Lots of people ask us similar questions.
Here are the answers to a few...
Do you travel?
Yes, lots! We kinda like it. We're based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire after a recent relocation from Grantham, Lincolnshire but work throughout the East Midlands, including Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire (you get the gist). We’re happy to work anywhere in the UK from Lands End to John O'Groats and equally happy to travel overseas. Locations further from base may incur additional expenses though.
What equipment do you use?
We currently use Sony brand professional cameras, our current work horses are Sony A9’s (for the enthusiasts) and they're amazing! They work great in low level light without needing flash, plus they’re mirrorless so we can be silent ninja’s and grab photos with zero noise, making them perfect for subtle photography during your ceremony. Duplicate kit comes everywhere in the unlikely event of equipment failure, so your day won’t be interrupted. We bring a pile of equally lovely lenses as well as a bag of flashes, batteries and other useful equipment. Occasionally we use reflectors, video lights and other small pieces of lighting equipment, though we try to keep this to an absolute minimum and always out of the way.
We also carry a bag of useful stuff like tape, lollipops, safety pins, mints and cartoon plasters... because you just never know.
Are you insured?
Yes, of course. Let us know if you’d like us to forward a copy of our public liability and indemnity insurance.
Specifically relating to weddings:
What if the weather is awful?
We get wet?
We come prepared. British weather being what it is, we always make a plan B.
This is one of the reasons we make sure we’re familiar with your venue before the day.
We carry extra lights and several umbrellas (some rather photogenic) just in case of weather emergencies.
Don't stress about the weather though, rain can look amazing in photographs, so if you’re up for it, we’ll make the most of it.
Will you make us stand in line for hours when all we want to do is drink champagne?
We prefer to capture images of happy people enjoying themselves, rather than rows of people scowling at us because they're cold, thirsty or just bored. For group shots, we usually chat about what you'd like before the day. We then make a plan so that this bit happens as swiftly and as fuss-free as it possibly can on the day. We aim for this part of the day to be as relaxed as humanly possible, and for it to have minimal impact on the rest of the proceedings, leaving you plenty of time to catch up with your guests.
...And you can always bring the Champagne along with you.
Do we need to feed you?
A meal is always appreciated if available, it’s usually a long day and we’ll need sustenance. You're by no means obliged to provide one though, all we ask is that you let us know whether your venue is catering for us in advance so that we can come prepared if not.
Why are there two of you?
Logistics usually mean that one photographer can't cover both sets of preparations so having a second means that you can both share this part of the day with each other afterwards. It means one of us can cover people arriving at your ceremony location whilst the other stays with the other stars of the show until they make their way to the ceremony. It also allows us to capture a second angle of the day throughout, think shots down the aisle and also from the front as you exchange rings. Having more cameras on duty also means that you end up with a much more comprehensive record to look back on as we can actually be in two places at once. Clever.
Why is the cost of commercial & wedding photography different?
There are quite a few factors but the biggest is the time spent producing the images after we've shot them. An average day of commercial photography usually requires a couple of days back at the computer, whereas an average wedding day can take us in excess of a week. There are loads more images and this takes lots more time.