Are you willing to travel?
Yes! No distance is too far, providing traveling cost and accommodation is covered.
What is your shooting style?
I have a very natural approach and I don’t like to be in the lime light. I don’t like posed shots as they convey nothing about the subject. I prefer you to act as you normally would and will only slightly direct you in order to get rid of an unflattering shadow or something to the like. This makes everybody more comfortable and makes for better images. Because of my style, it is a good idea to think of a location where to shoot or some activity to do before we meet up. Try to find a place where there wouldn’t be too many people to creep into the background of your shots.
How do you use your time during a shoot or wedding?
I put no time limit on shoots. Some people take longer to get comfortable with a big camera pointed at them.
During weddings I try to follow these guidelines but clients will consult with me about their needs and to draw up a schedule:
Decor shots: 45 min: It’s best to do this before I come to you, because by the time I arrive at the reception all the guests will be there.
Bride getting ready before the ceremony: 1 hour & 30 min
Groom getting ready before the ceremony: 30 min
Couple portraits: 1,5 hours + (depending on your needs):
Ceremony: 30 min – 1 hour
Family & Group shots: 30 min – 1 hour: It is best to do this directly after the ceremony. Please ensure that everybody who is supposed to be photographed know that this is when they should be close by. Your master of ceremonies will be responsible for getting relevant parties together.
Additional Couple Portraits: 1 hour + (depending on your needs): This is when I’ll take additional pictures of the couple if required. If we did not include shots of the wedding party (bridesmaids etc.) with the couple before the ceremony, this will be the time to do so.
Reception: depends on your needs…
Do you do table shots at weddings?
No, unfortunately I don’t do table photos. It is a logistical nightmare getting everybody at their tables when all they want to do is have fun and mingle. It also takes a lot of time out of the couple’s day/evening if they wait around for everybody at the table to take their places. I’ve seen many a bride get frustrated by this. I will however be capturing individual people as they listen to speeches, laugh and enjoy the evening. If you do want big group shots, I suggest you set up a photobooth option where I will take pictures for you. This is also a great way to entertain guests and it makes for fun pictures. Get a nice couch or something interesting for them to sit on in a corner or against a backdrop.
Do you use lighting equipment?
I work with natural light, because it makes for the best images. I do however, where necessary, use flashes, reflectors and diffusers. Just keep in mind that (at weddings) one of the best things you can do for great reception shots is create enough light in the reception area. Candles alone are not enough. And you certainly don’t want your reception area looking like a movie set becaause of lighting equipment