As a Luxury London wedding photographer I get asked a lot of questions, but here are the 5 most commons ones which keep cropping up…
- What kind of weddings do you shoot?
I was asked this again recently and it’s one of my favourite questions because it allows me to connect with & talk about my ideal client and ideal wedding.
WHERE: I have shot quite a few destination weddings in my time and continue to do so (albeit a more select number now that I have a young family) but given I’m based in London I’ve also shot a lot of weddings in London, The Cotswolds, Suffolk, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, Oxford, Kent, Sussex…you name a county I’ve probably shot there! I’ve shot many a church weddings but my favourite types of weddings are outdoor ones because it suits my ‘light and airy’ style.
And WHO do I shoot weddings for? Well my clients are varied and wonderful in all their diversity but for the most part my clients are fun, elegant, sophisticated, kind & hardworking in their respective fields, they are passionate & lovely!
- How many hours coverage do you think we need?
This really depends on the schedule of your wedding day. I arrive 2-3 hours before the ceremony and offer packages of 8, 10 & 12 hours of coverage, so it’s up to you how long you’d like coverage for but for the most part my clients tend to book 10 or 12 hour packages.
- What’s up with the film photography? Why don’t you just shoot digital?
Well I wrote a whole post on this topic HERE but in summary I find shooting film to be such a fulfilling process, I love the dreamy creamy tones and colours its produces, it has an incredible dynamic range meaning I can shoot film in bright sunshine and the camera produces perfectly exposed images without the shadows being too dark or the highlights being blown out, finally I feel like digital is a bit too perfect these days…who needs to see that much detail?!
- Do we need a videographer? Can you recommend anyone?
YES I really do think you need a videographer!
The biggest regret of married couples is not having a video of their wedding day!
I think it’s really important to have a team who like working together & can create a seamless service alongside each other.
- Will you shoot family portraits?
This London wedding photographer LOVES shooting the formal family portraits at a wedding – and this is not something you’ll hear a lot from wedding photographers. Why? Because they are not the most ‘interesting’ or creative of photos that wedding photographers like to take. You’ll hear a lot of ‘Keep them to a minimum’, ‘They take forever’, ‘You’ll get bored’, ‘Try to only do 10 set ups’…
But you know what?
When I got married myself I didn’t want anyone to tell me how many family portraits we could do or not, families can be complicated and there’s sometimes politics to navigate.
I think we ended up having more than 20…gulp. As long as there is enough time in the schedule (hint: FORWARD PLAN! Assume 3minutes per set up.) to do them, I can keep shooting until the cows come home & guess what, those photos are the ones you and your family will print and frame & look at every day for the rest of your lives.
I think they’re super important.
Especially right now!