Why do you use two cameras?
I always work with two camera bodies for a few of reasons. Firstly, I don’t want to miss anything; I use different lenses mounted to each camera so I am able to cover different angles or ranges to get the best shots and craft a better story to your day without wasting crucial minutes changing lenses. Having two cameras means I can get the variety of shots you want with minimal disruption and without the need to use a second shooter. Secondly having two cameras also means I always have a back up.
How long before we can see the photos?
I aim to have all edited and retouched images available for viewing in the client area of the website within 10 days of the wedding. You can expect around 400 final images for you to proof. If you have ordered an album, you can then select an agreed number of these for use in your book. A full pdf proof of the book will then be available for your approval prior to printing.
Can we meet you before we book?
In most cases yes of course! We can arrange that I to come and see you at your home, local pub, cafe or anywhere else you like. I’ll bring along some sample books for you to look through and talk through your big day and any ideas you have. Of course this may not be always possible for long distance weddings however we can arrange a conference call to discuss your plans in more detail and there is always Skype! There will be absolutely no hard sell.
How much is the deposit?
I ask for a £200 deposit to secure your wedding date, with the remaining balance due 4 weeks before the big day.
Will you do international weddings?
Of course! Destination weddings photography is something new for this year so I’m offering great rates for a limited time. I consider any booking request regardless of location.
What will you be wearing?
For weddings I usually wear a black shirt and trousers. This enables me to look like the photographer and not one of the guests but is subtle and smart enough to remain discrete where needed. If this doesn’t suit your wedding then where possible I am more than happy to accommodate your requests bearing in mind any hire costs may be added onto the final bill.
What if it rains?
Some people dread the thought of a rainy wedding but there really isn’t a reason to worry. You’ll still have great day getting married to the man or woman of your dreams and you’ll still have a great selection of photos at the end of it. There are many great opportunities for photos in most venues and I also carry a selection of matching umbrellas just in case!
Do you have public liability insurance?
Who owns the copyright / image rights?
By law the photographer retains the copyright of every image they capture. However a hi res disk containing all final images is included in the package. The images are yours to print for personal use, email, send to your friends etc. In fact any activity that is not commercial (i.e. selling an image for advertising, stock sites etc.). The low res DVD supplied the every client is fine for emailing, blogs and Facebook but will not be of high enough quality to print from and has my logo on. In return I retain the right to use the images for advertising and promotion of Joel Skingle Photography and for any commercial opportunities.
We don’t like having our picture taken. How do you deal with this?
First of all don’t worry! You would be surprised at how many people ask this question. This is one of the reasons why I offer a complimentary pre-wedding shoot. This lets us get to know each other better, adds trust and means that when the day comes you know how I work and can almost pretend I’m not there!
Do you require a meal at the reception?
I am more than happy to bring my own food and take a short break at a suitable point in the day. However it is a long day and as I spend the full day with you many couples offer to provide a meal. This is always appreciated but by no means compulsory.
Do you airbrush pictures?
As I capture events as they happen I like to retain a certain amount of realism to the images but I will do a little skin smoothing and blemish removal to any images that might benefit from it. All of your images are colour balanced, retouched and edited individually by hand. I consider this part of the job to be equally as important as taking the pictures on the day and I carry out all post-production work myself.