Q1 | How do we choose a photographer?
You definitely have to love their style, first and foremost. Your photographs are the visual memory of one of the most significant days of your life, so this will be one of the most important of your wedding planning decisions. Once you have found a couple of photographers whose work you love, make sure you meet up with them for a coffee/chai and a chat. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for what they offer and how they work. Do they location scout, how does the timeline work, what is their backup policies etc. By the end of the meeting you will know if this is someone you trust to capture your wedding story and what their personality is like (you have to spend a lot of time with them on the day, so this is important). Please don't make your choice based on pricing alone as this could leave you disappointed with the end result.
Q2 | What is your style & do we have to pose alot?
Weddings are all about storytelling, lots of small moments making a collection of photographs that show how the day unfolds. One of the most important things I have to offer you as a wedding photographer is my 'eye' and how I see and anticipate heartfelt moments through the lens. My style is a blend of modern, artistic, lifestyle, journalistic (natural moments unfolding) and fine art. I capture genuine emotion and authentic moments, together with crafting beautiful and creative portraits. Delivering a professional, stunning gallery of photographs so that you can remember what the day not only looked like, but what it felt like...your love story!
It is natural to be nervous about 'posing', so I use some techniques that involve giving couple's a set of actions to do, which are fun and result in gorgeous natural expressions (think walking together through a field holding hands, whispering in each other's ear, practising your bridal dance etc). I capture alot of camera unaware images...so there are only a few times in your bridal photo's where I will put you in a specific pose. An Engagement Session is a wonderful way to get comfortable in front of the camera.
Q3 | Do we need 2 photographers?
Having two photographers for full 7hrs coverage is definitely worthwhile. This enables my second shooter to photograph the groom 'getting ready' whilst I photograph the bride 'getting ready'. This part of the day results in some incredibly beautiful, meaningful moments (often some of my favourite moments of the day). If parents are going to be at the same location they can be included as they are also an important part of the story (creating a moment with dad seeing his daughter in her dress for the first time, mum helping with the veil etc). Having 2 shooters for the ceremony and remainder of the day also means capturing so many more angles, moments and perspectives. Definitely recommended.
Q4 | How many images do you deliver?
Standard coverage of 7hrs with 2 photographers generally results in approximately 600 final edited images. Images of test exposures, blinking shots, duplicate images etc are all culled leaving you with a beautiful set of images that tell the story of your day. (Editing includes adjustments to exposure, contrast, tone curves, noise reduction, lens correction, cropping, highlight & shadow recovery and colour grading. Additional advanced editing ie. skin retouching and cloning is only performed on close up bridal portraits). Your final gallery is delivered within 4-8 weeks after the wedding in a private online gallery (prints & wall art can also be ordered via the gallery). You will also receive a USB with the final set of high resolution images (unwatermarked) together with a set of images that have been resized for social media. You will have shared copyright and can print as you wish (I only recommend printing through Pro-Labs).
Q5 | Do we get sneak peeks?
Absolutely....if you are happy to have your images on social media, I post sneak peeks starting within a few days of your wedding and continuing over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to tag and share away! After the gallery has been delivered I then blog each wedding on my website Journal.
Q6 | Do you travel for weddings?
I love travelling for weddings....and have photographed a number in the South-West/Margaret River Region. The travel cost for 2 photographers (in addition to your chosen package) is $500 which includes overnight accommodation, travel time & fuel costs.
Q6 | Wonderful, how do we book?
Once we have met for a coffee/chai and a chat and you decide you would like to book, you need to reserve your date. I will send you through a booking form to fill in which has details regarding your deposit. A $500 non-refundable deposit/retainer is required to secure your date. The balance is due 7 days prior to your wedding. Contracts and timelines are created in the months leading up to the big day. If you are having an Engagement Session we will get a date & location organized for that.