I can imagine there's things you want to know right now! I've written this as a bit of a reference for you so you can check things super quick.
Q: We like your stuff! Whats next?
A: Simply get in touch through the website, email, or by phone and I can check availability on your date. If I'm available on your date I love to have the opportunity 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 but if you're a bit further afield I've found skype and facetime a great way to break the ice.
Q: Can you save the date for us?
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.
Q: Do I have to spend hours on my wedding day having pictures taken of me?
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 summer the light is best in the evening so I might suggest to do some shots around then too. 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 a good line up but do recommend no more than 10 groups photos, that way you can be free to enjoy the day with your family and friends, which I think, is the way it should be!
Q: How can we book?
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.
Q: How much is the booking fee and when is the balance due?
A: For most UK weddings the booking fee is £250. This secures me for your date and is payable 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 additional products, these can be paid after the wedding when you know what you want! Since you're booking online you also have the right to cancel within 14 days too, it's never happened but I need to let you know legally!
Q: Who are the photographers?
A: Tim Emmerton (thats me!) is the main photographer and I shoot all my weddings. I also have many other professional photographers around the country who I work with to assist me when people want a second photographer.
Q: ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS?
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/accommodation will be required for the wedding or midweek pre wedding shoot (unless specifically included in your package) or if you would like to upgrade or add extra products like albums and frames.
Q: WHAT IF YOU ARE ILL ON THE DAY OF OUR WEDDING AND CAN'T MAKE IT?
A: I've never been ill or missed a wedding. 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!
Q: DO YOU ONLY SHOOT WEDDINGS?
A: Yes and No. Most of my work is wedding related but many of my previous couples run their own business or work in a position where they needed a photographer at work. It's a really nice balance to undertake commercial, headshot, food and advertising photos too and you can see more at https://momentumphoto.co.uk/
Q: When will I get my pictures?
A: The first stage of delivery is the slideshow, it can be a bit overwhelming getting too many pics in one go and I've found the wedding slideshow to be the best way to enjoy your first look. This is usually 4-6 weeks depending on the collection you choose. Straight after that you'll get all the digital images too. Albums take a little longer as we need to choose your images, design and proof them, personalise the album and then get it made but more often than not, once we've ordered it they take around 4 weeks to arrive. All that said however in 2017 I my average time from wedding to slideshow delivery was 16.33 days.
Q: How do we get the album arranged afterwards?
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.
Q: How much experience do you have?
A: I've been shooting weddings since 2009. I'm a dedicated, professional and full time photographer. That means I don't have another job or most importantly "play" at taking someones wedding photos 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 and finally I'm always pushing to be the best I can be so that you end up with an amazing set of timeless wedding photos.
Q: Should I have a second photographer?
A: Personally I'd say yes. But 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 but are in no way essential.
Q: What will you wear on the day?
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 etc at a wedding, lets face it, its a bit inappropriate! :-)
Q: Do you have insurance?
A: I am fully insured and should a venue ever require it, copies of my insurance certificates are available on request. As a side note, every couple getting married in the UK should consider purchasing wedding insurance too and can totally recommend my insurers, the Wedding Insurance Group.
Q: What about copyright?
A: No, you don't 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 or you can purchase them through your PhotoSite from a professional lab. You can't sell your pics to Hello Mag though, we can have a chat about that if it comes up! :-)
Q: What back up procedures do you have?
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 three duplicate copies of all your images on multiple drives which also includes a RAID back up system and then one of the drives is placed in a fire and flood safe. When I've delivered the images, I keep four copies of your original raw files and edited jpegs. 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.