FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How long have you been an event/wedding photographer?

I’m a highly experienced professional wedding photographer, based in London. I've been doing wedding and event photography for five years. According to 'Find a Wedding Photographer' I'm one of the top wedding photographers in the UK.


I achieved an MA (Distinction) in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the prestigious London College of Communication in 2011. I still do a lot of documentary photography for charities and the press, which you can see on my other website at www.harmitkambo.com. I am considered a pioneer of multimedia photojournalism.


How would you describe your photographic style?

Because I trained in Photojournalism and Documentary, I am very adept at natural, uncontrived, observational, reportage style wedding photography. I won't make you run through corn fields, or put a soft focus sepia tint on all your photos. I think my wedding photography has got an artful, retro, yet contemporary feel. One of my recent clients described my photos as 'soulful'.


Are you experienced? And do you have a good reputation?!

In answer to the first question, yes! I’ve photographed about 200 weddings in the last six years or so. And my reputation? If you read my reviews page or my Google Reviews you will see that I have over 100 verified five star reviews from my clients. I have more reviews than literally any other professional wedding photographer in the UK (and did I mention that they’re all five stars?), and this should hopefully provide you with assurance that you’d be hiring a reputable, reliable, experienced wedding photographer.


How many photos can I expect to get?

This will depend on how long you book me for. For a full day shoot you can expect 400 shots. For a shorter booking, say four hours, you will receive 200.


The photos I provide you will have been edited - so that means out of focus/blurred/eyes (half) closed shots and other duds will have been removed.


As standard I provide one set of images, but most clients opt for a second version as well. Version 1 will be a fairly faithful rendering of the event, but I will still individually brighten each images, increase the colour, saturation and contrast to make every images more vibrant. The optional second version will use an alternative finish on all of the photos – perhaps a classic/vintage black and white style, or an artistic Polaroid, retro colour style.


 
 

Original image                                      Version 1 - Vibrant, natural colour           Version 2 - Vintage/retro/classic (optional)


What image quality can I expect?

I will provide you with very high resolution digital files so that you can get very sharp prints at 12 x 8 inches (many photographers will only provide you with photos printable up to 6 x 4 inches). 


As well as the high resolution images, I will also provide you with smaller, low resolution versions of all the images, suitable for uploading on to Facebook and Instagram, and for general browsing on your computer.


What do you actually provide as the final product?

I provide you with a DVD of all the images in both a vibrant colour and an optional retro colour or black and white style, all in high and low resolution. I will also upload the low resolution photos to a private, password-protected gallery on my galleries website, which you can share with friends and family.


How long do I have to wait before I get the photos?

I will send you a link to the online gallery of photos 14-28 days after your wedding. Once you are happy with the photos, and have paid the balance, I will send you a DVD of all the high and low resolution images within a week.


If you need the images faster than this, do let me know at the point where you are confirming the booking, and I will ensure I get the photographs to you by the date you need them. 


Do we have copyright over the photographs you shoot for us?

The simple answer is YES. If you pay me to take photographs, they are YOUR photographs. I will provide all the images to you in a high resolution, suitable for printing at up to 12”x8”. As long as you don’t sell them commercially or pass them off as the work of someone else, you are free to do whatever you want with them.


I think a lot of other wedding photographers can be really unreasonable on this front. Many will only provide you with high resolution images that are printable at 6”x4” and make you pay for larger files. Some won’t even give you the digital files at all. So even if you don’t use me, do select a wedding photographer who will be happy to give you large size high resolution photos without any nonsense about copyright!


What camera equipment do you use?

I always take two cameras with me to every shoot like any professional wedding photographer should. This gives me creative choices as I'm snapping away, but more importantly it means I've got a back up if one camera malfunctions (while this has never happened, like any other technology, it's always possible).


I use a Canon 5D Mark III as my main camera and a Canon 5D Mark II as my back up. Both are exceptionally good ‘full frame’ cameras, which means they give you sharp and very large digital files. They are the standard cameras that top professional photographers and photojournalists use. Indeed they are amongst the very best DSLR cameras out there.


I use a MacBook Pro and up to date Adobe software, such as Photoshop and Lightroom.


Are you insured?

Yes. I have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.


It’s important for you that your photographer is insured, for example in case of accidents (e.g. if someone at your wedding trips over a tripod and hurts themselves). If your photographer is not insured, in some circumstances it can mean that you are liable for accidents that involve a photographer you have hired.


Read more on the Wedding Secrets website.


What if you fall ill or you have an emergency or crisis on the day we have booked you?

I take my work extremely seriously, and I’ve never cancelled or been late. I know that your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and the photographs are going to hold your precious memories.


While there has never been a need for it, I can easily arrange a back up. I am a member of a collective of professional photographers so that if there is a crisis, I can ask a reputable, professional colleague to step in.


At what point do I pay you?

Once we agree on a package and a fee, I require a booking fee to be paid to confirm the booking. A further payment is then due one month prior to the wedding.


About 2-4 weeks after the wedding I will email you a link to a gallery of the edited photos. Once you are happy with these, you will need to pay the balance, after which I will post you a DVD of the photographs.


This payment structure protects you in that you only pay part of the fee before the event, and you pay the balance only when you are happy with the photos.


What are your prices?

See my prices and packages here. I offer a high-end service, producing artistic, high quality, high resolution images at affordable prices. You will see from my reviews page that my clients have been impressed with the aesthetic quality of my work, the quick delivery of the finished product, and my flexible, relaxed good-humoured and highly organised approach.


I regularly check my prices against other high end photographers and my prices are competitive.


Do also bear in mind that taking photos is only half the job. Much of my work is in the post-production. This is where good photos become great photos that you will cherish. The fees I charge mean that you get a great deal of care and professionalism, before, during and after the event.


But if you really like the style of my photos but I’m out of your budget range, do contact me and I can offer you a low cost wedding photographer package.




 

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