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.