Frequently Asked Questions:
How to choose the right Photographer?
As you might imagine this is so very important. Take your time to decide and really try to avoid leaving it until the last moment. Photographers can be booked up months in advance so if there is one you like book early!
Initially it will no doubt be the images that attract you. It is equally as important that you feel comfortable with the photographer. This is so important for the day and in the lead up whilst making plans. Make sure you ask about all the costs involved and don’t be worried about asking questions at any time.
What is your photographic style?
” Reportage: A technique of documentary film or photo journalism that tells a story entirely through pictures. ”
Most of the weddings I shoot require me to be there for the whole day. From Bridal preparation until the first dance. By doing this I am perfectly placed to tell the story of your day as it happens. I pride myself on staying as unobtrusive as possible, rarely stepping in to pose a shot. I prefer to capture the natural flow of the day from the sidelines which lets both the Bride and Groom as well as their guests relax and enjoy themselves. I’ve often been told by couples after weddings that their guests thought I was just another guest. I take that as a huge compliment.
I also look out for and capture all the little details wherever I can which can easily be missed during the whirl of the day and are really appreciated by couples when looking back.
What type of photographs will you take on the day?
As I’ve mentioned most of the photographs will be natural ‘ as they happen ‘ shots, but tradition – and the odd mother in law – require that sometimes formal posed photographs must be taken and that is still very popular.
I’m very happy to do any formal shots you would like, though I will always ask that these type of photographs are kept to a minimum and planned and organised beforehand. My suggestion is to have a list of the formal photographs you require with the names of who is in them prepared before the day. On the day it is very beneficial to have a nominated person who knows all the people involved organising and collecting people for the next shot off camera. It really does save time and allows the Bride and Groom more time with their guests.
How far will you Travel?
I’m based in Noss Mayo, a small village just outside Plymouth in Devon, but I’m very happy to travel to wherever is required. Travel and accommodation costs would be added to any location outside a 50 mile radius.
How many Photographs will we receive, when and on what format?
It is very hard to give a figure to the amount of photographs you will receive as every wedding is different. However most weddings I shoot will see a return of approx 500 to 850 images. This includes selected shots which are reproduced as Black and Whites. All Photographs are edited using professional software. I do not use photoshop.
You will receive all your Photographs on a USB at their original size and at high resolution which gives you great flexibility when printing. I can also resize images upon request and often include 8×12 and 4×6 variations of all the photos you receive on the USB. You will have a full reproduction and reprinting licence to print and share all your images as often as you like with no further cost to myself. Full copyright will remain with Russell Talbot Photography however.
I quote 6 weeks as the maximum turnaround time for you to receive your photographs, but I make every effort to complete the edit sooner.
Do you put together albums?
Yes I do. I offer two options.
Option 1 : A high quality ” Coffee Table” design, 12×12″ hardback album which holds up to 150 images, printed on professional print quality gloss paper. Perfect for multiple buys to send to friends and family. £180.00
Option 2 : A ” Classic flush mount ” design with hard or cushioned cover with thick board-type pages offering the highest quality professional print paper in a laminate gloss finish. Each 12×12″ album can have up to 60 sides and comes with a unique designable slide in presentation case. An album of the highest quality and finish. £570
Inclement weather plans.
Even Weddings with the most detailed planning are subject to the constraints of the weather. I will always try and proceed with the original plan, but sometimes the weather just won’t allow it. Part of my planning for your day will be to have wet weather alternatives to everything we decide to do.
I will always make you aware of the alternative plans before the day so nothing will come as a surprise.
How to book and what happens next?
The best way to contact myself is via the website contact page making sure to include all the important information such as locations of the ceremony and reception and the date of the Wedding in your message.
I will quickly get back to you with my availability.
At that point there will be some admin to complete including payment for a booking deposit. This will be half of the total fee for the day.
We will then arrange for a meeting at a venue of your choice – or online if distances are impractical – to discuss and make some initial plans for the day. This is the best time to discuss your ideas and plans you might have.
2 weeks before the wedding day I will be in touch to confirm plans and invoice for the outstanding amount of the total fee.
I also make a point of attending any rehearsals you might have just prior to your wedding if practical and would seek to confirm that this was ok with you.
Throughout this whole process I actively encourage couples to contact me at any time with any ideas, inspiration or general questions. I’m always happy to help or pass on my experience.