How long have you been doing this for?
I've been a full-time freelance photographer since 2009 and I've shot hundreds of weddings in that time - as an assistant first and on my own since around 2011. Photography is my career - to see what else I shoot see my personal website here or the Haarkon website here.
What kind of camera do you have?
I use Canon DSLR's and I always have a couple with me as a back-up. It's a digital kit; I shoot RAW and I try to do it as quietly and inconspicuously as possible. My cameras don't beep and I try not to use flash - hopefully there's enough natural/ambient light to keep me happy but sometimes needs must.
What time will you arrive?
1-2 hours before you're ready to leave for the ceremony (or 2 hours before the ceremony begins if you're getting ready in the ceremony venue) and that helps me warm up, helps you get used to me being around and we get the first part of the story. I ask you to choose one of you for me to be with at this point - unless you're both getting ready 3 doors down from one-another and I can easily photograph bits of both parties. It makes it easier and less stressful to know that I'm not chopping and changing location too much.
How many images will I get?
That varies depending on your wedding plans and how the day pans out. I also think that it's important to give you a story, so one image might not make sense on it's own but next to another it comes to life. On average I'd say around 350 though.
What happens if it rains?
You still get married, we still take pictures and maybe you're surprised at how much fun it is to let go and not care what the weather is doing.
Do you prefer colour or black and white?
I work on each image individually to bring out the best in them and so often you'll end up with a mixture of the two. I believe it gives a different depth to the story and of course is very forgiving if you specified a black tie dress code and Aunty Nora didn't get the memo.
Do you do group shots?
Of course, if you want them. Most people decide that they're not that fussed and that's okay too.
What time will you leave?
Again that depends on your plans. Generally I leave just after the first dance (if there is one.) We will always discuss that closer to your wedding date so that it's clear when I'll be leaving. I usually work it out on about 8 hours altogether; it's a long day to be on my feet and constantly alert so I do like to make sure we're being realistic.
Where do I seat you to eat?
I tend to sit with your wedding guests and eat what they eat - I am a vegetarian. It means I can be on hand for speeches or anything else that’s interesting to photograph. Plus weddings are fun but they are hard work and I do like to have a hot meal!
Do you work alone?
I do. I like that. It means that you get a focused view from a single perspective - I believe that it makes the story flow much more naturally and if I brought another photographer it might feel too much like a photoshoot production and less like a wedding. Plus it makes the images you do have much more important.
Are travel expenses included?
Yes. All my costs are included in the price - if your wedding is on UK mainland. If you're getting married elsewhere I can work out a bespoke wedding price for you, again all costs will be included in that.
What happens after the wedding?
Hangovers, cloud 9 and a marriage. I take about 3-4 weeks to work on your images and share them with you via a password-protected download link. You will have low resolution images for email/web sharing and high resolution images for printing. You can print them to your hearts content; make mugs, t-shirts and decorate cakes with your faces on.
Do you do albums?
Yes - I work with Folio Albums who produce beautiful hand-bound (in the UK) fine art books with a variety of cover and sizing options, starting at £300 for a 6x6 album. If they're not to your liking then I provide your wedding images at a high enough resolution to print so you're absolutely welcome to source your own album or book design and have complete control over that process, I just give you the images to make it with. Find out more here.
How do I book?
Fill in the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If I am available all I need is some contact details from you and a £350 deposit to confirm your date in my diary. If I am already booked I will do my best to provide you with a handful of names of highly recommended friends/contacts.
I AM GETTING MARRIED OUTSIDE OF THE UK, WILL YOU TRAVEL?
Of course. I love to travel (I never really thought I'd say that but I fell into travelling by accident when my boyfriend and I set up this blog) so please get in touch if you're getting married elsewhere in the world and would like me there to join you.