look forward to cherishing them for years.
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