These are questions that wedding photographers get quite a bit so I wanted to give you the answers here to make your research easier.
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
There’s no minimum time but the longer you leave it the greater chance there is of me being booked. I can’t hold a date for a couple unless they pay the deposit and they sign the contract and if another couple want to book me for the date I will book for them.
What equipment do you use?
For those interested in the technical details I have Canon system which includes two 5D mark IIIs, 70-200mm F/2.8L IS, 24-70 F/2.8, 16-35 F/2.8, Tamron 90mm Macro, 50mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.8, five speed light flashes, one Godox AD600 portable strobe, light stands, shoot through umbrellas, MagMod grids, gels and sphere, light meter.
Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
Let me know what shots you have an in mind and I’ll give you an idea whether I can fulfill those requests. Some requests might not be possible or might inhibit my ability to capture other moments. Keep in mind that trying to follow a shot list can preoccupy my attention and I won’t be able to “shoot from the heart” as much as I usually do.
What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
I will walk you through the information I’d need when we sit down for our consultation but here’s a handful of things you can have ready ahead of time:
- The addresses of where you and your partner are getting ready
- The address of the ceremony and reception
- When the ceremony starts and when the reception starts
- A list of group photos you would like right after the ceremony
- Where you’d like to have your bridal session (on location photos after the ceremony)
How will you and your assistant(s) be dressed on the wedding day?
I usually wear black slacks, black shoes and a black, short sleeved, button up shirt. I require my assistants to be in all black as well with clothes that are either the same as mine or more formal.
Can other people take photos on the day?
Your guests are more than welcome to take photos as long as the following conditions are maintained:
- Guests do not block my view, especially if I am using a longer zoom lens
- A guest complies when I politely ask for them to let me through or for them to move
- While I am shooting family formals, don’t grab the attention of my subjects while I’m taking shots
- No other professional stills photographer is covering any part of the wedding day
Some couples ask their guests not to take photos during the ceremony. This is often refered to as an ‘unplugged wedding’. This does make a wedding photographer’s job easier but more importantly it makes people enjoy the ceremony through their own eyes. The photographs of the ceremony end up looking better as well because you see people’s faces rather than their phones or cameras. The choice is entirely up to you. I am fine either way.
What happens if you’re sick on the day?
There’s a couple of answers to this question.
If I am able to stand and hold a camera without passing out I will shoot your wedding even if I’m sick. I have done it before and while it’s tough it’s doable. I will take more than a cold to keep me from covering a wedding.
If I am so sick or injured that I am unable to cover the wedding then I will reach out to the network of other wedding photographers in Brisbane and arrange for someone else to cover your wedding.
Do we need to provide you with dinner if we hire you for the whole reception?
No not at all. I believe that it is my responsibility to feed myself. That being said if you do want to provide dinner please let me know before the wedding day so I don’t prepare and bring a meal.