How many hours coverage do we need?
This depends on which parts of the day you would like me to capture and how much travel is involved between all the locations.
Here’s a general guide:
6 Hours Coverage – Bride getting ready, Ceremony, Family Photos, Portraits and Reception start (e.g. cake cutting, first dance, etc).
8 Hours Coverage – Bride and Groom getting ready, Ceremony, Family Photos, Portraits and usually all Reception formalities
10 Hours Coverage – Bride and Groom getting ready, Ceremony, Family Photos, Portraits and all Reception formalities, first 30 minutes of dancefloor
* For weddings taking place in one location (ceremony and reception) I can comfortably capture your full day in 8 hours.
And if you’re not sure how many hours you will need, I suggest you lock in your date first and the hours can be finalised later down the track (even a week out from your wedding day).
When is the best time to hold our ceremony and reception?
In an ideal world, you should allow enough time between your ceremony and reception for congrats and mingles, family and group photos and wedding party location photos. You also need to factor in travel time if your ceremony and reception are held at different venues or if you want to do your location photos in another location.
In terms of timing for your ceremony and making the most of beautiful afternoon light, civil ceremonies should start no earlier than 3 to 4 hours before sunset. Anything earlier and you might be dealing with harsh light and strong shadows.
The same applies to religious ceremonies, just add on a bit of extra time to allow for a longer service.
How many photos do we receive? And do you select the photos we get?
You can expect to receive approximately 70-100 photos per hour of shooting. So for an 8 hour wedding day I generally deliver around 800 to 1000 photos. All photos are carefully selected and individually edited by me to tell your story in the best and most authentic way possible.
When do we receive our photos?
Within a week of your wedding day I will email through a sneak peek from the day for you to share with your loved ones. I will then send you more sneaks in the following two to three weeks.
Your full gallery will be ready within 6 to 8 weeks of your wedding day (the longer timeframe applies to peak season weddings – September to April).
How do we receive our photos?
You will receive all your photos (edited and in high resolution) via a secure password protected online gallery. You are able to download your photos directly from the gallery (in high and web resolution). And you can also share the gallery with your loved ones and on social media.
The online gallery is available to you for 12 months. Extended hosting is available as well at a small additional cost.
We don’t like posed photos, is that ok?
Absolutely! And I’m also glad that you don’t.
This is something that pretty much all of my couples say and in fact, I too am not the biggest fan of overly posed and staged photos.
I photograph weddings in a very natural and relaxed style and there will definitely be no awkward posing or creating fake moments.
I like to let the day unfold naturally and to capture all those beautiful authentic and unscripted moments. I will provide you with some gentle direction when needed – for example during the location portraits and family photos – but even this part of the day will be easy and relaxed. And as for the rest of the day when you’re busy celebrating with your loved ones, you won’t even know I’m there.
Do we need a second photographer?
I photograph most weddings on my own quite comfortably and I actually prefer it this way so that I can focus on you and your loved ones.
There are of course times when a second photographer is quite handy, for example if the getting ready locations aren’t nearby, if there are other time constraints on the day or if you have a guest list of 200+.
I can chat to you more about this and we can figure out whether a second shooter is needed. And of course, if you would just like to add one on, I would be more than happy to do so.
Can you help us with our run order?
For sure. I’ve been shooting weddings for a couple of years now and I’d be happy to pass on all my tips to make your day run smoothly and for you to get the best out of your images.
You can also check out my Wedding Planning Guide here – you will find some handy tips in here as to how long the different parts of the day take to photograph.
A month or so before your wedding day I will send you a questionnaire to gather all the important parts about the day (timings, addresses etc). I will then draft a run sheet for you to look over.
Will you travel for our wedding?
Absolutely! I’m based in Alexandria in Sydney however you will often find me at weddings in the Southern Highlands, up at Palm Beach and down the South Coast. Weddings outside a 50km radius of Sydney attract a small travel fee.
Travel fees for interstate/overseas weddings are quoted on a case by case basis.
What’s your vibe at a wedding?
I’m quite relaxed and approachable and I love to have a chat. Basically, my goal is to fit in with everyone and to enjoy the day as much as you.
I like to work with couples with whom I can be friends. In fact, I still keep in touch with many of my past brides and grooms.
As for the way I work on the day, I’m unobtrusive and I move around as quietly as possible. I also don’t interfere with the flow of the day and I don’t create fake moments. Having said that, I will keep an eye on the time and make sure we’re on track and will gently direct you if and when needed.
We love your work and think you’d be a great fit for us! How do we book you?
Aw, thank you! Firstly, get in touch to check my availability. If I’m available we can chat a bit more about your plans (via email, phone call or Skype).
To make things official and reserve your wedding date with me I require you to sign my contract and pay a non-refundable part payment of $1,500.
And if you are not too sure how many hours coverage you need (which is often the case as weddings are planned a year or so ahead!) I am happy for you to lock in your date and finalise the hours of coverage later down the track.
* If there is anything else you’d like to ask or know please get in touch.
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