Here are some of the questions I am most often asked. If there’s anything else you want to ask, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Do you take formal pictures - Portraits of the Couple and Family Groups?
Almost all of the pictures I take on the day will be natural, unposed documentary wedding photographs.
However, I fully understand that family groups and portraits have an important part to play. I recommend keeping the number of family groups down to about 6 or 7. If there are many more than that the time required starts to dominate the reception.
Here are a couple of blog posts which will explain my approach and show examples….
How long before I see my pictures
My priority is to get your pictures to you as quickly as possible and I work very hard to make sure this happens. However, the length of time will depend on how busy I am at that stage of the year. I work on strict rotation so all my weddings are edited in the order I shoot them. I cover myself by saying 6 weeks but it’s more likely to be somewhere in the region of 3 or 4 weeks.
Once you have selected images for your album the proofing and production can take up to 8 weeks depending on which album you have chosen.
How many pictures do we receive?
I don’t specify the number of pictures because all weddings are different and lend themselves to different amounts of pictures. I take a large volume of images during the whole day and edit them down to about 300 to 500 images for your download gallery.
A big part of the creative process is to select the pictures for the collection so each image you receive contributes to the narrative of your day. It also ensures that you are not inundated with similar and repetitious pictures just to make up a predetermined number.
Some photographers will offer you access to every single image they shoot. I don’t do this because there is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes choosing and retouching every individual picture in your gallery and I see their approach as a job half done.
Do you have backup equipment?
I have plenty of equipment with me on the day. I have a minimum of 2 cameras with me both writing to duplicate memory cards (2 in each camera) with various interchangeable lenses.
Please rest assured that your pictures are safe and should one memory card fail all the pictures from that camera are duplicated on the second memory card. I have never had a failure of equipment in over 20 years as a professional photographer.
I use the latest Sony cameras and upgrade as soon as possible when a new version of the camera is introduced.
What about insurance?
I am fully covered with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.
Have you got insurance for yourselves yet? I would highly recommend that you get insurance cover for your wedding. You’ll be making a significant investment in your big day and the cost of insurance cover could be money very well spent if anything doesn’t go according to plan.
What happens if you get taken ill?
In the very unlikely event that I am unable to photograph your wedding due to illness I have reciprocal arrangements with photographers who shoot to a similar standard and style, as well as providing the same caliber of service who will stand in for me. If you wish to arrange another photographer yourself you will receive a refund of all money paid to that point. It’s worth mentioning that in over 20 years as a professional photographer I have never missed an assignment due to ill health.
Will you use the pictures for marketing or social media?
Being able to show my work – whether through my portfolio, my Blog, a brochure, magazine or competition is hugely important. If I can’t show my photos, I can’t promote my business and you would probably have never found me.
Having said that, I pride myself on my discretion and I have some couples for whom privacy is essential. If this is the case please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Who owns the copyright to the pictures?
You and your guests will be able to download the high resolution, unwatermarked digital files from your gallery. From these files you can produce prints and products without limit.
However, the copyright in the work remains with Epic Scotland Ltd and the pictures are licensed for personal use only. They cannot be used in magazines or on commercial websites or blogs without written permission.
So if you receive a request for an image from another supplier or a wedding magazine, just refer them to me and I’ll send them the pictures with the necessary permissions agreed.
How does the pre-wedding consultation work?
Most often couples come to see me in Gartmore to look through the albums, meet me face to face and discuss their plans. However, when this isn’t possible we can use Skype.
An initial meeting at the time of booking is a great idea to get to know each other and usually happens over Skype.
We can then get together again a couple of month before the wedding, once all the plans are in place. This meeting usually happens in person at my studio and is a great opportunity to get your hands on the sample albums and finalise your album choice.
Can we have a pre-wedding meeting at our venue?
I am very happy to come to your venue for a pre-wedding meeting but the cost of this is not priced into my services as it is not necessary from my point of view. So there will be an additional fee for time and travel expenses if it’s not local.
I may well visit the venue ahead of the day under my own steam (for which there will be no charge) but if it is a place I haven’t worked before I will arrive early on the day to familiarize myself with the space, meet the venue team and plan the photography.
Can friends and family view and buy prints?
Yes, you will receive a link to a web gallery displaying all your pictures which you can share with whoever you like. You can order prints and other products direct from the gallery.
Colour or Black and White?
Your web gallery will have a variety of colour and black and white photos. Whether a picture works best in colour or black and white usually depends on the lighting conditions and content. For your web gallery I choose the finish that I think works best. If you’d like to see a picture in teh opposite finish to the one I have selected just let me know and I’ll upload it to the gallery.
Will you hold the date for me?
If you want me to photograph your wedding but are not quite ready to make the booking please let me know so I can advise other couples who might enquire about the same date. However, in the interest of fairness, please note that due to the high number of enquiries, I do not reserve wedding dates without the Booking Form and Booking Fee.
Is there a time limit for ordering my album?
Please order any items (such as albums) purchased before the wedding within a year of receiving your web gallery. The credit for your album will expire after 12 months of this date. If you are approaching the expiry date and need an extension please get in touch to arrange this.
You are based in Stirlingshire - do you travel elsewhere?
Living in Central Scotland means I am well placed to travel anywhere in the country. Most of the weddings I cover are in or around Glasgow and Edinburgh but I love a destination wedding and am very happy to travel further afield for your big day.