Wedding Photography: 15 Must-Ask Questions and Answers
Updated: Oct 21, 2021
In this post, I'm answering most frequently asked questions about my wedding photography packages and photo delivery. Every bride and groom should be asking these questions their wedding photographer to learn if it's the right person for their wedding day or not.
1. What is your photography style?
I'm a natural light photographer simply because I love the way the natural light looks when used correctly. I always aim for luminous, natural, relaxed and candid photographs. I won't try to stage any shots and pose you for photos, but I will slightly direct you instead.
I always look to document genuine emotions and natural in-between moments throughout the day. I would say that 80% of the wedding day I capture candid photos and 20% consist of directed portraits (including bridal portraits, bride & groom portraits and group photographs).
My photo editing
When I was developing my signature editing style, I was inspired by film photography for its unique look, colours and contrast. I aim to bring the best of both digital technology and the timeless film look together in my photographs.
My photo editing is very consistent, so you can better visualise how you and your day could look like through my lenses. But before all of this, I make sure that all photographs are technically correct and adequately colour balanced. Healthy skin tones are important to make sure that you will always look your best in my pictures.
2. Can we meet before our wedding?
Yes, absolutely! I totally understand that you may feel shy or have no experience in front of a camera. But don't worry. It's my responsibility to guide you through the process make you look your best in photos. That's why I provide a free engagement session with all my wedding packages.
We will get to know each other in less formal way. You can see and experience the way I work and ask me any questions you may have. This way, you will get comfortable in front of the camera so you will feel more relaxed on your wedding day. Learn more about my engagement sessions here.
Watch my behind the scenes of an engagement photoshoot:
3. Can we request a list of specific shots we would like?
Yes, you can send me some photos which will help me with understanding which photos are important to you. Pinterest is a great way how to find, save and share the photos with me. You can find me on Pinterest under @VeronikaJ_Photography and send me photos which inspire you. Please know that the final images will be mostly dependant on the events on your wedding day and my personal style. Therefore, I will inspire by the pictures you send me, but I won't try to copy or replicate them.
4. Do you have backup equipment in case of gear failure?
Yes. I understand that it is a huge responsibility to photograph someone's wedding, and there is no way how to return the time back. That's why I always have backups of backups. Therefore, I have two slots for memory cards in my camera. This allows me to make two copies of every single photo straight away on two different memory cards. In case my camera breaks or fails, I have another backup camera body and a whole bunch of camera lenses too.
5. What happens in case of emergency when you are unable to attend our wedding?
I'm a part of several UK photographers communities, so if anything happened and I physically couldn't attend the wedding, I would get in touch with another experienced wedding photographer to cover me on your wedding day. After that, I would still edit your photos to my personal signature look and deliver the images to you.
6. How long will it take to edit the photos?
I state in my contract that the photo delivery takes between 1-2 months. However, I usually tend to deliver my photos sooner (less than 1 month) because my clients are my priority and they deserve to receive their photos fast.
7. How are the final images delivered to us?
You will receive your photographs through a beautiful private online gallery. The gallery allows you to view the photos, share them on social media and download them. You can always access this gallery through my website in the Client Zone section and easily share it with your friends and family.
8. Will we receive ALL photos?
No, you won't because it simply wouldn't be possible. I will deliver all photos which pass the quality control without any repetitive photographs. Typically, I take 3,000 to 5,000 photos on full-day wedding to get the exact perfect moment. The following phis photo selection is a huge part of my process. Only this way, I can create a unique and visually interesting collection of photos which tell your beautiful wedding day story.
I deliver between 500 to 650 photographs from a typical full-day coverage. Please know that these numbers are only estimates and the number of final photos depends on the particular wedding. For example, if there is travel involved between venues (wedding ceremony and wedding reception, etc.), it will affect the number of photographs I can capture.
9. Can we have also the unedited photos?
All photos which I deliver to my clients are edited with my signature style, including skin retouch and colour balancing. If you are interested, I can send you a preview of some before and after images, but these photos are not for public use.
The reason is that the unedited images are technically incorrect and far from beautiful. Secondly, they are photographed as RAW files. Unless you have Photoshop (or other software for raw file image manipulation), you most likely wouldn't be able to even view the photos on your computer.
10. What is the hybrid coverage and how does it work?
I offer both photo & video as one person - hybrid shooter. I'm primarily a photographer but video can capture the emotion and energy in the way photographs don't. That's why I offer a short highlight film from your wedding while not sacrificing the photography quality.
Hybrid shooter is a perfect solution for intimate weddings. It is also a cost-efficient alternative if you don't want to hire another professional for your wedding. Learn more about hybrid coverage here.
See an example of such hybrid coverage on Louisa & Lee's wedding day in Italy.
11. Can we see some of your full wedding galleries?
Yes, absolutely! I blog about my most recent weddings I have photographed. You can find them in the Real Weddings section of my blog. If you would like to see any particular full wedding gallery, please let me know and I will be happy to send you a gallery link.
12. Do you have a written contract?
Yes, I do have a written contract. If you are interested in reviewing it, please get in touch, and I will be happy to send you a draft.
13. How much is the deposit and when is the remaining balance due?
I require 40% of your selected photography package as deposit to secure your wedding date. The remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the wedding day.
I will reserve the time and will not make other reservations for that time and date. For this reason, the reservation deposit is non-refundable, even if the wedding is cancelled for any reason. However, the deposit can be transferred to a different date if your wedding is postponed.
14. Do you charge any additional/hidden fees?
No, I don't charge any additional or hidden fees except for travel cost which is dependable on the wedding location and distance I have to travel. If it's not possible for me to travel to the wedding and back on the same day due to a long distance, I may add accommodation cost too. However, all charges will be always discussed upfront.
15. Will our photos have a watermark and do you own the copyrights to the photos?
No. I don't watermark my clients' images. For this reason, photo credit on posts is always very much appreciated.
Veronika J. Fine Art Photography owns the complete copyright to all images, and all photographs are protected by Copyright Law. I transfer a part of the copyrights to my clients for their personal use. In practice, this means that you can do almost anything with the images (share and print), but you can't use them for any commercial purposes and sell the photos for profit.
Bonus Question: Do you have a covid rescheduling policy?
Yes, absolutely! You can reschedule your date for no extra cost. I believe that it's unfair to charge my clients for something that is out of their control. With me, you can book with the peace of mind. You just need to check my availability before rescheduling your date.
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I hope that this article has answered most of your questions. Check also this article to learn about what to expect on your wedding day.
If there is anything else you would like to know, please feel free to get in touch! Xx