Lots of questions will arise during the planning stage so I have taken the time to jot down some of the ones I often get quizzed about and the most straightforward answers I can think of to help you.
How do we secure our date with you?
A signed contract, which can be done online, and a £300 booking fee which is best done by a bank transfer. The remaining balance is due one month before your wedding date.
Do you travel for weddings?
Yes, please! I am based in Aberdeenshire and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning venues but I would love to hear more about an adventure you have planned elsewhere. Travel and accommodation charges may apply but please ask.
Have you got insurance?
Absolutely! My insurance covers me and my equipment for all the adventures we go on.
How long do we have to wait to see our images?
I work to a four-six week turn around. Once your images are ready I will email you a link to an online gallery and password for you to see first. If you want, I can then change the password to anything you like and you can share the gallery link with your friends and family.
What about prints?
I would encourage you to make as many as possible from your USB. Every photo you get from me is retouched and ready for printing. Your friends and family can purchase prints from your online gallery, pay online and have them posted directly to them – saves you any hassle.
One photographer or two?
Really it’s up to you. One of the advantages of upgrading the package to have two is that myself and my second shooter can split in the morning during prep and my second can also capture your guests arriving. This is particularly good if the prep is taking place at a different location from where the ceremony is being held.
If it is all in one venue I can work my way around the prep areas and ceremony set up but having two means the level of banter is stepped up a notch!
Having two will result in more images but it depends on your budget and I would be happy to chat with you in more detail if you can’t decide.
Who are your second shooters?
I have a fab wee team of professional photographers I rely on to work alongside me. They compliment my work, have the same vision and energy as me as well as a similar level of chat and laughs. These photographers run their own photography businesses and are by no means my 'assistant' - yes, they are on hand to help both my couples and me but their main aim is to capture your day from a different angle.
How do you edit the photos?
I steer clear from heavy photoshopping or special effects which will date the images - I prefer to make small adjustments which brings out the best in each frame.
Do you do video?
I don't, only photos, but I would be happy to recommend some awesome videographers who are great at what they do, are fun to have around on the day and that I have tried and tested on the wedding day dream team. You can read more here about other fab wedding vendors here.
Can we buy a wedding album from you?
Of course! There are so many different styles, sizes, colours and paper types to choose from. They start from £400 and you are welcome to come to my studio and see what is on offer. You can add this to your package either before or after your wedding.
Do you offer an engagement/pre wedding shoot?
Yes. This is a great way to put yourself at ease in front of a camera and I know loads of good locations for a shoot. You can add this on to your package when you book or at a later date - whatever you prefer.
Is there a limit to how many photos we'll receive?
No. I give you all the good shots, retouched and ready for printing, this is typically between 600-900 images.
Will my dress get dirty?
Probably! The likelihood is that your dress will get dirty (and bridal shops will hunt me down for saying this) but you only wear it once and your photos last a lifetime. I often like to take the road less travelled so we will lift your dress up and go for it. An alternative pair of shoes might be worth considering – flats, converse, wellies – so we can move a little faster and worry less about your heels sinking in grass, jump through the barley fields and splash in the puddles, which leads nicely on to…
What if it rains?
Rain never hurt anyone and seemingly it brings good luck! We will do all the shots inside that we can and if it still doesn’t stop raining we will grab a brolly and go outside anyway. Just you two, me and my camera. We will be quick and we don’t need to venture too far, I promise you it will be worth it.
Can we request some family/friend group shots?
Yes, I think family groups are important as it isn’t often you are altogether and looking so good. It is best to condense the groups and not have too many as you don’t want to be standing in one spot for too long. We will discuss these when we meet before your big day.
Do we meet in person before the wedding day?
If face-to-face allows then I love to grab a cuppa with my couples around a week or two before your wedding day. I realise this is a busy time for you so we can always do a call or video call if you would prefer. By then your plans, timings and guest list will be finalised and we can chat it all through so I know where you need to be and when, who is all involved in your day, any family conflicts (it is pretty common so don’t stress if there are any such issues) and I will be able to be your extra bridesmaid, wingman and PA all day.
What is your availability?
I am currently taking bookings for 2022 and 2023 and I have some 2021 availability.
If I haven’t answered all your questions then please get in touch