FAQ Frequently Asked Questons
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How do you work?
I love beautiful, interesting couple portraits that have a relaxed natural feel and real connection between the couple.
I love details and capturing the style and vibe of the wedding.
I love capturing real moments of you and your family and friends having an amazing day, captured in a fly on the wall documentary way but with an artistic eye.
I love real film and while I mostly shoot with digital cameras at weddings I edit to give a real film feel and vibe. I also love using vintage lenses and use things like prisms and double exposures to make beautiful and interesting photographs.
Who is at our wedding?
If you’ve booked just photography or photography & a mini-film or film only then normally it will just be me, Craig, with you for the day. Find out more about me here…
A 2nd photographer is available on request but 95% of the weddings I have photographed have been without one.
If you have booked photography and full wedding film then it will be me plus a filmmaker. This is nearly always my filmmaking wingman Andy Little.
Same Sex Weddings
I love photographing same-sex weddings and civil partnerships and have now photographed quite a few. So please don’t let the name be a barrier to contacting me and letting me be part of your day. I’m hoping soon to launch Mr & Mr and Mrs & Mrs sub-brands.
Do we need a 2nd photographer?
95% of the weddings I’ve photographed have been without a 2nd photographer. I feel I can capture the day fine on my own and it definitley has some benefits. However, if you feel like you really would like a 2nd photographer that is fine but costs £500 to cover their wage and the extra editing time.
How long do you stay?
Typically around 10 hours. 2 hours before the ceremony until 9pm, 1 hour after the first dance is average. This normally feels right to capture the story of the day.
If you want us to stay until the very end then just let us know, there is an additional cost of £200 to cover the extra time and extra photo editing time needed.
Do you need a meal?
Yes please! Weddings are amazing & fun but they are also long days 🙂 A meal at the same time as you eat means I don’t miss anything and it keeps the energy levels up for the evening photos.
How long until we receive our photos?
The preview collection I get to you within 2 weeks after the wedding. The full collection normally takes around 12 weeks, this can be a lot shorter at the start of the wedding season and could go slightly over at really busy times.
We’re not comfortable in front of the camera….
Most people aren’t! I’m not! It’s really normal to feel like your not comfortable in front of the camera or not used to having your photo taken. My whole style is to keep the photos as relaxed as possible, I don’t overly pose, ideally I like to get as natural photos as possible so I like the couples to focus on each other instead of posing too much for the camera.
If you do feel really nervous about having your photo taken then a good solution is to do an engagement shoot. These are done at a location decided between us and are a great chance to have a play in front of the camera and get used to being photographed before the big day 🙂
What is an engagement shoot?
An engagement shoot is a good chance to have a practice in front of the camera before the wedding (hopefully just so you realise there’s nothing to worry about and it’s all very nice and relaxed and natural 🙂
It’s also just a good chance to meet up before the wedding, talk it through and get to know each other a bit which does make a difference on the wedding day itself I think 🙂
Formal group photography
Group photos can be great, they can be a lot of fun and create some stunning photos that capture all the groups you want. I try not to be too cheesy, but I’m more than happy for you guys to have a laugh and be a bit silly.
However, it has to be said I’m not a loud bossy photographer. My strong point isn’t organising your guests and shouting off a list of who is next. I’m better at taking the photos and working with the groups once gathered.
So I just say this is a bit of a team effort, a great solution is if you have an organised guest give them the job of gathering who you need. I advise to keep the number down, often just the bridal party (bridesmaids/groomsmen) and the immediate family is enough for formal shots. Other shots you can just grab me when chatting with friends etc.
How far do you travel?
I’m based in West Yorkshire and love Yorkshire weddings. However I’m also happy to travel to the rest of the UK, favourites include Northumberland for Alnwick Treehouse and London Asylum Chapel and Wiltons Music Hall.
I also love destination weddings abroad having photographed a few beautiful Italian weddings, if you love my style and work then don’t let distance stop you getting in touch 🙂
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yep, I’m insured up to £2 million. If your venue needs a copy of my liability insurance then just let me know.
Can I get prints?
Yeah sure, photos deserve to be printed if you ask me! Nothing like actually holding a print in your hand and having them framed to finish them off.
Standard prints can be ordered directly from the web gallery and the order is made directly through Loxley printers. If you want something more premium and want art quality giclée prints let me know and I can order these for you separately.
Can I get a wedding Album?
I love seeing the wedding photos made into wedding albums. It really is the best way to show off the photos and it’s lovely to create a physical object that can be shown and passed down through your family.
I print my albums through these guys, who in my opinion make the best albums you can get – https://www.folioalbums.com/
The cost is £500 for design, online preview, amends, print and delivery of a 10” x 10” album with 30 spreads and a choice of covers options.
What happens if your ill?
I would have to be really really ill to not make your wedding!
However, sometimes illness is unavoidable so what happens if I’m really bedridden and can’t make it?
I have built a strong collection of great wedding photographers as good friends who would be my first point of call. If none of them was available I am part of a number of photographer Facebook groups where I could post emergency cover posts. I have never had to do it myself but have seen people do it and they always get a good number of talented photographers offer up their services.
Wedding Video ~ Mini-film
What is a mini-film?
A mini-film is where I shoot snippets of film at the same time as doing the photography and edit this into a short film that captures the vibe of the day but not necessarily every moment. The photography comes first but these have a great feel to them. I shoot 1 roll of 8mm film on a vintage camera (real film which has a look and vibe I love) and then the rest is HD digital footage captured on the same cameras I’m doing shooting the photography with.
I film at the same time as doing the photography, so it’s just me for the day keeping the same unobtrusive feel to the day.
How long is a mini-film?
There is no set time but they average at two songs, so between 5-7 minutes is average.
What is 8mm?
8mm is real film that is captured on a vintage camera and sent off for developing, scanning and digitising. It has a lovely vintage look we love and feels timeless and romantic and it loves light and can create fantastic light leaks and flares. You also get great bits of burnt film that works really well in the edit of the film.
What about audio?
I’m just capturing little snippets of film of shots I like, to edit into a film, so captured audio doesn’t work which is why I use music. Either you can choose your own music and choose music that is special to you as a couple, this will be copyrighted, so is for private viewing only and can often be uploaded to youtube ok but will contain ads on the video so the music can be monetised by the band and record label. Alternatively, I can choose music I think fits well with the film or use licensed music which then means the film can be uploaded to Facebook and shared more publicly.
What do we receive?
The edited film online and supplied as a digital file on the USB key.
I also try and supply the 8mm reel, but this is a negative film to will be in negative when projected back but is a nice keepsake from the day.