Frequently Asked Questions
All-rounder. People say I have the ability to communicate with many different types of people. I love people. Their quirks. Their stories. I think I stay level-headed in stressful situations. I feed off the pressure of a wedding. Although I am very much in the background at the wedding I can easily get on a table to gather 200 people for a big group shot. I am basically perfect (my wife would say a bit delusional…).
What is the most rewarding part of wedding photography?
When I hand the final product to the bridal couple, and I see smiles of joy mixed with tears. Also, the wedding cake.
What things would you look for in a photographer’s portfolio if you were getting married?
I would look at full weddings. I normally divide a wedding into a few groups. Bridal and preparation, groom and groomsmen, ceremony, couple shoot, group photos, décor and details, and reception. If a photographer is solid in ALL of them, then you are halfway there.
Do you use artificial lighting?
Looking through your portfolio you have some stunning & beautifully lit images. What kind of lighting set-ups do you use when you’re on location?
I love natural light, but sometimes you need a kiss of the flash to add to the image. That's where big soft lighting comes in.
How does copyright work?
I have copyright on all images for commercial purposes. You are welcome to use them for competitions, etc. When your uncle, who owns the venue where you got married, want to use some of the photos in a magazine for advertisements he needs to contact me regarding rates. I do retain the right to publish all wedding photos on my website, advertising mediums, magazines, etc. If you are in a witness protection programme or something and this really will be a problem, please let me know and I will definitely accommodate you.
"HE CAN PHOTOSHOP THAT"
Deposit, bookings and cancellations
Consultation and venue scouting
On the day
My friend/brother/mother is a budding photographer who probably will be shooting as well. Is this fine?
I don’t have a problem as long as they understand that I have a timeframe/plan to which I work. If they are constantly reposing people while I’m busy, then we are wasting everybody’s time. You also don’t want your photos spoiled by a paparazzi in the background. When doing group shots you don’t want everybody looking in different directions because of four cameras. On the red carpet this is fine, but it’s probably going to look silly in your album. If somebody becomes an irritation, I will ask them only once to get out of the way. If they don’t want to, then they can take over. Please remember that you have a professional there. It’s always so sad to see pictures of the happy couple walking out of the church, confetti flying, and both mothers of the couple taking pictures with a cell phone. Rather participate in your children’s special day! I'm there to capture all those special moments.