Kirsty Corbett Wedding Photography FAQ's
How to book you as our wedding photographer?
- First of all, you need to check I am available on your wedding date. You can do this through email or over the phone. If you would prefer to discuss your wedding requirements face to face we will arrange a consultation. Should you wish to book, I will send you a confirmation email and will require a non-refundable booking fee (which is £200) when the agreement is signed, this will secure your date. The remaining balance is due 28 days before the wedding day.
What is your wedding photography pricing?
- My rates and collections vary by location and the amount of hours you would like me at your wedding. The packages shown on my website are for 8 hours coverage. Some weddings outside of the Berkshire area will require travel, which would not be included in a local wedding rate. To receive my Pricing and Packaging Guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What wedding packages and services do you offer?
- The three packages I sell are tiered for the amount of hours you need me at your wedding, and the size of the album you want to buy. All packages include a face-to-face meet up, either at the time of the booking or a few weeks before the wedding day, to finalise the timings and group shots. All packages also come with a USB with at least 400 images.
Have you shot many weddings?
- I have shot a variety of different weddings, from barn weddings, churches, to castle weddings. I have also second shot a number of weddings prior to doing it on my own.
Can friends and family view and buy images?
- Yes of course, they are welcome to purchase any individual prints or albums for themselves. The parent album is a popular choice and can either be a smaller copy of the main wedding album or one specifically designed just for them. I provide various options – just ask.
How long does it take before we receive our wedding photos and products?
- Within 4 weeks, I will let you know when your online gallery is ready to view, you will look at all of the photos I took of you on your special day. This will allow you to re-live all the images from the day, as well as selecting those you would like for your album if needed. If you have chosen one of the album packages, upon approval of album designs, most albums are ready for delivery within six weeks. How does the wedding album design process work? After you have viewed and picked your images, I personally design the album layout to ensure that it accurately reflects the events of your special day. Once you're happy with the design. This process takes about five to six weeks. What will my album look like once it's completed? The products I provide are beautiful and modern, the images are printed directly onto the pages. My aim is to keep the designs clean and classic, creating a keepsake book that you and your family will cherish forever!
Can I customise my wedding package further?
- Additional hours, photographers, hand finished prints, can all be added on an "a la carte" basis as desired.
Do you provide video services as well?
- No I’m afraid not. I like to concentrate on what I do best.
I hate posing for pictures. Do I have to pose?
- I know what you mean. Too much posing isn’t natural and I don’t think it looks natural either. My style is all about capturing the REAL you and the JOY of your wedding day. But I'm not photogenic! There is no such thing. I have come to realise its all about feeling comfortable in front of the camera and that is my job! There is no such thing as photogenic!
Do you edit all of our photos?
- Yes, I do! Every image that you receive has been professionally edited by yours truly.
Are you insured?
- Yes. I am fully insured. I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.
What kind of equipment do you use?
- I use a professional Canon lens and camera. I make sure I have multiple backup equipment to ensure your day is never affected by any technical failure and often backup for my backups! My camera has a dual memory card slot to ensure even if my memory card stops working, I never have to have tell you I’ve lost some of your precious memories. I have invested heavily to ensure that even if my equipment fails, my commitment to you will not.
Do I need to feed my wedding photographer?
- Yes, for any coverage longer than 6 hours, I request a hot meal. I usually take my break around the time when Bride and Groom are eating. I don’t tend to photograph people during their meal and this is a good time for me, to recharge my batteries for the rest of the day.
How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
- I cover weddings in a journalistic style with a relaxed and friendly approach. I recommend we have an hour or more alone with you both (if possible) sometime during the day to create some gorgeous images of you without your wedding party or guests looking on. I also believe in preserving all of the details of your wedding; from the dress, to your flowers. Rather than posing everyone at your wedding I love to capture genuine emotion, like laughing, smiling, crying, dancing and having a great time!
Will I need a list for family/friends group shots?
- The simple answer is: yes, you will. I ask every couple to think about how many family/friends photos they want to have and the list is agreed prior to the wedding day. I will be able to advise you how much time we would need for the family/friends shoot and at what time of the day we can take them. I strongly believe in those family images, as they're records of your entire family at an important time in their family history. A few weeks before your wedding I’ll send you a questionnaire covering the details of the day. You’ll have space to write in your own additional groupings. How much time to allocate depends on the pictures you want, and the size of the groups for the formal poses – so it can be from a few minutes to hours. As a benchmark, each formal picture will take about 4 minutes, but you also need to allow for people getting lost or drifting to the bar. I tend to limit my formal group shots to 10 or 12 because after that the bride and groom have usually had enough …. It’s their day after all, and they want to enjoy it.
Do you mind wedding guests taking photos at the same time as you?
- I have no problem with guests taking photos — they want to capture their own memories. But paparazzi wedding guests can have a negative impact, particularly during the ceremony if they step into the aisle and film with iPads (blocking the view of the photographer and guests). Taking shots over the photographer’s shoulder during group shots can also cause confusion and make the subjects look in different directions.
Will our wedding photographer be taking pictures of me getting dressed?
- For many brides the morning preparations are an important part of the day and they want it to be included in the pictures. The level of undress is entirely down to you and I will be respectful of your wishes. If there are any moments you don’t want to be photographed, they won’t be. Brides usually like to have the photographer around from the start, because they and everyone around them become more relaxed in front of the camera by the time the ceremony starts. Grooms also appreciate these pictures because they get a little glimpse of what happened when they weren’t there.
What does basic retouching cover?
- This usually includes colour correction and the removal of any minor skin imperfections – you will still be able to recognise yourself, and this is why I use the word ‘minor’.
Why does our photographer have copyright on our wedding pictures?
- This is actually standard practice across the photographic industry, and is a form of legal protection. As soon as a photograph is taken, the copyright is automatically afforded to the photographer. Any kind of reproduction of the images has to be agreed in writing with the photographer, or with whoever owns their rights for 70 years after they’ve died. All my wedding packages include a USB of images with full “printing” rights given to you the client.
What if we cancel our wedding?
- First and foremost you must tell all your suppliers, including me. This should be done in writing and at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, in most cases the booking fee is not refundable, unless I can rebook the date again. If the wedding date is within three months the whole amount will have to be paid, as I am very likely to have turned down other bookings for the same date. If you are cancelling in order to reschedule, then hopefully we can just move the date and nothing will be lost.
What if our chosen photographer is ill on the day?
- I am very lucky that, due to my position within the industry, I have a wide circle of colleagues who are at the same level and who could take over for the day. So far, this has never happened, but if it did, I would fulfil the rest of your package once I had recovered. If all else fails and something happens on the day which affects your coverage, I have indemnity insurance for your peace of mind.
What I suggest is that you come and see me, Have a chat, get to know one another and become friends! I am about to spend my entire day with you at your wedding. And all I can honestly say is this, the day after you're married, you're going to have tw0 things. You're husband and your wedding album. And you wanna hope they're both pretty awesome!