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FAQ

I’m sure you have a number of questions as you try and find the wedding photographer for you.

To make it easier for you, I’ve pulled this list of frequently asked questions just for you.

If don’t find your question below, please get in touch and I’ll get back to you.

What will it be like for us to have you photograph our wedding?
Think that question is better answered by a previous couple of mine so they can tell you their experiences. “Carla was so helpful to us during the whole planning process as well as on the day. She’s a great listener and flexible with us and our large families capturing all the special and funny moments. Carla really went above and beyond for us. Nothing was too much” Rose and Wale.

Booking

How far in advance of the wedding do we need to book?
It’s always best to secure your wedding date as early as possible to avoid disappointment. I take booking up to 18 months in advance, so if you want me to photograph your wedding don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Can you hold a date for us?
I will give you first refusal on a date and let you know if another couple are interested in the same date but cannot hold a date without both a signed contract and booking fee.
We want to book you! How do we secure our wedding date?

Great news! Once you’ve decided to book with me, and we’ve selected the best package for you, I’ll send you a link to your contract and booking form. I’ll then send you your invoice with instructions on how to pay your non refundable booking fee. To save on trees and postage, your contract can be signed electronically, so no need to print anything out. Payments can be made by bank transfer or card.

Once I’ve received both your signed contract and booking fee, I’m ready and all booked for your wedding day! Cue some Carlton dance moves!

What happens after we book you?

I keep in touch with you from the time you book all the way to and after your wedding. I’m here to help you with any other part of your planning process and love knowing when you’ve found your dress or suit as well as the touches you’ll add to make the day truly yours.

Feel free to also follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see what some of my other couples have planned and to get a few more tips and ideas along the way.

I wrote a post on what to expect from me as your wedding photographer which will outline further what will happen once I have you booked in.

Photography

What’s your style of photography?
I find it hard to put a label on my style. I like to photograph what is happening on your day in the least staged way as possible and be guided by what is happening and what is needed as every wedding is different. That said, I would say I was more a reportage than traditional photographer. However, I do appreciate some clients want formal photos and I also take these.
We’re not photogenic/we don’t like having our photo taken. Will we be able to get photos like the ones in your gallery?

Snap! Neither do I and yes you can!

What if I told you a large portion of the couples I’ve photographed, at least one of them was camera-shy? I understand how you’re feeling and because of that, I work very hard to make sure you feel as comfortable in front of my camera as possible. I rely very heavily on my love of sarcasm and weird sense of humour to get you laughing naturally, relaxing, talking and doing anything but thinking about my camera. I don’t overly pose as if you feel awkward, it will show, but get you to focus on each other which will always produces the most natural and in my humble opinion, version of you.

If you’d like to practise being in front of a camera, you can always book an engagement shoot which will help banish your fears about being camera side.

How long will you be with us on our wedding day?
My packages include capturing your day from about 90 minutes before you step into your wedding outfit through to 30 minutes after your first dance. This roughly works out at about 10 hours coverage. If you’re having any late entertainment or a planned exit, additional coverage is always available no matter how much more you would like covered.
How many photos will we receive?
This can depend on a number of things. I know that sounds like a cop out, but really, what’s going on in your day can affect the final number of photos you receive. The number of events or entertainment, outfit changes etc. However, the bigger the wedding, the more photos you are likely to get. Every wedding is different which will result in a differing number of final photos.
How long will we have to wait for our photos?

Within 48 hours after your wedding, I will have emailed you a selection of photos from your wedding for you share and remember the fun you had on your day.

Your private online gallery will be delivered around 4 weeks after your wedding but I will always aim to get them to you sooner. However, in high wedding season, it may be slightly longer but I will keep you posted every step of the way.

If you have ordered an album, after you have approved the design, your album will be ready for delivery within 4 weeks.

Do you take formal photos on the wedding day?
Yes I do. Weddings are a great time to bring families together and who wouldn’t want this captured? I try and keep this section of the day short so you can spend more time mingling with your guests. I would recommend no more than 10 groups which at roughly 2-3 mins per group, shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.
Can we share our photos on Facebook, Instagram and with family and friends?
Of course. Your wedding photographs come with a full personal use license. This means you can print, email and share your photos. Your photos, however, cannot be used for commercial use/resale.
Do you work with a second photographer?

All collections include a second photographer as standard. Having a second photographer means more of your day is covered and you can get different perspectives of the same moment. I work with a group of photographers who are amazingly talented and run their own photography businesses. We have similar styles so there is no disconnect in your final set of photos.

If you’re having a small intimate wedding, a second photographer isn’t usually necessary so we can customise your collection accordingly.

Does it matter if you haven’t worked at my venue before?
I don’t usually do site visits because what really affects your photos - the light - changes from day to day and also the time of the year. I have experience shooting at very different wedding venues and very different weddings and can adapt to a location quickly. However, if you think a site visit is necessary for your venue, we can always arrange a visit.
Do you offer engagement shoots/sessions?

Yes I do. An engagement session allows us to get to know each other and is a great way to get used to being in front of the camera if you’re camera shy. I find it also helps you relax and overcome any fears you have of being photographed. I’m not a fan myself, either, so I will do everything possible to make this a pain free process for you both.

Your photos will be delivered in an online downloadable gallery within 2 weeks of your session. Sessions usually last 60 to 90 minutes and are shot mainly in London but as I now live in Cambridgeshire, shoots can also take place around Cambridge.

If you’d prefer to be more adventurous, I do also travel for engagement shoots and love to do so. My travel and accommodation will incur an additional fee.

Galleries, albums and other products

Tell us more about how we will receive our photos. You mentioned an online gallery?
Your online gallery is private and only accessible by a link. This is where your final edited photos will be online for you to view before sharing your link with friends and family. It also includes a secure shopping cart that your friends and family can use to order prints, cards, canvases, etc. You can also select your album options and prints here too.
What will our album look like when it’s completed?

I keep album designs, simple and classic so not to date your album. Your photos are printed directly onto the page and each double spread opens out and lays flat. It is possible to upgrade to a matted album if you prefer a more traditional style.

All albums come with 15 double page spreads or 30 pages as standard and are custom made by hand for you from sustainable resources in the UK. It is possible to add additional pages to your album if you want to add more photos to your album.

The business side of wedding photography

Are you insured?
Yes I do. I have full public liability and professional indemnity insurance. If your venue requires proof, I am happy to email them a copy of my certificate for their records.
What equipment do you use?
I use all Nikon equipment - cameras, lenses and flash guns. I also have a variety of memory cards and back up equipment to ensure nothing bar the end of the world, will stop me documenting your day.
What if you’re sick or worse?
In over a decade of photographing weddings, I have not missed a wedding for any reason. I take the responsibility of shooting your wedding seriously and will not cancel without a very serious reason. If for any reason I am unable to attend, I will find you a replacement photographer of similar skill level. I am a member of a number of local and national photography networks that I can call upon to find a replacement. This is a situation I have planned for and hope to never need but if you have any further concerns, please get in touch.

Travel

Do you travel?
Yes, I shoot weddings all over the UK and abroad. My passport is well travelled and likes to be aired constantly! If you’re getting married outside of the UK, please get in touch for a personalised quote.
How far are you willing to travel to photograph a wedding?
There are no limits! I love photographing weddings locally and abroad, so whether you’re getting married at a luxury hotel in London, by the sea in Wales or the absolutely gorgeous Iceland, I will be more than happy to capture all the fun and emotions of your big day.