wedding FAQ's

How it all works ... some questions I often get asked:

Where are you based and will you travel far to photograph a wedding?
I am based in Uckfield in East Sussex but really happy to travel to any location within the UK and also further afield.

What is the first move?
Hopefully we can meet up for a coffee and chat through your plans and photography aspirations for your special day. We can then agree on a suitable package based on your individual requirements. If it's not possible to meet we can arrange a Skype chat or even a good old fashioned phone call.

Do you require a deposit?
Yes, to hold the date I would require 25% of the agreed fee as a booking deposit with the balance due 2 weeks before your wedding day. I would send you a contract with an invoice for the deposit, with details for making a payment by cheque or bank transfer.

Would we meet up again before the wedding?
Yes, ideally around 2 weeks prior to your day we would have a planning meeting preferably at the location to discuss final arrangements and specific shots that you would like to have.
Also if you have a pre-shoot included in your package, then we would arrange that at a convenient time before your wedding so that we can spend more time getting to know each other, to help you feel relaxed and at ease in front of the camera.

Will you take formal/group shots?
Yes ... although my style is for more relaxed group shots I am always happy to shoot them but recommend that you limit the shots to around 6 groups to allow time for lovely informal shots of everyone having a great time. But totally up to you if you prefer to have more set-up groups shots.

How long should we allow for our couple portraits on the day?
Time alone together newly married is precious and a wonderful opportunity for you to relax with each other. I would say around 20-30 minutes is great to do some really special shots. But always happy to go with the flow and would take other available opportunites to do shots of you as they arise through the day.

How long until we receive our pictures after our wedding day?
Where possible, I send you a sneak peek the next day of around 10 fab shots which I edit straight away for you. (I am as excited to see them as you are and can't bear to wait!). Then 4-6 weeks after I will have the whole selection prepared and I will send them to you on a beautifully engraved wooden usb stick.
If you are having a wedding book, then after your approval of the proof, the book will take 2-3 weeks to be printed.
Additional copies may be purchased too.

What quality will our images be?
They will be high resolution jpgs at 300 dpi print quality.

Will we own our pictures?
I understand that your wedding pictures should feel yours.. You have the licence to print, upload and share your images. The copyright remains with me as the photographer, which means that you would need to ask if you would like to use them for any commercial purposes.

How many images will we receive?
Typically for a whole day of photography, I would expect to supply you with 500+ images, in colour with selected images in sepia (my trademark) or b&w as well. Always let me know if you have a preference.

Do you use the images afterwards?
I love to be able to share and show off some images from each wedding, so that other couples can see my work when they are looking for a photographer, just as you did! This could be on my website, facebook or on my blog. If you would prefer that your images are not to be shown around, then I understand completely that they are personal to you, and I would respect that. You would always be the first to see them and they would not be shared until you had.

Are you insured?
Yes, I have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance and can provide proof if your venue requires to see it.

What happens if you are ill at the last minute?
Horrible to think about, but I am human. I have a network of other local professional wedding photographers who I would trust to call on as back-up. They have a similiar style and approach as me ... and they are lovely too! But thankfully this hasn't arisen yet.

If you have any other questions or thoughts at all, please do get in touch ... sarah@sarahwenban.co.uk

Or give me a ring on 07770 416007