MY WEDDING DAY STYLE
Okay, you’ve decided on the date, chosen the venue, and seen zillions of wedding pictures on online so your next decision is about the photographer. Who do you choose? Do you choose a friend, a part-timer, or someone who’s just starting out to take the pictures – together with the worry and disappointment this could bring – or do you choose a full time professional with a lifetime of experience? Its a big decision…
One of the reason you’re looking for a photographer is that you want someone who can capture your day. Someone who can photograph the things you take in, the things you miss and the things you forget because everything happens so quickly on a wedding day. You just want someone who you can trust to get the job done. Well, that’s where I come in because I do have the skill and d have the experience to capture your day.
My ‘way’ of photography is based on watching rather than organising. I photograph things as they happen and the only time I get involved is during the formal groups and portraits. For the rest of the time its just me capturing the day – quickly, and quietly, just the way it should be.
If you are looking for an artist rather than a photographer, or a photgrapher who edits your pictures with all kinds of funky colours, then I’m really not the photographer for you. I’m really not because what may look cool and trendy now will look dated next year, which is why I prefer to keep things simple. If you are looking for a full time wedding photographer who cares about their picture taking, who takes pictures as the day unfolds and doesn’t take lots of contrived pictures, then maybe you’ve found the right photographer.
Goes a Long Way
One of the biggest assets any photographer can have is experience. I’ve been photographing weddings for around 30 years, so I bring this experience with me to each and every wedding because I know where to be and what to do at every wedding.
I also know that sometimes things don’t go entirely to plan – things like the weather, or one of the many other things that can sometimes get in the way of the day so besides being flexible, I can use my experience to think of a ‘Plan B and be ready for next picture. That’s what a lifetime of experience does.
If you are looking for someone you can rely upon to capture your day, someone who won’t make a fuss and provide you with a timeless wedding pictures, then read my FAQ’s below, visit my galleries, visit my BLOG and then if you do want to get in touch, then go to my contatct page to send me a message. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
If you visit my pictures galleries, you can see some of my favourite pictures from weddings in Glasgow, Argyll, Loch Lomond, the Highlands and across Scotland.
I photograph weddings of all shapes and sizes, seven days a week. Small, intimate and mid-week weddings are my speciality, so if you want to get an idea of prices, then visit my pricing page.
How do I choose the right photographer..?
I’m a great believer in choice and I hope that couples went on to choose me not based on price, but for the quality of my picture taking. All I can suggest is that you visit several websites, look at their pictures and see what they’ve got to say. There’s zillions of photographers to choose from, some are cheap, some expensive, some just starting and some are just part timers.
Look closely at their pictures and look for continuity, make a list of the ones you like then arrange to meet the photographers. When you do meet them, ask them lots of important questions – about their experience, if they’re insured and also, their approach. After that, you’re going to have to make an inspired decision. Are they the right photographer for you…?
Will you be the photographer at my wedding..?
Of could I will be your photographer. Some wedding photographers will take your booking and then have someone else photograph your wedding, usually a part-timer. I would never do that and will always be the photographer at your wedding.
How do you define your ‘Style’…?
I photograph things as they happen, so I’m very hands-off during your wedding day. I like to stand back and photograph the day as it unfolds, capturing real moments. The only time I get involved is for the formal part of the day for some group pictures and of course, portraits of the newlyweds.
Do you need a shot list..?
No, I don’t. I photographed my first wedding in 1987 and I’ve photographed hundreds of weddings since then, so I know what pictures to take and where to take them. But… if you have any special pictures you would like, then tell me beforehand or tell me on the day, otherwise just relax and enjoy your day and let me worry about the picture taking.
How do you handle group shots..?
Every wedding needs some group pictures as they are a part of the wedding and its a rare opportunity of families getting together. I usually shoot between 8 to 12 group pictures at a wedding. Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less but I do have to keep them to a minimum due to time. A group picture takes around five minutes to get everyone together and pose, so if you want ten group pictures – that’s around 50 minutes or maybe longer depending if guests are on hand. This is why I keep the groups to a minimum and concentrate on fewer but larger groups.
How many photographers will be at my wedding?
What if we love having or pictures taken..?
What if we dont like having our pictures taken..?
Maybe we could break the ice with an engagement shoot, as this helps me to build rapport with you. If not, then on the day I will try to make the pictures as easy and as painless as possible with my hands-off approach.
How many pictutres do you take..?
Blimey…! How long is a piece of string…? I never promise a set amount of pictures because all weddings are different and on the day I only stop taking pictures when I feel I’ve taken enough.
Some of the pictures you won’t see because the ‘doubles’, ‘eyes-closed’ shots or shots that just didn’t work are deleted during the editing process – and besides, no one needs to see them anyhow.
How many edited pictures you get depends on the size of your wedding and the photo opportunities that happen, but as a rough guide, maybe 150 to 250 pictures for an intimate wedding, 350 to 450 for a small wedding and around 500 to 800 pictures for a big wedding. As I said, it just depends on the day.
How do you edit your pictures..?
Some people know a bit about photography and some don’t, but its a fair question. The pictures you take on your small cameras or phones are JPEG’s, which are small compressed files. The problem with JPEG’s is once you edit the picture it looses quality.
All the pictures I take are captured as RAW files, which can be edited multiple times without loosing any quality – so that’s what I use. Once I’ve selected the pictures I want to keep (the keepers) I use professional software to edit the pictures, editing each individual picture to get the best results.
And by the way – I don’t use fancy colours of effects when editing pictures as believe me, trends soon go out of fashion. I like clear and concise colours as I want your pictures to look as good in 20 year time as they do today.
What do we get..?
All clients receive a USB with the edited pictures as high and low resolution files – with one complete set in colour and one complete set in monochrome. I also provide a slideshow movie, which is a selection of the day’s pictures coordinated to music. There is also an online gallery to share with your family and friends, and which stays online for six months after the wedding.
If you want to include a bespoke album or storybook, you can add the cost of one to your portfolio before or after the wedding. Its completely up to you.
What if it rains..?
If you live in Scotland, then its something we come to expect. If you are visiting, then rain is always a possibility. I’m used to it, so if it does rain then I will always have a plan B for the pictures, whether its somewhere indoors or even outside under an umbrella.
What if you are sick before the wedding..?
Once I am committed I will be there! There’s no if’s and definitely no but’s, but if something colossal were to happen then I do have some close colleagues who would cover for me. But in all honesty, in the 30+ years I’ve been photographing weddings I have never missed a single wedding. Ever.
Did you really...?
- Did you hear about the two spiders who just got engaged? I hear they met on the web.
- Did you hear about the two cell phones who got married? The reception was terrific.
- Did you hear about the notebook who married a pencil? She finally found Mr. Write.
- Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been a very emotional day. Even the cake is in tiers.
- I just saw two nuclear technicians getting married. The bride was radiant and the groom was glowing.
- It’s been ten years since the invisible man married the invisible woman. Their kids are nothing to look at either.
And finally, a quote…
“To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”