Frequently asked questions
How long have you been a wedding/event photographer?
I’m a highly experienced professional wedding photographer, based in London. I've been a wedding photographer for about six years, and have worked as a photojournalist and documentary photographer for over 10 years. I have photographed well over 200 weddings. 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 undertake occasional documentary photography projects for charities and the press.
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'.
Can you show me some reviews or testimonials?
Even if you're happy with the quality of the images, it's important to know whether a wedding photographer's previous clients were happy with the overall service. A wedding photographer is going to be around you and all your guests all day, so it's important to hire someone who has got a reputation for being professional, friendly and easy-going.
If you read my reviews page or my Google Reviews you will see that I have over 130 verified five star reviews from my clients. I have more reviews than literally any other professional wedding photographer in the UK, and this should hopefully provide you with assurance that you’d be hiring a reputable, reliable, experienced wedding photographer. My clients have felt that I offer excellent, reasonably priced wedding photography, with a professional yet relaxed and friendly manner.
How many photos can I expect to get?
This will depend on how long you book me for. I provide 50 photos per hour. So, for example, a four hour booking would result in 200 photos, a six hour booking, 300 etc. These will ALL be good photographs - photos with your eyes (half) closed, under/over-exposed, excessively blurred shots etc will have already been removed.
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 if your camera equipment malfunctions on that day?
It's really important that your wedding photographer has at least two cameras on the day. They should both be professional standard cameras. As a rule of thumb, if the camera is worth less than £1,000 it is not a professional standard camera, and it will produce noticeably inferior photographs.
I actually take three cameras to every wedding. I use the Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon 5D Mark II. Both are very high standard professional full frame digital cameras. I also use a Fujifilm X-Pro2 mirrorless camera which is great for candid, reportage shots.
Will you provide the photos to us as high resolution digital files so that we can make our own prints?
Some wedding photographers are stuck in a pre-digital age, where they refuse to give you copies of the high resolution digital files, which means you'll never own your own wedding photographs! And it also means you would have to order prints through your photographer at additional expense.
Whatever package or price we agree, I provide all the photos to you in high resolution (for print up to 12" x 8") as well as low resolution (optimised to share on social media).
I provide you with a DVD or USB of all the images in a vibrant colour finish, 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 an online gallery, 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 21-28 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 our wedding photographs?
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!
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 wedding photographer to step in.
What if you fall ill or you have an emergency or crisis on the day we have booked you?
Why are your prices so low / why are other wedding photographers so expensive?
If you've done any amount of research into London wedding photographer prices already, you'll hopefully recognise that my prices are considerably lower than most other professionals. I regularly check my prices against other high end photographers and my prices are considerably lower.
As i mention in my bio I don't want to be associated with the 'wedding-industrial complex'. I don't want to mark up my prices just because the wedding 'market' is considered lucrative.
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.
Despite my prices being considerably lower than the market average, occasionally people do contact me and ask why I can't photograph a full day wedding for £350! Taking photos is less than half the job. Much of the work of a professional wedding photographer 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. If you factor in all the work I do for your wedding, I would say my fee works out to about £250 a day, which is a lot lower than most freelance rates.
Professional wedding photographers should 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.
I have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.