Frequently Asked Questions

Weddings

WHERE ARE YOU BASED & HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I am based in Manchester.  I will travel anywhere in the UK or abroad!  If your Wedding is taking place outside of a 30 mile radius of Manchester then a fee for travel allowance will be added to your chosen wedding Package at a rate per mile.  If the venue is over a 2 hour drive then accommodation may be requested but only I feel it necessary.

If you are thinking of a Destination Wedding then that’s great too!  I would work out a suitable fee for travel and accommodation with you at the time of your quote & consultation. A real advantage of having a local photographer at your wedding abroad is you will get to know me before the day and you know what to expect!

WILL YOU VISIT OUR VENUE BEFORE OUR WEDDING?
Yes, logistically of course.  I like to have a walk round with you both to see what you like, or don’t like, about it.  This is also a chance to come up with locations for shots and wet weather options, so we have a plan on the day.
HOW LONG WILL YOU SPEND AT OUR WEDDING?
Depending on which Package you choose if can be anywhere from 2-12 hours!
CAN WE HAVE AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT?
Sure you can!  Engagement shoots are already included in my Diamond Package but if you wish to add this on to the other packages offered for £95, then that’s great.
HOW MUCH TIME DO WE NEED TO ALLOW FOR PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE DAY?
If you are having Bridal &/or Groom prep then I like to be with you 2 hours prior to the ceremony so I am not rushing getting those detailed shots of your dress, shoes, flowers, rings etc.  I like to allocate 20-30 minutes for group shots as long as you have given me a list of essential family and groups shots this (should) be fairly smooth!  I will follow this with your Newlywed shots and we should aim to allocate 30-40 minutes for these images.
DO YOU TAKE FORMAL GROUP SHOTS?
If that’s what you would like yes!  I ask that you provide me with a list prior to the day of essential group and family shots that you really want.  This helps me hugely when rounding up guests!
DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH FOOD?
It would be nice.   It can be difficult being on your feet for up to 12 hours without refreshments and I want to be on top form for your evening Reception!
DO YOU HAVE AN ASSISTANT OR SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER?
I usually work alone but if you specifically request a second shooter then I can provide one at an extra fee that will be discussed with you with at your quote and consultation.
HOW LONG WILL WE NEED TO WAIT TO SEE OUR WEDDING PHOTOS?
I like to share a few sneak peek images with you on my Facebook page and website blog within a few weeks of your Wedding.  Editing your Wedding day takes a minimum of 6 weeks due to the amount of images I have to go through and the nature of the gallery.  This can sometimes increase to 8 weeks during the busy Summer months.   You will then be provided with access to an online gallery for you to view privately.
HOW MANY PICTURES DO WE GET IN OUR GALLERY?
Depending on which Package you decide on then you can expect between 100-700.
CAN FAMILY & FRIENDS ORDER PRINTS?
Yes!  Your guests will be given a separate password to your gallery, when you are ready to give it out of course, so they can view and purchase prints/canvases as they wish.
CAN WE PUT OUR WEDDING PHOTOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Of course!  I love nothing better than seeing your beautiful images on Facebook and Instagram.  I just ask that you don’t put filters over them when you post, I spend a long time making your images perfect already.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?

If you want to meet for a coffee and no obligation chat or just make a question I haven’t covered, please contact me with the following:

  • Your names:
  • Wedding Ceremony Venue:
  • Wedding Date (if set)
  • Reception Venue:
  • Contact Details:
  • Where you live:
  • A photo of you with a penguin (I wonder if you read this far!)

If you decide to book me for your special day a £200 non refundable booking fee is required to reserve your Wedding date, this is deducted from your package balance.  You can complete my contact form here!  I look forward to hearing from you! 

All Other Sessions

HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION TAKE?
Sessions are usually 1 hour long but this can vary on a number of factors (weather, children etc).  Cake smashes have 2 hours allocated – it can take children anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes to destroy that cake & we finish with a little bubble bath for their splash images.  Newborn session can take anywhere between 2-4 hours depending on how sleepy baby is and how many feeds it takes to get them into that deep sleep in order for them to be posed comfortably.
WHAT DO WE WEAR?
Whatever you are most comfortable in!  Here are some useful  tips on what to wear in family photos or at your engagement session:

  1. Wear pastel colours: light grey, blue, light pink, beige, peach and so on. Pastel colours look really good on camera.  Although don’t be afraid to go bold as well – they can really pop on camera!
  2. Avoid large prints no lines or dots or brand names – they really stand out!  Prints tend to “steal” the focus away from smiles and faces, so it’s better to avoid them completely.
  3. You do not have to exactly match colours, just coordinate them.  Matching colours don’t really look good because they add too much uniformity to the overall look.  Try not to wear to many colours though as this can become distracting.   Coordinating colours is the best solution (see examples below):
  4. Dress casually.  You need to feel comfortable during your session, so it’s best to go with a casual look. Make sure that your outfit is easy to move around in and fits you well. The better you feel in your clothes, the more relaxed you will be during your shoot, which will result in you looking your best in your photos!
  5. Avoid wearing plain black or white, which can create a washed out look.
MY CHILD IS A LITTLE SHY. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?
I have a number of tricks to bring your little one out of their shell – from jokes to games to a squeaky parrot to get those most natural smiles from them.  I have 3 children of my own so I know patience and contacting with them is key.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD ISN'T HAPPY?
I will do everything I can to capture quality images. However, we all have our off days & if your child just won’t settle or they completely refuse to participate in the session resulting in little or no images being taken then a re-shoot at a suitable time will be offered – for Newborn sessions it cannot be guaranteed that this will be in the 2 weeks time frame.
HOW LONG WILL MY IMAGES TAKE?
From your shoot to completing your gallery will usually have a 2 week turnaround.  Although in high season, such as Summer this can be extended to 4 weeks.  A Wedding gallery has a minimum of 6 weeks editing time due to the nature of the gallery and amount of images you will expect to receive.
CAN WE USE THE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Of course!  I love to see the lovely images I have captured for you on social media once you have received them!  I will also provide you with a low resolution, watermarked Facebook preview within a few days of the session. Clients are free to tag and share this as they wish.  I just ask that you don’t screen shot any images from your gallery that you have not decided to purchase online.
HOW DO WE BOOK YOU?
As soon as you have decided you would like a shoot with me then please get in touch via my website, email, phone/text or through my Facebook page for availability.  A £50 booking fee is required to secure your date and time and will be deducted from the overall package price you have decided on.

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Please get in touch if you are interested in any of the packages or have any questions.  My packages are not set in stone and can be adjusted to your requirements, please get in touch for a personal quote.

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