FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How long have you been a wedding photographer?
In 2006 I started assisting wedding photography legend Dirk Visser who introduced me to the world of wedding photography. In Late 2007 I started shooting my own weddings, so I have been a wedding photographer since then.
2. What is your style of wedding photography?
As a wedding photographer, I apply a blend of photojournalistic and directed when working with clients. Experience guides me to be in the right place at the right time with good light and then I apply some directing to enhance the moment and capture its essence. My approach to wedding photography is 70% photojournalistic and 30% directed. It’s important to capture the real moments at a wedding, at the same time it’s important to add a flair of direction to help guide the moment. Most people are new to being photographed on their wedding day – so it always helps to offer some direction.
3. What makes good wedding photos?
A wedding photographer who understands natural light has great equipment and a couple who are willing to participate. Those are the basics. Sometimes it’s all you need, but wedding styling and location help to bring a photo together. There are smaller things which make a difference Eg: Unless your minister is speaking to 300 people, try to encourage him to not use a mic stand.
4. What makes a good wedding photographer?
A good wedding photographer should have a good understanding of weddings such as timeline, styling and etiquette. It’s important to have an experienced photographer. In addition to this patience is key, weddings take a lot of planning and coordinating before the wedding day. Couples and families invest money and time into creating a personal wedding experience. So being sensitive and able to adapt and respect the vision of the client is important.
Adaptability is also important. Despite all the planning and preparation, one can never plan for the unexpected. The best photographers are easily accessible on the wedding day and can capture the fleeting moments between the formalities which accentuate unique wedding photographs.
5. Do you work with an assistant or a second shooter?
Depends on the client. If it is an intimate wedding then usually I don’t use an assistant. An intimate wedding is less than 50 guests. But if it is a medium to a large wedding, then I recommend I work with an assistant. Photographer assistants are great to help shape light, manage gear and can serve as a second shooter if necessary.
6. How many weddings have you photographed?
I have been a lead photographer on over 250 weddings, every one unique. Experience is important because if the unexpected happens its good to know you have a photographer who can stay calm and walk you through what happens next especially when it comes to shooting schedule and ideas. Confidence comes with experience and if your photographer is confident you will be more comfortable and look better on camera.
7. Do you use studio lighting?
I prefer natural light and a reflector to fill shadows. For a more dramatic effect, I will use a studio light but only if it’s necessary. I always have my lights at the ready. If the couple is willing to take a short break from their reception, night wedding photography is great to add something different.
8. Do you have a wedding photographer contract?
Yes, it protects both you and me. Please read through and sign before making your wedding booking.
9. You must see some crazy things happen at weddings, what is the craziest?
Yes, I have, weddings can get pretty festive. I was the photographer on duty when the bride accidentally stabbed the groom in 2013 – he lived, and they are still very happily married. Don’t use a fillet knife to cut a cake.
10. What happens if it rains?
We keep an eye on the weather, hope for a gap and stick to the plan as much as possible. There is usually a 30-minute buffer built into a wedding – this is the reason why. Always keep 2 -4 big umbrellas in the boot of a car and remember that it’s all part of the experience.
11. How long will it take to see the images?
During peak wedding season (1 October – 15 May), it takes about 2 – 3 weeks. Out of season (1 June – 30 September) between 1 – 2 weeks.
12. Do you offer wedding books?
Yes, I have developed my own wedding book. It is A3 sized, the cover is Nappa Leather, your names are embossed into the leather, the pages are specialised paper and it comes in a slipcase.
13. How many photos do you take at a wedding?
Between 2000 – 3500 digital images. Digital allows us to really work the camera to capture that real moment. We delete the duds such as half blinking, unnatural expressions or wrong lighting and that brings it down to between 600 -800 selected images.
14. What editing do you do on the photos?
I use Photoshop and Lightroom. It is important to keep the look as natural as possible. I remove pimples, shine, red eyes, bruises etc. From there, images can be slightly enhanced or they can be creatively enhanced – it all depends on what the client wants and what the image offers. Basically, I make it look like you are having your best day.
15. How many hours go into a wedding?
The wedding photography on the day is between 7 -10 hours. Processing and post-production can take up to 25 hours. Printing and wedding books take more time. A wedding photographer has a lot of work to do.
16. How do we make our wedding booking?
If you are happy with my portfolio and the terms of photography, swing past the studio and we can chat about the finer details. The signed wedding contract and the 50% booking fee secures the date. For international clients – I will send the banking details for international banking.