Frequently Asked Questions
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- Should I book Image 31 as my wedding photographer?
YES, pretty simple that one. All joking aside, I would love to be considered for your photographer.
- We don't know how to pose, what will we do?
If you have a look at the gallery page (Instagram Gallery), you'll see that I don't really pose people too much, or at all. I find that just asking a couple to take some time-out, hold hands and go for a walk around the venue gardens or the photoshoot location and chat to each-other, gets some beautiful natural shots. While the both of you talk about your day, I'll do all the leg-work and run around getting the shots you want. Any shots that are a little more posed will very quick. I believe that less posing results in much more natural images. This is great for couples maybe who don't feel as comfortable infront of the camera.
- Should the Bride wear fake tan?
When it comes to editing, I would strongly suggest NOT to wear fake tan. If you are going to, maybe look into spray tans that cover more evenly. Fake tan applied with a mitten can be very uneven and can cause dark and light areas around hands, armpits, etc. When I'm editing, I will NOT remove/smooth these areas as it takes way too long to do fix. You don't want your beautiful wedding ring photos ruined by a bad, uneven tan.
- Should we feed you?
You're under no obligation to feed me. I'm ok with ordering something from the bar menu or bringing something with me.
- Should we do a First Look?
In my honest opinion, I think First Looks are a great idea, most of the time. It doesn't work for every wedding/couple. It gives you both an intimate moment before the ceremony to help settle any wedding day jitters, and it can free-up some time in the afternoon, as you've already done your couple portraits at the First Look. Most people these days aren't superstitious, so why not go for it.
- Can we see a full days worth of photos from a wedding you have done?
Absolutely, yes. This is one of the main questions you should ask a photographer before you book them. In the contact form, when you are sending a message, just ask for the link to a full wedding day gallery.
Destination Wedding Questions
A few answers to questions, which I'm often asked about destination weddings and also som helpful information to make things a little easier.
- Why should we bring a photographer with us to our destination wedding?
There are good and 1 not-so-good reasons to bring a photographer with you to your wedding abroad. Number 1 fro bringing a photographer with you, would be there is no language barrier. Bringing a local photographer with you means that the communication will be easy. I recently had a message from a newly-wed who says they wished they had have brought me out with them, as their photographer (at the wedding venue in Greece) spoke broken English and it was difficult to understand her and sometimes a little awkward. Another reason to bring your photogrpaher, is that they are pretty close-by and you can actually meet up a few times before you fly off for the wedding, so they are on-hand to answer any questions, meet up for a chat and even get you some engagement photos which will let you get to know how they work, and results in you being more relaxed when the big day comes around. One of the slight disadvantages is that the photographer you bring, may not know the venue as well as a photographer from that area. Having said that, when I get a new booking for a new venue abroad, I spend a lot of time researching the location, venue and also the surrounding areas. When I do a destination wedding, I offer the couple a sunset photoshoot the following day, where we go to a different location and shoot some epic photos. I've been in the sea under the waves with the GoPro and newlyweds in their wedding dress and suit, the top of huge cliffs, quaint Italian villages, mountains, etc. This is a great time to either put the dress and suit back on, or wear something more casual and get some epic adventure style shots. I would suggest maybe to bring a second (cheaper) white dress for this set of photos, then you'll not worry ask much if it gets a little dirty/wet.
- Save-The-Dates and Invites...
I would suggest to get these sent out as soon as possible. This is pretty self-explanitory, as the guests you invite will need to make all their travel arrangements, book time off work, get pets looked after, save money for the trip,etc. So the more notice you give eveyone, the more likely most of your guests will attend.
- Choose an appropriate dress.
Chances are, you are jetting of to get married at a location in the sun, after all, who doesn't love a tropical beach wedding!!! A light a delicate dress is going to be your best option, the last thing you want is to be out in the hot sun, with a huge (and very heavy) ball gown style dress. Comfort should be high on your list of priorities. In-keeping with the idea of comfort, huge sparkling heels may not be the best for a beach wedding or walking over old, cobbled courtyards or hiking along rugged tracks. Bring a pair of white pumps for the day or even some hiking boots oeven go barefoot on the sand.
- Book tickets in your maiden name.
To save any complications with wrong passprot names, keep everything as it is, unless you've already legally changed your name and have all the relivant paperwork, new passport, etc.
- Get the timing right.
Before you confirm your date with the wedding venue, check that the weather at that time of year will generally be good, and also don't forget to look into the surrounding area for any events or touristy hot-spots that you may want to avoid.
- Take a pre-wedding visit.
This will depend on whether you have time, and if you can afford it, but if you can, it's a great way to settle your nerves a little, ask any questions directly to someone at the venue/location and maybe also do a quick run-through of the wedding day in your head and get those little details sorted. If you are doing this, don't forget to relax and enjoy your time there too.
- Local marriage requirements.
Not all countries have the same legal requirements for marriage, so do as much research as you can before you set-the-date. A good wedding planner in that area, should have all this information on their website or at least be able to give you a rough idea of the ins-and-outs of it all. Some countries have a 'residency requirement', meaning you must live there for a length of time before you're able to be married. In France, it's 40 days, England is 7 days, and in the Turks and Caicos Islands it's just 24 hours.
When you are getting in contact with venues and other vendors in the destination area, remember that some countries have a more relaxed, slower way of life, so getting a reply from them could take a few days/weeks.
You could always have a quiet, legal ceremony at your local town/city hall or registry office, and have all of the formalities done, then jet off, and have an 'unoffocial' ceremony, to say your vows under the sun at your chosen destination.
Tips & Helpful Ideas
This section includes some ideas, tips and a little bit of inspiration.
- New Email : If you are reading this, it's most likely that you've already started contacting vendors, but if not, I would suggest making a new email address, you could use both your name and the wedding date. Using this new email to contact everyone means that all your wedding info will be in the 1 place and not mixed in with you personal emails. You can also use this email on your invites too.
- Use Instagram : This kind-of works for most social media, but generally works best on Instagram. Make your own personal hashtag, this could use both your names and your wedding date, just like the email idea. Add this hashtag to your invites, WhatsApp wedding chats, etc and get everyone to use it when they post photos or videos from your big day. You'll be able to look-up the hashtag and see everyones snaps anytime. I once shot a wedding of a couple who's married name was Faulkner, their hashtag was something like #meet_the_faulkners.
- Read All About It : Take a photo of your wedding rings on the newspaper printed that day .
- Say How It Is : You won't be sending invites to strangers, so your words don't have to be formal, start as you mean to go on, by creating a fun atmosphere from the Save-The-Dates to the Thank-You notes...
"SH*T JUST GOT REAL, Mike & Louise are getting hitched".
- Ask your wedding co-ordinator or venue managaer which bands/DJ always packs the dancefloor.
- The 'A-Team' : A lot of website say to make an A list and a B list of guests, but why? Just make an A-Team and invite those. No-one has the right to be at your wedding, it's a privilage to be there, so only invite those you want to share your day with. Don't feel like you have to invite people, it's YOUR day, not theirs.
- You Can't Please Everyone : Accept that you can't please everyone, and trying to do so will cause you stress that you just don't need and will make the process a lot more daunting. As I mentioned before, this is your day, make it about you. Forget what you think you should and shouldn't do, and go with your heart. If you keep the both of you at the centre of every decision, it'll be the most memorable day of your lives.
- Kiss, Kiss, Smile, Smile : A little (obvious) tip is to smile, laugh and keep your head up as much as you can, you never know when your ninja photographer (hopefully me) will catch you in a photograph from across the room. When you are about to walk down the aisle, remember to keep your head up, don't look down at the ground, smile at everyone as you walk past them in your beautiful dress.
There's no need to be shy during your big day, and the more you interact each other the more chance there is of your photographer catching one of these cute moments.
- Snack Attack : As obvious as this sounds, don't forget to eat. Saying hello and chatting to guests can take more time than you'd expect. If you have me as your photographer, just as say to me that you're hungry, I'll have abottle of water and some snacks in my bag for you both if you need it.
- Restrictions : Always check with the church/chapel, that they allow photography during the wedding ceremony. Some places don't let anyone take photos as the ceremony is happening. It wouldn't be nice to find out just minutes before you walk down the aisle.
- Dress Size : So this doesn't actually mean the fitting size of your dress. It is just a reminder to keep in mind the width of the dress and the width of the aisle you are walking down. The aisle you will be walking down may look like there's enough room, but when you add the ballroom style dress, decorative things along the aisle and not to mention you will most likely have someone walking down beside you, the aisle can get quite small. You don't want your dress knocking things over or dragging things along as you walk.
- Bright Lights : When it comes to the ceremony room, I would suggest having it pretty bright and well lit. As amazing as a candle-lit, country church looks, it's not going to put much light on the bride as she walks down the aisle. When you consider that 99% of churches/chapels don't allow additional lights or flashes, the ceremony photos will look very dark. This would also apply to the room that you'll be doing the speeches in, although most places allow flashes and video lighting during this time.
- Honeymoon Fund : Yes, this is a thing.
Every couple is different, and honeymoons can differ in so many ways. Some people prefer to go somewhere close-to-home and relax, then there are couples that will plan to go explore the world for 2 weeks or more. Whatever you are going to be doing, why not set up a Honeymoon Fund or a web-page where guests can gift you money to put towards your adventure. I also have the option of adding your wedding photography to your gift list, if guests would like to help out a little bit with that.
- Tis' The Season : In some parts of the world, the time of year will play a huge part in the planning of your day. In the UK in July and August, you can still get outside for photos right up to 10pm, but in Winter, it can be dark by 3pm.
Also think about where you will be having your photos taken; will you need wellies for walking across a wet field or down a muddy track, will you need a jacket or umbrella? I will help with suggestions and planning everything out so we have all covered before the day comes around.
- Dancing Shoes : A great idea, is bringing some comfortable white pumps or flat shoes to change into after the first dance. This is a great idea if you have not had time to break-in your wedding shoes as they may hurt your feet after the full day of use.
You're feet will thank you.
- Have a take-away : Some of your guests will have eaten a lot. When it comes to your cake, it may be just too much to handle. Make sure you (or the venue) have some small boxes at hand that will hold one or two slices of cake, so the guests can take home. That way the cake will not go to waste.
- If you have any questions you would like answered hit the contact button below and I'll do my very best to get back to you with a helpful answer. Or, if you've any tips you think would be great on this page, send them too.