What should I look for?
Always ensure that the photographer is a qualified member of a professional body.
There are many "cowboys" looking to take your money and who will leave you very disappointed with their final product. Particularly the use of flimsly, loose-paged "Photobooks" that are advertised as quality "Storybooks".
Arrange a visit where the photographer can provide you with a portfolio of different wedding styles. Most importantly, ask to see an album of a full wedding, rather than the odd photograph cherry picked from several weddings. Alternatively, ask for the password to an online customer gallery.
When Should I book?
For a Wedding Photographer – you have to book early. You should start your search for a photographer and aim to make a booking at least 12 months in advance - especially if your wedding is during the peak season of Mid May to Mid September. A good photographer will limit the number of events accepted in order to guarantee the highest quality service to the client. I have sometimes been able to accommodate a late request, particularly outside of the peak season. Even as late as 3 months before a wedding - so please don’t be afraid to ask.
What Style of photography is best for me?
We are able to capture a mixture of photographic styles and if you prefer the less formal reportage style of photography I recommend that you also take a little time to have a small number of formal shots to give you the maximum choice. Of course I am capable of producing a totally Formal wedding album if that is your choice. It is certainly easier for me to follow the Formal, posed formula. However, requests for this style of album have diminished considerably over recent times. If you are not sure of which style you would prefer, here is a brief explanation of each:
Reportage or candid - this involves the photographer taking pictures of the events as they unfold during the day with minimum intervention to pose people. It has its origins in photo-journalism and is perfect for people who want natural photographs of themselves and their guests enjoying their special day.
Formal - This involves the photographer setting up formal shots of the Bride, Groom and Bridal party. It is good to have a few group shots set up in this way as this adds to the record of your day. It does not necessarily mean very rigid line-ups of people in fact many “natural” looking images are in fact staged by the photographer.
How much of the Wedding Day will be photographed?
We will normally be present to record the bride's pre-wedding preparations, the arrival of the groom and bride at the wedding venue and all the subsequent events, up to and beyond the first dance. We are never in a hurry to get away!
When will we receive our album?
Your album will be delivered reasonably quickly. The digital editing of the photographs takes from 2 to 3 weeks. I am obviously at the mercy of my printer's production schedules but both they and their couriers have proven to be extremely efficient. With the exception of the busiest summer period, once you have chosen your prints for the album, they average around 4 weeks for delivery.
Will our family and friends be able to order prints from you?
I am extremely keen for my photographs to be available and on display. After your wedding your photographs will be uploaded to this web site and you will be given an exclusive password that you can give to your family and friends so they can review the wedding. Then if they wish, they can order prints from me. Alternatively, they can use the disc I will provide you with to obtain prints from a high street outlet. Please bear in mind that the prints in your abum will be of the highest quality and will not be reproduced to the same level of quality except at my speciaist printers.
Who ultimately owns the photographs?
All the images taken on the day will belong to Vivid Wedding Pics. However, I will supply you with a certificate giving you copyright privilege, so you will have the right to produce all the prints you require.