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Wedding photography FAQ – From what to expect from your photographer to how long should your photographer stay. Keep reading the answers to your frequently asked questions to find out more.
To help you navigate through all the photography related jargon I’ve put together a list of the most common wedding photography FAQ I receive. If you have a question that is not featured in the FAQ below, feel free to drop me an email.
Out of all my FAQs this question understandably crops up the most. According to Bridebook’s January 2023 survey of nearly 5,500 UK couples, the average wedding photographer spend was £1433. According to Hitched on average, the costs are closer to £1,790 to hire a wedding photographer in the UK. As you search for your wedding photographer pricing will vary depending on your location, skill set of the photographer, number of years they have been working and the services they provide you. Whatever your photography budget is, there are no rules on what you should or should not be spending on your wedding photographer. It comes down to your total wedding budget and most importantly your love of the photographers imagery and approach.
My wedding photography pricing follows a straight forward approach based on your coverage and my award winning years of experience. I can also arrange tailored coverage, and quotes for elopements and destination weddings on request. Read more about what is included and more details here.
There are three types of wedding photography: reportage photography, traditional photography and contemporary wedding photography. Contemporary, fashion, editorial or creative photography takes its inspiration from fashion photography. Traditional style focuses on taking posed shots of the couple and the group at large and involves a lot of direction from the photographer and time away from your celebrations. It may not necessarily capture the emotions of the day as whole either. Reportage, also known as documentary or journalistic photography is not a new approach altogether, but in the world of wedding photography it has come into vogue in the last couple of years. The aim… to document your special day in an unobtrusive fashion, a narrative through creative imagery.
I have 10 plus years of experience photographing weddings and elopements in a variety of venues and locations up and down the country. I am used to working in all weathers and varying light conditions. My approach or style is very much reportage. I love to document events as they unfold, I am a responsive, docu-style photographer, picking up on the characters, the unseen gestures, and emotions. As well as everything from the tiny details to the epic environment.
As a wedding photographer, one of the questions I hear from couples regularly is how many hours of coverage do we actually need? Since this is probably your first time wedding planning, you want to make sure you get all the important parts of your day covered for sure, but are also wondering where you can stretch your wedding budget and should you pay for those additional hours of photography that you may not need?
Most wedding photographers break down their services into hours of coverage typically, 4, 6 or 8-10hrs. Others will charge by the hour (to keep it simple) but I find this is often far from it when quizzed by my couples. As a docu-style, natural, reportage wedding photographer for me it’s all about the narrative. So I ask you this…when would the story of day naturally begin and end? Would you find yourself talking about the early morning preparations or skipping straight to the heartfelt ceremony and to find your happily after ending would you find yourselves reminiscing over the wonderful drinks reception or your evening party? In short, there is no right or wrong answer only your personal preference. Be sure to reach out if you want to quiz me more on this.
It has never been easier to stay in touch! I love to catch up via zoom or Whatapp for a coffee and chat in the first instance. If you are local to Norfolk, I’m more than happy to meet up in person too; I know some great cafes and pubs. I like to get to know my couples and for us to all feel comfortable. I’m easy going and I want to learn as much as I can about you. This will give me the best chance of creating an authentic and beautiful document of your day.
Of course! My equipment is insured, I have public liability and full professional indemnity insurance. This is one of the fundamentals of booking a professional photographer for your peace of mind.
I do, and I love it. I travel all over the UK (and occasionally Europe) for Weddings and Elopements. A small surcharge is applied for fuel/ferry/flights. It’s amazing how affordable flights are these days.
I think a selection of group shots are a great idea, I usually say 8-10 set ups is a nice number, enough to cover close family/wedding party. I try to capture these with a relaxed vibe where possible, which you can view on my portfolio.
My turnaround for the full gallery of images is 3 weeks during peak season, often around 2 weeks in Winter/Spring.
I prefer being behind the camera to being in front of it, so can completely relate. If I had a pound for every time one of my couples told me that they are anxious about being in front of the camera, well, you can fill in the gap! My approach has been crafted over many years of working with people and before any creative or technical skill, the ability to put people at ease is the most important asset for any photographer. I keep things fun and flowing, and never too serious. There are no rules after all. I let couples just be themselves. I don’t stick to rigid posing but give soft direction to fit the mood, the environment, and the personality of each couple.
My photography business was founded on my love for wildlife and rewilding Britain. Initially, I would donate 2% of my profits to local charities. Today, much has changed so I have outlined this below for you:
- I am able to offset my travel by removing 20 tones of C02 each year through the Carbon Neutral Britain initiative.
- I donate a tree for every booking to my very own UK grove founded in 2024! A space for all the trees to grow and flourish together. Trees will be planted alongside other native trees and in time, will help to restore the Caledonian Forest and along with it, the wildlife there such as the red squirrel, black grouse, capercaille, pine marten and the golden eagle.
- No USB is manufactured here in the UK, the initial manufacture takes place in China or Taiwan. They are then shipped to distribution centres across the UK who will then personalise the USB for you. This process has a global environmental impact so I opt to provide digital downloads.
- The internet is one of the most carbon-polluting industries on the planet. So, I use a 100% renewably powered website and gallery hosting provider called Krystal.
- Handcrafting memories for the future, I advocate Folio Albums who make a conscious effort take what was great about historical processes and materials and bring it forward into the future without damaging our planet or its potential.
- My tangible selection of fine art prints are also packaged plastic free.
Yes, bespoke wedding albums are available to order with my online self-ordering system accessible after viewing your images. Family and friends can log in, view, and purchase their favourites too. No purchase is necessary to view your gallery of course! Everyone is welcome to look at the best man busting his dance moves whom you invite via your private gallery link.
From our 1st meeting to hand delivering our album.
“Couldn’t have wished for better wedding photographer to share our special day. Neil goes to extra mile. Our photos are beautiful.”