1. Planning and shooting
I don’t like posed shots. Can you work with that?
Every wedding is unique. There is no one size fits all but this will give you an idea of where my priorities lie. My main aim is to capture the authentic realism and connections that you have with each other and with all the important people in your life. I do this discretely and get the most natural shots possible without expecting you to become a model. For location portraits and setup shots I like to do what I call posed candids so there is some direction while still keeping things light and fun.
All of the images on my site are from actual wedding days.
There are no styled shoots and there are no professional models.
So what way do you shoot?
3/4ish Authentic and energetic documentary shots.
It is up to you to plan your day but it’s good to keep me in the loop. I will ask you for a rough schedule closer to the wedding date. It’s important to leave some time in your schedule to mingle with your guests. I aim to document real moments as they happen and interrupt proceedings as little as possible. I will switch from being an invisible observer on the sidelines to immersing myself in the mayhem depending on the moment.
As I am mostly shooting the day as it unfolds, no single shot is guaranteed. You can of course tell me if there is a particular shot that you want (especially where formal or posed shots are concerned).
1/4ish Awesome creative portraits.
These can happen at any time of the day but location portraits are generally built into the timeline shortly after the ceremony.
In addition to these location portraits the top collection will include the option of an after dark session for some more intimate images, (I’ve written a blog post about this). These will often be staged in a scenic location and may be specially lit but again, the emphasis is on getting natural looks as opposed to rigid poses. It can be a nice little time out after a hectic day. A sunset session may be possible depending on the time of year and your schedule.
Anything goes here but I love doing these later in the day when the light gets interesting. Think big and factor in travel time.
Do you do a Wedding Party shoot with the Bridesmaids etc.?
Some clients prefer to focus purely on the Bride & Groom for these sessions if going on an adventure. Wedding parties are certainly welcome but you should allow some extra time (+30mins)
If you plan on doing an outdoor session then everyone involved should be prepared. Flat shoes and umbrellas for the girls are a common enough sight even in summer but if you get lucky with the weather you might need your sunglasses and SPF. Bridal party portraits will be a bit more staged than the rest of the day as groups need a little more guidance but as with the other portraits I will set the stage and then just some fun with it.
Champagne, confetti and picnic hampers are welcome but please leave the ugly shopping bags behind as I will be shooting from the moment you step out of the cars.
You should allocate 30-60 mins for an outdoor bridal party shoot and don’t forget to allow additional time for travel.
Will you take family and group shots?
If you want family formals then you should allow at least 30 minutes for these.
I normally setup two main family group shots and one with the bridal party.
Additional shots will depend on the time available.
The best time for these will be immediately after the ceremony but they can happen later with a bit of planning if needed. You will need to let your family members know in advance that they will be needed for photos at a certain time and assign one family member from each side to gather people together.
When the people are gathered I will setup the shots with a little relaxed guidance but again I am not all that interested in rigid poses or traditional & lifeless arrangements.
Please note that if you are having formal shots made somewhere other than the ceremony or reception location then you should allow extra time for travel. Family shots take some time to organise so you will only get one go to make them happen regardless if someone is missing.
Whole wedding group shots can be tricky for parties of 50 or more guests and may be organised at the expense of such things as your greeting line or just hanging around and chatting with your guests.
Do you have an assistant / second shooter?
I mostly work alone but I recommend adding a second shooter on larger weddings of 150 or more.
If there is a large distance between the Bride & Groom’s morning locations then I would also insist on having a second shooter.
There are other circumstances where I would add a second shooter such as for very early start times for example to guarantee coverage of hair and makeup in the morning. This is included by default in my top package (Collection A) but you can of course add a second shooter to all collections where it is not already included.
What about working with video / film makers and other wedding vendors?
It’s good to know about your other vendors in advance. It is rare, but occasionally I will come across a driver who doesn’t want to take a car off the road or a videographer who will want dedicated time alone with you.
I’ve worked well with this list of suppliers in the past.
How do we secure you for our day?
A non-refundable booking fee of ￡200 is required to secure your date. This can be paid by Bank transfer, Credit Card or Paypal.
Booking is on a first come, first served basis so even if you’ve enquired about a date it doesn’t mean that it won’t be booked by someone else 5 minutes later.
If you’re keen to lock in a date, then you need to get the booking fee paid.
When do we pay?
In addition to the booking fee which will be paid straight away, the remaining amount will be invoiced up to 8 weeks before the wedding. Payments should be completed 4 weeks before the wedding.
If you prefer to spread out the payments further in advance just let me know.
Bank transfers are preferred but I can also take Credit Card payments.
Please note that you won’t receive any finished products until all payments have been cleared.
3. Production and Delivery
Can you fix things in the photos?
I spend around a week finessing your images so as to get the very best from them during the processing.
My top collection includes 500 photos all of which will be processed to maintain a consistent look. I will occasionally remove an unwanted feature from a shot or someones eyes in a family or group formal but such things will be rare.
My aim is to make you look your best in a natural way not to make you look plastic or fake.
I always shoot with an end look in mind, for example, I might process some of the morning preparations as black and white film stock that is more suited to certain lighting conditions. Each shot is unique and I never deliver the same shot with two different processes applied.
How quickly do you deliver the finished photographs?
This varies depending on the time of year but it’s usually around 8 weeks during the summer months. I will share some highlights within a week or two.
How are the photographs delivered?
You will receive a link to an online gallery from which you can download your images (at no cost to you). Anyone you share the link with can also order additional print products directly via a third party so please share it with your family and friends.
Your gallery will remain online for 3 months after the delivery date. (A USB backup can be ordered on request)
What about books?
Books are available as add-ons to any wedding collection and can be purchased up to six months after the wedding date.
The usual process is for the couple to provide me with a list of their favourite shots to be included (anywhere between 15 and 60 for a 30 page book). I will then mockup a design and you will get an opportunity to make a few tweaks. (Three sets of revisions maximum).
Books are supplied by a third party manufacturer and production takes up to two months from the time you sign off the digital design proofs.
A list of your selections must be forwarded to me within 6 months of the wedding date.
I offer album design and ordering as a free service to clients who choose album collections and I will handle payments on your behalf. Digital proofs must be signed off before the design is sent to the album manufacturer.
After the design has been printed by the album company any changes will be entirely at your expense.
Can books be delivered?
Books can be collected from Love Weddings studio in Belfast.
For couples living outside of my normal travel area I can have your albums sent directly to you.
Shipping costs start at £40 for a single 12″x12″ ArtBook but will be higher for international orders.
4. Other info
Do you share our photos?
I showcase one or two shots on my website, Facebook and Instagram and use them for my own marketing materials.
Your photos will never be used for any other purpose and your galleries are only visible to those receiving a link from you.
Do you charge for travel?
I charge a mileage rate of 45p per mile for anything beyond 60 miles from my base in Belfast.
For international destination weddings, flights, transportation and hotels must be covered.
I can of course build these costs into my invoice to make things easier for you.
Do you have a studio / showroom?
I have a shared showroom and meeting space at Love Weddings Belfast.