Frequently Asked Questions

What are your rates?

I have three main wedding packages, each priced as follows:

  • Deluxe full coverage (includes a fine art photo book) – £1,800
  • Standard full coverage (includes a coffee table style photo book) – £1,350
  • Digital full coverage (no book included, digital files on USB memory stick) – £1,200

Each package covers from preparation through to about half an hour after your first dance. See my wedding package page for a more comprehensive list of what I cover.

If you would like me to attend for a shorter time, for example you don’t need me for your evening party or if you only want me to attend your ceremony, I can potentially accommodate this for you, however I limit shorter coverage for winter months and mid-week bookings. 

How long will you stay at my wedding for?

Normally until around half an hour after your first dance. This way I get a nice selection of photos of everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. I then slope off and let you enjoy the rest of your evening. If you would like me to stick around a little longer – for instance if you have a band playing etc. I am happy to do that, for no extra cost.

If I want to meet you before I book, how do I arrange this?

It’s always a good idea to meet before committing to anything. A good rapport with your photographer is as important as the photographs themselves. After all, I’ll be spending all day with you! I am happy to arrange a meeting with you, either at my home (in Horsforth, Leeds) where you will have full access to my digital galleries and books, or perhaps at your wedding venue. I can always arrange a telephone meeting instead if more convenient.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

I call it a booking fee, as once it is paid, your booking is secured. A non-refundable booking fee of 25% of your chosen package is required. On booking I give you an invoice for your records. This details ways you can pay – either bank transfer, cash or cheque.

How do I book?

Either in person, over the phone or via email. You fill in and sign a booking form, which I keep on record. You also receive a copy plus full terms and conditions. Once your booking form is completed and your booking fee paid (either by bank transfer, cheque or cash), you’re all set!

After booking you will I see you again before my wedding day?

Yes, I include a pre-wedding consultation in my package. I think it’s nice to meet you again a little closer to your wedding day. This is often at your venue itself. We can almost do a walk through of your day and go over the finer details.

When is my final balance due?

Your remaining balance is due one month before your wedding date. I invoice you about two months in advance so you have plenty of notice. You can pay either by bank transfer, cheque or cash – details on your invoice.

What are engagement or pre-wedding shoots?

Engagement photo shoots (or pre-wedding shoots) are photo shoots that take place in the weeks or months ahead of your wedding. It’s a nice opportunity for you to get used to being in front of the camera, and to get an idea of how you will feel on the day. It’s always nice to have a set of pro photos to compliment your wedding photos too. Some clients decide to display some of their engagement photos at their wedding or even make a guest book with some of the photos.

I don’t offer these as standard as not everyone wants one. I offer engagement shoots for an extra £150. Find out more about engagement shoots.

Do you work alone or with a second shooter?

I normally work alone. If you would like a dedicated second shooter, to capture the grooms preparations up to the wedding breakfast, I can arrange this for an extra £300. You receive a bigger selection of photographs with a second shooter as you will get the perspective from the prep of both party’s.

Do I need to send you a list of photographs I would like in advance?

The majority of photographs that I take are very natural and in a candid style. I document your day as it unfolds, so I do not need a list for the majority. However, there will be a selection of group, more formal type shots that you may want. I ask you to let me know your shot list for these photographs in advance. I also suggest to couples that you might want to let your guests know who you’re planning to be included in the group shots, then it’s not too much of a surprise on the day. I normally get an usher or bridesmaid on board to help me round guests up – it makes everything run a little smoother.

I include a copy of some suggested group shots in your booking form for you to fill in. I will remind you nearer the time about this of course. We normally discuss group shots at your pre-wedding consultation meeting too. During this time, we can also discuss locations of group shots. If we meet at your venue, then it’s an ideal time to have a walk through, and source these out. Sometimes a particular spot may have a fabulous backdrop, but if it’s bright sunshine, the photos just aren’t going to look great. I may suggest a shadier spot, or suggest doing a few later on in the evening when the light is better. We photographers love a bit of evening light – it really is the best! In fact, if your timetable allows it, evenings can be fabulous for some couple portraits too.

If it happens to be pouring with rain, we may need to relocate inside. Again, we can go through options during the pre-wedding consultation. 

I like to keep the group shots very light hearted too and very laid back. Please don’t judge me if I start telling really bad jokes!

How long will I have to wait to receive my photographs?

I aim to get a sneak peek to you within a day or two of you wedding, this is where I share you the link to your own personalised online gallery. I also share a few on my social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Instagram etc).

Once your photos are edited and ready, your online gallery will be fully updated with your complete set (with high resolution digital download option) and you will receive a copy of your print ready images on a USB memory stick in the post. I aim to get your photos to you as soon as possible, during busy times, this will be between six and eight weeks after your wedding.

Do you provide me with all the photographs that you take at my wedding?

No. The ones I exclude are often near duplicates of the ones you receive anyway – plus the ones where someone walks into shot at the last moment, or somebody blinks/touches their face. I highly doubt you’d like copies of these photos! My style is documentary, not too staged, not too set up so the photos you receive are all unique and tell the story of your day.

Do you include any photo books / prints in your packages?

For my deluxe wedding packages you receive a 10″ x 10″, 60 page (30 spreads) fine art book. For my coffee table wedding package you receive a 40 page (20 spreads) photo book included in the price. If you are booking either of these packages, once you have had time to look through your photographs, select your favourites (around 100 for the deluxe package, or 65 for the coffee table package) that you would like to include in your book (you can do this by highlighting them as with a star in your online gallery). You agree the layout and design of your book before I send to print.

I don’t include prints in my packages, but you can purchase these separately via your online gallery store.

If you have booked the digital package and would like add on a book or two, you can do so at any time. Have a look at my wedding packages page to see my other package options.

Can my friends and family view and buy photographs from my wedding?

Yes. I upload your edited photographs to a password protected online gallery. You can share the link to the gallery with friends and family, plus purchase individual prints directly from the gallery. Visit the pricing page for further information. Your photographs will be available online for a minimum of three months.

Can I order extra photo books or prints?

Yes. You can order extra books in a variety of sizes and styles. You can choose from beautifully handmade fine art books to more informal, coffee table style books. You can also order prints in a variety of sizes directly from your online gallery. For further information, please contact me.

Can I arrange my own printing of my photographs?

Yes. I grant you licence allowing you to print and share your photographs directly from your USB memory stick.

Do I get full copyright of the photographs?

Not copyright, but you do receive a licence to make your own personal prints and share online or via email etc. As long you don’t sell them or claim you took the photographs yourself, then I’m pretty happy! If you are contacted via a third party, for example a wedding venue, supplier or a blogger, requesting to use some of your photos for their marketing, please do contact me and make me aware first. I am generally more than happy to let them do so (as long as you are of course), but they will need my permission first. Plus I would like to be credited accordingly. Similarly, if I am contacted by a third party wishing to use any photographs, I will contact you in advance and make you aware and that you’re happy for them to do so.

Do you charge extra for travel?

If your wedding and reception take place within Yorkshire, then no. For travel outside of Yorkshire, I charge an extra 55p per mile (from the Yorkshire border). If I am travelling to a far off corner of the country or abroad for your ceremony, I will have to consider accommodation and potentially other travel costs – such as flights etc. This would be worked into your quote and agreed with you before booking.

Will I need to feed you?

As a general rule, I rarely turn down food! It is up to you though. It is always lovely to be fed – it’s a long day so I do appreciate it – but if you cannot accommodate I can arrange my own grub. Just let me know in advance so I can bring a packed lunch if needs be. I don’t tend to take photographs when you are enjoying your wedding breakfast anyway – people eating tend not to be the best photos – so I normally use this time to refuel and back up photographs from the day so far.

Do you back-up your photographs?

Yes, in several ways. I back up your images to a hard drive at least once during your wedding day. As soon as I get home I do a double back-up as well. I also store a copy of your photographs in ‘the cloud’.

What do you do if you are ill and cannot shoot my wedding?

If (fingers crossed this does not happen) I become too ill or injured and I cannot shoot your wedding, I will do everything possible to book a replacement wedding photographer. If a replacement photographer cannot be found I of course would repay you in full (including the booking fee).

What do I do if I change my venue, rearrange my date or wish to cancel the photography?

Changes to your venue or other important details must be submitted in writing to me at least 14 days before your wedding date. Changing the date of your wedding must be submitted in writing and will be honoured if I have availability. Additional fees may be incurred if planning to change your date to over one year after your original wedding date, or if you plan to travel further afield. I am happy to chat through all these options with you.

If I am not available for your new wedding date, I will attempt to hire an associate photographer to shoot on my behalf. The associate photographer will work for me and undertake all the photography on the wedding day and will pass on the images me for editing and post production. Communications, payments, image delivery, album creation and after sales will continue though me. If sadly I am unable to assign an associate photographer for your big day, then you will have to cancel your contract and forfeit your booking fee (plus a further 25% of your balance if cancelling within 12 weeks of the original wedding date).

Are you insured?

Yes, I am fully insured including: equipment, public liability, professional indemnity insurance and business interruption.

If I loose or damage my USB memory stick are you able to send me a replacement?

I aim to keep a copy of your photographs on file for five years. However, I suggest making a back-up of your photos from the memory stick when you receive it. Saving them on a hard drive and your computer (or in ‘the cloud’) ensures that they won’t be lost if your memory stick gets damaged or lost further down the line. If the worst happens, do contact me and if I can replace it I will do for a small fee. (To cover postage and the actually cost of the memory stick).

Will you use the photographs from my wedding on your website or social media?

Potential clients will always want to see a broad range of examples of weddings that I have shot – as I am sure you do as you’re looking at my website now. Within a day or two of your wedding I normally do a little social media update with a sneak peek of some of your photos. I send you a link so you can tag yourselves/share etc. I also keep a blog of recent weddings on my website, update my gallery pages and share the links on my social media channels. Finally, I use some sample images for client meetings, advertising and to showcase my work at wedding fayres. If you did object to any particular photos being used, I am happy to review and take down any you would not liked to be used. Please talk to me in advance of your wedding if you have any concerns over image usage.

Will you be able to take photographs of the ceremony? I have heard that sometimes registrars and ministers do not always allow this

I will if I can. I do suggest you check with your venue and whoever is performing your ceremony in advance what their rules are. Sometimes I am restricted on what photographs I can take. I do not tend to use any flash during ceremonies anyway, but sometimes simply the reassurance that this won’t happen is enough to allow more photographs to be taken. I’d hate for you to be disappointed to find out you cannot have photographs of the most important bit of the day of you weren’t informed of this in advance.

If the opportunity for me to meet with the person performing the ceremony in advance arises, I like to introduce myself too. It can just put them at ease that I’m not going to take over at all. I like to set off to the venue (or go downstairs if you’re getting ready at the same place) at least 15 minutes before you do in order to speak to the people running the show as it were. Of course, if I get to meet the venue staff during the pre-wedding consultation, then even better!

When will you arrive for prep photographs?

This is up to you. Normally this is about two hours before you need to leave, but I can be there from just after brekkie if you like or you may wish a bit more privacy and for me to get there about 40 minutes before you need to leave.

I need to leave to get to the venue around 15/20 minutes before you’re due to set off (I’m not so strict if you’re getting ready at the same place as your ceremony). This makes sure I can park my car and get sorted ahead of you arriving. I will also snap some photos of your venue and guests arriving.

If you can be ready about half an hour before you need to leave, then I can make sure I get those ‘first look’ photos.

Find out more

Find out more about my wedding packages, or you have any questions not covered here, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!