QUESTIONS

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HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL?

Far, far away...traveling is one of my favourite ways to experience the world. Sometimes the travel costs are included in your package, but for international travel and events over 100 miles return from Bath there is a fee. To receive pricing info, please contact me here.

 

DO YOU WORK ALONE?

More often than not, yes I do. I am, however, blessed to have a number of very talented, well established colleagues and/or high level students who serve a second shooters if the event requires. Typically, any wedding larger than 150 guests would benefit from a second shooter. 

 

WHAT DOES A SECOND PHOTOGRAPHER DO?

When working on commissions with a second photographer, he or she would be covering the whole event along side me. This often means that we can offer different angles and cover a wider number of interactions during the day. It also means being able to cover situations simultaneously, such as bridal and groom preparations.

Typically, a second photographer will charge between £300 to £500.

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT "SMILE AT THE CAMERA" PHOTOS?

I understand that most group shots serve as a record of who was there and are particularly favoured by parents and grandparents. As a documentary photographer, however, this is not my focus. My typical clients appreciate organic, naturally occurring interactions between one another and a true record of events as they evolve. This is impossible for me to achieve, nonetheless, if I am directing and posing group shots for a very long time. 

 

Let me show you this photo

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This is my Mum and I (like a century ago) at my parent’s rented house in Glasgow. This photo always reminds me why I am a documentary photographer. When visiting my grandmother one day I found this photo in a box and asked her all sorts of questions about it. Where was it taken? Who took it? What was my Mum doing? And as I sat with Abuela talking about these things and she told me how she felt sorry for my Mum who had to eat pears and apples (you can see them in the fruit bowl) because guavas and pineapples were not available in the UK at that time,  I felt closer to her than ever before, as if this photo had given us the opportunity to explore a remote time and place together. You can barely see me and my Mum isn’t even looking at the camera, but this image tells so much more about us at the time than a simple “say cheese!” shot. Well done Dad for taking this one!

 

DO YOU NEED A SHOT LIST?

For weddings, I will always ask for a list of key events during the day (ceremony, reception, speeches, cake, first dance, etc) and timings so that I can be prepared ahead of time. If group shots really are that important I will also ask for a shot list, that way no one is forgotten.

 

DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU?

Not if covering a portrait session or if your commission is less than 4 hours. On longer commissions, I do bring snacks to get me going during the day but packing a hot meal between lenses and camera gear isn’t exactly easy so I am always grateful to receive a meal. I’m happy to say that the majority of couples are kind enough to include my meal in their catering. A well fed photographer is a happy photographer.

 

DO YOU OFFER THE DIGITAL FILES?

Photos are meant to be shared! So yes, I include edited, high-resolution jpg images in all of my packages. Please note, however, that I will never part with RAW files.

 

DO YOU USE PHOTOSHOP?

Yes, I use a mixture of programs to process images. For the most part, I try to keep images as natural as possible and I do not offer photo retouching.

 

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL YOU DELIVER?

That very much depends on how much is going on. I focus on creating high quality images that will tell the story rather than achieving a set number.  On average, though, I aim to deliver a minimum of 35 images for a portrait session and between 250 to 300 per wedding (for an average 8 hour wedding day)

 

OF THOSE, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR IMAGES ARE DELIVERED? 

There are a number of reasons why I would process an image in black and white. The most common are: 

  • When the use of colour is distracting.

The purpose of the shot bellow is to highlight the lovely interaction between the bride and her mother as they discussed the bride's hair. The bride's gown is so bright, however, that it distracts from their expressions.

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  • When the colour cast given by poor/artificial lighting diverts the attention of the viewer from the main purpose of the image or is simply unflattering. 

Orange juice, bright bow, artificial light, red folder. Did anyone notice that these two gentlemen are twins?

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  • When embracing darkness.

This room was lit almost entirely by candle light and no amount of post processing will give the subjects a 'normal' skin tone.

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  • When wanting to emphasise leading lines or architectural features.
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The percentage of B&W images you will ultimately receive very much depends on how, when and where your event takes place. 

Having said that, I love colour. I love it so much that I even teach a whole segment in my courses about colour theory.  

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

Portrait-session images are delivered no later than three weeks after the session, and wedding images are delivered no later than eight weeks after the wedding date. Rush processing is available for an additional cost. 

 

DO YOU PRINT OR OFFER ALBUMS?

Yes. I work with Folio albums which are, in my opinion, the most beautiful and high quality albums in the UK. They are bound in exquisite premium leather and printed on rich, archival photographic paper which will last for at least 100 years. To learn more about folio albums and for a list of prices, please click here.

Occasionally, I run offers on albums. I will let you know if there are any when you book.

 

CAN I POST MY IMAGES TO SOCIAL MEDIA SITES AND/OR BLOGS? 

Yes, please! Share the joy. I do ask you always give credit and let me know if this is going to be shared on blogs and / or third party websites. Although you will have a worldwide licence to share and print the images, they are never licensed for commercial or advertising purposes; so please never sell the images or attempt to alter the images in any way. 

 

ARE YOU INSURED?

Yes. Please ask if you need any documentation.

 

HOW DO I GO ABOUT COMMISSIONING YOU?

PORTRAITS: Payment is made on the day of the shoot. 

WEDDINGS: Both a retainer fee of £300 and a signed contract are required to reserve your date. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the big day. 

 

CAN WE MEET YOU BEFORE BOOKING?

Yes. I love to meet potential clients and learn more about their plans. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a Skype meeting or, if you live near Bath, meet up in person.