HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE AT OUR WEDDING?
About 95% of the wedding I photograph, I always have a second photographer with me. When I say you get a second photographer, I mean another professional photographer, not an assistant. This is to ensure that I can provide consistent quality coverage in two places at once and/or when the guest list is 100+.
WHO WILL BE OUR MAIN PHOTOGRAPHER?
I (David) will be your main photographer on your wedding day.
DO YOU SHOOT WITH DIGITAL OR FILM?
I shoot with both! While digital is great for capturing on-the-fly moments and incredible night photography, film is in a class of its own when it comes to crafting fine art pieces. Film brings a soft, elegant and timeless feel with beautiful gentle tones, which my work is distinctly known for – this is my signature style. I appreciate both forms of photography, however what’s most important and compelling to me is being able to capture beautiful images with my cameras in such a way that requires little post-processing.
WHAT KIND OF DIGITAL AND FILM CAMERA EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
For Digital, I shoot with top of the line medium format cameras and professional grade lenses. I just love Fujifilm and personally think they create the best cameras with the best image quality and colours! For Film, I shoot with Contax 645 because of the beautiful dreamy pastel colours and very flattering skin tones they produce.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO WE GET?
I aim to give you as many good photos as possible as I know how special these moments are to you. At the same time I also don’t believe that ‘more’ automatically means ‘better’. On average, you can expect 700+ images for a 10-hour wedding day and 850+ images for a 12-hour wedding day. This works out to be about 70 images per hour of shooting time.
With engagement sessions, I aim to provide you with 100+ images for a simple engagement session and 200+ images for a creative engagement session. This is of course on assumption that we do not spend too much time travelling in between locations. It also really depends on the circumstances of the day itself.
DO YOU EDIT ALL YOUR PHOTOS?
Absolutely! All the photos supplied to you will be beautifully colour-managed and edited to produce the best result. This is why there is a turnaround time of up to 6 weeks to see your wedding photos. Turnaround for engagement and lifestyle sessions is up to 4 weeks. The edited photos are included in all my collections and all images will be provided to you in both high and low resolution.
WHEN WILL WE SEE OUR PHOTOS?
I take great pride in choosing, editing and processing your images. You will be able to view your images online within 6 weeks. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that may delay this time schedule, I will make sure I notify you in advance. If you require your photographs to be delivered prior to the specified time period, please let me know in advance so I can see whether it’s possible to make appropriate arrangements.
CAN I SEE A FULL GALLERY OF YOUR WORK?
YES! What I show on my social media and website isn’t always a good representation of an entire wedding day. I’d love nothing more for you to look through a few full galleries that I’ve delivered to clients recently. Just let me know when you get in touch and I’ll provide you with a few links so you have a good idea of what your photographs will look like from an entire wedding day. I think this is incredibly important!
TELL US MORE ABOUR YOUR FINE ART ALBUMS?
These albums are considered to be some of the best Fine Art albums you will find in the world. Printed on beautiful fine art matte paper and hand-bound, they are in my opinion one of the best ways to remember your wedding. I offer 3 main album variations with smaller size parent albums that will match in every other way. Finishes include complimentary de-bossing of names and available in a wide range of natural linens, Japanese Asahi silk or soft Italian premium leathers.
DO YOU DESIGN THE ALBUMS?
Yes, I sure do! Once the photos are ready for you, I will ask you to select a handful of your favourite photos and will provide you with a draft pre-design of your album. I have a talented album design team that will work closely with me to design and select additional photos to complement your favourite selections. This will then be presented to you for viewing online. I will subsequently work together with you for ideas and suggestions on any changes you may like to make. You will have full control and can add or remove whichever images you want. I will allow a maximum of 5 full revisions. Following that, please note that hourly rates may begin to apply for each additional revision made.
Pre-designing just speeds up the process. I will also show you a few sample albums at the time of our initial meeting. For special requests or alternate album designs, please ask me.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR ALBUM?
I expect the album to be in your hands within 4 weeks of finalising the album design.
CAN I PURCHASE PRINTS, FRAMED PIECES AND CANVASES FROM YOU?
Absolutely! I offer full service professional photo lab quality products in a variety of sizes that can be purchased as add-ons after your engagement/portraiture session and wedding day. Just ask me to find out what’s on offer!
HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU TAKE ON EACH YEAR?
As I’m a boutique photography studio rather than a commercial one, I only take on a limited amount of wedding commissions each year. This number is currently sitting at 25. This ensures every single one of my couple receives my very best service, as well as allowing myself time to continually learn and grow, creating unique, beautiful and timeless images for each couple I have the privilege of working with.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am based in Sydney, NSW, Australia with my beautiful wife and our little daughter Jasmine.
DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF SYDNEY FOR WEDDINGS?
Of course! I’m available to travel anywhere around Australia.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL?
Yes, I most certainly am. Travelling is an important part of my work as seeing and experiencing other foreign places is a major source of inspiration for me. A dream of mine is to photography more destination weddings! Hence, if you are located overseas or looking to have your wedding abroad, all you need to do is get in touch and let me know where you planned to have your wedding and we can work all the details out from there.
WHEN DO YOU SHOOT THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION?
I usually require at least 6 weeks before your wedding day to shoot your Engagement session. However, from my experiences, if you are able to fit in the engagement session 6 months before your actual wedding day, that would be best. Why you may ask? This is so you can display your engagement photos at your actual wedding! To provide an example, if you do your engagement session 1~2 months before your wedding, it may already be too late. You’ve already sent out your save-the-dates to your guests. You’re already created your online website. You’ve already told everyone about your wedding. As such, you are greatly limited by when and where you can actually make good use of your engagement photos. There are so many other wonderful ways that you can use your engagement photos at your wedding. How? Shoot me an email and I’d love to share some ideas with you.
DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR YOU AND YOUR SECOND SHOOTER ON OUR WEDDING DAY?
Yes please. From the time we start, we dedicate ourselves to provide you the best service possible, running around unobtrusively to capture the story of your day unfold in its entirety. Hence, for every wedding, I ask that 2 crew meals be prepared for us during your reception dinner to keep us running on full energy for the rest of the night. I promise that this little kindness to show your appreciation for our hard work will go a very long way.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ARE SICK?
In the unlikely instance that I’m unavailable to work on your wedding day due to severe injury or sickness, my principal associate shooter will be able to take over and a second photographer from my team will be arranged. I hold high respect for your special day and will inform you at our earliest to enable you as much time as possible to weigh out your options. If you are unhappy with my arrangement, I will refund your deposit and allow you to use another photographer.
ARE YOU INSURED?
I sure am! I have full public liability insurance and can provide you with a certificate if required.
WILL OUR PHOTOS BE DISPLAYED ON YOUR WEBSITE OR BLOG?
I try my best to update my website, social media platforms and blog wherever possible, however it is usually up to my discretion as to whether or not a particular image from an engagement session or wedding will be published. Should you have any concerns about this, please let me know and I am happy to explain or discuss this further with you.
DO YOU PROVIDE VIDEO COVERAGE?
Unfortunately, I don’t provide video coverage. Photography alone requires 100% of my attention to ensure that I provide you the best possible service and not undermine the end product. I can definitely refer you to some super talented videographers/cinematographers I’ve worked with though!
CAN WE ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR BEFORE SECURING OUR BOOKING?
Of course! I usually insist you book an initial appointment with me face-to-face or via skype before securing your booking. I’m available most weekdays and weeknights. My client meetings are held at Breakfast Point unless a mutually convenient location is agreed upon.
WHAT ARE YOUR WEDDING FEE?
This depends on the wedding collection. All my wedding collections includes a second photographer, full day coverage starting from 10 hours, a custom-designed online gallery and all the images in high and low-resolution on USB. All items are quoted in AUD and are inclusive of GST.
HOW DO WE CONFIRM OUR BOOKING WITH YOU?
Easy! In order to book and secure your wedding date with me, a signed contract and a 20% non-refundable deposit is required, as well as any travel fees which may apply. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your wedding day. I cannot hold any dates without a signed contract and deposit. Of course, you are also welcome to pay the total balance upfront.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
I accept credit cards through PayPal. As I’m a small business, I do charge a 3% surcharge for all credit card payments.
Should you have any other questions or concerns that I haven’t answered here, please contact me!