Some of the frequently asked questions. If there is still something you’re unsure about or would like to ask, get in touch!
Where are you based?
I am currently based in Edinburgh and available to travel within the UK or for destination weddings.
Will you travel and what are your travel costs?
I will travel wide and far for you! Free of charge within Edinburgh area and at actual travel cost (car rental, train, etc.) everywhere else. For early start/late night on location, I might require overnight accommodation.
What’s your gear?
I’m dedicated Canon-person. I currently shoot with Canon 6D and Canon 5D MkII with 24-70, 50 and 85mm prime lenses. I always have 2 cameras on hand just in case! I also love to use Polaroid (Instax Wide) and can bring it along for your guests to use! In my personal photography, I often employ film cameras.
Will we meet in person before the wedding?
Of course! If it’s possible I’d love to meet you in person (or over Skype) to get to know you and learn about your personality and style, it’s essential that we’re not strangers on your Day. At the meeting I’d like to discuss your ideas, maybe see some of your inspiration and can also give you some advice with all photography-related – such as best times for couple photoshoot, the lighting of the venue, etc.
What is the booking process? Do you have a contract & deposit?
After the initial meeting, a wedding photography contract can be signed in person or online. To confirm booking I charge a deposit of 25%-50% price. Payment can be done via bank transfer or PayPal. Afterwards, I will need you to answer a pre-wedding questionnaire to get all the details about your day, such as timing, vendors and any other things I should know.
What can I do to prepare for wedding photoshoot?
I love Pinterest boards and visual inspirations, so I always recommend that you gather some inspiration for your photoshoot before our initial meeting to show me what your style is (or what you don’t like). If you want we can also arrange pre-wedding or engagement couple photo session so you can get comfortable in front of the camera.
Do you have a second shooter?
I usually work on my own but I can bring along the second shooter if needed.
Are you insured?
Yes, am fully insured.
Is there anything you need on the wedding day?
I should have all the information ready in your pre-wedding questionnaire, if anything changes please let me know, also make me aware of any surprises or traditions.
If I’m working without an assistant I would usually request to have somebody from family on hand for group photographs with a list of desired shots to help it run smoothly.
For portraits of the couple, it’s ideal to reserve about 30-45 minutes. If possible during later hours in the afternoon.
During the reception, I would appreciate having a dedicated place somewhere in the corner where I can sit down and store my equipment or grab a bite during a quieter period.
Shall we provide food for you?
On full day events, I reserve short break for lunch during a quieter period. I am vegetarian and happy to bring my own lunch. If the lunch is provided, I’d request to be seated individually /if possible/ so I don’t have to disturb the guests if I suddenly get up to take pictures.
When can we expect first photographs?
As a little treat, you can expect first few photographs right next day after your wedding. I usually do a small selection of my favourite shots so you can share the happy news!
Do you do any post-production and what’s the process for delivery?
Oh yes! During the day I usually take 1500+ shots. I carefully go through all of them and to select and edit for the final selection. As I am all about quality and want to provide just the best experience for my clients I don’t provide unedited photos. After you approve the selection online and payment is made to my account in full, photos are being delivered on USB via Royal Mail or in an online gallery. The process usually takes no longer than 6 weeks. From the final selection, you can choose the photos to use in your album which I design and send you for approval before it goes to print.
Will the photos have any watermarks?
No, all final photos are watermark free and ready to print and frame. I use watermarks only for selection preview. But as the final photos are watermark free, there is no easy way for people who might like them to learn who took them, so I’d request if you could credit me when you use them on social media by linking to my website.
Do you do prints and wedding albums?
Yes, I offer personalized fine art wedding albums and prints either as part of the collection or add-on. Get in touch for more details.
Will the photos be published?
If not agreed otherwise, by working with me you kindly agree with sharing the photos in my portfolio, blog, social media and associated websites (wedding blogs, directories, etc.) as a presentation of my work. You also agree to retain my copyright when possible (by linking to my portfolio and/or social media) and not use or supply photographs for any commercial purpose. You’re granted full printing rights with the photographs for your personal use.
What’s your qualification and experience?
My first wedding was back in 2012 and I’ve been shooting them ever since as well as portraiture, fashion, and editorial photography. Not that I would think that official qualification is needed in our field, with so many resources and so many great talented self-taught photographers out there, but I hold a Professional Diploma in Photography (DiS.) and am currently working towards a BA(Hons) at Edinburgh University. Still, I believe that I learned most by simply doing what I love and working with so many creative people!