wedding photography FAQ

frequently asked questions

What style do you shoot?

Most couples that book us are looking for natural shots that will tell the story of their day as it happens, not just a series of posed events. The most important thing is to capture the emotion and the spirit, whilst remaining as unobtrusive as possible.

As well as photographing the events of the day, we also photograph the details, such as the shoes, the flowers and the dress. Capturing these fine points of the wedding completes the overall story and memory of the day.

Possibly the most important but often overlooked quality of a photographer, is their ability to deliver consistent photography that tells the story of your day. Please view some recent weddings here – featured weddings

Do you only photograph weddings in Berkshire?

Based near Newbury in Berkshire, a few miles from Junction 13 of the M4, we can easily cover Berkshire, Surrey, London, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Kent, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Somerset and Dorset. Please contact us if your wedding is further afield.

Do you photograph group shots?

Group shots are important, as the whole family is not often together or looking so smart! It's important to photograph the groups and for everyone to be included in the photography. We do these quickly, with the minimum of fuss.

Do you work as a team?

We work as a two-photographer husband and wife team, so we can record two different view-points and capture moments that would otherwise be missed. Julie can stay with the bride in the morning, while Martyn captures the church or venue details, the nervous groom and the guests arriving. Also while one of us is photographing the groups, the other captures natural images of the guests. Here are some examples of the same moment captured by both Martyn and myself.

How long have you been photographing weddings?

Julie has been photographing weddings since 2000. In 2005 she met and teamed up with Martyn, who was also shooting weddings by himself. When it comes to photographing a wedding, experience is crucial. Wedding photography requries anticipating the moment, having great timing to nail it, whilst not forgetting the technical expertise to deal with the lighting conditions that weddings throw at you.

Are you a member of a professional association and do you have insurance?

Yes we are members of the Master Photographers Association and we have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

What equipment do you use and do you carry backups?

While photography should not be about the ‘kit’, using the latest professional digital cameras and lenses does allow us to work discreetly, without the intrusion of flash where ever possible. We only use professional equipment as it is robust and delivers the highest quality. In addition, we always carry backup cameras, lenses and flash!

How many shots can we choose from and are the high resolution files available?

As there are two photographers, depending on the length of coverage, you can expect to receive 300-600 photographs to tell the story of your day. The files are supplied as high resolution (for enlargements), low resolution (for social media and email). We also supply the files ‘ready to print’ in the popular print sizes of 6x4, 5x7.5 and 9x6 inches.

Do I have copyright of the high resolution files?

The copyright always remains with the photographer but personal usage rights are granted so you can make your own prints, thank you cards and even albums if desired.

Where are my images stored?

We take great care of your files and go to the expense of backing them up on multiple drives, to protect against hardware failure.

Are albums available?

Albums are available in some wedding packages. As your album is the only thing that you will keep after the wedding, apart from the rings and your husband of course - we only use the highest quality albums available. Our preferred supplier is Jorgensen. Each album is custom designed for your wedding using prints that won’t fade.

What if it rains?

With documentary style photography, the rain is part of the day and so part of the photography. It rained for part of the day at this wedding at Notley Tythe Barn with some dramatic lighting!

What do you do about food on the day?

We eat when you do, it’s an ideal time as photographs of people eating are never flattering. We can bring our own food, one less expense and thing for you to worry about.

What happens if you are ill?

In the unusual event of us both being ill, we have a network of professional wedding photographers that can be called upon.

Do you have a list of recommended suppliers?

Here is a list of suppliers we've worked with and trust.

When are the photographs ready?

A minimum of 30 hours is spent on each wedding. Before the wedding there is a pre wedding consultation, so I can get to know your personalities and what you are looking for in a photographer. We discuss the photography on the day in detail.

After the day, a lot of time is spent on the post production to bring out the best in the images. Each image is individually adjusted for contrast, colour and any retouching is performed. For example blemishes or marks on the dress are removed. Photographs are usually ready three weeks after the wedding; in peak season please allow four weeks.

Do you have any wedding themes on-line, I'm looking for ideas?

We are lucky to work with some very creative brides, here are some of their great ideas for you to steal - wedding themes

How do I book?

As the majority of our weddings are recommendations and these couples often book without meeting. At some point before the wedding, I prefer to meet and talk about your photography for your day.

Due to the time and care spent on each wedding, we can only take a limited number of weddings per year, so early booking is advisable. Unfortunately we cannot hold dates, as peak dates are in demand. A booking fee secures your date.

How to choose your wedding photographer

Whether you’re going for a small and intimate or having a big family gathering, your wedding will almost certainly be one of the happiest and most memorable days of your life - not to mention the most expensive! It will also no doubt be the most carefully planned and skilfully organised 24-hours you’ve ever spent, with a ‘To Do’ list as long as your arm.

With many couples today not having access to a huge budget (or parents with deep pockets in which to dip), they are understandably looking for way to cut costs. But even when working with a tight budget, it is still advisable (and possible) to put the quality of your wedding photographs ahead of volume or price. So if it does come down to cost, always go with a reduced coverage package from a highly experienced photographer (and receive a small collection of stunning images) rather than opting for an entire album of mediocre shots, which will only lead to disappointment and some serious post-honeymoon blues.

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