Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a photographer that is right for me?
If you get along well with your photographer and absolutely love their style, this is a match made in heaven. From here it is important to do your research to ensure that your photographer is reputable.
I am so overwhelmed by choice and are not sure whether my photographer is reputable?
The photography industry is not heavily regulated. Since the rise of digital cameras the industry has been flooded with photographers whose skills and customer service vary along a wide spectrum. Here are some things to look out for:
1. The orientation of the business and photographer who will be photographing your wedding. If a business is built on passion the focus will be on their clients. A business that puts their clients first will go that extra mile for you, even if your request falls out of their expertise.
2. Experience of your photographer is so important. Your photographer is with you for the whole day and often gets the role of wedding co-ordinator (wether you have employed a wedding co-ordinator or not). It is the photographers experience in dealing professionally with multiple personalities, varying weather conditions and time keeping that will ensure your wedding runs smoothly. Quite often the same hick ups tend to arise in weddings. An experienced photographer knows how to anticipate and diffuse these problems efficiently, where the couple has no idea of it even happening.
3. The best way to find out wether your photographer is a reputable one is to meet them in person and ask lots of question that will give you answers to all the points outlined above. Testimonies from past clients are always worth reading. Facebook has a review section now on business pages, which allows clients to comment and rate the business out of 5 stars. These postings cannot be removed or changed by the business, so I find these testimonies are most reliable to read. It is great if your photographer has won awards, been in magazines or is accredited by larger organisations. I personally would take this all with a grain of salt, depending on how the competitions are fairly conducted and the criteria for businesses to join these organisations (generally as long as they have paid the membership fee they are accredited).
My friend who dabbles in photography as a hobby, has offered to be our photographer for the day.
This is great that your friend has offered to be your photographer. Just make sure your fine with them splitting their time between getting photos and being a guest at your wedding. I have talked to so many couples that have regretted not getting a professional to photograph their wedding, as their photographer friend had missed so many key shots. Being a wedding photographer is a high-pressure job, which is both physically and mentally exhausting. Your friend not used to working under this amount of pressure may become unexpectedly overwhelmed on the day. I have seen such talented professional photographers crumble under the pressure of photographing weddings and what suffers at the end of the day are your photos.
How many photographers work for Bedford Photography?
There a five photographers including myself that are all qualified in photographing as principal photographers, their names are James, Tabatha, Rowena, and Grant. I have known and worked alongside these photographers for years, as we all started our photography journey at a company called Blumenthal Photography. Training together at the company, we all have a very similar natural and candid approach and style of photography.
Are you a candid photographer?
Our style is a nice balance between candid and directed. Every couple is unique, some prefer us to be completely candid while others prefer a little direction so they feel copmfortable and have an idea of what to except. On your wedding day we are unobtrusive particularly at your ceremony and reception, however are present when you need us. Not only will we ensure your wedding gets captured beautifully, we are also there to support you on the day and make sure everything runs smoothly for you. All you have to do is relax and enjoy yourselves!
What is the best light for photos?
The best light for photography is when the sun is positioned on an angle, this happens around late afternoon with sunset being known as the Golden Hour. If you want to take advantage of this light and achieve out of this world imagery, consider making time for photos at sunset. This may mean ducking out of your reception for 15mins to get some photos done.
If your ceremony is in the warmer months and close to midday, best light is to have your ceremony set up in open shad. This could be under a tree or structure that provides nice even light across your faces.
Do we meet our photographer before our wedding day?
Of course you do. When enquiring for a quote, you will be assigned a principal photographer for your wedding day. You will have an opportunity to meet your photographer before making your booking to ensure that you feel comfortable and happy with the arrangement.
Where are you based?
We have a studio based in Engadine.
Will you travel overseas to photograph our wedding?
We sure will. In the past we have photographed weddings in France, Hawaii, Bali and all around Australia. We have special packages for overseas weddings so feel free to tell us about your wedding at email@example.com
What is your booking process?
To lock in your date with us, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of $1000 and a signed contract. The outstanding amount of your package can be paid any day before your wedding. We are also happy to put together a payment plan if you feel more comfortable making instalments. If you would like a copy of our contract email us atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
What photography package best suits our wedding?
This all depends on what you would like captured on the day. Below is an ideal photography schedule that gives you an idea of how long it takes for us to photograph each component of your day. Any of this timing can be change to fit in with your schedule. Boys getting ready takes 40 mins and girls getting ready takes 1 hour. Coverage for your ceremony depends on how long your service goes for. After your ceremony guests generally like to congratulate you both and we then prefer to do any group and family photos straight after this. This may take 30 mins to document. Location timing varies from 1-3 hours and reception timing depends on how long you would like us to stay. Reception formalities generally wrap up anytime from 8.30-9.30pm. For an accurate quote feel free to contact us at email@example.com
How long do we have to wait for our wedding photos?
Not long at all. We will have your wedding photos back to you by the time you return from your honeymoon. If you decided not to go on a honeymoon we can have your images ready 2 weeks after your wedding day.
How do we create an album with you?
Once you receive your wedding images on USB, we ask you to make a list of all the images you would like in your album. There is no limit, so choose as many images as you like. Once you have emailed the list to us we can then start your album design. Once the design is completed we invite you to come to our studio to view your design. In this appointment you have complete creative control to ensure your wedding album is exactly howÂ you want.
Is retouching an additional charge?
We want you to have the perfect wedding album so our retouching services are complementary.
How long before we receive our album?
Once you and your husband have given the final approval on your design, it takes 5 weeks for your album to be made and sent back to us. We will contact you once your album is ready to be picked up.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask as we are here to support you.
From Cassie & the team at Bedford photography.