Below are some of the questions I frequently get asked by couples.
Are you willing to Travel? . . .
Absolutely! I'm based in Pretoria, South Africa, but I travel around the counry for weddings quite often. I include 120KM of travel in my packages. So that’s 60KM to the wedding, and 60KM back home. Anything more than that is rated at R5/KM. Furthermore, if the wedding is anything more than an hour and a half away from my home, and if I'll only be finishing shooting after 10pm, I’d ask that you book myself and my assistant into a local guesthouse that night. If I need to fly anywhere, I'd need you to cover those costs, along with any accommodation and car rental costs that are involved.
International/Destination Weddings? . . .
I actually do these for free, believe it or not. If you're willing to cover all my costs to your country, I'll literally shoot your wedding for free. Costs involved would be flights, visa, accommodation, car rental, and food for a couple of days.
These are free because nothing pleases my creative side more than setting my eyes on a new country.
Also, this is all dependent on how busy I am in the weeks before/after your wedding.
Do you have a second photographer? . . .
I specifically don't work with a second photographer. Let me explain why:
You’re potentially interested in hiring me for your wedding because you like something about my work, right? It might be my style, my approach, or my vision. Whatever it is, there’s something that appeals to you about my work. A second shooter has his own style, his own vision, and while it might be good, it's not the same as mine. So you'll get your photos, and they won't be consistent in feel because two different people would have taken photos. So because of this, I don't have a second shooter. Rest assured, though - I've shot a crazy amount of weddings and I've never been held back by the fact that I was the only photographer. All my clients will agree. I do work with an assistant, though, who helps carry my bag and my lights.
How many hours would we need you on the day? . . .
I find that 95% of weddings require at least 8-9 hours of shooting. On average, it's about 6 hours from the start of the ceremony to the end of the formalities at the reception. Photographing the venue, the decor, and photos of you getting ready before the wedding will take about 2-3 hours.
Please, we don't want any posed photos... . . .
I go out of my way to make sure that your photos don't look like traditional, posed wedding photos. If you had asked me for posed photos, I would've recommended a few OTHER photographers for you.
RAW files? Or extra shots?
And these are just some solid tips for your wedding day that influence your photos. Heck, even if you book another photographer, this stuff will be relevant.
Timing on the wedding day . . .
Planning the timing for the day is incredibly important, because the light on the day will drastically impact your photos. If you want beautiful golden light in your photos, we can't be taking those photos at midday. So allow your photographer to at least advise you on what the ideal timing for your day would be, and see if you can work around that.
How about we avoid the usual spots, huh? . . .
Literally every single couple that got married at your venue before you had their photos taken in front of that same pond/wagon/door. Let's do something different! Heck, maybe I find a really quaint, hidden stream, and we get to make a photo like this one:
Things to consider when booking a venue . . .
White walls and ceilings always make life easier for us. I can make it work at any venue, but I can make it work slightly better at a venue with white ceilings and walls. With walls that relfect light that well, I can make images like this one in a room that has almost no light: