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Questions and answers

What equipment do you use?

I am a Canon photographer and have the following arsenal in my bag:

  • 2x Canon 6d DSLR Bodies
  • Canon 16-35mm Lens
  • Canon 24-105mm Lens
  • Canon 70-200mm Lens
  • Sigma 85MM Lens
  • Godox AD 600 portable studio flash and 3x speedlights

I also have a sufficient supply of spare batteries and other little gadgets

How long have you been shooting commercially for?

I started photography in 1997. I became extremely active in 2008 while traveling and started commercially in 2016

Do you have a second shooter?

I have an assistant that help carry all my gear. I am the sole Photographer as you are investing in my creative style of photography.

What do you wear?

We dress smart casual for the day. Black jeans/ long pants and a button up shirt to ensure that we fade into the background and don’t stick out on your special day. It is an incredibly long day for the Photographer and assistant so staying comfortable ensures that we remain focused. If there are specific requests, this should be communicated with the Photographer.

Do we have to pay for the courier costs?

If you are in Durban, I like to hand over products in person if possible. As courier costs are forever changing, I have not included these into the costs and will thus be over and above wedding pack prices.

Do we need to cover your accommodation?

If venue is over 100km away, then accommodation will be needed for the night of the wedding for myself and my assistant. One room is fine. If the wedding is 200km or over from Durban then accommodation will also need to include the night before so that the photographer will have the opportunity to scout for areas to shoot and to ensure that they are at the venue on time to start work.

Do you need to be seated at our reception and do you need a meal?

After an incredibly long day on our feet we would greatly appreciate a meal and something to drink to fuel up and see us through to the end of the evening.

What is the best time to have my Wedding Ceremony?

As a photographer we are concerned about light and it is the creative shoot where we hope to have the best light “Golden Hour”. This is generally 1 and a half hours before sunset. With every booking the Bride will receive a complimentary wedding day timetable to help assist with planning that will take this into account.

How much time should we allow for photos of ourselves on the Wedding Day?

This depends on how important the couples intimate creative shoot is to them. On average it is best to work between 45mins and 1hour 30 mins.

Our wedding is outside of Durban. Do you travel?

I am happy to travel outside of Durban/ Kwazulu-Natal and even South Africa. Please discuss this with me and we can cost accordingly.

Do you digitally edit our images?

We hand edit each image individually, taking out blemishes sharpening and colour corrections. We do not remove or replace people into photographs or unrealistically alter the image.

How many images will we get?

We do not like to put a limit onto the amount and would rather like to ensure that you have enough images to tell the entire story. However, a good rule of thumb is around 30 images for every hour.

How long will it take to get them?

I love working quickly and being able to hand back the product ASAP! However, each image is individually edited and fine-tuned. This does take a considerable amount of time. I therefore intend to get images out within 8 weeks. If there is an album included this will take approximately a further 2 weeks for designing and printing.

Would you be prepared to give us ALL the images taken on our Wedding Day?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. This is because there are always the images caught between frames where someone has an awkward look on their face or is caught in an awkward unflattering position etc. This also includes the RAW files. A great deal of time and effort goes into the post production of an image which is an extension of the photographer’s artistic expression that you have purchased. The RAW images are not an entirely true reflection of the photographer’s expression or brand.

What happens if it rains?

Unfortunately, the photographer cannot predict or control the weather. As the saying goes… “the show must go on” however if we keep an open mind rain often gives us opportunities to get some great creative opportunities.

Do we need to meet you before the wedding?

I love meeting people and connecting one on one with them over a cup of coffee. It also gives us a great opportunity to connect and make sure that we are a great fit. It also gives me the opportunity to learn what your ideas and expectations are for your very special day.