Questions to ask your wedding photographer….
Ross Barber answers the questions you should ask your Scottish Wedding Photographer….
How many photographs do you take?
During the course of a 8 hour wedding I would normally expect to deliver to the client in the region of 300-400 images. All of these images have been individually retouched in a post production process. For a 12 hour wedding the number would obviously rise, probably in the region of 500 images would be presented to the client.
Do you have public liability and indemnity insurance?
Yes, I have both, all professional wedding photographers should have both types of insurance, if the photographer’s answer is no…..walk away!
What is your style of wedding photography?
This is always a difficult question to answer as weddings are so tailored to individual preference, but if I had to put a label on it I would say I am a documentary reportage wedding photographer. That means that I photograph things as I see them happen, following the light, mood and atmosphere of the day as it unfolds. I will never ask you to pose in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable in any way; I am relaxed with a creative edge.
Do you belong to any associations?
I am an Associate member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait photographers (ASWPP), one step down from the highest grade, Fellow, which I am working towards.
What happens if you are ill?
I have never missed a wedding, ever; I would have to be in intensive care in hospital not to attend your wedding. If in the event of an emergency then as a member of the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) I have a network of photographers who all cover for each other.
Can we see photos from a complete wedding day?
Of course, I always suggest to couples that you try and look at a complete wedding from start to finish and not just the best bits. I am lucky that numerous clients have allowed me to show off their images.
Can you cope with a church or venue you have not worked in before, and what happens if the weather is awful?
I am well used to that, and in any case I always visit a venue prior to the wedding to make sure I know all of the best locations. What is better, a wedding photographer who is excited about a new venue or one that simply uses the same locations time after time? I always like to explore and find an unusual angle or idea. I keep an eye on the forecast, not that we can change it, but it helps to be prepared. By visiting the wedding venue beforehand I will know where best for your wedding photography shoot if the weather is bad so that the shoot will be seamless. If the weather really is awful then we would get creative inside, even in the very worst of the recent weather we have captured great images.
What about other wedding suppliers?
I have a list of recommended suppliers on the website. I have worked with all of these and they have been recommended by brides themselves.
How long after the wedding do we have to wait to see the images?
I aim to have the images up on your Client Gallery about one week after the wedding. I can also upload them to my Facebook page for your friends to do some tagging (but you will need to get your friends and family to become a friend of Ross Barber Photography as the galleries are private).
One week after the wedding I will have your images up online in your own personal gallery in the Client Area. I will email you with the password and link that you can send to your friends and family.
What is a pre-wedding shoot?
Have a look on my blog – there are loads of pre-wedding photo shoots on there. It’s basically a few hours to capture some informal shots and portraits. It’s a chance for us to get to know each other prior to the wedding. It’s also a great way to get used to being in front of the camera. Some people go on to use the images on their wedding day, as table decorations, or on the cover of guest books, for example.
Can you supply parent albums and how much are they?
There are a wide range of wedding albums that are available for parents albums, it really depends upon your budget. There are also numerous online album suppliers that you can use to print them yourselves quite cheaply.
Do you do destination weddings?
Yes. However, I price destination weddings differently as we need to accommodate for travel and expenses, so please drop me an email or call me on 07812 638 157 to discuss specifics.
What if I don’t like having my photo taken?
I know what you mean! I hate my photo being taken too, that’s why I stay on the other side of the camera! But really, don’t worry about it, 99% of the folk in the images you will have seen on my website or in my wedding portfolio the people in them said the same thing. I’m actually very good at making people feel happy and relaxed in front of the camera and the pre-wedding shoot really helps here with any nerves.
Do you charge for travel and other expenses?
The prices in the price guide are for weddings in 2016 and include travel costs within the Edinburgh and Lothians area. For weddings/shoots further afield I charge 45p per mile as per HMRC recommended milage charge. For weddings much much further afield, we can have a chat about planes, trains , automobiles and accommodation, just drop me a line.
Drop me a line through the contact form for 2016/17 prices.
Get in touch….
If you would like to chat further about your wedding please give me a call on 01899 830 364 or 07812638157; you can see my Wedding Photography Portfolio and Portrait Photography Portfolio here. I would be very happy to meet up for a coffee and informal chat anytime.