Choosing your wedding photographer is a huge decision, so I’m sure you have lots of questions. In my opinion there’s no such thing as a stupid question, so please don’t ever hesitate to ask me anything. But here are a few of the most common questions to help you out in the meantime.
Where do you cover?
I’m based in Portrush on the epic Causeway Coast, which I absolutely love. It’s the perfect place for elopements and there are so many great venues. For this reason, I only take weddings in Northern Ireland; within the 90 minute drive of Portrush.
Do you charge for travel?
No. Travel is included within the 90 minute drive from Portrush.
What’s your style?
I define my style as honest, emotive and relatable. I believe in getting the little moments that make your day unique and I try to blend in as much as possible. I don’t do ‘poses’ but I will help you create little moments to make sure you get all the shots you want i.e that photo of your family seeing you in your dress for the first time or that family shot with your wee Granny. My edit is based on the light I’m presented with. A wedding on a bright and sunny day will always be brighter than a wedding on a dark and rainy winter’s day. However I like to make my images bold and colourful, whilst remaining as true to life and timeless as possible.
How late do you stay?
My two main packages include coverage either prep to dinner begins, or prep to the party begins (or 9.30pm, whichever is later). If you’re having fireworks or are wanting me to stay later, there is an additional charge.
We don’t do posing and aren’t a huge fan of the camera, can you work with us?
Of course I can.!! I won’t make you do anything you aren’t happy with and I’ll get to know you both before your big day so we’ll all feel comfortable. I capture real authentic moments and feelings so whilst sometimes in the portraits I might guide you in how to stand or where to be, I won’t ask you to pretend to be anything you’re not. Some couples totally love the deep intimate moments, others prefer to have some craic and be goofy. I love both equally as much!
I don’t like my (insert body part here), can you photoshop it?
No. As I mentioned above, my style is honest. That means I capture you and think you are perfect as you are. I will remove minor spots or blemishes as standard, but I will not change how you look or ‘photoshop’ you. If that is something you’re looking for, I’m probably not the best fit for you. What I would say is that I will capture you in a way that you will have never seen before. I will use light to flatter you and I will never deliver an image I wouldn’t want myself. I really recommend spending some time preparing for your wedding by investing in yourself so that you can embrace your day. If you feel your best, you will love your photos.
Do you do posed family photos?
Yes! I really see the value in them, but how many we do is up to you. I recommend doing them straight after the ceremony though and keeping combinations to a minimum – with a maximum of 8. Alternatively, we’ll have a big chat about who the special people are on your day and I’ll watch out for those natural moments of you all together.
Is it just you?
Mostly it’s just me. I work brilliantly alone and cover all the key moments on your day. You won’t lose out on anything. I do offer the option for a second photographer if you’d like to guarantee someone to go to a second location on the morning of the wedding. This also offers a wonderful second perspective. This would typically be one of my fellow photography colleagues from Northern Ireland. This is something that can be added on closer to the time.
Can you go to both houses?
As standard I go to one house. If you are getting ready in the same place or are extremely close to one another, I can nip to the other partner first. However, I don’t recommend this as it normally means one person is getting ready very early. Typically I get photos of the second person/groom at the ceremony location. I’ll leave the bride/first person around 30 mins before they are due to leave so I can get those lovely shots. We work together to make sure you never miss out on anything.
How many photos do we get?
I’d say on average it’s 300-500 images. Every day is different though and the more time we allow and the more going on, the more you’ll receive. I will provide all the usable images to you edited, so you’ll receive those that meet the standard you would expect from me.
What is copyright?
Copyright is the law that protects us photographers. It means that whilst you have unlimited personal use of your photos, you don’t have copyright of them so you can’t sell them on as the artist or provide them to businesses for commercial use without permission. But you can print them or share them on Facebook as much as you want.
Do you do half day coverage/elopements?
My standard coverage is from bridal preparation to dinner begins. But I am obsessed and love elopements. If you’re planning an elopement please Get in touch for my elopement pricing guide.
Do you do albums?
Yes yes yes! But I prefer to discuss these after your wedding when you’ll have a better idea of your budget and what you would like.It’s also nice to have something to look forward to after the big day. My beautiful albums start from £550.
How long do we have to decide on an album?
You have 6 months to decide on an album, after which I can’t guarantee I’ll have time in my schedule to design your album.
Do we feed you?
When you’re eating will be the only break I get and I will most likely be working while I eat. If it’s possible to keep me (us) a plate, I would really appreciate it, but if not that’s ok. I’d just appreciate if you can let me know so I can make other arrangements. If you are kind enough to provide me with food, I do prefer to eat it away from the guests so I can work while I eat. I would also appreciate if you can discuss with your venue to make sure that I get fed at the same time as your guests, not afterwards – as when you’re finished eating I need to be back to work.
What happens if you’re sick?
Obviously with everything that has happened with covid-19 this is a hugely important question. Where previously us photographers would have worked through any illness that came our way, that is no longer an option. I have a lot of protocols in place to prevent me from catching anything, including masks and an obsession with hand sanitiser. But if the worst happened, I am part of a fantastic network of wedding photographers who I could call on to stand in for me. I think it’s always worth knowing this.
Do we need to have a consultation before we book?
I hope this website has been designed in such a way that it really shows who I am so we don’t necessarily need to meet up and after we have a chat on emails, if you’d like to go ahead and book you can. All my work is online and I’m a regular on Instagram, so you can see what to expect. But if you would like to arrange a video call, we can set that up.
Do you have insurance?
I do indeed. I have public liability and indemnity insurance.
How much is your booking fee?
My booking fee is £500 and can be paid via BACS or by card via my online booking system. This covers administration time, and the work I do in the run up to your wedding, along with loss of work for your date, so is non refundable under any circumstances.
What about Covid-19 and if we have to reschedule?
My postponement clause has always been that I will transfer your booking to a date I’m available, however I reserve the right to charge current prices if there has been an increase in price since you booked. If weddings are completely banned or we are in lockdown then there will be no charge.
We want you to capture our day, how do we sort this?
Oh my gosh, amazing! I am honestly so delighted and honoured every time someone chooses me to capture their day. Dates are only secured when I have received a booking fee and 2 simple online forms, so all you need to do is drop me a message with as much info as possible about your day and I can send you over the details.