What to Expect

Start with the beginning :  choosing your photographer

Choosing a photographer for your Big Day can be a challenging task. There are so many factors to take into account and the first question should be: is the photographer you are considering for the booking available on that day? 

To check if I am available on your Wedding Day, please navigate to the Contact page, or call me / text me on 0044-(0)7834 604 365. You will typically receive a reply the same day.

Other factors

>    Your wedding day will be intense for you emotionally and you will work closely with the photographer throughout the day. Therefore it is important that you find a photographer that you can be comfortable with on a personal level. To help you make a decision we can meet up for a cup of tea and a chat. We can meet at a coffee shop, otherwise I could visit you if you like or you could visit me. If time is an issue, we can communicate via Skype, telephone, or email.

>    It is vital that you like the style of photography your photographer practices and that you are happy with the quality of the images. To get an idea please visit my Portfolio Page. It is important to verify that your photographer can maintain a high level of quality throughout the entire event. For this purpose you can gain temporary access to the complete online galleries showing recently photographed weddings. If we meet in person I will bring along my sample albums, to give you a visual of my printed work. I will answer all your questions and show you all the images you would like to see.

>    If you decide that you would like me to be your photographer for the Big Day, the next step is setting up a contract that we both sign. Once the contract is signed and a 50% deposit is paid, the day is considered booked for you.

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Terms of the Agreement

>    We will specify the hours of coverage and all the locations I will be required to visit on the day: getting ready location, ceremony location, reception location.

>    I can confidently commit to delivering 70 digital images per hour of coverage, although, in reality it will probably be around 80. I do not like to delete good images, so I will deliver all usable photos. The final number will depend on what goes on during the day.

>    I will commit to delivering the edited images within 6 weeks from the wedding day. In most cases I will actually deliver a lot sooner.

>    The digital images will be delivered:

               1.  the high-resolution images on a USB stick in the post

               2.  the web size images in an elegantly presented, password-protected online gallery.

>    Payment is made in two instalments: a 50% deposit when the contract is signed, to save the date, and the 50% balance, no later than 5 days after the wedding day.

>    The Agreement specifically allows you to make as many prints as you like and share the images any way you like.

You will be able to share the images from the wedding with your guests, via an elegant password-protected online gallery such as this one.

On the wedding day, I can distribute - optional and free -  mini cards to all the guests, giving them the link to the gallery via the Client Galleries page, and the password. Not to worry, the link will only go live once you have viewed the images and decided which ones you want to share with your guests.

Your guests will be able to download the images free of charge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you watermark your images?

I never watermark the images I deliver to clients.

Do you shoot mostly in black and white?

I always shoot in colour to start. Then we have the option to edit the images in black and white, and/or in colour. I usually deliver all images edited in colour. Then a selection of these I edit in black and white as well, as picked by the client. Some clients prefer the opposite: all images edited in black and white, and some of these in colour as well. Totally up to the client. If you see mostly black and white images in my portfolio, it is simply because black and white tends to look more striking in this context.

Are you insured?

I am insured. I have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

Do you bring backup equipment? Just in case there is a fault or something with the camera.

Every bit of equipment has backup: I use 2 cameras, 5 lenses, 6 flashes, countless batteries and memory cards. Each camera shoots on two memory cards simultaneously in order to back up. Then once I arrive home, all of the images get copied onto my computer, and then backed up on two different external hard drives as well. I am really careful to avoid any risk in this respect.

Is there a charge for your travel?

No additional charge for travel, if the location is in London and the Home Counties. If the location is more remote, there will be a small fee, and I am confident we can come to an agreement.

The venue we have booked: have you ever worked there before? If not would you be able to meet at the venue to discuss shots with us?

There are many thousands of wedding venues in and around London, and although I photographed two or three times in some of them, in many of them I have not shot at all. It is good to visit the location beforehand, if possible. If it is not too far, we could have our face-to-face meeting at the venue, and at the same time scout the angles and locations for pictures. Or, if it suits you better, I could visit the venue on my own.

What happens if you are unavailable on the day? For example, you fall ill. Do you have standby support?

If for some reason I cannot make it on the day - which has never happened so far - I have a few wedding photographer friends who I can ask to step in. This is every wedding photographer's backup plan.

Can we also request certain shots?

I am very flexible and my main aim is to have a satisfied couple in the end, so yes, you can request absolutely any shots you desire.

Do you require a meal at the wedding?

I will have to eat and most clients do offer food to the photographer, ranging from a sandwich in the lobby to a full wedding menu - very generous, as it is expensive. Other clients do not offer any food, and that absolutely fine. I can easily bring my own food.

Do you work alone? If so are you able to bring another photographer? If this is the case would there be an additional charge?

I normally work alone. Although I do not recommend booking a second photographer, the option is there if you need it. It would cost me £250 to bring a good photographer on the day and I would have to pass on the cost.

How many weddings have you shot?

To date I have shot 167 weddings and I expect to shoot 45 more in the next 12 months.

What is your photography style and working style?

My photography style has been described by clients and others as "natural". I like to capture spontaneous moments and real emotions. Of course, I take the formal shots as well, like group shots, and the couple's portraits. For couple's portraits, I try to evaluate the mood and get people to relax if necessary with a joke, changing poses, locations, and other tricks of the trade.

In terms of working style: on the day I focus on the wedding exclusively. I am totally immersed in order to feel the energy of the day, tune in to people's emotions and get inspired. I love photographing a wedding and I rarely take a break. Past clients have commented on my work rate. Please have a look through the Kind Words section.

Is it ok for our guests to also take photos?

No problem on my part if the guests want to take photos. It is just good to understand that at times, other people taking photos might compete with me for the best angle, or might get in my shot, therefore diminishing my ability to get the best possible photos. So long as the client understands the downsides, I do not mind, because the day is ultimately for family and friends.

What do you think distinguishes your work from other photographers?

I believe it is the spontaneity in the images that most distinguishes me from other photographers. Also the work rate, which allows me to deliver images from all corners of the reception, portraits of the guests at the ceremony, etc. Clients have been very grateful in the past for having all types of moments captured that they had not expected to be photographed.

How would you be dressed on the day?

I normally wear a short sleeve shirt, chino trousers and boat shoes - I have to be comfortable, for such a long day with all types of physical strains. Upon request, I can of course put on a formal suit, or some other outfit. I am flexible on this issue.

Do you do a pre-wedding shoot?

We can arrange a pre-wedding shoot, however, this is not included in the basic package and would cost extra. This is because, including planning, shooting, editing, it takes more than a day of work. Such a shoot would provide some nice images you can use at the wedding in some form.

You could also use a pre-wedding photo shoot as a way to test your choice of photographer. Have the photo shoot, which is a smaller financial commitment than the wedding itself, and afterwards decide if you would like the same photographer to photograph your wedding as well.

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Please email me via this contact form, or directly at Andrei@MomentsLikeThese.co.uk, or call / text me at 07834 604 365, to check if I am available on your Wedding Day.

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