A: Simply get in touch through the website, email, or by phone and I can check availability on your date. If I’m free, I find it great to hold a bit of a Skype chat to get to know you guys, answer any questions and find out if we’re the right fit for each other. If you’d like a face to face meet up thats no problem too, I’m based in lancashire and hold consultation at my home.
A: Getting booked in is really easy, once we’ve had a chat/skype/meet up and you want me to be a part of it all, I’ll send you a link over to complete the online booking form. Theres no contract to sign, at the bottom of the booking form are my terms and conditions of sale (which you will receive a copy of on booking) and by submitting the form, you’re accepting the t’s&c’s which are there to protect both you guys and me.
A: Once you’re all booked in you’ve secured me! Sadly, dates can not be held without a completed booking form and deposit. I’m more than happy to pencil your name on your wedding date but this does not secure it for you, sorry.
A: The booking fee is £250. This secures me for your date and is payable at when completing the online booking form. It can be paid by Debit or Credit Card or by Paypal. The balance for the photography is due around a month before and is payable by bank transfer. If you’d like any products, these can be paid after the wedding when you know what you want!
A: Tim Emmerton (thats me!) is the main photographer and I shoot all my weddings. I also have several other professional photographers who I work with to assist me when people want a second photographer.
A: Depending on the venue and any client requests I like to split up my shots with the Bride and Groom, in the afternoon we’ll get a few shots but usually in mid summer the light is awful, so I might suggest to do some shots in the evening. Magic things happen to light later on in the day and its great to use it. If you want some group photos thats cool too, I’m really efficient with these, all guests and then the VIP’s is good but do recommend no more than 10 line ups, that way you can be free to enjoy the day with your family and friends, which in my book is the way it should be!
A: It’s entirely up to you. There are benefits to having a second photographer, they can provide an additional edge to the photography from different viewpoints, spend time with the groomsmen in the morning and capture more of the guests enjoyment and candid shots. They can also help in speeding up the proceedings of the group shots and provide assistance in the portraits. They are a really good idea for the larger and destination weddings.
A: I currently shoot with Nikon Professional camera equipment. I have several modern professional DSLR bodies (5 at the moment) and an array of lenses, gizmos, professional memory cards. I’m also a member of Nikon Professional Services.
A: I like to be smart presentable but wont be wearing a jacket or a tie as I find they get in the way. I wear leather shoes, smart trousers and a shirt. I have never worn and never will wear jeans, track suits, tee shirts, trainers etc etc at a wedding, lets face it, its a bit inappropriate! :-)
A: Depending on your chosen coverage, I take hundred and hundreds capturing the essence and story of your day but I guarantee at least 400 and you will get every one. Depending on the level of coverage you choose generally clients recieve anywhere between 500 and 1000 images.
A: No, you do not need to worry about copyright. Your images are fully licensed for personal use which means you can print or share them socially. I’ll even help you find some great labs if you want prints. You can’t sell your pics to Hello Mag though!
A: I’m a big fan of covering your wedding story and that kind of does mean from the morning until the evening, but if you fancy less coverage please do ask.
A: Post production is a massive part of the photography process and as a guide for every hour spent at a wedding there are three to four more spent making them look as good as they do. This is all part of the digital manner in which photos are edited. I always aim to ensure your photos are classy and timeless. I never use tacky or dated techniques such as selective colouring, sepia or cyanotype. If you like that, I’m sorry but I’m probably not the right photographer for you, I’m passionate about my style and in 50 years your images should look just as great as the day you got them.
A: This is hugely important to me. All my cameras write to two independent memory cards at the same time. The contents of those cards is more important than anything. As soon as I can, I make thee duplicate copies of all your images on multiple drives which also includes a RAID back up system. Once I’ve completed the editing, and prepared all the images in JPEG format for you (which I recommend you back up as well), I’ll keep two copies of your original raw files on a RAID array, three copies of your Jpegs (Two on a RAID array and one on a DVD-R which will be filed with your booking form. I promise to keep them for 5 years but in reality I have no intention of getting rid of them and if in 50 years time you’ve lost your pics, I’d love to be in a position to help you again.
A: No. Part of the creative process you invest in is the preparation your images, its a huge part of it all. Raw images are a bit like raw meat, I suppose, its like going to a restaurant for an awesome meal and asking the chef for the ingredients as opposed to the meal he can create for you.
A: If you’ve chosen the type of album you want before the wedding all you need to do is let me know the images you would like in there, if not you might want to bob over and have a look at them again to select which style you like. I’ll need to know which album you want before I can design it as they are all laid out differently and have different specifications.
A: No. The price for each level of coverage is all inclusive and the price you book at is the price you will pay on your wedding. The only time additional cost may arise is if any additional travel will be required for the wedding or midweek pre wedding shoot or if you would like to upgrade or add extra products like albums and frames.
A: You’ll have all your digital images around 3 weeks after your wedding.
A: Don’t worry, I have never had this problem. However, to plan for the worst, I am a member of a bank of professional experienced photographers who will take over. In fact, I even have a plan in place for you if I happen to die before or after your big day. Grim, but necessary!
A: I’ve been shooting weddings since 2009 and as of January 2015 I’ve taken the photos for over 300 weddings. I’m a dedicated, professional and full time wedding photographer. That means I don’t have another job, run a portrait studio, or take school photos, or morst importantly “play” at being a wedding photographer in my spare time. I’m passionate about being the best that I can be and regularly retrain myself and invest in professional camera and post production equipment. I drive a modern and reliable vehicle which is fully serviced (which means the chances of me breaking down on the way to your wedding are very slim!).
A: Pretty much! A few years ago I used to take pictures of anything including traditional studio family portraits, events and dogs (I do like taking pics of dogs though!) as a means of income and I decided that it was inappropriate to try and be a “jack of all trades”. When you do this, you never really master something. Thats why I only shoot weddings. Being able to draw on a mass of experience is priceless in making sure that my Brides and Grooms have the best day of their lives.
A: I am fully insured and should a venue ever require it, copies of my insurance certificates are available on request. You should really get wedding insurance too!
A: Yes, this is sometimes requested by people in the public eye. There’s a charge for this service and I’ll create you a bespoke quotation, please let me know if this is important to you and I’ll explain how it works so you are protected.
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