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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My camera is dual-slotted which means that it holds two memory cards. Each time I take a photo, it is recorded on both cards. This is additional protection in case one of the cards becomes corrupted. Once a card has been used, it remains securely on me in a protective pocket. I do not leave used memory cards anywhere so they cannot be accidentally picked and moved.
Once at home, I download your photos to my computer and external hard drive, as well as to Dropbox and another cloud service. If one option is no longer available to me for whatever reason, I still have other ways to access and edit your photos. Once edited, I update the files in each location to ensure my edits are the latest versions of all files. Your photos are also stored in your online gallery.
Once your gallery has expired, the photos are archived. At any one time until delivered to you, there are at least four copies of your photos in different locations.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. I do not outsource bookings. Every wedding I shoot will be shot by me.
My packages all include a second photographer, who will shoot alongside me and is also a professional photographer.
A second photographer means more moments are captured but also allows me to show you two viewpoints of the same moment.
For example, your partner’s face as you walk down the aisle as well as you walking down the aisle towards them.
I’ve yet to let anything stop me shoot a wedding. I shot two back-to-back weekends of weddings whilst on crutches (though they didn’t come with me to the weddings)! None of my clients was aware of my injury. I was able to carry out my duties as I do with every wedding I shoot, whilst making sure there is no additional stress on you from me. I’m not telling you this to say I’m Wonder Woman, but more to let you know that I take my role as your photographer seriously and, bar hospitalisation or death, I’ll be there. You’ll probably find this to be true of many photographers too.
If something more serious were to happen and I was truly not able to shoot your wedding, my second photographer would replace me and another photographer would fill in for them. I have a circle of photographer friends I can call on if needed, but I am also a member of a couple of emergency photographer Facebook groups if I am unable to be there at short notice.