How many images do you take on the wedding day?
As many as it takes! Usually a Full Day would yield around 850 images. My approach is contemporary, I work 80% as a photo journalist (natural photos but with the hindsight of past weddings I can expect certain emotions to unravel throughout the day and position myself accordingly to capture them in the best light). I also focus on everything that you’ve worked so hard in preparing by consulting with you in great detail prior to the wedding. Lastly, I set up a lot of photos similar to a film director, my images rarely have you holding a pose, you’ll mostly be engaged in an action, this allows you to interact with the camera but most importantly to have fun with those around you and giving you the freedom to improvise.
Do you do frames or prints?
Yes, I can offer you a variety of frames from traditional wooden frames to acrylic magnets. From desktop prints to large canvas prints. It’s best to see them in person.
Can I have black and white and color images in my coverage?
Yeap, you’ll have the option of having black and white, sepia black and white or color images and for those who have the time to sit down with me, I’m always eager to do something new, something different. I’m also open to new ideas that you might have and I’ll do my best to accomodate you. That’s the best thing about Give us a goo wedding packages as I do all the post processing and in house design. Only the printing and framing is outsourced to specialists in Europe.
How many photographers will be at my wedding?
You will always have me as your main wedding photographer. My wife, Patricia will generally join us on the day if it’s a large wedding.You wouldn’t believe how many jobs she can tackle at once, from emergency clipping of the brides dress to capturing amazing photographic details of the wedding.
Do I pay extra for the additional assistant photographer?
No. Patricia is there to ensure that the day runs smoothly and that I have someone to rely on at all times in case of emergencies. However, there are times when she is unavailable, if you would like an assitant photographer then please make the request at least two months before the wedding day.
What’s your style of photography?
To remain calm, in control, relaxed and to anticipate the moments that arise throughout your wedding day. Generally I supply couples with a mix of group shots, creative staged shots (quirky, fun, romantic, moody) and also unique natural shots taken as the day unfolds. I am not a press photographer with a trigger finger blindly shooting you like a celeb. I’m as discrete as possible but not like a creepy voyeur, I try hard to be like an old friend, to make you as comfortable as possible with me and the camera, to photographically manage family and friends in a positive manner.
Do I have to purchase an album from you?
No. You are not required to purchase the albums from me, but if you do, you will have a completely customised album as I don’t outsource any design work at all. I design all my albums using only professional imaging software such as Adobe Indesign and Photoshop.
I feel that because I am in complete control of the entire process from taking the photos to the creation of a storybook album, what my clients receive is a genuine customised album. Too many photographers are relying heavily on digital templates from outsourced companies which means your album looks pretty much the same as everyone elses.
Also, because I don’t outsource any of my albums, I can keep the costs down which is passed onto you. Happy days for all. There is a slight catch, the album can take awhile to create and print, so expect between 2 – 6 months from when you choose your photos before your album is ready for collection.
Do you offer internet hosting of my images?
Yes. I will host your images online to share with family and friends . I now include your own wedding website for as long as I’m in business no matter what wedding package you choose! Not only that but the full resolution files are available online as a back up just incase anything was to happen.
Is there an engagement session included in the package?
Yeap. If you would like, when we arrange to meet I’ll have my camera and take a couple of shots to show you just how easy it is to take professional photographs no matter what the location. All engagement photographs will be supplied to you via an online password protected website. If you’re happy with the shoot and securely book me for your wedding day then you can choose an engagement image free of charge to print at whatever size you choose, wherever you choose! For an additional fee, I can print & frame the image.
Do we select the photographs that go into our album?
Definitely. I find the best way is for you to view the proofs in the comfort of your own home and shortlist your favourite shots. I then provide an initial design which can be changed as much or little as you wish. Ultimately it is your album, I’ll provide design advice, but it is entirely up to you as to what images you choose and how involved you would like to be.
Do we have a choice of album styles?
Yes. I have a large variety of album styles to choose from, so many styles you’ll really have to meet me to get a good idea of what suits you.
Do you require a booking fee and if so, how much?
Please note that a non-refundable booking deposit of €150 must be paid to secure your wedding day. The remaining amount must then be paid before the wedding day or on the day itself. The sooner the deposit is paid then the sooner I can guarantee to cover your wedding on that day. Please understand that because most weddings happen during March and November, there are only so many weekends I can work and it is in your best interest to secure a wedding date as soon as possible.
What happens if we want to cancel our booking?
I require a letter / email confirming that the booking is to be cancelled. The booking deposit is non-refundable. If you’d like to change your wedding date then it’s subject to availability. To transfer your booking we require written confirmation by letter / email.
Can we change the date of our booking?
Yes, subject to availability. To transfer your booking we require written confirmation by letter / email.
What’s the difference between half-day and full-day coverage?
There are some couples who may not want the bridal/groom preparation photographs. They may not even want any reception photos. All they want is photo coverage of the ceremony and a couple of shots of them or their guests later. So if the shoot takes less than four hours it’s considered half-day coverage. It usually breaks down as follows:
:: 1 hour early arrival to ceremony location
:: 1 hour ceremony
:: 1 hour photographs of couple, family and guests
:: 1 hour to cover late start, more photos and the possiblity of early reception photos*
*If the ceremony and reception are held at the same location or extremely close to each other then I will take as many photographs as possible of the reception until the four hours is up!
I got married but I didn’t use you as a photographer. Can you use his/her images to create an album?
As long as the other photographer has given you licence to use his/her images in an album of your own design then I don’t see why not. However, depending on the quality of the photographs that you supply me with will depend on the quality of the album. The price will also depend on how much post production work is necessary to create a professional wedding storybook album. It’s really best if you give me a ring and we can arrange to meet and see the photos that was taken by your photographer.
With regards to testimonials & recommendations, is it possible to get in touch with a bride or groom that you photographed?
Absolutely, I have several couples who are willing to talk to anybody about my work. For privacy reasons I can’t list their contact details online but am more than willing to give you their details by email. However, my advice when looking for any wedding supplier is to use forums such as weddings online, mrs2be, boards.ie and of course facebook for recommendations, tips and advice.